Counseling and College Preparation

Mission Statement: 

As counselors at Bishop Kelly, our mission is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that assists all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers and lifelong learners.  

With a combined 44 years of counseling experience, we are passionate about what we do and are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals.  

This site includes academic, personal and social, and college and career resources to help you meet your needs.  Content specific information is included in the tabs below. 

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Find your Counselor:

  • Mrs. Haener (last names ending in A-G)
  • Mr. Kristensen (last names ending in H-O)
  • Mrs. Crum (last names ending in P-Z)

Counseling Department Assistant – Joan Colleran

School Profile – 2017-18
17-18 school profile final

 

+Grade 9

9th Grade Tips for Success

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career. nextsteps.idaho.gov

Career Information System (CIS)
The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at Bishop Kelly and now you can access CIS at home. Check with your counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the top left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your counselor and she’ll help you out. www.idahocis.org

The St. Kateri Institute Summer Camp is open to entering high school sophomores through entering high school seniors. The Institute is dedicated to fostering a discussion of faith and reason in high school students through the beauty of the Montana landscape. It will take place June 24-30, 2017, partially at Carroll College and partially at Yellowstone National Park.
The camp is accepting 20 female and 20 male students on a first come first serve basis. A waiting list is available if the camp has reached full participation capacity. https://www.carroll.edu/kateri

+Grade 10

10th Grade Tips for Success

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career. nextsteps.idaho.gov

Career Information System (CIS)
The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at Bishop Kelly and now you can access CIS at home. Check with your counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the top left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your counselor and she’ll help you out. www.idahocis.org

+Grade 11

Junior Parent College Information  Junior Parent College Information Powerpoint – 

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career. nextsteps.idaho.gov

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

Career Information System (CIS)
The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at Bishop Kelly and now you can access CIS at home. Check with your counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the top left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your counselor and she’ll help you out. www.idahocis.org

Big Future is a resource provided by College Board to help students and parents navigate the College Application Process. bigfuture.org is a free college planning site with a step‐by‐step approach to help students find, afford and enroll in a college that’s right for them.

+Grade 12

Senior College Planning Powerpoint Senior College Planning

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for students and parents as you plan not only for high school, but for your career. nextsteps.idaho.gov

Click here for the Senior Snapshot Form  Seniors are asked to complete this form and turn it in to your counselor to assist us in writing letters of recommendation.  Please remember that we need three weeks advanced notice, so plan ahead so we can work together to meet your due dates.

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

Big Future is a resource provided by College Board to help students and parents navigate the College Application Process. bigfuture.org is a free college planning site with a step‐by‐step approach to help students find, afford and enroll in a college that’s right for them.

Career Information System (CIS)
The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at Bishop Kelly and now you can access CIS at home. Check with your counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the top left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your counselor and she’ll help you out. www.idahocis.org

+Choosing a College

Choosing a College

College Planning: How To Get Started” This is a handy guide from College Board for Parents. college-planning-how-to-get-started

“20 Questions to Ask A College Admissions Representative” A Guide for students and parents.questions-to-ask-college-representatives

+College and Admission Testing

Below are the 2017-18 test dates for both the SAT and ACT. To register you will need our school code (130041)

2017-18 SAT National Test Dates

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org

Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.

2017-18 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 26, 2017

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date July 28, 2017 August 8, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

August 15, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

August 15, 2017
October 7, 2017

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date September 8, 2017 September 19, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

September 27, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

September 27, 2017
November 4, 2017

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date October 5, 2017 October 17, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

October 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

October 25, 2017
December 2, 2017

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date November 2, 2017 November 14, 2017 (for mailed registrations)

November 21, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018

Register

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date February 9, 2018 February 20, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

February 28, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018

Register

See SAT Subject Tests available on this date April 6, 2018 April 17, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

April 25, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 See SAT Subject Tests available on this date May 3, 2018 May 15, 2018 (for mailed registrations)

May 23, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

May 23, 2018


2017 ACT  National Test Dates

To register, go to www.actstudent.org.

Please note that all Bishop Kelly juniors take the ACT on April 19, 2017 at Bishop Kelly. Registration for that exam will take place at Bishop Kelly.

2017-2018 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018* June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018


CollegeBoard Score Report Policy: 
Please take time to read the policy regarding the sending of SAT scores to colleges.  The following website gives information regarding this policy: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/score_choice.html

Note that Bishop Kelly will only be able to send either all test scores for both the ACT and SAT, or no test scores.  When a transcript is requested, we will ask the student whether they want all ACT and SAT scores sent to the colleges to which they apply.  If they say the do not want all scores sent, it will be the responsibility of the student to request that their scores be sent directly from the testing agency.  Please contact your counselor if you have further questions regarding this new policy.

SAT/ACT Fee Waiver Information. The counselors have information on ACT and SAT fee waivers. There are eligibility requirements which must be met in order to receive a fee waiver. Income levels are based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligiblity Guidelines. Contact your counselor if you think you might qualify for the waiver. 

ACT/SAT Test Preparation:  Many students find it beneficial to enroll in preparation classes prior to taking the ACT and/or SAT.  The counselors do not specifically endorse any specific preparation program and feel there are many that are helpful.  Following is information on a few local preparation programs that other students have found beneficial.

Test Preparation through the Idaho Career Information System is now available to Bishop Kelly students. You must set up a portfolio on the CIS website to access Peterson’s test preparation for the ACT, SAT and PSAT.  Contact your counselor if you need help setting up a portfolio. www.idahocis.org

Kathi Lecertua provides preparation before each administration of both the ACT and SAT.  Kathi was the career counselor at Borah High School and has offered SAT and ACT test prep classes to students in the Valley for over 25 years. Sessions focus on testing strategies, math, critical reading, sentence completion, science reasoning, and essay writing. Actual SAT and ACT exams are used in class for practice. Cost is $175, payable at the first class. Classes meet int he Eagle area. She can be reached at 208 761-4140, or by email at Kathi.Lecertua@gmail.com.

Club Z offers individual tutoring as well as test preparation.  Their phone number is 424-9500.

Huntington Learning Centers provide preparation sessions at each of their Boise locations. Huntington provides an individualized prep program that allows students to work 1:1 with instructors while they pin point their specific needs to get the best results possible.

Tutor Doctor offers customized 1:1 and small group ACT/SAT preparation. Small group preparation is 18 hours in the classroom followed by three hours of 1:1 tutoring to maximize scores. Our ACT SUCCESS program provides a highly-detailed, six-page analytic report to pinpoint exactly where students nee d the most help. On average, students who complete our ACT SUCCESS program have raised their composite score by six points! We are located at 4840 N. Rosepoint Way, Suite C, Boise, 83713. Phone: 208-922-6416.

Free ACT/SAT prep is available from the following resources:

SAT Test Prep: https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/sat

ACT Test Prep: https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/act
Idaho Career Information System (CIS) (you will need to have your own CIS portfolio – see your counselor for help setting this up)
http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-test/ – free ACT Test prep questions.

Collegeboard and Khan Academy test prep For the first time ever, the creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. By linking your Collegeboard and Khan Academy accounts, students can access free, personalized test prep using PSAT test results. For more information, go to https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

+College Athletics

NCAA Clearinghouse If you hope to participate in NCAA Division 1 or 2 athletics in college, you will need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the end of your junior year or during your senior year.  The guidelines for this process can be found at www.eligibilitycenter.org. Please note that courses taken through Brigham Young University Independent Study, and Idaho Digital Learning Academy Flex Program do not meet NCAA core course requirements. Before taking any correspondence courses, please check with your counselor. Please note that to play Division 1 sports, you need to pass 10 NCAA core courses before the start of your senior year. At least 7 of those core courses must be in English, Math, or Science. After you have registered, contact Mr. Kristensen to have him send official transcripts.

NAIA Eligibility Center Students hoping to participate in NAIA intercollegiate athletics, must register on the NAIA website found at http://www.playnaia.org. After you have registered, contact Mr. Kristensen to have him send official transcripts.

+College Visits

BISHOP KELLY HIGH SCHOOL VISITS

  • You will not be sent a reminder, so please note the date and time for the visits in your agenda. 
  • You must sign up by 3:30pm the day before the visit to be excused from class.
  • Only juniors and seniors may be excused from class for college visits.
  • Each student may only attend 5 sessions per year. Visits held during the Wednesday Office Hours meeting time are open to all grade levels, if students obtain a pass from their counselor prior to the meeting.
  • Sign up in the College Visit notebook located next to the exit from the counselor offices in the main hall.

    Click here for the Current College Visit Schedule

    Click here for the College Visitation Validation Form

+Financial Aid Resources

Because each family has circumstances unique to them, we encourage all students to search for independent scholarships through one of the following search engines. Please contact your counselor if you need assistance setting up your scholarship profile.

Financial Aid Web-Sites
Many students are interested in finding out information about national scholarships. While the career center and counselors receive much information about these, please be aware that there are many others that we simply don’t know about. Looking for scholarships can almost be like a part-time job and you have to be willing to put some time and effort into the search. The institutions you will be attending are your greatest resource for financial aid, however, there are several web-sites that can help your search.

www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.findtuition.com
www.getcollegefunds.com
www.cappex.com
www.chegg.com/scholarships
http://www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm
http://mycollegedollars.hyfnrsx1.com
www.unigo.com
http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/

Career Information System (CIS)
The Career Information System (CIS) from the State of Idaho offers information about occupations, education, scholarships, and more. We use CIS extensively here at Bishop Kelly and now you can access CIS at home. Check with your counselor to get the user name and password. After you access the webpage, go to the “e-cis” logo in the top left corner. If you have any questions after you use CIS, check with your counselor and she’ll help you out. www.idahocis.org

FastWeb
This is a vast array of tools to assist students and counselor with scholarship and college information. Check out the website for details! www.fastweb.com

CollegeBoard Help for Parents and Students
While CollegeBoard might be better known for their AP and SAT tests, they also have an extensive website that has a great deal of information regarding college and financial planning.  There are specific sites for both parents http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/ and students http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index.html?student/

FAFSA Information
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  This website will walk you through the process of registering for federal financial aid.  Be aware of websites that try to charge you for this free service. Important changes are coming for students applying for federal financial aid for the 2017-18 school year. Seniors from the Class of 2017 will be able to submit your FAFSA beginning October 1 (using 2015 tax information). For more information, go to www.studentaid.gov.

Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA:
http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/fafsa-guide/

Graduating Without Debt: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/debt-free-college-education-guide/

College Savings Plans: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/college-savings-plans-guide/

CSS Profile
The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is an application distributed by the College Board allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA. Generally, colleges with early acceptance programs use the CSS PROFILE to make preliminary financial aid decisions because the FAFSA is not available until after January 1. Then after student completes the FAFSA (the official financial aid application) colleges may then make adjustments to their financial aid awards if necessary. For information and to apply, go to https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp

Financial Aid Information 
This website offers students and parents clear information about the basics of college financial aid. www.finaidfacts.org

MoneyGeek.com recently published a student financial aid guide for women. THey have compiled scholarships for women in numerous fields (from STEM subjects to law and medicine) and from different backgrounds. This guide also offers great advice on winning scholarships, including tips from financial aid guru Mark Kantrowitz, the founder of FinAid.org  http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarships-for-women-guide/

Nitro is an online guide helping students figure out how to pay for college. They just released a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the FAFSA, question by question. https://www.nitrocollege.com/fafsa-guide

+Military and Academy Resources

Military Academy Information

Air Force Academy and ROTC Check out these links for important information regarding Air Force ROTC and the Air Force Academy. www.afrotc.com or www.usafa.af.mil

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity. This is a four-year full-tuition scholarship worth more than $200,000 in total. Completed applications must be received on or before 1/1/2018. To apply, go to wesleyan.edu/hamiltonprize

Raise.me is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low income and first generation students. Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student’s college ambitions or choices, Raise.me enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular.

University of Idaho
Information on student financial aid services, including scholarships, is available at www.uidaho.edu/finaid

Northwest Nazarene University: With NNU admission, guaranteed $4000 if you graduate with a 3.0 GPA.  This scholarship is in addition to any academic or activity scholarship that may be awarded.  Information can be found at www.nnu.edu/scholarship.

Scholastic Art and  Writing Awards: For information about these awards, visit www.artandwriting.org

The Idaho Community Foundation manages over 70 different scholarship funds – each customized according to the desires of the fund creator. Each has its own eligibility criteria, application requirements, and review process. Many have their own applications, deadlines, and eligibility requirements. http://www.idcomfdn.org/Scholarships

National Honor Society (NHS) members have access to a new scholarship search tool. It’s exclusively tailored to make searching for scholarships by NHS members more efficient and productive. NHS Scholar Dollars offers filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. It’s accessible through the NHS website. Members can visit www.nhs.us/scholardollars and enter the pillars most aligned to their accomplishments. This will present them with more focused options to pursue in seeking scholarship support.

StudentScholarships.org has several scholarships of interest for graduating seniors. More information can be found at www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php

University of North Carolina Charlotte Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources, and environment they need to make a difference in the world. This is a four-year, full tuition + room as well as a grant to implement a service project of the Scholar’s own design. For more information, go to www.levinescholars.uncc.edu.

The State of Idaho The state of Idaho offers several scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study at a public or private college or university in Idaho. For more information on criteria and due dates, go to https://boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/scholarship_jump.asp

University of Montana Raise.me Micro-scholarships: The University has partnered with Raise.me to allow students to earn scholarships to the University of Montana earlier in high school and help them see how they can be a competitive candidate at UM. When UM awards student scholarships on Raise.me, we are guaranteeing these scholarships will be included in their financial aid package after they are admitted. Read more about the program here

As part of our promise to encourage responsible borrowing and help students maximize free money to help pay for college, we are happy to announce our 2017 $2,500 Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award that will give away a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 40 individuals.  New this year, both students and parents of eligible students can register.
Now through December 31, 2017, eligible students and parents can enter to win one of the $2,500 scholarships by signing up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at CollegeCovered.com/AssistStudents and parents can earn up to three additional entries into the Discover Student Loans scholarship sweepstakes when they share the sweepstakes via Facebook, Twitter and/or email and their friend enters via the link in their share. 
Winners will be randomly drawn on: 
January 8, 2018
No purchase or student loan is necessary for students to enter or win. For the official scholarship rules, visit Scholarship.collegecovered.com/do/rules.
B Davis Scholarship http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm   Our website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships.  We are trying to improve the students’ chances for success.  The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2018.

High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2018 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running for this prestigious award. Share this news with scholars who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply. Download a program flyer here. Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted online until January 4, 2018. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.

Honors Graduation Scholarship Whether through essays or multimedia, you’ve used your voices to share visions for a better world. So here’s your chance to put them to action! Submit a proposal for how you’ll better your community. Because this will be a much more rigorous process with multiple rounds, we’re also raising the bar for tuition awards: from five $1,000 tuition awards to five $10,000 tuition awards! We will also fund the top project up to $5,000.  www.honorsgraduation.com/graduation-scholarship.htm

Redfin scholarship. The $2,500 biannual scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students. We will accept submissions from November 1st through January 31st! https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarship

Boise Choristers $1000 scholarship. For students planning to major in music. See Mrs. Crum for an application. Deadline is 2/10/18

Boise Valley Distinguished Young Women is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The date for the program is APRIL 6th. Deadline for applying is January 11 and orientation date is Saturday, January 13. http://boisevalley.id.distinguishedyw.org/

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews. All submissions must adhere to contest requirements. The contest deadline is January 4, 2018.

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited American college or university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program. Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. Finalists are flown in for a finalist weekend at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where they interview with the Coolidge Scholars Finalist Jury, chaired by Dr. Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recipients of the Coolidge Scholarship are notified of their award late in their junior year, before college application (note: current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Finalists who are not named Coolidge Scholars are eligible to receive a smaller, one-time, college scholarship. Deadline is 1/24/18. https://coolidgescholars.org/

Miscellaneous Announcements and Opportunities

Each year the counseling department receives numerous requests to nominate students for a variety of leadership opportunities. The National Youth Leadership Forums offer programs on Medicine; Law; National Security; Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy; and Collegiate Success. If you would like more information, check their website at www.nylf.org. The Global Young Leaders Conference offers similar opportunities. Their website is www.cylc.org/GYLC. People to People Leadership Program information is available at www.peopletopeople.com. Lead America’s website is www.lead-america.org. Contact your counselor if you would like to be nominated for a specific forum.