College counseling at Hampton Roads Academy begins, in essence, the moment a family chooses to enroll their child at the Academy. As a college preparatory school, the curriculum is structured in order to prepare all students for success at the college or university they ultimately choose.
The College Counseling Office works with students and their families to guide them through the college search and application process. This process begins in the ninth grade as faculty advisors work with students in planning appropriate courses. Advisors also work with students as they learn to balance academics with a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics. College Counselors meet with students and host periodic parent information sessions throughout the ninth and tenth grade years. Formal college counseling begins in the junior year when students and their parents attend the annual College Night program where families are introduced to the process and the year ahead. Each junior and his or her parents have an individual meeting with a college counselor early in the spring semester to create an initial list of colleges. Over the next year and a half, students and parents continue to work closely with the college counseling staff from the first meeting through graduation. The college counselors serve as resources, guides, and advocates for students and families as they navigate the process of investigating colleges and universities, applying to schools, and making the final decision of where to attend.