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College Counseling 

Students at ANC are well prepared, both academically and socially, for a useful life in both the natural world and spiritual worlds.

Whether their interests are academic or vocational, our students leave ANC with a solid foundation on which to build their college and career experiences. Students are given the chance to complete advanced studies in all core areas, and many take full advantage of the varied opportunities we provide. The large majority of our students excel in higher education. More importantly, however, they are prepared to be useful and productive individuals and members of society.

Guidance Philosophy

The goal of our college and career counseling program is to help students explore all their available options so they will have the tools to make informed and educated decisions about their future.

Because a high percentage of our students continue into higher education, a major focus of this office is college counseling. However, we are equally supportive of students who do not plan to go to college, and we strongly encourage all of our students to take advantage of the career resources that are available to them.

Student Driven Process

The success of the College and Career Counseling Program depends on the initiative of our students. To take full advantage of our counseling services, each of our students must define their personal needs and ambitions. Then, with our help, students create a list of schools that seem to be a good match and proceed with the application process.

Discipline Reporting

We spend a good deal of time assisting students in an exploration of their academic, personal, and social interests. College should be used primarily to provide a foundation of higher learning and secondarily to prepare a student for a vocational pursuit. We encourage students to seek further education, not just look for a fast-track to high salaries and material success. A well-rounded, well-educated individual makes a more useful citizen, parent, or church member.

Upon direct request from a college or university for information pertaining to a student’s discipline record, college counselors will honestly and fully disclose if a student has been subject to a disciplinary response including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, dismissal or withdrawal from Northwood School. The student should work closely with the college counselor to ensure that both are responding in a consistent and thoughtful manner. Colleges and universities typically require applicants to answer questions about discipline on the application and require counselors to address discipline on the secondary school report.

If a student’s disciplinary status changes after the filing of college or university applications, the student has the opportunity and obligation to inform all schools to which an applications have been submitted or the school at which the student has submitted an enrollment deposit. The student should notify the colleges or universities within two weeks from the date of the change in status. Two weeks after the change in status, the College and Career Counselor will notify the colleges and/or universities in writing that the student’s status has changed and the reason for the change. The college admission officer will be directed to the student and the family for further information.

This policy is in compliance with the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

Planning For College

Because most of our students continue into higher education, a major focus of this office is college counseling. For all of our students (and the parents of our students) planning to continue their educations after leaving ANC, we highly recommend reading Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools College Admissions Process Guideline.



The College Admission Process


The Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools have integrated Family Connection from Naviance into our College and Career Counseling offerings and processes.

Family Connection, the world’s most widely adopted college and career readiness platform, is a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. It helps students connect personal skills to college and career goals and track progress towards those goals. Family Connection also helps to simplify and streamline the college application process by providing a single platform through which the efforts of all internal stakeholders can be coordinated.

The Academy of the New Church has also purchased Naviance eDocs. eDocs will allow us to prepare and send college application documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation electronically to more than 1,700 colleges and universities around the world.

Amongst its benefits, Family Connection allows our students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data
  • Request Transcripts/Letters of Recommendation - Update your college counselor or teacher about steps they need to take in your application process
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.

Family Connection also lets us share information with you about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.

To visit our school’s Family Connection site, use your Web browser to connect to:

Useful Links for Family Connection

Academic Preparation

A Challenging Curriculum 

The secondary schools offer a broad curriculum: students can take honors level and/or accelerated courses in all five core areas (history, English, science, math, and foreign language). Currently, students can graduate with 4 years of one foreign language, 6 years of science, 4 years of history, 5 years of math (including Calculus), and 4 years of English.  

Our academic offerings give our students the opportunity to meet the academic preparation requirements of the most prestigious colleges and universities.

Standardized Testing

As far as college preparation goes, our students are doing quite well. In the last five years (2008-2013), our students have scored 120 points above the national average on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Typically, about 98% of Academy seniors take the SAT or the American College Testing (ACT) exam in preparation for college admissions.

Advanced Placement

The Academy offers two Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Calculus AB and Statistics. Additionally, students in honors US History, Honors English 12, and upper level foreign languages are also strongly encouraged to take the AP test in their content area.

The AP test grades students on a five point scale to assess their qualification for college level credit. The scale is as follows:

  • 5 – Extremely Qualified
  • 4 – Well Qualified
  • 3 – Qualified
  • 2 – Possibly Qualified
  • 1 – No Recommendation

Over the last 5 years, 77% of ANC students who take the AP exams earn a score of 3 or higher (compared to a national average of about 65%).

National Merit Status

Every October our juniors take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Students who score high enough can qualify for national recognition and possibly merit scholarships. Nationally, for the class of 2013, students average a 48 on the verbal section, a 49 on the math, and a 47 on writing skills. At ANC our students averaged a 55 on the verbal, a 55 on the math, and a 53 on writing skills.

Since 2000 ANC has graduated 67 Nationally Commended students and 22 National Merit Finalists. On average, about 10% of each graduating class has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. (Nationally, only about 3% of each graduating class is formally recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.)

Useful Links

There are lots of resources available to help students plan for life after ANC. Here are a few recommendations for where to start:

Alumni Transcript Request

Transcript Request Forms

Academy policy is to not release official transcripts unless the financial account belonging to the guardian(s) is in good standing. To request an official transcript, download the appropriate form from below and return it to ANC Registrar, PO Box 707, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009.

Offers of Admission

Over the last five years, nearly 97% of our graduates have continued into higher education with the intent of earning at least a two- or four-year degree. Nationally, about 60% of high school graduates enter higher education (Source: Tinto's Leaving College and the College Board's College-Bound Seniors: National Report 1999).

Offers of Admission - 2019