Live the Honor Code
The Honor Code is a set of rules that students commit to follow every year before
attending school. It requires that students live by set spiritual standards. With
the Honor Code, students from each of the church schools enjoy a high standard of
living among peers with shared values.
In addition to the dress and grooming standards of the Honor Code, we encourage
you to be an active participant in church services. This means attending church
on a regular basis as well as fulfilling your callings, attending mutual and serving
those around you.
Click here to see the Honor Code
Attend seminary. It is the most important
course you can take in high school. Seminary attendance, beginning in the 9th grade,
is strongly encouraged by all of the admissions offices
at Church colleges and universities. Seminary will give you gospel knowledge and
insights that will be invaluable in college and beyond. Attending seminary will
also help to prepare you for the secular and religious study you will encounter
in college and at institutes of religion.
Recommended High School Courses
High school students should enroll in college preparatory classes as freshman and
continue to take them through the senior year. To be most prepared for the ACT and
SAT exams and for college-level work, it is recommended
school class schedules include the following:
- 4+ years of mathematics
- 4+ years of English or literature
- 2-3 years of laboratory science
- 2 years of history or government
- 2+ years of foreign language
We strongly encourage you to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) or International
Baccalaureate (IB) classes where available. Students who take these courses will
receive extra consideration in the admissions process when applying to any CES school
and will also receive college credit based on AP and IB end-of-year test scores.
Research has shown that students who take these college prep courses are better
prepared for rigorous college courses.
Remember to do your very best in all your classes at school. Your grades are not
only a reflection of your level of knowledge, but they also show prospective colleges
the amount of effort you are willing to put into schoolwork.
Benefits of Taking AP/IB Courses
AP and IB courses are gaining popularity across the nation. Here are a few of the
major benefits of taking college-prep courses:
- Because AP and IB courses are measured by a standardized instrument, students who
take these courses will receive extra consideration in the admissions process.
- The church schools offer varying levels of college credit based on AP and IB end-of-year
test scores. Depending on the number and type of courses taken, students can receive
university credit even before graduating from high school.
- Students who take AP or IB courses are usually more prepared for the rigors of college
because of the study skills and discipline developed while taking such courses.
- Students who take AP and IB courses gain support from motivated peers and mentors.
Choosing the Right College-prep Courses
The decision to take AP or IB courses should be considered carefully by the student,
parents, and a school counselor. Students and parents may wish to talk to an AP
teacher or an AP coordinator to learn more about the difficulties of a particular
course. Be sure to discuss the workload and the preparation required for the course.
The ACT/SAT Tests
The ACT and the SAT are standardized tests that analyze your knowledge over various
academic topics. Many higher education institutions use these tests to gauge how
well the student may perform once admitted. It is important to find out how each
CES school judges your ACT and SAT scores and to plan accordingly.
General Testing Information
Be sure to take the ACT/SAT towards the end of your junior year so that you can
take it again in the beginning of your senior year. Because CES Admissions considers
only your highest composite scores, you should consider taking the ACT/SAT multiple
times. Studies show that students who retake the ACT/SAT have a 55 percent chance
of increasing their previous score by 1 to 3 points. Those points may not seem like
much, but they could make all the difference when it comes time to apply for admission
It is recommended that the ACT/SAT be taken at least two months before the application
deadline for admission. This will allow time for the institutions of your choice
to receive the ACT/SAT scores before the deadline.
The standard ACT is a set of four multiple choice tests which cover English, mathematics,
reading, and science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests
and a writing test. At this time, CES schools are not considering the writing section
for the ACT exam. However, we recommend students take it.
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need
for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve
problems-skills you learned in school that you'll need in college. The SAT is typically
taken by high school juniors and seniors.
Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200–800, with two writing sub-scores
for multiple-choice and an essay.
At this time, CES schools are not considering the writing section for the SAT exam.
However, we recommend students take it.
Spend your time wisely. Find activities outside of school that will help you to
grow and build on your interests. Get involved in a variety of services opportunities,
athletics, work, clubs, organizations, and leadership. Many college admission offices
give special consideration to students who have played a key role in activities
outside of class.
Preparation is an essential ingredient for success. The earlier you begin to prepare
for college, the better off you will be when it comes time to start your higher
education. You'll want to make sure that you prepare yourself spiritually,
academically, and financially. You should also
strive to be well rounded by participating in additional uplifting activities outside
of school and work. On this page you will find helpful tips and information that
you should take into consideration as you prepare to further your education.