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Access Naviance Family Connection, our interactive college counseling website.

The SJCP college counseling office is committed to providing our families with the most comprehensive college planning available. One of the main goals of our office is to encourage students to prepare early for their college plans after high school. Counselors work closely with students in determining college choice; considering their academic, personal, vocational, social and financial needs. The Counselors also provide the students and parents with many resources, and serve as the liaison to college admission officers.

Counselors meet with each class each school year on a variety of topics and individually with students to review their four-year plans. However, formal introduction to the college search, selection and application process begins in the spring of the junior year. At this time, students and parents meet individually with the college counselor to develop a personal plan for securing acceptable college placements. These sessions include a review of the student's academic history and interpretation of test scores.

If you have any questions regarding the College Planning Process, please contact the School Counseling Office.

NEW Guaranteed College Acceptance and Scholarship Program

The College Counseling Office is excited to announce our new program that offers guaranteed admission and scholarships to SJCP students.  These colleges have long been wonderful friends to SJCP throughout the admissions process and now it is official!  Stay tuned as we continue to expand this program.

Hood College

3.25 GPA, no SAT/ACT required

Guaranteed Admission

$20,000 per year minimum = $80,000 total minimum guaranteed over four years

Marymount University

3.0 GPA or 2.8 GPA + 1030 SAT/20 ACT

Guaranteed Admission

$16,500* per year minimum = $66,000 total minimum guaranteed

*includes $2000 Catholic HS and $2000 Saint John's Catholic Prep Scholarship

Mount St. Mary's University

3.0 GPA + 1080 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$22,000 per year minimum = $88,000 total minimum guaranteed

Neumann University

3.0 GPA + 900 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$14,000* per year minimum = $56,0000 total minimum guaranteed

*includes $2,000 Catholic school grant & $5,000 housing grant

Saint Vincent College

3.0 GPA + 1080 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$21,500 per year minimum = $86,000 total minimum guaranteed

Seton Hill University

3.0 GPA + 960 SAT/20 ACT

Guaranteed Admission

$11,000 per year minimum = $44,000 total minimum guaranteed

St. Bonaventure University

3.25 GPA + 1000 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$18,000 per year minimum = $72,000 total minimum guaranteed

Wilson College

3.0 GPA, no SAT/ACT required

Guaranteed Admission

$5,000 per year minimum = $20,000 total minimum guaranteed

College Counseling Goals

  1. To educate the SJCP community, including parents, faculty, staff, and administration, about the college counseling process
  2. To counsel students and help them find schools that are a good ‘fit’ or match
  3. To ensure that our students present themselves well as college admissions candidates
  4. To organize and provide information to colleges, including transcripts and letters of recommendation
  5. To stay informed on trends into the college admission process by attending conferences and visiting colleges
  6. To continue to augment SJCP reputation by organizing workshops, participating in professional organizations such as NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PCACAC (Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling), and networking with college admission professionals.

Information & Links

College Planning Presentation

College Scholarships

Search the available scholarships on the Scholarship tab in Family Connection, our interactive college counseling web site.

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Career Exploration

Not sure of which subject to major in at college? Are you wondering what job a specific major prepares you for? Would you like to know more about certain occupations and what the employment opportunities will be after college?

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Career Planning

Career Planning


Know yourself. What are your interests, passions, abilities, and work values?

Explore your options and choose a career direction based on those answers.

Make plans and take action to accomplish your goals.

We encourage all students to check out the web site and take a 15 minute on-line test to discover yourself: your strengths, personality, values, and interests. This assessment is a derivative of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and will provide personality descriptions along with suggested career paths. We ask that students print out their results and bring a copy to the Guidance Office. Thank you!



Teen's Guide to College And Career Planning: Your High School Roadmap for College & Career Success (Teen's Guide to College and Career Planning) ~ Peterson's
The Parent's Practical Guide to College and Careers, How to Help, Not Hover ~ Barbara Cooke
Learn How to Achieve College Success...In 20 Hours or Less ~ Raymond Gerson, Ronald A. Ortman , Scott Anderson


Free Online Career Planning:

Bureau of Labor and Statistics:

The Career Guide to Industries - provides information on the nature of each industry:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook - provides information on earnings, education needs, expected job prospects, job responsibilities, training prospects, & working conditions of a wide range of occupations:

Internet Resources for General Planning

ACTs World-of-Work
America’s Career Info
Campus Career Center
Career One
O*Net OnLine

Internet Resources for Specific Careers

Association for Career and Technical
Explore Health
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special

Internet Resources for Music Careers

American Federation of Musicians ~

Site offers a searchable database of music programs by U.S. state and country. There are links to financial aid and booking agents, as well as articles on music technology, etc.

National Association for Music Education ~

Site provides a searchable music school directory and information on accreditation, choosing a school, financial aid, and more.

National Association of Schools of Music ~

Site provides a searchable music school directory and information on accreditation, choosing a school, financial aid, and more.

Leadership Opportunities

Careers in Medicine

A National Youth Leadership Forum is now accepting nominations. The deadline to let Ms. Campbell or Mr. Whedbee know you want to be nominated is September 23, 2013. To learn more about this leadership opportunity visit

Yale seeks young global leaders for high school summer program

Yale University is now accepting applications for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, which will bring together talented rising high school juniors and seniors from the United States and around the world to live and study at Yale for two weeks in the summer of 2014.

Now in its 13th year, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program features intensive undergraduate-level coursework and interaction with renowned Yale faculty and practitioners in the fields of history, political science, law, economics, international affairs, public health, and environmental science.

The application for summer 2014 is now available online, and applications are due Feb. 20. Admission to the program is very selective, and need-based financial aid is available to students who qualify.

For further information and application details, visit the program website at

Internships & Events

Army Summer STEM Apprenticeships

The Army educational outreach program is now accepting applications for their summer STEM apprenticeships for high school students. There are three to choice from: Research & Engineering, Science & Engineering, and a high school apprenticeship which would pair the student up with a university research program.  For more information please visit

Cornell University Summer College

Cornell University Summer College is now accepting applications for their summer programs which include classes in many interesting subject matter. For more information about Cornell Summer College please visit

University of Alabama Summer on Campus

The University of Alabama Summer on Campus program is now accepting applications for their summer terms. To learn more about programs offered visit

George Washington University Pre-College

The George Washington University is offering a Pre-College program this summer for high school students. To learn more about what programs are being offered visit