College & Career Planning
Naviance Student, also known as Family Connection, is a powerful, comprehensive online program that is used by Cristo Rey students and school counselors to help students plan for college and careers. The Office of College Counseling strongly advises you to become familiar with the many resources available through Naviance Student. There are many great features that can help guide students through career exploration and college searches. It is a great tool for everything from personality inventories and career exploration to college research. Additionally, you can begin to organize for college applications. Every school year, the counselor will do a Naviance Student workshop with every student, but feel free to do some exploring on the website on your own.
Education & Career Action Plan/Portfolio (ECAPP)
The goal of an ECAPP is to guide students through an exploration and planning process to ensure a seamless transition from high school graduation to their chosen postsecondary pathway. The process involves self-exploration, career-exploration, and career planning and management activities, in which students learn about themselves and the postsecondary options available to them. This process allows students to connect academic courses and extracurricular activities to career goals that are aligned to individual interests, skills, and values. The resulting portfolio or plan is a compilation of academic course work, extracurricular activities, career aspirations, and a postsecondary plan for reaching career goals and will include the following documents:
The SAT and ACT are an important part of the college admissions process. There are a very small number of schools that are test-optional, but the majority of schools require standardized testing. Colleges and universities do not have a preference as to whether you take the ACT or SAT. If you have questions about which test to take, please see your counselor. All juniors at Holy Family Cristo Rey will be required to take the ACT before the end of their junior year.
Not only do Cristo Rey alumni surpass national averages for attending post-secondary institutions, they persist at rates exceeding their college-bound peers. Over the last five years, 92% of graduates have enrolled in a college or university within a year of graduating. Additionally, 69% of Cristo Rey graduates enrolled in four-year college programs completed them within six years, exceeding the 11% national average for other low-income, first-generation college students. We continue to support our alumni beyond graduation by: