Cardinal Ritter High School

Guidance Services

The Guidance Office is responsible for standardized testing, scheduling/registration, and report cards/progress reports. This office is also responsible for transcripts, student records, work permits, financial aid information and questions about scholarship information, college deadlines and teacher tutoring times. Guidance office personnel plan junior and senior conferences that are one-on-one meetings with each student, award ceremonies, career planning, and college representative visits.
Below are just a few things that the Guidance Office has to offer.

Cardinal Ritter High School continues to work to provide services, initiated through the Lumina Project, in preparation for the transition of students from secondary to post-secondary education. Parents and students attend workshops presented by Dave Murray and Associates/The National Center for College Costs. Workshop topics include persuasive college admission and scholarship essays, mock college admission case studies, college selection, College Survival 101, and college cost estimator.
This program also includes college visitations during a student's junior year.
Indiana College Cost Calculator from Dave Murray

Seniors may participate in structured internships and cadet teaching experiences which focus on their particular area of interests. These programs offer hands-on experiences in such locations as Wishard Hospital, Archdiocesan elementary schools, Westview Hospital, Riverside Golf Academy and retail stores, to name a few. Projects and portfolios are required and applications are accepted during the spring of a student's junior year.

American Honors at Ivy Tech
The American Honors program is built as a transfer pathway: it offers an affordable college option that helps top students complete the first two years of college credits for minimal cost. We then help guide students into top-tier four year universities by giving intimate guidance on transferring, funding, and more.  Students from last year’s national cohort transferred top schools in-state and out-of-state: Purdue to Stanford to Georgetown, and many more.

Teen Entrepreneur Switzerland Summer Program – University of Pennsylvania
Spend the week in Switzerland and learn about the art of developing business ideas, competitive marketplace, sales, marketing, budgeting and accounting, presentation skills, business plan presentations, and cultural excursions. DEADLINE: JUNE 30

SCAD Summer Seminars – Savannah College of Art and Design
SCAD Summer Seminars offer week-long workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Students have the opportunity to gain a valuable educational experience while developing their creative vision through exciting art and design assignments and projects. Participants may attend only one session per location (Atlanta/Savannah). DEADLINE: MAY 15

Minority Engineering Program – Purdue University
At our Summer Engineering Workshops, you will learn about the many different projects engineers work on, create your plan to be successful in college and your future job, turn your ideas into reality through hands-on projects, and prepare competitive college and scholarship applications. DEADLINE: MARCH 31

New England Center for Investigative Reporting – Boston University

Our investigative reporting workshop is designed for high school students (grades 9 - 12, international students are also welcome) who are interested in investigative reporting, journalism, or writing. Based at Boston University, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting's summer workshop is a perfect opportunity to learn more about journalism, and explore the exciting city of Boston! DEADLINE: MARCH 31

High School Summer Academy – Hanover College
If you've ever wanted to experience college life while still in high school, then Hanover's Summer Academy program may be the perfect opportunity. Our respected professors teach a wide range of subjects that will help engage and expand your interests as well as deepen your knowledge of a topic. DEADLINE: MAY 30

Opportunities to Learn About Business  Wabash College
The OLAB week (this year from July 13-19, 2014) is demanding and challenging. We’re looking for high quality, motivated students. Interest in business is NOT required—there are plenty of opportunities (from making a TV commercial to giving speeches) for creativity in running a business. Your best AP English student and that superb pianist are excellent candidates for the program. The program runs from July 13-19, 2014. DEADLINE: APRIL 21

Kelley School of Business Young Women's Institute – Indiana University
YWI is a week-long experience for young ladies during the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. Participants are able to live on campus, hear from Kelley professors, spend time in fellowship with other high-achieving, like-minded young women, and take part in a problem-solving business case competition. This year, our sessions occur from June 8-13 and June 22-27. DEADLINE: APRIL 15

Informatics and Computing Summer Workshops - IUPUI
Each summer, the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI offers high school students a unique selection of week-long workshops – fun, interactive learning experiences designed as an introduction to the exciting field of informatics and computing. High school students will engage in immersive, hands-on practice in interactive media development from a diverse and experienced group of faculty of the Department of Human-Centered Computing, while using state-of-the-art computing facilities and media equipment.

Summer Institutes and Summer College - Stanford University
Pursue an intensive single-subject course covering advanced material not normally offered at your school, live in small academically themed residences and learn with instructors and peers who share your interests and talents.

Summer Residential Camp for High-Ability Students - Purdue University
For over 34 years, Purdue University’s Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) has been serving 5th-12th grade gifted, creative, and talented students in residential summer programs that stimulate their imaginations and expand their abilities and talents!  Unique classes include content from all subject areas, including science, math, technology, art, social studies, and computers.  The camps also offer a variety of recreational activities and a chance for students to get a taste of college life as they live on campus in Purdue’s residence halls.  Interested students and parents can visit the GERI website for all the information they will need, including an online registration brochure.  Please share this information with your high-ability students. Contact Kristen Seward at or 765-494-7241. 

Summer Scholars Program - Indiana State University
The application for the Indiana State University Summer Honors Program is now available online. Students will stay on campus for one week, enroll in a seminar to earn one transferable college credit, and receive a $1,000 scholarship if they later choose to attend ISU. To be eligible to attend students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must be a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior.  Aside from participating in challenging college coursework, students also benefit by living on campus and learning what college life entails. Questions can be directed to Brooke Huser at 812-237-2121 or DEADLINE: JUNE 1

Summer Scholars Program - Miami University
The Miami University Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for high-achieving, rising high school juniors and seniors to spend two weeks on a college campus exploring a topic of their choice with an acclaimed Miami faculty member. The program offers students a significant advantage in the college application process, with structured workshops focused on application essay writing, ACT/SAT test prep, and developing leadership skills. Participants will also receive priority consideration for Miami merit scholarships and top undergraduate programs such as the University Academic Scholars Program. DEADLINE: MAY 1

Summer STEM Program - US Naval Academy
Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering. DEADLINE: APRIL 15

Summer College Academy - Ivy Tech
Artforce Fine Arts Camp
July 7-18 | 9:00a-4:00p | Ages 15-18
ArtForce offers a Fine Arts apprenticeship experience. Participants will create a project, learn the pedagogy of teaching an arts project and intern teaching a group of younger students.  Various art forms will be explored through guest performances and demonstrations from Arts for Learning and guest speakers from the arts and education fields.  The culminating experience comes in the opportunity to teach younger children during and the final family celebration includes an art exhibit in the Ivy Tech studio.

Camp Culinaire Culinary School
July 9-11 | 12:30 – 5:30 | For incoming juniors and seniors
Participants will work with professional chefs in state of the art commercial kitchens.  They will learn cooking techniques of sauces and pastries along with skills of sanitation, meat fabrication, and knife skills.  They will learn to use the tools of the trade including a Mercer Knife Tool Kit/Baking Kit and receive their chef’s jacket.  The culminating event will be a dinner for students and parents on Friday evening prepared by the group.

Explore the World of Nursing
July 7–11 | 9:00a - 2:00p | For students entering 10th or 11th grade
Camp is held in a simulated hospital setting and the human anatomy will be evident. The high school interns will learn how to administer CPR/first aid, take blood pressure/heart rate, and participate in simulated emergency demonstrations. Participants use a stethoscope, complete First Aid Certification, and create a family emergency response kit. They will have the opportunity to learn about the various nursing careers, degree paths, and be provided first-hand experiences in various healthcare careers through actual hospital site visits and network with nursing faculty members.  The week includes learning excursions to IU Health Methodist, Riley Children’s Hospital, and the Indiana Medical Museum.  Finally the interns will create a portfolio of their experiences as a keepsake.

Justice Academy
June 23- June 27 | 9:00a - 3:00p [Except June 27, 12:00-7:00] | For students entering 10th or 11th grade
Participants learn police safety procedures through practical experiences including, traffic stops, fire arm training simulator, driving simulations and roll call formation  Included in the week is an exclusive tour of the Indianapolis Police Academy and participants are introduced to many aspects and areas of criminal justice as well as Ivy Tech’s degree programs.

MEET Kelley - Indiana University
MEET Kelley is a free opportunity for high-ability students to get introduced to the Kelley School of Business, learn the opportunities available, experience a professional business case competition, and ultimately consider transitioning to Kelley after high school.
Summer 2014 Session Dates: Women’s Session: June 8-13 | Men’s Session: June 15-20

Media University - University of Illinois
Media University is a program offered by the College of Media at the University of Illinois for two weeks in the summer. This program introduces high school students to the many facets of advertising and journalism as viable career choices through hands-on learning activities. Students will work on a real project; interact with University of Illinois faculty, ad agencies and clients, journalists, and media personnel; and learn from current University of Illinois students. At the end of the program, students will present their projects to their clients, parents and the public at a graduation ceremony. The dates are June 16-27, 2014. DEADLINE: MAY 1

College of Education Summer Camp - University of Findlay
Students interested in majoring in education simply can't miss this summer camp! The University of Findlay's College of Education is offering a unique and interactive Education Summer Camp July 14 through 16 on campus. As part of our camp, your students will experience a day in the life of a teacher through behind-the-scenes tours of local elementary, middle and high schools.