The mission of the guidance department at JFWA is to place students in the appropriate classes, maintain frequent communication with the parents and the students, and to closely monitor academic progress throughout the student’s career at the Academy. The guidance counselor also oversees all testing programs and communicates requirements and other related information to students and parents.
Newly enrolled families participate in an academic advising session designed to review previous standardized tests, determine where best to place students, or determine if additional assessment is needed. Students and parents are involved in the creation of the four-year plan; an outline that determines that student’s entire academic high school experience. Every student receives individual academic advising from the guidance counselor before the school year begins.
Preparatory materials, exam dates and registration deadlines for college entrance exams (ACT, SAT) are easily accessible at the J. Frank White Academy through the guidance counselor's office.
ACT Aspire (Pre-ACT) and PSAT
The guidance counselor administers the PSAT and ACT Aspire tests in the fall to students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The ACT Aspire is taken by freshmen and sophomores, and the PSAT is taken by sophomores and juniors. The PSAT is a preliminary exam for the SAT, and is recommended for all juniors as it is used to select National Merit Scholarship finalists.
JFWA students are administered the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) in the spring of each year in grades 4-8. The TCAP measures progress in math, social studies, English, and science.
End of Course
Academy students are required to take End of Course (E.O.C.) tests in Algebra I & II, Geometry, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, and English I, II, and III when they are enrolled in those classes.
All 11th graders and any 12th graders who have not previously taken it may take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery if desired. Results are not sent to Armed Services personnel, and there is no cost to students for the test.