• Individual Graduation Plan Meeting (click the words for links to resources.)

    **We are now on Facebook and Twitter**

    Individual Graduation Plans are designed to guide students toward their education, career, and employment goals. During your individual Graduation Plan meeting we will discuss general graduation requirements, career resources, coursework, and opportunities related to the student’s future goals. IGPs also help students align their high school course with college entrance requirements and career goals. These plans are flexible and can change based on the student’s aspirations, abilities, and interests. 

    School of the Arts Program of Studies  - course offerings and descriptions  
    College Resource Guide  - Info and stats from a few South Eastern colleges, universities, and technical schools.

    Dual Enrollment (Trident Technical College)


            Link to application

                        Detailed instructions for the online application

             Requesting accommodations for college TTC classes

           "Next Steps" - Explains the steps Dual Enrollment students should take after graduation.


    College Planning Resources

    Junior Night Powerpoint 2024

    Questbridge - Pre-12th grade Summer checklist

    College Planning Checklist (Sallie Mae)

    College Campus Visit Checklist

    Big Future - How to Build a College List

    Guide to Gap Year Programs 2024

         Recording --- Gap Year Virtual Fair videos 

    SCCango videos from College Process Ambassadors- current students sharing information about the college planning process.

        4 websites to help with tuition

        5 things to do now to set you up for success

        Steps for College Checklist

        How to Find your Dream College

        Three Tips for College Applications

    Get Smart SC - Resources to help you find the right path

    Great resources from ACT to help students and parents through high school. 

        9th Grade - Starting Your High School Journey

        * 10th Grade - Keep Your Eye on the Prize

        * 11th Grade - 5 Questions Students Must Ask

        * 12th Grade - Avoiding the "Senior Slide"


    You've applied, now what next?


    College Essay

    Help for Seniors at SOA!

    College Essay Advising for the Class of 2025 will be available on a first come, first served basis!

    SOA Creative Writing Teacher, Mrs. Beth Webb Hart will be available during high school lunch to help seniors draft and polish their college essays. 

    Check back for the link


    SACAC College Admission Workshop: Personal Essays & Supplemental Essays(recorded webinar)



    College of Charleston's School of Education: The Sisters of Septima (SOS)
    College of Charleston's School of Education: The Sisters of Septima (SOS) has a new initiative in the School of Education named after educational and Civil Rights trailblazer, Septima P. Clark. The Sisters of Septima is a teacher leadership development program designed to support the growth and advancement of women of color majoring in Teacher Education. Aspiring women educators of color can gain the skills, knowledge and connections necessary to become effective and influential leaders in their classrooms, schools and communities. Students in the program will receive expert mentorship, academic support and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant cohort of women who are passionate about teaching and learning.
    • access to tuition assistance to address financial needs & expenses 
      • tuition grants, scholarships and paid internships
    • academic support to ensure success
    • social and cultural support from fellow Sisters
    • opportunity to learn from expert mentors and hear from seasoned educators
    • specially curated texts focusing on teachers of color and culturally aligned teachings


    • Apply for and be accepted into the College of Charleston 
    • Expressed interest in a Teacher Education major
    • Complete the Sisters of Septima application 
    • High School diploma and final transcript; or GED certificate
    • Self-identify as a woman of color
    • Cumulative 3.6 GPA or higher
    • Provide two letters of recommendation from:
      • a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal from the high school where the diploma was earned
      • a person of the applicant's choice who can express the student's involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession
    • Write and submit two essays (see essay requirements drop down for more details)
    • Declare a major in the Teacher Education program in the School of Education by sophomore year

    Apply online



    Charleston Southern University has launched Buc Promise, a new renewable scholarship for Pell-eligible South Carolina residents with a minimum 3.5 high school unweighted GPA. This is our promise: if a student is admitted to CSU and qualify for Buc Promise, CSU will pay their tuition.

    Students eligible for Buc Promise must:

    • Hold at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA 
    • Complete the FAFSA 
    • Be Pell-eligible for more than the “Minimum Pell Grant” 
    • Enroll full-time in a traditional degree program 
    • Be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree  

    More info on the CSU website.


    South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
    Newberry College Dyslexia Program
    The Dyslexia Program at Newberry works directly with students who have a dyslexia diagnosis. This program allows students to receive support individually on a weekly basis, as well as in the classroom using multisensory learning disciplines. Support services include assistance with scheduling organization, pacing, and study skills. Students will also continue to develop their executive skills, improving their self-advocacy. Professors are involved in continuous training, engaging in strategies specifically aimed at supporting students with dyslexia. Students will experience college life with extra support along their Newberry College journey. Financial aid is available for students in the program.
    QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.  
    The College Tour
    Every week, The College Tour brings you the authentic stories of colleges and universities across America through the eyes of their current students. Watch new episodes on their website and App.
    BigFuture - Real Talk  
    Black students can get expert advice about choosing colleges, paying for college, and exploring career options through the BigFuture free on-demand video library.  
    HBCU Edition
    Paying for College Edition
    NY Careers Edition -  Black in Tech
    SACAC Recorded workshops:
    American College of Building Arts

    Winthrop University

    You can check out our entire list of events on our Campus Visit & Events Page


    SCCANGO provides resources to students, parents and counselors about college admissions to SC Colleges and Universities. Check out SCCANGO’s youtube videos about FAFSA and their FAFSA Toolkit


    South Carolina State University

    SC State University accepts Education Benefits for Veterans and their Dependents.



    Interested in applying to a Military Academy?

    Nancy Mace’s office is now accepting Service Academy Nominations for U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Academy. Click here for more information and to request a Military Academy Nomination.



    Virtual tour of the new TTC SC Aeronautical Training Center 
    Big Future College Fairs
    Clemson University
    Clemson University was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant which they are calling “SPECTRA”. This program is in place to academically and financially assist students who transfer from SC Technical Colleges into one of their Engineering or Computing majors. Students would spend one year (or two) at TTC, taking the same coursework they would take at Clemson as a freshman, then transfer to us for 3 years to complete their BS degree. They can apply to receive financial funding at both TTC and Clemson, which is dependent on grades and financial need.
    Common Black College Application -  Apply to any number of the 65 HBCUs for only $20.
    Common App ToolKit
       Getting Started
       Preparing Your Application
       Telling your story
       Working with recommenders & advisors
       Paying for college


    College search and information available when students log into Naviance   - Find Naviance through Clever in your CCSD Portal       


    Academic Common Market Program

    The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by public institutions or are at least 50 percent different in curricular content than programs offered in South Carolina. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates for more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate programs. The ACM is not competitive or merit based, but applicants must meet state residency and college admission requirements.  Participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia (Florida and Texas participate at the graduate level only).




    Palmetto Calculator

    The SC Commission on Higher Education, has developed a “Palmetto Calculator” to help students understand the cost of attending some of SC public colleges or universities. Students can enter their FAFSA “Estimated Family Contribution” as well as other scholarships, loans, etc. to help determine cost. Visit the Palmetto Calculator for more information. 

    Don’t see the college you want to attend on the “Palmetto Calculator”? Every college has a “net price calculator” so visit the financial aid page of your chosen colleges/universities website for more information

    Johns Hopkins University - Resources for students

    3 tips for a productive summer from John Hopkins
        College search

    Start the college search by reviewing college admissions websites. Your students can explore these websites to see a quick overview of each college’s academics, community, and admissions process.

    • Hopkins offers application workshops, including Breaking Down the College Search, where students can learn how to identify which college characteristics are most important to them.
    • Our College Planning Guide has resources for your students to help them navigate the college search process, craft their strongest applications, and make decisions that are right for them and their families.
    • For students who want additional support and meet the income eligibility requirements, Matriculate is a free program where they can virtually connect with an undergraduate advisor on all aspects of the college and financial aid application process.

    Emphasize the importance of getting involved. Your students can consider ways to extend their impact beyond school like volunteering in their community, working a summer job, or participating in college summer programs. Hopkins offers several programs, including Summer at Hopkins and Engineering Innovation, where they can meet like-minded peers and dig deeper into their interests.

    Participation in a summer program at Hopkins does not give an advantage to applicants during the admissions process.


    Encourage your students to attend virtual or on-campus events. Hearing directly from an admissions counselor or current college students can help high school students get a sense of what the university values and what kind of students thrive in their community.

    • Hopkins Preview: Students can join us on campus to dive deep into all things Hopkins. This two-hour program includes an information session, student panel, and campus tour.
    • Virtual Information Session: If your students aren’t sure where to start, this virtual session provides a comprehensive introduction to Hopkins. A member of our admissions committee will go over academics, student life, financial aid, and the application review process.
    • Virtual Admissions Q&A: Your students can get all their questions answered in this open session with an admissions committee member. We’ll share requirements and deadlines and how transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, and other pieces of their application come together in our process.

    Sallie Mae  - Higher Ed Hacks: How to Ace Your College Applications and Essays

    MyinTuition.org - Estimate your cost of of attendance at more than 70 top colleges
    Student Athletes:
    NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete  There are worksheets included that will help to make sure students are taking the correct classes to meet NCAA requirements.