Our Academic and College Counseling staff are experts in helping students navigate the college admissions process from start to finish. And, our curriculum is designed to meet the most unique or rigorous college admissions requirements, so every student can pursue a college admission that best fits their goals.

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  • We work with students all four years of high school to help guide their college admissions process from the very beginning. Read about our year-by-year approach.
  • We work with students all four years of high school to help guide their college admissions process from the very beginning. You can read about our year-by-year approach here. We work with your student and family to develop an Individual College Portfolio (ICP) in order to achieve your college admissions goals.
  • We offer help and resources in comparing schools, organizing deadlines, writing college essays, and completing the college application process.
  • We hosts over 100 college reps from across the country every year.
  • We provide workshops, classes, and presentations that focus on a wide range of topics including: college essay writing, financial aid, gap year programs, and athletic recruitment.
  • We provide a variety of data-driven tools that help students identify their career interests and optimize their college journey.
  • We are a CLEP testing facility, which allows us to facilitate College Board exams so students can demonstrate mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. 

It’s About Fit, Not About Rank

Valor students matriculate to some of the most prestigious schools in the country. However, our priority is to help all of our students find the right fit for college, regardless of where a college or university is ranked.

We know how ranking systems work, and we’ll let you in on a secret: they are rarely designed with student’s unique skills, interests and well-being in mind. That’s where we come in.

We work alongside students and parents to help identify the kinds of schools in which each student has the potential to achieve and thrive. Our favorite thing is to discover that a Valor grad is thoroughly enjoying the school of their choice, making friends, pursuing academic and co-curricular interests, and learning more about themselves every day.

Oh, The Places We Go

Optimizing For College

Our students have matriculated to fantastic colleges and universities across the country and around the world. They are mainly concerned with finding the best fit, where they can pursue their academic and professional goals while enjoying their environment. Parents care about fit too. But even more, they are asking two fundamental questions:

  1. What is my student going to do with the rest of his or her life?
  2. How do we afford the increasing cost of college.

We offer two programs, YouScience and CLEP Testing, that help address these questions and provide tools for optimizing the college journey for your student.


YouScience is a data-driven approach to aligning student’s interests and aptitudes with college programs and degree pursuits. Tools like YouScience take into account a student’s expressed interests and also their natural abilities and personality traits, to create a composite view of careers that might be attractive.

Students can dig deeper into those career options, examining factors like salary levels and work requirements. They can then explore post-secondary options including college and vocational programs that catch their interest.

CLEP Testing

The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,800 test centers.

Tens of thousands of students have used CLEP tests to save thousands of dollars, test out of General Education Credits, and accelerate their degree pursuits. You can learn more about Valor’s CLEP program here, and see an example of how CLEP tests work at a sampling of well-known colleges.

Colleges Visiting Valor

Each year, we host hundreds of college representatives on our campus. Freshmen through seniors have the opportunity to meet with representatives, attend presentations, learn about the college admissions process, and browse a variety of schools at our annual College Fair and biannual College Day.

We also host lunch visits throughout the school year for college representatives to meet our students. Please contact Zonya Hamilton, College Visit Coordinator, to schedule a visit, or schedule a visit through Naviance RepVisits.