Great Hearts is committed to an individualized approach to college counseling that focuses on finding the right fit for each student. The emphasis of the program is on helping students discover who they are as learners and emerging adults. Throughout their years at Great Hearts Irving, our students learn to be comfortable in the worlds of both ideas and practicality, understanding the relationship between the two. This serves our students particularly well when selecting a college experience.
Meet Our College Counselor
Mrs. Mayne has a proven track record of success as an Independent College Consultant for more than 15 years and holds the prestigious College Advising Program Certificate from Columbia University. She’s served as Director of Intermediate School at a private classical academy and also as an English and humanities teacher. As an Independent College Consultant, Mrs. Mayne has guided students through every step of the college application and financial aid process.
March 27: Intro to Financial Aid Night
It is never too early to start learning about the college financial aid process. The Great Hearts Texas College Counseling Team will be hosting a Virtual Intro to College Financial Aid Night for all 8th through 11th grade families at 6:30 pm. If interested in attending, RSVP HERE. A reminder and Zoom link will be sent to the email(s) provided 24-48 hours before the even
March 30: Pre-College Workshop
The Great Hearts Texas College Counseling Team will be offering a pre-college workshop for all students re-enrolled for 9th grade at Great Hearts Irving. Mrs. Fitzgerald, Director of College Counseling, will lead the event along with Mrs. Mayne, College Counselor at Great Hearts Irving. The workshop will be purposeful and instructional in helping students prepare for High School and the college process ahead. RSVP HERE by Friday, March 24th for one of the two sessions (3:45-5:00 pm or 5:15-6:30 pm).
March 31: Great Hearts Texas High School Social
High school scholars from Great Hearts Irving will join scholars from our sister Great Hearts schools in San Antonio for a social! We will be serving Hamburger Man, playing volleyball, and swinging the night away before our College Fair on Saturday.
April 1: Great Hearts Texas College Fair and Symposium
Great Hearts Texas is hosting a College Fair and Symposium in our very own gym on Saturday, April 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! 9th-11th grade scholars and their parents are invited to attend.
May 1: Senior Decision Day Celebration
Consider Participating in a Summer Program
Plan ahead to make your summer productive! Breaks are always a great time to relax and take a break from challenging schoolwork, but it also gives you some down time to explore your interests and participate in organized activities such as:
- Taking enrichment courses
- Enrolling in summer camps or workshops (academic, co-curricular, or athletic)
- Getting a job or internship
Many colleges offer summer programs and camps for high school students. These opportunities are a great way for students to explore interests and possible college majors, while also getting the experience of being on a college campus. Below are a few links for students to begin exploring opportunities; however, the opportunities are endless if you take time to search the web. Here’s a few that have applications that have recently opened or that will be opening up very soon. Please note some have deadlines that are approaching soon.
ACU Rising Scholars – Deadline 3/1/23
Cornell University Precollege Studies
McCombs Summer Business Programs – Deadline 4/1/23
St. Mary’s University Summer Camps
Texas State University Summer Camps
The Catholic University of America Engineering Summer Camp
Thomas Aquinas Summer Great Books Program
UD Pre College Programs – Deadline 3/1/23
UT Computer Science Academies – Deadline 3/20/23
UT Women in STEM – Deadline 5/1/23
Wyoming Catholic PEAK Summer Program
Contact College Counseling
Please feel welcome to reach out to the GHI College Counselor, Ms. Cheryl Mayne, at Cheryl.Mayne@GreatHeartsIrving.org.
A College Planning Tool for GHI Families
Naviance is our state-of-the-art college counseling portal that allows students to search for colleges, keep a college list, sign up for college information sessions, build a resume, research careers, study for the SAT and ACT, and much more. All high school students have an account on Naviance. Please contact Ms. Cheryl Mayne for assistance with your username or password.
Helpful links for SAT/ACT registration, interesting articles, etc.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Useful resources for determining financial aid options and scholarship opportunities.
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