CHS Counseling Department
Planning for College
College & Career Corner Online Resources
The College Guide and Career Counselor are located in the right hand “corner” of the media center. In order to better communicate with parents and students about both college and employer visits to CHS and/or other timely tips about the college or job application process, visit the Online Calendar, follow us on Twitter (@CHSCCC1) or visit our Facebook page. If you would like to be subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter, visit http://eepurl.com/pMjFb.
The College Guide can help students, parents, and alumni with registering for college admissions test, college searches, the application process, and financial aid. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30am-4:30pm in media 153 (library) Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday. Contact Ms. Hudson or call 245-2721 with all questions and concerns. It is suggested to create a resumé for scholarship, college and job applications. Visit the CHS career counselor, Ms. Davis, for resumé advice and feedback; she is available Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 in the media center, room M151. She can be reached by email at email@example.com or call 245-2690.
The College Board Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered at no charge on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Charlottesville High School to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors enrolled in a mainstream English course.
The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT, the most widely used college admissions test in the country. It measures critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills. Taking the PSAT gives students an opportunity to become familiar with the test instructions, the format of the test, and the type of questions asked. The PSAT is basically a shortened version of the SAT that uses questions from previous SAT administrations. Equally important is the individual score analysis each student receives that enables them to develop a study plan for improving their test scores. Juniors taking the PSAT are also eligible for National Merit Scholarship consideration. Students who do not plan on attending college may opt out of the testing with parent permission.
Free SAT Prep - http://ineedapencil.ck12.org
This website was founded by a Harvard senior who saw an injustice in the expensive test-prep programs. Students do need to sign up with a user name and e-mail address, but this will track their progress for them and allow for both prep exercises and practice tests.
Due Dates for Transcript Requests and Autobiographies
- For students who are applying at Early Decision or December deadlines: September 28, 2012
- All others: October 29, 2012
As counselors are preparing to write college letters of recommendation we welcome your input. Please feel free to complete the College Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians and submit this form to your child’s school counselor.
- Register at www.collegeboard.com
- Click here for this year's Test Dates
- CHS’s school code is 470423
- Also contact our College Guide, Ms. Hudson (245-2721) for additional information.
- ALWAYS remember to bring a calculator on test day!
- Sunday administrations will occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday for religious reasons.
- The Language Tests with Listening are offered in November only.
Register at www.actstudent.org
Registration deadlines can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html.
- Transcript Request Form
- Senior Autobiography Form
- Opportunities Guide
- Practice and register for SAT's, conduct college searches, create your own college search portfolio, compare your financial aid awards, do a scholarship search, and use the EFC calculator to help your family estimate how much they will be expected to contribute to the cost of college.
- Register for the ACT
- Common Application
- College Answer
- Guidance on preparing, selecting, applying, paying, deciding, and financing college.
- NCAA Guide for College-Bound Athletes
- Information on academic eligibility and core-course requirements and a lot more.
Scholarship / Financial Aid Information
- FASTWEB: Comprehensive search for financial aid and scholarships.
- FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Guide to financial aid
- Free college money
- Hispanic scholarship fund
- Free info from the U.S. Department of Education
Additional Helpful Websites:
- AES free college planning site
- College prep for middle and high school
- Great resource to compare colleges, prepare for entrance exams, and research financial aid support
- Answers questions on education and careers
- Preparing, picking, and paying for college
- advancement via individual determination
- career, community college, and college match