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McNamara's Guidance Office acts as a resource for all parents and students during the college search and selection process. Planning for college is viewed as a four year process.

  • Each Fall students take preliminary ACT and SAT tests. All academic courses at McNamara promote the skills necessary for success on these tests.

  • Each Spring students are counseled as they make course selections for the upcoming year. As the college search intensifies, McNamara provides the following:

    • Ongoing College Counseling for all students. While McNamara's requirements prepare all students for college, students are also encouraged to research individual colleges and the requirements of each of these schools.

    • The Application Process for Seniors. Counselors help students with college applications. Teachers who have come to know the students well write letters of recommendation as needed. English teachers work with students to perfect college essays as needed. Parents, students and counselor work together, moving through the application process in a timely and effective manner. College Preparation Timeline

    • Bishop McNamara's Transcript Procedure.  Almost all applications will require an official, six semester high school transcript to be sent with your application. The student will need to get a transcript request form from the guidance office. Even if you submit an electronic request while utilizing the common application or if the university utilizes sendedu you must submit a paper request so the school is aware that you have submitted the application. (enter mnugent@bishop-mcnamara.org as the school official you want the request sent to) Electronic transcript submission is available for select schools only. Complete the transcript request and turn it in to Mrs. McThenia. Fees: 1st transcript is free, all others $2.00. Electronic submissions (Common Ap and sendedu do not carry a fee. Your transcript will be prepared and sent to your college or submitted electronically if applicable




Monica Nugent
Guidance Counselor

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550 West Brookmont  |  Kankakee, Illinois 60901  |  Phone: 815-932-7413  |  Fax: 815-932-0926

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