Catalyst Support Resources

The information on this page offers a review of presentations and discussions shared with families on a yearly basis through Catalyst evening workshops.

I. Thinking About Post-Graduation

A. Learning Differences/Disabilities

B. Colleges That Change Lives (

C. Post-Graduation Resources

D. Options/Opportunities after Catalyst

  • Employment/Work
  • Military
  • Technical/Vocational/Specialized Schools
  • Gap Year Activity
  • Two-Year Colleges
  • Four-Year
    • Higher Education Admission Requirements
    • Admissions Eligibility Index

II. Financial Aid Evening

A. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid )

B. Fastweb Merit Based Scholarships (

C. Career, College and Financial Aid (

III. Spring Agenda

A. Timeline and Guide for Year by Year Priorities

B. Resources to Support Priorities




IV. Preparing for Post-Graduation


  • Make certain core areas are represented in your child’s academic schedule
    • (Mathematics, Sciences, L Arts, Social Studies, World Language)
  • Be alert to the different options that are available to a student after graduation from high school. Which are of interest to you or priorities of your family?
  • Understand the following college preparation courses for most institutions:
    • Four years of Language Arts/English
    • Three years of Mathematics (through Alg. 2, Trig.)
    • Two years of a natural science (one should be lab based)
    • Two years of history/social studies (include Gov. and Geog.)
    • Two years of the same world language
    • One year of art and one year of electives from above courses.
  • Start a file on any volunteer or community service participation, activities or clubs you might be active in at this time.
  • Develop sound study habits and commit to a homework/project completion schedule.
  • Check out a summer internship or shadowing experience of an occupation or career of interest.


  • Check academic schedule for high school graduation and/or college planning.
  • Create a free account with College in Colorado
  • Go to Career Planning
    • Take interest inventory
    • Investigate Explore Careers tab
    • Go to College Planning
    • Explore Majors (areas of study) that connect with interests
    • Explore Universities/Colleges
      • Size, location, cost, student population, activities, etc.
  • Summer tours of colleges/universities of potential interest


  • Fall
    • Check academic schedule for high school and/or college planning
    • Create resume/profile, research job seeking skills (College in Colorado)
    • Interests, majors changed?
    • Request information from schools of interest; attend in/out of state college fairs.
    • Narrow list of colleges according to interest, major, admissions criteria. Create a profile which includes dream and realistic possibilities with at least one guaranteed admissions
    • Schedule campus tours of school(s) that are definite interests
    • Seek out ACT/SAT preparation courses and opportunities
      • ACT, SAT websites, College in Colorado, private instruction
      • Public school evening classes
    • Check for summer employment, internships and community services opportunities.
    • Register for SAT and/or ACT. May retake in the fall
    • Continue online or actual campus tours
    • Identify two individuals (at least one instructor)who can support you with letters of recommendations as part of eventual college applications
    • Construct and edit responses to admission essay questions
    • Employment/internships
    • Familiarize self with college/universities application procedures/deadlines