College Guidance

Forming a partnership with students and parents the Guidance Office strives to provide support services during this period of tremendous growth and change in a young person’s life. Discussing personal and academic goals allows us to assist students in devising a plan of action that may include course selection, career exploration, enrichment opportunities, and college selection.
Beginning in the fall of the freshman year, counselors in the Guidance Office meet individually with students as they acclimate to life in the Upper School. Course selection, goal setting, and access to college and career searches through Naviance are topics addressed.  Sophomore year individual meetings also include a more in-depth conversation on eventual college planning. Junior year begins with a College Planning informational meeting, followed up by individual meetings with students and parents. The fall of the senior year finds the Guidance Office preparing the support documentation that accompanies each application to a college. Notifying students of new procedures or changes in admission policies at the colleges, the College Counselor assists the students in submitting a competitive application. Scholarship information is shared with students and supporting recommendations and required materials are mailed.

The Guidance Office has two additional roles in the Upper School. The Registrar maintains all of the academic records such as report cards and transcripts. Our office monitors academic standing and applies the policies stated in the Handbook. Standardized testing programs such as PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP Exams are administered through the Guidance Office.

The Guidance Office desires to serve our students and families. We welcome you to contact us by phone or email.

List of 4 items.

  • Career Exploration

    Students are provided with several opportunities to identify areas of interest and potential careers. Through Naviance each year, students have the opportunity each year to explore career fields based on strengths and interests surveys. Through the alumni-backed Interact Club, monthly speakers share first-hand information related to career fields of interest. Shadow Day finds seniors spending the day with a chosen professional that allows the students to have a first-hand glimpse into a career field. This opportunity can be a very defining experience!
  • College Selection and Application

    This begins in the spring of the eighth-grade year as students and parents begin making the four-year plan. As the student moves toward defining areas of interest, they are introduced to the idea of college research and browsing through all of the available resources. College Day, which brings about 180 universities and colleges on campus, allows the students to meet with representatives and learn about the campuses. In addition, colleges representatives visit TCA’s campus throughout the year, permitting students to ask additional questions and get to know the Admission Representative. Meetings with freshman and sophomores focus on identifying strengths and interests, as well as standardized test review and possible college campuses of note. Individual meetings with junior students and parents and the College Counselor launch the college application process. At this time students utilize their research to identify target schools for campus visits and potential applications. This is an exciting adventure that will continue through the senior year until the enrollment deposit is made at the college of choice.
  • Course Selection

    Each spring, the Guidance Office meets with students and parents by class to review the possibilities for the next school year. Although students have prepared a four-year plan, there is often an adjustment to accommodate a newly discovered passion or to capitalize on an area of academic strength. This process focuses on the student selecting challenging courses in which he/she can be successful. Another consideration is for the student to have experienced the level of curriculum that the target colleges will value. 
  • Enrichment Opportunities

    Using an online shared communication program, students are provided with current information about leadership training programs, special summer programs on college campuses, and organizations offering specialized programs.

College Guidance Office

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Tracie Harrison

    Mrs. Tracie Harrison 

    College Counselor
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3321
  • Photo of Caryn Thexton

    Mrs. Caryn Thexton 

    College Counselor
    (972) 447-4677
  • Photo of Ashley Joseph

    Mrs. Ashley Joseph 

    US Guidance Office Admin Asst

College Representatives

We welcome college representatives to visit our campus and become acquainted with our students and counseling staff. College admission representatives can now go to to schedule an appointment with our school. You will see all available times and be able to secure a date.
Trinity Christian Academy is a private coeducational school for grades PreK–12 which offers Christian families and their children a demanding, college preparatory curriculum within a Christian community committed to integrating Biblical faith and learning.