College Prep and Testing

College Prep Information

Dallas Academy takes the unique educational approach of being both a college preparatory institution as well as a school that provides full academic enrichment to students with diagnosed learning differences. Dallas Academy has an extensive college advising and post-high school career planning program. Our administrative team and college adviser work closely with each family beginning in their freshman year. A high school graduation plan is developed early based on each student’s academic abilities, personal goals, and future potential. Dallas Academy uses the college planning system Naviance, which engages each student in their own college planning process. Students complete interest inventories and personality assessments, learn to write effective resumes, receive assistance with writing college applications and essays, and have access to many virtual campus tours. Dallas Academy provides juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT in the comfort of their own campus. The PSAT allows students to practice standardized college entrances exams. Students and their families are provided a wealth of detailed information on their academic strengths and weaknesses gained from the PSAT. This information is used in the classroom and at home to better prepare each student for the SAT and ACT. Dallas Academy will also work closely with each family to ensure that students receive the highest level of accommodations on the SAT and ACT in which they are entitled. Students who meet the requirements for certain accommodations will be granted the unique opportunity to test in the familiar environment of the Dallas Academy campus.

 

The 2017-2018 test administration Dallas Academy high school code is 441-744.

 

PSAT College Practice Exam

October 11, 2017 (Dallas Academy juniors)

Please note that students are registered for the PSAT in advance by Ms. Murski.

 

SAT and ACT Test Information

Dallas Academy will offer the SAT and ACT tests for seniors twice during the fall semester and one time during the spring semester. The process for registration and requesting accommodations for each test is very different. Please note the following instructions and important deadline dates. Missing a deadline date may result in your student not taking the test and/or may not receive accommodations.

 

ACT Test Date                                    Registration Deadline Date

Saturday, October 28                            August 22, 2017

Saturday, February 10                           December 12, 2017

Register at www.act.org

Once you have registered your student online you will receive an ACT ID number. You must email Ms. Murski their ID number and your request to apply for accommodations on the ACT Test. If Ms. Murski does not receive your request and ID number by the deadline dates noted above, a request for accommodations will not be made.

 

SAT Test Date                                      Registration Deadline Date

Saturday, November 4                           October 5, 2017

Register at www.collegeboard.org

Most of our students applied for and were granted accommodations when they took the PSAT their junior year. If your student does not yet have approved accommodations and you would like to still apply, you must notify Ms. Murski by email by the above deadline dates.

 

Students who wish to take either the ACT Test or SAT Test at a National Testing Site without accommodations may register for any of their many published test dates. Please go to their websites to check test dates and registration deadlines at www.act.org or www.collegeboard.org.

 

College Visits

Upperclassmen exploring college opportunities are encouraged to make campus visits. Juniors are allowed one visitation day per school year and seniors are allowed two. To have these absences excused, students must bring back proof of visitation from the prospective college or university. Parents are advised to call the school office prior to visitation.