College Placement

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Jefferson College Parent Information Night - May 29th
Jefferson College Bound take a look!

Funds still available! Scholarship for students with ACT of 28+ and EFC under $12000
CURRENT seniors just now graduating.  Scholarships STILL available.

Kaplan - Check out our free SAT and ACT classes this May
Free SAT & ACT Classes from Kaplan University

Summer Fridays at UChicago
Summer events at the University of Chicago - one of the best schools in the world!

State Tech and MFA - New Program
Missouri Tech is for those not wanting the traditional college route but to be trained and certified in very high demand fields.  Check out this one!  (Think agriculture!)

Upcoming Jefferson College Events
Jefferson College Registration and Summer Camp information
Registration - Boys Soccer Camp - Girls Soccer Camp - Women's Soccer ID Camp

Very good St. Louis area program for Duke, Georgetown Harvard, Penn, Stanford
Note:  This is really only for juniors but I want sophomores/freshmen to keep this in mind.  This is the only way you can hear about these schools before actually visiting them. They will not send a rep to St. Pius as we are just too small.
Exploring College Options, All five schools at one event. 
Student/Parent Information Night  5/23/19
RSVP and details at

Wash U - Join Us for On-Campus School Theme Days
These are terrific opportunities at Washington University. Sign up quickly as space is limited. 

McKendree University: Sport Management Majors go Pro
This is neat 

Jefferson College Student Leader
Admission's/Enrollment job at Jefferson College!  Take a look!

Terrific Information Program about five very select colleges - 6/4/19
Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice for an information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. You must register to attend. More information here

April 30 Free Competitive College Seminar - Mentors for College
Mentors 4 College is sponsoring two free seminars on April 30 focused on Competitive College Applications. Admissions officers from four highly competitive universities will be discussing how to prepare for, apply to and pay for college. The schools participating include Case Western Reserve, Colgate, University of Miami and the US Naval Academy. Check out their website here

[Growing Youth Entrepreneurship] QØ Scholarships + Tuition Awards Available.
Summer opportunity in the business field. 

Missouri Tour Guide Scholarship
At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Missouri area, while also getting an insider view of the Show Me State.
Deadline: 12/31/19 recurring annually More information & apply

MHJ Junior Volunteer Program
Mercy Junior Volunteer Program

Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFROTC) Information
Regarding Air Force ROTC See the Flyer - Contact form

SUMMA Theological Debate Camp 2019
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16–24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!
Deadline: 6/1/19 More information & apply

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

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

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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.