Greetings from the Office of College Counseling!
At Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, college counseling and planning begins as soon as you become a Cristo Rey student. We strive for every senior to not only graduate from high school, but to also be accepted to and graduate from college. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that assists all HFCR students in exploring, acquiring and developing the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to make a successful transition into post-secondary education and life after high school.
With these things in mind and through the formation and cultivation of collaborative partnerships with scholars, parents, colleges and universities and other stakeholders, we offer support to our scholars and families in the following areas:
College Exploration: Campus Tours, College Rep Visits, College Fairs
Individualized counseling sessions with scholars
Parent meetings to discuss their child's college choice and cost for college
Seminars and Workshops
Guidance on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid
College Application and Enrollment Asssistance
Scholarship Search and Application Review
Access to College and Career Planning Software
Dual Enrollment Program (currently in development)
Important Websites & Resources
Naviance – College & Career Planning Software
College Board – Research colleges, CSS profiles, search for scholarships, testing information
FSA ID – Create an account for parents and students to apply for financial aid
FAFSA – Apply for Financial Aid
The Common Black College App – Apply for various HBCUs with one application
The Common App – Apply for various schools with one application
Other Resources for Scholars & Parents
College Planning Checklist for Freshmen/Sophomores
College Planning Calendar for Juniors
College Planning Calendar for Seniors
Brag Sheet for Letters of Recommendation
25 Questions to Ask College Representatives
HFCR also offers a comprehensive college and career planning curriculum that lays its foundation in the earlier years of high school and annually builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired during that time.
In College Readiness 101 (9th grade) and 201 (10th grade) scholars begin career and college exploration - linking learning abilities, values, goals, personal interests, strengths and weaknesses to the research of future careers and how that connects to choosing the right college and academic major. They will also explore positive study habits, work ethic and organizational skills to become successful students and future employees.
College Counseling Seminar 301 (11th grade) is a task-oriented course that focuses on deepening scholar understanding of the college application process and producing the items associated with it, exploring potential college options based upon high school academic profile and identifying different methods of financing a college education. Juniors will create a resume, write a college essay and take both the SAT and ACT in order to progress successfully.
College Counseling Seminar 401 (12th grade) is a graduation requirement course that offers a hands-on environment directly correlated to the tasks of the college search and selection process, including applications for admission and scholarships, standardized test preparation, financial aid and decision making, as well as expectations for college life and beyond.
In keeping with the “to and through college” model, HFCR also continues to offer support and guidance in the form of alumni advising from our amazing Alumni Success Coordinator.