College Guidance


College Guidance Program

The college guidance program begins with an introduction at the ninth grade level, and increases in scope each year to culminate in extensive and individualized counseling in the twelfth grade. Counselors remain current on developments in all aspects of the college application process by attending several workshops each year.

Freshman Year

  • Classroom presentations and explanation of a permanent record
  • Introduction to College/Career Center Small group academic counseling
  • Development of a 4-year academic plan

Sophomore Year

  • Registration/administration of PSAT
  • Small group and individual academic counseling
  • Introduction to college websites and other resources
  • In-class presentations to students and parents about courses and college information
  • Interpretation of PSAT results

Junior Year

  • Registration/administration of PSAT/NMSQT
  • College counseling workshops  – “Just For Juniors”
  • Individual academic/college counseling
  • Career Interest Inventory available on-line for Juniors
  • In-class presentations to students and parents about courses and college information
  • Interpretation of PSAT results
  • SAT & ACT prep classes offered on campus

Senior Year

  • Extensive group and individual counseling regarding the entire college application process
  • Visits with college representatives on campus
  • Common Application, UC and CSU application workshops on campus
  • Community College application assistance
  • Monthly scholarship listings
  • Parent evenings regarding college and financial aid

Paying for College Workshops
September 15th & 16th

Parents of all grade levels are welcome to join us for tonight’s Paying for College and Financial Aid Workshop as well as tomorrow’s Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Workshop

Paying for College and Financial Aid Workshop (open to all grade levels but focusing on seniors) 


Colleges Visiting St. Francis

Fifty colleges and universities send representatives to visit the St. Francis campus each year. It is important that students meet with a representative from the colleges/universities they are considering for admission. However, it is equally important that students attend all of their classes and prepare well for college. We recommend that students choose wisely the times and dates to sign up for a visit with a college representative. It is critical that students do not miss tests or important lecture information.


Visiting Colleges

Visiting college campuses is one of the more important means of discovery when evaluating your college options.

Here are a few tips:

  • Include visits while vacationing with your family.
  • Call colleges ahead of time and request a guided tour. Visit a variety of colleges – big and small, public and private - so that you can compare different types of institutions.