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Information for Students and Parents

Table of Contents

  • (AP) Advance Placement
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Dual Credit
  • Duke Tip Scholar
  • Character Education
  • College Application Process
  • College Application Deadlines
  • College and Career Information Websites
  • FAFSA Information
  • IGP
  • Military Career Pathways
  • Personal and Social Web Resources
  • Resources – Parents
  • Resources – Students
  • South Carolina Personal Pathways
  • Scholarship Search Website
  • Suicide Prevention

Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

Students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT . Changes made to the SAT in 2016 have made it easier than ever to prep for both tests concurrently — and earn competitive scores on both!  

The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. Try our QUIZ: SAT, ACT, or Both? to learn more.

Many students and parents begin the college prep process by comparing the ACT and SAT tests. The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other.




Why Take It

Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

Test Structure

·       Reading

·       Writing & Language

·       Math

·       Essay (Optional)

·       English

·       Math

·       Reading

·       Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)


·       3 hours (without essay)

·       3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

·       2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

·       3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)


5 reading passages

4 reading passages



1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)



·       Arithmetic

·       Algebra I & II

·       Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis


·       Arithmetic

·       Algebra I & II

·       Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics

Calculator Policy

Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.

You can use a calculator on all math questions.


Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

How It's Scored

Scored on a scale of 400–1600

Scored on a scale of 1–36

Compare the ACT and SAT tests

  • ACT includes a Science section
  • SAT includes one SAT Math Section on which you may not use a calculator


From the Princeton Review


AP (Advance Placement)

Why Choose Advanced Placement (AP) Classes?

Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

A Different Kind of Class: From the moment you enter an AP classroom, you'll notice the difference—in the teacher's approach to the subject, in the attitude of your classmates, in the way you start to think. In AP classrooms, the focus is not on memorizing facts and figures. Instead you'll engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively. Find Your Passion: With varied AP Courses to choose from, you'll be able to explore your interests and discover new passions. In AP classes, you'll study fascinating topics and ideas that just might become the foundation of your future college major or career.

Prepare to Succeed in College: AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. You'll improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits.

Earn College Credit and Placement: More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP

Exam scores: By entering college with AP credits, you'll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

Talk to your School Counselor about the course you want to take. Discuss the course's workload and any preparation you might need.

AP and the Cost of College: Research shows that your AP experience can benefit you in several important ways when you reach college:

? AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years - students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,0001for each additional year. Thirty-one percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.2



Bullying Prevention

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Recognizing Bullying

Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, defines bullying in his book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do:

"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."

This definition includes three important components:

1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

In his writings, Dr. Olweus is very clear that bullying is peer abuse that should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Today, more than thirty states have adopted laws against bullying.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take on many forms. As part of the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, students are asked if they have been bullied in any of these nine ways:

1. Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
2. Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
3. Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting
4. Bullying through lies and false rumors
5. Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully
6. Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully
7. Racial bullying
8. Sexual bullying Learn more about bullying and sexual orientation
9. Cyber bullying (via cell phone or Internet) Learn more about cyber bullying 

Bullying is Not Teasing

It might be hard to tell the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Teasing usually involves two or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun to all the people involved. Often they tease each other equally, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse.

Why Students Bully

Information about bullying suggests that there are three interrelated reasons why students bully.

1. Students who bully have strong needs for power and (negative) dominance.
2. Students who bully find satisfaction in causing injury and suffering to other students.
3. Students who bully are often rewarded in some way for their behavior with material or psychological rewards.

Warning Signs of Bullying

Students Who are Bullied

Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. These students may:

·       Have torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings

·       Have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting

·       Have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time

·       Seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (such as clubs or sports) with peers

·       Take a long "illogical" route when walking to or from school

·       Lose interest in doing school work, or suddenly begin to do poorly in school

·       Appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home

·       Complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems

·       Have frequent bad dreams, or trouble sleeping

·       Experience a loss of appetite

·       Appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem

Students Who Bully Others

It's important to recognize the characteristics of students who bully, which may help prevent bullying and allow for early intervention. These students may:

·       Have a positive attitude toward violence and the use of violent means

·       Have a strong need to dominate and subdue other students and get their own way

·       Be impulsive, aggressive, or easily angered

·       Lack empathy toward students who are bullied

·       Have defiance and aggression toward adults, including teachers and parents

·       Be involved in other anti-social or rule-breaking activities such as vandalism, delinquency, and substance abuse

·       Have greater physical strength than that of others in general and the students they bully in particular (especially in boys)

·       Be more likely to report owning a gun for risky reasons, such as to gain respect or to frighten others

Identifying the Effects of Bullying

As a parent, you may suspect your child is being bullied. If you are not quite sure, review these common signs to help you recognize if bullying is occurring. Your child may:

  • come home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
  • have unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches from fighting
  • have few, if any, friends with whom he or she spends time
  • seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with
  • peers (such as clubs or sports)
  • take a long, "illogical" route when walking to or from school
  • lose interest in school work or suddenly begin to do poorly in school
  • appear sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
  • complain frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems
  • have trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
  • experience a loss of appetite
  • appear anxious and suffer from low self-esteem

Read more about how bullying affects children.

Help your child deal with bullying by talking to teachers, administrators, and staff and by taking advantage of the following resources (files are downloadable PDFs). 


Stop Bullying Now 
A federal government resource that helps families understand and address bullying.

PACER Center 
The nonprofit PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Center for Educational Rights) helps families of children with disabilities. The site includes resources to help parents address bullying issues with their children's school, specifically bullying of students with special needs.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying through email, instant messaging (IMing), chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) (Kowalski et al. 2008). Cyber bullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated.

Unique Characteristics

Cyber bullying has some rather unique characteristics that are different from traditional bullying:


As bad as the "bully" on the playground may be, he or she can be readily identified and potentially avoided. On the other hand, the child who cyber bullies is often anonymous. The victim is left wondering who the cyber "bully" is, which can cause a great deal of stress.


Most children who use traditional ways of bullying terrorize their victim at school, on the bus, or walking to or from school. Although bullying can happen elsewhere in the community, there is usually a standard period of time during which these children have access to their victims. Children who cyber bully can wreak havoc any time of the day or night.

Punitive Fears

Victims of cyber bullying often do not report it because of: (1) fear of retribution from their tormentors, and (2) fear that their computer or phone privileges will be taken away. Often, adults' responses to cyber bullying are to remove the technology from a victim - which in their eyes can be seen as punishment.


Most traditional bullying episodes occur in the presence of other people who assume the role of bystanders or witnesses. The phenomenon of being a bystander in the cyber world is different in that they may receive and forward emails, view web pages, forward images sent to cell phones, etc. The number of bystanders in the cyber world can reach into the millions.


The anonymity afforded by the Internet can lead children to engage in behaviors that they might not do face-to-face. Ironically, it is their very anonymity that allows some individuals to bully at all.

Common Forms of Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying can take many forms. However, there are six forms that are the most common.*

Harassment: Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages

Denigration: Distributing information about another that is derogatory and untrue through posting it on a Web page, sending it to others through email or instant messaging, or posting or sending digitally altered photos of someone

Flaming: Online "fighting" using electronic messages with angry, vulgar language

Impersonation: Breaking into an email or social networking account and using that person's online identity to send or post vicious or embarrassing material to/about others.

Outing and Trickery: Sharing someone's secrets or embarrassing information, or tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information and forwarding it to others

Cyber Stalking: Repeatedly sending messages that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating, or engaging in other online activities that make a person afraid for his or her safety (depending on the content of the message, it may be illegal)

*Nancy Willard with the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use (CSRIU) has developed this useful taxonomy of the various forms of cyber bullying. Visit CSRIU's site.

What are the Warning Signs of Cyber Bullying?

The warning signs of cyber bullying are similar to those for traditional bullying in terms of emotional effects; however, there are some differences. For example, a bruise or torn clothing is not expected as a sign that a child is being cyber bullied, but it is also important to keep in mind that some children who are cyber bullied may also be experiencing traditional bullying at school.

A child may be experiencing cyber bullying if he or she:

  • appears sad, moody, or anxious
  • avoids school
  • withdraws from or shows a lack of interest in social activities
  • experiences a drop in grades or decline in academic performance
  • appears upset after using the computer or being online
  • appears upset after viewing a text message on a cell phone

If a child shows any of these warning signs, it is important to talk with the child and investigate his or her online presence to determine whether cyber bullying is occurring and to offer help when needed.

Additional Resources

Download these documents (PDFs)* for more information:


Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a college program that allows high school students to take college courses for which they can simultaneously earn both college and high school credit. With permission from their high schools, qualified students may enroll in college courses that apply toward a baccalaureate or associate degree offered by accredited institutions in South Carolina.

Duke Tip Scholar

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.

Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents, and schools may not have the resources and staff to adequately provide for the academic challenges, and social and emotional support that gifted children require. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

For a variety of reasons, many gifted children simply do not reach their full potential. Exceptionally bright students often go unrecognized because they hide their talents, underachieve, or exhibit behavioral problems. In addition, a disproportionately large number of minority students, youngsters from families where English is not the primary spoken language in the home, and children from less affluent families are at risk for not being identified as gifted.

Qualifying fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students may participate in Duke TIP's 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and may take advantage of its optional above-level testing. The 7th Grade Talent Search, which focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high-ability students, offers qualifying seventh grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students. Many 7th Grade Talent Search participants go on to earn exceptionally high scores.

Duke TIP offers a wide array of services to students at critical points in their education. Duke TIP enjoys a long history of supporting and extending local efforts to better understand, motivate, enrich, and academically challenge the brightest students in our nation.

For more information about Duke TIP programs, contact Duke TIP at (919) 668-9100 or download an overview of programs and services.

Character Education Toolkit

Character Education Toolkit (PDF below)

Character Education Web Resources

  • Second Step 
    SECOND STEP is a violence prevention program that integrates social and emotional learning with academics. Kids from preschool through Grade 8 learn and practice vital social skills, such as empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and cooperation. These essential life skills help students in the classroom, on the playground, and at home.
  • Chic-Fil-A Core Essentials 
    Core Essentials is a character education program, designed for grades K-5, that provides simple, straight-forward tools allowing schools to quickly incorporate character education into the curriculum.
  • Good Character Counts 
    If you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start. Includes free teaching guides for character education for grades K-12.
  • The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation 
    This website is just packed with great stuff for propagating basic human kindness. Their own description is way too modest, but here it is: "Want to encourage kindness on campus? Access our free Teacher’s Guide, lesson plans, activity ideas, teachers’ experiences, and other materials to help you successfully incorporate kindness into your school." A real gem.
  • The Laws of Life Essay Contest 
    This project of the John Templeton Foundation offers young people the chance to reflect on and write about what they stand for. Participants identify the laws of life that mean the most to them, and explain their choices through the experiences they have had, the lessons they have learned, and the people who have served as living examples.
  • Wise Skills Resources - Free Lessons 
    These free sample lessons serve up a generous variety of interconnected activities and experiences to help your students develop good character. Written by a former teacher.
  • Character Counts! - Free Lesson Plans 
    These free lesson plans support the Six Pillars of Character® and are created by teachers.
  • Do Something 
    If you want your kids to be passive and docile, don't let them near this website. It'll fill their little heads with ideas about making the world a better place, and empower them to do something about it.
  • The Ethics Connection at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 
    Ethical dilemmas for young people written as dialogs. Lots to think about, talk about, write about.
  • Kids Care Clubs 
    Dedicated to developing compassion and the spirit of charity in children. This organization provides children, families, schools, and religious groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their local and global communities. You can set up an affiliated club in your elementary school.
  • Teaching Tolerance (for teachers) 
    A national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. This website offers excellent classroom activities as well as tremendously useful resources for teachers.
  • Respectful Communication 
    This is an excellent page on a University of Colorado website with instructions on how to deal with difficult, long-lasting, and resolution-resistant conflicts.
  • The Meaning of Civility 
    This is an excellent page on a University of Colorado website with instructions on how to deal with difficult, long-lasting, and resolution-resistant conflicts.
  • Conflict Resolution Activities for K-12 
    Educators for Social Responsibility's mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world.
  • Active Peer Mediation Programs 
    A list of helpful sites for Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation.
  • Learn and Serve 
    A comprehensive information system that focuses on all dimensions of service-learning, covering kindergarten through higher education, school-based as well as community based initiatives.
  • Character Ed Lessons 
    This website contains 100's of lesson plans, stories and activities that build character. There are many samples available.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports 
    The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.
  • Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support 
    The Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS) at the University of Kansas was established November, 2001 in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to create statewide training for PBS and PCP.
  • Illinois PBIS Network 
    The Illinois PBIS Network is an Illinois State Board of Education funded initiative to build capacity of schools, families, and communities to promote social and academic success of all students, including those with emotional/behavioral and other disabilities.
  • Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) 
    The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors.
  • Effective Educational Practices 
    The mission of Effective Educational Practices (EEP) is Turning Research Into Practice© (TRIP). We offer educators professional development that provides practical skills for creating positive, effective, learning environments that meet the needs of all children.
  • Behavior Associates 
    Effective Professional Development Resources for educators designed to teach and manage students who display the full range of problem behavior.
  • Florida's Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Project 
    Purpose: Increasing the capacity of Florida's school districts to address problem behaviors using Positive Behavior Support.
  • Character Education Partnership 
    The Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, D.C., we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation's K-12 schools.
  • Character Counts 
    Josephson Institute develops and delivers services and materials to increase ethical commitment, competence, and practice in all segments of society.
  • Positive Action 
    Positive Action is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that improves academics, behavior, and character.
  • Character Education Network 
    The Character Education Network is a place for students, teachers, schools and communities to facilitate character education. This site is dedicated to providing quality online, ready-to-use curriculum, activities and resources that integrate with and enhance the classroom experience.
  • National Character Education Center 
    The National Character Education Center's mission is to develop value driven, respectful, and responsible people.

College Application Process

The application consists of several parts which give the admissions committee an idea of what talents and skills you can offer the college.

Visit for the SC Online College Application.

  • Most college applications are now available online.  However if you do need a paper application, check with the guidance department or print out the application from the college website that you are interested in.  First, read the application.  If possible, photocopy the application.  Then, complete the application with accurate information.
  • Many colleges are requiring online applications. If there is an online tutorial or help session offered for the online application, do this prior to starting your application.
  • If a user name and password is required, choose something that is easy to remember.  Record it and put it in a safe place that you can refer to later.  On many college websites, you can login with your password and check on the status of your application.
  • Check your email service’s spam or junk mail settings so that it does not block email from the colleges you are applying.  Also do not use overly cute or suggestive email name or user name.
  • Web pages often “time-out” if there is no activity for a length of time.  If you want to grab a snack or answer the phone, save your work often each time you complete any part of the application.
  • If the application asks for a personal statement, take the time to compose it in a word-processing application, use spell check.  Then, save it as a text file.  Next, copy and paste it into the appropriate boxes in the online application.
  • **** Go to your School Guidance office and fill out a Transcript Request Form along with any Counselor forms or applications.  This is required for all transcript requests.  For most Online Applications, there is a “Counselor Form" that you, the student, will need to download, print and bring into the Guidance Office when submitting a request for a transcript and any recommendation from Guidance to be sent to a college.  Be sure to request this information from your school counselor by submitting the Counselor Form and the Transcript Request Form with all information on the forms provided (filled in), including your name and college of choice. 
  • If a personal statement or essay is required, write this prior to entering this onto the application.  Have your English teacher proofread it and make constructive criticism.
  • Review the copied application, personal statement and the essay for accuracy.
  • For paper applications, type the information on the original essay form (or neatly print in black ink).
  • If the college requires it, find one or two teachers who will recommend you and ask them for a Letter of Recommendation.  Some colleges provide the form.  It is best to give the teacher(s) and other community leaders a minimum of five business days to complete a letter of recommendation.  Please provide the form and deadline information to those completing a Letter of Recommendation for you.  Do not ask for a Letter of Recommendation the day before the deadline.
  • Note the amount of the application fee.  Make the check or money order payable to the college.  Mail it with your application directly to the college noting your full legal name (do not use nick names or abbreviations).  Most online applications will require a credit card payment.
  • Attach a resume including activities, honors, achievements within school and the community.  The Career Development Facilitators at each school is available to assist.
  • Sign and date your application.
  • Pay attention to the application deadlines for all applications (admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships.)  Watch deadlines especially for Early Action or Early Decision.
  • For online applications, review the summary page.  Look for any instance where it says, “no information added,” and if you did not intend to leave that area blank, click “modify” to return to the step where you can fill it in.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  If you have technical difficulties, don’t be afraid to ask the “Help Desk,” “Technical Support” or “Contact” links.
  • Once you are finished, click the “Submit” button.  This is required for the online application to be sent to the admissions office at the college and the application process to be initiated.
  • Print all receipt of application confirmation and keep it so you will have a record of your application identification number and a summary of your application.
  • Bring the completed paper application to the Guidance Department. This will include the:
  • Application
  • Resume’ (if necessary)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • We will complete the necessary information and include our recommendation requested.
  • Most colleges require that your SAT and/or ACT scores be sent to them directly from the College Board or American College Testing Inc.  If you have not sent your SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject test and/or ACT scores to the colleges you’re applying to, please follow the links below to do so.

The SAT Link for sending scores to colleges is 

The ACT link for sending scores to colleges is


College Application Deadlines

Anderson University

Rolling Admissions

Allen University

Rolling Admissions

Art Institute of Charleston

Rolling Admissions

Charleston Southern

Apply Online before December 31 - Application Fee Waived!

Claflin University

August 1 - Deadline Application Fall Semester


October 1 - To Be Considered for Academic Scholarships

Rolling Admissions

Clemson University

December 1 - Priority Notification Deadline

Priority consideration for academic scholarships Deadline

May 1 - Regular Admissions Deadline

Coastal Carolina University

Rolling Admissions

College of Charleston

November 1 - Early Notification Deadline

(Must be posted marked by November 1)

December 1 - Priority consideration for academic scholarships Deadline

February 1 - Regular Admissions Deadline

Columbia College

January 15 - Scholars Program Consideration Deadline

February 15 - Priority Notification Deadline

Converse College

November 15 - Early Action Application Deadline

December 1 - Early Action Decision Deadline

March 1 - Regular Decision Application Deadline

Erskine College

November 1 - Early Action Application Deadline

February 17 - Regular Admissions Deadline

Francis Marion University

Rolling Admissions

Furman University

November 15 - Early Decision Application Deadline

January 15 - Regular Decision Application Deadline

Lander University

December 15 - Deadline to be considered for Scholarships

Rolling Admissions

Limestone College, SC

Rolling Admissions

Midlands Technical College

Rolling Admissions

Orangeburg-CalhounTechnical College

Rolling Admissions

Newberry College

Rolling Admissions

Presbyterian College

November 1 - Early Decision Application Deadline

November 15 - Deadline for consideration for certain Scholarships

February 1 - Regular Decision Deadline & other Scholarships

South Carolina State University

May 31 - Application Deadline

University of South Carolina

October 15 - Early Answer Application Deadline

November 15 - Honors College & Top Scholars Application Deadline

December 1 - Priority Application Deadline

Winthrop University

March 15 - Priority Application & Merit Scholarship Deadline

May 1 - Regular Application Deadline

Wofford College

November 15 - Early Decision Application Deadline

December 1 - Wofford Scholars Application Deadline

February 1 - Deadline Regular Application

Appalachian State University, NC

December 1 - First Notification Admission Application Completion Deadline

February 1 - Second Notification Application Deadline

March 15 - Third Notification Application Deadline

Bridgewater College, VA

Rolling Admissions (No later than July 1)

Duke University, NC

November 1 - Early Decision Application Deadline

January 2 - Regular Decision Application Deadline

University of Alabama, AL

December 1 - Priority Deadline to be considered for Scholarships

February 1 - Deadline for Priority Admissions Consideration

University of Georgia, GA

October 15 - Early Action Application Deadline

November 1 - Scholarship Deadline

January 15 - Regular Decision Application Deadline

University of Virginia, VA

November 1 - Early Action Application Deadline

Catawba College, NC

Rolling Admissions

Roanoke College, NC

November 1 - Early Decision Application Deadline

University of Chicago, IL

November 1 - Early Action Application Deadline

January 2 - Regular Application Deadline

Elizabethtown College, PA

March 1 - Application Deadline

Randolph College, VA

December 1 - Early Action Application and Scholarship Consideration Deadline

March 1 - Regular Decision Application Deadline

USC Aiken

Rolling Admissions

USC Beaufort

Rolling Admissions

USC Lancaster

Rolling Admissions

USC Salkehatachie

Rolling Admissions

USC Sumter

Rolling Admissions

USC Union

Rolling Admissions

USC Upstate

Rolling Admissions

ITT Technical Institute - Columbia

Rolling Admissions

ITT Technical Institute - Greenville

Rolling Admissions

Voorhees College

Rolling Admissions


College and Career Information Websites

Academic Common Market ( ) The Academic Common Market allows for South Carolina residents who are enrolled in specific programs at out-of-state institutions to be charged only the applicable in-State tuition by the institution in which the student is enrolled.

ACT Student Web Page ( ) The ACT Student Web Page is where you can register for the ACT college admissions test, send your scores, and much more!

America's Career Resource Network ( ) ACRN consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration. The network's national activities are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Aisle ( ) Career Aisle resources are provided to assist with career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation of students with the objective of facilitating a successful transition into post-secondary opportunities and the 21st century global workplace.

Career Explorer ( ) Job descriptions, job preparation, and salary information.

CareerOneStop ( ) US Department of Labor-sponsored site offers sections where students can Explore Careers (self-assessments, look at general information, check out employment trends, see what's hot, look at videos, see skills and occupations), look at Salary and Benefits, review Education and Training, and more!

College Board - SAT ( ) Learn more about the SAT college admissions test and SAT Subject Tests, register online, and view and send your SAT scores.

College MatchMaker ( ) The College Board’s MatchMaker is a college planning tool to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. ( ) A revolutionary college planning web site featuring 360° x 360° virtual campus tours of over 1200 college campuses.

FAFSA ( ) Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Fastweb ( ) Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.

Mapping Your Future ( ) Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy services for students, families, and schools.

Microburst Learning - Virtual Job Shadowing ( ) Explore interactive career profiles that contain important career information to help you make educated decisions about your future. ( ) helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.

My Next Move ( ) A easy-to-use online career search to research over 900 different careers and see important information including skills, tasks, technologies, salaries, and employment outlook.

Peterson’s Guide ( ) Guides you through college planning process with personalized resources.

Princeton Review ( ) Helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of their educational careers.

Occupational Information Network - O*Net Online ( ) The nation's primary source of occupational information -interactive site with occupational search, tools and technology section, skills section and more!

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SC TRAC ( ) The South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC) is designed to facilitate student transitions between and among South Carolina’s institutions of higher education.

SC CAN GO- South Carolina Can Go to College ( ) The primary goal of this campaign is to encourage South Carolina students and families to take an active role in pursuing higher education while raising needed awareness about college access.

FAFSA Information

Before Beginning a FAFSA


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Gather the documents you need.

Start with your Social Security Number, driver’s license, income tax returns, bank statements, and investment records.

Print a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

Write in your answers and gather your parents' information then transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.

Plan how to sign your FAFSA.

Sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature page.

Apply for a PIN now!

Speed up the process by signing your FAFSA electronically with your PIN. Your parent can sign electronically too.

Check your eligibility for federal student aid.

Note important deadlines.

To meet the Federal Student Aid deadline:

  • Schools and states have their own deadlines. Contact them for exact deadline

Web Resources


IGP (Individual Graduation Plan)

A pathway is designed to enable students to focus on an area of interest that motivates them to stay in school, to be better prepared for postsecondary choices and/or the workplace, and to make a smooth transition to postsecondary education and/or the workplace. Each student who completes the requirements for a pathway will receive special recognition at graduation.

Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)

The purpose of the Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) is to assist students and their parents in exploring educational and professional possibilities and in making appropriate secondary and postsecondary decisions. The IGP is based on the course work, assessments, and counseling in middle and high school. The IGP is not intended to reflect all aspects of the high school experience.

Students are never locked into a specific cluster or pathway. Students can change pathways if their professional interests change. They can use the curriculum framework, with its academies, clusters of study and pathways, and career assessment information in making these decisions. Students will not be penalized for not completing a pathway.

Developing the IGP

School counselors begin working with students regarding interests, clusters of study, pathways, postsecondary choices, and high school options through individual and group counseling in the sixth grade. This includes information on academic and professional goals, career activities, and access to career resources. Teacher and parental involvement throughout this process is critical.

Kindergarten – Fifth Grade

-Students participate in career awareness and exploration activities.

-Implement Step by Step Guide to Character Education Program-Grades 1-5

-Implement Step by Step Guide to Career Education-Grades 1-5

-SCOIS Clue in Grade 5

-Implement Kids 2 College Curriculum by Grade 5

Sixth Grade

-Continue Kids 2 College Curriculum

-Students complete a career interest inventory – Career Game.

-Students participate in career awareness and exploration activities.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in service learning and mentoring.

Seventh Grade

-Students complete a career interest inventory – : Career Cluster Survey.

-Students participate in career awareness and exploration activities.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in career shadowing, service learning and mentoring.

Eighth Grade

-Students complete a career interest inventory - EXPLORE.

-Students participate in career awareness and exploration activities.

-Students choose an academy they would like to explore.

-Working with their parents, counselors, and teachers, students begin developing an IGP to include academic as well as profession-related courses.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in career shadowing, service learning and mentoring.

Ninth Grade

-Students choose a cluster of study to explore. They may declare a pathway, focusing their elective choices in a particular area.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in career shadowing.

-Students review and update their IGP developed in the eighth grade.

-Students begin to explore postsecondary opportunities.

Tenth Grade

-Students declare a pathway if they have not done so in the ninth grade.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in extended learning opportunities.

-Students review and update their IGP.

Eleventh Grade

-Students review and update their IGP with particular attention being given to postsecondary goals.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in extended learning opportunities.

Twelfth Grade

-Students complete requirements for a pathway.

-Students have the opportunity to participate in extended learning opportunities.

-Students receive recognition for completion of a pathway at graduation.

Recommended Curriculum and Required Core for Graduation

The recommended curriculum is based on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) curriculum model for High Schools That Work (HSTW) as well as state and local graduation requirements. In order to graduate with a pathway, students must complete four units of study from the offerings identified on district templates.

Complementary courses are drawn from both academic and profession-related courses that support the pathway. Complementary courses are chosen based on their reinforcement of the skills students must master relative to the pathway. Students are encouraged, but not required, to enroll in complementary courses.

The IGP identifies learning experiences outside the classroom designed to make learning relevant and to give students an awareness of work associated with the pathway. Examples of extended learning opportunities include shadowing, career mentoring, service learning, internships, cooperative education, apprenticeships, career information delivery system exposure, and career related student organizations.

The IGP lists sample careers for that profession. The professional opportunities shown are a short list of the many occupations available in each specific area. The occupations are grouped by educational categories: high school diploma, two-year associate degree, and four-year degree or higher.

Military Career Pathways

Military Specialist careers are available in the general categories listed below for qualified individuals with a high school education. Starting salary is $16,164 with free room and board, enlistment bonus, and full medical benefits. Pay and benefit information can be found at .

Specific Job Information is Located at the Following Websites:

Air Force:

Coast Guard (CG)/CG Reserve:

Air Force Reserve:

Marine Corps:

Air National Guard:

Marine Corps Reserve:



Army National Guard:

Navy Reserve:

Army Reserve:

Military Officer Careers are open to individuals who take college level ROTC and complete a four-year degree, or for those who graduate from one of the Service Academies. Starting salary is $34,000 with full medical benefits. ROTC, scholarship and academy information can be found at these websites:

Air Force ROTC:

Air Force Academy:

Army ROTC:

Military Academy:

Navy ROTC:

Naval Academy:

Coast Guard Academy:

Military Career Pathways

Administrative Support focuses on support activities dealing with personnel, administration, finance, information, supply, and religious services.

Arts and Media covers the administration, communication and supervision of affairs for both military and civilian audiences. Specialties include public affairs, broadcast technicians, graphic designers, translators, journalists and musicians.

Combat involves reconnaissance, security and other aspects of both offensive and defensive combat situations. Jobs include artillery specialists, infantry, special operations, tank crew and aviation.

Computers and Technology includes technical and informational support for a variety of areas such as computers, communications, environmental health, intelligence, and unmanned vehicle operations.

Engineering focuses on every aspect of construction, including electrical, carpentry, masonry and plumbing, as well as heavy equipment operation and supervising construction engineering.

Legal and Law Enforcement involves keeping people and property safe. Duties include paralegal, firefighters, military police, criminal investigators, security and emergency specialists.

Mechanics concerns keeping vehicles and machines in proper running order. Assignments range from heating and cooling mechanics to vehicle mechanics who service aircraft, wheeled and tracked vehicles, heavy equipment and watercraft.

Medical consists of jobs in medical, dental and veterinary fields. Positions cover a variety of responsibilities throughout the military health care field, from clinical settings to point of injury.

Transportation involves the movement of troops, equipment, supplies and machinery.







Personal and Social Web Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. (803) 534 – 4482 or (803) 534 - 4854
  • The American Association for the Deaf and Blind (AADB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. Phone: 301 563-9107      
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Orangeburg Mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
  • South Carolina Victim Assistance   Network’s mission is to insure crime victims receive access to, and assistance from, the criminal and juvenile justice system, and related social service providers. Phone: 888-852-1900
  • CASA - Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals. Phone: 803-534-2448.
  • Domestic Violence Hotline Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
  • Florence Crittenton Home - Shelter and support for single mothers in South Carolina. Phone: 80343-722-7526
  •  Goodwill is offers job training, career coaching and other employment programs and services. Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work! Phone: 803-536-0274
  • Institute of Psychiatry at MUSC - The Institute of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina helps people of all ages overcome the impact of a wide variety of mental health problems. Phone: (843) 792-9888 or 800-922-5250
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 24 -hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Phone: 800-273-TALK(8255)
  • Orangeburg County Department of Mental Health – Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Phone: 803-536-1571
  • Orangeburg County Department of Social Services Phone: 803–531-3101
  • Palmetto Behavioral Health - Full continuum of mental health and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. FREE mental health screening and referral sessions available; other services might involve fees and/or insurance. Phone: 877-947-3223


  • Palmetto Poison The Palmetto Poison Center (PPC), located in Columbia, serves all 46 counties in South Carolina. The PPC provides services free-of-charge to the public and health professionals 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. The PPC is staffed by healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and nurses, who are formally trained in toxicology as specialists in poison information. Phone: 800-222-1222
  •  Protection & Advocacy for People with P&A's Mission is to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina by: 1) enabling individuals to advocate for themselves, 2) speaking on their behalf when they have been discriminated against or denied a service to which they are entitled, 3) and promoting policies and services which respect their choices. Phone: 843-763-8571
  • SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department - The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department is an employment agency for people with disabilities. Many of our clients are highly motivated but need help developing work skills. After eligibility is established, each client participates in an assessment to determine which vocational rehabilitation services are needed to help the client prepare for employment. Phone: 843-761-6036 or 866-297-6808



South Carolina Personal Pathways

The 16 Career Clusters


Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications

Business, Management and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security


Marketing, Sales and Service

Science, Technology, Engineering and 
Mathematics (STEM)

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics



(Link Cluster PDF’s to each Cluster – see file)









Scholarship Search Websites

Suicide Prevention


The Jason Foundation

The Jason Flatt Act started as an idea that was presented by a young legislator in New Jersey in 2001. He asked, “Have you ever thought about working with teacher’s In-Service Training requirements to have educators trained”? That began our working with organizations in New Jersey and then Colorado to influence legislation for including youth suicide awareness and prevention training within Teacher’s In-Service and eventually resulting in basis for The Jason Flatt Act.

In 2007, The Jason Flatt Act was first passed in Tennessee and became the nation’s most inclusive and mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention legislation pertaining to Teacher’s In-Service Training. It required all educators in the state to complete 2 hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training each year in order to be able to be licensed to teach in Tennessee. This was soon followed by Louisiana and California in 2008 (California is mandated to be offered – not individual teacher requirement which is the only difference to all other states). Mississippi passed The Jason Flatt Act in 2009 follow by Illinois in 2010 and Arkansas in 2011. The year 2012 would prove to be a record-breaking year for The Jason Flatt Act passing in four states; West Virginia, Utah, Alaska and South Carolina. In all, 10 states have now passed The Jason Flatt Act (20% of all states).

The Jason Flatt Act has been supported by the state’s Department of Education and the state’s Teacher’s Association which points to the value seen in such preventative training. For more information on The Jason Flatt Act or to inquire about how your state may introduce this legislation please visit our website or call 1-888-881-2323 or 615-264-2323.





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