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As the premier independent school in the Florence, Darlington & wider Pee Dee area, Trinity-Byrnes provides a rigorous and well-rounded college preparatory curriculum.

College Counseling Office

100% of TBCS Students are Accepted to 4 Year Colleges

The purpose of the Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School College Counseling Office is to help students and parents understand the college admissions process; to evaluate accurately the students’ achievements, strengths, and aspirations; to gather information about specific choices; and finally, to make an informed and reasoned decision.

Applying to college is a process of decision making. Although we would not agree with those who say that where you go to college is the most important decision that you will ever make, we would agree that it is one of the most important. Don't worry, we are here to help! Our college counseling office is here to guide students through the college search process early on! Our program includes grades 9-12, though it is more intense for juniors and seniors. Students are slowly immersed into the college preparation process in order to make it as stress free as possible. Our goal is to find the best fit for the future of each student.

College admissions representatives visit TBCS throughout the year to give more information about their college to students. This is a great opportunity for a college to come to the students and can help a student narrow down his or her choices early on. College representative visits to TBCS are mostly in the Fall.

College tours and visits are scheduled through the TBCS College Counseling office. Groups of TBCS students and the College Counselor travel during the school day to college campuses in order to experience the college in person. Most students realize if a college is the perfect fit or not after actually visiting and seeing a college campus. Recent college tours include: USC Beaufort, NC State University, Campbell University, Duke University, Elon University, Clemson University, Presbyterian College, and Savannah College of Art and Design. College visits take place mostly in the Spring.

A financial aid workshop open to Juniors, Seniors, and parents is typically held in the Fall in order for early preparation before the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available in October. This is a great time to learn about scholarship opportunities.

Ms. Jackie Griffin, Director of Guidance & College Placement
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Timeline

Timing is critical throughout the entire college admissions process.  The following guidelines are suggested, appropriate, and in fact, necessary:

Freshman Year

  • Build strong academic, language, mathematics, and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses.

Sophomore Year

  • Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop basic skills.
  • Attend a few college meetings offered at Trinity-Byrnes throughout the fall.

Sophomore Timeline Suggestion:

September

  • Pick up booklet describing the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude test/National merit Scholarship Qualification Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Available in the College Counseling office.
  • October

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT at Trinity-Byrnes
  • December

  • Receive results of the PSAT/NMSQT. Read materials sent with your score report and consult your advisor to discuss remaining courses which may be required or beneficial for your post high school plans.
  • April

  • Consider registration for the June SAT II: Subject Tests in academic subjects which you may complete this year (i.e., biology, chemistry, European History). See your subject teacher and advisor for advice.
  • May

  • Consider a summer course or program. Make wise use of your summer!
  • June

  • Take SAT II: Subject Test if appropriate.
  • Junior Year

    • Begin the college selection process.
    • Attend college meetings offered at Trinity-Byrnes throughout the fall.

    Junior Timeline Suggestion:

    September

    Pick up the Information booklet about the PSAT/NMSQT. Available in the College Counseling office. Meet with your advisor to review your courses for this year and plan for your senior year. October – Take PSAT/NMSQT to prepare for SAT I and to be eligible for National Merit Scholarship competition.November – keep your grades up.

    December

    Receive results of PSAT/NMSQT. Read your score report and consult your advisor, your math and English teachers and advisor about how you may improve. This can be an excellent preparation for the SAT I.

    January

    Begin to think about which colleges you would like to explore.

    February

    Meet with the college advisor to begin preparing a list of colleges to explore. Begin building your resume by reviewing scrapbooks and gathering high school awards.

    Buy a file box to keep all of this and your test scores, certificates, etc. in. Sign up for the April ACT w/writing and May or June SAT.

    Begin to prepare for the SAT I and ACT.

    March

    Start investigating courses and majors through college websites and evaluate the literature mailed to you.

    April

    When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to choose challenging courses.

    Sign up for the May SAT II: Subject Tests and the June SAT I. The June SAT I is a very important test date – historically scores are higher on this date. Don’t miss it!

    Take the ACT w/ writing.Look into summer jobs and continue to evaluate colleges. Note: Do not sign up to send ACT scores to colleges until the fall of your senior year and after discussing with your advisor. ACT releases only one report at the time so it is wise to wait to send your highest scores. Since SAT releases all scores past and present, scores can be sent any time.

    May

    Take SAT II: Subject Tests (if appropriate).

    Take Advanced Placement Exams (if appropriate).

    Consider enrolling in academic courses at a local college, pursuing a summer school program, or working for income or/and as a volunteer.

    Make wise use of the summer.

    Plan college visits during the summer and start to refine your list of colleges!

    June

    After school ends, visit colleges.

    Take SAT I or II (Subject Tests) and ACT if you missed it in April!

    July-August

    Visit colleges, take tours and have interviews. Continue to refine your list.

    Responsibilities of the Student, Parents, and School

    Student

    • Thoroughly research, investigate, and visit colleges of interest.
    • Obtain application materials and submit applications in a thorough and timely manner, meeting all the deadlines set by both the colleges and by Trinity-Byrnes.
    • Research the availability of all scholarships and financial aid opportunities at each college to which you intend to apply.
    • Register for all standardized testing and have official score reports sent directly to the colleges from the testing agency.
    • Request recommendation letters from teachers and college advisors, giving sufficient advance notice.
    • Notify the college advisor if the student wishes to have additional information such as updated grades, portfolios, etc sent to a college during the course of the year.
    • Take the initiative to seek out the college advisor for advice as needed. If you want to play college sports, talk with your coachyour junior year and register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
    • Abide by the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and The Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, especially with regard to honoring commitments to colleges, the candidates reply late, and early decision.

    Parents

    • Facilitate the student’s college search, especially in regard to visiting colleges which is integral to the process.
    • Discuss honestly and openly with the student your thoughts, wishes, and preferences especially regarding financial issues.
    • Make appointments for a college conference with the college advisor.
    • Remind the student of application deadlines and over see procedures if requested.
    • Submit all forms required of parents, especially financial aid forms, including the CSS Profile and FAFSA.

    College Counselor/TBCS

    • Meet with the student in the junior year to help assess his/her thoughts on the size, type, and location of colleges to consider.
    • Assist the student in creating a balanced list of appropriate colleges and help the student estimate chances of admission.
    • Assist the student with the application as needed or requested.
    • Review completed applications before being submitted.
    • Write the school recommendation as part of the college application process
    • Follow–up with student during the senior year to remind students of deadlines, answer questions, address concerns, and set up individual conferences
    • Respond to student and parent questions
    • Abide by the rules in NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice and Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

     

     

    Our Mission
    To operate exclusively as a college preparatory school of academic excellence for grades 7-12, preparing our students intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually to be well-rounded citizens able to lead productive lives in a global society.