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College Counseling and Career Exploration

Welcome to the Saint John's Preparatory College Counseling and Career Exploration site.  Students will meet with a counselor to guide them in the college admission and career exploration process.  Counselors will assist them in exploring career opportunities, searching for colleges, preparing applications, and selecting institutions that are a good fit for them.  Below is a basic guideline of the steps that will be taken throughout the students' high school career. 

Introduction to Naviance/Family Connection

Naviance is a web-based program to assist the students and counseling staff in the college admission and career exploration process.  Counselors track and submit transcripts and recommendation letters online.  Students utilize Naviance for exploring careers, researching colleges, accessing information for summer enrichment programs, and searching for scholarships.  Naviance serves as an electronic folder for all their college and career research materials.  Parents of juniors and seniors are also able to view information regarding students' materials and can then better assist in the process.  Over 90% of college applications will be submitted online thie year, and Naviance simplifies this process.

To access the Family Connection, use your web brower to go to: http://connection.naviance.com/sjps.

Passwords are given out by the guidance and counseling staff.  For more information on using Naviance/Family Connections, please call Mary Jo Leighton at 320-363-3330 or Kim Koffi at 320-363-3893. 

Freshman Year

  • Class meetings
  • ACT Aspire testing
  • Explore careers
  • Introduction to Naviance
  • Complete personality assessments such as "Do What You Are."
  • Explore occupations using Naviance Tools
  • Begin to set goals
  • Build resumes
  • Explore enrichment programs including summer camps that focus on academics, leadership, fine arts, or athletics

Sophomore Year

  • Class meetings
  • ACT Aspire testing
  • PSAT/ACT/SAT/TOEFL test preparation introduced (students will take these tests during their junior year)
  • Continue career exploration
  • Resume building
  • Participate in job shadowing project
  • Attend a national college fair during the fall semester
  • Attend a Catholic college fair during the spring semester 
  • Visit with college admission respresentatives at Saint John's Prep

Junior Year

  • Class meetings
  • PSAT testing
  • ACT/SAT/TOEFL preparation and testing registration
  • Parent college search and application process meeting
  • Individual meetings
  • Attend a national college fair during the fall semester
  • Attend a Catholic college fair during the spring semester 
  • Generate a list of colleges and universities
  • Organize college visits  
  • Participate in an interim ACT and SAT test prep class (This is offered to juniors on a priority basis)

Senior Year

  • Class meetings
  • Individual meetings with college counselor
  • ACT/SAT/TOEFL retake testing (usually in fall semester only)
  • Secure teacher letters of reccomendation
  • College essay reviews
  • Scholarship application submissions
  • College application submission (some application deadlines are as early as mid October)
  • Federal application for student aid FSFA (for US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Financial Aid Resources

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Testing Resources:

ACT preparation and registration

ACT QuizBank

ACT/SAT Spark notes

SAT preparation and registration

SAT QuizBank

PrepMe online test prep

College Information Resources:

Naviance/family connections

College Board

College Confidential

Princeton Review

Catholic Colleges and Universities

US News and World Report

MN Private Colleges

Virtual Campus Tours

ACT preparation and registration

Play sports in college

Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources:

www.fastweb.com

www.finaid.org

FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp (obtain your PIN number for FAFSA application here)

www.fastaid.com    

www.estudentloan.com

Naviance/family connections

MN Office of Higher Education

Financial Aid Estimator

Reduced out of State Tuition Options for MN residents (select “paying” tab)

ISACS - independent schools association of the central states - accredited member school
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