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College and Career Planning

GUIDANCE SEMINARS

Although the college application process begins in the spring of the junior year, students and parents should prepare for senior year starting in grade 9. The Guidance Timeline will provide students and parents/caregivers and overview of expectations for each school year.  The guidance counselors will work closely with all students to make a post-secondary plan that is right for them. Guidance counselors see students during Guidance Seminars and through individual appointments.

The schedule for the Guidance Seminars for the 2023-2024 school year is as follows:

September: SENIORS/Post-Secondary Planning
October: FRESHMEN - Guidance Overview and Graduation Requirements
January: JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES - PSAT Results 
February: JUNIORS Scheduling Seminars
March: GRADES 8-10: Scheduling Seminars
April: SENIORS/Senior Final Plans / Juniors Scoir & College/Career Planning
May: SOPHOMORES - Scoir & Career Planning
June: Scoir& College/Career Planning Follow-up Seminar

SENIOR COLLEGE PLANNING CHECKLIST:
View the Senior College Planning Checklist that was reviewed with seniors during the Senior Guidance Seminars. Seniors that are applying to a 4-year college should plan to use the checklist to ensure they are completing all of the tasks required. 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS:
To view a list of college admission terms and definitions, please click here
 

POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS:
Students that are interested in attending a trade school, joining a union, or taking a gap year should review the helpful websites/resources listed below: 

Massachusetts Building Trades Council - Learn about local unions & apprenticeships.

FindMyTradeSchool.com - provides access to vocational education for those interested in starting new jobs, or gaining additional skills in their current ones.

Post-Secondary Options - For a list of non-4 year college options including certificate & associate degree programs view this helpful Google Document.

Gap Year Association - Learn what a gap year is if it is right for you, and available programs.