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Guidance Department Mission
Our students rigorously prepare to go on to higher education and to become accomplished, skilled alumnae of ICA Cristo Rey. Our school is committed to providing college access to 100% of our students. Furthermore, it is our mission that each student of ICA Cristo Rey is equipped with the proper tools and skills necessary to flourish in higher education. Throughout their time here, students are preparing to be intelligent, confident young women in all areas of life.  
ICA Cristo Rey Academy has a strong college-going culture.
 
Through ACTIVE CHECKLISTS beginning in the freshman year, college visits, academic planning, one-on-one counseling sessions our students become highly competitive candidates at many colleges and universities across the country.
 
Using NAVIANCE, our students explore the various post-secondary opportunities available to them and store recommendations and other documents for college applications.
 
Families take advantage of informational meetings, one-on-one meetings with College Counselor, and financial aid workshops as they partner with us to plan for their daughter's college path.
 
We are proud to say that 100% of our students attend college upon graduation.

Student Academic Support

  • Counseling check-ins with the academic counselor
    • During break, lunch or before and after school
  • 7th periods with teachers for tutorials
  • 8 period seminar class if needed
    • Fall: Once a week for a quarter
    • Spring: Once a week for possibly the whole semester
    • Freshmen(Tuesdays) and Sophomores(Wednesday)
    • About 10 students in each group to keep the group productive
    • Study skills, goal setting and similar topics are covered
    • Time is set aside for homework completion
    • Organizing study routine for fall and spring exams

Peer & USF Tutorials

Upon request or need, students may be paired with a peer tutor to receive help in a particular subject. Peer tutors are National Honor Society(NHS) members who have demonstrated academic strength in classes. They will pair up with a student at a scheduled meeting time.

Tutors from the University of San Francisco (USF) partner with a group of sophomores and focus on geometry. The USF students meet once a week with our students.

CRISTO REY NETWORK UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

The Cristo Rey Network partners with colleges and universities across the country. These partners have shown their dedication to graduates of  Cristo Rey Network schools nationwide by offering various levels of support, ranging from admission consideration to scholarship aid to special oversight once students have matriculated. Some schools offer mentor programs and some host summer programs specifically for Cristo Rey students so that students can experience campus life as they are considering the best-fit college or university. Schools appreciate the values and skills built through a Cristo Rey education and find our graduates to be especially determined and resilient.

    Standardized Testing

    The Director of Guidance organizes and supervises the school’s standardized testing program. The testing program includes:

  • National Testing Day (Wednesday, Mid October)
  •       Grade 9: PSAT 8/9, an SAT preparation exam
  •       Grade 10: PSAT 10, an SAT preparation exam
  •       Grade 11:  PSAT*, ACT Plus Writing in April (paid registration is required at actstudent.org), SAT with Writing in May (paid registration is required at sat.collegeboard.org/register), AP testing (required for students taking an AP class)
  •       Grade 12: SAT with Writing, ACT Plus Writing, and AP testing (required for students taking an AP class)

 

    *PSAT is a practice test for the SAT (collegeboard.com/psat). To view, all the AP exams go to apcentral.collegeboard.com. Some students have the option of an AP exam based on PSAT scores.

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Education Plans:

 

The Director of Guidance helps families obtain testing and other services from the San Francisco Unified School District when needed, and ensures that paperwork for extended time standardized testing is submitted. She also assists in the college application process for students with identified needs and communicates essential information to parents and teachers.