College Planning

naviance2All PCHS families are encouraged to use Naviance Family Connection for college planning.  Naviance is a portal for students and parents which includes goal-setting, college search tools, career exploration and more.    We also post the schedule for college reps and all scholarship information here.  Students receive their Naviance login credentials during their Freshman year. Contact the student’s counselor for more information on accessing Naviance.

You can download the mobile app as well.

College Tour for June 2017

See 8 colleges in five days including the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America and others!

We are making available an East coast college tour through Education First for our students. One of our college counselors, Frank Palmasani, will be traveling with our students. The tour starts June 5, 2017 and concludes on June 9, 2017. Included are airfare and transportation, hotel accommodations, overnight security, two meals a day, all gratuities, guided tours and activities, a full time tour director, illness and accident coverage, a traveler support team and 24 hour emergency assistance. The student tour fee is only $1984.

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Planning Packet

View/print the college planning packet here


College Prep Handbook

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 Information for College Applications

  • PCHS School Code:  142-375  (This is also referred to as the CEEB code or ACT code.)
  • PCHS Test Center Code:  170-600 (List this as your first choice of ACT test locations for the 4-8-17 test.


School Profile Document

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College Application FAQs

  • Size of Senior class:  275
  • Ranking: We do not rank our students. Leave this question blank if you are asked for it – even if you are asked to approximate your class rank.
  • Lowest Passing Grade: Our lowest passing grade is 70%.
  • For answers to other school information that may be required on your college application, refer to the school profile.


Financial Aid

  • College Countdown/Financial Fit Program  This breakthrough web-based system offers valuable tools— including engaging video tutorials, easy-to-use calculation software, and direct links to over 2200 Net Price Calculators—to help you find a great college at a price your family can afford. Get Financial Fit login instructions.
  • FAFSA on the Web  Answers to  questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can also fill out your FAFSA online!
  • ISAC   The Illinois Student Assistance Commission site provides information on the most popular methods to finding financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans.


College Loans and Savings Plans

  • College Illinois  College funding will never be the same. You’ll see. Just click around our site. Learn all about 529 prepaid tuition and our secure way to fund college.
  • SallieMae  For more than a quarter-century, Sallie Mae has been helping students achieve their dreams of higher education by providing funds for educational loans, primarily federally guaranteed student loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).



All scholarship opportunities and applications are posted on our Naviance site, under the “Colleges” tab.


College Rep Visits

The list of upcoming visits by college representatives is posted on our Naviance site under the “Colleges” tab. Be sure to check the list often for updates!
Reminder to students:  You must sign up and get a pass from Mrs. Brassil in the Counseling Office in advance. Your pass must be signed by the teacher of the class you will miss at least one day prior to the scheduled visit.  All colleges visits are open to both juniors and seniors.

College Night for Seniors & Parents

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Each September, we host an informational meeting for our Seniors as they begin the college application process. We highly encourage parents to attend with their student!

Junior/Parent College Planning

Our Senior/College Counselors will host college planning meetings for juniors and their parents during the spring of junior year.  These personalized, interactive sessions which will focus on the college search and selection process using Naviance Family Connection.  Each junior along with their parents will be assigned a specific date and time during the school day to meet in small groups of about 4 students in our College and Career Center.  As a college prep high school, our goal is to assist juniors in identifying “perfect college fits” as they prepare for the college application process which begins in the fall of their senior year.


College Night for Juniors & Parents

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Each spring, we host a College Night for Juniors and their parents. Our aim is to guide students and families with the college search process. Attendees will learn more about the college admission process as well. Please join us for this event in our small gym.


Spring College Fair

Friday March 31, 2017, during  4th Period (10:25 AM – 12:05 PM)
All current PCHS Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to attend this mini-fair. Parents are welcome to attend also.

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