College Counseling

College Counseling

The College Counseling program at Hilton Head Preparatory School is a comprehensive and structured advising program that aims to provide students and families with up to date information, supportive counseling, and applicable resources. The College Counseling program begins with a college research project in the 8th grade and continues in grades 9-12 through our Seminar Programs. Through class instruction, student/parent workshops, and individual meetings with both students and parents, we are able to provide an exceptional level of service and support for each student as they work through the college admission process.

Honors and AP Placement

Prep offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students in Grades 9-12. Students must have maintained a minimum of an 85% average for the preceding year in an Honors course or a 90% average in a College Prep course to be considered for Honors or AP placement. If you have not met the prerequisite for an Honors or AP course, that course may not appear as a part of your course selection.

All students enrolled in AP courses at Prep are required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Standardized Testing Program for Upper School Students

Pre-ACT: Grade 9

PSAT: Grades 10-11

ACT & SAT: Prep offers on-site testing for college admissions examinations. Students should contact the College Counselor and the Junior Seminar Instructor before registering for the ACT and SAT. Most students will take these exams during the spring of their Junior Year.

Seminar Curriculum

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  • Junior Seminar

    Duration: 1 Year

    Grade Level: 11

    Other: Pass/Fail, ½ credit

    Description: Junior Seminar is designed to prepare students for the college application process.

    Junior Seminar is a required Pass/Fail course designed to help prepare students for college admissions tests. All juniors must attend sessions with the Junior Seminar Instructor who serves as an SAT/ACT tutor/coach. Sessions are conducted in a private individualized setting to develop test strategies and skills, in part based on the student’s preferred learning style. In addition, key content areas are reviewed. The Junior Seminar instructor assists in determining which of the two tests will have the highest scoring potential for each student.  Sometime between October and February, one of the student’s study hall periods will be designated as a Junior Seminar meeting time. For students without study hall, other scheduling arrangements will be made. Five sessions are required and after that students will have the opportunity to work with the coach on an as-needed basis through the first semester of their senior year. 
  • Senior Seminar

    Duration: 1 Year

    Grade Level: 12

    Other: Pass/Fail, 0 credit

    Description: Senior Seminar is designed to prepare students for the completion of college application process.

    In the fall, seniors will attend seminar class 1x a week. Students will be working individually with their college counselor on their applications, essays, resumes and teacher letter of recommendations. All applications are due in the counseling office by December 1.

    In the spring, seniors will meet in Senior Seminar 1 or 2x a month, participating in our “Getting Ready for College” workshop series. These workshops are taught by HHP faculty and or community professionals. Topics include, but are not limited to: Finance and Budgeting, Campus Safety, Developing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships and Organization and Study Skills.
    • Director of College Counseling

      Charmin Lee