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College Planning

As part of the transition process from Auldern, the staff in collaboration with parents and educational consultants (when applicable) play an active role in preparing students for this important step. Students participating in the college planning process are provided with:

  • A curriculum to help navigate this complex process
  • Structured time outside of the school day to complete tasks
  • Access to the internet for research, communication, and electronic applications
  • Access to staff members for assistance in completing tasks
  • Personalized letters of recommendation provided upon request
  • Assistance in completing essays and personal statement for college applications
  • College counseling and advising sessions


Standardized Testing

Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement: Within the first few weeks of enrolling at Auldern, students meet with our academic coordinator to take the Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement (if they have not had this testing done too recently.) This assessment helps the faculty at Auldern develop an effective academic plan for each student and also provides a baseline from which academic growth can be measured when the student is reassessed closer to their transition date.

PSAT/NMSQT: All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the Practice SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test each fall. It provides some important insight into the SAT and also provides an opportunity for students to qualify for a National Merit scholarship. Each student receives a detailed score report from the College Board that provides an array of diagnostic information.

SAT & ACT: As a graduation requirement, all students take the SAT or ACT, with many electing to take both. Most students take these exams in their junior year to ensure that scores are reported to colleges and universities in a timely manner and also to allow for retesting should there be a need. Auldern helps its student prepare for and register for the SAT and ACT and provides transportation to and from testing sites.

SSAT: The Secondary School Admission Test is an admission test administered by the Secondary School Admission Test Board to students in grades 3-11 to provide a standardized measure that will help professional in independent or private elementary, middle and high schools to make decisions regarding student admission. If an Auldern student is planning to transition to another boarding school, they will often be required to complete the SSAT in order to be considered for admission. Auldern assists with the registration for this test, but transportation to and from testing sites must be arranged by parents or guardians.

ISEE: The Independent School Entrance Exam is used by many independent and magnet schools in the United States. If an Auldern student is planning to transition to another boarding school, this test may be required. Auldern assists with registering for the ISEE, but transportation to and from testing sites must be provided by parents or guardians.

Additional Testing: Many of the students who enroll at Auldern Academy have already completed recent psychological and educational testing that is included in the enrollment information provided by parents and educational consultants. Auldern will facilitate initial testing if needed, as well as additional testing if recommended.


Auldern Academy
990 Glovers Grove Church Road
Siler City, NC 27344
Phone: (919) 837-2336