College Placement

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College Men's Soccer College Prospect ID Camp to be held at Greenville College
Coaches from these schools will be at one or both of the camps: Northern Illinois,Eastern Illinois, Missouri State, Rose-Hulman, Malcom X College, and St. Mary of the Woods and others. 
To register and learn more go to

Westminster College Summer Camps
Summer camps at Westminster for current freshmen through seniors. These are terrific! STEM Camp & WestMo Bug Camp
More information here

Coe College - The TAG Summer Academy application is approaching
The application deadline for Coe's Talented and Gifted (TAG) Summer Academy is right around the corner and we don't want your students to miss it! During these week­long sessions, your students will be able to experience advanced college-­level courses taught by Coe professors and get to know other top students from across the globe.
Deadline: 5/1/19 More information & apply

Upcoming rep. visits
SLU 4/5/19

BBB Student of Ethics Scholarship ($2,500)
The Better Business Bureau is offering a $2,500 college scholarship for someone in the class of 2020 who exemplifies leadership, community service, personal integrity, and academic history.  The deadline is this May, the link for the application is below, you need to fill it out and get a letter of reference from a faculty member.
Deadline: 5/31/19 More information & apply

Social Work Information
The message of Social Justice is strong at St. Pius!  If you have juniors and seniors (or younger if they are interested) that are considering a career that serves others, learning about Social Work careers is a great way to start narrowing down options. We are hosting an event on April 1 (flyer attached) and would love to see some of your students!

Truman Showcase Days - Juniors: These are for you!
March 30 and April 27. Both Saturdays.  RSVP at
Even better, go during the school week and see how vibrant the campus really is. Online there is a Visit Request Form. Maz is a big fan of Truman.  Ask him why!

Colleges with DIRECT ADMIT NURSING & NURSING programs
These are Direct Nursing Admissions School in several states.  This was compiled by my wife's colleague at Cor Jesu Academy. Maz

Regarding the St. Mary visit today: I learned something late in the visit
First of all, terrific turnout.  We now have at least two seriously interested students and several more were introduced today to this unique Catholic college. They now have ice hockey for men.  It is not YET Division 2 like the rest of their sports, but it soon will be.  They won 30 games in their first year this year.   Hockey players out there, take note. Ya wanna play?  See Maz if now interested as I have a brochure and contact information. Ask Maz how you can get scholarship money to play hockey here even though they are not yet D2. 

Summer opportunity - Weeklong Theology Institute for HS Women at St. Mary's College
This is pretty neat and multi-faceted. Ask to read the cover letter provided to the Religion teachers, and you will see what I mean. 

For only $300 and for a very limited number of ladies, these are held at the all girls, St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana.  This is across the street from Notre Dame and is a very good school.  Several St. PIus students have graduated from there and this was the home of Mrs. Chibitty for 4 years!  Two dates:  July 7-12 and July 14-19.   Application deadline is April 15th but this will fill quickly. Go to
Deadline: 4/15/19

Jefferson College Events and Opportunities for Students
Students interested in film or Social Work -
Jefferson College Film Festival Student Competition

University of Missouri - Seeking students looking for a leadership adventure
Amazing and inexpensive ten day, summer, leadership opportunity via Mizzou.  For current 9,10,11 grade students. 

With your college credits transferring to UMSL, this can be a very good choice for some of you. 

Career Insider: Health Sciences
For the health sciences....

Lindenwood University Football- Prospective
I have never before received something like this offer.  This is at Lindenwood Belleville, not St. Charles.  They have a ton of student athletes. 

CTE 50% Scholarship Applications Due Fri., April 5, 2019
Jefferson College Bound Scholarship! (From Mrs. Bergmann...)

College Covered - Help your students compare award letters
How to read an award letter. 

Jefferson College Senior Scholarships
Jefferson College bound seniors scholarship  - be considered for over 100 scholarships with a single application.
Deadline: 4/1/19

Living on campus at Truman
Good piece about Truman and housing.

Cornerstone Summer Institute at UVA
Very interesting summer camp studying the surrounding University of Virginia and Charlottesville, VA area on the topic of slavery. The cost is of the camp is $850 which is not too bad really. To find the application & learn more visit here
Deadline: 3/22/19

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The St. Pius X College Placement Office helps students and parents understand the complexities of the college admissions process. I work one-on-one with each student to assess their academic and personal needs, leading to an appropriate selection of institutions at which to apply.

Mr. Marty Zielonko




A member of the St. Pius X community since 1977.

(636) 931-7487, ext. 142

B.A. Benedictine College

M.A. Southeast MO State University

Visiting Colleges & Universities 

  • Over 54 colleges, universities, technical and military schools visit St. Pius X High School annually

  • The 693 Program: 6 class wide college tours to 9 colleges and universities in a student’s first 3 years of high school

  • Family college visits

  • College events calendar - list all upcoming college visits to St. Pius, open houses, visiting opportunities, and more

I cannot emphasize enough personally visiting colleges early and often. Car trips to and from campuses are great times to process what the College Search Process is all about. It is time and money very well spent. Making the right college choice based on experiencing the place and investigating its programs and having other schools to compare it against help lead to a sound educational choice with lifelong consequences!

College Credits and the College Search Process

St. Pius X High School offers college credit courses through St. Louis University and University of Missouri St. Louis. 

The result of taking College Credit classes and earning CC credits could include three possibilities:

  1. The college accepts the college credits as a direct replacement.

  2. The college accepts the credits but applies them to the general education credit requirements of the college.

  3. The college does not accept any college credits taken in high school or caps the number taken.

The advantages of numbers 1 and 2 include the student entering college with a higher class status. This allows for a higher piority status when enrolling for the courses that semester and every semester afterwards. The same thing applies to choosing student housing each year.

Another overlooked advantage is when a student is faced with a particularly tough semester schedule he or she may choose to take one less class this semester. Another advantage is in becoming eligible sooner for internships and study abroad.

There is always risk involved. As stated in number 3, college credits may not transfer at all. Colleges are constantly changing their policies regarding college credit transfers. When making your college selection, be sure to know the college's policy regarding college credit transfers. It may sway your final decision.