“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse and mobile society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that impact academic achievement.” (American School Counseling Association)
- Senior year is a critical time in a student’s life. It is all about endings and beginnings. It is about joint family decision-making and assertion of individual independence. The Senior Counselor has a great deal of contact with the seniors. In addition to individual meetings, all seniors and parents are encouraged to attend the college financial aid workshop we offer in the fall. A flyer will go out in October with program specifics.
- SAT—The SAT is offered in October, November, December and January. Students are encouraged to take the SATs twice if they are able. Some colleges require SAT subject tests. Seniors need to be aware if the college they plan to apply to require subject tests. All College Board test results MUST be sent directly to colleges from the College Board.
- After School Help – All teachers offer after school help on a regular basis. Students are encouraged to see their teachers after school whenever they have an academic issue.
- Individual Counseling – High school seniors face a variety of developmental issues. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they graduate. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures from a variety of areas. They need guidance in making decisions. They just sometimes need to talk. The School Counselor is here to assist the student, and their families, with issues and questions they might have.
- Classroom Guidance—The Senior counselor meets with all seniors in class groups during the month of September to review procedures for requesting recommendations and transcripts, releasing test scores, developing college admission plans, and establishing timetables for the senior year.
- College Essay — The English department has been working with all Senior students on their college application essays. Please ask your child to see the essay if you have not seen it already. They have all done a great deal of work on perfecting this important application piece.
- Individual Meetings— The Senior Counselor meets individually with all seniors to discuss post-secondary options, finalize college lists, review procedures, and gather information for recommendations.
- College Representative Visits – Beginning in September, admission counselors from numerous colleges and universities will schedule meetings with students to discuss programs and review admission requirements. A list of college visitors will be posted outside of the guidance office.
- Tips and Reminders-
- Seniors should see their counselor early in the fall to discuss post-secondary plans. Informational interviews and job shadowing are an excellent way to explore career possibilities.
- Students who are undecided about college majors and programs may want to contact community and family members who hold positions in careers of interest.
- College visits are an important part of the application process. Students are encouraged to schedule visits while colleges are in session whenever possible.
- Many small, competitive colleges also require interviews, which can be scheduled during a visit.
- Students need to maintain strong grades during senior year, as this will affect college admission decisions.
- Students are encouraged to select a strong course load while maintaining a balance between school and extracurricular activities.
- The college process can sometimes be a stressful time for families. Establish a regular check-in time to discuss plans and process information. Setting deadlines and creating checklists may be helpful.
Helpful Links for Seniors
- click on students and families sign in, type 01844
- choose PMA, username and password are sstudent
- click on colleges and then scholarship list
or use the PMA Naviance Family Connection link below if you already have an account.
If at any time you have a question or concern please feel free to contact the Senior counselor, Mrs. Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 978-682-9391 X 107.