COLLEGE COUNSELING

The College Counseling office is dedicated to helping each student find the best school after graduation. Each student is paired with a counselor to meet one on one to discuss options, receive help applying, finding scholarships and talk about life after graduation.

 

The office hosts multiple college tours and instant admission days where local colleges come to GTH to meet with students and choose admission status that day. All seniors are required to meet with HVCC and SCCC. In addition, all juniors attend a college fair at HVCC in the spring and again as a senior in the fall. With the generous support of donors and allotted budget money, we are able to assure every student has the opportunity to find, apply, and enroll in a college best suited for him. We are proud to boast our 100% college acceptance rate for all graduating classes so far!

 

Green Tech will be using Naviance Family Connection (http://connection.naviance.com/gthcs) to assist you and your parents with the college research and the college application process. Naviance is an efficient and near-paperless system for processing and submitting college application materials to a college or university. Please contact Mrs. Aviza at kaviza@greentechhigh.org  for more information.

 

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Freshmen

College prep To-Do list for high school Freshmen

Take advantage of every opportunity to visit college campuses!

Get involved in extracurricular activities that interest you.

Take advantage of tutoring services. 

Complete community service hours.

Learn about specific colleges by attending college fairs and meeting the representatives we host at GTH.

Begin your high school career by taking rigorous coursework. At GTH, we have many options for AP and Honors coursework throughout high school. See your school counselor for more information! Focus on earning good grades in all of your classes.

It’s never too early to start thinking about scholarships and financial aid. Sign up on www.fastweb.com and search for scholarships.

Sophomores

College prep To-Do list for high school Sophomores

Take the PSAT in October. This is great preparation for the SAT you’ll take junior year!

Learn about specific colleges by attending college fairs and meeting the representatives we host at GTH.

Are you planning on playing sports in college? Make an appointment with your school counselor to discuss your academic eligibility.

Take advantage of every opportunity to visit college campuses!

Focus on earning good grades. Continue taking rigorous coursework. At GTH, we have many options for AP and Honors coursework throughout high school. See your school counselor for more information!

Get involved in extracurricular activities that interest you.

Complete community service hours.

It’s never too early to start thinking about scholarships and financial aid. Sign up on www.fastweb.com and search for scholarships.

Juniors

College prep To-Do list for high school Juniors

Take the PSAT in October. This is great preparation for the SAT you’ll take in the spring!

Learn about specific colleges by attending college fairs and meeting the representatives we host at GTH.

See your school counselor to make sure you are academically on track for the colleges that you are interested in.

Study, study, study for those SAT and ACT exams! You will take them in the spring.

Are you planning on playing sports in college? Sign up for the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.eligibilitycenter.org, and make an appointment with your school counselor to discuss your academic eligibility.

Take advantage of every opportunity to visit college campuses!

Continue taking rigorous coursework. At GTH, we have many options for AP and Honors coursework throughout high school. See your school counselor for more information!

Get involved in extracurricular activities that interest you.

Complete community service hours.

Junior year is a crucial year academically. Focus on earning the best grades you’ve earned yet in your high school career.

It’s never too early to start thinking about scholarships and financial aid. Sign up on www.fastweb.com and search for scholarships.

Seniors

College prep To-Do list for high school Seniors

FIRST SEMESTER OF SENIOR YEAR 

Continue taking a rigorous course schedule. Make sure that you are taking challenging classes academically including AP and Honors classes in your best subjects.

Check your transcript for accuracy. Make sure that everything on your transcript is correct.

Complete “Senior Questionnaire” in Naviance, to assist your school counselor in writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Complete the blue FERPA form in Naviance. (“Colleges’ > “Colleges I’m Applying to”)

Will you take/re-take the SAT or ACT?  If so, register. Register for the SATat www.sat.collegeboard.org Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org.  If you qualify for free and/or reduced lunch, you can get a fee waiver. If you plan on playing sports in college, make sure to add the NCAA Eligibility Code “9999,” while registering for the ACT and SAT.

Narrow your list of colleges. Search for scholarships.

Ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers. Have you written a note to your teachers, to help them write a letter of recommendation on your behalf? If so, make sure to email your teachers through Naviance (“Colleges” –> “Colleges I’m Applying to”–> Teacher Add/Cancel Request.)

Write, rewrite, and revise your college essays. See your English teacher and school counselor for help with this!

Review your college plans with a school counselor.

Finalize your list of colleges where you will apply.  8-10 schools are enough. If you are applying to Common App schools, please register at www.commonapp.org

Have you memorized your social security number? If not, memorize it!

Do you know the admissions requirements for each school you’re applying to? (test scores, interviews, essays, recommendations, etc…) Make sure that you have, and do, all that is required to apply to each school.

What are the application deadlines for each school? Know them. Will you consider early decision or early action? Some schools have deadlines as early as November 1st!

Does your school require the CSS/PROFILE financial aid form? If so, file the CSS/PROFILE at www.collegeboard.org (keyword search: CSS/PROFILE). This form requires 3 years of tax information from your parents.

Have you let us know, via Naviance, what colleges you’ve applied to? Please let us know, so that we can send your transcript and recommendations and additional supplemental materials to each school you’ve applied to. (“Colleges”–> “Colleges I’m Applying to,” add the colleges to your list. Once added to list, click box next to college name and click “Move to Application List.” Click the “Request transcript” and “I’ve already applied” boxes, and then click “Update Applications”) Please do your part by informing us electronically, so that we can do our part.

What financial aid forms are required for your schools? When do they need to be submitted?

Have your parents gathered the tax forms from this year? You’ll need it to file the FAFSA in a few weeks.

Search for scholarships: www.fastweb.com is a great resource! The counseling office publishes scholarship newsletters every few months.

DECEMBER 31

Obtain PIN at www.pin.ed.gov

JANUARY 1

File FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov (soon after January 1). PARENTS OF SENIORS: You will need to file your taxes as soon as you receive your W2. You will need your tax information to fill out the FAFSA.

SPRING

Search for scholarships.

Expect to receive acceptance and/or rejection letters from colleges. Be on the lookout for financial aid award letters and housing information from each college you’ve been accepted to.

Will you be taking any AP or CLEP tests? If so, register at www.collegeboard.org

Compare and analyze financial aid award letters. Consider appealing an award letter if you really want to attend that school.

Notify all colleges of your decision (to attend/not attend) and accept one by the universal May 1st deadline. Send enrollment deposit.

Send thank you letters to all those who have helped you along the way.

Graduate from Green Tech!

Search for scholarships.

SUMMER

Fill out and send housing forms, roommate info and any other required paperwork.

Register for and attend Orientation at your college.

Get a summer job to help you earn some extra money.

Search for scholarships.

Pat yourself on the back! Job well done.

 
 
 
 

Mrs. Kat Aviza
Email: kaviza@greentechhigh.org
Director of Student Services, Guidance

Ms. Jaclynne Hughes
Email: jhughes@greentechhigh.org
School Counselor

Ms. Crystal  Campbell
Email: Revmb12@greentechhigh.org
School Counselor, Service Learning Coordinator