Personalized College Counseling

The world of post-secondary education is vast. From determining which college choices fit best to long and complex admissions and financial aid processes, many parents and students wish they had a guide for the journey. Enter the designated college counselor Wahlert Catholic High School offers its students.

In 2011, with the help of a grant from BP Oil and the Molo family, Wahlert Catholic added the college counseling service to the guidance office. This position is 100 percent dedicated to ensuring that students feel confident about their preparations for a future career path, whether they seek additional schooling at a two- or four-year college, military school or vocational school.

Wahlert’s college counseling service specifically provides assistance:

  • Increasing awareness among students of unexpected college opportunities and scholarship options.
  • Comparing college options.
  • Setting up college visits.
  • Applying to college.
  • Applying for scholarships.
  • Selecting the right school for the individual.

Services are also available to parents to ensure they are comfortable with each step of the post-secondary planning process, including the College Corner, a newsletter with a bi-weekly edition for seniors and a monthly edition for grades 9–11.

David Kelley
College Counselor
(563) 583-9771, Ext. 257
Office hours: 7:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m., Monday–Wednesday
B.A. in English, University of Northern Iowa
M.A. in Psychology, Drake University
Previously taught at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, and served as school counselor at Urbandale Middle School and Dowling Catholic High School in the Des Moines area.“There is no doubt that college is becoming vital to an individual’s long-term career options, and the college admissions process is continuously becoming more competitive.”
Contact Us

Wahlert Catholic High School
2005 Kane St., Dubuque IA 52001 | {view on map}
Phone: (563) 583-9771
Fax: (563) 583-9775

Principal: Ron Meyers
Assistant Principal: Cynthia Wagner
Chaplain: Father Andy Upah

School Hours: 7:40 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Office Hours: 6:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.