First Academy staff is dedicated to meeting your child’s needs. Guidance services range from setting up accommodations for specific learning needs to college and career planning. If you would like to make an appointment with either Mrs. Punt or Mrs. Patterson, please email or call 352-787-7762.
Margaret Punt, Assistant Principal
Amanda Patterson, Guidance Counselor
Annual Parent Meetings
We seek to meet with our Junior and Senior families at least once per year.
Junior Meeting: Understanding the PSAT results/college search-January 2015
Senior Meetings: Beginning the Applications-September 2014
Financial Aid Essentials-December 2014
Students are encouraged to set up an appointment during the spring of their junior year to discuss senior year schedules, community services hours, and college plans. Transcripts are audited to ensure graduation requirements are being met. Seniors are given a guidance folder with necessary information, as well as a calendar with important dates. Seniors are met with as often as needed during the college application process.
Students are required to complete 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. The community service form can be found here. Be sure to bring this with you when you volunteer. Please stop by and see Mrs. Patterson for a list of suggested sites.
- PSAT/NMSQT will be administered annually to students in grades 9-11.
- Students need to take both the ACT and the SAT by the end of their junior year. Honors math students are encouraged to take both at the end of their sophomore year. Test dates and registration can be found on the following sites:
- The Terra Nova 3 is given in the spring to students in grades K-11.
If you are a homeschool family and are interested in testing with us, please call the school office for more information.
During the students’ junior year, they will take Life Management in conjunction with Christian Apologetics. During this course, the students will begin the college search process, take interest and career aptitude inventories, and take a spiritual gifts inventory. The students will also begin to narrow down their schools of interest utilizing the College Board website. The student will complete a college and career research project in which they will identify a career field of interest, conduct interviews with someone in the field, research the occupational outlook for the field, as well as which colleges will prepare them for this career. In addition to college and career research, one day per week will be devoted to test preparation.
The Guide to Christian Colleges and Universities: http://www.naccapguide.com/app.php?RelId=184.108.40.206
Colege Board: http://www.collegeboard.com
Go College: http://www.gocollege.com
Peterson’s Guide: http://www.petersons.com/
Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/
NCAA Eligibility Center: http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp
NCAA Division I Requirements: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/High_School_IE_Standards.pdf
NAIA Eligibility Center: http://www.playnaia.org/