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The college season is underway, and Alberto Chavarria, director of Guidance and College Counseling, and Kristen Tappan, Guidance counselor, have developed several events for students and families designed to guide them through the college admission process.
Before the start of the school year, seniors attended a two-day Admissions Season Boot Camp on campus in the technology lab. Students received assistance with their personal Naviance College and Career Readiness profile and were able to input their prospective colleges, invite teachers for letters of recommendation, sync the Common Application to Naviance, and work on their personal essay statements.
Freshmen have received a binder titled "The Journey Begins — Destination: College" from the Guidance and College Counseling Department. This binder, which is used during regular advising meetings, will serve as a safe place to store resources regarding study skills, tools for success, and college materials for them to reference.
Several college representatives have been invited to visit and present information to students. “These visits give students the opportunity to learn what each college has to offer and inquire about various scholarships and special programs that may entice students to apply,” said Mr. Chavarria. All grade levels are invited to attend these informative sessions.
Evening information sessions for families have taken place for each individual grade level so that families can help their daughters with the college exploration process, better understand the college admission timeline, find out what grant money is available, and learn how to navigate the financial aid (FAFSA) system.
At Ramona, the college preparation and selection process is a personal four-year journey of exploration, self-discovery, hard work, and growth. The Guidance and College Counseling team empowers students to prepare for and select the college that is the best fit for each student. The team also makes sure each student has the information and support she needs for success.
Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades nine through 12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 128 years of excellence.
Ramona Convent Secondary School is located at 1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra. For more information, phone 626-282-4151, or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.