Detroit Cristo Rey’s College Counseling department is committed to unraveling the mysteries behind college application, scholarship and financial aid processes as students and their families prepare for post-secondary education. Because the majority of our students are the first-generation to attend college, we are sensitive to the need to provide close, personal attention to questions, concerns - and even fears - about what lies ahead.
We believe that this happens most effectively with open and consistent communication; to that end, we begin early by talking with our Freshmen during College Readiness 9, where we explain the critical relationship between grade point averages and college. We continue to work with students as they progress through high school, including visits to campuses and college fairs, and Senior Q & A panels for 10th and 11th graders.
The process culminates in a College Readiness class during Senior year where students more closely explore career options through personalized surveys, questionnaires and websites, and learn specific details about college through visits from local and national admissions representatives. During this time, seniors also receive individual help with college, scholarship and financial aid applications. In short, they learn how to select colleges that best meet their academic goals while providing a good, personal fit.
As families are crucial to this entire process, College Counseling works to keep parents aware and involved each step of the way. Parents are welcomed to contact our department with any questions or concerns; additionally, we are available at parent-teacher conferences, and we play an integral role in the Senior Parent meetings. We also sponsor a FAFSA day for Seniors to ensure that every student registers for financial aid. It is important to us that parents feel as included in the process as they are in their students’ lives.
Our deep commitment to our students - and families - is reflected in each year’s success. Most recently, one hundred percent of the class of 2016 applied and was accepted to college, earning over $5 million in scholarships.
We look forward to working with you and are here to help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Caitlin Martin, Director of College Counseling, 313-843-2747 ext. 303
Zachary Silverman, College Adviser (through partnership with MSU College Advising Corps), 313-843,2747, ext. 304
College Counseling office hours are M-F, 7:30 AM-4:00 PM