College/Post-Secondary Training

  • Recommended College Prep Courses

    English: Four years of English
    Mathematics: Three years of mathematics, including rigorous courses in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
    Natural Sciences: Three years of science, including rigorous courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    Social Studies: Three years of social studies
    World Language: Most 4-year colleges require 2-4 years of the same foreign language
    Additional Courses: Some colleges and universities require other classes as prerequisites for admission, such as courses in the visual arts, music, theater, drama, dance, computer science, etc.

    Universities in Iowa require students RAI score to be above a certain level. To calculate your RAI CLICK HERE

    College Tips

    Sophomore Year:

    Start looking around at different colleges, take college visits, talk to college representatives that visit the school, use ACT Profile to help make informed career decision. Check entrance requirements to colleges to see what classes you need to take to be accepted. Start visiting colleges and exploring different options. Remember that you may take the PSAT test in October. It is a great way to see where you stand in regard to college readiness and the cost is much less than other Standardized tests. You should be sure to start a resume of of high school and community achievements. You will need this later on when you start the college application process, applying for employment, or filling out scholarship applications. Be sure to update and save this every year!

    Freshmen and Sophomore Countdown to College Calendar

    Junior Year:

    Keep visiting different colleges, narrow your choices down by the end of the year. Explore the majors offered at those colleges. Take the ACT (more than once) 57 percent of people who take the ACT a second time improve their composite score. A higher score can result in more scholarship money. During the summer before senior year visit colleges during Iowa Private College Week. **It is also a good idea to keep your resume updated, as it will be used during the scholarship application process.

    ​Some important notes for Juniors

    1. Be sure that you have taken or will take an ACT test.
    2. Try to narrow your college choices down by March of this year
    3. Remember, if you are going to attend an in-state private college, Private College Week is August 4-8. There are reductions in cost of application and specially designed tours during this tie.
    4. Have and keep a resume of academic achievements, community involvement, and other clubs or organizations in which you serve of belong to.
    5. Start the scholarship process- a great place to begin is www.fastweb.com.

    Senior Year:

    Apply to the colleges you are interested in, the sooner the better! July or August before your senior year will be good times to apply while you still have free time! It is wise to have your choices narrowed to down to 3-4 schools by the start of this year. Be sure that if you wish to take ACTs or SATs to improve your score that you have this done by the October test. Start to look at scholarships your college offers. Ask Mr. Hovey to send your transcript to the colleges you are applying to. Look through the scholarship opportunities that Clear Creek Amana has available. Decide on a college in the spring and begin looking at living conditions and meal plans. Go to Orientation during the summer or fall depending on your school.

    ICAN Junior and Senior Countdown to College Calendar

    Why should I visit colleges?

    Campus visits are important!! Remember, this college research time is all about finding your fit. The best way to learn if a college fits you is to get on the campus and experience it for yourself.

    Questions to ask when you are visiting Colleges

    What activities and services are available to help students get settled (academically and socially) during their first year?
    How big are the classes?
    (Ask students) How easy is it to meet with faculty?
    (Ask students) Are you able to register for the classes you want?
    What is the total cost of attending the college?
    What types of financial aid does the college offer and how do I apply?
    Are all freshmen assigned to an academic advisor?
    Where do most freshmen live?
    Can I take a tour?
    What activities are available for students?
    Who teaches the courses for first-year students?
    How successful are the college's graduates in finding jobs?
    What services (such as transportation and shopping) are available locally?
    What is there to do on weekends? Do most students stay or leave campus on weekends?