College & Beyond

College & Beyond

College is a leading indicator of students’ future career success. Our mission is to prepare and ensure all students are ready for college and career after high school graduation. We believe education beyond high school is essential for success in the modern 21st-century economy.


AzMERIT is an annual statewide test that measures how students are performing in English language arts and math. Work alongside your student’s teacher to help them achieve.

High School Graduation

State Law sets forth minimum graduation requirements for all schools in the state of Arizona. Western: CFA’s minimum graduation requirements exceed that of that state ensuring students are prepared to be accepted at any school they are interested in. Graduation requirements include:

  • 28 Credits
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math
  • 4 years of Science
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Culminating Project
  • 100 hours of community Service

Simply meeting the high school graduation requirements does not make you eligible to apply for college. Students may need to take additional courses while in high school to successfully prepare for their college transition. Download the College Entrance Requirements grid to learn what is required for each type of college pathway. [create grid comparing state schools with out of state schools students will be traveling to]

College Readiness

There are many steps students should take to be prepared for college. No matter where a student is in the college admission process, the information below will help them prepare in terms of academic preparation, admissions process, and personal and family finances.

Academic Preparation

For a step by step guide for college preparation, download each College Checklist below. Use these as a guide and continue to communicate with family members, counselors, teachers, and individuals in the community for additional support.

9th Grade College Preparation Checklist
10th Grade College Preparation Checklist
11th Grade College Preparation Checklist
12th Grade College Preparation Checklist

Your high school student’s success begins with you

Along with your child’s teachers, you play the most important role in her education. Find out what your child is learning this year and how you can make education a top priority at home.

Download Expect More Arizona’s Grade Level Academic Milestones and Tips.

Paying for College

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, is an immigration policy that allows undocumented students that came to the Unites States before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to apply for a renewable work permit. DACA allows for students to obtain a Social Security number, a driver’s license, and qualify for in-state tuition at some colleges and universities.

Immigration Equality

College is expensive, but you can do something now to minimize the cost and ensure you break through any financial barriers that exist.

Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

There are 3 main types of Scholarships:

  • Merit-Based: awarded based academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest.
  • Financial Need: awarded based on the finances of the student and/or family.
  • Special Group: some scholarships are gear toward groups of people, for example, there is a scholarship for a minority student interested in studying physics.