Bowen High School

Counseling, College, and Career

Our Counseling, College, and Career Department prepares Bowen High School students for their next step, whether it is higher education or a career right after high school.

College Match

Our team uses a unique college match tool to help our students identify the colleges and universities that might be the best fit for them academically, based on grade point average and ACT scores. Every 12th grade student must complete a minimum of five college applications, with three of them being "match" schools. The remaining applications should either be for safety schools, which are colleges that will definitely accept them based on their academic profile, or reach schools, which are colleges that are more selective. We work with our students individually to help them identify a post-secondary plan that is both practical and challenging.

College Visits

Each year, Bowen students across all grade levels visit colleges and universities throughout Illinois and attend college fairs in Chicago. Take a look at pictures from our visits, and check out our calendar to learn about upcoming visits.

College Visits

Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

In addition to completing five college applications, every eligible 12th grade student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available at the Federal Student Aid website on October 1, 2016. Check our calendar for details about our upcoming FAFSA workshops!

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)

For the past several years, our students have benefited from Bowen's great partnership with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Every school year, one of ISAC's College Access Specialists works with our students and their families throughout the college application process, specifically focusing on financial aid resources.

Contact our current ISAC representative, KeYerra Coleman, at (773) 675-0065 for more information about financial aid workshops or presentations.

Ladder Up Chicago

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Bowen expanded its existing partnership with Ladder Up, a Chicago-based non-profit organization committed to helping hardworking families and individuals access critical financial resources. Ladder Up provides hardworking people with the financial resources and opportunities they need to move up the economic ladder. We provide free tax return preparation, college financial aid application assistance, and practical money management workshops. Since 1994, Ladder Up's TAP and LIFT programs have returned over $439 million in economic benefits to more than 224,000 hardworking people across the Chicago area.

Contact the Ladder Up office at (312) 466-0771 for more information about financial aid workshops or presentations, or visit the Ladder Up website.

Bowen Goes to College!

Bowen High School is making college dreams come true for dozens of first generation college-goers. We need your support to make these dreams come true. Because our school is 95% low-income, many of our families do not have the discretionary funds to navigate this first time college experience. Toward tackling that challenge, we are continuously fundraising but believe that the BHS online community of family and friends can provide further support toward reaching our $20,000 goal. Please visit our gofundme page today. Thank you for your support!

Meet Our Team

Janelle Norman, Post-Secondary Coach
(773) 535.7650 ext. 28942
(773) 490.7767 mobile

Ms. Norman has worked with Bowen students since the fall of 2013, and this is her third year working at Bowen full-time. As college and career coach, she organizes college tours, application workshops, and college and career fairs, working with students of all grade levels. She leads the post-secondary leadership team and summer melt mentor program and is the contact person for all things college-related here at Bowen. Ms. Norman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in global studies and French language.