9th Grade Counseling Services Overview
During freshman year it is essential to establish a strong academic foundation. Most students experience a new level of academic challenge when they begin their high school course work. As a department we have made it our goal to support students in the transition process and have focused our 9th grade guidance curriculum on bolstering academic success.
Incoming Freshmen Student and Parent Night
During the spring before the 9th grade, counselors will host a evening presentation and discuss graduation and college entrance requirements, resources available on campus and provide an overview of the scheduling process.
Freshmen Orientation - September
In our "Freshmen Orientation" guidance lesson students will discuss:
Graduation requirements and college entrance requirements
Available support resources on our campus
Strategies for success
The PowerPoint presentation for this lesson will be available to download in the Fall.
College and Career Day - October
All freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9. This exam is the first in the College Board's "SAT Suite of Assessments." The purpose of the PSAT 8/9 is to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school. All freshmen will attend a motivational/inspirational assembly and participate in various teacher-led activities.
Four Year Plans
Throughout the year, counselors will meet with freshmen to discuss their four year plan to help students build a road map towards their post-secondary goal.
Introduction to Naviance
In the fall, 9th graders will review their Strengths Explorer results. Out of their top 3 themes, students will select one theme that will lead them to various pathways and select one pathway. They will then research one career within that pathway. Students will review career specifications which include salary, required education, skills, duties/responsibilities & job outlook.
Freshmen 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 freshmen counseling conference is a great place to get guidance on course selections for sophomore year.
Naviance Cluster Finder Assessment
In the spring, 9th graders will research various career clusters. Students will take the assessment to see which cluster they scored the highest, select a cluster they are most interested in, and compare the two clusters.
Freshman/Senior Buddy: In the fall, 9th grade students can sign up to be matched with a Senior peer mentor to help support them as they transition to high school.
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 email@example.com.
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.