Information

Guidance Personnel Information

Miss Colleen Curtin
School Counselor (Grades 9-12, A-L)
ccurtin@syrdiocese.org

Ms. Savonna Connolly
School Counselor (Grades 9-12, M-Z)
sconnolly@syrdiocese.org

Mr. Troy Calkin
School Counselor (Grades 7 & 8)
tcalkin@syrdicocese.org

Mrs. Cindy Edwards
Lourdes Student Assistance Counselor
cedwards@syrdiocese.org

Miss Darlene Swift
Guidance Secretary
dswift@syrdiocese.org

2019-20 Important Dates

Last day to add/drop Full Year & Semester 1 Courses
September 20, 2019

Advanced Placement Exam Orders Due
October 9, 2019

PSAT for Juniors
October 16, 2019

1st Quarter Ends
November 15, 2019

Midterm & Regents Exams
January 21-24, 2019
January 2020 NYS Regents Exam Schedule

2nd Quarter Ends
January 24, 2020

Last Day to Add/Drop Semester 2 Courses
February 7, 2020

Pre-ACT for Sophomores
February 20, 2020

Career Expo for Sophomores
March 5, 2020

Grades 7&8 NYS ELA Test
March 25-27, 2020

Grades 7&8 NYS Mathematics Test
April 22-24, 2020

Advanced Placement Exams
May 4-8, 2020
May 11-15, 2020
2020 AP Exam Schedule

Regents/Final Exams
June 2, 2020; June 17-25, 2020
June 2020 NYS Regents Exam Schedule

2019-20 SAT & ACT Registration Information

For more information and to register for the SAT, click here.

SAT DATE NORMAL DEADLINE LATE REGISTRATION
October 5, 2019 September 6, 2019 September 17, 2019
November 2, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 15, 2019
December 7, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 19, 2019
March 14, 2020 February 14, 2020 February 25, 2020
May 2, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 14, 2020
June 6, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 19, 2020

For more information and to register for the ACT, click here.
ACT DATE NORMAL DEADLINE LATE REGISTRATION
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July ACT test dates.

In 7th grade…

  • Manage your time wisely
    • Download a daily schedule sheet here
    • Use study halls to get extra help from teachers and get homework done
  • Use your planner daily to keep track of assignments
  • Study a little bit each day
    • Break down each subject into smaller, manageable pieces
  • Arrive on time and be in attendance regularly
  • Keep your backpack and locker organized
  • Get involved in a club or sport
  • Participate in class
  • Ask for help
    • Teachers are available before and after school
    • Ask your counselor to arrange a peer tutor for any subject
  • Resource for Parents

In 8th grade…

  • Start to learn about high school class opportunities
  • Explore college information on bigfuture.collegeboard.com
  • Explore careers on mynextmove.org
  • Manage your time wisely
    • Download a daily schedule sheet here
    • Use study halls to get extra help from teachers and get homework done
  • Keep track of assignments in your planner
  • Study a little bit each day
    • Break down each subject into smaller, manageable pieces
  • Arrive on time and be in attendance regularly
  • Keep your backpack and locker organized
  • Resource for Parents

In 9th grade…

  • Practice good study habits
  • Have good school attendance and good school behavior
  • Start exploring colleges and majors on collegeboard.org
  • Utilize your lunch period for homework time, tutoring time, research, computer time, etc.
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities and start recording what you’re involved in on a resume
  • Discuss educational and career plans with your parents, counselor and teachers
  • Begin to map out a 4-year plan of courses to guide you through high school
  • Talk to your counselor if you need additional help in a subject to arrange a peer tutor
  • Resource for Parents

In 10th grade…

  • Sign up in December/January to take the Pre-ACT in February/March. For more information about the Pre-ACT, click here.
  • Start learning more about the college search process. Attend College Day in October at the arena and try to visit a college campus this year. Learn more about colleges and majors at bigfuture.collegeboard.org
  • If you’re aiming to play college athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Make sure you’re taking courses that are on the approved list.
  • Resources for Parents: Click here for a checklist for sophomore year.

In 11th grade…

  • Regularly meet with your school counselor to discuss your plans and steps to reach your next steps after high school.
  • Attend College Admission Counselor Visits in the Guidance Office in the fall & spring. Even if you’re not sure where you want to go, this is a great way to learn about what is available.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • In December, review your PSAT Scores and link them to Khan Academy for guided practice.
  • Interested in applying for the BOCES New Visions Program? Attend an information session in December and complete application in January/February.
  • Sign up to take the SAT or ACT in the spring. Students are responsible for signing up for standardized tests on their own. Learn about the differences between the tests here.
  • If you are a looking at specific schools and programs, see if SAT Subject Tests are required. Make plans for when you will take them if required. For more information on subject tests, click here.
  • Resource for Parents: Click here for an action plan for juniors.

In 12th grade…

  • Create an account on the Common Application. Students can apply to over 700 different colleges through this one site.
  • Planning on applying to SUNY Broome? Complete your application here and notify your counselor.
  • If you haven’t done so already, narrow down your list of colleges you plan to apply to. Aim for around 6 schools. Need help searching? Visit here.
  • Attend Greater Binghamton College Day at the arena in October.
  • Attend College Admission Counselor visits in the Guidance Office. Visits occur from September to December. A schedule is posted on the portal calendar and outside the Counseling Office.
  • Only applying to SUNY schools? You can use the SUNY Application.
  • Make note of various deadlines and requirements for each application.
  • Decide whether or not you want your standardized test scores reported on your transcript. Turn in your SAT/ACT Release Form.
  • Think about who you would like to write you a letter of recommendation. Select at least one core subject-area teacher.
  • Complete the FAFSA in early October.
  • Apply for scholarships. Visit the Counseling office or the listing on our website.
  • Maintain good grades – your midyear report will include 1st & 2nd quarter grades of senior year.

College Application Information

Student Responsibilities:

  • Develop a list of prospective colleges and/or universities
  • Determine due dates of applications (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Admission, Rolling Admission)
  • Meet with your School Counselor for your “Senior Meeting” in late September or early October
  • Complete a resume and give it to your Counselor
  • Begin online application and ALL supporting documents
  • Ask teachers, counselors, employers, etc. for recommendation letters at least 1 to 2 months prior to the application due date
    • Write a Thank You note to each person who writes a letter for you
  • Submit SAT and/or ACT scores to each college as required.
  • Students who took college level courses while enrolled at SCC are responsible for requesting an official transcript from the college/university and have it sent to each college/university that requires it for the application.
  • Attend College Day at the Arena in October
  • Keep your counselor informed
  • See your counselor with any questions

Resource for Parents

Click here for a senior year checklist.

Admission to Catholic Schools of Broome County is the first step on a journey toward personal success.

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