Florida Prep Counselors Catalyst For 100 Percent College Acceptance Since 1978
By Space Coast Daily // February 18, 2016
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Katina Long, Courtney Treubert Dedicated To Students
BREVARD COUNTY, MELBOURNE • FLORIDA – Florida Prep counselors Katina Long and Courtney Treubert don’t rest until every one of their students has been accepted to at least one of the colleges they have set their hearts on to attend.
Their dogged determination to guide students down the narrow path of college success has resulted in 100 percent college acceptance for all the graduating seniors since 1978 at the Melbourne preparatory school once known as Florida Air Academy.
“We are extremely lucky to have two dedicated counselors at such a small school and it shows,” said communications director Jeanette Middleton.
“Together, they are a formidable force.”
For Long and Treubert, ‘the force” is definitely with them, as the two form a well-rehearsed team intent on student success. They feel it is critical to have all ducks in a row, so their guidance starts well before students even begin a high school level class.
“We start very early, because we emphasize being prepared,” said Long, Florida Prep’s Director of Counseling.
The school has developed a comprehensive college education program with preparations that begin in earnest as early as middle school, when Long every Friday meets with all students to teach proper study and time management skills and to help them comprehend the impact even just one “D” grade can have on their grade point average.
Long and Treubert get to know their students well, because they want a two-way, enduring communication with each of the students.
Such one-on-one connection with students is possible because of Florida Prep’s small class sizes. The senior class, for example, annually averages around 40 students.
“Because we have a smaller student body, we are able to meet regularly one-on-one, as well as in groups,” explained Long.
“We help them from the very beginning through college acceptance and financial aid, so they can afford the college they want to attend.”
The school prides itself on its challenging academic program and structured environment designed to allow students to realize their potential for success in the classroom and beyond.
“We create a six-year plan for each student so they know exactly what they should be doing during any particular time,” said Long.
“We discuss with them the classes they should be taking and we encourage trying out for sports early to see which ones really appeal to them.”
Students who feel comfortable with the academic challenge are encouraged to take high school level classes in seventh and eighth grade, in order to significantly enhance their resumes.
COLLEGES LOOKING FOR LEADERS
By the time students enter the ninth grade, they are very familiar with Long and Treubert, who are more than counselors. They are mentors.
“With the ninth graders, we meet with them at least four times a year to talk about the need to start building their college resume,” explained Long.
“We provide them with the template they are going to need to share with colleges, as well as with the teachers who will be doing their letters of recommendation. I always tell them that the ninth grade is the beginning of their high school career, because we feel that for our students, school is their career and they need to take it very seriously.”
Students in grades 6th through 9th take the ACT Aspire, a summarative test that allows teachers, students, and parents to identify students strengths and weakness.
“It’s a precursor to ACT and gives them an idea of their expected ACT score,” said Long.
In October or by November of the tenth grade, students have taken the PSAT, another gauge of how they will perform on formal college entrance testing.
In addition to a solid high school academic curriculum that includes four years of math and English, three years of science and social studies and two years of foreign languages, all students at Florida Prep are required to give 100 hours of their time to a worthy community service project.
Participation in sports and clubs is also highly encouraged to increase chances for college acceptance.
“College admission is getting more competitive because the colleges are getting more and more applications each year,” said Treubert.
“Colleges are looking for leaders and good communicators, not just academicians. They want the total package.”
FPA counselors meet with students one-on-one six times during their junior year, and by the second semester of junior year places students in the capable hands of college placement counselor Treubert, whose duties are to help students fine-tune both their college search and resumes, as well as to advise parents and students on available financial aid at desired institutions.
“She gets them involved in search engines to examine possible colleges and she does career assessment to help them understand which colleges would best suit them,” said Long.
Junior year is also the year of serious testing, when students are asked to sit for both the SAT and ACT.
“This gives them a chance to see what weaknesses need to be addressed,” said Long.
Students are provided with a packet of information detailing everything they should have addressed by the end of junior year. This is also the time when college admissions representatives begin flocking to Florida Prep to meet with students.
“We have students from everywhere in the world, so we get college reps from everywhere, too,” said Long.
Students also attend college fairs both in Orlando and Melbourne to meet with additional college admissions staff.
Long and Treubert’s meticulous attention to their students’ college needs often results in handsome offers any student would be delighted to have. For example, one of the members of the class of 2016 has already received a $92,000 scholarship to Stetson University.
“Of the 38 seniors in this year’s class, 32 have already been accepted to at least one of the colleges of their choice, and we make sure they apply for any scholarships and financial aid available to them,” said Treubert.
Without the comprehensive help of dedicated counselors such as Long and Treubert, the search for the right college can be bewildering, frustrating and expensive for both student and parent.
“What’s unique about Florida Prep’s college counseling program is the individual attention that students are given in this critical process, attention that most high schools are simply unable to provide,” said Florida Prep president James Dwight.
For more information call 321-723-3211 or log on to FLPrep.com