FAQ's Regarding Mentoring:
How do I get my child involved in PEAK?
Please check our Criteria for Acceptance to make sure that your child qualifies. If so, interested parents and students must attend a General Information Application Meeting. Click here for upcoming dates.
Can I get an application for my child to apply to PEAK mailed to me or online?
Unfortunately, our applications are not distributed through the mail nor can they be downloaded from our website. Parent attendance at a General Information Application Meeting is the only way to receive an application.
What do I do if I do not have all of the documents requested for the student application?
Because incomplete applications are not accepted, it is very important that you include ALL requested documentation with your application. Please contact the PEAK office at (773) 235-8003 before the application deadline to receive instruction on how to obtain the documents that you are missing to complete your application.
When will I know if my child is accepted in PEAK and will get a scholarship?
Unfortunately, our application process takes several months and we are not able to make quick decisions. Parents and students are notified of acceptances in late May or early June prior to the start of the school year.
If my child is accepted into PEAK, do we have to reapply for the scholarship every year?
No, you are not required to reapply each year. As long as students fulfill all of the requirements of a PEAK student, their scholarship is automatically renewed each year.
Does PEAK offer scholarships at other high schools other than Holy Trinity?
No. Holy Trinity is our exclusive partnering high school. In order to receive a PEAK scholarship, a student must be accepted to attend Holy Trinity.
If my child earns A’s and B’s on his report card, can we still apply to PEAK?
PEAK is a unique program, which offers academically average students who do not qualify for traditional scholarships the opportunity to receive scholarships based on their potential for success. As a result, students who earn all A’s and B’s do not qualify for our program.
What if my child does not need or want a mentor?
Although PEAK offers full scholarships for students, we are not just a scholarship program. We are also a mentoring organization. Students must actively participate in the mentoring component of the program in order to receive a scholarship. Students or parents who are not interested in participating in the mentoring program should not apply to PEAK.
How much tuition does the PEAK scholarship cover at Holy Trinity?
PEAK pays full tuition for students to attend Holy Trinity, which is approximately $7,000 a year. Annual tuition increases are also covered by PEAK.
How much tuition are parents responsible for paying if my child is accepted in PEAK?
Because PEAK pays full tuition for students, parents are not required to pay any portion of tuition. However, PEAK parents are required to pay $600 a year to Holy Trinity to cover the costs of books, uniforms, and fees.
How do I know that my child’s mentor is a safe, responsible, and positive person?
Prior to mentoring a student, mentors must participate in the PEAK application process, which includes the following screening:
When do I meet my mentor or mentee for the first time?
Students and mentors meet for the first time at our Annual Kick-Off event in August prior to the start of the school year. Parents are also invited to attend this event. The mentoring relationship and road to graduation begins at this event!
How do I become a mentor?
Mentors have to submit an application and undergo our screening process. Please visit our “Become a Mentor” section of the website for those details.
How long is the mentoring commitment?
Mentors commit to mentoring a student for four (4) years through high school.
How often are mentors and students required to see each other?
Mentors and students are required to spend at least four (4) hours a month together and to communicate with each other at least twice a month.
How are students and mentors matched?
Mentor matches are gender based, so female students are matched with women and male students are matched with men. Additionally, information received from interests surveys, face-to-face interviews of mentors and students, and student and mentor personality characteristics are used in the matching process.
How does my child apply to Holy Trinity?
Although we are partners, Holy Trinity and PEAK are two separate organizations, each with our own application process. Students interested in applying to PEAK must also apply for acceptance to Holy Trinity. Parents should contact Holy Trinity’s Director of Admissions at (773) 278-4212 ext. 3023 to start the Holy Trinity application process. Students must also take the high school placement test at Holy Trinity. Test dates can be obtained from Holy Trinity’s Director of Admissions or by visiting their website at www.holytrinity-hs.org.