Guidance Department

College Planning

As a college preparatory high school, Xavier is committed to helping students reach their college and career goals.  This starts early with the selection of challenging classes taught in a supportive environment where students can truly challenge themselves.

A great academic foundation is a critical first step in the college planning process.  As a next step, it’s important for students to get to know themselves, their goals and their interests. They will be completing interest inventories & career guides through in their guidance classes in Naviance Family Connection.

Xavier’s college counseling program, headed by Mrs. Cara Joens, works with students and families individually to align a student’s strengths and interests with programs and colleges that offer them.  While college preparation is part of the entire guidance curriculum, it’s our goal to understand each student’s needs.  We do this by individual conferences in a student’s junior and senior year to help ensure they are on the right path.

If, at any time, you have a question about college planning, please feel free to contact Mrs. Joens directly: cara.joens@xaviersaints.org  319-739-7313.

High School Transcripts & Test Scores

Xavier High School sends high school transcripts directly to the college or scholarship agency.  Transcripts may be requested by the student logging into Naviance Family Connection.

High school transcript and current courses the student is taking are sent electronically through Naviance Family Connection.

Letters of Recommendation

Students also request letters of recommendation for college in Naviance and these are also sent electronically to the colleges that the student applies to. A student should personally ask a teacher for a letter of recommendation. It is the student’s responsibility to check if a college requires more than one teacher letter of recommendation. After they ask the teacher in person, the student will complete both the resume and recommendation request.

Scholarship applications that require letters of recommendations are handled differently. Each scholarship application may require different methods of submission for these letters and the student should read directions carefully. Teachers should be given at least 2 weeks to complete a recommendation.

Understanding the FAFSA: All colleges will require parents & students to complete a FAFSA application for admission to college. Check out this great reference to help you understand this process.