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College Counseling

School Counseling Newsletter

Juniors: PSAT info — your next steps

01/09/2020

Class of 2021: Your PSAT scores were released online Dec. 10, 2019. Login at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home to see the scores, test performance feedback and more. Take advantage of these opportunities:

  1. Get free, personalized SAT practice. Your PSAT score unlocks free, personalized practice through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®. Visit www.khanacademy.org/sat create an account, and link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts for a plan based on your test results.
  2. Receive AP course recommendations.: Your PSAT score report identifies AP® courses that are the best match for you. AP can give you an edge in the admission process and earn you college credit while in high school, which saves time and money in college. https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/what-is-ap.
  3. College Board National Recognition Programs. These are academic honors that can be included on college applications. They’re not scholarships, but colleges use them to identify academically exceptional students. Learn more at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scholarships-and-recognition/recognition-programs.

Other Career/Testing Opportunities

    1. Get started on BigFuture. Begin your College Search using BigFutureTM. Explore colleges, majors, and careers based on your interests. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
    2. College Board Opportunity Scholarships: Juniors (class of 2021) are eligible to earn money for college by practicing for the SAT and improving their score through the https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/. Practice for six hours on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to qualify and earn one entry in the monthly drawing of $1000 scholarship. Earn an entry for each additional hour you practice, up to a total of 20 hours. Details.

Register for the SAT
Take the next step toward college by registering. Juniors (class of 2021) should register for a March or May SAT (both offered at BCHS), and select up to four colleges to receive scores for free (COLLEGES REQUIRE SCORES DIRECTLY FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD AND THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SEND THEM FOR FREE). https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.

November Junior College Counseling Newsletter

11/06/2019
  • Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Junior Parent College Information Night session last week! View the Progress Report Night College Information Night Slides 2019 .
  • Just for Juniors meetings will take place November – June in order to talk through the college search and application process. Students are able to attend with or without their parents; parents are also able to attend with or without their students. Sign up here; dates will be added as these fill up.
  • Remember that Khan Academy and ACT Academy provide free SAT and ACT practice!
  • Check out Raise Me as you start to think about your scholarship search.
  • Students can log in to Naviance by entering their student ID number (do not put @bishopchatard.org) and their regular school password.

October 2019 Senior College Counseling Newsletter

09/30/2019

Worried about being behind on your college applications?

Think you are done but aren’t sure and want to double check?

Do these things in this order:

  1. SEND YOUR TEST SCORES! It is important that you send your scores directly from the testing service through your CollegeBoard and ACT accounts. Take advantage of the free score sends when you register. You must send your test scores to each college or university directly from the testing service. It takes 2-3 weeks for your scores to arrive to the schools, so you cannot wait until a few days before the deadline to order them. Suggested deadline: October 4, 2019

  2. SEND YOUR TRANSCRIPTS! You have to list Mrs. Nixon as your counselor under “Recommenders and FERPA” in Common Application in order for all of the proper paperwork to be submitted. Do not list anyone from Chatard as your Advisor. If a school does not accept the Common Application, you will need to apply through the college’s website and request your transcript through Parchment. You must request a transcript to be sent to each college or university through Common Application or Parchment.  Suggested deadline: October 10, 2019

  3. Complete your applications. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your applications. You do not want to miss out on the best chances of admission and scholarship by not submitting your application by the deadline. Most schools have a November 1 deadline, but some are October 1 or October 15. Check the websites for each of your schools to confirm the application deadlines. Do not wait for your teacher or counselor recommendation letters to be submitted first. Suggested deadline: October 25, 2019

  4. Check your application status! When you apply to a college or university, they will send you login information to access an online portal. Please look for these emails and log in to view your application status, see next steps, and learn about potential scholarship application or interview processes. You may think your application is complete but be missing materials; checking your portal will help you verify your application is complete. In related news, it is very important for you to check your email from schools to which you have applied. To make things easier, unsubscribe from emails from schools you are no longer considering. Suggested deadline: October 29, 2019

  5. FILE YOUR FAFSA: You can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1 at fafsa.ed.gov. You will be reviewed for financial aid based on your 2018 tax information. Many schools have moved their priority deadlines to November 1 or December 1, so please complete the FAFSA as early as possible. If your income has changed drastically from 2018 to 2019, or if you have special circumstances, please contact each college or university for assistance. Suggested deadline: October 31, 2019

  6. Search for Scholarships: We recommend fastweb.com, RaiseMe, and CollegeBoard Opportunity Scholarships for scholarship searches.

  7. Let us celebrate with you! It is important for our school data for you to let us know where you have been admitted and what scholarships you have received. Bring copies of your admit letters and scholarship notifications to room 213 or email screenshots to pnixon@bishopchatard.org or aalerding@bishopchatard.org. Pro Tip: It is better to do it when you receive it than to save it for when you have heard all admission decisions.

 

September 2019 Freshman and Sophomore College Counseling Newsletter

09/03/2019

* Freshmen will be able to log in to Naviance by September 17.*

  1. The Jesuit Excellence Tour College Fair will take place before school on Monday, September 9 from 8:00 to 9:00. This is a great opportunity for you and your parents to ask questions in a smaller setting. Please plan to attend if you are interested in any of these schools: John Carroll University, Loyola Chicago, Marquette University, Regis University, Louis University, or Xavier University. A schedule of other Indianapolis area college fairs can be found at https://counseling.bishopchatard.org/2019-2020-college-fair-calendar/. You can Google many tips on how to navigate a college fair; this list is simple and provides the most important questions: https://www.colorado.edu/admissions/2018/10/12/top-questions-college-fair.
  2. Sophomores may sign up to meet with colleges who will be visiting Bishop Chatard this fall. To register: Log in to Naviance Student. (Use your student number without @org and your regular BCHS password.) Click on “Colleges” in the top right. Scroll down to “College Visits.” Click on “Show More.” Next to the collegename for the meeting you want to attend, click on “Register Now” over to the right. You will not receive a pass for the meeting. Attendance will be taken when the bell rings. Meeting locations and room numbers will also be found on the Student Activities calendar on the BCHS website. Our policy for college rep meetings is: You must sign up for a visit in advance to attend the session. Each student is allowed to participate in up to eight meetings. You are responsible to make up any work missed. You are not to miss a test, mandatory presentation, important quiz, etc., for a college meeting. If you are not sure what will take place in class on the day of the visit, be proactive and check with the teacher the day before or the morning of the meeting to see if it is acceptable for you to miss class. You will go directly to the meeting room rather than reporting to class first. Attendance will be taken. You must be in the designated room or area of the meeting prior to the ringing of the bell or you will be marked tardy for that period’s class. College meetings that take place during Seminar take up the entire period. You will not be released from the meeting room for any reason. College meetings that take place during a class period will typically end well in advance of the end of the period; you will be given a pass to return to class promptly. The Guidance Office reserves the right to remove you from the college meeting if your academic profile does not match the admission standards of the school or if your actions do not meet the desired expectations for our students.
  3. This is a great time to start researching colleges. Check out Naviance Super Match (log in with your student number and your regular password, click on Colleges, click on Find your Fit, click on SuperMatch) and College Board Big Future.
  4. Freshmen and sophomores should complete Naviance assessments: Strengths Explorer (freshmen and sophomores), Career Interest Profiler (sophomores). Watch this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1omNN3vJz26To56hID0tP77KSn-Jwnctf/view, then log in to Naviance Student at https://student.naviance.com/bishopchatard. Enter your BCHS student number (do not include @bishopchatard.org) and your regular school password. Counselors will be calling small groups of students in during Seminar in the next several months to work with these results. Another helpful personality assessment is https://www.16personalities.com/. Another helpful career assessment is https://indiana.kuder.com/landing-page.
  5. Plan ahead for academic success in high school. https://www.postguam.com/forum/featured_columnists/tips-for-academic-success-in-high-school/article_660c84c0-cd8c-11e7-b6bc-abad68c0ec31.html
  6. Don’t forget to check out the School Counseling Canvas page for additional information and helpful links.

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