Guidance provides many services. See the tabs below. You can also request a transcript at the bottom of the page.
The Gross Catholic Guidance Department is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and enhancing the personal and academic development of each student by fostering relationships with students, parents, teachers, administrators and the wider community. Through a structured, comprehensive program, the Guidance Department provides students with academic, college/career and personal/social counseling.
Gross Catholic is committed to fostering and supporting the academic growth of all students throughout their four years of high school. The Guidance Department works diligently with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to promote academic success for all students through educational planning, course selection, testing, and academic monitoring.
- Administered to all sophomores in November.
- Curriculum-based educational and career planning program for 10th graders that measures achievement in English, math, reading, and science.
- Serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT’s College and Career Readiness System..
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
- Administered to sophomores and juniors who wish to take it in mid October.
- Measures reading, math reasoning, and writing skills.
- Serves as practice for the SAT.
- Juniors who take the test may qualify to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs.
- For more information and practice tests, visit the PSAT website.
- Administered throughout the year on selected dates at Gross Catholic.
- Used for admission and scholarship consideration at most colleges/universities.
- Consists of four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.
- For more information, visit the ACT website.
- Administered throughout the year on selected dates.
- Used for admission and scholarship consideration at most colleges/universities.
- Consists of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
- For more information and practice tests, visit the SAT website.
AP (Advanced Placement)
- Students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes may elect to take AP exams in several subjects.
- Students may earn college credits through the AP program. Credits are dependent upon both the scores earned by students and the AP credit policy of the college/university at which a student enrolls.
- Administered during the first two weeks of May.
- For more information, visit the Advanced Placement website.
At different points of their high school careers, students may need additional academic support. The following programs are in place to assist students and help them be academically successful at Gross Catholic.
Academic Success Coordinator
The academic success coordinator is trained to work with students who experience learning challenges. The coordinator collaborates with faculty, family and students developing a plan for accomodations and a successful learning environment.
Students also have an opportunity to take a Study Skills class. Our academic success coordinator structures our Study Skills classes in such a way that students not only work on homework assignments as they would in a study hall, but they practice the following concepts and skills: note-taking, study habits, goal-setting, prioritization, organization and time-management. Each of these concepts is reinforced through daily interaction with the teacher and student progress is monitored with weekly reports to parents.
Academic Progress Reports
Parents have the capability of monitoring their son or daughter’s academic progress through Powerschool. However, parents may choose to use an academic progress report. The progress report allows teachers to communicate a student’s grade, behavior, and assignment completion to parents on a weekly basis. Progress reports are required for determining eligibility for selected students participating in athletics and activities.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of not only the assistance of their teachers, but also the many academic supports offered at Gross Catholic. However, if more extensive help is needed or tutoring is not available in a particular subject area, you may contact the counselors at Gross Catholic for information and recommendations regarding outside resources.
Gross Catholic provides excellent preparation for college. We know college planning begins freshman year, and we work to ensure our students are on track for their future. Gross Catholic’s size allows the opportunity to accommodate and challenge each student individually, from our highest achievers to those students who require extra help.
70% of the class of 2013 earned 287 academic and athletic scholarships to public and private universities totaling over $7.3 million!
Freshman Year College Preparation
- Develop good study skills. Take notes, use a planner, and stay organized.
- Become involved in activities. Extracurricular activities are a great way to meet people, explore interests, and develop a resume.
- Think about different careers that interest you. You will want to take classes to explore those interests.
- Most importantly, do well in school! When you register for sophomore year, take challenging classes and develop a plan for the next three years. Talk to your teachers and counselor for assistance.
Sophomore Year College Preparation
- Continue to do well in school.
- Stay involved and try to take on responsibilities in your activities.
- Consider taking the PSAT in October.
- Use your resources. Teachers and counselors are here to help you.
Junior Year College Preparation
Junior year is extremely important academically because colleges will scrutinize your academic record for admission and scholarship consideration.
- If you are a high-achieving student, you should take the PSAT in October. The National Merit Scholarship Program uses this test to determine awards.
- Job Shadow Day! All juniors are required to complete a job shadow experience in October.
- Begin researching colleges that interest you.
- Begin a resume. Keep track of your volunteer work and take leadership roles when possible. Be involved!
- Start your college visits. It is extremely important to visit college campuses to have a feel for the school and learn more about it.
- You will need to take the ACT test if you are planning on attending a four-year school. Consider the February, April, or June tests. Be sure to choose four schools where you would to have your test score sent.
- In the spring, visit with college representatives.
- Attend College Night for Juniors during the spring conferences.
- When you register for senior year, consider take several challenging classes so that you will be best prepared for college.
- Meet with your counselor as often as needed and ask lots of questions.
Senior Year College Preparation
You are in the home stretch your senior year. All your hard work will pay off, but you must continue to focus on completing the process.
- Continue to work on your grades. Give your academic classes serious attention.
- Retake the ACT in September, October, and/or December. Most schools will not accept test scores for scholarship/admissions consideration after the December test. Also, remember schools will take the highest test score.
- Read the weekly newsletter. The newsletter contains vital information about college visits, scholarships, and all guidance news.
- Visit with college representatives in the fall. Begin to narrow your college choices.
- Attend the Catholic College Fair at school.
- Update your resume.
- Attend the College Fair at UNO in October.
- Request letters or recommendation if needed.
- Attend one of EducationQuest financial aid seminars in the fall.
- Request your FSA ID for the FAFSA.
- Apply to all schools by December 1 (unless an earlier deadline is specified).
- Fill out the FAFSA anytime after October 1.
- Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships! Most deadlines are during March and April, but pay attention to deadlines and directions.
- Expect award letters from colleges in April.
- Decide which college you would like to attend by May 1 (most require a deposit).
Senior College Night
During the fall, EducationQuest conducts multiple seminars in the metro area explaining the financial aid process. The focus is on financial aid, how to apply, where to find aid, and the senior timeline.
Junior College Night
During spring Parent-Teacher Conferences, the Guidance Department staff will present Junior College Night, an informational session for juniors and their parents. The night focuses on senior year, the application process, scholarships, financial aid, and timelines.
College Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gross Catholic’s CEEB code?
The code is 281-712.
How do I choose the right college?
Choosing the right school will be one of the most important decisions you will make and it isn’t always easy. Don’t worry, there are over 3,000 schools in the United States and you can find one that is right for you. Each student should choose the right college based on academics, size, location, price, and major to meet his/her need. Students should begin researching schools and learning about what each school has to offer. Many colleges schedule visits to Gross Catholic. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out about these schools and pick up some materials. Check the senior newsletter for the schedule. Most importantly, students need to visit schools during their junior and senior years.
What if I want to play sports in college?
If you want to play sports at a Division I/II school then you must meet the NCAA requirements. You will also need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you want to play sports at a NAIA school, then you must apply with the NAIA Eligibility Center.
When should I start applying to college?
Seniors should begin applying to schools around September 1 and plan to have all applications completed by December 1. Some schools have early admission dates, so students need to check with each school to determine the deadline.
How do I find out about scholarships?
There are many resources for finding scholarships. One of the best resources is our senior newsletter. The newsletter is distributed in English class almost every week. Students can earn scholarships through their activities, employment, parents’ employment, clubs and activities. Additionally, there are many other resources that can be found in the Guidance Office.
How do I apply for college?
Almost all schools use online applications. First, you must go to the school’s website and apply. Many schools charge a fee for the application. After the online application is completed, students fill out a transcript request form in the Guidance Center. Once the college has received all of the information, an admission decision is mailed to the student.
What is the Common Application?
The Common Application is a university application that can be sent to over 300 schools in the United States. This is a useful tool for students who are considering out-of-state schools.
When should I take the ACT?
Students should consider taking the ACT Test in the spring of their junior year and then again in the fall of their senior year. Typically, schools will accept the highest score through the December test of the student’s senior year.
When do I have to choose a school?
Schools require a deposit by May 1 of senior year.
Where do I learn about financial aid?
Financial Aid is considered to be scholarship, grants, and loans giving by the school, organizations and the federal government. Parents and students can learn about financial aid during our College Information Nights or through EducationQuest or by speaking with a counselor.
When is the FAFSA due?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) can be completed after January 1 of the student’s senior year and many schools have priority dates sometime in March.
EducationQuest – best source for help with the financial aid process, also includes many college planning tools.
College Board – useful college search tool
Catholic Colleges – includes a college search, financial aid information, and other valuable tips
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FAFSA – This site explains, in a series of steps, how to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid.
EducationQuest – Your best source for help with the financial aid process. Also includes many college planning tools and a scholarship search.
fastweb – Find scholarship money for a college, over 1.3 million scholarship possibilities.
Scholarships.com – Matches students individual talents, abilities and interest to relevant scholarships. Over 3,000 sources plus a FAFSA guide.
College Board Scholarship Search – 2,300 sources, matches students with scholarships.
NCAA Eligibility Center – Tools and information about the NCAA, divisions, sports, information, and registration.
NAIA Eligibility Center – Tools and information about the NAIA, divisions, sports, information, and registration.
ACT – The official site of the test that most Gross Catholic seniors take for college admission. On-line registration, tips, reviews, and college planning tools.
Peterson’s – A comprehensive site with all the tools for test prep, college search, financial aid, essay help, etc.
College Board – Your inside source for connecting students to college opportunity and success. Includes preparation information for AP tests, the PSAT, and the new SAT.
Free Test Prep – Prep for the ACT or SAT and use the vocabulary builder on this site.
Test Prep Review – Your source for free practice tests.
Varsity Tutors has launched a powerful new academic resource called Varsity Learning Tools: a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, digital flashcards, and questions-of-the-day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels: http://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests and http://www.varsitytutors.com/classroom-assessment.
The Guidance Department assists all students beginning freshman year in gaining an understanding of career planning and its relevance to school classes. Students are guided through several inventories that help them identify their interests, skills, values and strengths. The results of these inventories are used to create educational plans to prepare students for both college and career.
Students and parents are encouraged to visit these websites for more resources regarding career planning.
- Nebraska Career Connections – comprehensive career planning site that offers interests, skills, and work value inventories; occupation exploration; job searching skills and a resume builder; and educational planning, including a college search
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – nationally recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about future work lives, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics
- O* Net – extensive source of occupational information
- Career One Stop – nationally recognized source of career information, exploration, and education, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
- University of Nebraska – Lincoln Career Services – provides information about career fields and how their relationship to common college majors
Gross Catholic’s Guidance Department strives to help students with any personal/ social concerns he or she may experience. The counselors are more than willing to meet with students and families and offer community referrals.
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