Our College Counseling program is key to our mission of preparing students and families to be college-ready.
Visits to 30+ different colleges and universities.
Students at The Neighborhood Academy receive early and consistent exposure to the world of higher education, which intensifies in the junior and senior year with step-by-step guidance on testing, financial aid, and college selection. Our Dean of Students and Operations serves as a knowledgeable and encouraging resource to students and families through both high school and college, and helps match each student with the “right” college. Throughout the course of a student's time at The Neighborhood Academy, he or she will tour over 30 different colleges and universities, including schools such as:
- University of Pittsburgh
- Penn State University (Main Campus & Behrend)
- Duquesne University
- Point Park University
- Bethany College
- Slippery Rock University
- Edinboro University
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- California University of Pennsylvania
- Temple University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Geneva College
- Seton Hill University
- ...And many, many more!
Learning how to pay for and adjust to college.
In addition to campus visits, our College Counseling program also includes:
- Financial and educational guidance, including an annual Financial Aid Night, so that families can receive help in compiling required financial documents.
- Covering the cost of application fees and testing materials for our students.
- A yearly seminar on adjusting to college, including freshman year expectations, how to find and access campus resources, and even how to select and form a healthy relationship with a roommate.
Continual and on-going alumni support.
However, perhaps the most important aspect of our College Counseling program is the on-going support we give our alumni. Staff members make annual visits to see our alumni, and they regularly communicate with students to keep abreast of their progress. Should any student experience great difficulties at college, they pay additional visits as needed. We also dedicate resources to the financial challenges our families face in college, including textbook costs, transporting students to and from college on an as-needed basis, completing forms, and more.