The senior year guidance curriculum is devoted to completing post-secondary planning, and for most students that means applying to college. Seniors attend the Senior Seminar in September to review important steps in the college application process. During the fall seniors meet with counselors to review their post-secondary plans and ensure that they are on track to complete requirements and meet deadlines. Counselors work individually with students who are pursuing a gap year, post-graduate year, military, or employment after graduation.


Helpful Links:


Applying to College



Financial Aid & Paying for College

  • FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • CSS Financial Aid PROFILE, Financial Aid form required by some private colleges. List of colleges that require the CSS PROFILE.
  • 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 Application Checklist

Common Application: Completing Step by Step

Colleges Requiring Subject Tests

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

Transcript Release Form

Junior Senior Planning Guide

Senior Newsletter 



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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