College Planning

West Catholic High School uses a program called Naviance for our career and college planning.

We are pleased to offer the FREE Smart Track™ College Funding Program to help 9th-
12th grade families plan, estimate and reduce college costs.
Click above to register for your account and gain free, unlimited access to the online tools
and resources. The sooner you begin the process, the more opportunities you have to
lower your college costs.


Freshman Year

  • Begin to challenge yourself academically.
  • Take the PSAT 9 test (the practice test for the SAT).
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities like athletics, school clubs & organizations, volunteer opportunities.
  • Complete Success Planning with Naviance.

Sophomore Year

  • Take the PSAT (the practice test for the SAT).
  • Complete Career Exploration through Naviance.
  • Continue extracurricular involvement.

Junior Year

  • Take the PSAT (practice test for the SAT and Qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition).
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Schedule a Junior Conference with your counselor.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit West Catholic.
  • Continue extracurricular involvement.
  • Maintain strong academic performance.
  • Continue to explore career options.

Senior Year

  • Apply to college.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit West Catholic.
  • Complete scholarship searches.
  • In January, complete the FAFSA.

Things to do Throughout High School

  • Challenge yourself academically.
  • Keep a record of all your activities, community service and awards.
  • Obtain information on Advanced Placement Courses, KCTC (, dual enrollment and summer enrichment activities.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Visit different colleges by setting up visits through the college’s Admissions Office.
  • Update your 4-year plan.
  • Meet with your Guidance Counselor regularly.