• Mrs. Lund-- Counselor for students' last name A - L
    Mrs. Kelley--Counselor for students' last name M - Z
    Mrs. Chavez-- Dean of Students- Testing Coordinator, Dual Credit
     Welcome to the Counselors' Corner!
    College and Career Fair Highlights Gerneration TX week 
    Tips for Scholarship/College Essay Writing- ppt by Mrs. Mitchell ppt for Essay writing
    New Security Guidelines for SAT and ACT Testers
    You are required to have the proper information when going in to take the SAT or ACT tests at ANY testing center.  You MUST have your admission ticket printed out -- not on your phone -- plus an acceptable photo IDThis is non-negotiable and you will be turned away from the test center without it.  Read here for details.  SAT Security  //   ACT Security
    4 Super Websites!
    To find colleges that offer your major:  www.texascollegeandcareer.org
    To find out what you can do with your major:  www.shs.myplan.com
    To learn about college and financial aid:  www.collegeforalltexans.com
    Want to make your college dream a reality?  www.ownyourownfuture.com


     College Planning:
     Apply Texas
    College Planning

    College Portraits
    Students, here's a new resource for you!  College Portraits provide reliable information on more than 300 public colleges and universities.  You can learn about costs, majors, campus life, by linking to each college.  Check it out soon!  www.CollegePortraits.org

    Medical Schools
    The link below takes you to a listing of medical programs offered by several medical schools across the country, including a website so that you can read more.
    Early Acceptance/Decision for Medical Schools

    Diploma Mills
    Often students think that any school offering a diploma is the same.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  The chief difference is accreditation.  Of course, to complicate the matter, not all accrediting bodies are equal.  Some schools promote themselves as accredited, when in reality, the accrediting agency itself is bogus. The link below shows the legitimate accrediting organizations.  If a college isn't on this list, avoid it.  http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html#NationallyRecognized

    Get A Life!  
    This is a cool site - http://getalife.tx.gov/ - to help you make decisions about college, career and life in general.

    Websites for Students!
     Generation TexasCollege Compare Texas
    You REALLY should check out some - or all - of these websites.  They cover everything from college to work. 
    www.collegeforalltexans.com(a complete college resource)
    www.everychanceeverytexan.org (college resources)
    www.50states.com/cc/texas.htm  (2-year colleges)
    www.achievetexas.org (career clusters)
    www.fastweb.com(scholarship search)
    www.workintexas.com (Texas Workforce Commission)
    www.fafsa.ed.gov(starting point for all financial aid)
    Online security.  Internet safety.  Cyberbullying.  
    These are concerns for anyone who cares about children.  And with even our youngest students learning to navigate to their favorite websites, it's vital that their caring adults be educated about the dangers of online activity.  View the handout Internet Internet Safety Websites / Cyberbullying and learn more than can help protect your little (or not so little) ones. 
    Financial Planning for College
    It takes a lot of work to get ready for college!  The financial side is just as important an aspect of the process as choosing the college to attend.  The information at this link can be quite valuable to you, so click and browse. http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/publications.jsp
    A Word of Caution!
    Students can be seduced into thinking that there's a shortcut to getting a college diploma. With the advent of online educational opportunities, "diploma mills" are becoming more prevalent.  Some online colleges are legitimate; some are not.  Institutions have to be accredited for them to be considered legit.  For more information on accreditation, read the information at this link:  http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/index.html
    The Guidance Department at SHS offers every student ongoing assistance to enhance educational development.  Our services are designed to provide personal, academic, and career guidance to students.
    The scope of the guidance program addresses the following content areas:
    • self-confidence development
    • motivation to achieve
    • decision-making, goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving skills
    • interpersonal effectiveness
    • communication skills
    • cross-cultural effectiveness
    • responsible behavior

    Please view the Guidance Content Areas & Skill Levels chart and the 4 Components of a School Guidance & Counseling Program chart.

     Together we can make a difference…as young adolescents add value to our schools, our communities, and our world.