College Counseling Program

The College Counseling Program seeks to meet the needs of students from Grades 9 through their transition to college. In conjunction with the guidance counselor, careful attention is paid to academic schedules, standardized testing, and exposure to career possibilities and, for seniors, college application support.

Following are several of the basic job functions of the advisor:

  • Meet with new students and parents regarding a Four-Year Plan.
  • Meet with returning students annually regarding progress on Four-Year Plan.
  • Maintain individual student accounts on Naviance, a college-counseling web-based program. Included on site are records for each student in following areas: Learning Style Inventory, Personality Profile (based on Myers-Briggs), Holland Code (Career map), Resumé, College List, and College Applications. Students and parents each have an account to reference the student’s information.
  • Guide students through the applyTexas or Common App tool in order to consolidate several different college interests in to one main application.
  • Assist Mr. Gough in college preparatory seminars (mandatory course).
  • Maintain resource library of scholarship, essay contest and summer opportunities for all students.
  • Plan College Day: All juniors and seniors spend one day on a college campus arranged through the College Counseling Center (additional days available for visiting colleges, see Student/Parent Handbook for guidelines).
  • Host College Information Day, an evening conference for all students, specifically juniors and parents to begin the 16-month college application process.
  • Hold appointments with each junior and their parent/s as requested, to develop individual college plan.
  • Host parent nights throughout the year on various topics related to College Counseling Center.

There are some college preparation needs that I share responsibility for with our school guidance counselor, Mrs. Conners.  Please refer to her for the following functions.

  • Maintain graduation checklist for each student, ensuring students are meeting Texas and Diocesan graduation requirements.
  • Coordinate various tests throughout the year.
  • Recording test scores in Naviance.
  • Guidance with dual credit and AP courses.