Frequently Asked Questions

To assist Carondelet students and parents, we have included some of the most frequently asked questions and answers to those questions. The questions and answers are organized in three sections:

1. General Questions
2. Standardized Testing (ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, & ASPIRE)
3. The College Application Process

General FAQ

When is the Center for Student Success (CSS) open, and do students need an appointment?

The CSS is open to all students during school hours and after school by appointment. Students do not need an appointment to visit the CSS during school hours.

In the fall, seniors will be encouraged to schedule individual college counseling appointments with their assigned college counselor.

In the spring, juniors will be encouraged to schedule individual college counseling appointments with their assigned college counselor.

I got a “D” as a semester grade in one of my classes, what should I do?

If a student receives a “D” or an “F” as a semester grade, it should be a red flag to ask some questions. For college, she should ask her college counselor how such a grade could affect her college eligibility and what she should do to remediate the grade. Questions about grades in relation to Carondelet graduation requirements should be directed to the Principal, Mr. Cushing. All summer courses must be approved in advance by Principal, Mr. Cushing.

I received an official looking letter inviting me to join the National Honor Roll. Is this something I should do because it would look good on my application to college?

Each year students ask us about honors that they receive in the mail. Should they join the organization or purchase the book? The letterhead and invitations are fancy and seemingly important. Students believe colleges will be impressed. They won’t be, so there is no point in joining. If students have questions about other invitations or programs, we suggest that they bring the information to the Center for Student Success.

I’m thinking of playing sports in college, how and when do I register with the NCAA?

The first step for students considering sports in college is to come to the Center for Student Success to pick up a Carondelet High School Guide for Prospective Student-Athletes. The next step for students who wish to be considered for NCAA Division I or II sports in college is to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org . You may also want to download an NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. Typically, the online registration is begun in the junior year. In order to evaluate a student’s certification status for purposes of NCAA initial athletic eligibility, students must follow this procedure:
  • Complete the online NCAA Transcript Release Form.
  • Submit the online Fee Payment.
  • Submit standardized test scores directly from the testing agency, ACT or SAT, by coding in NCAA (9999) as a recipient and paying the appropriate fee.
  • Follow directions for printing a copy of the Transcript Release Form to give to the main office.
  • At the conclusion of the junior year, Carondelet will submit official transcripts to the NCAA for students who have given her a copy of their completed NCAA Transcript Release Form.
  • Carondelet will also submit a final transcript upon request by the student.
  • Complete the online NCAA Transcript Release Form.
  • Submit the online Fee Payment.
  • Submit standardized test scores directly from the testing agency, ACT or SAT, by coding in NCAA (9999) as a recipient and paying the appropriate fee.
  • Follow directions for printing a copy of the Transcript Release Form to give to the main office.
  • At the conclusion of the junior year, Carondelet will submit official transcripts to the NCAA for students who have given her a copy of their completed NCAA Transcript Release Form.
  • Carondelet will also submit a final transcript upon request by the student.

Do I need to take AP or honors classes?

Students should take the most challenging courses that they are capable of and prepared for. Please ask your teachers if they recommend that you take an Honors or AP course. Many Carondelet students do not take AP/Honors classes, yet they are admitted to fine schools.

The University of California, the California State University, and many private schools will automatically award an extra grade point for AP classes and for UC/CSU-certified honors courses at the junior and senior levels. Please note: the UCs will assign extra grade points for up to eight semester units of UC/CSU-certified honors level or Advanced Placement courses usually taken in the last two years of high school.

It’s summer, and I forgot my password to Naviance, what do I do?

If you have forgotten your password during the summer, access Naviance Family Connection from the Student Page --> Quicklinks. Check the box “Forgot Password” and follow the steps. It is important for students to keep their passwords in a safe place.

My email address, which is my username for Naviance, has changed. What do I do?

If your email address has changed, please come to the Center for Student Success for your account to be updated.

I am interested in applying for scholarships. What can I do?

Most scholarship opportunities are for graduating seniors. Juniors and seniors can access a list of current scholarships on Naviance and in the Center for Student Success. This list is updated often as scholarships are posted as they are received. A free scholarship search may be done online at www.fastweb.com. Seniors can also access a National Scholarship Search, hosted by Sallie Mae, on Naviance. Students in other grade levels should listen to daily announcements for scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships usually require an application, recommendation, transcript, and essay. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who apply for scholarships and need recommendations should come to the Center for Student Success for procedures on how to request letters of recommendation.

Seniors are asked to fill out the Scholarship Questionnaire on Naviance so that we may inform students of scholarships for which they may meet the eligibility criteria. If there is a possible match, students will receive an e-mail notifying them of the opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate all scholarship opportunities that are brought to their attention. Parents are advised to inquire about available scholarships through employers and organizations to which they belong.

Colleges may award institutional scholarships based on certain academic criteria. Many times the application for admission is also the application for merit scholarships. Once seniors have compiled a list of schools to which they are applying, it is advised that they check with the colleges and peruse the financial aid section of the website for a list of what scholarships are available. Deadlines for college scholarship applications are often different than admissions application deadlines. Scholarship deadlines vary depending on the college.
Scholarships usually require an application, recommendation, transcript, and essay. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who apply for scholarships and need recommendations should come to the Center for Student Success for procedures on how to request letters of recommendation.

Seniors are asked to fill out the Scholarship Questionnaire on Naviance so that we may inform students of scholarships for which they may meet the eligibility criteria. If there is a possible match, students will receive an e-mail notifying them of the opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate all scholarship opportunities that are brought to their attention. Parents are advised to inquire about available scholarships through employers and organizations to which they belong.

Colleges may award institutional scholarships based on certain academic criteria. Many times the application for admission is also the application for merit scholarships. Once seniors have compiled a list of schools to which they are applying, it is advised that they check with the colleges and peruse the financial aid section of the website for a list of what scholarships are available. Deadlines for college scholarship applications are often different than admissions application deadlines. Scholarship deadlines vary depending on the college.

I am applying for a summer program or scholarship and need a recommendation letter, what do I do*?

The first step is to come to the Center for Student Success to pick up Procedures for Requesting Letters of Recommendation for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors, which outlines the process for students who are applying for scholarships or to summer programs.

Students are advised to pay close attention to the application requirements, including what pieces are needed, the deadline, and how it should be sent. Students should have a conversation with the teacher that they are asking to write the letter of recommendation. They should inform the teacher of what they are applying for, what is required, and the deadline. Students are counseled to ask the teacher if he or she is able to write a positive letter of recommendation.

Students are advised to create a packet to give to the teacher, which should include information about the program/scholarship and information about themselves. Students should give this packet to the teacher at least 3 weeks before the deadline. Students are advised to write a thank you note and inform the teacher of the outcome.

*Senior instructions differ. See Section III. The College Application Process (E)

How do I request a transcript for a scholarship or a summer program?

Students can request a transcript through the "transcript request" link on the student and parent pages of the website.

What college counseling is available to Carondelet students and parents?

Individual drop-in assistance is available for all students. At each grade level, students receive college counseling.

In the freshmen year, students complete a Myers-Briggs type personality assessment under the direction of the College Counselors. This assessment provides not only Personality Type information, but also points to careers, college majors, learning styles, and communication preferences that are individually specific.

In the sophomore year, students take a PSAT test. In February, the College Counselors offer an evening presentation for parents of sophomores to begin the conversation about college and provide an overview of college counseling at Carondelet.

Beginning in the winter of the junior year and continuing into the senior year, the College Counselors will present a series of four presentations to inform and to prepare parents and students for the college application process. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend all four sessions.

The series begins in January of the junior year when the results of the PSAT are returned to students and their parents. The college application process officially begins with this comprehensive program explaining the results of the PSAT and providing an overview of steps in the college application process. In spring of the junior year, students and parents are invited to a College Preview program, the second in the series. Juniors will also be seen in groups and schedule individual college counseling appointments.

The third presentation in the series is scheduled in the fall of senior year when parents are invited to a program presenting a step by step process of the senior year at Carondelet and the college application process. The fourth presentation, scheduled in December of the senior year, covers the financial aid process.

In September of the senior year, seniors are seen during specific Wednesday early start days, given updated information and individual assistance and are offered workshops. Throughout the year, seniors will be encouraged to schedule individual appointments with their assigned College Counselor.

Students are also provided with access to Naviance beginning in the freshman year. Naviance is a secure, online college counseling resource with information on over 5,000 colleges as well as helpful information and exercises useful for educational planning.

Dissemination of College and Career information is also provided on the Carondelet website and through class meetings in the junior and senior years. Each year over one hundred college representatives visit Carondelet and De La Salle, and their presentations are open to juniors and seniors who have signed up for the presentations and who have permission from their teachers to attend.

I am a parent and I have questions about college. What do I do?

The first step is to consult the other Frequently Asked Questions, which provide a wealth of information and address many common questions and concerns that parents may have. If your questions are not answered in the FAQ's, please e-mail your daughter's Student Success Counselor with your questions and include your daughter's full name and grade level in the subject line.

ACT & SAT Testing FAQ

How do I know if I need to take ACT or SAT?

The vast majority of colleges require students to submit results from standardized college entrance examinations, either the ACT or SAT. Although the ACT and SAT are different and are offered by different test companies, all colleges that require standardized tests will accept either the ACT or SAT. Access each college’s website through Naviance to ascertain which tests are required or recommended. Please note that the University of California campuses require all applicants to take the SAT Reasoning Test, which includes a writing component, or the ACT with writing option. For a list of colleges that are test optional, go to www.fairtest.org.

I have never heard of the ACT. Will colleges accept it instead of the SAT?

Yes. More students take the Act than the SAT test in the United States.

What are the differences between the ACT, SAT Reasoning Test, and SAT Subject Tests?

The ACT consists of four subtests: math, English, reading comprehension, and science reasoning. The writing section is optional. The SAT Reasoning Test consists of math, critical reading, and writing tests. The writing section is not optional. The SAT Subject Tests are one-hour tests, assessing the student’s knowledge in single subjects.

When should I sign up to take the ACT and SAT?

ACT and SAT tests are best taken at the end of the junior year and the beginning of the senior year. Both tests ask questions based on material learned beyond the sophomore year. Most of our students begin taking ACT and SAT tests in the spring of the junior year and the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). Results from the PSAT test will help students prepare for their college entrance examinations. Most of our students take the SAT Reasoning Test in March, May, or June and the ACT offered in February, April, or June.

How do I sign up for the ACT and SAT?

The preferred method of registration is online. ACT registration is available at http://www.act.org/. SAT registration is available at http://www.collegeboard.com/ or students can link to these sites from Naviance. To register for tests, students complete online questionnaires, enter personal information, upload a photo of themselves, select testing date and location, submit the required fees, and code in Carondelet High School 056-656.

Should I take an ACT or SAT prep class?

It is recommended that students prepare for ACT and SAT testing by becoming familiar with the test formats and directions. To help Carondelet students prepare for college entrance examinations, Carondelet has purchased a subscription to Method Test Prep, which is available to students for online test prep for both the ACT Assessment and the SAT Reasoning Test. Students have unlimited access from any computer with internet capabilities. Students may access Method Test Prep through the Quicklinks on the Student section of the Carondelet web page or by linking to MTP on the Naviance home page.

Although there is much in the media and in the rumor mill that makes students believe they must take test prep classes, classes can cost up to $ 700.00 and require much of their time. There is never a guarantee that taking such a class will raise the students’ scores. However, some test prep programs come with a money back guarantee that a student will be refunded if their scores do not improve by a certain amount. In addition, the Center for Student Success provides test prep booklets, sample test books, and other test prep information. There is also free SAT test prep via Kahn Academy.org. Additionally, both the ACT and the College Board have test preparation exercises on their websites.

Can I sign up for SAT Reasoning Tests and SAT Subject Tests on the same day?

No, the tests are offered at the same time, so students must indicate whether they are taking the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Test(s).

Is there a fee to send ACT and SAT score reports to college?

At the time of ACT or SAT registration, a student can indicate up to four colleges, scholarship organizations, NCAA or institutions to receive score reports for no additional charge. After testing, students must pay additional fees to send score reports.

If I enter my ACT and SAT scores on my college application, do I still have to pay to send the score reports?

Yes. Colleges require students to send official score reports from the test companies.

How do I know if I should take SAT Subject Tests?

The University of California no longer requires students to submit Subject Tests; however, students may take the tests and submit them with their applications. Competitive majors such as engineering may require specific tests. It is best to check by major and by campus.

A small number of very selective colleges do require or recommend that applicants submit SAT Subject Tests. Each college will indicate on its website or application which tests are required. As entrance requirements can change, students need to refer to individual college websites for the most up-to-date information. The Common Application website (select Member Colleges--->Application Requirements) contains a PDF spreadsheet which includes all Common Application colleges with Deadlines and Requirements.

Is it true that I won’t get into any college unless I get high ACT or SAT scores?

According to a recent online article written by the National Association of College Admission Counselors, “test scores are important. But they are not nearly as important as many students think. Different colleges use test scores differently, but no colleges make admissions decisions based solely on test scores. In fact—your academic record—the courses you’ve taken and the grades you’ve earned—is looked at much more closely than your test scores.”

I want to take the SAT/ACT but I missed the late registration deadline. What can I do?

It is always better to register for the SAT and/or ACT early. If you miss the late registration deadline for the ACT, you may request standby testing.
Standby testing is not permitted for the SAT. However, if you miss the late registration deadline for the SAT, you may request waitlist status.

See below for steps and information regarding the ACT standby request process and the SAT waitlist request process.

I have a documented learning disability, how do I apply for extended time on standardized tests (PSAT, SAT, ACT, or AP)?

Please contact the Learning Specialist for procedures regarding applying for extended time and refer to the Educational Resource webpage http://www.carondelet.net/academics/college-career/educational.

ACT Testing FAQ

What do I need to know about the ACT standby process?

- Standby requests can be made online during a limited “Standby Request Period” prior to the test date.
- Standby testing is not guaranteed. Test centers admit standbys on a first-come, first-admitted basis and only if there is space available after all registered students have been admitted to the testing center.
- Because advance arrangements are required, standby examinees cannot request accommodations.
-There is an additional $45 fee, which must be paid online when requesting standby testing. ACT will refund the fees if you are not admitted to the test.

What must I do?

- Create or log in to your ACT online account.
- Select the test center and test date and complete all required information online, including uploading a photo of yourself and submitting the payment.
- Print a copy of your Standby Ticket and bring it with you on the day of the test to the location that you requested online. You must also bring an acceptable photo ID.

SAT Testing FAQ

What do I need to know about requesting waitlist status for the SAT?

- Waitlist status requests must be made online from the last registration deadline up until five days before test day.
- There is no guarantee that you will be able to test.
- All SAT Subject Tests are available except for Language with Listening Subject Tests.
- Fee waivers cannot be used.
- Students who are eligible for testing accommodations may be able to do so as long as they do not need specialized test formats or equipment that needs to be arranged in advance. Bring documentation (copy of Eligibility Approval Letter) with you to the testing center on test date.

What must I do?

- Create or log in to your College Board online account.
- Select the test center and test date and complete all required information online, including uploading a photo of yourself and submitting the payment.
- Print a copy of your Waitlist Ticket and bring it with you on the day of the test to the location that you requested online. You must also bring an acceptable photo ID.
- Arrive early on test day. Waitlisted students will be admitted to the test center on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by when you arrive at the test center. If you are not admitted to the test, you will not be charged any applicable registration fees.

PSAT Testing FAQ

What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT designed for high school juniors. The PSAT is also referred to as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) as it is also the instrument used to identify students who will enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT follows the same format as the SAT Reasoning Test without the 25-minute writing sample. The test consists of critical reading and math sections, as well as a multiple choice writing skills section. It is meant to be taken as a practice test.

Who takes the PSAT?

At Carondelet, all juniors are automatically registered to take the PSAT at school in the fall. The PSAT begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and usually finishes by noon.

How should I prepare for the PSAT that all Carondelet juniors take?

Students can prepare for the PSAT by using the SAT section of Method Test Prep. Students can link to Method Test Prep through the Quick Links on the Student section of the Carondelet website or alternatively take an SAT test prep class during the summer prior to the October PSAT test.

When do I get the results of the PSAT?

In January we have an evening session when we will interpret the PSAT and give students and their parents an overview of the college application process. Parents and students are given a choice of two dates they may choose to attend. We recommend that students use their PSAT results to prepare for spring SAT testing.

Should juniors register for ACT and SAT tests in the fall?

We recommend you take these tests during February, March, April, May, and June. It is recommended that you take the ACT or SAT test twice before the end of your junior year. Most of our students find that taking SAT Subject Tests in May or June as they complete the course is the best option. Of course you may retake the subject tests in your senior year, too.

I am taking Biology, should I register for the SAT Subject Test in Biology?

Students taking Biology may want to consider taking the SAT Biology Subject Test E/M test in June. It is best to take the Biology Subject Test at the conclusion of the course at the end of the school year. Registering online for the June SAT Biology Subject Test at http://www.collegeboard.com/ is the easiest method. Consult with your teacher and come to the Center for Student Success for test prep materials.

The University of California system no longer requires that students submit scores from SAT Subject Tests as a part of the application process UNLESS you are applying to Engineering major. However, students may submit such scores to UCs or other selective colleges which recommend or require them to demonstrate proficiency in a certain subject.

For the most part, our students begin taking SAT Reasoning Tests, ACT Assessments, and SAT Subject Tests in the spring of their junior year.

The College Application Process FAQ

How do I begin preparing for college?

The actual preparation begins with the student taking her high school academic preparation seriously. Because learning is cumulative, students who establish a solid foundation in high school help to ensure their future success in college and beyond. During the high school years, students also have many opportunities to learn about themselves, their goals, their values, and the world around them. Academic and personal development in high school are essential components of the maturation process and most helpful in approaching the college application process, thus making a smoother transition to college.

How do I begin the college application process?

The formal application process should begin with families discussing post high school plans and goals and taking advantage of the series of four college information presentations offered at the junior and senior level by the College and Career Counselors. Students are asked to complete the self-assessment profile, questionnaires, a résumé, and college search exercises in the About Me section on Naviance to identify potential colleges and prospective majors. The next step is to visit colleges that match the student’s interests.

How do I request a transcript for a college application?

It is the student’s responsibility to request all transcripts. Parents/guardians or students should not request transcripts by phone or e-mail. Seniors should request transcripts for colleges on Naviance by checking the box that says “Request Transcript” on “Colleges I’m Applying To” under the Colleges tab. Do not request transcripts for University of California campuses as they do not accept transcripts. Do not request transcripts for California State University* campuses (*unless specifically requested to do so by a campus).

Don’t I have my whole senior year to apply to colleges?

For the CSU system, priority filing takes place during the months of October and November. Most CSUs will close the application process on November 30th. Students must apply to UC campuses during the month of November. Each private school could have a different application deadline. It is important that seniors know the deadlines and apply in a timely fashion. When students enter potential colleges to “colleges I’m applying to” in Naviance, application deadlines are also added electronically.

I am applying to six private colleges, all of which require letters of recommendation. Do I need to ask six teachers to write those letters? I also plan on applying for scholarships.

Most private colleges and universities require 1 to 2 letters. We recommend that seniors ask the same 1 to 2 teachers to complete all forms for all colleges and for scholarships. If a student is applying for scholarships and letters of recommendation are required, she should go back to the same teachers and counselor. There is a template to follow for requesting letters for scholarships. If a counselor recommendation is required, similarly, the student should go back to the counselor who has agreed to write the letter to complete all of the forms. Teachers and counselors are advised to save letters of recommendations electronically, so then they may reprint and revise those letters as often as asked. Recommendations from Carondelet are submitted electronically through Naviance. Early in the senior year, students will receive instructions and a template to follow when requesting letters of recommendation.

What is the Common Application?

The Common Application (Common App) is a single application that is used by over 500 colleges and universities, mostly private, plus some out-of-state public schools. The Common App allows you to use one application and send it to multiple Common App Schools. Some schools and special programs require a supplement in addition to the Common App.

When can I begin working on the Common App?

Common App makes changes over the summer and the process changes year-to-year. It is very important that students wait to begin the Common App until the fall of senior year when all of the updates are available and after they have met with their Carondelet College Counselor.

What school forms are needed for the Common App?

The Common App is made up of many pieces aside from the application itself. Common App schools usually require 1-2 teacher recommendations. Most colleges prefer recommendations from teachers of the junior year because course work in this year is more like what you will find on the college level. If students have an idea of which teachers they plan to ask to recommend them, they may have a conversation with that teacher at the end of the junior year. Students are advised to ask the teacher if he or she is able to write a positive letter of recommendation. Carondelet students may also ask their De La Salle teachers for letters of recommendation. Juniors may inform the teachers that they will be giving them a packet with information in the fall. Early in the senior year, seniors will receive instructions and a template to follow when requesting letters of recommendation and making the packets to give the teachers.

All Common App colleges also require that your Carondelet College Counselor prepare a recommendation letter and School Report to accompany your transcript and the school profile. For your counselor recommendations, you may choose someone who has worked with you or advised you outside of the classroom setting to assist your Carondelet College Counselors with the letter. The Principal, Assistant Principal, Deans, Academic Advisors, Personal Counselors, College Counselors, Club Moderators, Campus Minister, and Student Activities Director are among those who can contribute to the counselor/advisor recommendations.

How are the school forms sent?

Common App requires that the advisor letter is sent with the transcript and school profile in a “bundle” to each university where you are applying. After your Carondelet advisor writes your letter, he or she will e-mail it to your Carondelet College Counselor. She will use the letter to complete the school report and upload it to Naviance. Then, your college counselor will ensure the transcript and school profile are added and submit the documents in the bundle. Once Carondelet clicks submit on Naviance, the school forms go to Common App “cyberspace” and the college retrieves them once the student submits her part of the Common App and pays the application fee.

How do I apply for financial aid for college?

All students applying for financial aid for college must complete and submit the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). Each college sets its own deadlines and may require additional forms. From Naviance, students may access individual college websites to ascertain financial aid deadlines. Cal Grant Verification forms will be filed by Carondelet for all seniors who have signed and submitted a permission form to the main office.

Carondelet and De La Salle jointly sponsor a Financial Aid Evening presentation in December for parents and students. A Financial Aid Officer from a Bay Area college will be a guest presenter and walk families through the financial aid process.

How important is the senior year in the college application process?

The senior year is extremely important, and performance in the senior year is directly linked to being successful in college. The student who does not take her senior year seriously may be very disappointed to learn that she could have her acceptance letter revoked by colleges because her grades fell significantly in her senior year, she dropped planned courses, or she did not notify the colleges of changes in her senior year course of study. Each year, the University of California, the California State University, private colleges, and out-of-state public institutions cancel offers of admission due to poor performance in the senior year. For students who fall below the admitted-student index or who do not adhere to guidelines, offers of admission may be rescinded. Clearly, seniors cannot afford to slumber through their senior year.

I am going to a community college, does it matter how I perform academically in high school?

The harder you study in high school, the better you may perform in college and the further along you will be in your studies. Furthermore, if you perform well on the community college math and English assessment tests, which come from studying diligently, the higher the level of math and/or English classes you may be placed in. Thus, you may shorten your time at the community college.

Why does the Center for Student Success collect admissions decisions and verifications of scholarships and grants?

Seniors are asked to provide college admissions decisions as they receive them, which include letters or e-mails of acceptance, denial, waitlist, and/or deferral as well as offers of scholarships and grants. This helps the Center for Student Success to maintain accurate statistics in order to get a full picture of our students in the application process and prepare internal reports. This information is confidential. We prepare reports on number of students, admitted, denied, etc. for our administration which is not shared outside of school. To properly honor students at the Academic Recognition Assembly, in the graduation program, and in the newspaper, all verifications for awards they have earned are needed. With college applications, an official School Profile is sent which lists the names of the schools where our students have been admitted and where they are currently attending. The School Profile helps colleges understand the rigor of our school.

What is Red Letter Day?

Red Letter Day takes place on an early start day in late spring and is designated as a day to collect letters that have not yet been turned in. We are very sensitive to the fact that students are not admitted to all of the schools they apply to. We honor all our students’ choices in whatever they decide to do after Carondelet. It is a confidential collection. If students bring original letters, copies will be made and the originals will be returned. All students receive stickers and prizes when they turn in their information. Red Letter Day also includes other pertinent information on final transcripts, housing, graduation, etc.

What is the purpose of Red Letter Day?

The Center for Student Success collects admission decisions and information on scholarships and grants. This data is entered into Naviance and used to assist future students as they investigate and research colleges. Students are able to view scattergrams, which allows them to see how well they match up to the academic profiles of previous Carondelet students who have been admitted to particular schools. This helps students understand colleges in terms of reliable, reasonable, and reach. The scattergrams display acceptance, denial, and waitlist information by symbol, not by student name.

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