School Counseling Department
The senior survey is a graduation requirement for all Grade 12 students. It must be completed by Wednesday, May 11th 2016.
Please note: You MUST indicate which college you plan to attend. Checking off the "attending" box next to the school you will attend lets FHS know where to send your final transcript at the end of this year.
Still have questions? See Mrs. Rossetti in rm. D109, your school counselor, or Mrs. Rivkin Haag in the College & Career Center.
Prepare Seniors for Success?
Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to seniors by the School Counseling Department.
On Thursday, April 14th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, FHS will host a “Paying the College Bill” seminar run by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). This seminar will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Seminar in English- Iris Godes, financial aid expert and Framingham resident, will deliver a presentation geared toward helping seniors and their families understand the financial award letters that they have received from the colleges to which they have been accepted. This will take place in the FHS Auditorium.
Seminario en Español- Carmen Melendez, experta en ayuda financiera, presentará información a los estudiantes de grado 12 y sus familias para entender las cartas de concesión financieros que han recibido de las universidades a las que han sido aceptados. La presentación será en la bibioloteca de FHS.
Click HERE to read a step-by-step outline of everything you need to do, as an FHS Senior, to apply to college this year.
A. Use NAVIANCE
Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.
Seniors, to log on to your student Naviance account, CLICK HERE
To log on to Naviance as a guest, CLICK HERE.
B. Use Collegeweek Live
CollegeWeek Live is an innovative online college fair and online chat resource.
To access CollegeWeek Live, click HERE.
To see online events hosted by colleges through CollegeWeek Live, click HERE.
Follow the steps listed on The FHS Transcript Request Process
For instructions, click here: /fhs/Teacher Recommendation Letter Guide.docx
For instructions, click here: /fhs/Student Interview Packet.docx
We also recommend providing your counselor with this document: Parent Brag Sheet
SAT: For information and to register: http://www.collegeboard.com
ACT: For information and to register: http://www.act.org
Feel free to check with your counselor or the College & Career Center Counselor (rm. D110) to see if you should take the Accuplacer and to receive assistance with signing up.
What materials do you need to send to each college or university when you apply? How do you keep track of it all?
We recommend that seniors fill in our "College Planning Chart" to keep track of the application requirements for each four year college to which they are applying.
8. Students with Disabilities Navigating the College Process
What are the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools? For information, click here.
9. Other Helpful Resources:
10. Not Sure if a 4 Year College is Right for You?
Check out these great resources:
On Thursday, October 1st, the FHS School Counseling Department hosted, “College and Career Planning Night for Seniors!” The School Counseling Department provided an overview of the steps and elements of the college application process. The evening also included a college panel with admissions representatives from five institutions which were a mix of public, private and community colleges. The representatives in attendance this year were from: St. Anselm, Quinnipiac University, MassBay Community College, UMass Amherst, and Framingham State University.
Surveys that families filled out tell us that as a result of the presentation:
Weren't able to attend? We encourage you to view the slides from the presentation here.
How do I attend a college/career organization visit at FHS?
1. To see who is visiting FHS:
Please log in to Naviance to see the College and Career Visit Calendar!
2. To Sign up to Attend a Visit:
We are pleased to report that approximately 115 individuals attended the event.
Weren't able to make it to Financial Aid Night? You can access the materials from the presentation here.
On Thursday, April 9th 2015, from 7:00 - 9:00pm, the School Counseling Department delivered, “Jumpstart to College and Career Planning Night for Juniors!” The presentation provided a recap of the two college and career planning lessons that have been delivered to Grade 11 students this school year. School counselors shared timelines for moving forward with the college search and application process, general information about standardized tests, and links to resources on these topics.
The surveys we collected tell us that as a result of the presentation:
Weren’t able to attend?
We encourage you to read through the presentation slides, accessible here.
Looking for Scholarships? We recommend that you:
How Can You Access and Apply for FHS Scholarships?
1 Click here to download and print the attached "2016 FHS Scholarships List" and "FHS Scholarship Application Form"
2. Pick up hard copies of the "2016 FHS Scholarship List" and "FHS Scholarship Application Form" in the School Counseling Suite (D102) or the College & Career Center (rm. D110)
3. Log into your Naviance account, click on the "Colleges" top tab, and scroll down to "Scholarship List." Please note: this list includes all FHS Scholarships as well as ADDITIONAL scholarships, both local and national, which have varying deadlines and for which you may qualify.
All FHS Scholarships require you to complete the "FHS Scholarship Application Form" and submit it to the D102 School Counseling Office by FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH 2016.
Need Help Searching or Applying for Scholarships?
See Mrs. Rivkin in the College & Career Center, rm. D110.
MEFA’s College Financing Seminars
MEFA's free College Financing Seminars demystify the entire financial aid application process, breaking it down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. We explain the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include:
College Access for Immigrant Students
Helpful Scholarship Websites:
Boston.com January, 2016- "Harvard Report Calls for Admissions Revolution"
Family Circle October, 2015 - Higher Ed Help
NY Times 3/13/2015 - "How to Survive the College Admissions Madness"
Chronicle of Higher Education Financial Aid Article 2/24/2015 - "The Financial Aid Fine Print"
Huffington Post 10/17/2014 - "Do This To Improve Your Chances"
Quartz 10/9 2014 - "Americans Apply Online To So Many Schools That It's Messing Up College Admissions"
Forbes Magazine 8/14/2014 - "Worrying Productively:Six Ways Parents Can Help With The College Search"