The college counseling process at Holy Child strives to uphold the vision of Cornelia Connelly, who created an educational program where the uniqueness and dignity of every person was paramount. The individuality of each student is respected and valued, and the college selection process reflects that individuality. Each student is guided to focus her efforts on finding a college or university that is a good match for her–a place where she will continue to grow, to learn, and to move toward reaching her own potential.

In keeping with the mission of the Network of Holy Child Schools, the college counseling process endeavors to develop mature persons capable of making choices which enrich their own lives and contribute to the lives of others. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their particular aspirations, and they gain the confidence to make decisions that will allow them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

We guide each student to focus her efforts on finding a college or university that is the right match for her–a place where she will continue to grow, to learn, and to move toward reaching her own highest potential. We look not simply to a list of colleges, but we work with the girls throughout their search as they continue to grow develop the deeper understanding of themselves and their particular aspirations. We recognize that they are becoming those mature selves, capable of making important choices, ones that not only enrich their lives but contribute to the lives of others.

Selecting a college is such an important decision, one that is filled with both excitement and so often a large dose of uncertainty. With our student-centered approach, I work extensively with each girl and her family to ensure that she is applying to a selection of colleges that best fit her individual talents, goals, abilities. It is a personal decision, one that is made after careful consideration, discussion, and research.

With the resources we have gathered, and the individual and groups meetings that we hold regularly, students are actively engaged in this process, researching and investigating the vast array of colleges and universities across the country.

Holy Child is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and affirms its Statement of Principles of Good Practice, a code of ethical conduct that articulates the responsibilities of college members, secondary school members, and independent counselors in the admission process. In addition, Holy Child affirms NACAC’s Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities in the College Admission Process.

Although college counseling is primarily focused on students and their families during the junior and senior years, questions that students or their parents may have throughout their time at Holy Child are welcomed.

It is an exciting journey; I encourage you all to be organized, arm yourself with facts, but above all, have fun with the process.

Visiting Colleges

When you’ve decided to visit a campus, contact the admissions office by phone or on the Web. Let the college know what date you’d like to come and the approximate time you expect to arrive. If you want to stay overnight in a residence hall, ask if they can make arrangements. They might also be able to plan for you to talk with a professor, coach, or the director of one of your interest areas.

During your visit, try to meet with someone from the admissions office or attend an information session. Take a tour of the campus, talk to students, have a meal in the dining hall (many colleges will treat you), pick up copies of the student newspaper, and read the bulletin boards. Some colleges will also arrange for you to sit in on a class. Talk to as many people as possible because individual views on a college can vary widely.

Testing

We help with a variety of tests that Holy Child students take for college, including:

  • PSAT/NMSQT
  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • ACT Assessment
  • AP Exams

College Financial Aid

Learn more about the FAFSA and five steps to take. What is the The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile? Also frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms is included to help you navigate the college search experience.

Four-Year Plan

9th Grade

  • Establish your study habits, maintain good grades
  • Get involved in activities in and out of school that you enjoy
  • Familiarize yourself with the Academic Support Office, Math Lab, and Writing Center
  • Meet your academic counselor one-on-one to discuss sophomore schedule - make sure that you are appropriately challenged

10th Grade

  • Continue to maintain good grades and stay focused on your academics
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • October: PSAT
  • December: PSAT results
  • January: attend/watch AP/Honors class interest meeting to understand expectations and requirements
  • Meet with academic counselor for course registration
  • Start writing your resume – make sure to include extra curriculars, leadership, employment, awards and honors, and service
  • Check the College Counseling bulletin board for summer opportunities on college campuses

11th Grade

  • Academic performance is your top priority
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities
  • Consider leadership opportunities: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Sign up for college representative visits
  • Attend local college fairs
  • October: PSAT
  • Begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT in the spring – start test prep/tutoring, register for spring ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
  • Meet with Academic Support Office to begin process of registering for extended time (if applicable)
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are considering playing sports in college; request transcripts be sent to NCAA
  • Meet one-on-one with College Counseling to discuss course registration
  • Continue to update your resume to include honors, leadership activities, service, employment
  • May: AP exams
  • Ask teachers to write letters of recommendation before you leave for summer break
  • Continue to visit schools you are interested in; make an appointment with an admissions counselors, set up interviews if appropriate
  • Register for the College Boot Camp
  • Start thinking about and drafting your college essay
  • The Common Application and Coalition Application become available August 1st

12th Grade

  • Grades are still your top priority!
  • Continue leadership roles: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Meet with College Counseling within the first few weeks of school to finalize your list of schools
  • Sign up for college representative visits
  • Register for ACT/SAT if still needed
  • Attend Financial Aid Night
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines, if appropriate
  • Review college acceptances and financial aid awards; visit college campuses before making decisions
  • May: AP exams
  • May 1st: deadline to notify colleges of enrollment

College Counseling Staff

Meg Mayo
Director of College Counseling
301.365.0955 x2115

Karin Wells
Associate Director of College Counseling
301.365.0955 x2240

301.365.0981 (fax)
Holy Child’s School Code: 210838