Counseling Office News – March 6, 2020


The Freshman & Sophomore Parent/Guardian Information Meeting is a presentation hosted by our school counselors on short- and long-term planning, including academic and extracurricular involvement. Support programs will be also be discussed. No RSVP is necessary. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be posted to the “Presentations” link on the Counseling Office webpage.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Location: Guadalupe Center Theater
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.


Cathedral Catholic High School is working diligently to provide a safe and supportive environment for all our students. On March 24 – 27, Cathedral will host our annual Yellow Ribbon Week. Our mission for Yellow Ribbon Week is to raise awareness on topics of mental health and suicide prevention. Our goal is to educate students on these topics and provide available resources. Details of the week’s events will be coming soon.

Wellness Parent Coffee Chat: On Wednesday, March 25, the Wellness team will host a parent coffee chat at 8:15 a.m. in the Lecture Hall on the topics of mental health and suicide awareness including ways to support your student in difficult times. We look forward to seeing you there!

On Thursday, March 26, we are honored to have Kevin Hines on campus to share his own personal story with our students. More information about Kevin Hines can be found on his website:  

Please reach out to the CCHS Counseling team with any questions you may have regarding the week or speaker event. Our team will be available all week to support our students and families. Together, we will support our students and work to prevent suicide. Below are some additional resources if you, or someone you know, needs help:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text “Help” to 741741


The San Diego National College Fair is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  This event is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Registration:

Colleges that Change Lives is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of a student-centered college search. Their programs are designed to offer students, parents, and counselors a new perspective on college admission, to address some of the misconceptions about college admission, and to help students connect with representatives from the CTCL-member colleges.  Their college fair is free and open to the public.

  • Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020
  • Location: San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Registration: CCTL


Join Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University and University of Chicago Sessions for an information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives.

  • Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego – Mission Valley
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Registration: Exploring Educational Excellence


A representative from Cal Poly SLO will be on campus on March 11th during lunch to meet with admitted seniors and prospective students in grades 11 and 12 to provide information and answer questions about the university. The meeting will be held in Assisi Hall 102. Seating is limited. Please email Mrs. Flynn by 8:00 a.m. on March 11th to register to attend.


High School Laptop Scholarship Contest

  • Description: The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Coca-Cola and the San Diego County Office of Education will give away 40 laptops to students enrolled in a San Diego County High School
  • Award: New laptop
  • Deadline: April 10, 2020
  • Application: Essay Contest


Understanding Financial Aid

As you begin to hear back from your colleges, you will be receiving financial aid award letters a few weeks later from the financial aid office at each college where you’ve been admitted. The following links are one-page handouts that help explain the financial aid award letter and the different types of federal loans that may be part of your award package.

Federal Student Aid Loan Basics

Breaking Down Your Award Letter

This link provides comprehensive information on the different types of financial aid, including a glossary of financial aid terms:

We hope this helps as you begin to compare financial aid packages from your different colleges!