To Our Junior Parents
Hopefully you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. We’d like you to be aware of the role that the counseling department plays as juniors begin to focus more carefully on the college preparation and search process.
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the PSAT will be administered to all juniors. The PSAT is an excellent indicator of a student’s potential score on the SAT, and serves as a qualifier for The National Merit Scholarship Program. In January, all juniors will meet with their counselors to review the results of their PSAT exam. At this meeting, the counselor will advise the student on how to interpret their scores and their performance on the specific test sections, and provide strategies to improve scores in the future. Also, the counselor will advise the student on the benefits of taking the ACT and the SAT as part of the college entrance process. We will suggest what test preparation course may be the most effective given the student’s scores.
In January Jill Kasprzak, Director of College Counseling Services, will visit each junior religion class to discuss Naviance, a web-based program designed to assist students in organizing the college search and application process. During the classroom visits, Ms. Kasprzak will provide a detailed explanation regarding the differences between the SAT and ACT exams as well as administration and registration information. In February and March, it is highly advised that your child schedule an appointment to meet with their counselor to review and discuss course selection for senior year. At this time the counselor and student will also discuss which colleges/universities as well as majors/areas of study might be the best fit for the student. Counselors will help the student explore such relevant factors as size of school, geographical location, campus or city setting and availability of the desired major.
It is important to remember there are numerous informational events which involve the parents of juniors. Other important dates to remember are:
- OLGCHS hosts The Sophomore and Junior Parents Counseling Information Night on November 18th at 7pm in the Dining Hall to discuss the significant aspects and milestones of those years.
- The Underclassmen College Meeting for Junior Parents will be held on January 29th at 7pm in the Dining Hall. This meeting is dedicated to the college application process and a Naviance tutorial.
- The NCAA Meeting on Monday, March 5th from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Dining Hall will discuss the academic and financial aid differences between being recruited for Division I, II, and III schools as well as other important issues.
- On March 30th, from 6 to 8pm in the Alumni Gallery, Good Counsel will host its Annual College Fair. Parents and students can speak to representatives from over 100 colleges from across the country. This is an excellent opportunity to learn a great deal about schools of interest, be exposed to new possibilities, and talk with the admissions representative. Many of the representatives participate in the college acceptance process.
As always, you and your junior have access to all college related services through the counseling department. You may schedule an appointment to meet with your student’s counselor or the college counselor by contacting us via e-mail or phone. We hope you are enthusiastically anticipating what should be an exciting year for your student. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way possible.
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Counseling Department