High School

Counseling Services

Our school counselors and social workers are amazing people with accredited counseling degrees.

They are available to help HC students in a variety of ways, both personal and academic. They encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and share God’s Word with students, discuss His love, grace, forgiveness, as well as pray with students in personal matters. Students who desire a meeting are encouraged to sign up for an appointment in the counseling office, though parents are welcome to call the school counselor to discuss issues or schedule personal meetings with their students. In some situations, the counselors will make referrals to other support services.

Academic Counseling

Applying for college can get tricky, we realize, so our high school counselors are here to help. But first, here are a raft of tips to get you started:

ACT/SAT Preparation

College Entrance Testing

9th/10th Grades:

All freshmen take the PSAT 8/9, which is a precursor to the SAT and provides excellent practice for subsequent standardized tests as well as valuable test preparation feedback and tools. All sophomores take the PSAT/NMSQT, another precursor to the SAT. In both cases there is no fee charged to students, and they will register through school to take the tests during the school day.

11th Grade:

All juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT, which is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as well as a precursor to the SAT. There is no fee charged to students, and they register through school to take the test during the school day.
Juniors should also consider taking the ACT or SAT beginning in December, February, or June.

12th Grade:

Seniors who intend to go to college should take the ACT and/or the SAT and should register and view the scheduled testing dates and locations directly on the ACT website and the SAT website.

Preparing for the ACT and SAT:

Individual copies of the ACT and SAT test prep booklets are available for all students for free in the counseling office.

  • Sylvan Learning Center offers ACT and SAT preparation classes at their Grandville location. Please call the Sylvan office at 616.552.8160 for more information or to register.
  • ACT Official Online Test Preparation Guide
  • The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to provide a free Official SAT practice
  • The Ultimate Student Starter Kit to the SAT.
  • Community College Placement Exam Workshops/Seniors: Students who plan to attend a community college after graduation and do not meet the minimum ACT or SAT score requirements, will need to take the ACCUPLACER or COMPASS assessment/placement tests. If the results of the assessment determine that further college preparation is needed, preparatory training is available at the Careerline Tech Center or Thompson M-TEC. Dates and locations will be announced.

AP Testing

All AP Exams are typically offered in May through Holland Christian.AP exam registration and payment should be done before the beginning of October. Be sure to complete both steps to register to take an AP test:

  • Step 1: Join your teacher’s AP Classroom and indicate you are interested in taking the AP test.
  • Step 2: Pay for the test through the Total Registration website. The cost of each AP exam is $100, paid online or through a check mailed in to Total Registration, not given to HCHS.

If you have questions contact Charity VanderLaan, cvanderlaan@hollandchristian.org, in the HCHS office.

College Applications

  • Scholarships.com has a helpful College Application Checklist from to help you get organized in applying for college.
  • Current students who are applying to college must request their transcript be sent via Parchment. All HCHS seniors will have the opportunity to create a Parchment account and submit transcript requests free of charge while they are current HCHS seniors. Students can also request transcripts be sent to NCAA and NAIA via Parchment.
  • Seniors using the Common Application for colleges that participate in the program will also request transcripts via Parchment by selecting Common Application as the destination. Then transcripts will be sent to the colleges once the Common Application is completed by the student. Make sure you put your counselor’s name and email address in the place provided in the Common Application. If you are using the Common Application and find that you have a problem requesting a recommendation, please notify the Counseling Office.

Common Application Tips & Info

Things To Know:

  1. Create your account and fill out your profile.
  2. Go to the Education section and fill out your High School info. This must be done to add a college and a recommender to your account.
  3. Go to “My Colleges” tab > Recommenders/FERPA > FERPA > Waive your rights. (Waiving your rights allow admissions officers to view your recommendations as genuine. Waive your rights if this is your preference and you don’t intend to read your references.)

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFO:

  • Class Rank – None
  • GPA is Weighted (4 point scale)
  • Counselor’s Phone number: 616-820-2905
  • Counselor Title: Counselor
  • Cumulative GPA – GPA through the end of junior year, NOT your current semester GPA
  • Dual Enrollment Classes – Enter these under High School classes, not college – there is a spot for dual enrollment.
    • Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Rolling Admissions vs. Regular
    • Early Action means you get notified quicker if you are accepted.
    • Early Decision means if you get accepted early you COMMIT to attending that school regardless of cost, and you cancel your apps at all other schools.
    • Rolling Admission means they review applications when they come in, and they continue reviewing them until the final deadline (usually late spring/early summer).
    • Regular – You won’t receive a notification if you are accepted early.
  • ACT/SAT Test dates – Look these up yourself on the ACT or CollegeBoard websites or on the bulletin boards outside the Counseling Office.
  • HC does not include test scores on your transcript or send them for you.
    • To send scores, you must use your free score sends (enter these when you register for ACT or SAT or within a week of getting results) or request scores to be sent (this costs money) from either SAT or ACT.
  • Transcripts must be requested through Parchment – select where you would like your transcript sent to: individual schools, NCAA, Common App, etc. You must write “Common Application” in the blank for all the colleges you applied to through the Common Application (instead of writing the specific college name).

College Entrance Information

We have published a recording of College Meeting for Juniors for you to reference.

College Search

Visit the What Will They Learn website, a free, online college guide that includes college ratings and ranks and college entrance criteria. The site also provides unique information on whether colleges make sure their students learn the things they need to know; what colleges expect their graduates to study outside their majors; tuition; the number of students who graduate; and what the colleges believe about the education they offer. There are more than 125 institutions currently covered and more will be added.

College Preparation Checklist

The College Preparation Checklist brochure, distributed by the Federal Student Aid Information Center contains college preparation timelines and tips, and a listing of additional publications and websites useful for each year of high school, beginning the freshman year.

FAFSA4CASTER

FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that you can use before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each. Any student, regardless of age or year in school, may use FAFSA4caster. The website will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process. Also, in winter of your senior year of high school, you will receive a reminder to complete the FAFSA.

Government Financial Aid & Private Scholarships

When a senior applies to a college, the college will consider that student for all institution-based aid and all state and federal aid based upon information obtained through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The only scholarships your son/daughter must apply for are those sponsored by private organizations. We are making a concerted effort to inform seniors of all available scholarships. Scholarship information is posted on the counseling bulletin board in the hall and on the “Scholarships” drop down menu below. Our website is updated as new and annual scholarship announcements are received by the counseling department.

FAFSA Workshop

Holland Christian High School hosts a workshop for parents at HCHS, this year on September 10, 2020 at 7 pm. A representative from Calvin University’s financial aid office will walk parents through the application process. The workshop is for parents of juniors and seniors and is not limited to students who are applying to Calvin. The workshop will be virtual this year and parents will be sent a link to join the meeting.

FAFSA Deadlines

The HCHS counseling department recommends that applications be completed no later than February 15 to ensure timely receipt.The FAFSA must be completed to qualify a senior for college financial aid consideration. Here are the FAFSA applications on the Federal Student Aid website. The application should be completed by February 15, 2021 in order to insure timely receipt. The application process for 2020-21 becomes available on October 1, 2020 and applications should be completed as soon as possible. The federal deadline is June 30 and the state deadline is March 1.

College Athletics

Seniors who are considering attending a Division I or II University and hope to compete on an athletic team must complete an NCAA application eligibility form. Students can apply to the NCAA on the NCAA website. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. For a complete listing of NAIA schools and an application, go to the NAIA website. When a student completes an NCAA or NAIA application they must request transcripts be sent to NCAA or NAIA via their Parchment account. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements on the Holland Christian High School NCAA eligibility guide to make sure their senior courses insure eligibility.

Selective Service Registration

Men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. For more information go to www.sss.gov.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

FINANCIAL AID LINKS

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Internal Holland Christian Scholarships

These are scholarships that are available to full-time HC seniors only (this includes Tech Center seniors), and you will find the information and applications for them on Google Classroom. Seniors, you have been emailed an invitation to the Google classroom for HCHS Internal Scholarships. These scholarship applications will be due by 8:00 am on March 30, 2022. Some require extra documents to hand in to the high school office, and you may do that no later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation

You will apply for these on the Community Foundation’s website. All applications must be submitted online. Please read carefully the section “Information You Will Need” before you begin the application process. These scholarships close at 5:00 pm on March 1. You can sign up for email reminders on the Community Foundation website about due dates and the scholarship process.

Local, Regional, & National Scholarships

The Counseling department maintains a Google Doc listing of outside scholarships that we are notified of.

GRCC Foundation Scholarships

Students who have completed the GRCC admissions process are welcome to apply at on the GRCC website. One application will put you in consideration for over 200 award opportunities. The scholarship application period ends at midnight on March 15, 2021.

The American College Foundation

Multiple scholarships for high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Go to American College Foundation website to find out more.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Several different scholarship programs for academically successful students who demonstrate financial need. Go to Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website for more information.

Outside Scholarships

Another comprehensive listing of outside scholarships is the Scholarship and Grants website. Another helpful place to research scholarships and other valuable financial aid information is Scholarships.com.

Tuition Funding Sources

TFS, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $33 billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information. For more information visit the Tuition Funding Sources website

“Need a Lift?”

The American Legion offers an online catalog with scholarships, financial aid and other student opportunities.

Scams

In the midst of searching for scholarships there is potential risk in dealing with scholarship scams. Learn more on FinAid’s Scholarship Scams page.

Transcript Requests

We provide certified copies of student academic transcripts. In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, it is the policy of Holland Christian Schools not to release a transcript to any individual, agency, or organization without the written consent of the student. To be official, a transcript must display the school seal and be mailed directly to your college. Faxed copies are not accepted. So that we may process your transcript request in a timely manner please complete the necessary forms described below in their entirety.

Current Holland Christian High School students should request transcripts be sent to colleges via their Parchment accounts. If students are applying to colleges via the Common Application, they need to request transcripts be sent to Common Application as a destination on Parchment.

If you are a graduate of Holland Christian from 2017 or later, you need to request transcripts to be sent via your Parchment account (there will now be a fee charged).

If you are a graduate or former student of Holland Christian from class of 2016 or earlier, fill out the Graduate Transcript Request Form and return along with the $5 payment (cash or check only) to request a transcript. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Counseling Office at cvanderlaan@hollandchristian.org or 616.820.2905.

Upcoming College Visits

Representatives from these colleges and universities regularly visit the High School during lunch to meet with students and provide information on their schools. The counseling department keeps a Google doc with upcoming visits by college representatives.

COLLEGE FAIRS / OPEN HOUSES

NACAC

National College Fairs have been offered for nearly 50 years as a program of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. They are bringing one to West Michigan on April 16, 2020 at the DeVos Place Conference Center in Grand Rapids. For more information and to register, go to the NACAC website.

GRCC Open House Events

GRCC has many virtual opportunities to explore GRCC.

Various Leadership, Gap Year, & Summer Opportunities

Opportunities from the US Congress

Students who wish to attend a Service Academy should apply directly to the admissions office of the appropriate academy. An Application for Nomination must also be submitted to Congressman Bill Huizenga. Nominations are required by the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York.

Interested students should contact their counselors in the spring of their junior year for more information. The Nominations Timeline for Congressman Huizenga, Academy Information Checklist and application can be found on Congressman Bill Huizenga’s website.

Gap Year Opportunities

For students who are looking for unique summer employment or gap year opportunities that will prepare them for college or a career while living on mission – A Christian Ministry in the National Parks provides individuals with the opportunity to live, work and lead ministry efforts in the context of park communities. Here they will have the chance to lead worship services and engage in relational ministry at the work place, all while earning an income.

Leadership Opportunities

Lakeshore Youth Leadership: LYL’s mission is to embrace and value the area’s youth by empowering them to strengthen our community through meaningful participation. You can read more on this Lakeshore Youth Leadership PDF which has a list of member organizations that you can participate in.

Summer Opportunities

Playing College Athletics

Holland Christian is proud of many alumni who continue participation as student-athletes beyond high school. It is a privilege to find a collegiate opportunity to continue both academics and athletics, but it is also important to understand the realities of competing in college, as well as the process of registering for eligibility. Please visit our College Athletics page to inform yourself of the necessary processes.

We're Here To Help!

Our counselors encourage students who desire to meet with them for any reason to sign up in the counseling office on the noted sign-up sheets. Students who sign up will receive a visitation note with a specific date and time on it. Parents can also feel free to call the counselor at any time to discuss an issue or schedule a personal meeting. Enrollment in Holland Christian High School entitles each student to counseling and social work services. Students whose last names begin with the letters A-M see Mrs. Christner, and students whose last names begin with the letters N-Z see Mr. DeBlecourt.

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