Throughout our students’ time at WNA they are exposed to opportunities that will bring about a self-awareness that is imperative for designing their future paths. Through trips, college tours, discussions, games, role-playing, seminars, and workshops students learn skills that prepare them for their pathways to college. Our students are creating strong college resumes that set them apart! Our students know what college is about, what they are looking for, and we give the students the tools to find success. All students receive academic advising and college guidance steered toward the students’ future goals.
WNA’s culture is founded upon college preparation, and we are developing college savvy students. All our students have a Naviance account and a RAISEME account, for example.
Naviance is the dashboard in which application material is submitted, and the platform offers search capabilities and assessments that assist students in their plans for colleges and careers. Students are able to access statistics on colleges and view “scattergrams” that compare their particular profiles with those of other applicants, all of whose identities are blocked to ensure confidentiality. Naviance has many other tools our students use during all four years of their studies at WNA. Transcripts, recommendation letters, and other school and teacher forms are submitted directly to colleges via Naviance, for example.
RAISME is a college awareness tool in which students enter their grades, awards, extracurriculars, etc., as well as the colleges they are considering. These colleges will appear on any particular student’s dashboard with tuition information and information of potential scholarships based on that student’s profile. Students can view in dollar amount the effect GPA, test scores, community service, awards, and athletic participation have on net tuition, which can be extremely motivating for some.
Throughout students’ education at WNA, they will be part of the four-year college counseling plan. All contact has one main focus - Excellent endeavors for a successful future! We aim to make the college process just that: a process--One that best unfolds throughout high school, not treated as an afterthought rushed through one's senior year.