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College Counseling

 

Immaculate Heart Academy introduced a College Counseling Department in September 2016.

We felt it was critical to have both a College Counseling Department and a Guidance Department as two separate resources available to our students, especially since the college process is so important to our families. The College Counseling Department believes in working with students from grades 9-12. With the ever-changing landscape of college admissions, it is important to ensure our students are well prepared and taking the process in stages. Each student is assigned both a college counselor and school counselor for all four years.

Below is just a sampling of the topics covered with students in each grade level. For a more detailed four-year plan, please click here.

9th Grade
Introduction to Naviance*, Career Exploration, Subjects Tests, Resume Building, Social Media Awareness

10th Grade
Naviance in Depth, Career Exploration, Begin College Search, Subject Tests, PSATs

11th Grade
PSATs, College Process, SAT/ACT/Subject Tests, College Essay, College Recommendations, Choosing the Right Fit College

12th Grade
College Application Process, Finalizing the College Essay, Financial Assistance

As IHA is a college preparatory secondary school, it is inherent that the College Counseling staff helps to advise and prepare students for their future educational goals and plans. College counselors maintain ongoing relationships with higher education institutions and act as liaisons to representatives who visit IHA. They work with students for four years, helping them navigate through college applications and the sometimes overwhelming admissions process.

In the first semester of junior year, group meetings are held to formally begin the college planning process. Individual meetings with each junior are scheduled to discuss the students’ interests and aspirations. In the fall, an evening meeting is also held for junior students and parents to discuss the college selection process. They meet with students individually and in groups, and host routine parent meetings to keep parents up-to-date with how to best assist their daughters in the ever-changing landscape of college admissions.
 
Please view our 2016-17 School Profile, which includes a list of what colleges and universities the Class of 2016 attended:
 
 
College Counseling Events
  • Nov. 2 - Junior College Kick-off, 7 p.m.
  • March 16 - Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night
  • March 21 - ACT Testing for Juniors
  • April 6 - IHA College Fair, 7 p.m. List of colleges.
  • May 24 - College Essay Workshop for Juniors
  • May 24 - College Admissions Panel, 7 p.m.