College Placement and Guidance

Office of College Placement and Guidance contact information

The Office of College Placement and Guidance at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School strives to support the academic, spiritual and interpersonal mission of the school by affirming the development of individuals. Five counselors (including the director) are available to students while our administrative assistant handles day-to-day administrative operations. College Placement and Guidance takes a developmental approach to its service. As a result, counselors meet with students from the outset of their entrance into Bishop Eustace and remain with that “cluster” for all four years. Our program begins with an orientation program for ninth-grade pupils. Entering students are gathered in small groups for six meetings throughout the academic year. Topics covered include high school adjustment issues; academic expectations; study skills; exam preparation and services provided by the office. All students are encouraged to make appointments with their assigned counselor.

In the third quarter of sophomore year, small groups of five to seven students meet with their counselor to discuss career exploration. Tenth graders are provided with interest surveys and leading personal questions in order to draw out values, preferences and goals for future occupational and career decisions. The process helps students to find common themes among what a student likes to do (interests), wants to do (values) and can do (abilities and talents). The sophomore sessions introduce students to the online and paper resources that will assist them in this process.

While some reference is made to college planning in the first two years of a student’s tenure at Bishop Eustace, the process begins in earnest during eleventh grade. Juniors are encouraged to meet with college representatives who visit in the fall and are typically excited about attending the regional college fairs in the area. Parents are encouraged to attend our Junior Parent College Night in the fall. In November and again at the beginning of second semester in grade eleven, students once again come together with assigned counselors for a series of interactive meetings on college planning and the search process. The primary aim in this setting is not simply informational, but rather the development of a “college consciousness” that encourages a student to ponder and identify important personal values and preferences which can then be matched up with higher education sites fitting to same. Since Bishop Eustace is a college preparatory school, considerable time and attention are devoted to this process. At the conclusion of the Junior Program, parents are invited to a personal college planning conference with their child and his/her counselor.

In senior year the college search and selection process continues with a series of small group meetings between counselors and students in the first month of school. Support is given to the college application process and each student is encouraged to access her/his counselor for individual attention at this critical time. Programs that address financial aid, the application essay and life at college are all made available to seniors as well during their last year at Bishop Eustace. A Senior Parent Financial Aid Night is held in January.

Bishop Eustace Preparatory School

5552 Route 70, Pennsauken, NJ 08109-4798

Phone: 856.662.2160

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