The junior year guidance curriculum is devoted to post-secondary planning. The Junior Workshops, the cornerstone of the guidance curriculum, take place in January and February. Students utilize Naviance, an online database instrumental in researching colleges. Additional workshop topics include standardized testing, college essay writing, financial aid and scholarships. Juniors meet individually with their counselors throughout the spring to develop a well-balanced list of colleges.

 

PSAT - October 15, 2016

All juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT, which is a practice test for the SAT. Test results will provide useful information to help students prepare for the SAT in spring of their junior year.

PSAT Registration Form 2016

 

 

Helpful Links:

 

Applying to College

 

Standardized Testing

 

Financial Aid & Paying for College

  • FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • EFC Calculator, Estimated Family Contribution, or EFC, determines what a family is expected to contribute to their child's college costs.
  • MEFA, Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority's website offers valuable tools and resources to plan for paying for college.

 

Free Scholarship Searches

 

Scholarships/Scholarship Applications

 

 

Helpful Forms & Resources:

 

College Planning Night Presentation (January, 2016)

PSAT Score Report Review Powerpoint Presentation

College Planning Timeline Junior Year

College Application Checklist

Colleges Requiring Subject Tests

College Admissions Selector (Abridged Barron's Guide List of Colleges)

Junior Senior Planning Guide

Activity Resume Blank Template

 

 

Internship, Community Service & Gap Year Opportunities

 

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore potential career interests. WHS partners with The Education Collaborative, TEC, to offer internships during the school year and the summer.

 

Community service and volunteer opportunities are available in Westwood and the Greater Boston Area.

 

A Gap Year offers students one year between high school and college to explore internships, volunteer opportunities or travel.

 

 

 

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