College & Career Counseling Office


College & Career Counseling Office

Please click on the picture above for access to the WL Virtual College and Career Office (must be logged into an APS account for access). Most of the information is also available through the tabs on the left of your screen.


General websites to help with college and career planning:


VA Wizard

Big Future – College Board

College Navigator


College Checklists/Timelines/Resources

SENIOR CHECKLIST 2019-2020 *2020-2021 coming soon

Rising Senior Summer Checklist (English & Spanish)

Junior Year Checklist

College Research Guide (English & Spanish)

WLHS campus visit checklist (English & Spanish)

Upcoming Events:

September 16th: Senior College Planning Night; this will be a prerecorded event

October: There will not be an APS college fair this year. Please check your email for alternate events


Past Events:

Junior Workshops 

4/9/19: How to Write College Essay Missed the workshop? Click here for notes

4/23/19: How to fill out a College Application

4/30/19: How to Pay for College

Past events with Notes:

Topic: Essay Writing

Nice essay writing article form the Coalition

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 and was an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College for five years. 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 daughters, and baking.


Elysse Catino