College Counseling

Applying to college is a critical point of personal transition, and the counseling staff endeavors to walk students through the process beginning in ninth grade and culminating with students having the opportunity to make a college choice that is the best fit for them.

We’re always working to demystify the college admission process and teach students where and how they can exert control. Using the most current technical tools, we enable students to become informed stakeholders and responsible decision makers. At the same time, we understand college admission to be a family experience, so we invite parents to work alongside us to help students not only plan for college but for the rest of their lives.

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College Acceptances

For College Representatives

Oaks Christian School is uniquely located in the beautiful and safe suburban community of Westlake Village, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California, and 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. To schedule a campus visit, please logon to www.repvisits.com or contact Brittany Lindsey at blindsey@oakschristian.org.

Oaks Christian School
College Counseling Office
31749 La Tienda Dr
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Northbound on the US-101

  1. Exit Lindero Canyon Road and turn right
  2. Turn left on Via Colinas
  3. Turn left on Via Rocas
  4. Via Rocas turns sharply right and becomes La Tienda Drive
  5. Enter gate "D" and proceed to the visitor's parking lot

Southbound on the US-101

  1. Exit Lindero Canyon Road and turn left
  2. Turn left on Via Colinas
  3. Turn left on Via Rocas
  4. Via Rocas turns sharply right and becomes La Tienda Drive
  5. Enter gate "D" and proceed to the visitor's parking lot

College Search

Big Future
A College Board resource for college and scholarship research.

California State Universities
How to plan for and apply to the California State University.

Catholic Colleges
The National Catholic College Admission Association is a non-profit organization of Catholic colleges and universities committed to promoting the value of Catholic higher education and serving students in the transition to college.

Naviance
Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps Oaks Christian School align student strengths and interests.

University of California
Learn how to apply to UC's nine undergraduate campuses.

YouniversityTV
Official home of college video tours.

Financial Aid

College Board CSS Profile

The College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® is an online application that collects information used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources outside of the federal government.

FAFSA
Federal Student Aid. An office of the U.S. Department of Education.

Fast Web
Find your dream school and a way to pay for it.

FinAid!
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, FinAid! is the most comprehensive free resource for objective and unbiased information, advice and tools.

Oregon Trail College Tour - April 2017

This college tour is recommended for sophomore and junior students interested in exploring colleges in Oregon. The tour will fly into Portland International Airport. We will visit six (6) colleges along Interstate 5 between Portland and Eugene. This trip will give students the opportunity to compare large vs. small and public vs. private institutions.
This experience will help them develop an understanding of their preferences and give them a jump start on the process of narrowing their college search.

Colleges we will visit will include (subject to change):

  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Willamette University
  • University of Portland
  • Portland State University

Resources

Campus Crusade for Christ

A caring community passionate about connecting to Jesus Christ.

Chegg
Check out Chegg for scholarship information and more.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The heart and soul in sports.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide.

SAT/ACT Prep

ACT Registration
Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website.

SAT Registration
The SAT is offered seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only), May and June.

Khan Academy

A College Board partner that provides SAT test prep free of charge.

Number 2
Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free!

OC Learning Center
The OC Learning Center is now offering SAT and ACT overview seminars, small group classes and private tutoring.

Student Guide and Timeline

College guidance begins in the 9th grade with students’ selection of classes. Parent and student programs (which are provided in the spring of a student’s 8th-grade year) are designed to give an overview as well as a focus to the priorities and direction for the years ahead. High school students at Oaks Christian School are assigned an individual college counselor during the summer between 9th and 10th grades. Ninth-grade students are welcome in the counseling office anytime and are encouraged to visit with any available counselor.

The following calendar reflects the College Counseling component of a student's progress during the course of the next four years.

9th Grade

  • Monthly Spotlight on College events - Choose from a variety of seminar topics related to the college search and application process.
  • Naviance/The Family Connection - During Freshman Bridge Seminar in the fall, students will register and begin to learn about this valuable resource used by the college counseling office.
  • Students and parents are encouraged to attend the National Christian College Fair which takes place on the Oaks Christian School campus each fall.
  • Freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 test (a pre-SAT test to build standardized test-taking skills and confidence).
  • Test result distribution of PSAT 8/9.
  • Course Scheduling Seminar for parents and students regarding course selection for sophomore year.

10th Grade

  • Monthly Spotlight on College events - Choose from a variety of seminar topics related to the college search and application process.
  • The college counseling office will coordinate several College Explore Trips throughout the year, as well as one college tour either during winter or spring break.
  • Sophomores are encouraged to meet with a minimum of three college representatives who visit our campus during the fall. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings as well.
  • Students and parents are encouraged to attend the National Christian College Fair which takes place on the Oaks Christian School campus each fall.
  • Let’s Talk College is one of the premier events for sophomore year and features an outstanding guest speaker. This event is mandatory for sophomore students and highly recommended for parents.
  • All sophomore students will take the PSAT on a Wednesday in mid-October and will be strongly encouraged to take a mock ACT on a Saturday in early November.
  • Test result distribution of PSAT and mock ACT.
  • College counselors will meet individually with sophomore families late in their spring semester to discuss current progress and plans for the future.

11th Grade

  • Spotlight - Junior Parent Night kicks off the year with the college counseling team. We will outline the year ahead for you and your junior student.
  • Monthly Spotlight on College events - Choose from a variety of seminar topics related to the college search and application process.
  • The college counseling office will coordinate several College Explore Day Trips throughout the year, as well as one college tour either during winter or spring break.
  • Junior students are encouraged to meet with a minimum of three college representatives who visit our campus during the fall. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings as well.
  • All junior students will take the PSAT on a Wednesday in mid-October.
  • College Knowledge Night is a mandatory event for junior students and strongly recommended for parents. Participants will have the opportunity to attend several seminar sessions being offered by college admissions representatives and local professionals on a variety of college search and application topics.
  • College Counselors will distribute individual family meetings dates with juniors and their parents at College Knowledge Night. These individual family meetings take place in the spring semester.
  • All junior students and their parents are asked to complete a junior questionnaire that will assist their counselor with the preparation of their college letter of recommendation.
  • Strategize an ACT/SAT test prep plan with your college counselor during your junior meeting in early spring.
  • Students need to register (with either College Board or ACT website) to take their first ACT or SAT test. Sign up for and take SAT Subject Tests as advised by your counselor.
  • Los Angeles Renegade Case Study Event - Juniors and their parents should prioritize this opportunity to participate in a Mock Admissions Committee and attend a college fair.
  • College Summer Institute (CSI) is a three-day workshop for rising seniors offered the week after school concludes (of their junior year). Content includes fine tuning the college list, application planning and essay writing.

12th Grade

  • Senior Parent Night - The counseling staff will be on hand to meet with senior parents at a kick off meeting during the second week of school. Individual senior counseling appointments are distributed at that time.
  • Senior counseling appointments - Counselors meet with senior families to finalize the college list and articulate an application plan of action.
  • SAT/ACT/Subject Tests - Senior students will continue their standardized testing plan of action into the fall of their senior year.
  • Seniors are encouraged to meet with college representatives who visit our campus during the fall. These are the admissions officers that will be reading their applications so making a connection while they are here on campus is an important part of self-advocacy.
  • Monthly Spotlight on College events - Choose from a variety of seminar topics related to the college search and application process.
  • Ongoing support for senior students and families throughout the year to address college essays, submission of applications, financial aid, processing acceptance, denial, deferral, and waitlist notifications, and making a college selection.

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