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School & College Counseling

Mr. McCarthy works with students in the Office of School & College Counseling.

Upcoming Counseling Events

Our mission in the School & College Counseling Center is to educate, help develop, and identify individual student strengths and connect those strengths to a future educational path.

We work extensively with students to help them identify what is the best fit college for that young person to continue their education.

The process starts in the fall of their freshman year as students establish academic, social, and extra curricular goals as they transition to Central Catholic.

Counselors and students connect individually, in small and large group seminars, and in assemblies in each of their four years in our high school.

The Four-Year Journey

Freshmen: Becoming a Raider

At CCHS, we take pride in knowing who are students are and helping them to make the decisions that empower them to become the best version of themselves.

There are three areas of support we provide as they navigate their early high school experiences:

  1. Academics (skill development & goal setting)
  2. Extracurricular Involvement
  3. Social Connections

For many students getting to the level they want in each of these areas is a process that requires both time and experiences.

Part of the learning process involves learning from successes as well as reflecting on disappointments.

School Counselors hold seminars with each freshman
homeroom to discuss developing study skills and setting challenging yet realistic goals.

Additionally, we educate first year students about Grade Point Average (GPA) and the components of a CCHS transcript.

School Counselors schedule one-on-one meetings with all.

We look forward to expanding our relationships with the freshman class.

Sophomores: Thinking About Your Future

Sophomore Year is an important year for students to build on their successes, define new pathways, and strengthen relationships.

Sophomores take the PSAT in the fall. The results offer a baseline of where they test well and areas to strengthen over the next couple of years. They will take the PSAT again in October of their junior year.

During the Sophomore Seminar held in December, School Counselors meet with students to teach and discuss goal setting and study skills. Additionally, sophomores will be updating information on their Naviance account and completing a survey regarding their school experiences to that date.

We expect students to take advantage of opportunities and evolve their thoughts regarding potential paths to explore in college and beyond.

CCHS offers a Career Exploration Series, which offers the opportunity for students to attend career-focused presentations by a professional in the field, ask specific questions, and make connections with a current professional.

Juniors: Exploring College Possibilities

The college exploration process begins in earnest during a student's junior year at Central Catholic.

Juniors can attend college conferences in the fall (over 100 colleges visit Central Catholic annually), and the college exploration process officially kicks off in January.

Juniors prepare for and take standardized tests, including the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT. The PSAT, taken in the fall, provides an outstanding indication of how prepared students are for the SAT’s. Students are given the opportunity to take a full-length practice ACT in January and receive a composite score on that same day.

The Counseling Office conducts several seminars and parent nights throughout the year to ensure students and families have the information and support they need to succeed.

Seniors: Preparing for College

The Counseling Office empowers seniors to navigate the college application season with confidence and success.

Programs that support​ ​both​ ​students​ ​&​ ​their​ ​families with​ ​the​ ​college​ ​selection​ ​process include: 

  • Apply​ ​Yourself​ ​Seminar : Two- ​hour​ ​application​ ​process​ ​tutorial 
  • College​ ​Application​ ​&​ ​Naviance​ ​Senior​ ​Class​ ​Assembly 
  • The​ ​Write​ ​Stuff:​ ​College​ ​Essay​ ​Review​ ​Day 
  • College​ ​Conferences​ ​@CCHS​ ​-​ ​over​ ​100​ ​colleges​ ​came​ ​to​ ​CCHS​ ​this​ ​fall 
  • Senior​ ​Parent​ ​College​ ​Night 
  • Financial​ ​Aid​ ​Night​ ​(English​ ​&​ ​Spanish)    

 As students begin receiving acceptances to colleges, we ask them to post their success on a mural in the School and College Counseling Office.  For our hard​-​working​ ​students​, ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​feel​-​great​ ​moment​ ​for​ ​sure!  

College Visits to CCHS

Each year, a large number of colleges and universities visit CCHS to meet with our students.

These College Conferences are important interactions for students and a great opportunity to communicate with Admissions representatives and ask questions to help in their process of identifying the best college to continue their education.

Each conference is 30 minutes long and held in the Office of School & College Counseling. Juniors and seniors may sign up for up to six conferences using the Naviance Family Connection.

The Counseling Team

We are a dynamic office that is staffed by a Director of School & College Counseling, six School Counselors, and one Administrative Assistant. Each student has the same assigned Counselor throughout their high school experiences to allow for continuity and the best development of defining best fit college for each student

Each student has access to all members of the School Counseling team.

Kevin McCarthy

Director of School & College Counseling

Ms. Patricia Bell


Mrs. Kelly Costello


Mr. Shawn Dumas


Lisa Finneran


Mrs. Michelle Kline


Mrs. Ellen Rinklin

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Kristin Tetreau


Mrs. Abbie Winskowicz