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ACT Information: YORK ACT CEEB code 141-805

Common App Corner

The Common Application is a system that allows seniors to apply to multiple colleges by completing the same application. Over 500 colleges use the Common Application (CA).

It appears that many of the initial issues with the new version of the Common App (CA4) have been ironed out. However, there is still some delay for high schools to be able to submit common app documents via Naviance.

Also, many students have been visiting us in the CCRC to get their Naviance account "matched" with their Common App account. If you have been having trouble with this, here is the process:

First, students login to their Common App:
  1. Complete the entire "education" section so that it has a green checkmark (this is necessary since Common App must know which high school you attend).
  2. Add at least one college.
  3. Click one of the colleges and "assign recommenders"
  4. Follow the instructions and click these items:
  • I authorize every school that I have attended to release all requested records and recommendations to colleges to which I am applying for admission. I also authorize employees at these colleges to confidentially contact my current and former schools should they have questions about the information submitted on my behalf
  • I waive my right to review all recommendations and supporting documents submitted by me or on my behalf.
  • I understand that my waiver or no waiver selection above pertains to all colleges to which I apply and that my selections on this page cannot be changed once I invite my first recommender.
  • Sign (by entering name) the form
Then, in Family Connection:
  1. Click the Colleges tab > Colleges I'm applying to
  2. Enter the email address used in their Common App account

Standardized Testing at York

We receive a lot of questions about the various tests students take at York. We hope you will find this document helpful in guiding your student during their high school career: 2013 York Community High School Standardized Assessments   (word doc) or 2013 York Standardized Assessments in pdf  (pdf).


The College Career Resource Center (CCRC) is available to our students to assist them in preparing for life after high school. Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision. When students have some idea of the type of career they are interested in, it helps determine a college major or what type of specialty or trade school would be required to accomplish their career goals.

The subjects at the left will help students work through the process of deciding on a career and/or a college. It provides the tools necessary to travel through the post-high school planning process.

2013-14 CCRC Programming

York High School's Counseling Department works to help families prepare for life after high school. In that light, here is a list of this year's programming offerred via the College & Career Resource Center.

Program Date Time & Location Purpose

College Athletics: Recruitment & Eligibility

Being Rescheduled



Experts will help students and families understand eligibility requirements for college athletics, how recruitment works, and what the college athlete experiences in balancing their college education with their social life, and college athletic participation.

Junior Parents: College Planning Night

Thursday 10/10

Program is over. Handouts & powerpoint available under "Information from Junior Programs" on this website.


Junior College Guidance Sessions (from PE)

Monday  12/2


Tuesday   12/3

Presentations are over.

See Mrs. Thompson for handout if you missed this.

COD Information Night Monday 12/9

Presentation complete.

Handout available in the CCRC.

Alumni Visit Days

Monday 12/16

and Wednesday 1/8

Visits Complete


FAFSA Completion Workshop

Thursday  1/23

Program complete.


FAFSA Completion Workshop



Program complete.


Freshman & Sophomore Parents: Planning for the Cost of College

T   2/25

Program complete.


First Generation: New to the American College System



  In the CCRC at 7pm  

Provide introductory level information about the college search, application, and financial aid process.

Black Student Leadership Conference

February 11, 2013

Program Complete


Junior English Classes :College Essays

Spring of junior year


English Classrooms

Juniors complete Personality Inventory in Naviance and Review:

  • What is personality type?
  • How does personality help us understand our strengths, blind spots, and learning style?
  • This translates to college “fit”
  • This translates to “the essay” and proving to the college that the student is a “fit” for the college.

Career Inventory and Reflection Scope & Sequence: Guided Study Hall Classes

Every semester



S1: Career matchmaker (CC)

S2: Career Selector (CC)


S1: Do What You Are (Nav)

S2: Interest Profiler (Nav)


S1: Values Inventory (WNI) & Prelim College List (CC or Nav)

S2: Resume(CC), More College List


S1: Complete missing inventories, resume, and final college list

S2: Ensure plans in place, Give list of Post-High School Resources

Information Links for the College Admission Process


Career Cruising*

*Stop by the CCRC or your counselor office to pick up the usename/password


Other ways to search for schools/information:

Accredited Online Colleges/Universities

College Search by State

US Department of Education Resources 

Armstrong, Mary
Instructional Assistant marmstrong@elmhurst205.org
Thompson, Amy
College and Career Counselor athompson@elmhurst205.org


Mrs. Mary Armstrong, CCRC Secretary


Mrs. Amy Thompson, CCRC Counselor



The CCRC is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the school year.

Special programs are featured in the middle of this page. Check them out and plan to attend!

Location and Address



The CCRC is located on the first floor next to the Commons off the main entrance between the field house and the academic building.

York Community High School
355 W. St. Charles Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Class of 2012 - Where are they going?

Ever wonder which colleges our York graduates attend? The Class of 2012 will attend 171 different colleges, universities, military branches and community colleges.

Click here to see the list: Class of 2013: Where Did They Go?

Taking a Trip to Visit Colleges?

Here is one Mom/Journalist's experience with the "college visit" experience: click here for the Chicago Tribune Article