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College Planning

The Catholic High School counseling department provides comprehensive direction from high school acceptance to graduation and college enrollment.  With a college preparatory high school program of studies, our emphasis is on academic achievement and college placement.  In a typical year, approximately 90% of our graduates attend four-year colleges and universities, with 10% attending community college. 

A brief example of counseling activities includes:

8th Grade

  • Conducting introductory meetings for all new families to include scheduling courses for students, providing information on the Honor Code, athletics, extracurricular activities, community service, and school regulations
  • Supervising placement tests for new students

9th Grade

  • Hosting individual meetings with freshman each fall to discuss transition to high school
  • Advising students on course selection each spring

10th Grade

  • Conduct PSAT testing
  • Direct classroom presentation that includes completion of an abbreviated interest inventory
  • Host individual meetings each spring to discuss career planning and to advise students on course selection

11th Grade

  • Conduct PSAT testing
  • Host college informational evening for students and parents
  • Meet with individual students and families to discuss college selection process

12th Grade

  • Host college application workshop for students and parents
  • Host college financial aid evening
  • Meet individually with students to discuss college applications

The School Counseling Office at Catholic High School provides effective tools for navigating the application process, even for the most selective of colleges and universities.  They work with each student individually to make sure the process is personalized and thorough, and with two graduates and one current student, we couldn’t be more satisfied with our children’s successes in the college search and beyond!”

-CHS Parent

College Search

Application Process

Please refer to the individual college website for that school's application preference:

Training videos for the Coalition Application

Starting a Coalition Application

Submitting Your Coalition Application

Common Application Tutorial 2018-19: How to Use the Common App to Apply to College


The Transcript Request Form is utilized by Junior & Senior students when requesting transcripts for college and university applications or for scholarships:

CHS Transcript Request Form

The Letter of Recommendation Request Form contains information about obtaining letters of recommendation in general and specifics about requesting letters from a particular teacher:

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

The Parent Questionnaire is an opportunity for parents to provide additional information to counselors for possible inclusion in the counselor letter to colleges. Appropriate information might include special talents or abilities that counselors might not know of or any extenuating circumstances that may have affected academics:

Parent Questionnaire

Sample Resume is an opportunity for students to provide additional information to counselors for possible inclusion in the counselor letter to colleges. Two samples have been provided below.

Sample Resume 1
Sample Resume 2

FAFSA Seminar

Financial Aid takes many shapes, from scholarships and grants to loans and work study.  


College Night


Don't forget to join us on Wednesday, January 22nd @ 7 PM  for College Night for Juniors and Parents.

2019-20 Guidance Department Deadlines

Because of the volume of college applications at certain times of the year, the guidance office requests that you honor the following deadlines when requesting transcripts and recommendations:

College Deadline > Guidance Office Deadline

  • October 15 > September 27
  • November 1 > October 16
  • November 15 > November 1
  • December 1 > November 15
  • Late Dec. and Jan. 1-10 > December 6
  • January 15 > Dec. 16, priority; Jan. 6, actual
  • February 1 > January 17
  • February 15 > January 31