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Finding the Right Fit for Every Student


Deciding which college to attend is one of the most exciting and difficult decisions our seniors face each year. Our college counseling office is available to guide students through this often perplexing process. From parent and student meetings starting in ninth grade to individualized sessions with juniors and seniors, college counseling at GWA empowers our high school students to be proactive in their college search.

George Walton Academy holds accreditations from AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,) the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Click image at left to access the official School Profile. 


Resources


Our students have access to a variety of resources and tools to help them prepare for the college admissions process.

GWA offers Advanced Placement classes in every major subject area as well as art, music and computer science. Qualifying students may elect to take some AP courses as early as 10th grade. AP classes are typically small with an average class size of 10 students.

Students who choose to take an AP course must sit for the AP exam and/or turn in a portfolio of work, as required by the course, at the end of the spring semester. GWA students' AP exam scores consistently rank above state and national averages. 

In addition to our distinguished AP program, George Walton Academy is pleased to partner with Truett-McConnell University to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit on our campus through Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program.

GWA teachers serve as TMU adjunct instructors in the subject areas of Spanish, English, college algebra, and statistics.  This program allows qualified upper school students to maximize their education by taking courses that earn college and upper school credit simultaneously, without having to leave our campus or take an online course.  

 

Click here for links to an extensive list of summer enrichment programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to access a library of interesting college admissions-related articles and links to university blogs. . 

Click here to access a variety of helpful videos, including a series produced by the University of Pennsylvania that provides insights and  tips for navigating the application process.

For a list of local, state, and national scholarship opportunities, please contact Laura Nabors at lnabors@gwa.com.

 

 

Cialfo started in 2016 with one mission: to increase transparency and accessibility of college information. It is an online platform that will make college applications simpler, more straight-forward, and more pleasant. Cialfo is partnered with the Common Application and Parchment to make the sending of admission documents securely and efficiently. Our students are going global and Cialfo reflects that. Its database of colleges provides financial aid data, course information, essay prompts and deadlines for major schools and historical acceptance rates based on test scores and grades. 

With instant access to more than 700 colleges and universities around the world, the Common App is the most seamless way to manage the application process.

Naviance is a software package available to our counselors and students that provides college research and matching tools, course planning options, scholarship sources, and alumni college updates. GWA utilizes Naviance as a college and career readiness solution that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, ultimately improving student outcomes.  * The Naviance account requires an individual registration code for each student and family that may be obtained from Mr. Clancy or Mrs. Nabors.


This web-based program helps our upper school students more clearly identify their natural strengths and interests as they consider potential career and academic paths. Students get personalized matching to strong career fits, in-depth information on each career. Students will use these results to determine potential majors that will help them find the best-fit colleges.

Internships are available for juniors are seniors during GWA's Winter Term. This is a great resume builder to give students real-world experience outside of the classroom. Through partnerships in our local community, as well as the Atlanta and Athens areas, our three-week internship program develops students' skill sets and provides an opportunity to explore their interests. Please contact Mr. Reynolds at mreynolds@gwa.com for further information. 

 


Events


We host several events throughout the year, both on and off campus, to help inform our students of their college and career choices. University Recruiters, please contact Jon Terrell at jterrell@gwa.com.

Each year the GWA campus hosts a number of admissions representatives from colleges and universities around the country. These representatives hold informal meetings for our upper school students in the Commons and cafeteria throughout the fall and early spring, providing an opportunity for students to ask questions, check on application requirements and get to know these colleges a little better. Upper school freshmen through seniors are encouraged to engage and practice their conversational skills while learning about opportunities and programs at the collegiate level. College representatives, please email Jon Terrell at jterrell@gwa.com to schedule a visit.


Our students are as unique as the colleges to which they apply, and this fact makes the campus visit an integral part of their college decisions.

Every spring our college counseling office coordinates a series of college tours to take GWA freshmen, sophomores and juniors to visit potential college and university choices. While on tour, students enjoy lunch in the dining halls, walk and talk with current college students, and chat with admissions staff.

Our college tours in 2018-2019 included Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Alabama, Samford University and UAB. Future tours will include both in-state and out-of-state destinations.

This week-long boot camp in July is for rising seniors who want a jump-start on the college application process. It is especially helpful for students who have a busy fall schedule, those who would like to apply “early action” or “early decision,” and those who are seeking to receive financial aid and merit scholarships. Rising seniors will master their admissions essays, create effective resumes, and complete their college admissions applications through Common Application, Coalition Application, and/or GaFutures. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from local college admission counselors. There will be homework students will need to complete during the camp to get the most out of this program. 

GWA high school students will have the opportunity to take advantage of multiple local college fairs. Probe College hosted by the Walton County Chamber of Commerce in the fall and the NACAC College Fair in the spring. 

Held in March, all upper school students will learn from and engage with professionals in a wide range of fields, ranging from medicine to supply-chain management, and politics to entrepreneurship. If you are interested in leading a session, please contact Carolyn Phillips at cphillips@gwa.com. 

Jon Terrell

Director of College Counseling
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Laura Nabors

Associate Director of College Counseling
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“It was really nice to go ahead and get a head start on seeing what college would be like and what colleges expect from you, especially for students going into their sophomore and junior years. It was an amazing opportunity.”

Melissa Gish, Class of 2020
reflecting on college tours during Trip Week