Counselors' Corner 01/30/2015
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The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

Counselors' Corner 01/30/2015

Final Reminder: College Information Night

This is your final reminder that St. Agnes Academy will be co-hosting College Information Night with Strake Jesuit on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:30pm. Designed for junior and sophomore students and their parents, the evening will provide families the opportunity to hear about Admission Expectations for Texas Public State Universities, Admission Expectations for Out of State Public Universities, Engineering in the 21st Century, Business for the Next Generation, Financial Aid and Scholarships, How Selective Colleges & Universities Craft a Freshman Class, Applying to Liberal Arts Colleges, and Experienced Parents: Staying Sane During Your Child’s Application Process. We will also have our student panel of four seniors who will discuss their college process this year and answer questions. Representatives from thirteen top universities will be leading all of the presentations. Presentations are in workshop style, giving parents and students a choice of presentations to attend during 3 different sessions. The program can be found by following the link below and we highly encourage you and your daughters to review what sessions you would like to attend in advance. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand about the college process so we hope to see all of you there! The program will begin at 6:30pm in the St. Agnes Auditorium.

To register for College Information Night, click here. To view the agenda, click here.

Course Selections for 9th, 10th and 11th graders

Next year’s course selections will be made in Theology classes during the week of February 17th.  We encourage all of our returning students to choose their courses wisely and judiciously as a college preparatory curriculum demands time and focus.  For athletes, we strongly advise choosing an open lab during the semester that corresponds with their sport whenever possible. 

Preparation for course selections has been happening with the 9th, 10th and 11th graders in group guidance and individual advisory sessions as we review their curriculum.  In anticipation of the course selection process we suggest that you review the curriculum guide here for specific questions regarding our core and elective courses. Students will have until May 14, 2015 (or for 9’s after they meet with their counselor) to make any adjustments to their initial course selections and their choices for the next school year will be considered final after that time.

Parents of ninth graders, the counselors reviewed the four year plan and course selection options with 9th graders through their health classes on January 29th.  Please remember we will meet with all 9th graders in an individual session after spring break to review their course selection for next year, make any necessary changes, and create a four year plan. 

Sophomores and juniors will be discussing their course selections with their college counselors throughout the spring semester in their individual meetings.

Students are encouraged to see their counselor if they have any questions about their courses for the 2015-2016 school year.

Freshman Parent Coffee with the Counselors

Please join us for Coffee with the Counselors Wednesday, February 4th, at 8:15am in the cafeteria.  We will briefly discuss course registration dates and this process for our freshmen students.  Kim Scoville, our Academic Dean, will discuss the contingency process in regards to taking honors level classes.

We hope you find it informative as you help your daughters make decisions about their classes as rising sophomore families! 

Sophomore Coffee with the Counselors

Please join us for Coffee with the Counselors Friday, February 6th, at 8:15am in the cafeteria.  We will briefly discuss course registration dates and this process for our sophomore students which includes a first meeting with one of our college counselors.  Kim Scoville, our Academic Dean, will discuss the contingency process in regards to taking honors level classes.

We think you will find this meeting very helpful as you help your daughter make decisions about course selection for her junior year.

Financial Aid and Scholarships-Reminders

This is the time when seniors and their parents should be filling out the FAFSA ( This is for the 2015-2016 school year that will start in the Fall. If your daughter is taking a summer school course, this FAFSA will not cover summer expense.

Hopefully by now you have your PIN number ready to go and are ready to fill out this form for financial aid. Remember, your daughter will not be eligible for loans, grants, work study or even special scholarships through the financial aid office at a college unless the FAFSA has been filed. The form does require tax information from 2014, but if you have not yet completed your 2014 taxes, you may estimate using last year’s tax information. But be sure to update the financial aid offices with the correct information as soon as your 2014 taxes are filed. To avoid any delays, it’s best to have your taxes done as early as possible.  We encourage all students to have a FAFSA complete by February 15.

Another form that some students might need to fill out is the CSS Profile. This is a form that will cost and is required by a handful of mostly private institutions. Please see our FAFSA PDF for more information on what this form is and where to find it.

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