From the Upper School Academic Counselor

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Our Upper School Academic Counselor can be reached at (641) 472-9400 #5067, or by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this address).

Click here for graduation requirements.

You can pick  up a College Planning/Financial Aid booklet  at the office of our Academic Counselor on the 3rd floor of Foster Hall.

Also, for valuable tips to help you stay on track with college planning and financial aid issues, you can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter from Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). (Go to, and click on “Get E-News”.) This website has information for parents and students from Middle School through College level. The College Board website ( also has a great deal of helpful information.

Every senior who is applying for financial aid in college, including federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans, should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon after January 1st, 2012, as possible. Visit to obtain a pin number used for the application and then visit to complete and submit your financial aid application online. Check with individual colleges for deadline dates.

12th Grade – Class of 2012!

Twelfth grade students will soon begin the process of applying to colleges and universities; guidelines will be presented in class along with an informational packet.

Fall 2011 SAT and ACT dates are as follows:

SAT: (

  • Saturday, Oct. 1, LATE Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 7
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 8

ACT: (

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 16
  • Saturday, December 10, Registration Deadline: Friday, November 4

Please enter the New Indian School Code when registering: 161-553

The Questbridge 2011 National College Match program helps high-achieving low-income students gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's best colleges. The deadline for application is September 30, 2011. If you would like to learn more about Questbridge or apply, please refer to the website for more information.

11th Grade

As part of the college admissions process, all New Indian School juniors will be taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at school during the morning of Wednesday, October 12. This exam serves as a practice for the SAT I measuring critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills; it is also the first step to enter college scholarship competitions conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. More information will be presented to students in class and sent home soon.

In preparation for the PSAT, John Armstrong is offering an optional class for students wishing to gain more knowledge and practice before taking the test:

PSAT Prep Class

  • 5 classes, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays, beginning September 11, 2011
  • Dates: Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9
  • Room 222 Boys School, Foster Hall
  • Cost: $50

For more information and to sign up, send an to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this address)

10th Grade

The PLAN exam will be administered to all sophomores at school during the morning of Wednesday, October 12, 2011. PLAN is a “pre-ACT” assessment measuring verbal, mathematical, and scientific reasoning abilities. More information will be presented in class and sent home.

Record & Transcript Request

Information on how to request your transcript or school records. More

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