College Planning

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

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 (thetechcenter.org), 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.

Resources

  • educationplanner.org – College planning site for students, parents & counselors.
  • macrao.org – Information on Michigan colleges and transfer information/resources for students.
  • questbridge.org -Non-profit company that connects bright low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges.
  • youniversitytv.com – Video tours of hundreds of colleges.
  • virtualjobshadow.com – Interactive career exploration.
  • mymajors.com – Information on college majors and assessments for students.
  • cappex.com – College and scholarship information.
  • bls.gov – The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • msep.mhec.org – Midwest Student Exchange Program is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program for students looking for more affordable out-of-state options.
  • http://oedb.org/michigan/ – Michigan Higher Education Resources
  • cardinalnewmansociety.org – College Guides created by the Cardinal Newman Society
  • bigfuture.collegeboard.org – College planning site created by College Board