School Counseling Department
Prepare Seniors for Success?
Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to seniors by the School Counseling Department.
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.
A. Match you Common Application and Naviance Accounts. This involves completing
the FERPA (What is the FERPA?)
B. Fill out the Transcript Request Form (copies available in the school counseling office)
*For step-by-step instructions on how to complete these steps:*
Click here: 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 in the fall?
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:
On Monday, October 5th, 2015 FHS will be hosting "Go Higher!" a presentation by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
"Go Higher!" brings Massachusetts public college and university students into local high schools for a student-to-student exchange about choosing a college and a major, landing internships, navigating campus life and more!
There will be two assemblies:
ALL Juniors at 8:00 (Period A)
ALL Seniors at 9:00 (Period C)
If you have questions, please see Christine Luzi in D110!
Haven’t logged in to Naviance in a while? Forget your user ID and password? Have no idea what FERPA means? Come to this workshop and Mrs. Luzi will help you figure it all out!
To Sign Up: Reserve a space by signing up HERE
The School Counseling Department is pleased to announce that we are offering several workshops for seniors on Future's Day, 10/14. These workshops, designed to support seniors with their college and career planning, will be offered from 8:00am - 10:00am.What Workshops are Being Offered?
For more information, including the time and location of each workshop, click HERE.
How Do Students Sign Up?
The sign up link can be accessed directly here.
Standardized Test Preparation Resources
Kaplan Test Prep in the MetroWest Area -
For information about "Test Optional Schools" - Click 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:
Need Help Searching or Applying for Scholarships?
See Mrs. Luzi 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:
Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) - simforus.com
Helpful information for Deferred Actions: CLICK HERE
Helpful Scholarship Websites:
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
Forbes Magazine 8/14/2014 - Worrying Productively:Six Ways Parents Can Help With The College Search
NPR Article 5/6/2014 - Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work