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.


PSAT - October 17, 2020

PSAT Registration Form

We encourage juniors to take the PSAT in October, which prepares them for the SAT. To register, please complete this form and submit payment of $25, checks made payable to Westwood High School. Payment can be brought to the WPS drop off box, on the Nahatan Street side of the high school.


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, 2020)

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


College Spotlight

College Spotlight: 2019-2020 School Year

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.


Junior Seminars



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



  • Topic: Naviance & Common Application



  • 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.




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