College Planning for Students
There are two types of transcripts: Official transcripts are to be submitted with your college application because they have a seal and are signed by your Guidance Counselor. Unofficial transcripts may be used to take with you on college visits, as the seal and signature aren't necessary.
Transcripts contain courses, grades, cumulative grade point average (grades 9-11), and credits. A school profile, which explains course coding and weighting of courses, is also sent with transcripts.
To request transcripts, first submit the request via Naviance and second, download and complete a Transcript Release Permission Form, then turn it in to Guidance. Transcripts will be sent within 5 school days of the date your permission form is received. Transcripts will not be sent unless they are requested properly and a release form is received. If you are not a current AGCS student, please email Ms. Alaxson at email@example.com to request a transcript. Please include the address at which the transcript needs to be sent to.
For teacher/counselor recommendations, you must request in person and via Naviance.
Creating a College List - What to Consider
Create a list of schools that interest you and where you wish to apply. Find the requirements for these schools:
- Class Rank: most schools ask for class rank, but since AGCHS is such a small institution we do not calculate class rank.
Research what is important to the schools – what are they looking for? You can find this information in the applying tab when you search a college in Collegeboard.org. For example, you can search for West Chester University and get lots of details about the University and application process.
Based on the requirements you find for the schools in which you are interested, you can then create a list that includes the following types of schools. We encourage submission of at least five applications:
- Two to “safety” schools – schools whose expected SAT/ACT range include scores below your SAT/ACT scores
- Two to “target” schools – schools whose expected SAT/ACT range includes your SAT/ACT scores
- One to a “reach” school – a school whose expected SAT/ACT range includes scores above your SAT/ACT score
Here's a great tip! Research which schools will waive your application fee if you attend an open house or tour. Application fees can run as high as $80, and if you apply to three schools that’s $240, a.k.a. A LOT OF MONEY!