At Sonoran Schools we are committed to providing students with tools and support to begin the journey toward college in the 9th grade. Here are some examples of the kinds of activities and tools we provide for students.
Exploring college options parent and student events. Exploring College Options is a unique program featuring five of the country's leading universities including Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania.
College and financial aid nights. We host representatives from universities to talk about their admission processes and financial aid topics.
Campus trips and information sessions. We host visits from campus representatives and provide transportation to universities so students can learn about and see for themselves what campus life is all about. In Arizona, we have close relationships with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. These sessions and trips begin in a student’s junior year.
College fairs. We take students to college fairs to visit with hundreds of university representatives and meet with admission officers.
Practice and subject college tests. We offer opportunities for students to prepare for and take the SAT Exam as well as the SAT Subject Test. The SAT Exam tests student's critical thinking skills in Critical Reading, Math, and Writing necessary to succeed in college. The SAT Subject Test measures student knowledge in particular subject areas closely linked to the high school curriculum and their ability to apply that knowledge; included are subject tests in Literature, U.S. History, Math 1 and 2, Biology (Ecological and Molecular), Chemistry, Physics, French, and Spanish.
College counseling newsletters. Our newsletters contain information on college admissions, scholarships, and a few of the major events at SSA Tucson.
Family Connection by Naviance. The Connection is a customizable planning portal for students and families that includes self-discovery assessments, goal-setting, college research tools, course planning, career exploration resources, and individual learning plans. It includes StrengthsExplorer, where students can identify their three strongest emerging talents, such as Confidence, Dependability, or Future Thinker. It provides explanations of these themes, strategies for capitalizing on each, and action items to help students gain insight into their greatest talents