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.

At Carondelet, College Counselors are assigned to students and meet with their advisees starting 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. The counselor helps the student choose an appropriately challenging class schedule and advises her about athletics, extracurricular activities (including summer opportunities), and standardized tests, in line with the student’s 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:

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

E-L | Colleen Lim - College Counselor

M-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.



Calendar of Events

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Oct. 16 Yale Information Session
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Technical High School

Details and RSVP here

11, 12 Students and Parents
Oct. 17 Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Business
Lunch
College and Career Center
Alumna Chelsea Russell Spenser '09 will share her experiences in business and finance

9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Oct. 19 Coffee with the College Counselors
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
College & Career Center (room 13)
Parents, have questions about the college process? Stop by for coffee and an informal chat.

9, 10, 11, 12 Parents
Oct. 20 Santa Clara Open House
Morning and Afternoon Sessions
Santa Clara University
Tour the campus, meet current students and faculty, and learn about the admissions process.
RSVP by Oct. 15

11, 12 Students + Parents
Oct. 22 Brown University Information Session
7:00 p.m. | Campolindo High School
Details and RSVP here

11, 12 Students + Parents
Oct. 24 FAFSA Workshop
7:00 p.m. | Carondelet 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)

12 Students + Parents
Nov. 5 Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Construction Management
Lunch
College & Career Center
Alumna Nicole Benavente ‘07 will share her experiences in construction management and design.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Nov. 7 Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning
7:00 p.m. | DLS Theatre
Author, public speaker, national advice columnist, Harlan Cohen will share his fresh approach to the college search and selection that gives students control over the process and reduces stress. View event description. Check out Mr. Cohen’s TEDx Talk.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Nov. 14 Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Clinical Lab Science
Lunch
College & Career Center
Alumna Louise Rousseau Gee '73 will share about her experiences working as a Technical Specialist in Hematology at John Muir Health.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Nov. 14 Junior Road to College Night, Part 1
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
What are the five essential things you need to do to prepare for college during junior year? Junior students and parents, come to this evening program to find out. Part 2 of this series will be held on May 1.

11 Students + Parents
Nov. 28 Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Biomedical Engineering
Lunch
College & Career Center
Alumnae Erin Araj '11 will share about her experiences working as a biomedical engineer at Genentech
9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Nov. 27-30 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 Students
Jan. 23-30 Sophomore Classroom Visits

Students take the Myer’s Briggs Personality Assessment to guide them with personal and career exploration.

10 Students
Jan. 25 Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Nursing & Health Sciences
Lunch
College & Career Center
Anne Harty from Creighton University will discuss career options in Nursing and Health Sciences.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students
Feb. TBD Course Advisement
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
Mar. 19 Coffee with the College Counselors
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
College & Career Center (room 13)
Parents, have questions about the college process? Stop by for coffee and an informal chat.
9, 10, 11, 12 Parents
March 27 Sophomore Road to College Night
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
Public? Private? Community College? UC? CSU? Jesuit? Learn the differences amongst the college systems so you can begin exploring where the road to college can take you.
10 Students + Parents
April 3 College Preview Night
6:30 p.m.
DLS Hoffman Center
Hear application advice from a panel of college admissions officers representing the UCs, CSUs, Community Colleges, Out of State Public colleges, and Private colleges.
11 Students + Parents
April 10 SAT and ACT Information Night
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
Lia Lackey, managing director of the Compass Education Group, will share the essentials you need to know about test prep, testing timelines, and choosing the SAT or ACT.
10 Students + Parents
April 30 Senior Celebration
Afternoon X-Block
Seniors, join your college counselors to celebrate your 2-year and 4-year college plans! Important last steps will be reviewed.
12 Students
May 1 Junior Road to College Night, Part 2
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
Learn the strategies and practical details you need to be ready to apply to college in the fall.
11 Students + Parents
May 3 College Sweatshirt Day
Seniors, celebrate your 2-year and 4-year college plans by wearing your college sweatshirt.
12 Students
June 3-7 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