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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. Please direct any questions to Mr. Jeff Vernamonti, College Counselor Department Chair.

College Representatives:  Schedule a visit to Calvert Hall - calendly.com/calverthall

FAQ's for the College Planning Process

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How can I increase the chance of getting into a great college?

    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).
  • Q. When do I start the college admissions process?

    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.
  • Q. How do I prepare for these tests?

    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.
  • Q. What are the SAT Subject tests and do I need to take them? If so, when?

    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.
  • Q. Which test should I take:  the ACT or the SAT?

    Colleges accept both tests equally, so by doing your best on the pre-tests (PLAN and PSAT), you can confidently use the national percentiles on each of those to see which test is best for you.

College Counseling Team

List of 4 members.

  • Jeffrey Vernamonti 

    College Counselor, Department Chair
    Pace University - B.A.
    Cambridge College - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Elizabeth Almeter 

    College Counselor
    Ohio University - B.S.
    Bio
  • Brooks Kerr 

    College Counselor
    Frostburg State Univeristy - B.S.
    Calvert Hall Class of 1987
    Bio
  • Mrs. Christie Grant 

    Assistant to the Counseling Office
    Mount Saint Mary's University - B.S.
    Bio

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Calvert Hall College High School

8102 La Salle Road | Baltimore, MD 21286 | 410-825-4266 | 410-825-6826 (fax)
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.