The Counseling Department is concerned with the total development of all students. Counselors provide information and counseling in matters of career choice, educational alternatives, and enhancement of personal and interpersonal skills. It is preferred that students work with their assigned grade level counselor to ensure greater continuity.
Students can talk individually with counselors about problems. These sessions are confidential.
All potential dropouts are counseled and every effort is made to encourage them to continue their education. Using the withdrawal form provided by the counseling office, each student who leaves school must clear with each of his/her teachers, the library, the cafeteria, and administration. Students should inform the counseling office so that withdrawal papers can be initiated.
All permanent school records are kept in the counseling office. Information pertaining to test results, grades, attendance and immunizations is recorded regularly. Providing the principal or counselor attends, students and/or their parents may inspect the student's records
Students or parents may make a formal request for a transcript to be sent to another school, college, prospective employer or the military. There is a charge of $1.00 per transcript. Former students who request copies shall be charged $3.00 per transcript.
Upon request from a parent, teacher or student, the counselor will make a referral to one of the many available community service agencies. All referrals are kept confidential.
Scholarships/Financial Aid Information
All seniors desiring a scholarship or financial aid are urged to make their needs known to the senior counselor. Students are encouraged to refer to the Scholarship News Bulletin and to listen to announcements regularly. A few financial aid forms, which initiate the process of financial aid procurement, are available in December in the counseling office. The United States Department of Education encourages you to file the FAFSA on line @ www.fafsa.ed.gov. A Financial Aid Workshop is held for students and parents each January.
Career Choice and Post-Secondary Planning
Each student will develop a four-year plan, declare a course of study, and choose a career pathway. A vocational aptitude battery is available to all juniors. Juniors and seniors are eligible for career exploration experiences, such as job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships. A college-planning seminar for students and parents is held in the spring of each school year. All students and parents are welcome to attend.
Each junior and senior is allowed one day to visit a college of his/her choice. Provided prior approval is received and proper documentation is provided from the college to verify the visit, that day is not counted against the student for attendance purposes. Additional visits may be approved. Non-college visits such as physicals for the military will be considered on an individual basis.