Services Offered

Academic Counseling

  • Individual meetings to discuss scheduling, career plans, goals, service, leadership involvement, and appropriate course work
  • Assistance for study skills/test taking improvement

Post-Secondary Planning Opportunities

  • Individualized high school and post-secondary planning
  • Advanced Placement and dual credit coursework (toward college credits)
  • College financial planning presentations (e.g. FAFSA, Paying for College, scholarships)
  • College planning for Twenty-First Century Scholars
  • College planning for students with special academic needs (STARS)
  • College representative visits and presentations from 100+ colleges and universities
  • Camp College (juniors) - summer
  • Presentations from military representatives, including military academies and ROTC

Personal Counseling

Catholic Charities social worker

  • Personal counseling consultations
  • Support groups
  • Student Assistance Program
  • Professional referrals

Career Counseling

  • Career exploration inventories
  • Career exploration resources
  • Career fair
  • Career counseling referrals
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB career assessment)

Naviance

An online family resource for researching and preparing for college and careers, including:

  • Free ACT/SAT practice test and preparation
  • Scholarship information
  • Personality and career assessments
  • Career exploration
  • College research and exploration
  • Resume building
  • Document Library

Standardized Testing

Incoming Freshmen:

  • High School Placement Test

Freshmen:

  • EXPLORE assessment [pre-ACT]

Sophomores:

  • PLAN assessment [pre-ACT]
  • PSAT/Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test [pre-SAT]

Juniors:

  • PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) [pre-SAT]
  • End of Course Assessments/Graduation Qualifying Exam (ECA/GQE) – Algebra 1 and English 10

ACT/SAT Preparation Opportunities

  • ACT /SAT preparation classes
    (ZAPS) – www.zaps.com
  • College and Career Connections: ACT/SAT “Method Test Prep” (free)
  • Princeton Review Practice ACT/SAT (free)
  • Testing results interpreted during computer lab presentations

Additional Opportunities

  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • Independent Study/Online Coursework
  • Learning & Study Skills Inventory (LASSI)

Scholarship Delivery System

  • Bi-monthly senior newsletter (“Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors”) available to seniors and their parents via email
  • College and Career Connections: interactive scholarship system
  • Scholarship of the day school-wide announcements   
  • Selected scholarship hardcopy updates available in the guidance area carousel

College Planning Mini-Workshops

(Small group presentations available to students during Channel One)

  • College representative visits
  • Preparing for the College Visit
  • The College Fair—Expectations and Hints for Success
  • Using  the Common Application
  • The College Essay
  • Scholarships: The Search and Hints for Success
  • Opportunities for Twenty-First Century Scholars
  • First Generation College-bound Students and College Planning
  • Student Athletes: NCAA, NAIA and a Student’s Responsibilities

The Role of our College Counselor

The role of the college counselor is primarily focused upon designing and implementing a freshman through senior college planning program which serves Roncalli High School students and their parents in large-scale, overarching ways, including:

  • Student and parent presentations
  • A scholarship delivery system
  • ACT/SAT test preparation
  • Building and fostering relations with college admission offices in the Midwest and beyond

Secondly, the college counselor may serve as a resource to students and their parents, upon referral by their school counselor, if needed, to address specific questions or concerns which would warrant an individual appointment with the college counselor.