At YSC Academy, we have created an individualized college and career counseling program with the goal of creating the best possible post-graduation options for each of our student-athletes. We follow a student-centered, student-led approach to the college admission process and expect each of our student-athletes to drive much of what happens with regard to the process. In utilizing this approach, we find our student-athletes are more at ease throughout the process and take time to discuss and select schools that are best suited to their individual interests and needs.
Our primary goal in the college search process is to educate our student-athletes about the opportunities that are available to them, both academically and athletically, and to help them find the best fit. The process starts in 9th grade with individual and group meetings that provide an overview of different types of post-secondary institutions and underscore the importance of academic performance. The conversation continues in 10th grade, as students work individually with the Director of College & Career Counseling to establish an initial “working list” of college options while developing burgeoning relationships with college coaches. As 11th graders, each student-athlete continues to formalize and refine his potential plans for the future by visiting and further researching colleges. With the help of the Director, students create a YouTube channel with game film and a highlight tape, as well as independently manage relationships with collegiate men’s soccer programs. The Director cultivates relationships with collegiate admission offices and Division I, II, III, and NAIA men’s soccer programs to aid student-athletes in this process. College admission testing options, requirements, and recommendations are discussed with student-athletes based on the specific schools identified. By 12th grade, our student-athletes are well prepared to submit applications and focus on graduation from YSC Academy.
All students in grades 9-11 take the PSAT/NMSQT in order to establish a benchmark for their testing and give coaches a window into their potential scores on the SAT and ACT. YSC Academy also provides twice-weekly test prep sessions, led by our faculty, which are built into the school day for 10th and 11th graders. Student-athletes must also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, which they complete alongside the Director of College & Career Counseling.
Since an open dialogue is incredibly important, the Director of College & Career Counseling is available for any and all questions related to the admissions process on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions about our college process, please contact Beverly Brooks, Director of College & Career Counseling.