College exploration begins during the freshman year with the selection of courses, taking personality and career inventories, small group activities and discussions. Walsh Jesuit administers 4 practice exams to students, 2 Pre-ACT grades 9 & 10 and 2 PSAT grades 10 & 11 in preparation for the official exams. Students will review their scores with a counselor to determine their testing strengths, weakness, and review prep options.
The Sophomore Peek at the college process will be held February 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM and is open to all sophomore parents. College Guidance will facilitate a discussion and conversation about the “Big Six,” and the role these factors play in the college search, application and acceptance process. Families are strongly encouraged to begin visiting schools and narrowing their college search during the summer between grades 10 & 11.
Juniors meet more often with their counselor to review scores, go over college search software, refine their college lists and to create their extracurricular and leadership resume. All junior parents are invited to attend a college planning session where they are introduced to testing requirements, application completion procedures, information about setting a college visit, financial aid and scholarship information. These sessions are on Friday mornings during the school year and at night in November.
The counseling staff and college guidance staff work together to organize and coordinate all parts of the application process, including recommendations.