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. The 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.

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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Sept. 20 NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
View flyer.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students + Parents
Sept. 26 College Application Workshop
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Seniors meet in Garaventa Center. Attendance is mandatory.
12 Students
Sept. 26 PSAT Review and Test Taking Strategies
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
10, 11 Students
Sept. 30 Boston University Reception
2:00 p.m. | Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Details and RSVP

11, 12 Students and Parents
Sept. 30 Coast to Coast College Tour: Vanderbilt, Princeton, Northwestern, Dartmouth and UC Berkeley
7:00 p.m. | Doubletree Berkeley Marina

Details and RSVP

10, 11, 12 Students and Parents
Oct. 1 College Financial Aid Night
7:00 p.m.
Garaventa Center
The Director of Financial Aid at Stanford will provide an overview of college financial aid and the FAFSA.
10, 11, 12 Students + Parents
Oct. 7 NACAC STEM College and Career Fair
Interactive Exhibits: 10 a.m.
Fair and Workshops: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
View website.
9, 10, 11, 12 Students + Parents
Oct. 10 Workshop Wednesday: College Application Guidance and Essay Review
During the PSAT
Mandatory for all seniors.

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 Student-Athlete College Info Night
7:00 p.m.
DLS Hoffman Center

Interested in playing sports in college? Hear from a panel of experts about what it’s really like to be a student athlete, why it’s important to get good grades if you want to be recruited, and how the recruitment process works.

9, 10, 11, 12 Students + Parents
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
Dec. TBD 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. TBD Sophomore Classroom Visits

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

10 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