Mr. McGinnis - 946-8232
This is your year. Let’s make it a positive one! Make the most of the many learning experiences here, both in and out of the classroom. Remember that good attendance counts for continued success in school as well as in the world of work.
When you are in need of assistance with your educational career planning or with personal problem solving, and decision making, be sure to stop in or make an appointment and take advantage of our services.
Below, we have listed information that is extremely important to you as a senior. Please read each item thoroughly, and see us if you have questions.
Tuesday, October 3 from 6:00-8:00 PM
The POST HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FAIR will be held in the field house. All seniors should attend the evening program with a parent/guardian. Numerous institutions-including trades, technical, business, college, military and financial aid representatives will be here to discuss their programs and requirements for admission.
Tuesday, October 17
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given here at 8:00 AM. Please sign up in the Counseling office if you have not already taken this exam and are planning to join any branch of the military.
Tuesday, October 24 from 6:00-7:30PM
A FINANCIAL AID NIGHT for you and your parent or guardian will be held at the high school AUDITORIUM. If you are planning on furthering your education, you should attend this evening session. A guest speaker will address your concerns regarding State and Federal Financial Aid and answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form. The FAFSA should be completed by all college bound seniors
Tuesday, November 7 from 9:00AM-6:00PM
FAFSA WORKSHOP for parents. FAFSA can be completed with representatives from PHEAA. Tax documentation is necessary and the FSA ID. Please call 946-8286 for an appointment. Appointments take approximately 90 minutes. Meetings will be in the AAHS Career Center B100
When registering for the SAT, it is very important to send your scores to the colleges you are considering by entering their codes in the send reports section. A number of colleges only accept scores sent directly from the testing service.
English- 4 credits
Social Studies- 3 credits
Mathematics- 3 credits
Science- 3 credits
PE- every school year
Health- .5 credits
YOU MUST EARN A TOTAL OF 24 CREDITS TO GRADUATE
See your counselor as soon as possible if you are missing a required subject or wish to see how many credits you have earned. Failures of required courses must be made up in Summer School.
All seniors must successfully complete a senior project in their English classes. Your English teacher will guide you through this process.
Seniors must attain proficiency on the Keystone Exam and/or project in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.
Prove proficiency on Biology, Algebra 1, and Literature exams OR complete Study Island during the 1st semester. Certificate of completion is given to Mr. McGinnis. Students not completing this requirement will be placed in a Skill Refresher course for the spring semester.
*Be aware that college and post-high school programs base acceptance on senior performance and the expectation of continued excellence. Also, many scholarships are conditionally awarded and can be rescinded if senior grades fall below standards.
*The person who has the biggest stake in your education is you. It's up to you to stay on top of opportunities and deadlines and to take control of your future!
College Planning and Financial Aid Websites
1. www.collegeboard.org : Information on the SAT and AP tests
5. www.educationplanner.org: Comprehensive site for future planning
Self-assessments and study skills/test taking tools
How to research and choose a school
Financial aid information: FAFSA, loans, and
6. www.aessuccess.org: Financial aid information
Link to Grant and Scholarship search
Career and college exploration
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