School Counseling & College Placement
At Saint John Paul II Academy, our school counselors are here to provide all forms of support. They are the advocates for student well-being, they provide educational support and resources, and they assist our student in the college application process. There first and foremost responsibility for our counselors are to listen to students concerns, providing mediation between students and teachers, and assist in improving parent and teacher relationships. Other responsibilities are as follows:
- Assist with college applications and scholarships
- Plan college visits and tours
- Facilitate programs to support students well-being (ex Anti-bullying programs)
- Facilitate informational programs for students and parents (ex. Financial aid seminars)
- Facilitate school standardized assessments (Terranova, PSAT, and SAT/ACT).
- Coordinate signing students into the AP and DE classes.
- Assist scheduling of classes and help students plan their high school careers
The SJPII Academy School Counseling Department consists of the following members:
Director of Guidance/College Counseling: Mr. Peter D'Alonzo (email@example.com)
School Counselor: Ms. Lauren Yoder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School Counselor: Mrs. Joan Paula (email@example.com)
Learning Support Specialist: Mr. Jeff Atkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Guidance Assistant: Mrs. Eileen Cassidy (email@example.com)
Our students start their college application process as early as freshman year. In their freshman year, they sign up with Naviance which is a college and career readiness software provider. With Naviance, students can explore different college possibilities, align their high school classes with their career goals, input and record community service hours, and safely submit college application paperwork to their perspective colleges. In addition to using Naviance, students are also encouraged to sign up with Common App. This software is a one-stop shop for over 800 college applications. This program allows students to apply to several colleges by just completing one application (please see links to all college application resources below).
Students start the actual college application earnestly in their junior year using the following timeline:
- Meet with their school counselors who will assist them with the Naviance or Common App programs.
- Complete their Senior Brag Sheet
- Contact teachers, coaches, and others for letters of recommendation.
- Work on their college essays (see College Board Prompt link below)
- Explore college possibilities, understand college admission stat requirements, and match to best-fit colleges
- Identify college majors
- Sign up and complete national standardized assessments (SAT or ACT)
- Submit college application to meet early or normal deadlines
College Application Resources (click on the links provided):
- Naviance Website
- Common App Website
- SAT Registration
- ACT Registration
- Senior Brag Sheet
- College Board Prompt for Essays
- Junior Class Application Information Package
- Junior and Senior College Application Timeline
Our Graduates College Acceptances
Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Ohio State University