Students will follow the NSA Honor Code at all times throughout the application process. This means that all applications and essays required by colleges or any assignments required by the Office of College Counseling must be completed by the student and only the student.
Students will be honest with their counselors, their parents and themselves with regard to expectations and goals; students will engage in authentic self-reflection and will take pride in and responsibility for their talents and achievements.
Students will check their NSA e-mail and respond to requests from teachers, counselors and colleges in a timely and appropriate manner. Students will read the Office of College Counseling Newsletters. Students will arrive on time for meetings with their counselor, will complete college counseling forms in a timely manner and will meet Office of College Counseling deadlines.
Students acknowledge that they are responsible for researching and meeting requirements established by colleges and scholarship programs. This includes meeting all deadlines in a timely manner.
Students will ask for help and advice when they need it. Students are not to wait until the last minute to ask.
Students will keep their parents informed about their college search and application process.
Students will keep counselors informed when they submit applications and receive decisions.
What is Expected of Parents
Parents will encourage their children to take ownership of the application process and hold their children to the NSA Honor Code.
Parents will not complete any portion of the application that is required to be completed by the student.
Parents will provide support and encouragement throughout their children’s college search and application process.
Parents will be honest with their children with regard to their goals and expectations, particularly family finances as it relates to paying for college.
What is Expected of College Counselors
Counselors will provide support and encouragement to students and their families throughout the college search and application process.
Counselors will support students wherever they decide to apply.
Counselors will maintain confidentiality at all times.
Counselors will maintain relationships with college admissions offices in an effort to learn more about colleges and their needs and to explore how best to recommend and prepare NSA students for applying to college.
Counselors will abide by the guidelines set forth in the National Association of College Admissions Counselors’ Statement of Principles of Good Practice.