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 use 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. All juniors will also attend a motivational/inspirational assembly and attend our college fair.
Financial Aid Evening Presentation - October
The counseling department will host an evening presentation for students and parent/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.
PSAT/College Info Night – January
This informative evening presentation prepares parents and students for the college admissions process in senior year. While the presentation focuses primarily on the "big picture," it also goes into detail regarding system requirements, including: California State Universities, the University of California, private schools, and out of state schools as well. Learning about the college admissions process in the junior year can help to reduce stress during senior year.
Counselors meet with all junior students in the classroom 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 standardized testing. 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.
Super Match and Compare & Contrast Colleges I'm Thinking About - March
A month after alpha counselor presentation, students will research colleges and add colleges they are thinking about on Naviance. Students will also compare and contrast three colleges and review data on admission rates, GPA requirements, SAT/ACT scores, etc.
Introduction to Scholarship Searches - Spring
Students will learn how to search for scholarships. Students will go on Fastweb, create an account, and find one potential scholarship.
NHS Tutoring: National Honors Society students are available in the Library after-school to tutor in any subject. To coordinate tutoring please contact Ms. Rashid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Tutoring Program: THS offers free faculty tutoring during the week one hour prior to school and one hour after school in English, Mathematics and Sciences. Please see the faculty tutoring schedule which will be available after 1st quarter.
Khan Academy: Free online tutoring academy. Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level which include math, science, history, art history, economic and more. They offer free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.