College decisions weigh heavily on students and families. The comprehensive college search and application process provided by the College Counseling Office provides a personal, hands-on experience to students and their families. This ensures that all ASH graduates continue their studies locally or around the world. Beginning in grades 9 and 10 students begin to construct a portfolio of information designed to assist them in the college application process. This, along with a biennial Career Day, helps students to identify colleges and universities which suit their individual dreams and goals.
The College Counseling Office works in collaboration with each student’s mentor and the Director of the Upper School to recommend appropriate coursework for a student's ideal college placement. Emphasis on college search and application occurs during the Junior and Senior years, with personal college counseling sessions. The career guidance program promotes the development of career consciousness with career inventories, self-evaluation and internship opportunities.
- The college application process can be a stressful time for all involved; our goal is to alleviate the pressure as much as possible and ensure applications are submitted early in the season.
- Students are exposed to standardized testing and interest inventories beginning in the Freshman year. Testing includes, but is not limited to, the STS Educational Development Series, MBTI, PreACT, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and AP Exams.
- Personal college search meetings include discussions about academics, course selection, extracurricular activities, leadership and development of a college list to begin specific research.
- Juniors work closely with the College Counselor learning about colleges through meetings with admission representatives on campus, attending college fairs and special local programming.
- SAT Site: Register for the SAT and SAT Subject Area tests, have scores sent to colleges and prepare for the SAT.
- ACT Site: Register for the ACT, have scores sent to colleges and prepare for the ACT.
- The Common App is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 700 member colleges and universities.
- Princeton Review offers test preparation coursework.
- It is suggested that all families submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in October of the senior year.
- Unigo and Fastweb are useful scholarship search tools.
- If you are considering playing sports at the college level, review the NCAA site.
ASH College Counseling Forms
- In order to send out Academy of the Sacred Heart transcripts, we must have a signed Record Release Form on file.
- Students should fill out the Student Questionnaire and return it to the College Counseling Office at the beginning of Senior year.
- Parents should fill out the Parent Questionnaire and return it to the College Counseling Office at the beginning of the Senior year.