Welcome to the Office of College Counseling
Great Hearts Northern Oaks was thrilled to graduate their inaugural graduating class of 2021! Click HERE to see a full list of college acceptances for GHNO’s Class of 2021.
If you are a college representative trying to scheduling an in-person or virtual visit with our school, please use RepVisits or contact us at CollegeCounseling@GreatHeartsNorthernOaks.org
The emphasis of the college counseling program at Great Hearts is to help students find good college matches based on their goals, academic, social, and economic fit. We believe that the process for applying to college should be one of positive self-discovery that fully engages students, parents and counselors. Throughout their years at Great Hearts Northern Oaks, our students learn to be comfortable in the worlds of both ideas and practicality, understanding the relationship between the two. This serves our students particularly well when identifying and seeking admission to well-matched colleges and universities.
Great Hearts commits to keeping a low counselor-to-student ratio in order to provide individualized attention to each student going through the college application process. Our college counselors help students, and their families, navigate the College Admissions process and serves as a resource to them in the following ways:
For High School Parents:
- College information nights
- Financial aid/scholarship information nights
- Individual meetings as requested
- College counseling newsletters
- PSAT/NMSQT testing every October for 10-11th graders
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program (CEP) offered to 10-12th graders
- Guidance on SAT/ACT test preparation
- Individual or small group meetings
- Rep Visits from colleges and universities
- College workshops – topics including college research, applications, essay writing, resume building, financial aid, scholarships, and specific admissions processes for selective colleges, NCAA/NAIA sports, military academies, Etc.
- Optional college field trips (typically for rising Juniors and Seniors) *Note: 2020 and 2021 field trips were canceled due to Covid-19. Whether we can resume field trips in 2022 is yet to be determined.
- Help with applications to summer college and enrichment programs
- Guidance on any topic related to post-secondary planning
How do I obtain a High School Transcript?
Either the College Counselor or Registrar can pull a transcript for you—it depends on why you need the transcript:
Note: We process transcript requests as quickly as possible, but please allow a minimum of 3-5 school days for unofficial transcripts and 7-10 school days for official transcripts to colleges. Before requesting a transcript, please review the Transcript FAQs HERE.
What is the difference between unweighted and weighted GPA?
Great Hearts Academies weights all high school Honors courses with an extra point (on a 5.0 scale) and uses that number to calculated a weighted GPA for high school students. On transcripts, academies provide both a weighted and an unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale). For Juniors and/or Seniors, a School Profile will be attached that includes a GPA distribution chart where highest weighted and unweighted GPAs in a particular class (i.e. Class of 2021) will be disclosed.
Many colleges and universities (especially out-of-state) will recalculate GPAs using their own scale and weighting system, on which our students’ courses would be labeled as Honors. Some colleges and universities will accept the highest GPA reported and others will use only the unweighted GPA. By reporting both a weighted and an unweighted GPA, we are giving Great Hearts students the recognition for their Honors coursework, and we are showing colleges the rigor of our curriculum, thus giving them the necessary tools to properly evaluate our students.
Which Great Hearts classes are Honors?
All courses except Fine Arts classes and PE are designated as Honors.
How do I stay up-to-date on events?
- Beginning in 9th grade, students should have a personal email address and register for a Naviance Student account. Contact your College Counselor to get a Naviance registration code.
- Regular college counseling newsletters to High School parents; important dates and updates will be posted in GHNO Upper School e-Newsletters.
- Check the School Calendar on our website.
- Upcoming college rep visits and workshops will be posted in Naviance and on a designated noticeboard at the Office of College Counseling.
When is the PSAT and how do I register?
In October the PSAT/NMSQT will be offered to sophomores and juniors. We highly recommend that all 10-11th grade students participate in the PSAT. Please reach out to your College Counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
When is the SAT School Day?
We plan to administer the SAT School Day to GHNO juniors on March 2, 2022 with a make-up test date of March 23, 2022. The SAT School Day is an official College Board test; however, registration for this test is through your school and not through College Board. More information about registering for these tests will be sent out to eligible families after January.
How much does the SAT cost?
When taken during a junior’s spring semester, the SAT School Day is funded by the State of Texas under the HB3 Bill. SAT tests operated at outside testing centers on other national dates will have fees based on when you register.
Can my 9th grader take the PSAT?
Great Hearts Texas has determined that they will no longer administer the PSAT test to 9th graders. If an 8th or 9th grader is determined to take the PSAT, we recommend searching for a testing center that offers the PSAT 8/9 using the College Board School Search. Enter your zip code and make sure to select the correct test administration from the drop down menu.
How do I register for the ACT or SAT at an outside testing center?
To search and register for an ACT test: https://www.act.org/
To search and register for an SAT test: https://www.collegeboard.org/
I am being asked for a CB or High School code. What is that code?
The CEEB# for Great Hearts Northern Oaks is 440186
How do I contact a college counselor?
Phone: 210-888-9483 ext 303614
To request a Zoom or phone appointment, click HERE