Inspiration Academy

Inspire • Innovate • Mentor

College & Career Counseling

Our College & Career Counseling department at Inspiration Academy assists students in finding their God-given calling and provides the resources needed to take the next steps toward their future pursuits. Through individual appointments and our highly individualized Junior and Senior Seminar classes, students discover different occupations through career exploration projects, internships, gain real work experience in a field of their interest through job shadowing, as well as explore and begin the college search and application process.

During class time in seminar, students participate in Q&A’s with visiting colleges and scholarship foundations, put together foundational résumé and cover letters, and learn how to purposely plan and pursue education and training in his/her fields of interest. By senior year, Inspiration Academy students are fully prepared to enter the college admissions process and have a greater understanding of what’s required for entry, acceptance and funding.

Standardized Testing

Most colleges & universities require students to take either the  SAT or ACT as a part of the application process. Our College & Career Counseling department recommends that students take both standardized tests to determine their individual preferences and performance. It is also advised that juniors take the SAT or ACT test at least once by December of junior year to establish a benchmark and meet with their school counselor to establish a plan in order to improve performance on the next exam.

Students can also take the SAT subject tests. These tests are in specific subject areas and some colleges require that student take these tests in these specific areas depending on the university and major of study. Inspiration Academy provides SAT and ACT support through core classes as well as in both Junior and Senior Seminar. 

All Inspiration Academy students in grades 8-11 each year take the PSAT each year in order to receive adequate practice to prepare for the SAT. In addition to PSAT, juniors also take a practice SAT and ACT (both with writing) during Junior Seminar and receive test prep and academic coaching on both both exams.

Other Standardized Testing Resources:

Students and families are also welcome to contact our College & Career Counselor for additional standardized test prep resources and practice exams.

Junior Seminar

Junior Seminar serves the purpose of further assisting and providing students at Inspiration Academy with training in essential academic, career, and life skills necessary while they seek their God-given calling in life. We operate on the principle that we seek Him first (Matthew 6:33) in all aspects of our lives and everything else will fall in place. This course assists students in working toward accomplishing personal goals and objectives as a student and future professional.

Additionally, this course provides an in-depth study of leadership skills, parliamentary procedure, problem solving, decision-making, communication skills, group dynamics, time and stress management, public speaking, human relations, team building, and other group processes.

Some of the overall themes and topics in this highly individualized, hands-on course include, but are not limited to the following that each integrate a Biblical worldview:

  • Organization & Planning
  • Time Management
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Learning Styles
  • Business & Ethics Case Studies
  • College Admissions 101
  • Practice SAT and ACT Testing & Prep
  • Scholarships Introduction and Application Process – Searching, Writing, and Earning
  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Personal development in areas as goal setting, self-actualization, and assertiveness
  • Basic Financial Literacy
  • Biblical Discernment Basics
  • Career Management

Themes and topics will be subject to change depending on student requests and needs throughout the duration of this course. We may have other opportunities to secure additional workshops, field trips, guest speakers, etc.

Senior Seminar – Foundations In Personal Finance

Senior Seminar is a capstone senior course that allows students to apply much of what they learned in Junior Seminar to make critical life decisions and prepare for next steps in their adult lives. Dave Ramsey’s “Foundations in Personal Finance” is the central curriculum used for this course. Topics of study include debt, budgeting, insurance, investing and retirement, cost of living analysis, careers & taxes, and giving. Students will learn Ramsey’s Five Foundations of personal finance specifically geared toward high school students and young adults.

“I am so grateful that our senior class was able to take Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance course and it has impacted me greatly. I took away many things from this class. Personally, I started budgeting my money on a spreadsheet and tracking every purchase so I could see exactly how I was spending every dollar. My mindset changed and I am more cautious of the things I buy and why I am buying them. Overall, this class has helped me save more money and think ahead for my budget so that I know exactly where each dollar should go. I am so thankful for this class and for everything that I have learned!”

Naomi Rivera - Class of 2020

“When I received money for Christmas, I put half into an emergency fund and used the remaining funds for important necessities like gas and food. I started eating food at home instead of spending ridiculous amounts of money at restaurants and on fast food. Being in debt is something that I do not want for my future so taking this class has taught me things that most people wished they knew in high school. I will continue to follow Dave Ramsey’s foundational principles and the Seven Baby Steps as I go through life so that I don’t put myself in a bad money crisis when I’m older.”

Keith Piccinini - Class of 2020

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you taught me this year through the Foundations in Personal Finance course! I took away so many valuable things that I am already using every day and will continue to use into my adult life. I was able to save enough money and paid for my first car with cash!”

Sarah Perez - Class of 2020

College Acceptances 2014-2020

Anderson University
Arizona State University
Asbury University
Auburn University
Ave Maria University
Azusa Pacific University
Bayside College
Belmont University
Campbell University
Cincinnati Christian University
Clemson University
College of Central Florida
Colorado State University
Concordia University
Covenant College
Dallas Baptist University
DeSales University
Eckerd College
Embry-Riddle University
Erskine College
Fashion Institute of Design &
Merchandising (FIDM)
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Full Sail University
Gordon College
Grand Canyon University
Hawaii Pacific University
International Theological Seminar
James Madison University
Johnson University
Keiser University
King’s College
Lake Region State College
Liberty University
Lipscomb University
Manatee Technical College
Mary Baldwin University
McGill University
Mercer University
Mercyhurst North East
Miami Dade College
Michigan State University
Missouri Baptist University
New College of Florida
New York University
Nichols College
North Greenville University
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio University
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Pasco-Hernando State College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Seton Hall University
Southeastern University
Southern Wesleyan University
Stetson University
The Citadel
Trinity Baptist College
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of North Carolina –
Asheville
University of South Florida
University of South Florida –
Sarasota-Manatee
University of South Florida –
St. Petersburg
University of Tampa
Ursinus College
Warner University
West Point – US Military Academy