St. John Vianney High School

School Counselors

Faculty who will support seniors this 2019-2020 school year include Mr. Adam Erickson (G-F), Mrs. Katie Holman (A-F), Mr. Bob Meyer (N-Z), Mrs. Marsha Dempsey (College & Career Counselor - Seniors A-M), and Mrs. Tammy Ring, our Learning Consultant.


Services

In a student's Senior year, he can expect to meet with his counselor at the beginning of the semester to discuss his options for college, a military career or possibly future employment.His counselors will advise him on his college choices, help him research his college choices, discuss with him possible scholarships and deadlines for merit based scholarships and show him where to check new scholarships that come in throughout his senior year. His counselor will also send his transcripts to the colleges where he needs them to be sent and write any recommendation letters that are required. 

This is also the time where preparation for the ACT is important.  Dates for the ACT are posted on our Testing Page, which includes information about an ACT Prep Class that is offered each semester.

Understanding NCAA and NAIA eligibility is a crucial topic for Juniors involved in athletics.  See our event calendar below for important meetings on these criteria for participating in college sports.

Dual Enrollment info: 

Vianney-sponsored college visits: One day during the fall, our department charters transportation for junior and senior students interested to visit certain colleges within a 2-hour radius of the campus. 

 


 Calendar of important events

  • August - Senior Parent Meeting
  • September:  First Meeting with Counselor:  College Application Process
  • September - College Info Night at Vianney
  • September - FAFSA Night at Vianney
  • September - College Fair at Vianney
  • October - Regional Visual and Performing Arts College Fair at Webster University
  • October - Regional College Fair at Saint Louis University
  • October/December - Complete College Applications
  • December 1 - Priority Application Deadline for many Colleges/Universities
  • January-March - Fill out FAFSA Form, Follow Up on College Applications, Apply for Housing (if college decision has been made), and Pursue Scholarships through Naviance/Family Connection
  • April 7 - Scholarship Form Due - Click here to access the form 
  • April 7 - Final Transcript Form Due - Click here to access the form
  • April - ACC Transcript Request Form Due

 

College and Career Planning

 

Naviance  https://student.naviance.com/stjohnvhs - Investigate career interests, research colleges, search for scholarship opportunities

During a student's Senior year, he may continue to engage in conversations with representatives from area colleges that visit during the day.  Find out more on our College Rep Visits page.

Senior students should also be actively applying for scholarships.  The Guidance department maintains a list of databases that contain hundreds of scholarships and other financial aid sources for which students may be eligible.  

Important college planning materials for Seniors include:

  • Common App information
  • FAFSA information

From time to time, our counseling department is contacted by companies and organizations that would like to hire our students.  If a student is seeking a position for part-time or summer work, he may check out the bulletin board in the 200 Hallway.

Action Steps for Senior Students:

  • Get Good Grades!
  • Take Honors/AP/ACC classes
  • Extracurricular Activities: Sports, Clubs, etc
  • Take on Leadership positions
  • Volunteer
  • Update Resume
  • Visit Colleges
  • Take the ACT/SAT
  • Attend the College Fair
  • Apply to Colleges! (September/October)
  • Perfect Application Essays & Statements
  • Request Transcripts from your Counselor
  • Ask for Letters of Recommendation
  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Submit the FAFSA (January/February)
  • Housing Applications
  • Compare Acceptance/Financial Aid Packages
  • Final visits
  • Make Final Decision (by May 1st)
  • Summer Orientation