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College Counseling Process

College counseling begins with the expectation that all of our students will seek a post-secondary educational experience. Formally, the college counseling process is initiated in 8-10 student Advisory groups in grade 9. Students are provided the opportunity to identify and implement those study skills that most support their learning, and are encouraged to begin planning an interesting and challenging four year course of study.


In grade 10, counseling through the advisory process continues. Students meet in small groups with their college counselor and are familiarized with the college admissions process. Students complete the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October and attend the National Association of College Admissions Counselors Spring College Fair in Honolulu. A summer mainland college tour is offered to sophomores and is open to freshmen and juniors.


In grade 11, students attend on-campus college presentations at IPA throughout the fall. Students complete a second PSAT in October as a qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program and as preparation for the Spring SAT, and begin individual meetings with their college counselor. All students are encouraged to sit for the May/June SAT. Junior-level English courses support the college-essay draft process after AP exams in early May.


During the summer months between the junior and senior years, students are encouraged to seek individual and small-group SAT preparation and college essay draft support on campus.




In the senior year, students and parents meet formally with their counselor to discuss the college application process and review the list of colleges to which the student will apply. Students are encouraged schedule several meetings throughout the year to ensure that they are presenting their strongest application possible.