11th Grade Counseling Services Overview
The junior year has a reputation for being one of the most challenging years of high school. In addition to a more rigorous course load, students dedicate a great deal of time to completing the SAT or ACT. As a result, it is very important to maintain a balanced and healthy schedule. As always, counselors are available to help students navigate this challenging year. Our counseling program helps students anticipate the college application process and develop their career interests.
College and Career Day/PSAT – October
All juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT. If the PSAT is taken during the junior year it counts as the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This test is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to qualify students for scholarships. If the student is a semi-finalist they will have to complete an additional application in the fall of their senior year.
Financial Aid Evening Presentation - October
The counseling department will host an evening presentation for students and parents/guardians on the financial aid application process, types of financial aid, scholarships and deadlines. We will invite a guest speaker with extensive knowledge and experience to present on this topic.
In the fall, students will research colleges and add colleges they are thinking about on Naviance. They will use the tool, SuperMatch to research colleges by selecting criteria in certain categories. Students will also compare and contrast three colleges and review data on admission rates, GPA requirements, SAT/ACT scores, etc. Students will also learn how to search for scholarships through Naviance.
Warrior Workshop Presentations
Counselors will offer Warrior Workshops for junior students to discuss how to best prepare for the college application process. Counselors typically discuss how to put together a list of schools, how to anticipate writing personal statements, how to remain organized, and how to request a counselor letter of recommendation. The goal is to help students reduce stress in the fall by providing tips and telling them what to expect.
Junior Counseling Conference – February/March
This presentation covers high school graduation requirements, college admissions requirements and college admissions tests. Counselors Students will also review their current transcript and academic progress. These appointments are scheduled throughout February and March. The junior counseling conference is a great place to get guidance on course selections for senior year.
Every junior meets individually with their counselor to review their 12th grade schedule, review A-G requirements, and make sure they will meet all graduation requirements.
Tutorial Club offers free tutoring Monday - Friday during lunch, and Monday - Wednesday after school until 4:00 pm in the WHS Library. No appointment necessary. Please Note: Not all subjects will have tutors presently available. You can check with the librarian if you need a tutor for a subject that is not currently assigned a tutor and she will do her best to find you someone.
Warrior Workshop (WW) -- Every Wednesday and Thursday students have a WW built into the school day (between 3rd and 4th period). Students are to sign up for a WW on eTUSD the day prior to the workshop. They should choose a class they need some extra help.
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