The College Counseling Office at Central Catholic is dedicated to providing a high level of service for our students throughout their college search by educating, counseling, and advocating so that each student can discover for themselves the post-secondary options available to them that will best compliment their personal characteristics and offer a high level of success both as a student in academics and as a person in life.
The goal of the College Counseling Office is to help students of all grade levels understand the college admissions process, what they can do to reach their full potential, and how they can achieve success at the culmination of the admissions process. These learning opportunities are intended to help students educate themselves and give them the best opportunity to earn acceptance at colleges and universities that best match their interests and personality.
The College Counseling Office adheres strictly to the idea of promoting independence and responsibility. The College Counseling staff work hard to organize and provide opportunities that will benefit students as they progress through their college search. However, it is up to each student individually to make the most of those opportunities. As is the case with many undertakings in life, the college search will be what you make of it.
Every year, Central Catholic graduates roughly 200 young men, each with their own interests, ambitions, and talents. It is with this understanding that the College Counseling program attempts to provide the various resources available to Central Catholic students. Many of the programs and opportunities presented are of a general nature, attempting to provide relevant information to as large an audience as possible.
Although Central Catholic, as a college preparatory high school, provides guidance to students throughout their four years in high school, the College Counseling program officially begins in the second semester of Junior year when students and their parents can attend the Junior College Night program when families are introduced to the college selection process. Students and parents will have the opportunity to begin attending most of these formal events and opportunities at that time.
During the Junior year, students will begin attending College Counseling Classes, receive invitations for evening group programs, and speak individually with the College Counseling Office. Students will begin creating a college list, scheduling campus tours and interviews, learning to write a resume and college essays, preparing for standardized testing, and learning about the financial aid process.
During the course of the next year and a half of junior and senior years, we will try to help guide students and parents through the sometimes overwhelming amount of information regarding the college admission and financial aid process. Through this program, we try to minimize the uncertainty that can surround the college selection process.