College & Career Counseling Office


Please stop by the College and Career Center located in room 2102, inside the library.

General websites to help with college and career planning:


VA Wizard

Big Future – College Board



2018-2019 Senior Checklist

Junior Year Checklist


Upcoming Events:

Alumni Chats are back! How this works: Recent WL graduates come to WL to speak with prospective students. It is a great way for WL students to ask questions and get more information about a college they may be interested in attending. The following Alumni Chats are currently scheduled:

College Location Date
Spelman College room 2102 12/13/18 1:00 PM
College of William and Mary room 2102 12/18/18 1:00 PM
Rice University room 2102 12/19/18 10:00 AM
Northwestern University room 2102 12/19/18 1:00 PM
Duke University room 2102 12/20/18 9:00 AM
Carleton College room 2102 12/20/18 10:00 AM
University of Virginia room 2102 12/20/18 1:00 PM
University of California, Los Angeles room 2102 12/21/18 10:00 AM
George Mason University room 2102 12/21/18 1:00 PM
Tulane University room 2102 1/9/19 10:00 AM

*Interested students need to sign up in Naviance and get a pass from their counselor or Ms. Catino (same procedure followed for college visits).

Post-Secondary Planning Night: Open to students and parents of 10th and 11th graders. 7pm in the auditorium

USA Gap Year Fair: February 6, 2019; 6-8:30 pm; George C. Marshall High School


Past events with Notes:

Topic: Essay Writing

Nice essay writing article form the Coalition

Details: This workshop will focus on tips for writing a personal statement and general college essays. Admission Professionals from Johnson & Wales University and McDaniel College will present.

Topic: How to Fill out a College Essay

Details: This workshop will discuss how to fill out college applications. College admission representatives will discuss topics such as common mistakes in applications and what students should emphasize/highlight.

Junior Class Workshops- past, see below for notes & information

Personal Statement & Essay Writing:This workshop will focus on tips for writing a personal statement and general college essays. Admission Professionals from Johnson & Wales University and McDaniel College will present.

Personal Statement & Essay Writing Workshop Notes

How to Choose a College: This workshop will focus on important factors students should consider when choosing a college. Admission Professionals from Colgate College & Butler University will present.

W-L How to Choose a College Workshop

Post-secondary Options: This workshop will discuss various post-secondary options that students can take once they graduate from high school. This includes information on gap years, joining the military, and joining the workforce.

Exploring Post-Secondary Options PP

How to Pay for College: This workshop will discuss information on how to pay for college with a focus on the FAFSA/Financial Aid.

Click here for link to information on financial aid



Classroom Lessons:

Grade Date Topic
9 November

1.Strengths Explorer Assessment

2. Goal Setting

10 March 1. Career Cluster Assessment and discussion
11 April

1. College Search/match

2. Adding colleges of interest to Naviance

3. Using Test Prep for SAT/ACT

12 September- February, May

1. College Application Support

2. Senior Survey



College & Career Counselor

Elysse Catino has been a counselor at Washington-Lee since 2011. She received her M.A. from Marymount University and her B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the W-L Counseling Department, Elysse worked in human resources. Currently, Elysse is a faculty advisor to our CONNECT Mentors and Sources of Strength peer leaders. When she is not at W-L, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, spending time with her daughter, and is an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.


Elysse Catino