College Counseling

Great Hearts is committed to an individualized approach to college counseling that focuses on finding the right fit for each student. The emphasis of the program is on helping students discover who they are as learners and emerging adults.

Throughout their years at North Phoenix Prep, our students learn to be comfortable in the worlds of both ideas and practicality, understanding the relationship between the two. This serves our students particularly well when selecting a college experience.

General inquiries: college@northphoenixprep.org

Ms. Sheila Conner, College Counselor
sconner@northphoenixprep.org
Appointment: https://calendly.com/sconner-npx

Ms. Tier Martin, College Counselor
tmartin@northphoenixprep.org

College Admissions Representatives

View our school profile to learn more about North Phoenix Prep and schedule a campus visit through RepVisits.

College Acceptances | Class of 2022
Notable Scholarships | Class of 2022

Upcoming Events

College Counseling Calendar

Check out College Counseling support and scheduled events for freshmen-juniors this fall!

Campus Visits
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September – February | 12:55 PM Lunch, MPR/Drama Room
Meet with college admissions representatives during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Check out the College Counseling calendar for scheduled dates and schools. Students, please pack a lunch and bring it with you as visits will start promptly at 12:55 PM. Pick up a RepVisits worksheet on your way in and expand your college list!

Fall Workshops for Juniors
First Wednesday of the Month | 2:45 – 3:45 PM MPR
Juniors, get a head start on college prep at required after-school workshops.

  • September 7th: College 101
  • October 5th: All Things Testing – PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP Credit, CLEP
  • November 2nd: Values Assessment & National Scholarships
  • December 7th: Naviance College List

Tri-University Workshops (open to all high school grades)
Varied October Dates | Virtual – Register Online
ASU, NAU and UA have partnered to offer a variety of financial aid-related workshops throughout October. Session topics include the following:

  • Prepare for the FAFSA – Attend this session to learn about the process and requirements for completing the FAFSA, including how to create an FSA ID.
  • Paying for College: Understanding Financial Aid & Scholarships – Attend this session to hear from your in-state universities about paying for college, ways to earn merit-based scholarships and understanding college attainment programs at each university.

Deadline: Order Graduation Supplies (Cap & Gown)
Saturday, October 1st
Senior families, order your graduate’s cap and gown with Jostens. Only the Cap & Gown Unit is required to participate in our graduation ceremony. Check out their flyer for additional options.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop
Wednesday, October 5th | 6:30 PM MPR
College Counseling has partnered with Grand Canyon University to host a FAFSA workshop on campus. Senior parents, please RSVP online and bring your laptop plus any required documentation.

Ryon Frisch Financial Planning Presentation
Thursday, October 6th | 6:30 PM Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, Theatre

  • Understanding the cost of college
  • Understanding the formulas used to determine financial aid and what you can do to improve your chances to receive aid
  • Understanding the difference in cost between private and public universities
  • Determining which types of investments will help pay for college

College Counseling Monthly Chat
Friday, October 7th | 2 – 2:45 PM Zoom Link
Learn more about how College Counseling supports your student’s journey toward selecting a college experience. Open to parents of current freshmen through seniors.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) Day 
Tuesday, October 11th | 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Register your student for an all-inclusive (FREE) day trip to Grand Canyon University in downtown Phoenix. GCU will cover bus transportation from NPX Prep and back plus lunch! Planned activities include the Cadaver Lab Experience, a campus tour and admissions presentation. Registration closes Monday, October 3rd.

PSAT Testing for Sophomores and Juniors
Tuesday, October 25th | Regular School Hours
All sophomores and juniors are scheduled to take the PSAT/NMSQT on campus. A great primer for standardized testing, the PSAT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarship awards.

Great Hearts Financial Aid Night
Thursday, November 17th | 6 – 7 PM Virtual – Register Online
Join admission representatives from ASU to learn about your financial aid resources available to you. Our team of experts will guide you through understanding your costs, accessing and understanding your awards, and answer your questions about paying for college. Not specific to ASU.

Great Hearts College Symposium 
Saturday, April 1st | 3 – 6 PM Scottsdale Preparatory Academy – RSVP Online
This network-wide event is open to Great Hearts Juniors and their parents.
3 PM Optional Personal Statement Workshop
4:30 PM Optional Financial Aid Presentation
4 – 6 PM Meet with College Representatives
Please note that students must wear their full school uniform to participate.

Student Resources

Naviance Login

College Planning Tool for Families at NPX Prep
Naviance allows students to search for colleges, keep a college list, sign-up for college information sessions, research careers and much more! Juniors and seniors will gain access to an account on Naviance. Please see a College Counselor for assistance with your username or password.

CommonApp: College Application Portal Navigate your application journey using CommonApp (useful platform for out-of-state applications.) Check in with your College Counselors before creating a student profile.
Best Practices Resource This resource from CommonApp offers helpful guides that walk you through the application process step by step.
The College Tour: Ask Admissions Browse a video series featuring admissions representatives from various colleges.
College Admission Glossary Learn terms frequently used during the college application process, such as early action (EA) versus early decision (ED).
College Transitions DataVerse Features a comprehensive array of tables, lists, and data designed to help navigate the college admission and financial aid process.
Application Deadlines for Fall 2023 Reference this guide for common college application deadlines.

Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) All senior families should complete the FAFSA starting October 1st of your student’s senior year.
NetPrice Calculator Explore how financial aid may impact the true out-of-pocket cost or net price of each college.
FinAid Online source for financial aid information and tools
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) As a resident of Arizona, you may be eligible for tuition savings at more than 160 participating WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) schools.
Sallie Mae Private student loan opportunities
StudentAid Learn how to apply for various forms of financial aid (includes the FAFSA)

Scholarship Resources

Scholarships.com Online scholarships search database (3.7 million scholarships)
FastWeb Free search platform for scholarships and financial aid tools
BigFuture Online scholarship search database maintained by CollegeBoard
College Depot Online scholarship search database maintained by Phoenix Public Library
Chegg Online scholarship search database
CollegeScholarships.com Online scholarship search database
Go Merry Free search and application platform for scholarships
Raiseme.com Earn micro-scholarships as early as freshmen year.
Great book resource: Ultimate Scholarship Book 2022

Standardized Testing

North Phoenix Preparatory Academy School Code: 030114
ACT to SAT Score Conversion Chart (Princeton Review)

Register for the SAT
Saturday, October 1 – Register by Friday, September 2
Saturday, November 5 – Register by Friday, October 7
Saturday, December 3 – Register by Thursday, November 3
Free SAT Preparation & Practice Tests

Register for the ACT
Saturday, October 22 – Register by Friday, September 16
Free ACT Preparation & Practice Tests

Major and Career Search Tools

ASU’s me3: Major and Career Quiz Easily explore majors and careers that fit your interests and passions.
RoadTrip Nation Videos and tools that capture empowering stories and tools to find a career that matters to you.
O*Net Interest Profiler 60-question quiz to identify your interests and how they relate to the world of work; sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.