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College Counseling

As Bosco students approach the end of their high school experience, we take great care guiding them and their families through their personal college search process. As a department we believe that the search process should be primarily focused on discovering universities that offer the student an education and experience that will enable them to pursue their future aspirations. Counselors work collaboratively with families to discern their goals and financial needs and to define their expectations throughout junior and senior year. Through this collaborative partnership a well-balanced list of universities will be developed. After admission decisions are received, counselors will support students throughout the final college decision-making process.

St. John Bosco High School (CEEB-ACT Code 050260)
The 4-Year Plan: Using Naviance "Course Planner," each Bosco student will meet with his counselor to develop a comprehensive 4-Year Plan that identifies coursework needed for graduation and college entrance requirements. In addition, this plan will be reviewed each year to ensure that it meets individual student needs, while also guiding students and parents in the course selection process in February.

  • What Colleges Are Looking For: As you plan courses with your counselor, please note that colleges want to see you challenge yourself in all four years of high school. Most colleges evaluate your transcript and application by looking at:
    • The quality and sequence of your college prep courses, including what you take and how you perform in your SENIOR year.
    • Your Academic Grade Point Average (GPA): you must strive for A's and B's - but no grades lower than C's - for college entrance. CSU and UC campuses especially look at performance in 10th and 11th grade.
    • Your SAT or ACT standardized test scores.
    • The number of Advanced Placement (AP) classes you take at your high school (for competitive college entrance).
    • Special talents, awards or achievements in your high school experience (e.g., visual/performing arts, athletics, special subject projects for which you have been recognized).
    • Extracurricular activities (e.g., community service, clubs, leadership activities, internships).
    • Special accomplishments in light of your life experience (which is often included in your College Essay).