The Academy of Holy Angels offers a full service College and Career Center to its families. We have two college counselors who work with all our families, ninth through twelfth grade. Here are some of the highlights of our services.
The Academy of Holy Angels provides a comprehensive college and career planning Web tool, Naviance Student, to each student. In this Web site, students can research colleges, apply to colleges and request their transcripts for their college applications. Students will also be able to get personality and career information individual to them. It also includes an imbedded online ACT and SAT test preparation program. This has been a valuable resource for our students and families and they are excited about gaining valuable college admission information at their fingertips.
The College and Career Counselors meet individually with each student and his or her family to discuss course planning for high school and steps that will guide them throughout their journey at AHA. The Freshman Family Meeting is scheduled during the first trimester of the freshmen year. This meeting helps students and parents understand what each student should be registering to take each year of their time at AHA, as well as how to be prepared for their future.
College and Career Counselors meet in a classroom setting to discuss and administer a personality/career assessment titled StrengthsExplorer. This program will match a student's strengths and interests to potential careers and college majors. We also offer a resources titled Career Interest Profiler and Do What You Are that takes into account a student's career interests and personality to match them to particular careers using John Holland's Codes of Career Interest and the Myers Briggs Type Indicators. Students are also invited to attend our Career Speakers throughout the year in the College and Career Center. We have AHA alumni, parents and friends that come back to discuss careers of interest with our students.
Sophomore students and their parents will have their own Sophomore College Night where we outline the college and career plan for our students junior through senior year. It helps parents and students understand all the resources available to them before they need them. We find that our familes really appreciate the information in advance. In April of the sophomore year, we host a college fair in conjunction with St. Thomas Academy and Visitation School where we have about 125 colleges from across the country available to answer questions from our students and parents. We invite all sophomores and their parents to this event.
Families meet individually with their College and Career Counselor during the winter and spring of their junior year to discuss post-secondary planning. Juniors also participate in annual events such as College Planning Night, Financial Aid Night, and AHA’s college fair. Jumpstart Your College Planning Day is a required, full day event for juniors that features a different college planning topic session each hour of the school day instead of their normal courses. They are also required to complete a college planning portfolio that includes a college essay, resume of activities, college search activity, a job shadow or interview and more. This portfolio will help them be ready for all the information they are required to provide for their college applications. Our goal is to help students be a little less stressed in the fall application season of their senior year.
The College Counselors meet individually with students to discuss post-secondary planning and they work with the students to help them understand the college application process. Counselors assist students and parents through the college application, financial aid, scholarship, and college choice process.
We look forward to working with you throughout the four years as you plan for your life when you graduate from Holy Angels.
Mrs. Proctor and Ms. Kjorstad