The college application process should be an exciting one, although perhaps challenging. The college counseling team works with students and their parents as they navigate plans for their post high school education. College counselors work with students, in the classroom and meeting 1:1 on demystifying the college planning process from college visits, presenting their best self in college applications to the very challenging world of financial aid. Our goal is to help the student find several best fit colleges for the next stage of his development.
The college counseling team sponsors various events including a college fair, financial aid night, PSAT/PLAN Diagnostic Night and much more.
Starting in ninth grade, work hard academically and take the most challenging courses that are appropriate for you. Be engaged in activities, both in and outside of school. Be interesting! Get involved in research, internships, and develop a unique interest. Identify what makes you passionate and make sure you dedicate time to explore and pursue it. Seek leadership and make a difference in all of these activities. Start something new, either an existing activity or take on new ones. Last, be sure you perform your best on all standardized tests, preparing for them if necessary (see additional questions and answers below).
Start to earn good grades immediately! Be involved with activities as soon as possible and seek leadership opportunities, or create one. Although the college planning process discussion officially kicks off during the junior year, students (and parents) are always welcome to meet with their college counselor earlier.
If you earned in at least the 96th percentile in either the PLAN or the PSAT, you should spend your time becoming familiar with the SAT or ACT as they are a little different than the pre-tests. If you are in the 95th or lower percentile, you should prepare for either the SAT or ACT.
We offer a free online Kaplan course or a book, for student-driven preparation. Next, we offer SAT and ACT classes via Kaplan. These classes are instructor led. The third option is to prep by hiring a private tutor. Students who hire tutors should select one who is familiar with all parts of the test.
Approximately 200 colleges require or recommend these one-hour, subject specific tests. They tend to be the more selective colleges. As students create a college list in the junior year, they can then check the college website (generally under Admissions) to see if these tests are required. These tests are generally taken at the end of a student’s junior year.
An exception may be students who are taking Honors Chemistry as a sophomore. Check with your chemistry teacher, as this subject test may best be taken at the end of your sophomore year.
Mr. Jeff Vernamonti joined Calvert Hall in 2010 and is the School Counseling Director and college counselor for juniors and seniors with last names beginning with O-Z. In addition to course work in School Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mr. Vernamonti earned a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Accounting from Pace University in New York City. Before joining Calvert Hall, Mr. Vernamonti researched, created and published a college admissions curriculum and trained college counselors in New England for a private education company. Before that, Mr. Vernamonti was the Director of College Advising with Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Massachusetts and was a Student Assistance Counselor for two years with Eastern Christian Schools in New Jersey, helping mostly Elementary and Middle School students with social, emotional and learning needs. Mr. Vernamonti is also the moderator for the school newspaper, The Hall.
Mrs. Almeter joined the Calvert Hall community in 2014 as a college counselor for students whose last names begin with letters G-N. She enjoys working with students and their parents as they navigate the next stage of their education. Mrs. Almeter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Ohio University. Prior to joining the School & College Counseling Department at Calvert Hall, she was an Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Loyola University, Maryland where she gained extensive experience in the college admission process with over 12 years of service. Before moving to Maryland, Mrs. Almeter worked in publishing in New York City and Boston. She is also the moderator for the school’s movie club.
Mr. Kerr is a graduate of the Calvert Hall Class of 1987. After graduating from Frostburg State University in 1991 with a Political Science Degree, he became the Director of Admissions at Calvert Hall in 1995 and held that position until becoming a member of the Counseling Department in 2002. As a member of the American School Counselor Association and National Association of College Admission Counseling, Mr. Kerr is currently the College Counselor for students with last names beginning with A-F. Additionally, Mr. Kerr is an Assistant Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Peer Education Moderator, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision) Club Moderator and the Cardinal Club Moderator.
Mrs. Grant attended Mount Saint Mary's University and graduated with a degree in Business and Finance. She previously taught Computer Science classes at Mercy High School before coming to Calvert Hall. Currently, she works as the Administrive Assistant in the Counseling Department. Mrs. Grant states that, "Calvert Hall has become an important part of my life. I have enjoyed the strong sense of community, the strive for academic excellence and the diversity among students."
Calvert Hall College High School is a private Catholic college preparatory high school for boys, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Our mission is to foster Men of intellect, Men of faith, and Men of integrity in the Lasallian tradition.