College Counseling

Supporting you to find your best fit path 

We support each student in their college and post-secondary journey, believing that the “best fit” path is unique to each student and our ultimate goal — not the hype around national rankings. While there is increased stress and anxiety around college admissions today, we believe this transitional period for our students can be enlightening, enriching and downright fun. (Yes, we love our jobs!) 

Our College Counseling Department offers a robust college-preparatory and post-secondary program supporting students throughout high school. Our support services include:

  • Tailored support, including developing a high school plan and career exploration for ninth and 10th graders  
  • Individualized meetings with juniors and seniors 
  • Tailored guidance through the entire college application process, including building a balanced college list, networking with college admissions representatives, navigating letters of recommendation, providing feedback on essays, and supporting the completion of college applications
  • Twice weekly tutorial offerings open to all high school students for drop-in support
  • College planning presentations tailored to each grade-level offering valuable information about trends in college admissions, components of college applications including essays and letters of recommendation, the standardized testing landscape, how to approach college visits and other helpful resources 
  • An annual College Planning Night involving current college admissions representatives discussing the nuances of applications and multiple breakout sessions covering topics such as financial aid, NCAA athletics and accessing academic support services in college 
  • Facilitation of over 100 college visits to EC campus annually 
  • Partnerships with test preparation companies Revolution Prep and Compass Education Group, involving webinars, in-person presentations, and free practice tests exclusively for Eastside Catholic students 
  • Guidance on the test-optional testing landscape and resources to prepare for tests, including offering a school-day SAT for juniors in the spring and another for seniors in the fall.  
  • In the fall, all ninth -11th graders take the PSAT; PSAT scores of juniors are considered for National Merit recognition  
  • Frequent communication with EC families and students about timelines and pertinent events via class-wide newsletters, Canvas announcements and a tailored Senior Events page on our website


College Essay Support

Our college counselors are committed to supporting students with their college essays through each step in the process, from idea generation to drafting, multiple rounds of feedback and final essay revision. College counselors provide targeted support on essay writing throughout the year in 1:1 meetings with students and during Tutorial periods. Current EC students and families can visit the College Counseling Canvas page for essay-writing resources. 

College Counselors also offer weekly summer camps tailored to college essay writing and application support.

A junior-specific college essay workshop will be held Thursday, May 30, 3 - 5 p.m., in the Commons. Learn more and register.