College Planning | Oakbrook Preparatory School


At Oakbrook, “preparatory” is not just a part of our name – it is an integral part of our mission. Our goal is to assist students in finding the college that is the best ‘fit’ for each student. Learn more about how Oakbrook does College Planning, one student at a time.

Our Goal...

Our goal is to assist students in finding the college that is the best ‘fit’ for each one. Preparation at Oakbrook begins in elementary school with an accelerated curriculum. Formal college preparation begins in 9th grade with a weekly class called College Connect where students prepare for the SAT/ACT, explore careers and interests, visit with college reps, and meet with a faculty adviser for individualized college planning.

Goals By Grade Level

Ninth Grade

Students are introduced to High School during the once weekly College Connect class facilitated by a faculty adviser. The focus of the class in 9thgrade is to prepare students for the expectations of high school and how to balance the increased academic demands with extracurricular activities. Additionally, students take advantage of a course in public speaking during the spring of the year.

Tenth Grade

The primary foci of the 10th grade College Connect class is the initial research for college, examination of career opportunities and preparation for college admission tests. The online tool Naviance is a primary resource used to accomplish these priorities. 

Eleventh Grade

The Junior Seminar which takes place during College Connect initiates the formal college application process including instruction on college admission tests and the college admission process. Each student and parent creates a college plan during an individual conference with the Director of College Guidance. During the fall students are exposed to a wide variety of College Representatives visiting Oakbrook. College and Career research and the utilization of Naviance continues.

Twelfth Grade

Senior Year College Boot Camp kicks off an intensive time of essay writing and application completion for college admission, scholarships, and financial aid. Each student works closely with the Director of College Guidance to create a detailed timeline for their personal college application process.

Naviance Family Connection

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improve student outcomes and connect learning to life.

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