Before you choose to enroll your young scholar in any one of our KD College Prep programs, take some time to review our enrollment recommendations and grade level requirements.

Although our programs are designed for different grade levels, the most important thing is that a student has a willingness to learn. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you choose the right program for your student.

Age and Grade

Our comprehensive Complete Program, covering PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and ACT® test preparation strategies and concepts, is for students in 9th grade or above. The best time to enroll is different for each student, and a Director can help determine what is best for your teen. Students may start the program at any time during the year as classes start each month. We continue to work with high school students enrolled in our Complete Program until they reach their score goals.

While the Complete Program is designed for high school students, 7th and 8th graders interested in putting themselves in a position to perform their best on the PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and ACT® tests can enroll in our Advanced Start program. Many of these students enroll to prepare for Duke TIP* (Duke Talent Identification Program) testing.


While our programs carry no prerequisites or testing requirements, our Advanced Start program best serves those students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability either with a score at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test, aptitude test, or mental ability test.

With regard to our Complete Program, we strongly recommend that students complete at least Algebra I before enrolling.

Time Commitment

Any high school student can benefit from our Complete Program. We offer flexibility to meet the needs of teens who are involved in many activities. We also offer individual tutoring, either as a supplement to our Complete Program or as a stand-alone solution. In addition to instructor-led class time, students will have a small amount of homework, and many successful students review their curriculum at home.


Each student is ultimately responsible for his or her academic success. Nevertheless, involvement from a caring adult makes a huge difference. As the parent or guardian of a KD College Prep scholar, your responsibilities include providing transportation to and from the campus, encouraging your son or daughter’s scholastic commitment, and checking monthly reports to monitor your child’s progress.

Students perform best when they have a desire to improve and a commitment to reaching their college goals. Ambitious students with well-defined academic goals will thrive in these preparatory programs. If you are ready to jump in or have questions about which of our programs is a good fit for your student, contact KD College Prep today. We’d be happy to schedule a tour of the campus nearest you so you can get a better idea of what makes our approach to academic excellence different — and so successful.