Welcome to College Counseling

The mission of our department is to facilitate the college search and application process for our students. The process begins in ninth and tenth grade, which will intensify in 11th, and 12th grades. It is our goal to provide each student and his parents with the information, advice, and support needed to make good choices about where to apply and enroll for college.

College Preparation Classes

College preparation classes are offered to rising juniors and seniors during the summer months to prepare students for the college search and application process.

Questions should be directed to Ms. Gutierrez at 651-683-1528, ext. 1403 or ngutierrez@cadets.com, or Mr. Erickson at 651-683-1528, ext. 1404 or cerickson@cadets.com.

Summer Program Options

College Application Prep for Seniors
Age Group:  Students entering grade 12
Dates: June 12-14
Time: 9:00 a.m - Noon
Description: Get a jump start on the application process! This nine-hour course is designed for rising seniors and will cover the following topics: College Search and Search Tools; Deadlines and Due Dates; Interview tips; Testing; Recommendations; Scholarships and Financial Aid and Essay Writing; and the Common Application - process and procedures. The course will be comprised of lectures, group discussion and small group work. Assignments will be given. Students will be expected to be on time and attend all classes.
Fee: NO fee for Saint Thomas Academy students
Instructors:  Norma Gutierrez, Director of College Counseling and Casey Erickson, Associate Director of College Counseling


College Ready: Make your Summers Count!
Age Group:  Boys & Girls entering grade 11
Dates: June 19-21 or June 26-28 
Time: 9:00 a.m-Noon

Description: For rising juniors, this nine-hour course will cover the following topics: Naviance Family Connection; College Search and Search Tools; College Visits; Interviews; Testing; Recommendations; Essays and Essay Writing; Résumé Writing; Scholarships and Financial Aid. The course will be comprised of lectures, group discussion and small group work. Assignments will be given.  Students will be expected to be on time and attend all classes.
Fee: $125, No fee for Saint Thomas Academy students
Instructors: Norma Gutierrez, Director of College Counseling and Casey Erickson, Associate Director of College Counseling

College Application Completion
Age Group: Saint Thomas Academy students entering grade 12
Dates: August 14, 16, and 21
Time: 9:00 a.m-Noon
Description: For rising seniors, this class will focus on completing your college applications. Staff will be on hand to assist students with their applications and college essays.
Fee: No fee
Instructors:  Norma Gutierrez, Director of College Counseling and Casey Erickson, Associate Director of College Counseling

ACT Summer Test Prep

Age Group: Boys and Girls entering grades 11-12
 
Dates:  
Mondays - June 11,18, 25, and July 9 (9:00 a.m. - Noon)
Thursdays - August 2, 9, 16, 23 (9:00 a.m. - Noon)
Sundays - August 5, 12, 19, and 26 (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Description:  Saint Thomas Academy is pleased to have Breakaway Test Prep, Minnesota's leading ACT and SAT test prep organization, offer an innovative and exclusive small group test prep class to students this summer.  This class is designed to prepare students for the ACT.  Each session consists of four classes that meet for three hours each for a total of 12 hours of class time.  The program includes an initial practice test, a second practice test after the program is completed, and plenty of practice time in between.  There will be about two hours of homeowrk assigned between each class.  Classes help to prepare for July 14 and September 8 ACT Testing. 
 
Breakaway ACT Prep Courses at Saint Thomas Academy include the following:
  • Comprehensive reviews of all frequently tested concepts in English, Math, Reading and Science.
  • Critical test-taking and time management strategies.
  • Practice materials comprised of current, real ACTs
  • A proprietary and proven study guide
  • Two full-length, proctored practice exams to help sutdents measure their progress.
  • Complete score reports and analysis to help identify strengths and weaknesses. 
Fee: $595
*Sign up by June 1st to take advanatge of "early bird" pricing of just $495! After June 1, the price is $595.  Financial assistance is available, please see Ms. Gutierrez or Mr. Erickson for details.

Register Here for ACT Prep!