College/Post-Secondary Planning

College planning begins before a student enters Catholic Central High School. Good study habits, observing the world of work and simply talking about higher education are valuable actions taken in earlier grades.  Our academic advising and Guidance curriculum supports every student to be college-ready. Counselors officially start college research and planning in 11th grade.  Juniors and Seniors are invited to work with our College Counselor to find the best options for a college “fit”.

College Counselor – This position is primarily focused upon designing and implementing a college planning curriculum which serves all Catholic Central High School students.   The College Counselor fosters relations with college admissions offices nationwide as well as maintaining an expertise in specific college planning needs such as first-generation, student-athletes, highly-selective admission as a few examples.  Students may be re-assigned to the College Counselor (by referral of guidance counselor) in 11th and 12th grades to address individual questions and concerns.

The following resources and activities are available to all students and their parents primarily throughout 11th and 12th grades:

College research – The foundation tool recommended for finding appropriate institutions is SuperMatch College Search in our Naviance Family Connection program.  Students and parents needing help to access their individual login may contact the Guidance Office.

College fairs – A recommended activity for all high school students, local college fair events (fall and spring dates) afford families one-stop shopping to learn about dozens of institutions nationwide.

College representative visits – Nearly 60 colleges and universities  from across the U.S. send representatives to meet juniors and seniors at Catholic Central.  Students learn about college programs, admissions and financial aid.

College Campus visits – All students are strongly urged to arrange campus tours during the academic year.  Attending a class, meeting current college students, eating a complimentary meal and/or staying overnight in a residence hall give our students and their parents a more thorough perspective in finding that college “fit”.  CCHS students can receive an excused absence from their CCHS classes to visit a college campus during the school day.

Paying For College – A multitude of books, websites and professionals lend expertise to families in understanding affordability in higher education.  Students will find links to free scholarship search engines on Naviance Family Connection.  The Guidance Office hosts two annual evening programs- Financial Aid (geared for 12th grade students & parents), Paying For College (geared for families with students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades).  Other workshops and Guidance curriculum used in various CCHS classes cover information about personal finance, net price calculators and college affordability,

Gap Year – Taking a year off from the pursuit of higher education allows a student many opportunities such as volunteer service, working full-time, pursuing a hobby or technical training, or spiritual pilgrimage.  Families are welcome to utilize the counseling support from the Guidance Office to review options and weigh the benefits of time off before entering a college.

Military service – Students can learn about the five military branches through representative visits during the lunch periods.  Individual college representatives may also supply ROTC options for higher education.  Each November an annual Military Academy Night is hosted by a local congressman in which details are announced via email and school announcements.

NCAA – For college-bound student-athletes, enrolling at the Eligibility Center is recommended as early as 10th grade.  A link to the NCAA website can be found in our Naviance Family Connection website.  CCHS student-athletes should communicate with their coach(es) any level of interest in potential college athletic programs.  The CCHS Academic Advisor will work with a coach, the student’s counselor and respective college recruiters as a liaison.