School Counseling Department
Phone (802) 453-7028 FAX (802) 453-4726 CEEB CODE: 460065
Welcome to the School Counseling Department. Here you will find information and links that support students in academic success and future planning. Feel free to browse our site. Counselor assignment is based on grade and first letter of last name as follows:
You are welcome to call or email your School Counselor at any time if you have questions. This page begins with important links, and is followed by Student Planning Notes and Financial Aid Tips. Please take the time to scroll down the page. Thank you for visiting the School Counseling Department.
STUDENT PLANNING NOTES
SENIORS: Welcome back to the start of your last year of high school! As much as you wish it would be a breeze, you have plenty of things to be doing. By now you should have a pretty clear idea of where you may apply to college. You should be on the mailing list at those colleges so you can be receiving up to date material. You should know the application process at each school. You should have an account at the Common App website. You should be considering some essay topics that you could write about. You should be signed up to take any required admissions tests. You should be considering who to have write letters of recommendation for you. Whether or not any of this sounds overwhelming, you should definitely meet with your School counselor!!! As you apply to school, your counselor's office should be a regular stop in your school week. Stop by and make an appointment or be on the lookout for a pass as we will be inviting you in to talk about your post-secondary plans after the drop-add period ends. Parents are also welcome to call or make an appointment to come in.
THINGS TO DO THIS YEAR!
Be on the lookout for information about the PSAT. This test will be offered on Wednesday October 11, 2017 here at Mt. Abraham. All juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT. This year the cost will be $16.00. There is a sign-up sheet in the guidance office. Counselors will be coming to your US History classes to go over some details with you during the week of September 18.
Career Exploration - Research some careers that you are interested in. Follow this link for more info on career awareness . There are some great resources! You can find information about training needed for certain jobs as well as salaries you can earn, the outlook for employment when you are out of college, whether the number of jobs is shrinking or growing. This can be a great way to narrow down your major choice.
Review your schedule – Check on your schedule and review your classes. Plan well and DO NOT SLACK!!! Remember, colleges and employers like to see that students challenge themselves by taking all four core courses all four years. They also like to see students continue their study of foreign language and take relevant electives. If you have time in your schedule, consider a career center program related to your potential college major. You have worked hard to this point and should keep it up! See your counselor with any questions.
College Search – Start thinking about what you want in a college. Think about things like where it’s located, how many people attend, does it have a program that you want to study, do they have on campus housing and what kind, can freshmen have cars, do they have activities/athletics that you may want to do? There are lots of Internet sites that can help you narrow down your searches and help you learn about different schools. This link will lead you to lots of information on college selection. See your counselor for help. We have access to more information than you could possibly read so let us help you!
Continue to do your best in school – Obviously college admissions people like good grades. The best predictor of your ability to succeed in college is you high school record. Do your best!!! Also, spend time reading. Not only can it be fun, but it is also good SAT/ACT preparation. Look up all of the words that you don’t know. Chances are, if it’s an obscure word, you could see it on the next admissions test that you take!
COLLEGE REPS We will once again have representatives from various colleges visiting Mt. Abe. It is a very good idea to meet with them if you are interested in that particular school. Simply ask for a pass to attend. Please check your school email as we are sharing the schedule through student gmail. Follow this link to see the current schedule of visits:
Testing schedules are available at the SAT and ACT websites. Please visit these websites to see testing dates and deadlines by which you must sign up. Signing up online is very efficient and the preferred way for students to sign up for testing. If you have any concerns about testing dates, which test to take, or even if you should take any tests, see your counselor.
FINANCIAL AID TIPS
There are three ways in which you may need to apply for financial aid. All financial aid applicants must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and may fill out the VSAC Incentive grant application. Follow the links to these sites. Families may submit these forms as early as October 1 of the student's senior year. A third application you may need to fill out is the CSS Profile. This application is used by certain schools in order to gather more information about your family resources. Log on to the CSS Profile page for information about the Profile. Online registrations are accepted beginning October 1. Do not hesitate to register as soon as possible if you are required to do so. Mt. Abraham hosts a financial aid forms night, presented by VSAC, in early October. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is an invaluable resource for financial aid information. They can be reached at 1-800-642-3177 or www.vsac.org