College Counseling

Carondelet’s College Counseling provides a supportive environment in which students can identify their goals, reflect on their talents and passions, and make good and confident decisions about higher education. We guide students in the self-reflection and evaluation, research, and application writing that is the key to good college selection.

Each student is assigned to a College Counselor and begin meeting in the freshman year.

Four counselors, who have about 50 students at each grade level, build rapport and knowledge of each unique student as they meet over the course of four years.

Counselors help their students choose an appropriately challenging class schedule and advises her about athletics, extracurricular activities (including summer opportunities), and standardized tests, in line with the students' goals and interests.

 

A key element in the college application process is finding a good “fit” for each student. Just getting into college is not the focus: getting into the right school is. Our goal is to provide our students with the right foundation and guide their college selection process so they will be successful in college and in life.

Ms. Lim, Ms. San Miguel, Mrs. Sciacca, Mrs. Jessop, Mrs. Paz-Rumore

Find your counselor!

The first letter of the student's last name corresponds to her counselor as follows:

Classes of 2020, 2021
A-D | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling

E-L | Allison Bly - College Counselor

M-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor

R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor

Classes of 2022, 2023
A-C | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling

D-K | Allison Bly - College Counselor

L-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor

R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor

Schedule a meeting

Students are welcome to schedule a meeting with their college counselor. Find your counselor below and click the link to see their availability. Appointments are 20 minutes long and available during break, lunch, 7th period, or after school. These appointments are for students only.

Mrs. Paz-Rumore
Schedule an appointment

Mrs. Sciacca

While Mrs. Sciacca is on leave, you may schedule an appointment with the other college counselors 



Calendar of events

 
Wednesday
September
4, 11, 18, 25
Here On Wednesdays Late (HOWL)
7th period - 5:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday during the fall, seniors are encouraged to work on college applications in the College and Career Center with the college counselors.
12
Students
Sunday
September
15

Yale Science & Engineering Forum in San Francisco
Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Register
 

9, 10, 11, 12
Students + Parents

Tuesday
September
17

University of Notre Dame Information Session

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Hofmann Center at De La Salle
An admissions officer from the University of Notre Dame will share information about academic, community, and spiritual life at the university, as well as insights into the admissions and financial aid processes.
Register
10, 11, 12
Students + Parents

Tuesday
September
17

Discovering U Information Session in Oakland with UChicago, Columbia, Michigan, Texas, and Yale
Oakland Technical High School
7:00 p.m.
Register

10, 11, 12
Students + Parents

Thursday
September 19

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
Students who are interested in pursuing an education in visual or performing arts should attend this informative national college fair.
**This is not a Carondelet event.**
9, 10, 11, 12
Students + Parents
Thursday
September 26

College Application Workshop
Early Start - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Garaventa Center
Attendance is mandatory for all seniors.

12
Students
Thursday
September 26
PSAT Review and Test Taking Strategies
Early Start - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Gym
Sophomores and Juniors will learn tips and strategies for the PSAT from testing experts.
10, 11 
Students

Wednesday
October
2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Here On Wednesdays Late (HOWL)
7th period - 5:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday during the fall, seniors are encouraged to work on college applications in the College and Career Center with the college counselors.
12
Students
Sunday
October 6
NACAC STEM College and Career Fair
1p.m. - 4 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
Students who are interested in pursuing an education in STEM should attend this informative national college fair.
**This is not a Carondelet event.**
9, 10, 11, 12
Students + Parents
Monday
October 7
College Financial Aid Night
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
A Financial Aid Officer from the University of San Francisco will provide an overview of college financial aid and the FAFSA. (Please note date change. This event was originally scheduled on Sept. 18)
10, 11, 12
Students + Parents
Wednesday
October 16
Workshop Wednesday: College Application Guidance and Essay Review
During the PSAT
Mandatory for all seniors.
12
Students
Wednesday
October 23
FAFSA Workshop
7:00 p.m. | CHS Library
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend this step-by-step workshop for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Parents, bring copies of your tax return.
 

12
Students + Parents

Friday
October 25
Coffee with the College Counselors
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  |  College & Career Center (room 13)
Parents, do you have questions about the college process? Stop by for coffee and an informal chat with the college counseling team.
9, 10, 11, 12
Parents
Wednesday
November
6, 13, 20
Here On Wednesdays Late (HOWL)
7th period - 5:00 p.m.
Every Wednesday during the fall, seniors are encouraged to work on college applications in the College and Career Center with the college counselors.
12
Seniors
Tuesday - Friday
December 3-6

Freshman Classroom Visits
During all freshman Big History classes, the college counselors will meet freshmen, introduce Naviance, provide guidance about course advisement, discuss students’ four year plans, and lead students through a career exploration exercise.

9
Freshmen
Wednesday
January 22
Junior Road to College Information Night
6:30 p.m. 
Garaventa Center
College admissions officers will lead workshops teaching students and parents about the strategies and practical details they need for applying to college in the fall.  Potential workshops will include: applying as a student athlete, resources for first generation and underrepresented students, UC and CSU admission, community college options, and highly selective admissions. All workshops are tentative and subject to change.
11
Students + Parents
Wednesday
January 29

Sophomore SAT and ACT Information Night
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa
A testing expert will share the essentials you need to know about test prep, testing timelines, and choosing the SAT or ACT.  The College Counselors will share college admissions basics that sophomore families need to know.

10
Students + Parents

February Course Advisement
Late January - February
Counselors meet 1:1 with 9, 10, and 11 grade students to discuss and request their courses for the following year.
9, 10, 11
Students
February
TBD
Diablo Valley College Enrollment Workshop 12
Students
March TBD Sophomore Classroom Visits
Students take the Myer’s Briggs Personality Assessment to guide them with personal and career exploration.
10
Students
March 3

Planning Ahead to Pay for College
7:00 p.m.
DLS Hofmann Center
Katy Murphy, a college admissions expert and former financial aid officer, will guide families through the ins and outs of paying for college.

9, 10, 11 Students + Parents
March - May College Criteria Meetings for Juniors
Late March - May
Counselors meet 1:1 with juniors to discuss their college criteria and build their college list.
11
Students
Late May - July

Class of 2021 Parent/Guardian Meetings
Late May - July
College Counselors meet 1:1 with rising seniors and their parents/guardians to review students’ college lists, application timelines, and next steps.

11
Students + Parents
Monday - Friday
June 1-5
College Kick-Start
During this college application boot camp, rising seniors will refine their college lists, draft their college essays, and get a head start on their college applications.
 

11
Students