The junior year guidance curriculum is devoted to post-secondary planning. The Junior Seminars, the cornerstone of the guidance curriculum, 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.


PSAT is on October 19th (Registration begins September 16th)

PSAT Registration Form

We encourage all juniors to take the PSAT, which prepares students for the SAT. To register, please fill this form out and bring it to the Guidance Office. 



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, 2019)

SAT & ACT Summit Presentation (January, 2018)

Financial Aid Night MEFA Presentation (October, 2019)

College Planning Timeline Junior Year

College Application Checklist

Colleges Requiring Subject Tests

Colleges with Comprehensive Academic Support Programs

Colleges with ASD Support Programs

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

Junior Senior Planning Guide

Parent Information Form


Junior Seminars


  • Topic: Introduction to College Search Process


  • Topic: Naviance & Common Application


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



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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