Throughout the Credo curriculum and culture lives an intention to prepare our students for college, and for college acceptance. Our curriculum ensures that Credo graduates will have met the course requirements for application to the University of California and our country's other prestigious universities. We also ensure that our students have built a resume of extracurricular activities and a record of community service. We assist them in preparing college application essays in the first trimester of twelfth grade, Senior Essay. We also educate and counsel students and families through the college search, application and financial aid processes.
Credo's college counselor is Laura Bussey. Ms. Bussey was born in Massachusetts but came to California to attend U.C. Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree in English. She has worked as a school librarian for many years and as a college counselor in private practice for six years. She was inspired to initiate her career in counseling when her eldest child applied to colleges. Ms. Bussey earned her College Counseling certificate from UCLA.
Beginning in the spring of tenth grade, Credo offers parents and students an informational evening that prepares them for the college research and application process, detailing the pacing of this process as it occurs through eleventh and twelfth grades. In eleventh and twelfth grades, there are group presentations for students and parents on specific topics, like financial aid, and ongoing individual meetings where Ms. Bussey helps students and parents identify colleges appropriate to students' interests and abilities. In the fall of twelfth grade, Ms. Bussey holds student workshops in our media lab, where students have the opportunity to fill out online applications.
Admissions officers from various colleges visit the Credo campus during student lunch hour and sometimes in the evenings for more formal presentations.
Practice examinations, like the PSAT and the PLAN, are offered on campus each fall.
The PDF below offers highlights of a financial aid presentation offered at Credo by Margaret Mann, Coordinator of Financial Aid & Outreach at Santa Rosa Junior College.