College Guidance

college-guidance-laffertyThe college placement process at Montverde Academy begins early in the high school career by immediately introducing students to several opportunities which invite them to explore the world of college admissions, giving them the tools necessary to navigate their educational journey beyond Montverde Academy.

All Upper School students have access to Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness website where students are able to research schools, manage college applications, explore college majors and career options, log community service hours, and search scholarship opportunities.

Our Staff

Karla Lafferty, Director of College Guidance

Dina Rechani, Assistant Director of College Guidance/Test Coordinator

Yordin Robinson, Assistant Director of College Guidance/Community Service Coordinator

Stephanie DiNonno, College Guidance Coordinator/Student-Athlete Liaison

Freshmen begin the college placement process by taking the PSAT. This test prepares students for the SAT and ACT, which are required for college admission to most US colleges and universities. During the spring, freshmen have the opportunity to hear advice from current seniors during the Freshman Seminar.

Sophomores continue the college placement process by also taking the PSAT. Additionally, they participate in the Sophomore College Experience, which includes a mini college fair held on campus by several college representatives from in and out of state public and private colleges and universities.

Juniors also take the PSAT and in doing so, they are able to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Juniors are required to take the SAT and the ACT as well at the SAT Prep Course which includes intense preparation for these standardized tests. A series of discussions and handouts are utilized to aid students with their college search, including but not limited to topics pertaining to teacher recommendations, college essays, interviews, resumes, and scholarships. In February, juniors attend a college fair off campus where approximately 130 college admission representatives are available for informal interviews and candid informational sessions. International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the TOEFL Prep Course, which helps prepare them for this exam. Also available to each junior is the opportunity to visit with the more than 75 college representatives who visit Montverde Academy annually.

Seniors continue the college placement process by attending the annual Senior Retreat which includes a presentation by the College Guidance department, clarifying expectations for the fall semester. Students are expected to be utilizing Naviance by indicating which six schools they will be applying to during the first week of October. To help with this, students are encouraged to visit colleges when Montverde Academy is not in session, as many colleges hold open houses during the weekends and sometimes on days when Montverde Academy is not in session. Additionally, seniors are expected to meet with college representatives who visit Montverde Academy.

The success of the Academy’s college placement process is measured by the 100% college acceptance rate. Montverde Academy graduates receive multiple acceptances, with many receiving acceptances to their first and second choice schools.

Montverde Academy graduates have been accepted to prestigious colleges and universities, such as Boston College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Florida, Vanderbilt University, and Wake Forest University to name a few.

College Representatives, you can now go to RepVisits.com to schedule an appointment with our high school.

To request a copy of your transcript, please click here.

College Planning Links

  College Planning www.nacacnet.org
  College Search www.bigfuture.org
  SAT Testing www.collegeboard.org
  ACT Testing www.actstudent.org
  TOEFL Testing www.ets.org/toefl
  Test Optional Colleges www.fairtest.org
  Scholarships www.fastweb.com
  Athletes www.ncaa.org
  African-American Students www.hbcunetwork.net
  International Students www.internationalstudent.com

Montverde Academy College Acceptances – Class of 2016

Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Albion College
Albright College Allegheny College American Academy of Dramatic Arts
American University American University of Paris Arizona State University
Art Center College of Design Auburn University Austin College
Ave Maria University Averett University Barry University
Berklee College of Music Berry College Bethune-Cookman University
Birmingham City University, UK Birmingham Southern College Boston Conservatory
Boston University Bradley University Brandeis University
Cabrini College Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo Cal Poly, Ponoma
California College of the Arts California State University, Long Beach California State University, Sacramento
Case Western University Catawba College Cazenovia College
Centenary University Centre College Champlain College
City College of New York Clark Atlanta University Clayton State University
Clemson University College of Saint Rose Colorado State University
Concordia University Daemen College Davis & Elkins College
DePaul University DePauw University Dominican College
Drake University Drexel University East Tennessee State University
Eastern Florida State College Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emerson College Fairfield University Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Flagler College Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Southwestern State College
Florida State University Fordham University Full Sail University
Furman University Gannon University Gardner-Webb University
George Mason University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Southern University
Georgia State University Hampton University Hanover College
Harris-Stowe State University Hartwick College Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University Hilbert College Hofstra University
Howard College Hult International Business School in San Francisco and London Hunter College
Huntingdon College Huntington University Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University Indiana University Indian Hills Community College
Iowa State University Ithaca College Jacksonville University
Johns Hopkins University Johnson & Wales University Johnson C. Smith University
Juniata College Kean University Keuka College
Kishwaukee College Lake Sumter State College Lander University
Le Moyne College Lee University Liberty University
Livingstone College Long Island University Long Island University, Brooklyn
Louisiana State University Loyola University, Maryland Lynn University
Manhattanville College Marist College Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art Marymount California University Marymount Manhattan College
Maryville College McGill University Mercer University
Merrimack College Miami University, Oxford Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University Mississippi College Mississippi Valley State University
Monmouth University Monterey Peninsula College Montreat College
Morris College New Jersey Institute of Technology New York Institute of Technology
New York University Niagara University North Carolina Central University
North Central College Northeastern University Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Nova Southeastern University Oglethorpe University Ohio State University
Ohio University Oregon State University Pace University
Paine College Palm Beach Atlantic University Parsons/The New School
Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Philander Smith College
Point Park University Pratt Institute Purdue University
Queen’s University, Canada Queens University of Charlotte Rider University
Ringling College of Art & Design Roanoke College Rollins College
Rutgers University Saint Augustine’s University Saint Leo University
Saint Louis University Samford University San Diego State University
San Francisco State University Santa Fe College Savannah College of Art & Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of Visual Arts, NYC Shenandoah University
South Florida State College Southeastern University Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern New Hampshire University Spelman College Spring Hill College
St. Johns’ River State College St. John’s University State College of Florida, Bradenton
Stetson University Suffolk University SUNY Binghamton
SUNY Buffalo SUNY Fredonia Syracuse University
The University of the Arts Thiel College Transylvania University
Troy University Tulane University University of Akron
University of Alabama University of Alabama, Huntsville University of Arizona
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida University of Connecticut University of Delaware
University of Denver University of Florida University of Hartford
University of Houston University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign University of Indianapolis
University of Iowa University of Kentucky University of Maryland
University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Montevallo
University of Nebraska, Lincoln University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of New Haven
University of New Mexico University of North Carolina, Ashville University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Greensboro University of North Florida University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of Portland
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez University of Rio Grande University of Rochester
University of South Carolina University of South Florida University of South Florida, St. Pete
University of St. Francis University of Tampa University of Texas Austin
University of Toronto University of Virginia’s College at Wise University of Washington
University of Washington, Tacoma University of West Florida University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Valencia College Virginia Military Institute Virginia State University
Virginia Union University Voorhees College Wake Forest University
Washington & Jefferson College Washington College Webber International University
West Virginia University Wichita State University Wiley College
Winthrop University Wofford College Woodbury University
Wright State University Xavier University