Academics

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/SAT Subject Tests: 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, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests. Most students will take these exams during the spring of their Junior Year.

Seminar Curriculum

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Seminar

    Duration: 1 Year

    Grade Level: 9

    Other: Pass/Fail, ¼ credit

    Description: Freshman Seminar is a uniquely designed course intended to ensure a successful transition from middle school to our college-prep high school. All freshman will meet in their seminar classes 1x week for a full year. This seminar class serves many purposes, but most importantly it helps develop personal relationships with the college counseling staff as well as other counseling and academic professionals in the school. Topics covered include: Personality and Learning Styles, Study and Organizational Skills, Career/College Major Exploration, College Readiness, Early College Planning, and College Expectations, Service Learning/Community Service, Health and Wellness, and Logic and Critical Reasoning.
  • Sophomore Seminar

    Duration: 1 Year

    Grade Level: 10

    Other: Pass/Fail, ¼ credit

    Description: Sophomore Seminar a course designed to support the students’ social, emotional and academic needs. The students will experience a comprehensive health curriculum as well as college preparatory guidance. All sophomores will meet in their seminar classes 1x week for a full year.

    Topics covered include: Emotional Wellness, Social Wellness, Diet and Nutrition, Drugs/Alcohol, College Readiness, Early College Planning, and College Expectations, Service Learning/Community Service, and Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • 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.

    In the fall, juniors will attend seminar class 2-3x a week. Students will be preparing for the ACT and SAT tests. The course is divided into two learning modules. One module is textbook based, the other is online learning. Students will be given test content instruction as well as test taking strategies. Their progress will be monitored and individual learning plans will be developed for each child so that they can reach their full potential.

    In the spring, juniors will meet in Junior Seminar 1 or 2x a month to begin their college application process. They will continue to work on finalizing their college lists, request letters of recommendations from teachers, develop a standardized testing plan, begin their college essays and begin their Common Application.
  • 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

      Christina Van Epp

      Director of College Counseling