• SHHS School Counseling Department

  • In only a few short days, our country witnessed back-to-back hate crimes in Buffalo, NY and Irvine, CA. Because there is so much conversation about these events on the news, on social media, and in our community, we want you to know that there are resources available to you if you want or need support. Please see this TIPSHEET from the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center or see your School Counselor, who is available and ready to help.

  • We now have a partnership with Swarthmore Public Library to do a series of mental wellness workshops for families and students of different ages. Please go to the website https://swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/mental-wellness/ to take advantage of these opportunities!

    The University of Virginia’s Hoos First Look is a three-day, two-night, all-expense paid fly-in program that would allow about 20 low-income/first-generation, rising high school juniors to visit the University in the hopes of making them more competitive applicants in the admissions process. This year, the program will take place over the weekend of Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, 2022. 

    The Priority deadline for Hoos First Look is June 24, 2022, 11:59 PM EST, and the Regular Decision deadline for the program is September 2, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.   For more information, check out our website and Facebook.

    The 2022 Windows on Williams (WOW) application is now available. The WOW fly-in program provides more than 200 high-achieving seniors an all-expenses-paid opportunity to visit the Williams College community. WOW is a selective program open to rising seniors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn't otherwise afford to visit Williams.  WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about their admission process and extraordinary financial aid program. Currently, WOW participants will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster, if eligible, in order to visit campus. Williams will notify WOW participants should campus Covid-19 policies change. Apply using this link by either of our two deadlines: July 1 or August 1, and feel free to contact Williams with any questions. 

    Tel: 413.597.2211  Questions about WOW?  | Web: https://www.williams.edu/admission-aid/

    Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors. Students in the Explore Bowdoin program will meet with current students, gain support and confidence in the college admissions process, and experience the coast of Maine. Attendees will also have an admissions interview and meet individually with our student aid counselors while on campus. Explore Bowdoin dates: September 15-17, 2022 or October 13-15, 2022

    Learn more at a virtual information session: 

    Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. EDT 

    Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. EDT

    Thursday, August 17 at 8 p.m. EDT

    About Explore Bowdoin

    Real Talk is a series of virtual info sessions from College Board aimed at "connecting black students to college".

    For more information, please visit cb.org/realtalk.

    Junior Post-Secondary Planning Video

    In a typical year, the High School counselors meet with the Junior class to talk about next steps in post-secondary planning during the first week in June.  This year, in order to get the information out to everyone, it seemed that creating a video would be a more efficient means of communication.

    All members of the class of 2023 are strongly encouraged to pay close attention to the information presented here in this video so that they  know what is expected of them now, over the summer, and when they return to school in the Fall and so that they are in the best position to make decisions that will help them achieve their post-secondary goals. If students or parents have any questions, their school counselors are happy to talk to them.

    Forms to complete before Fall Semester 

    Common Application Essay Prompts:

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
    4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

    Interview Tips and Etiquette

    College Visits - Questions to Ask

    College Essay Resources

    The College Essay Guy - 7 Great College Essay Tips to Help You Out

    Georgia Tech Admission Blog - College Admission Essays: "I've Heard That One Before"

    Tulane Admission Blog - "Ten Tips for an Epic College Essay"

    Delaware County Community College - Dual Enrollment Program - CHECK THIS OUT!!!!
    DCCC is pleased to announce a special opportunity for high school juniors and seniors.  Students may enroll in college classes at DCCC while completing their high school curriculum.  Eligible juniors may take up to 9 credits, and seniors may take up to 12 credits at the amazing reduced rates of $50 per credit (with fees included) for a sponsoring school district, and $100 per credit (with fees included) for a non-sponsoring district.  The $25 application fee is also waived. 
    For more information, call 610-359-5333 or enroll@dccc.edu. Check out the website as well - www.dccc.edu/highschool
    Click here for more information and registration form

    Financial Aid presentation by Frances McKeown from PHEAA

    Click here for Presentation.

    SAT Test: Click Here
    ACT Test: Click Here
    ATTENTION CLASS OF 2022!! -  Are you confused about the college application process?
    Click here for the complete Guide To College Planning
    Here's a brief summary of how to get started:
    Seniors - This LINK is a very informative video concerning linking the Common App and Naviance!

    Look for scholarship and summer opportunities information on the SHHS guidance page.  Information is always being added and updated - please be aware of scholarship/summer application deadlines!
    Remember to click on the SAT-ACT-AP Information link on this webpage for a multitude of test prep options - including free, practice standardized tests and test prep tutors!
    SAT Registration:  Students may register online at http://www.collegeboard.org.  The test center number for SHHS is 39-700. The code number for Strath Haven High School is 395-015.
    ACT Registration: You may register online at http://www.actstudent.org.  The test center code for SHHS is 216670. The high school code for SHHS is 395-015.