Academics
Guidance & Counseling

College Planning & Counseling

College Counseling

  • Naviance - Our college management application program is a great resource for college planning and research. The students do not apply through this program, but they must put the colleges that they are applying to Senior Year into the “Colleges I am Applying to” list.  The counselors send letters of recommendation as well as their Xavier high school transcripts electronically through this program.
  • Common App - The common application is used by over 600 colleges worldwide. The Seniors are asked to create a common app account and do the FERPA privacy waiver.  The waiver only needs to be completed once for one school and it will apply to all other common application schools.
  • College Reps - College representatives are scheduled throughout the Fall in the guidance center. All students, regardless of division, are invited.  The schedule of college representatives is listed on the homepage of the student’s Naviance page.
  • College Fair - A college fair is sponsored yearly by Brophy and Xavier.  Typically, over 150 colleges attend this event. All students and parents are invited, as well as, neighboring high schools.
  • FAFSA - The free application for federal student aid can now be completed in October of a student’s Senior year. All colleges use FAFSA to determine the financial aid for a student. In addition to FAFSA, some colleges use the CSS profile as well. 

College Planning By Grade

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  • Freshmen

    • Contact/Parent Info - Counselors introduce themselves to all incoming 9th graders at freshman orientation, small group lunch meetings at the beginning of the school year and then individually throughout the Fall. The counselors are always accessible through email and phone or through a student request for an appointment.
    • Goal Setting - Counselors emphasize the importance of good grades and encourage activities both on and off campus.
    • Naviance Introduction - Naviance is our college research and application management system. Freshmen are given login information to start exploring college campuses and their expectations. The programs also offers resources in personality assessment, career exploration and test preparation for the ACT and SAT.
    • Extra-curricular - XCP offers over 70 clubs on campus as well as fine arts and competitive sports. Counselors encourage students to be a part of the XCP community as well as the community-at-large.
    • PSAT-9 - This standardized test is given to all Freshmen in October. The scores reveal college readiness indicators.
    • Canvas/GatorNet - Canvas is the learning management system students use for instruction, assignments, assessments and communication with their teachers. Parents are able to create an observer account on Canvas so that they can view their student’s progress throughout the academic year. GatorNet is the program that provides official grades at quarter as well as semester transcripts.
    • Scheduling - Class scheduling for Sophomore year takes place during March and April.  Class choices and teacher class recommendations are discussed and schedules are finalized for each student.
  • Sophomores

    • Contact - Counselors meet with every Sophomore in the second quarter of the school year.  The counselors are always accessible through email and phone or through a student request for an appointment.
    • Goal Setting - Counselors encourage Sophomores to assess their Freshman year and set goals based on challenges and successes. The importance of attendance, 8th period, time management, and study strategies for course mastery are emphasized.
    • Naviance - Naviance is our college research and application management system. Sophomores are reminded of login information to explore college campuses and their expectations. The programs also offers resources in personality assessment, career exploration and test preparation for the ACT and SAT.
    • Extra-curricular - XCP offers over 70 clubs on campus as well as fine arts and competitive sports. Counselors encourage students to be a part of the XCP community as well as the community-at-large.
    • PSAT/NMSQT - This exam is given to all Sophomores in October. The scores reveal college readiness indicators. As 10th graders, the students do not qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, but it is the same test the Juniors take and the best form of preparation for the following year.
    • Canvas/GatorNet - Canvas is the learning management system students use for instruction, assignments, assessments and communication with their teachers. Parents are able to create an observer account on Canvas so that they can view their student’s progress throughout the academic year. GatorNet is the program that provides official grades at quarter as well as semester transcripts.
    • Christian Service - XCP has a 50 hour Christian Service requirement for graduation that is to be completed by the end of the 3rd quarter of Junior year. Information about this requirement is given in Sophomore theology classes throughout the year.
    • Scheduling - Class scheduling for Junior year takes place during March and April.  Class choices and teacher class recommendations are discussed and schedules are finalized for each student.
  • Juniors

    • Contact - Juniors are seen towards the end of October, beginning of November. Counselors are always available by email or by individual appointment.
    • PSAT/NMSQT - The PSAT is taken in October. Results are emailed to the student by mid-December. National Merit Scholars are notified in August of the student’s Senior year.
    • SAT/ACT - Juniors are strongly encouraged to have their college testing complete by the end of Junior year. This is not to say that these tests cannot be taken early Senior year, however, it is not recommended that Senior year be the first time a student takes these tests.
    • Christian Service - All Juniors have a 50 hours Christian Service requirement to be completed by the of 3rd  quarter Junior year. Information about this service requirement is given in Sophomore theology classes.
    • Naviance List - Juniors are encouraged to begin their college research and to list their college choices on Naviance under “Colleges I am Thinking About” list.
    • College Planning Night - College Planning Night takes place in mid-January. All Junior students and parents are invited to attend.  Topics such as Naviance, Testing, Junior and Senior Year and Financial Aid are discussed and presented by the guidance counselors.
    • College Presentation - A college presentation is given in late April, early May for the Junior class.  The counselors discuss topics that should be worked on during the summer such as: college essay topics, letters of recommendation and activities resumes.
    • Scheduling - Class scheduling for Senior year takes place during March and April.  Class choices and teacher class recommendations are discussed and schedules are finalized for each student.
  • Seniors

    • Contact - Seniors are seen in small groups early in August.  Individual conferences begin after the small groups have met. Seniors are seen after these initial meetings on an as-needed basis.
    • College Application Process - The student must put all their colleges that they are applying to in Naviance under the “Colleges I am applying to” tab. They must decide their deadlines and what type of application that they are going to use such as: common application, direct institution application or FastTrack (free applications).  When students have completed a college application and submitted it, they must tell their counselor who then sends their Xavier transcript along with other required documentation such as letters of recommendation and written evaluation. The student is responsible for sending all other materials such as Rio Salado transcripts and test scores.
    • Letters of Recommendation - Students must prepare their materials: self-assessment, parent brag sheet and activities resume, for the teacher and the guidance counselor that will be writing their letter of recommendation. It is important that these materials are completed early in the application process and provided to their counselor and the teachers that they have spoken to and asked if they would write their letter of recommendation.
    • Financial Aid/FAFSA - The free application for federal student aid can now be completed in October of a student’s Senior year. All colleges use FAFSA to determine the financial aid for a student. In addition to FAFSA, some colleges use the CSS profile as well
    • College Scholarships - Students should check Fastweb.com and the scholarship portion of Naviance under the colleges tab. The Xavier guidance department also has a Facebook link, where many scholarships and many other educational opportunities are posted

FAQ

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Xavier College Preparatory

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National Blue Ribbon Recipient

1990-91
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2013

Accreditation

AdvancED
Western Catholic Educational Association