Guidance

Our Director of Guidance offers a comprehensive school counseling program. College, career, and academic counseling provide the main focus of the guidance program, with special emphasis on the college selection and application process for all juniors and seniors. For all guidance inquiries, please contact our Director of Guidance, at rhandler@goretti.org.

Sessions with visiting college admissions personnel are a regular part of the guidance program.

College Counseling Overview

Freshmen and Sophomores

Students are informed about the numerous factors considered by college admissions officials when reviewing applications for admissions. Upon receipt of PSAT scores, the counselor, in classroom sessions, instructs students on the interpretation of scores and the resources available to them through College Board.

Juniors

Juniors and their parents begin the formal college search and application process during the second semester. The counselor delivers a group presentation to juniors as well as after school presentations for their parents. 

Parents and guardians are encouraged to meet with the director of guidance, to begin navigating the college application process throughout the summer and school year.

Seniors

Seniors are urged to begin the college application process after august 1st if they have not started over the summer. Seniors and parents will have individual sessions with the counselor to set up a college application process calendar to include testing, teacher recommendations, and application deadlines. The guidance office will email transcripts, secondary school reports, and counselor recommendations unless otherwise requested by the college.


Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend college fairs, and visits with college admission representatives at Goretti.

Financial Aid Night

Financial Aid Night, presented by the Director of Financial Aid from a local college is offered each year in the Fall Semester.

College Scholarships

The Director of Guidance at St. Maria Goretti Catholic High School provides guidelines to students in the scholarship application process. Our graduating classes consistently receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers. 

Some common types are listed below:

Merit Scholarships

Based on SAT scores, GPA, class rank, type of courses scheduled in the past, teacher recommendations, counselor recommendations, in-school/out-of-school activities, awards, special recommendations, student's personal essay.

Need & Merit Scholarships

Some need is shown as well as the above criteria.

Need-only Scholarships

Federal and state grants plus loans.

Special Recognition Scholarships

Several are given to graduating seniors for outstanding achievement and various activities.