Bishop Dunne places a great amount of emphasis on preparing students for the next phase of their academic careers. Numerous programs are in place to guide and inform students and parents about the college process. In addition, students are afforded the opportunity to take more demanding courses through pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement offerings and earn college credit through Mountain View College.
While we begin the college admissions planning with students and parents starting freshman year, we believe exposing our middle school students to the college process is crucial to developing a strong road map for the future. Several meetings and events are planned to walk with families throughout the college process. Parents and students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with counselors in order to set long term plans.
- College Fair
- Freshman & Sophomore College Tours
- College Visits at Bishop Dunne
- Scholarship Assembly
- Parent University
- SAT/ACT Prep Course
Each fall, Bishop Dunne hosts a college fair for high school students and parents. A diverse group of colleges from across the country attend the fair to enlighten our students about the exciting opportunities they offer in higher education.
At Bishop Dunne we believe the experience of being on a college campus is essential to the college process. For that reason we set aside a day each spring to take the entire freshman class on a tour of a local college campus. Not only do the students take a tour on this visit, but they also participate in an admissions presentation and enjoy lunch on campus.
During the fall of their sophomore year, the entire class will again visit a local college campus.
Throughout the year, admissions representatives from various college campuses visit with Bishop Dunne students to share current information about their institutions. Bishop Dunne students have the opportunity to learn about the admissions process and financial aid, and can ask questions specific to their unique experiences.
Parent University is the Guidance and Counseling Department's way of communicating and disseminating information face-to-face with parents and students on a large scale.
A range of topics - from college prep to mental health care - will be addressed during these meetings. Click on the button below to view this year's current Parent University Calendar.
As part of the curriculum, all juniors will take a semester course focused on test preparation for the SAT and ACT.
During the class, students are exposed to test questions, test-taking strategies, and question types. Throughout the course, students take timed tests to become familiar with procedures and time management for each question.
Additionally, juniors are introduced to the college and financial aid application process in order to best prepare them for senior year.