- This page contains information about:
- Graduation Requirements
- Senior Courses
- Greater Altoona Career and Technical Center
- Dual Enrollment Courses
- College, military, and technical school deadlines
- Transcript request forms and college checklists
- SAT® & ACT® information
- ASVAB Testing
- Toefl Testing
- Scholarship information
- College Financial Aid
- The Common Application
- The Challenge Program
- Senior Survey
- NCAA Clearinghouse (For College Athletes)
- Selective Service
- Leadership Opportunities
- Helpful websites
2016-2017 Graduation Requirements – 28 Credits, as follows:
- 4 Units of Credit each in Religion, English, Mathematics
- 3 Units of Credit each in Social Studies and Science
- 2 Additional Credits in either Social Studies, Science or combination
- 2 Units of Credit in Arts/Humanities
- 1 Credit in Health and Physical Education
- 5 Credits in Career Focus/Elective Courses
- Christian Service (25 hours per year)
- Attend yearly retreat
The following courses are required for senior students (2017-2018):
Full Year Courses:
Religion: The Christian Life, 1 credit
Science/Social Studies: Total of 2 credits needed from Social Studies and/or Science
English: British and World Literature/Composition - or - AP® Literature and Composition, 1 credit
Math: Varies, 1 credit
Elective: Choice of three electives
Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC)
Each December, Freshmen students attend an assembly to learn more about the opportunities at the GACTC. Students typically apply to enter the GACTC during the winter of their freshmen year--but may apply during their tenth grade year, with classes starting the fall of the following year. These students attend a half day at Bishop Guilfoyle and then after lunch are bused to the GACTC for the afternoon. Students can learn more about the GACTC by visiting:http://www.gactc.edu
Students who attend the CTC take their core courses at Bishop Guilfoyle (Religion, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical
Education/Health.) Student eat lunch at BG before departing on the bus to go to the CTC. Students are responsible for their transportation
home from the the CTC at the end of the school day.
Dual Enrollment Courses
Students who are scheduled for the following courses are eligible to earn college credit through our Dual Enrollment program: Accounting I/II, Anatomy/Physiology I & II, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP European History, College Statistics, Environmental Sustainability, Physics, AP Environmental Science, Wall Street 101, Intro to Exceptionalities, Pre-Calculus, AP Literature/Composition, AP Language/Composition, AP Music Theory, and Visual Basic Programming.
Dual enrollment is a cost effective way for you to earn college credits for classes you are taking while in high school. For public, in-state universities, undergraduate college credits cost ~ $690+ per credit; the cost is much greater for students who are looking to enroll in private or out-of-state colleges (~$750). In comparison, the cost per credit while in high school at Saint Francis is just $60; Mount Aloysius is $50, Penn Highlands is $49! Students can take as many credits as their schedule allows; which could mean major savings down the road when you begin college both in money and in time. If a student took a total of 5 dual enrolled classes throughout his/her high school education, he/she would have earned roughly 15 college credits, which amounts to an entire semester of college.
You will receive dual enrollment application forms from your classroom teacher in early September. Please make sure you complete and turn in the forms by the due date. Saint Francis and Penn Highlands requires that you sign up for credits using an online portal; your application will include instructions. Mount Aloysius uses a paper application that must be turned in to the counseling office along with your payment. The colleges have strict deadlines that we must meet and we cannot accept late forms or money.
Please note that it is advised that you do not take classes for dual enrollment credits if you plan to major in that subject area in college. Dual enrollment courses should be thought of more as a way to meet the general education requirements at your future college of choice. For example: If you are planning on majoring in accounting, you should not take accounting I or II for college credits in high school.
In the past, many students have worried that the credits earned at Mount Aloysius/Saint Francis/Penn Highlands will not transfer to other colleges or universities. Usually, they will transfer; however, it is best to call any prospective colleges and ask the office of academic records if the credits will transfer.
Saint Francis’ Online Application is due by October 31st. (Prof in residence courses are due by Sept 16)
- Payment is due online by November 30th.
Penn Highlands’ Online Application is due by October 14. Payment is Due by October 21 (AP Biology Only)
Online Application for Accting I and II will be available in December 2016.
Click here to access the DE Applications and forms
Upon Graduation, you will need to request that your college transcript from Saint Francis, Mount Aloysius, and/or Penn Highlands is sent to the college you are attending. Click on the appropriate school to link to the transcript release form: Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius, Penn Highlands.
College and Technical School Support:
As a senior there are many new experiences you are going to face as you prepare for the world outside of highschool. Please use our What To Do and When To Do It guide sheet to help keep you on pace for college, the military, and technical school admissions. The worksheet is handed out and discussed with seniors in September during their guidance lessons. Forms can also be obtained by visiting the counseling office.
SAT® and ACT®
All juniors are advised to take the SAT® at least once prior to graduation, even students who do not plan to pursue college at this time. It is highly recommended that all college bound students take the SAT by March of their Junior year. Most colleges want to see that their applicants have taken the SAT more than once. Likewise, most schools will take the best combined score from all test dates to create a "Super Score". Seniors who would like to improve their score should register for the October or November SAT. Seniors can also take the SAT throughout the year to try to bring up their scores for better chances at receiving academic scholarships through colleges and universities.
For a full list of testing dates, information and to sign up for the SAT please visit: www.collegeboard.org
Cost: $57.000 (with Essay)
Late registration: add $28.00
SAT Subject Tests® are required for some majors, at some universities--most majors/colleges do not require them. Students should check with their prospective schools during the spring of their junior year to find out which tests they need to take. SAT Subject Tests® are offered at various times during the year, but some tests are only offered once a year. It is important that you check collegeboard to determine when the tests are administered. Please visit this link.
The ACT® test is another test that more and more colleges are beginning to accept in place of the SAT. The main differences between the two tests is that the ACT has a science section and the writing section is optional. It is recommended that students looking to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics related field in college take the ACT at least once. Although the writing section is optional, all students are advised to take this portion of the test. To find out more information about the ACT, to view testing dates, and to register to take the ACT please visit: www.actstudent.org
Cost with writing: $58.50
Late registration: add $27.50
ASVAB Career Exploration Program
All Junior students and interested senior students will take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on September 12th, 2016. This test is used as part of the ASVAB career exploration program, a comprehensive career planning program that includes the multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory and various career planning tools designed to help students explore the opportunities that await them. Once scoring on the ASVAB is completed, the students will use the results to better understand what careers will fit with their interests and abilities. Bishop Guilfoyle will be administering the option 8 version of the ASVAB, which does not release the scores on the ASVAB to the military. If your son or daughter is interested in having their scores released to the military, please have them see Mrs. Barkman. For more information on the ASVAB click here.
Scores for the ASVAB will be given to students in the late fall. Students are typically addressed by the National Guard on how to interpret their scores and how their scores can be used to help them figure out what career paths would be a good fit for them. Students can use the access code on their score report to explore the ASVAB website.
International students should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (Toefl) at least once by March of their junior year. The test is recommended to be taken at least twice prior to applying for college admission. This test is used by colleges as part of the admissions process. BG is a Testing Center and upcoming testing dates will be emailed and announced to students. For other testing dates, students who live in the dorm should coordinate taking the test with their dorm manager. For more information and to sign up(for tests not given at BG) click here
Are you ready to send your transcript to a college, technical school or military branch? Complete the College Transcript Request Form which is available in the counseling & main offices. Once the list is completed, please bring it to the counseling office at Bishop Guilfoyle. All components must be accounted for on the form BEFORE any transcripts will be sent. We also require an initial $25.00 fee for transcripts, official and unofficial. The $25.00 fee will cover sending up to five transcripts, for each transcript needed after the initial five, a $5.00 fee will be required. We are happy to mail your paper application and essays with your transcript. Please make sure that your letters of recommendation(LOR) are sent DIRECTLY from the person writing the LOR. (A transcript form can be downloaded by clicking here)
Scholarship Information Is located in our office... Please check the bins often, as new scholarships are frequently added! Also, please use fastweb.com and scholarships.com to find online scholarships. Another good place to look for scholarships is on your home school district's webpage, many local scholarships that are not sent to Bishop Guilfoyle may be available on their counseling webpages. Click here for more information
College Finanicial Aid
FAFSA: (NEW INFORMATION FOR College Freshmen 2017-2018) Free Application for Federal Student Aid should be filled out after October 1st of the student's senior year of high school. The application is used to determine the dollar amount you or your family will be expected to contribute towards college. All federal grant and loan awards are determined by the FAFSA, and nearly all colleges use the FAFSA as the basis for their own financial aid awards. All applications must be received by May 1st, but earlier application is advised. Students, you must submit a FAFSA every year you attend college in order to received federal aid. Visit: www.fafsa.gov
----> FAFSA Tip Sheet, Click here
PHEAA: Pennsylvania's Higher Education Assistance Agency. Visit: www.pheaa.org
-------> Click here for 2015-2016 Financial Aid Booklet
Student Aid: To learn more about Federal Student Aid Programs visit: www.studentaid.ed.gov
U.S. Armed Forces: If you are pursuing a career in the military or if you have a family member in the service, visit this site to find out more about grants, repayment and forgiveness options: www.studentaid.ed.gov/military
The Common Application
The Common Application is an college application that students can use to apply to any of 517 different universities represented. The Common Application makes it easy for students to fill out one application that can be sent to a variety of schools. This application is lengthy and requires numerous steps to complete. Please be sure to start this application at least two months prior to the school's admissions deadline. BG teachers and counselor ask that when you submit their name as a reference you print the teacher recommendation/counselor form rather than email it to them, as we are unable to complete the form online. For more information or to see if the school you are interested in attending uses the common app click here.
The Challenge Program
The Challenge Programs provides an opportunity to our students, grades 10-12, to earn a $200 award for achievements throughout the school year. Award winners for the senior class are recognized during their senior banquet. The time frame for competition for the senior class run from August to March.
-Most improved GPA in the class
- Best overall GPA in the class
- STEM excellence (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics)
- Community Service*
* The community service award requires you to complete a challenge program service form for each volunteering opportunity. You may obtain the forms outside of the office of campus ministry or in the counseling office. Seniors must return this form to Mrs. Butler in the counseling office by no later than the end of the 3rd quarter.
Each April, every member of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School senior class is asked to complete a senior survey. The survey you complete will be used to create the graduation and senior banquet programs as well as the 2017 Class Profile. This year’s senior survey is due by Spring of Senior year, exact date TBD.
Much of the information you will provide on your survey comes from your letters of acceptance. As you begin to receive information from your colleges, whether you have chosen to attend that college or not, please take the time to take a photo of the letters and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit originals to the counseling office; we will copy and return originals to you.
Please note that your profile in the senior banquet and graduation programs comes from the information and documentation you provide pertaining to your chosen college and scholarships and awards you have received. Your complete and accurate profile depends on you.
You will also be providing information for scholarships or awards you have been offered from the colleges you have chosen not to attend. This information will be used to create the 2017 Class Profile.
Please use the following link to complete your senior survey: To be released in Spring 2017
Student Athletes: If you are interested in playing NCAA Division I or Division II athletics in college, you must register with the eligibilitycenter. You will need to notify the counseling office of your registration. An official transcript must be sent to the Clearinghouse to complete your registration.
Please note: Even if you have already committed to a school, you must complete the school's application packet for admission.
All male students who are US Citizens, you are required to register with the Selective Service within thirty days of turning 18 years old. Failure to do so could result in a jail sentence of 5 years, $250,000 dollars in fines, losing financial aid in college, and not being able to be employed by the federal government. To register, visit sss.gov or your local post office.
People to People-- This program allows students to do domestic or international travel where they challenge the youth to become more globally aware. To check out the programs click here.
College and career help: http://www.nextstepu.com and collegeboard.com
Scholarships: www.scholarships.com and fastweb.com
Rankings: US News & World Report: http://www.usnews.com/
Selective Service: www.sss.gov (All U.S. Male students must register within 30 days after their 18th birthday)