This process is exciting and made easier at Park Academy because we start early and work closely with you and your family! Our classes provide a solid academic background and exposure to a wide range of enrichment classes and experiences, helping to your define your interests, passions, and strengths that will form your future. We are here to help you identify and determine your goals, explore your options, prepare you for further education after high school and develop an implementation plan.
Focusing on your classes, working to develop your study and academic skills, and learning how to be effective and comfortable with assistive technology that support any learning differences you might have, will help you to enjoy and be successful in your learning. Having teachers who care for and know you well, will both support you and challenge you, furthering your maturing towards a self-directed student who can manage your time and studies.. Learning to advocate for yourself, access resources, work independently and with others, take care of yourself and find a healthy balance between school and personal life will be skills that support your next steps in reaching your goals.
There are thousands of colleges to choose from and some specific factors to consider, such as location, programs offered, size and cost—to name just a few! There are many types of colleges you can visit in the Portland area: public/private, urban/rural, small/large, two year/four year, or liberal arts/technical that will give you an idea of what characteristics you are looking for in a college. While at Park, you will have multiple opportunities to visit various college campuses and to meet with college representatives right here at school!
Here are some tools to help you:
My Big Future
A comprehensive resource on college and career for students and parents.
Oregon Goes To College
A statewide initiative to help prepare students for education after high school.
This is an easy, on-line tool to find and compare colleges based on criteria such as college graduation rates and income rates of graduates. All information is verified by the U.S. Dept. of Education!
Colleges That Change Lives
A guide to 45 colleges that are included, not based on their selectivity (how hard they are to get in to) but how much their students grow, develop and find personal success.
There are many guides, listing schools for students who learn differently.
Here are two online resources:
Guidebooks are available in the Park Academy counseling office.
Oregon Colleges and Majors
Oregon Community Colleges
College Comparison Chart
Fill in this chart track and compare different schools and programs.
Aspire: What I Wish I Had Known, for Future College Students