Supporting you to find your best fit
We support each student in their college journey believing that the “best fit” is our ultimate goal, not the hype around national rankings. While there is much stress and anxiety around college admissions today, we believe that this transitional period for our students can be enlightening, enriching and downright fun. (Yes, we love our jobs!)
College Counseling offers a robust college-preparatory program that supports EC students during all four years of high school. Our support services include:
- Individual meetings with juniors and seniors
- Annual College Planning Night with valuable information about trends in college admissions, writing an effective college essay, the growing importance of demonstrated interest, highly competitive admissions, conducting college visits and many more topics
- Practice tests for students in grades nine through 11 with follow-up sessions to help students interpret results and determine next steps
- Information sessions on topics such as financial aid, learning challenges and NCAA
- Assistance and mentoring through the college application process of essays, applications and letters of recommendation
- Coordinated local college trips with our college counselors
- Career planning and exploration through Naviance assessments, career panels and career exploration day
- Opportunity for all high school students to meet and talk with over 100 college reps during their fall visits to EC
- Timeline communications and newsletters via Naviance and email so our families are aware of resources and important deadlines.
Naviance Student from Naviance is a college and career platform that many high schools have chosen to use as a means of helping students prepare for college and use it as the vehicle to submit documents (transcripts, letters of recommendations and reports) electronically to all colleges and universities.
Upon enrolling in high school at Eastside Catholic, all students and families are provided with registration codes to login and begin using their Naviance accounts. Every student has their own account. Families that have more than one student attending EC may have their accounts linked so that they may view/access all of their students through one account. While parents have access to their student(s) account, parents and students have different login information, usernames and passwords.
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is a non-profit organization that regulates and organizes the athletic programs of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Additionally, it supports student-athletes that compete in college sports.
All students who desire to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level in college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
The NCAA Eligibility Center reviews the academics and amateurism of all prospective student athletes.
There are different eligibility requirements for Division I, Division II and Division III athletics. Division I athletics have the strictest requirements of the three divisions and Division III does not have any requirements of athletes. See descriptions below of the different divisions per the NCAA website.
Division I schools generally have more students, larger athletic budgets and more athletic department support than schools in Division II or III.
Schools in Division II emphasize a life balance in which academically and athletically gifted students can compete at a high level while maintaining a traditional collegiate experience.
Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes who experience shorter sports seasons, reducing their time away from academic studies and other campus activities. Consult the individual college or university for admission and eligibility requirements. See the official NCAA Division III website for additional information. No athletic aid is granted to students who play for a Division III school, but merit and need-based aid can be offered by the institutions.
Some student-athletes are recruited by colleges and universities to play a sport for their school. If a student is recruited by a school for athletics, the college application process differs from students applying to schools that aren’t planning on participating in sports or are only planning to play a sport at the Division III level.
Student-athletes in particular sports can be recruited as early as sophomore year. It is not recommended for students to commit to playing for a specific college or university this early in high school, but for students to keep an open dialogue with schools that may be looking at them.
College Entrance Examinations
Scores on college entrance exams (ACT, SAT and SAT subject tests) are often taken into consideration when determining college admission. While more higher education institutions have decided to go “test-optional”, meaning that the institutions don’t require students to submit college entrance exam scores for admission, the vast majority of colleges and universities still require submission of college entrance exams in order to be considered for admission.
Practice College Entrance Exams
At Eastside Catholic, high school students in grade levels 9 – 11 take practice college entrance exams (PSAT 8-9 or PSAT) provided by the school. Early exposure and repeated practice allow for better performance on the actual exams.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a CollegeBoard exam given during junior year of high school that is of special importance because it determines student eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. If students receive an index number (populated by their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT) high enough to be in the top 50,000 scorers in the country, they will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as being eligible to become a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Semifinalists are notified of their status and then encouraged to complete an application to become a National Merit Finalist and be awarded scholarships. Notification is typically made in early September.
ACT and SAT Exams
Students are able to choose whether they would like to take the ACT, SAT, both or neither (if the student plans to apply to only test-optional schools), but taking one exam is recommended to keep options open. It is also recommended to take either exam twice. Students may do better taking an exam a second time, but many colleges and universities “superscore,” which is when schools accept multiple score sets and take the best score from each individual subject from different score sets to populate a more generous test score. A superscore cannot be created from only one score set. More schools superscore the SAT exam than the ACT and some schools do not superscore at all. Colleges cannot superscore the old SAT exam and the redesigned SAT exam.
It is recommended that students take a practice or shortened version of both the ACT and SAT to determine which exam might be a better fit for them. If a student scores higher on one practice exam over the other, it may be beneficial to select that exam. While the two exams resemble each other more than ever, there are still slight differences in the format and the curriculum tested.
SAT Subject Tests
Highly selective colleges and universities will sometimes require SAT Subject Tests to be submitted in order to be considered for admission to their schools. SAT Subject Tests demonstrate knowledge in specific subject areas. Schools that require subject tests often want students to take two subject tests and the specific subject area required can depend on a student’s intended major. There are 20 different subject tests available to take through CollegeBoard. Students register to take the SAT Subject Tests through collegeboard.org.
- Students cannot take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day
- Both the SAT and ACT now require photo uploads during registration as part of the identification process
- Students are required to present an acceptable form of ID to the test center on the day of testing
College visits are scheduled through RepVisits.
Please be aware that it is Eastside Catholic School policy to only allow not-for-profit educational institutions to visit our school.
We welcome college visits during the school day, mid-September through mid-November. Please select the time and date that works for you as noted in the RepVisit calendar. If you have specific questions about your visit or would like to request a time that is not listed, please contact Student Services Coordinator Karin House at email@example.com.
Day of Visit
Eastside Catholic is located at 232 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish, WA 98074. Upon entering the building, please check in at the Front Office to sign in and pick up your visitor badge. You will then be directed to Student Services.
Visitor parking is available in the south parking lot. Upon entering the parking lot, parking is located on the right. Please allow at least five minutes to walk up from the parking lot to the main building.
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