Director of Counseling and Admissions
Mary Paule Monks
School Social Worker and Equity Coordinator
The School Counseling and Admissions Department is located on the first floor of the building, Room A-122. Counselors are on hand to assist students with various school and personal problems. A prime function of the counselors is to help students begin a realistic appraisal of their abilities, achievements, interests and values so that they will be better able to make intelligent, personal, occupational and educational decisions.
The School Counseling and Admissions Department has a computerized career guidance program. Here students will find information on careers, colleges, financial aid and scholarship service, day care, jobs, military careers and national trade schools. The School Counseling and Admissions Department maintains a library of catalogs and vocational information for students' use. These catalogs include those on vocational programs and two- and four-year college brochures. All students are invited to come to the School Counseling and Admissions office with any questions or problems, and they are urged to make frequent use of the many materials here.
Parents are urged to make appointments with the counselor when questions or concerns develop. The guidance secretary will make the necessary arrangements.
For more scholarship opportunities, please visit the guidance office.
College Planning Calendar
- Develop a tentative list of colleges.
- Sign up to meet with college representatives in the school Counseling and Admissions office.
- Register for SAT I and/or ACT spring testing dates. Get info in the school Counseling and Admissions office.
- Have you used extended time testing option in school? If so, see your counselor to see if you are eligible for extended time testing for SATs or ACTs.
- Participate in school trips to college fairs.
- Are you eligible for a fee waiver for the SATs and ACTs? Check with your counselor.
- Work with your counselor to create a list of 3-5 colleges.
- Use the list of college websites to help you get information and to narrow your choices.
Summer Between Junior and Senior Year
- This is the time to visit college campuses!
- If you are unhappy with your spring SAT/ACT test scores, study over the summer on your own or take a course.
September of Senior Year
- Bring your list of colleges to your counselor. Make sure there are reach, possible and safe choices. Create a list of 3-5 colleges.
- If you are auditioning for a fine arts school, let your counselor know.
- Schedule interviews for schools where they are required or recommended.
- Sign-up for a second round of SAT or ACT tests, unless you are happy with your score.
- Create your college resume through Career Cruising.
- Continue to meet with college representatives. Sign up in the school Counseling and Admissions office.
October of Senior Year
- YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR COLLEGES PICKED OUT BY NOW!
- Begin to fill out applications. USE BLACK INK. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!
- Take the college essay seriously. Give yourself time to write a thoughtful and interesting essay. Ask teachers to help you and to proofread.
- Early decision/early action deadlines can be as soon as October.
- Make sure to inform your counselor of which college you are applying to online.
- Ask teachers to write recommendations for you. Give them a two-month notice.
- Fill out a transcript request form in guidance for each of your applications.
November of Senior Year
- Finish college visits and interviews.
- Be aware of college application deadlines.
- Continue to work on your applications.
- Parents: ATTEND FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
December of Senior Year
- Complete SAT/ACT testing.
- Be aware of college application deadlines.
- Request transcripts to be sent.
- Obtain financial aid forms from the school Counseling and Admissions office or online.
- Complete remaining college applications on time.
- Investigate and apply for LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Check in the guidance office.
January of Senior Year
- Apply for financial aid! The FAFSA form is available online and in the school Counseling and Admissions office. Applications will be accepted after January 1st.
- Remember, financial aid is first come first served! Also talk to your colleges about any forms that you have to fill out for financial aid as well as for their scholarships. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR TAXES; it is more important to get your information in as soon as possible.
February of Senior Year
- Investigate and apply for LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Check in the school Counseling and Admissions office.
- PARENTS: You can come in to the Guidance office and obtain info on scholarships.
March of Senior Year
- Continue to investigate and apply for LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Check in the school Counseling and Admissions office.
April of Senior Year
- Colleges will let you know about acceptances or rejections in March/April. Let your counselor know.
May of Senior Year
- Fill out paperwork and mail your deposit for the college you plan to attend.
June of Senior Year: