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The Office of College and School Counseling includes a professional staff of experienced counselors dedicated to the college, career, and personal needs of our students. Counselors also work closely with administration, faculty, and parents to provide a supportive environment for all students. 

From the moment freshman year begins, formal meetings between students and counselors take place throughout the year in small group, seminar, and one-to-one settings. This active environment of the office in the life and success of each of our students continues through the four year at St Joseph High School. 

    

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College Counseling

Timelines for Each Grade Level

Freshman Year - College Planning Timeline 

  • Develop good study habits.
  • Participate in sports and activities.
  • Participate in community service work.
  • Always look to improve your writing skills.
  • Take the PSAT.
  • Think about courses to take to best prepare you for college.
  • International students should practice their English at every opportunity.
  • Learn about the Naviance College software.


Sophomore Year - College Planning Timeline

  • Explore careers and college majors through Naviance.
  • Set some goals you want to accomplish by graduation.
  • Continue to develop good study habits.
  • Continue to participate in sports and activities.
  • Think about courses to take that will best prepare you for college.
  • Take the PSAT.


Junior Year - College Planning Timeline:

September

  • Attend College Fairs in your area to pick up materials on potential colleges. Please make sure to sign up for their mailing lists.
  • Attend College presentations at SJHS during the school day.
  • Prepare to take the PSAT.
  • Identify which SAT and ACT tests you will take this year.

October-November

  • Meet with your school counselor to start College Planning process.
  • Take the PSAT (October) - please remember the scores are not sent to colleges but count for National Merit Scholarship eligibility.
  • Plan your Senior Year courses with your school counselor - specific college majors require specific high school courses taken.
  • Identify your top Colleges and schedule appointments to visit in Spring.
  • Attend Jesuit College Fair here at SJHS (November)
  • Begin Test Prep for Spring Testing (SAT-ACT)

December-January

  • Register to take the SAT and ACT test at least one month prior to exam date.
  • Continue to research and develop your college list.
  • Review your PSAT scores with your school counselor. Certain scores may make you eligible for merit scholarships.
  • Continue with Test Prep.

February-May

  • Visit your top colleges (February vacation or weekends). Colleges spend thousands on marketing to you through the website and brochures. The campus visit is very important to get a “feel” for the college.
  • SAT and ACT exams offered. Please make sure you are registered and you know where the exam is being held. Make sure you know which colleges will receive your scores.
  • Start to think about two teachers you will ask to write your letter of recommendations.
  • Start to consider topics for your College Essay. This will be an assignment in your current English Class.

June-August

  • Make sure you have a Common Application account and begin to fill out as of August 1.
  • Through Naviance, invite two teachers to write you a letter of recommendation.
  • Finalize College List.
  • Complete your Essay.
  • Continue to Visit Colleges of interest.
  • Begin searching for outside scholarship opportunities. 


Senior Year - College Planning Timeline:

September-December

  • Meet with your counselor about your list and create the list in Naviance.
  • Discuss with your counselor the type of application you will use for each college you are applying to.
  • Take the SAT or ACT again if you are not satisfied with your scores.
  • Finalize your college essay and resume.
  • Request your recommendation letters through Naviance ( if you haven’t already).
  • Complete the Ferpa Agreement on the Common App website.
  • Match your Naviance account with Common App account.
  • Sign up to meet with College Admission representatives when they visit SJHS.
  • Complete all your applications and be aware of deadlines for each college. Deadlines normally range from October 15 (Early Action and Early Decision) to January 15. Some colleges also have rolling admission policies.
  • Send your SAT or ACT scores directly to the colleges on your list. Colleges want this directly sent from the test company.
  • Follow your emails closely from the colleges. Please alert your counselor at SJHS if you received any messages about missing documents.
  • Attend Open House Programs at interested colleges.
  • Continue to do well in school. Most colleges will want to evaluate your first quarter or semester senior grades. You do not want an admission acceptance to be revoked due to a poor performance in the classroom.
  • Remain active in the community - keep attending activities and volunteer opportunities.
  • Consider applying for Financial Aid after October 1.
  • Check your colleges of interest to see if they require you to file the CSS profile (in addition to the FAFSA) for financial aid.
  • Check your email or mailbox for Early Action or Early Decision notifications.

January-March

  • Analyze financial aid packages from colleges.
  • Attend Accepted Students Day at colleges of interest.
  • Meet with you school counselor about your college decision.

April-June

  • Make your final college decision by May 1.
  • Finish strong with all your classes and exams.
  • Graduate from St. Joseph High School.

Common App

The Common Application is a universal application accepted by over 480 colleges and universities.

Commonapp.org

Financial Aid & Scholarships

It is more important than ever for students to make sound decisions about financing their college education. All colleges require you to file the FAFSA (see website below) and some require both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.  Below you will find a few links that will serve as a starting point for this journey.

CSS Profile - required by some selective colleges


Below are two videos that will help you fill out the FAFSA and CSS profile line by line.

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness program that helps our students align their strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. https://id.naviance.com
 

INTRODUCING NAVIANCE STUDENT!

Naviance Student, just like Family Connection, is accessible to both students and parents.

If you already have a username and password for Family Connection, you can use it to log in to Naviance Student at: 
student.naviance.com/sjhs

Otherwise, expect to receive a username/password prior to the start of the academic year.

NCAA Eligibility Center

If you are interested in competing in athletics in college, please read the information from the links below.

Registering for an NCAA Certification Account

A Guide for Prospective College Athletes  

SAT/ACT Information

ACT & SAT Testing Dates
2019-2020

       

SAT Registration Dates 2019-2020

Test
Date

Registration
Deadline
Late Registration
Deadline
10/5 Sept 6 Sept 24
11/2 Oct 3 Oct 22
12/7 Nov 8 Nov 26
3/14 Feb 8  March 3
5/2 April 3 April 21
6/6 May 8 May 27

 

ACT Registration Dates 2019-2020

Test
Date

Registration
Deadline
Late Registration
Deadline
9/14 Aug 16 Aug 30
10/26 Sept 20 Oct 4
12/14 Nov 8 Nov 22
2/8 Jan 10  Jan 17
4/14 Feb 28 March 13
6/13 May 8 May 22
7/18 June 19 June 26

 

Important Information to bring into ACT and SAT Testing Days:

  • Bring a copy of your printed ticket with you on the day of the test and a photo ID
  • Bring two No.2 pencils the day of the exam
  • Bring a calculator to use on the designated math sections of either exams
  • You are allowed a bottle of water and snack-this can be eaten outside of the testing room


Things are you are not allowed to bring into the exams:

  • Books, dictionaries, scratch paper or notes
  • Highlight pens, colored pens or correction fluid
  • NO electronic devices other than a permitted calculator

Test-Optional Information

While standardized test scores are important to many colleges and universities here in the United States, an increasing number of institutions are transitioning to a “test- optional” model, and no longer requiring test results. Currently more than 950 colleges and universities do not require standardized test scores as part of the admission application.
 
That said, know that some of the colleges and universities to which you aspire to apply may not require test results in certain circumstances. This will be an important question to ask the admission counselors you meet along the way on your journey so you can be certain you’re meeting their requirements to apply. FairTest.org is a great first step to check those institutions in which you’re interested in applying, but always confirm with the college or university admission office directly to ensure the information is accurate and current.

Useful Links

Upcoming Events

SJ College Fair
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • 7PM - 8:30PM
PSATs (Grades 9-11)
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Senior College Visit Day
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Financial Aid Night
  • Monday, October 21, 2019
  • 6:30PM
Jesuit College Fair
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • 8:15AM - 9:15AM
College Planning Day
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Junior Parent Guidance Breakfast
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Sophomore Parent Guidance Breakfast
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020

School Counseling

Objectives by Grade Level

The College and School Counseling Office aims to meet the unique needs of each and every student through our comprehensive school counseling curriculum.  Our multifaceted curriculum, comprised of individual counseling, group counseling and developmental school counseling lessons, is designed to develop students into well adjusted, empathetic and emotionally intelligent young adults.  Our office recognizes social emotional wellness as an influential factor in academic achievement and collaborates with parents, faculty and administrators to promote student success.  Though our proactive and holistic approach, we assist students in reaching their goals by focusing on the following areas:

Grade 9:

  • Transition to high school and new academic expectations
  • Awareness of personal learning styles and identification of effective study skills
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills
  • Self advocacy skills
  • Communication skills
  • Community engagement aligned with personal interests

Grade 10:

  • Identifying personal strengths and interests
  • Discovering careers clusters to compliment skills and interests
  • Self-monitoring academic performance
  • Drug and alcohol prevention
  • Community engagement through leadership

Grade 11:

  • Drug and alcohol prevention and awareness
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Individualized short and long-term goal setting
  • Post-secondary planning (see the College Counseling page LINK)

Grade 12:

  • Decision-making: creating the best fit post-secondary plan
  • Transition to college
  • Professionalism skills
  • Combating peer pressure: drug & alcohol prevention

Freshmen Guide 2019


 

2019 College Matriculation

American International College
American University
Arizona State University
Assumption College
Auburn University
Baruch College
Bentley University
Boston University (2)
The Catholic University of America
Central Connecticut State University (4)
Central Michigan University
Clemson University
The College of Holy Cross (2)
Curry College
Dickinson College
Elon University (3)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fairfield University (3)
Fordham University (2)
George Mason University
Gettysburg College (3)
High Point University (2)
Hofstra University (2)
Housatonic Community College (2)
Iona College (2)
Ithaca College
John Hopkins University
Keene State College (3)
Longwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland (2)
Manhattanville College
Marist College (6)
Merrimack College (2)
Michigan State University
Morgan State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Norwich University (2)
Pace University New York (2)
Pennsylvania State University
Providence College (2)
Purdue University (3)
Quinnipiac University (6)
Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University (2)
Sacred Heart University (7)
Saint Joseph's University
San Diego State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Seton Hall University
Siena College (3)
Stonehill College (4)
Stony Brook University
Southern Connecticut State University (15)
St Bonaventura University
St John's University (2)
Syracuse University (2)
Trinity College (2)
Tufts University (2)
University of Alabama (3)
University of Aukland
University of California (2)
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder

University of Connecticut (20)
University of Hartford
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Maine (3)
University of New Hampshire (2)
University of New Haven
University of North Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of Rhode Island (4)
University of Scranton (2)
University of Tampa (2)
University of Tennessee (2)
University of Toronto
University of Vermont (2)
University of Wisconsin
Utica College
Villanova University (2)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University (2)
Wheaton College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University (2)

 

Staff

Tim Nash, Director of College & School Counseling

Timothy Nash

tnash@sjcadets.org

Tim has close to 30 years of experience in college admission. His admission career path included stops at 5 catholic colleges, one private university and as an enrollment consultant at a higher education marketing company. He has presented at a number of regional and national conferences on the following: athletic recruitment, interview strategies, financial aid and other enrollment management topics.

Megan Baird '01, Associate Director

Megan Baird

mbaird@sjcadets.org

Mrs Baird received her MS, Counseling, Fordham University in 2007 and BA, Psychology, Quinnipiac University in 2005. Mrs Baird has been working in the Guidance and College Counseling Office at St Joseph High School since 2005. Mrs Baird is a proud St Joseph Alum - Class of 2001. She is married to Peter Baird, Class of 2000 and they have two beautiful children: Lexi and PJ.

Cristin Clark, Counselor

Cristin Clark

cclark@sjcadets.org

Ms Clark received her BA in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and continued her studies at Fairfield University, earning her MA in School Counseling. Ms Clark is a recipient of Fairfield University’s Excellence in School Counseling Award. She holds certifications from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education and the National Board of Certified Counselors. Ms Clark has training in both group and individual counseling practices and is currently working towards her License in Professional Counseling.

Jack Nogueira, Counselor

 
Mr Nogueira has a BS and MS from Western Connecticut State University. He is also the Girls Head Soccer Coach. Mr Nogueira works with the Department Chairs as well as the Athletic Department on the NCAA Clearinghouse compliance and academic eligibility. Requirements for the college/university level of play.

Laura Schiels, Counselor

Laura Schiels

lschiels@sjcadets.org

Ms Schiels obtained her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and her MA in School Counseling from Caldwell University. She is a Certified School Counselor in the state of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Prior to working at St Joes, Ms Schiels was a school counselor at a catholic high school in New York City and also taught Kindergarten and Pre-K.

Lynn Mallon, Counseling Secretary

Lynn Mallon

lmallon@sjcadets.org

Mrs Mallon received her BS in Education at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a proud St Joseph Alum - Class of 1975. She has also a proud alumni parent of graduates from 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2004!

Justin Cirisoli, Registrar, Counselor

Justin Cirisoli

jcirisoli@sjcadets.org

Mr Cirisoli received his BA in history with a minor in American Studies and a concentration in anthropology/sociology from Roger Williams University. He holds a MS in counselor education/student development in higher education from Central Connecticut State University and is completing a MA in history from Western Connecticut State University. Prior to SJHS, Mr Cirisoli worked in college and university administration at Gateway Community College, Albertus Magnus College, and most recently at Southern Connecticut State University. He has college-level experience in the areas of academic advising/registration, campus activities, orientation, residence life, and academic program development.

Kathleen Roach Seperack '86, Social Worker

Kathleen Seperack

kseperak@sjcadets.org

Mrs Seperack received her BA from Fordham University and her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University. She has also earned a License in Social Work. Mrs Seperack has worked at Bridgeport Hospital, Child Guidance Center of Greater Bridgeport, Wooster Middle School, St Augustine School and St Raphael School.

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Meet a Few Members of the Class of 2019!

Sierra Clark '19

College: American International College

Major: Psychology

"My guidance counselor helped me so much in deciding the perfect college for me. What I loved about St Joes is that they take high school seriously -- the teachers really want to help you and see you succeed."

Carmine Russo '19

College: Providence College

Major: Psychology

"St Joes has helped me learn who I am and has taught me the ability to express myself, especially in Creative Writing. I learned how to express what I felt and showcase my ideas and thoughts on paper."

Julia Rosati '19

College: Sacred Heart University

Major: Nursing

"During my senior year, I participated in the Futures Internship Program. I was able to shadow a nurse at Griffin Hospital and it was incredible. I worked in different departments and was able to find where I might want to work one day!"

Debora Yohou '19

College: Wheaton College

Major: Business Management & Fashion Marketing

Aspiration: Producer/Marketer of a NYC Fashion Show

"Going to St Joes actually led me to choose a smaller college -- one where I could get to know the students and teachers one-on-one. While at St Joes, I discovered my love of speaking to people and being a part of a team."

Jailyn McLean '19

College: University of North Carolina

Major: Political Science

"I wouldn't be as great a writer and able to explain myself thoroughly without St Joes. It's made such a positive impact on my mindset and how I view the world."

Kenneth Schneider '19

College: Xavier University

Major: TBD

Aspiration: Politics

"Being a part of the Student Ambassadors program has been an incredible experience. I loved being the first person people met when they came to St Joes; I took pride in making them feel welcome and helping them love the school as much as I do."

Tracey Logan '19

College: IONA College

Major: Social Work

"All of the teachers at St Joes have helped me to push myself and work harder. They taught me to the best version of myself."

Charlie Asetta '19

College: College of the Holy Cross

Major: Psychology & Theatre

Aspiration: School Counselor

"The St Joes difference for me was Peer Ministry. It's a self-evaluation class that led me to find who I am today. It helped me to discover my true gifts and talents."

Dori Grasso '19

College: Manhattanville College

Major: Child Pyschology

Aspiration: School Psychologist

"The essence of friendship and community at St Joes is unlike any other. They've taught us so much about our morals and our own values. I feel so much more well-rounded as a person."

Kayla Michaca '19

College: St. John's University

Major: Criminal Justice

Aspiration: Forensic Scientist

"Being part of the Futures Program gave me a once-in-a-lifetime experience. St Joes has given me a lifetime of moments that I could not have gotten any where else. I've made so many friends that I know I will never forget."

Emily Fodor '19

College: Central CT State University

Major: Political Science

Aspiration: Lawyer

"I chose to attend St Joes because of it's strong Catholic identity. The morals and values of the school are what led me to realize that what I want to do is help people. My goal is to become a lawyer and help people in any way I can." 

Alice Maldon '19

College: Marist College

Major: Undecided

"The SJ guidance counselors are incredible. I struggled with the college process because I had so many options and I became overwhelmed with the decision. My guidance counselor knew me for four years and helped me think about college in ways I hadn’t thought of. I know Marist is the right school for me because my guidance counselor and I did the research, I feel confident and prepared for my next chapter."

Amanda Flynn '19

College: Providence College

Major: Undecided

"I chose to challenge myself with honors and AP courses throughout high school. The faculty at St Joes allowed me to be successful with such a rigorous schedule. They stayed after school with me and provided me the support I needed to balance tough classes and extracurricular leadership opportunities."

Kayla Mackey '19

College: Morgan State University

Major: Marketing

"I plan to study marketing and international business. At St Joes, I was able to meet international students and learn from them about our cultural differences and similarities. It is these friendships, developed in high school that lead me to my future career."

Molly McGuiness '19

College: Sarah Lawrence College

Major: Political Science & Film

"The guidance staff here were incredible. Mrs Baird took the time to get to know me, allow me to take courses of interest, and then help me find my next great fit, which is Sarah Lawrence.

I was also able to take Honors Political Philosophy and Women in Literature courses which allowed me to understand the fundamentals of democracy and find my passion."

Katie McKeon '19

College: High Point University

Major: Marketing
Minor: International Business

"I chose to come to St Joes because I wanted to be surrounded by students and faculty who were all working together toward our college goals. Here at SJ, I felt accepted, loved and supported in the new things I tried and for me that was the most important thing in a high school."

Emmet Matthews '19

College: Xavier University

Major: Acting/Film

"I chose to come to St Joes not knowing that the community would be the factor that lead to my success in high school. I didn’t realize I needed it until I was here and experienced the support and friendship."

Tathiana Cortes '19

College: Southern CT State University (Soccer)

Major: Undecided

"I came to St Joes not knowing anyone. However, I knew I wanted to be part of this community so I had to open myself up to try new things and meet new people. Now I have life-long friends as well as the skills to communicate with people from all different backgrounds. These social and communication skills are important for the rest of my life."

Jimmy Evans '19

College: Tufts University (Baseball)

Major: Economics
Minor: Finance

"One of the best things about St Joes was that I had some of the most rigorous teachers who challenged me, but also cared very much about me as a student. When the academic work was hard, I knew it was because they cared and were preparing me for college."

Coffee & Conversation with Counselors
 

Offered from 7AM - 8AM, Coffee and Conversation will be held in the Student Commons on the following dates and topics. Parents are welcome to attend a few or all of our events. 
 

October 24, 2019
Topic: Developing the College List and Visiting the Campus 
Best For: Sophomore/Junior Parents

October 31, 2019
Topic: Helping Students Cope With Anxiety.
Best For: All Parents      

November 7, 2019
Topic: Considering Highly Competitive Colleges
Special Guest! Debra Johns, Associate Director of Admission at Yale
Best For: Sophomore/Junior Parents  

November 14, 2019
Topic: Accepted, Now What?
Special Guest! Andrew Strickler, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Connecticut College
Best For: Senior Parents

November 21, 2019
Topic: Communicating With Your High School Student                  
Best For: All Parents

 

 

 

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College of the Month - DePauw University (Indiana)
 

DePauwUniversity


Each month, St Joe's College & School Counseling Office will host an information session on a particular college that might be a hidden gem among all the others.  We invite all students to join us for these sessions to learn more about each school.

October's College of the Month is Depauw University in Indiana. The information session will be held on October 15 from 1:30pm-2:15pm. Click here to learn more about DePauw.