The ultimate goal of the Guidance Office at Sacred Heart is to find the college that is the right fit for our students. We believe that college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won. More important than the name of the college your daughter attends, is the happiness and success she discovers once she is there.
The College search at Sacred Heart begins in freshman year. All students are scheduled to meet with the Upper School Guidance Counselor during seminars once per cycle in a classroom setting.
Freshmen are gently introduced to the process through open discussion and sharing. We touch on the importance of academics and curriculum choices, as well as extra curricular activities and community service. They are introduced to the SAT by taking the PSAT in October.
Sophomores delve further into the college discussion with a focus on academics and career and interest categories. They also take the PSAT in October to prepare them for junior year where the test counts for Merit Scholarship. College visits are recommended.
Juniors take the Strong Interest Inventory to further explore their passions and strengths. They also take the PSAT for National Merit Scholarship eligibility. Resumes and college essays are created towards the end of the school year. College visits are strongly recommended.
Seniors are actively applying to their colleges and in full communication with teachers and the Guidance Office all year. There are several Guidance Meetings during the year including one for Senior parents, one for Junior parents, and one for Sophomore and Freshman parents.