College Counseling

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:

  • Career Exploration

  • College Exploration: Campus Tours, College Rep Visits, College Fairs

  • Test Preparation

  • 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)

Contact Information

Mrs. Ania Hardison

College Counselor
205.263.0143

Important Websites & Resources

Naviance – College & Career Planning Software
https://student.naviance.com/holyfamilycr

College Board – Research colleges, CSS profiles, search for scholarships, testing information
https://www.collegeboard.org

FSA ID – Create an account for parents and students to apply for financial aid
http://fsaid.ed.gov

FAFSA – Apply for Financial Aid
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

The Common Black College App – Apply for various HBCUs with one application
https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/

The Common App – Apply for various schools with one application
http://www.commonapp.org/

Scholarship Search Sites
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
https://www.collegegreenlight.com/scholarships/-s
https://www.cappex.com/
https://www.fastweb.com/
https://www.scholarships.com/

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.

The Class of 2020 received more than $3.4M in scholarship offers & financial decisions, and was accepted to over 80 colleges & universities, including: