The administration and faculty of St. Lucy’s recognize the importance of providing effective personal, career and college guidance for each student. Various programs in the areas of high school orientation, academic career, and college guidance, as well as personal issues are provided in an effort to meet student needs.
St. Lucy’s extends opportunities for both individual and group academic guidance to all students.The guidance staff is available to all students and parents. Students and parents are encouraged to arrange counseling appointments as needs arise.
St. Lucy’s utilizes the many features of Naviance, a web-based comprehensive guidance tool. Students are introduced to Naviance as freshmen and will continue to use this site for all their guidance needs – career, college search and college applications. Parents are encouraged to register on Naviance as well.
St. Lucy’s tests and evaluates students prior to acceptance as freshmen (HSPT). The freshmen take EdSeries; sophomores and juniors take the PSAT. The Guidance Department makes information concerning required college entrance tests available to students when needed.
High School Placement Test (HSPT)
All eighth grade students seeking admission to St. Lucy’s take the HSPT, which measures ability and achievement in reading, language and mathematics. These test results are used in conjunction with elementary school achievement, teacher evaluations, and the student’s personal desire to attend St. Lucy’s in determining acceptance into St. Lucy’s as a freshman.
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
The PSAT/NMSQT is administered to all sophomores and juniors each October. This test is a variation of the College Board SAT Reasoning Skills, one of two aptitude tests required by most four-year colleges and universities. This test measures ability in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills. The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT that is usually taken in the junior and/or senior year. The PSAT/NMSQT is required of all juniors who wish to seek recognition and financial awards through the scholarship program administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
SAT Subject Tests
The College Board administers the SAT Subject Tests, which are achievement tests in a variety of academic disciplines used by some highly selective colleges for admission purposes and/or placement. The University of California (UC) recommends, but does not require, the SAT Subject Tests. Subject tests may be taken in American history, world history, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics (level II), literature, French, Spanish, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, and Latin. Information concerning these tests is available at www.collegeboard.com.
SAT Reasoning Skills
Most four-year colleges and universities require SAT Reasoning Skills, a college entrance examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The test is used in conjunction with the high school record in determining admission. The SAT Reasoning Skills is administered at various local testing centers on Saturdays throughout the year. Information concerning times and locations of testing is available at www.collegeboard.com.
American College Test (ACT)
Most colleges and universities accept the ACT with Writing in lieu of the SAT Reasoning Skills as a partial fulfillment of their entrance requirements. This test measures ability in English, mathematics, social studies, natural sciences and writing. Information for the ACT is available at www.act.org.
The school encourages each student to begin an evaluation of her special interests and abilities through Career Days, testing, the resources of the Guidance Center (200B) and Internet resources (especially connection.naviance.com/slphs and www.collegeboard.com This search generally helps the student discover those careers that best suit her talents; it also enhances the College/School selection. Counselors act as resource guides to students in their career exploration. In the sophomore year, students are introduced to the Naviance career exploration program; students have ongoing access to this program until graduation.
Parent Meeting Resources
Room 200B serves as the guidance center and contains publications such as career brochures and college bulletins. It is used as a meeting room for student guidance groups and college speakers.
The school code for SAT Reasoning Skills, SAT Subject Tests and ACT is 051075. It is important to include the school code when registering for the tests.