The junior year guidance curriculum is devoted to post-secondary planning. The Junior Seminars take place January through March. Students utilize Naviance, an online database instrumental in researching colleges. Additional seminar 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.

 

Resources for Visiting Colleges:

 

 

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

 

NCAA

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COVID-19 College Admission Resources 

 
Virtual College Visits and Tours
 

Recent Articles & Resources

The Current State of College Admissions Testing - Presentation by Adam Ingersoll, Compass Ed. 8/5/2020
"Optional" is Not a Trick Word, Blog from Lee Coffin, Dean of Admission, Dartmouth College, 6/3/2020
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Helpful Forms & Resources:

 

College Planning Night (1/27/2021)

College Planning Timeline Junior Year

College Application Checklist

Colleges with ASD Support Programs

Colleges with Comprehensive Academic Support Programs

Guide to International University Admission

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

Junior Senior Planning Guide

Parent Information Form

 

College Spotlight

WHS guidance counselors receive invitations for campus visitation programs, which is a great way to learn more about the college, network with admission representatives and advocate on behalf of our students. We will feature these "hidden gems" on our Guidance Instagram Account.

College Spotlight: 2020-2021

College Spotlight: 2019-2020

 

Junior Seminars

 

January

  • Topic: Introduction to College Search Process
  • Pre-Test (inactive)

 

February

  • Topic: Naviance & Common Application

 

March

  • Topic: Paying for College, Scholarships, Financial Aid
  • Post-Test (inactive)

 

 

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.

 

 

PSAT was administered on October 17, 2020

PSAT score reports were released on December 8th. Counselors met with juniors at that time to review results.

 

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