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Student Checklists

Counseling Department working with students

Grade 9 - Freshman Counseling Seminar

Laying the Groundwork

 Freshman year focuses on the transition between elementary and secondary levels, adjusting to the Nazareth environment.  The counselors meet with their students each semester to discuss the areas of academic, career and personal/social.  The students fill out the Freshman Survey which is a tool for the counselor to get to know the student better.  They are introduced to Naviance, CollegeBoard and Kahn Academy, which are websites that are used for testing prep,

testing feedback as well as career and college searches. Freshman meet with counselors one semester in a weekly classroom seminar for topical discussions.  Study and social skills, friendship building, body image, decision making and time management, as well as many other topics, are presented.  Students take the PSAT and receive feedback.  A Freshman Parent Night is offered early in the year. 

Checklist for Freshman Year

  August to December

  • Complete your Freshman Survey (during Guidance Activities schedule)
  • Meet with your Counselor
  • Remind your parents to attend the Freshman Parent Night
  • Remind your parents to attend Back to School Night
  • Attend Study Skills class *
  • Attend Freshman Guidance offered by the Counseling Department *
  • Create account in Naviance
  • Create account in College Board
  • Create account in Kahn Academy
  • Link College Board and Kahn Academy accounts
  • Take the PSAT
  • Attend Guidance Activities in December with Guest Speaker

January to June

  • Meet with your Counselor
  • Remind your parents to attend Spring Back to School Night

*If you are a Music Major, you will not have these classes


Grade 10 - Sophomore Counseling Seminar

Developing the Foundation

Sophomore year focuses on developing a balance between academics and personal growth opportunities.  With the assistance of their counselors, the sophomores explore their personal and academic interests in relation to their majors, careers, and college choices.  The Sophomores are provided with resources to assist in their future decision making such as the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey, career/major searches, and the “Do What You Are” survey completed on Naviance.  Sophomore year also focuses on building their college resume through involvement in the school community, volunteer opportunities, and out of school activities.

Checklist for Sophomore Year

  August to December

  • Complete the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey (CISS) (during Guidance Activities schedule)
  • Meet with your Counselor
  • Remind your parents to attend Back to School Night
  • Take the PSAT
  • Attend Guidance Activities in December with Guest Speaker and CISS interpretation
  • Complete Do What You Are in Naviance
  • Complete career searches in Naviance
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT prep

 January to June

  • Meet with your counselor
  • Remind your parents to attend Spring Back to School Night
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT prep

Grade 11 - Junior Counseling Seminar

Making Concrete Plans

Counselors assist juniors in large groups and in one-on-one sessions to refine their college search to best fit their academic, career and personal aspirations.  Nazareth Academy offers juniors an SAT preparatory program in mathematics after school and incorporates prep work across the curriculum.  Students begin the many tasks needed to enable them to move forward with their college applications in senior year.  Parent meetings are offered to both inform and honor the important role that parents play in this college planning process.

Checklist for Junior College Planning

Click Here for a PDF of the Checklist

(Please make a folder for College Planning and keep Checklist and all papers in this folder. Bring folder to any meetings you have with your Counselor.)

August to December

  • Attend the August Junior College Planning Orientation.
  • Be sure to update your accounts in CollegeBoard, Khan Academy, and Naviance.  Remember your passwords! 
  • Check messages in Naviance every day.  Be sure to read your school e-mail daily.
  • Remind your parents to attend the Junior/Senior Financial Aid Night.
  • Remind your parents to attend the Junior Parent College Planning Night.
  • Investigate and narrow down your career choice.
    • Use collegeboard.org, education planner.org or refer to the Do What You Are survey in Naviance.
  • Complete Naviance assessments to further assist with your career/major choices. (Game Plan, Career Search, Career Interest Profiler and Cluster Finder)
  • Prepare for and take the PSAT. This is the year that you could qualify for National Merit!
  • Meet with your Counselor and/or your College Counselor.

 December to March

  • Attend the December Junior College Planning Follow-Up Session.
    • Ask your parents to complete the Parental Authorization Form.
    • Complete your College Brag Survey. This is where your counselor can retrieve more details to include in your letters of recommendation.
    • Make any corrections to your transcript (Return corrections to your college counselor ASAP)
  • Discuss and ask questions regarding your course selection with your teachers, department heads, the registrar office, and/or your counselor.
  • Research and compare your SAT scores, ACT scores, and GPA to the scores of the colleges you are interested in.
    • Utilize CollegeBoard, Niche, or Naviance for up to date scores and admissions information. 
  • Sign up for Spring SAT/ACT.  Practice for SAT/ACT.
  • Arrange college visits and tours with colleges.
  • Meet with your Counselor and/or your College Counselor.

March and April

  • Be prepared with questions for the College Representative’s Panel assembly. This is where you will have the opportunity to ask admission counselors application and admission related questions.
  • Develop a list of colleges you are considering applying to. You can add your college to Colleges I am Thinking About on Naviance.
  • Ask two teachers for recommendations and add your teachers’ names into your Naviance account.
  • Begin the Common App online – get a head start! Available for signup in the spring, but cannot start applying until August 1st.
  • Work on your College Essay, ask you English teacher or someone you trust to review the essay.
  • Meet with your Counselor and/or your College Counselor.

**Make sure you are utilizing tools on Khan Academy, Naviance, and CollegeBoard.

Grade 12 - Senior Counseling Seminar

Securing the Plans

 Seniors focus on college visits, applying to colleges, and financial aid considerations.  While seniors await decisions from the schools of their choice, counselors encourage them to actively search for and apply for scholarships.  Seniors attend both large group sessions as well as individual meetings with both the college counselor and their assigned counselor.  Parent meetings are offered to both inform and honor the important role that parents play in this college application process.

Checklist for Senior College Application Process

Click Here for a PDF of the Checklist

  • Write your college essay and have it reviewed by the English department or someone you trust.
  • Create a Common Application Account/ Coalition Account
  • Complete Common Application Account Matching Process in Naviance to link Common Application and Naviance
  • Apply to schools using Common App, Coalition, College website, college portal, etc.
  • Send SAT/ACT to Colleges using testing website
  • After you apply, request transcripts
    • Inform the college counselor you have applied and give her a copy of the transcript request form.
    • Transcript request fee is $3.00 for each college
  • Continue to check your account/emails for each college.  Make sure each college application is complete. 
    • Ensure that everything is submitted (The application itself, your transcript, your SAT/ACT scores)
  • Search for scholarships. 
    • Utilize NAHS scholarship resources, online search engines, community resources and college resources.
  • At the beginning of the Second Semester request a Mid-Year Report.
    • Only if the college wants a Mid-Year Report, or if you want a Mid-Year Report sent.
  • College Acceptances and Scholarship Letters
    • Please email the college counselor a copy of all college acceptances, scholarship letters and any announcements of money for college.
  • Send your deposit on time (typically May 1st…be sure to check)
  • After you send your deposit to the school you will attend, withdraw your applications from all other colleges (you will free up a spot for students who are still waiting)
  • Let College Counselor know you have committed to a college
    • The college counselor will record your attending college and where your final transcript be sent.
    • The college counselor will also review and update all of your colleges in Naviance.
  • Complete and return the Pre-Graduation Form, (which you and your parents must sign)
    • Note:  When the Graduation Booklet is being prepared, the Pre-Graduation Form and College Scholarship Letters will be given to the main office.
  • Final transcripts will be sent by mid-June once transcripts are finalized.
  • Complete and return pre-graduation form.
  • Requesting Final Transcripts (Final transcripts will be sent by mid-June once transcripts are finalized.)