Chicago - On Thursday October 10, 7th and 8th grade Metro students and parents had the opportunity to learn more about the rigorous high school application process.
First, Sue Heybach from Sacred Heart Schools gave a general talk on the process of applying to private, catholic and selective enrollment schools. She was able to share her experience of helping students get into high schools from her position as a middle school counselor and high school placement counselor. She also gave parents a sense of how they should be planning student's 7th and 8th grade year.
Then, students and parents were able to speak with high school representatives about their specific situations and interests. Over 20 high school representatives were in attendance to meet with students.
"Many students have a pre-defined idea of their options, so it is important to help them recognize they have additional choices outside of what they may be hearing at their schools or among their circle of friends, " said Tracy Schumitsch director of Metro's 7th and 8th grade program. She added that speaking with representatives helps parents and students learn about financial opportunities as well. Information on scholarships was also an important part of the evening including HFS Chicago Scholars, Link Unlimited, and Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund.
One student, Rebeca Estrada mentioned to her tutor that she wasn't attending the high school night at her school because Metro's High School night was more extensive and informative.
High schools representatives that attended: Francis W Parker School, Resurrection College Prep High School, Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, Providence St. Mel, The Willows Academy, Seton Academy, Holy Trinity High School, Josephinum Academy, Christ the King, The Chicago High School for the Ars, Rauner College Prep, Rowe Clark Math and Science Academy, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, De La Salle Institute, Chicago Hope Academy, Christo Rey Jesuit High School, Gordon Tech HS, St Benedict High School, and Noble Network School Representatives