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Find 8th grade (incoming Freshmen) info here.


  • August - December:
    • In the fall, freshmen can begin exploring their interests through the school Club Fair and starting on their volunteer hours. They can register for a Naviance account to research colleges and careers. In October, all 9th grade students participate in our All School Testing Day and take the Practice PSAT 8/9, which provides early feedback on students’ PSAT skills and knowledge. For more information on test prep, please visit our SAT/ACT page. In the fall, freshmen are also welcome to attend our College Night, where students and parents can attend workshops and meet college representatives.
  • January - April:
    • In the spring semester, the counselors meet with all students through Freshmen Classroom Visits to discuss:
      • Practice PSAT 8/9 results and college admissions testing
      • Naviance, powerful college and career research tool
      • Graduation requirements
      • Mater Dei course catalog
      • Introduction to college admissions requirements
      • How to be involved (sports, clubs, service) and utilize school supports (AAP)
      • Course selection for 10th grade


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  • August - December:
    • In the fall, sophomores take the Practice ACT test as part of our All School Testing Day, an opportunity to get familiar with the exam structure/content and find student strengths and areas of improvement. Students and parents are welcome to come to the fall College Night, which features informative workshops and a college fair. In November, the counselors host the Sophomore Parent/Student Night. At this event, counselors and speakers address pertinent topics and families are encouraged to bring their technology to join an interactive demo on exploring colleges and careers through Naviance.
  • January - April:
    • In the spring, counselors return Practice ACT results to students through classroom visits. Counselors also meet with each student individually in their Sophomore Visits to cover the following: course selection, transcript review, college admission requirements, service hours, testing plans, summer enrichment, extracurricular activities, and potential college and career goals. Counselors review student progress and recommend summer school for students in need of credit recovery.

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Throughout the school year, junior students can take advantage of the College Admission Representative Visits during Upper Lunch. Representatives from colleges across the nation visit Mater Dei and are available to meet with students in the Shamrock Plaza during lunch. Our Gateway Center Coordinator is also available to support students in researching careers, internship, and scholarship opportunities.


  • August - December:
    • In the fall, students are encouraged to attend College Night, which features workshops and a college fair. In October, 11th grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT as part of the All School Testing Day. For more information on admissions exams, please refer to our SAT/ACT test page.
  • January - April:
    • In the spring, junior families will receive sign-up information for the Junior Case Studies Night, an evening in which students and parents experience and learn through a mock admissions review process with college admissions representatives. There is a mini college fair with RACC colleges after the workshops.
    • Counselors also schedule individual appointments with every junior family for their Junior Guidance Visit. The Junior Counseling Visit is a 45-minute visit with the counselor, and parents are encouraged to join with their student. The topics covered include: transcripts and grades, senior year classes and graduation, SAT/ACT test planning and preparation, post-high school options/college admissions process, and major/career interest exploration.
    • Counselors visit junior classrooms near the end of the school year to give instructions for the Senior Guidance Questionnaire, which is required for requesting letters of recommendation, and students can work on their responses over the summer.

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  • August - November:
    • In the fall, seniors complete the Senior Guidance Questionnaire which is required for requesting Counselor Letters of Recommendation. Please see the Letters of Recommendation page for instructions on the Senior Guidance Questionnaire and Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire.  
    • Counselors visit senior English classes for a our College Classroom Curriculum and work closely with senior English teachers to assist students in completing their college applications and essays. Counselors review with students screen-by-screen through the Common Application, UC Application, and CSU Application. Please see the College Planning Resources guide that details the college application process. Throughout the fall, counselors also meet with each senior student individually in Senior Guidance Visits to further assist with their high school and college planning. As a reminder, students must request for letters of recommendation at least 3 weeks in advance of their first application due date and must check whether they need to send official transcripts, which is done through Parchment.
  • January - April:
    • Counselors complete Mid Year Reports for private colleges, and students must check whether they need to order and send their official mid year transcripts. In the spring, Mater Dei partners with local community colleges to offer Community College Placement Testing on campus. Seniors who are planning on attending community college can sign up for placement testing after they have registered and receive their student ID. In May, all seniors are invited to Senior Awards Night, which recognizes students for their efforts and accomplishments in academics, arts, athletics, service and more.
    • College acceptances to regular decision arrive! 
    • Maintain grades and try to avoid senioritis - your college acceptance is dependent on your final transcripts. 
  • May:
    • Graduation!

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