College Counseling

Welcome to Glendale Preparatory Academy College Counseling.  Glendale Preparatory Academy is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

Every Glendale Prep student has individual counseling sessions with the college counselor beginning his/her junior year.  Parents and students are encouraged to meet with the counselor throughout the college admission process.  College 101 classes are conducted for all juniors throughout the year as well as application and essay writing workshops senior year.

This page is designed as a resource for students, parents and colleges. Below you will find helpful resources and links.

Please contact the college counselor if you have any questions.

Katherine Sarbacker
Director of College Counseling
623.889.0822 ext. 1504

Renae Smith
College Counselor
623.889.0822 ext. 1523

Upcoming Programs and On-Campus Events: Fall 2019


FAFSA: The first day parents can begin completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is October 1, 2019. The following links may help you navigate the process.

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

  • Parent Social Security Number
  • Student Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically. (This takes approximately 3-5 days to process. See registration link below.)

8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA

11 Common FAFSA Mistakes

Helpful information to creating and using the FSA ID

Creating a FSA ID

Official FAFSA application


College Visits: Fall 2019

Individual College Reps visiting us on campus:


Local College Tours and Fairs:

Junior students and their parents enrolled in Great Hearts high schools are invited to participate in the college symposium on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30am to 11:30am. There will be presentations for parents and an opportunity for students to interact with over 50 college reps.

The Christian College Fair tour will be in the northwest valley on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 6-8pm. The fair will be held at New Life Community Church at 8155 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ 85381. Follow this link for more information.

Save the date! On Thursday, October 24 Glendale Prep will be hosting multiple college rep visits during the morning hours. Continue to check the website for which colleges and university will be attending. Despite it being conference week we are requesting all sophomore, junior, and senior students interested in a four-year college plan on attending.

  • Current list of universities/colleges attending:  Allegheny, ASU, Barrett Honors College at ASU, Baylor, Biola, Colgate, Colorado College, Creighton, Eastern University (Templeton Honors), Grand Canyon University, Iowa State, Miami of Ohio, NAU, Oregon State, Providence, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice University, St. John’s College (NM), Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, U of A, University of Chicago, University of Dallas, Vanderbilt, Westmont College, Wheaton College, Willamette


Important Dates and Reminders: 2019-2020

SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Registration Deadline: November 8)
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Registration Deadline: February 14)
Saturday, May 2, 2020 (Registration Deadline: April 3)
Saturday, June 6, 2020 (Registration Deadline: May 8)

ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Saturday, December 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline: November 8)
Saturday, February 8, 2020 (Registration Deadline: January 10)
Saturday, April 4, 2020 (Registration Deadline: February 28)
Saturday, June 13, 2020 (Registration Deadline: May 8)
Saturday, July 18, 2020 (Registration Deadline: June 19)

Resources and Links:

Resume Template
College Information Form
SAT/PSAT/SAT Subject Tests (sending scores)
SAT Registration Guide
Common Application
Great Hearts Summer Program Opportunities
Monica Felton
The College Interview

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College Acceptances for the Class of 2019

Colleges in Italics represent schools our schools will be attending.
*Indicates acceptance to an Honors Program.

Arizona State University, AZ
Baylor University, TX
Benedictine University, AZ
Berry College, GA
Boise State University, ID
Creighton University, NE
Gordon College, MA
Grand Canyon University, AZ
Iowa State University, IA
The King’s College, NY
Northern Arizona University, AZ
Regis University, CO
Saint Vincent College, PA
Southern Utah University, UT
Texas Christian University, TX
Tusculum University, TN
University of Arizona, AZ
University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI
University of Kansas, KS
University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC
University of Notre Dame, IN
Utah State University, UT
Vanderbilt University, TN
Westminster College, UT