College Placement

When boys come here, they can go anywhere.
We make sure our students are ready for the next step by entrusting each student to a full-time college counselor to receive a personalized plan through the college search, application, and selection process.
Our expert college counselors know how to structure a program that supports each student’s search for self, purpose, and potential.
So when college admissions time comes around, that feeling in the pit of the students’ and parents’ stomach isn’t worry.
It’s excitement about what lies ahead.

“I love getting to know the younger students. It allows me to be an older brother for them, really.

Zach Broderick '20

Westwood  |  Peer Minister

Virtual Counselor Coffees

Our Academic and College Counseling team has been working hard to provide our upperclassmen with the best resources as they continue on their journey and pursue higher education. See some of the recent sessions below:

Developing a College Plan

Tom McHugh, Assistant Director of Admission at Holy Cross, joins the College Counseling Team to discuss key steps and guide posts for students & families to consider to reach their college goals. This conversation is designed for students currently in Grades 8-10, but is open for all interested parents.

Finding Your Fit

Alex Stowe, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Gettysburg College, joins the College Counseling Team to discuss "fit" in the college exploration process. How do colleges articulate and promote their mission, and how can applicants identify their match, both in their search and application? What might different college communities "feel" like, and how can we identify that while campuses are closed? This webinar is designed for our current juniors and their families, but is open and helpful for all interested parents.

Young Alumni Panel

Join Mr. Jack O'Keefe, Assistant Director of Counseling, for a conversation with a panel of CM alumni who will discuss their college exploration, application, and decision process, as well as their experiences at their college or university. This webinar is focused on issues and questions facing our current junior families.

Planning for the Transition to High School

Ms. Mary Concannon hosts this discussion with high school counselors Mr. Thomas Claiborne, Ms. Rachel Kaplan, and Mr. Jack O'Keefe, as well as Director of Academic Resources, Ms. Deb Rooney, for current 8th grade parents. Parents can learn about the high school curriculum, resources available during the transition to HS, and how counselors work with students to prepare for college in the Beyond CM program.

Hear from the counselors who will be working with their son from next year through graduation and recent CM alumni on their transition to college.

Navigating the College Exploration Process

Mr. Joe Dacey, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Stonehill College, provides valuable insights about how colleges are adjusting to the current situation as well as providing valuable advice for how students can position themselves for successfully finding a college match.

Supporting Student Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. Deborah Margolis, School Psychologist and professor at Merrimack College, joins the CM Academic and College Counseling Office for a discussion of how you can support your son during the pandemic and navigating the temporary world of online learning.

Recruiting Character

Join Director of Enrollment, Mr. Michael Schell, for a Zoom webinar with Brennan Barnard, author of The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together as they discuss the role of character in the college search process.

Mapping the Journey Beyond CM

CM’s college counseling program is unique. It goes well beyond creating a list. It is a process that is introspective and reflective. We encourage students to develop confidence in who they are. Then, we help them discover who they want to become, and use that awareness to create the right list. We focus on helping each boy apply and be admitted to the right school for him.

9th Grade: Find Yourself, Find Your Future

Freshmen grow in their own desire for self-knowledge so that they can take ownership of their learning and maximize their CM experience. Students form a brotherhood and learn to serve as supportive companions in this journey.

10th Grade: Measuring What Matters Most

Sophomores learn to set effective goals for academic and personal improvement, while building skills for managing their progress. Students deepen their understanding of what it means to live with grit and a growth mindset that ensures their best efforts and results.

11th Grade: Getting in Starts Within

Juniors receive a platform for discernment that structures and supports their search for self, purpose, and potential. The Beyond CM Discernment Paper allows each student to identify the connections among his faith, aspirations, and achievements.

12th Grade: Vision and Virtues for Success

Seniors receive personalized counseling through the application and submission process. While determining the right college match, students continue to nurture their habits of critical thinking and enhance their leadership capacity.

Michael Schell

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

“We help boys tell their stories and craft applications that reflect their values, experiences, and goals.”

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.


235 Baker Street
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
Fax: 617-325-0888