College Planning

Covenant High School is a college preparatory school. Our students have been accepted and have excelled in universities and colleges across the country and abroad.

CHS assists students and parents for college admissions in the following ways:

  • College/careers courses are offered for juniors and seniors; preparing them for college admissions tests and providing information about college selection, applications, scholarships and college life.
  • Individual college counseling upon request.
  • All juniors and seniors attend the annual National College Fair in Seattle.
  • Two informational evenings are held each year covering general college information and funding a college education.
  • Scholarship opportunities are presented and posted throughout the year.
  • Vocational and technical school counseling is available on an individual basis.

Below please find information, documents and on-line links to assist in planning for college admission and funding.

College Planning Time-line

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Select challenging high school courses.
  • Develop good study habits.
  • Seek extra help as needed.
  • Research college admission requirements and recommendations.
  • Participate in school activities and organizations, community service, and church activities.
  • Sophomores take the Terra Nova Standardized Achievement Test, administered at CHS each October.
  • Sophomores may take a practice PSAT, also administered by CHS in October.

Junior Year

  • Take challenging courses, (upper level maths, sciences, Latin, Spanish) which are the best predictor of college success.
  • All juniors take the PSAT administered by CHS in October.
  • Prepare to take the SAT and ACT in the spring or the beginning of the senior year.
  • Study diligently—many college applications are sent the fall of senior year; admission decisions are typically based on a transcript of freshman, sophomore and junior courses and grades.
  • Continue to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and community service.
  • Develop an “idea bank” from life experiences for personal statements and essays.
  • Research and visit colleges.
  • Select  an appropriate email address to use for college communications.

Senior Year

  • Continue to take a challenging course of study.
  • Check application and scholarship deadlines.
  • Communicate with admissions staff and visit colleges if possible.
  • Create a personal profile (resume); a compilation of achievements, experiences and skills to be used for applications, scholarships and reference requests.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to colleges.
  • Request references as needed. Reference requests must be submitted using the form located outside the school office, and must include an unofficial transcript and a personal profile or resume. Contact Mrs. Dille for further instructions.
  • Complete and submit applications at least two weeks prior to deadlines.
  • Submit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) the beginning of January to be eligible for federal funding, work study and many scholarships.
  • Perform well in senior courses; colleges may revoke admissions and scholarship offers if senior year grades decline.
  • Wait for admissions decisions and evaluate financial aid packages.
  • Respond to college admissions offers by May 1 or sooner if required.


Links and guidebooks: PDF

FAFSA Information and Update: PDF