College Planning Resources


About Our Team | College Visits | College Events
| Resource Links | Test Prep Options | Test Dates

About Our Team

Throughout the high school years, the Advisory program at Academy aims to prepare students for college. PSAT prep, College Search Activities, Interview Practice, Resume Writing and Career Interest Surveys are all activities Academy Upper Division students do during their four years here. In the fall of the senior year, intensive individualized counseling and support with application essays and forms are offered by the English Department and College Counseling Team.

Robert Sullivan, Upper Division Director
813-948-7600 x.307 |
Mr. Robert Sullivan, our Upper Division Director, is always available for consultation with students and parents about the college choice process. He is also available to write Counselor Recommendations.

Paul Hagenau, Director of College Counseling
813-948-7600 x. 301 |
Mr. Paul Hagenau is our Director of College Counseling, and he encourages all seniors to speak to him about their college application plans. He is available to review applications and give valuable feedback to students about their responses and essays, as well as to write Counselor Recommendations.

Deborah Pitcairn, Registrar, Associate Director of College Counseling
813-948-7600 x. 301 |
Mrs. Deborah Pitcairn, our registrar and Associate Director of College Counseling, is the person to whom requests for transcripts should be made. You may find the Transcript Request form on the Forms page of our web site (link). She is also available to discuss with students and parents their questions about the college application process and to write Counselor Recommendations.

Mike Kennedy, College Counselor Consultant
813-335-0546 |
Mr. Mike Kennedy, our consulting college counselor, visits campus twice a month. Students and parents may sign up to meet with him on those days. Mr. Kennedy has over thirty years of experience in the fields of college admissions and education. He works with students and families through personalizing the college admissions process and by providing the most recent and accurate information in the college admissions field. He also lends guidance to high school and college admissions offices on a variety of issues and topics.

Consulting Appointment Availability
April 28 and May 16 from 8:30am-1:00pm.
Please call the office if you would like to schedule an appointment with Mr. Kennedy.

College Visits

College visit dates coming soon.

College Events

Admissions Information Session
Monday, April 28, 7:30-9:00pm
, Admissions Information Session for Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice Universities and the University of Chicago.  Register at:
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607


Coast to Coast College Tour
Tuesday, April 29, 7-9pm – Coast to Coast College Tour will present an evening information session featuring admissions representatives from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California – Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University.

Register at:

The session will be held at
Intercontinental Tampa
4860 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL  33609


Exploring College Options
Sunday, May 11, 7:30pm Exploring College Options: a student/parent information session for Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford Universities and the University of Pennsylvania.  Register at

The session will be located at:
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza
4200 Jim Walter Boulevard
Tampa, FL  33607

Standardized Testing Registration and Preparation Sites
The ACT –
SAT information / College Board –
Testing Accommodations Information

College Major and Career Interests Sites
Majors & Career Central –


College Search Sites
Colleges that Change Lives –
Colleges of Distinction –
College Board –
Peterson’s –
Princeton Review –

Financial Aid Information
Florida Bright Futures –

Bright Futures Requirements -

College Board Financial Aid Profile – The CSS Profile

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)–
FastWeb (scholarship opportunities) –
FinAid –

For Scholar Athletes

College Fair Information
NACAC for Parents –

Other Links:

Test Prep Options

eKnowledge Online SAT/ACT Prep Program

eKnowledge is an online SAT/ACT prep program co-sponsored by FHSAA and eKnowledge for Florida students.
The cost is only $18-20 for this normally $200-299 program.
Please click here to see flier for details Or visit this website for information:

Florida Virtual School

Free online courses for credit and grade –

  • Reading for College Success – is a course to improve verbal/critical reading skills for the SAT/ACT
  • Critical Thinking Skills – is a course to improve math and reading skills for the SAT/ACT

If you are interested in registering for the courses on FLVS, please see Mrs. Pitcairn for information.

USF Continuing Education

USF Continuing Education offers test prep classes. For more information, visit

Independent Tutoring Resources

Huntington Learning Center
13911 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL

Knowledge Points
2201 Collier Parkway
Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
Mr. Randy Contreras, Director

Myers Tutoring
4534 West Village Drive
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 966-9377

Kaplan Test Prep
5405 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL

Princeton Review
5004 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL

Test Dates


SAT 2013-2014

Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration*
01/25/14 12/27/13 01/10-01/14/14
03/08/14** 02/07/14 02/21-02/24/14
05/03/14 04/04/14 04/18-04/18/14
06/07/14 05/09/14 05/23-05/28/14

* Fee Required
**SAT only on March 8, 2014; all other dates SAT & Subject Tests. Go here for more information.

ACT 2013-2014

Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration*
09/21/13 08/23/13 08/24-09/06/13
10/26/13 09/27/13 09/28-10/11/13
12/14/13 11/08/13 11/09-11/25/13
02/08/14 01/10/13 01/11-01/24/14
04/12/14 03/07/14 03/08-03/21/14
06/14/14 05/09/14 05/10-05/23/14

* Fee Required