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College Planning

Personal Planning Starts Here

SJA offers college advising, not placement, and that distinction is important. With the Sisters of St. Joseph as our guides, SJA college advisors strive to cultivate meaningful (and right) relationships with each student. Getting to know each SJA Angel as an individual with unique talents, strengths, goals, and interests is core to how the college advisors work because they understand college is not a “one size fits all” experience. 

Angels meet one-on-one multiple times with their advisor, receive intentional, personalized guidance, and are given access to a variety of resources to best facilitate the search and application process.

2018-2021 College Acceptance List  College Advising and Resource Center  Transcript Release Form

Naviance

Naviance is a web-based, comprehensive college search and application program. Angels will receive access to and instruction in Naviance during spring of their sophomore year. 

Naviance:

  • Provides comparative data on colleges and universities and allows students the ability to see their admissibility to a school, while comparing their information with previous SJA grads who applied to the same institution.
  • Has a direct link to each school’s website along with addresses, deadlines, requirements, and procedures, and keeps records of all applications and their outcomes.
  • Lists scholarships and summer opportunities.
  • Includes inquiries on personality and learning styles, as well as a career interest inventory with explanation of jobs, projections on the job market and salary ranges.

Naviance

SCOIR

SCOIR is a total access college exploration tool, allowing students, parents, and advisors the ability to discover pertinent information about post-secondary options. SCOIR combines the practicality of the college search process with the modernity of social media. Students will receive access to and instruction in SCOIR during the spring of their freshman year.

SCOIR

RESOURCES

Here you’ll find links to the Common Application, College Board, and ACT, as well as the most updated list of colleges and universities who admit students without using standardized test scores (test-optional or test-blind). 

Consistent with their belief that all Angels are far more than a test-score, SJA college advisors do not endorse, or provide referrals for, any tutoring, or standardized test preparation companies. SJA college advisors do provide individualized recommendations for all Angels on how standardized testing may, or may not impact their college application list, as well as scholarship options. 

FairTest
Common Application
College Board
ACT

paying for college

The links below will take you to various scholarship and financial aid resources, such as FAFSA, the CSS Profile, the scholarship databases Going Merry and Fastweb.com, as well as local scholarship opportunities with St. Louis Graduates.

We understand that college affordability is a crucial conversation for many families. To assist our families in addressing college costs, we are now offering an important resource, the SMARTTRACK® College Funding Program. 

  • As College Financing Professionals, SMARTTRACK® can help you pay less for college by paying smart, or in a more tax-efficient way.
  • SMARTTRACK® will offer college funding webinars twice per year and SJA college advisors highly recommend that all families attend at least once during their student’s freshman, or sophomore year.
  • SJA is providing all families access to the SMARTTRACK® College Funding High School Initiative to assist our families with the financial piece of college planning. If you’re concerned that you won’t qualify for financial aid, haven’t saved enough, or don’t have an effective plan to cover the considerable costs of educating all your children, SMARTTRACK® can help.

SMARTTRACK College Funding
Going Merry
FAFSA
CSS Profile
Local Scholarship Opportunities - St. Louis Graduates
Scholarship Database - FastWeb

College Advising Events

Christian Brothers College High School (1850 De La Salle Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141)

Meet informally with representatives from over 130 different colleges and universities, as well as gather information about scholarship opportunities, honors colleges, and ways to get involved on campus.

Co-hosted by St. Joseph's Academy, Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. Louis Priory School, Visitation Academy, Villa Duchesne, Christian Brothers College High School, DeSmet Jesuit High School, Westminster Christian Academy, and Whitfield High School.

Students are highly encouraged to register ahead of time using this link: https://app.strivescan.com/registration

Questions? Please contact Christine Holladay, Director of College Advising, at cholladay@stjosephacademy.org.

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from several colleges before school to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from several colleges during lunch to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from Hope College before school to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from several colleges before school to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from Trinity University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Tulsa before school to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from several colleges during lunch to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

•    Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.
•    Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).
•    Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org.    
 

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College Advising and Resource Center

Meet informally with representatives from the University of Kentucky to learn more about their unique offerings, academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

Students are encouraged (not required) to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.

Families are welcome to attend sessions with their student(s).

Questions? Please contact Annie McKenzie, Assistant Director of College Advising, at amckenzie@stjosephacademy.org
 

First floor

Meet with representatives from Tulane University. They will offer a brief presentation, as well as take questions from students and families on their academic programs, scholarships, campus life, and more.

Students are encouraged to register for these visits on their SCOIR account.

Families are highly encouraged to attend sessions with their student(s).

Questions? Please contact Christine Holladay, Director of College Advising, at cholladay@stjosephacademy.org

dePaul Room, Gymnasium

All students will have an opportunity to interact with, ask questions of, and learn from college admissions professionals from several of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities located in the United States. 

Guests include: Saint Louis University, Marquette University, Loyola University - Chicago, Creighton University, Loyola Marymount University, and more.

  • Students do not need to register for this event.
  • Families are welcome to attend with their student(s).
  • Questions? Please contact Christine Holladay, Director of College Advising at cholladay@stjosephacademy.org.

The A+ Schools Program

This is a school-improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. The program is raising academic standards, opening new doors to higher education and introducing students to the teaching profession through tutoring and mentoring activities. For complete information about the A+ program, please visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

BENEFITS OF AN A+ SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS:

Qualifying graduating students will be eligible for the following:

  • Tuition to attend any Missouri public community college or public vocational/technical school.
  • Students who have an Illinois permanent address, but attend a Missouri A+ high school, are eligible for the A+ benefits.
  • Tuition incentives which will be made available after the student has made a good faith effort to first secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.

Tuition reimbursement is contingent upon availability of state funds. 

Please contact Mrs. Donna Videmschek with questions at (314) 394-4312 or at dvidemschek@sja1840.org

College Advising Department

Christine Holladay

Christine Holladay

Director of College Advising
Katie Kilcullen

Katie Kilcullen

College Advisor
Annie McKenzie

Annie McKenzie

Assistant Director of College Advising