College & Career Counseling Office


Please stop by the College and Career Center located in room 1030, across from the cafeteria.

General websites to help with college and career planning:


VA Wizard

Big Future – College Board

College Navigator


College Checklists/Timelines/Resources


Rising Senior Summer Checklist (English & Spanish)

Junior Year Checklist

College Research Guide (English & Spanish)

WLHS campus visit checklist (English & Spanish)

Upcoming Events:

September 12th: Senior College Planning Night; 7pm

October 15th: APS College Fair; 6pm-8pm; TJ Community Center

October 16th: Senior Seminar; school day

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. 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