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For Seniors

For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:

  • Search for schools that offer programs in your intended field(s) of study.Some on-line resources that may be helpful include: www.collegeboard.com,www.act.org, www.EducationPlanner.org, www.bridges.com, www.fastweb.com, and www.college.gov., www.collegeview.com, www.petersons.com.
  • Narrow your list of colleges, trade or technical schools to between five and ten.Make a calendar with application deadlines and fees for each institution. Attend Open House/Visitation Days or speak to a college representative from as many schools on your list as possible.  Once you have narrowed your choices to between three to five schools, apply to the institutions.  Applying online is preferred.
  • Each college/school application will require a transcript to be sent directly from the Guidance Office to the institution.Be sure to complete a transcript request form at least five business days in advance of any application due date.
  • Register and take the SAT and/or ACT.For more information check on-line at www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org and www.EducationPlanner.org. Determine if your scores needs to be sent directly from the testing company or whether a copy may be submitted with your transcript.
  • Complete your Student Information Sheet (available from your English teacher and/or the Guidance Office) and submit it to the Guidance Office.When you ask a teacher for a letter of recommendation, ask for a copy of your Student Information Sheet and provide it to the teacher so he/she can make your letter more personal.  Some schools require a specific form be completed by the recommender, be sure to include the form with your request.  You may also ask for an open letter of recommendation that can be copied and sent to several schools.  Also ask the teacher to make a version of the letter that can be used for scholarships.  Originals can be kept on file in the Guidance Office.
  • Use the Scholarship Search at www.collegeboard.com, www.fastweb.com or www.myfreedegree.com to find out about scholarships. Companies that ask you to pay for the opportunity to apply for scholarships are likely to be a scam.
  • Complete the FAFSA form as soon after January 1st as possible during your senior year. This can be done on a secure site on-line atwww.FAFSA.ed.gov.  Use the FAFSA4caster to help plan for the financial challenges of higher education.
  • Once you have decided which school to attend, send in your deposit to reserve your place.Contact the other schools that have accepted you in writing to let them know you have chosen to go to another school.  This may allow them to offer another student admission.
  • The college you have selected to attend will receive a final transcript from the Guidance office after graduation.Be sure to maintain good grades throughout the year.
  • If you intend on playing sports at the collegiate level, be sure to register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.com. After registering you will need to download forms that authorize the release of your transcript to the NCAA.  Be sure to have both the student and parent signature on this form when you submit it to the Guidance Office for processing.  Please allow five business days to process this transcript request.

 

For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:

  • Take the opportunity to shadow in the area of employment that you want to pursue.This may help you to decide for or against pursuing a specific occupation.
  • Many jobs require some type of training and require new employees to fulfill the guidelines of a probationary period.Be sure you know what the employer will require of you before you accept the job.
  • Take advantage of apprenticeships where you can learn a skill while being paid.For more information look on line at www.doleta.gov/atels_bat orwww.abckeystone.org/career/learn_to_build.asp.
  • Near the end of your senior year begin contacting employment agencies and/or enroll in the Pennsylvania Career Link service(www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us).
  • Create or update your resume in order to be prepared as you learn of new employment opportunities.You can construct a resume using www.bridges.com. (Log in information is available in the Guidance Office.)
  • Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time.Make sure you get in this habit now.

 

For students who want to enter a branch of military service:

  • Contact a recruiter for the specific branch of interest.Local information can be found on-line.  US Army (www.goarmy.com), US Navy (www.navy.com),US Air Force (www.airforce.com), US Marines (www.Marines.com), US Coast Guard (www.gocoastguard.com), US Merchant Marine (www.usmma.edu), ROTC (www.military.com/ROTC) .
  • Find out when the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is being administered at SHS and how to prepare for the test.Your scores will determine what jobs you can choose from in each branch of service.  More information and on-line preparation for this and other standardized tests can be accessed at www.march2success.com and www.asvabprogram.com.
  • If you are applying for an appointment to a military academy, you will need a nomination from a local Congressman.Contact your local legislator’s office to get the application and find out the deadlines for application.

Make sure you understand the physical requirements needed for each branch of the service.  Work toward meeting those requirements before you begin basic training.

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For Juniors

For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:

  • Sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is an excellent way to prepare for the SAT and will give you an idea of what skills you can concentrate on in preparation for the SAT in the spring.
  • Use on-line tools and personal contacts to find out what type of education you will need for the career(s) you are considering.Arrange for job shadowing on your own or through the Guidance Office to get a better idea of what the career entails.  Some useful web sites are www.bridges.com(log in information is available in the Guidance Office), www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org , www.collegeview.com, www.petersons.com.
  • Begin making a list of colleges, trade or technical schools.Go to their website to find out more about admission requirements, courses, etc.
  • Register and take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring.For more information check on-line at www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, andwww.EducationPlanner.org.  Check with colleges to see if you have to send your scores directly from the testing company or whether a copy may be submitted with your transcript.  You may send up to six score reports free if you apply on line (four free score reports if you apply with a paper application).
  • Be thinking about who you will ask to write letters of recommendation for you.Organize a list of the activities you have participated in within the community and the school.  Note any leadership positions you have held.
  • Use the Scholarship Search at www.collegeboard.com or www.fastweb.com  to find out about scholarships.  Companies that ask you to pay for the opportunity to apply for scholarship are likely to be a scam.
  • Use the FAFSA4caster to help plan for the financial challenges of higher education by accessing www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
  • If you intend on playing sports at the collegiate level, be sure to register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.com at the end of your junior year. After registering you will need to download forms that authorize the release of the your transcript to the NCAA.  Be sure to have both the student and parent signature on this form when you submit it to the Guidance Office for processing.  Please allow five business days to process this transcript request.

For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:

  • Take the opportunity to shadow in the area of employment that you want to pursue.This may help you to decide for or against pursuing a specific occupation.
  • Take advantage of apprenticeships where you can learn a skill while being paid.For more information look on line at www.doleta.gov orwww.abckeystone.org.  Do your research now so you can make the right contacts in your senior year.
  • If you have the time to get a part-time job, try to find something that will allow you to learn about a career you are interested in.
  • Create or update your resume in order to be prepared as you learn of new employment opportunities.You can construct a resume usingwww.bridges.com.
  • Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time.Make sure you get in this habit now.

For students who want to enter a branch of military service:

  • Contact a recruiter for the specific branch of interest.Local information can be found on-line.  US Army (www.goarmy.com), US Navy (www.navy.com), US Air Force (www.airforce.com), US Marines (www.Marines.com), US Coast Guard (www.gocoastguard.com), US Merchant Marine (www.usmma.edu), ROTC (www.military.com/ROTC).
  • Find out when the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is being administered at SHS and how to prepare for the test.Your scores will determine what jobs you can choose from in each branch of service.  More information and on-line preparation for this and other standardized tests can be accessed at www.march2success.com and www.asvabprogram.com
  • If you are applying for an appointment to a military academy, you will need a nomination from a local Congressman.Contact your local legislator’s office to get the application and find out the deadlines for application.

Make sure you understand the physical requirements needed for each branch of the service.  Work toward meeting those requirements before you begin basic training.

For Sophomores

For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:

  • Sign up to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is an excellent way to prepare for the SAT and will give you an idea of what skills you can concentrate on before you take the SAT in your junior year.
  • All sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PLAN in February.This is an excellent way to prepare for the ACT and to begin career research. In addition to the information it provides, it is free.
  • Use on-line tools and personal contacts to find out what type of education you will need for the career(s) you are considering.Arrange for job shadowing on your own or through the Guidance Office to get a better idea of what the career entails.  Some useful web sites are www.bridges.com(log in information is available in the Guidance Office), www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.EducationPlanner.org, www.collegeview.com,www.petersons.com.
  • Begin making a list of colleges, trade or technical schools.Go to their website to find out more about admission requirements, courses, etc.
  • Use the FAFSA4caster to help plan for the financial challenges of higher education by accessing www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
  • Get involved in sports, clubs and community activities.These may help you decide on a career and/or give you ideas about what to write about in your college application/scholarship essay.
  • Think about the high school courses that are needed for college acceptance.Most colleges like to see two years of the same foreign language (taken in grades 9-12), math through Algebra II and two lab sciences (physics, chemistry, biology).

For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:

  • Take the opportunity to shadow in the area of employment that you want to pursue.This may help you to decide for or against pursuing a specific occupation.
  • If you have the time to get a part-time job, try to find something that will allow you to learn about a career you are interested in.
  • Create or update your resume in order to be prepared as you learn of new employment opportunities.You can construct a resume usingwww.bridges.com.
  • Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time.Make sure you get in this habit now.
  • Think about the high school courses that will help you get a job.Explore the technology and business courses that might give you the edge over another applicant.

For students who want to enter a branch of military service:

Make sure you understand the physical requirements needed for each branch of the service.  Work toward meeting those requirements before you begin basic training.

For Freshmen

For students who want to attend college, trade, or technical school:

  • Use on-line tools and personal contacts to find out what type of education you will need for the career(s) you are considering.Some useful web sites are www.bridges.com  (log in information is available in the Guidance Office), www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.EducationPlanner.org,www.collegeview.com, www.petersons.com.
  • Talk to friends and family members about the schools and training programs they attended.Find out if you can spend a day job shadowing with them.
  • Get involved in sports, clubs and community activities.These may help you decide on a career and/or give you ideas about what to write about in your college application/scholarship essay.
  • Think about the high school courses that are needed for college acceptance.Most colleges like to see two years of the same foreign language (taken in grades 9-12), math through Algebra II and two lab sciences (physics, chemistry, biology).

For students who desire full-time employment after graduation:

  • Talk to friends and family members about the schools and training programs they attended.Find out if you can spend a day job shadowing with them.
  • Most employers are willing to train you if you are willing to be at work everyday and on time.Make sure you get in this habit now.
  • Think about the high school courses that will help you get a job.Explore the technology and business courses that might give you the edge over another applicant.

For students who want to enter a branch of military service:

Make sure you understand the physical requirements needed for each branch of the service.  Work toward meeting those requirements before you begin basic training.

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