Counseling Department

Counseling Department

General Info

The Counseling Department provides a comprehensive program focused on individualized planning, student and system support, and a curriculum that offers each and every student opportunities for conferences, small group discussions and individualized counseling. The counselors are available before, during and after school for students seeking assistance with questions regarding their course of studies, daily concerns, future plans and college admissions.

Meet Your Counselor

Objectives

Philosophy and Objectives

Counseling and guidance at St. Thomas is a vital part of the school community, extending various services to its students, faculty and parents. Recognizing the teachings of the Catholic Church, the counselors strive to promote Christian values within the St. Thomas community. The major objective of guidance is to support the student in making appropriate decisions and their assumption of responsibility for those choices. Counselors are attentive to both school-related and personal student concerns while encouraging academic excellence, and heightening career and social awareness.

Our objectives are

  • To provide personal counseling to students
  • To provide assistance in academic planning and achievement
  • To provide up-to-date information regarding college admissions, financial aid and careers
  • To assist seniors in the college application process
  • To provide needed information and assistance to enable students to make responsible decisions
  • To consult with parents, faculty, deans, and administration on issues affecting the individual student as well as the entire St. Thomas community
  • To initiate and follow through on referrals made to other supportive community services

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is St. Thomas' CEEB code?

443435 – This code is used by colleges, universities, and other agencies to identify STH. This code should be entered whenever you register for an SAT or ACT exam to ensure that STH receives a copy of the report.

When should I register for the SAT?

We recommend that all students take the SAT for the first time during the second semester of the junior year. There are test dates 7 times per year, always on Saturday mornings. You must register online at www.collegeboard.com a month in advance of the actual test date. STH serves as a testing site only for the October and May test sites. You will find a complete listing of other test sites when you register online.

Should I take the SAT more than once?

Most students will take the SAT multiple times to try to achieve a better score. Colleges consistently tell us that they are looking for the best scores, and encourage students to retest. Many private colleges will "super score", meaning they will take the best sub scores from multiple test dates to create a super score.

Should I take the ACT as well?

We highly recommend that students take both the SAT and the ACT. All colleges accept both scores and weight them equally. Some students will naturally do better on one over the other. Therefore, try them both to see which test is better for you. When registering for the ACT, you have the option to sign up for the writing section. We recommend taking the writing section because some schools will require this. Register online at www.act.org. The test is offered on Saturday mornings, 6 times per year.

Do I need to take SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject tests are additional admission requirements for some highly selective schools. Students who plan to apply to the most selective schools in the nation should plan to take up to three of these tests, depending on the number required by the individual institution. These tests are offered at the same time and dates as the standard SAT and a student can take up to 3 subject tests in one sitting. It is recommended that they be taken in May or June at the end of a corresponding class here on campus. Many selective colleges like Rice University will now take the ACT with writing in lieu of SAT Subject tests. Please be sure to check the specific requirements of your colleges. A comprehensive listing of testing requirements can be downloaded from www.commonapp.org.

What is my class rank?

Like most private schools and more and more publics, St. Thomas is a non-ranking school. We do not report class rank to students/parents or to colleges.

What is my GPA on a 4.0 scale?

St. Thomas uses a 100 point scale and does not report GPA on a 4.0 scale. You should always self report your GPA using our 100 point scale. Colleges that require a 4.0 GPA will convert using their preferred method. The most common conversion involves assigning 4 points for every A, 3 points for each B, 2 points for each C and 1 point for each D. The sum is then divided by the total number of classes. Many schools will not include elective courses in this calculation.

When do I submit college applications?

Most college applications do not become available on-line until August . St. Thomas has an internal deadline of submitting applications by Nov. 1. Students should complete all college applications during the months of August, September and October.

When do I apply for financial aid with colleges?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available on January 1 of the senior year. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students and families are encouraged to complete this form as soon thereafter as possible. Each college sets its own deadline but some are as early as March 1. Some more selective institutions also require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA. The CSS Profile is available at www.collegeboard.com. Check with the financial aid office of your school to find out if the Profile is required.

How do I find scholarships?

The majority of money you receive will come directly from the college you choose to attend. Once you have applied for financial aid, you will want to check your desired colleges' websites for scholarships available to their prospective students. Scholarship opportunities that come through our office are advertised on the scholarship link of the Family Connection. All students and parents have access to this site. Lastly, if you have the time and energy, there are some general scholarship databases such as www.scholarships.com that you can search.

College Visits

College Visitations

On-Campus Visits

Representatives from colleges and universities around the nation are scheduled to visit our campus throughout the school year. For an updated list of visits, please sign in to Family Connection.

Students wishing to visit with a college representative on our campus are asked to pick up a pass in the Counseling Office two days prior to the scheduled visit. The student must obtain a signature from the teacher whose class he will be missing and arrange to make up all work missed.

All meetings will take place in the Conference Room 2221C located in the Counseling Department, unless otherwise indicated.

Off-Campus Visits

Students planning to visit colleges and universities during the school day, must obtain a "College Visit Form" from the Counseling Office at least a week prior to their scheduled absence. At least 5 days in advance of your visit do the following:

  1. Complete this form and obtain needed signatures.
  2. Email your teachers, counselors, and Mrs. Calkins in the Attendance/Dean of Students' office about the visit.
  3. Return this form to Mrs. Calkins in the Attendance/Dean of Students' office.

For College Representatives

To schedule a visit to STH, please contact Theresa Northway at 713-864-6348 ext. 107 or Theresa.Northway@sths.org

We allow visits at the beginning of each class period throughout the school day. On a regular day, we offer appointments at 8:00, 8:50, 9:40, 10:30, 12:45, 1:35 and 2:25.

Our campus is located at 4500 Memorial Drive on the corner of Memorial and Shepherd. Visitor parking is available in front of the main building facing Memorial Drive. Please sign in at the office just inside the entrance to the main building. The Counseling Office is located on the second floor of that building.

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