• 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.

  • College fly-in programs:

    Colgate in Focus (CIF) offers prospective high school seniors who identify as low-income, first generation, or other historically excluded backgrounds – who have overcome unique personal or structural challenges in their journey to pursue post-secondary education - the opportunity to engage with students, faculty, and staff on a range of topics for a deeper understanding of diversity in Colgate’s student experience. CIF will be held in two parts this year: an online summer webinar series and an on-campus program in October. 

                  CIF Summer Webinar Series: Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y.    June 12 | 7 p.m.

                                                                     Colgate Clubs Spotlight        June 27 | 7 p.m. ET

                                                                     Understanding the Liberal Arts    July 11 | 4 p.m. ET

                                                                     Being a Student of Color at Colgate    July 20 | 7 p.m. ET

                  On Campus in October: After attending the webinars, students can fill out an application for part two of CIF: a trip to Colgate’s campus — 100% paid for by the Colgate Office of Admission. This trip will welcome students and one parent or guardian for a full campus experience, including opportunities to tour the campus, attend a Colgate class, and have personal conversations and meals with current students and staff. The application is now available, and applications must be submitted by Aug. 1. While preference will be given to webinar attendees for the in-person visit selection, we understand responsibilities may conflict with webinar times. Therefore, Colgate will still select students who have not attended a webinar for our in-person CIF open house. Students can register here https://www.colgate.edu/admission-aid/visit/colgate-focus

    WashU Preview is designed to connect diverse students (such as underrepresented students of color, first-generation college students, and students from limited-income backgrounds) with Washington University's collaborative, innovative, and passionate community. For more information, visit https://admissions.wustl.edu/preview-days/

    Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program for high-achieving, low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors. Bowdoin handles all of the logistics and covers the cost of the program, including transportation to/from campus, lodging, and meals for the duration of the student's trip. For more information, visit:https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/visit/explore-bowdoin/?utm_term=F24&utm_content=counselor-reminder&utm_source=explore&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=admissions

    The 2023 Bridges Program is a college fly-in for under-represented groups at Miami University of Ohio. The overnight program provides high school seniors with an inside look at Miami through a variety of campus experiences where they'll engage with current students, faculty, and staff. *Transportation is provided to/from campus for the listed cities and dates or to/from airports and bus stations for the out-of-state session.
    We invite students from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to diversity, to apply. The program attracts students who represent various diverse identities — racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic. For more information visit: https://miamioh.edu/visit-miami/bridges-program/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bridges_apply_counselor&utm_content=bridges_savethedate&utm_source=slate

    Carleton College Fall Fly-In Program: Every fall, Carleton College sponsors a fly-in program for underrepresented senior students called Taste of Carleton (TOC). Participants in this all-expenses-paid program will be able to visit campus from Thursday, October 8 to Saturday, October 10. This is a great way for students to get a real feel for what Carleton is like, both on an academic and social level. LEARN MORE ABOUT TOC

    Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) is an online workshop-based virtual program created to provide community, support, and resources for high school seniors who identify as low-income and/or first generation to college (FGLI), who have an interest in learning more about Penn and applying to selective universities. Participants will gain first-hand experience with the academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania. Preference will be given to students who come from historically underrepresented populations. For more information and registration visit: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/?id=e3b94dcc-6823-4c5e-8159-d695dc575b87

    Penn In Focus (PIF)   Are you interested in the ways that identity and culture can be explored academically and socially at Penn? Are you an academically high-achieving high school senior who lives within 150 miles from our campus? Do you also identify as low-income and/or first generation to college? Then join us for PIF, an in-person day program hosted on Penn's campus aimed at helping you understand all Penn has to offer among its world-class academic resources, cultural hubs, and student centers! https://admissions.upenn.edu/penn-early-exploration-program


    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.


    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





    Senior Meeting Document

    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.

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    Financial Aid presentation by Frances McKeown from PHEAA

    Click here for presentation.


    College Financial Aid Webinars from PHEAA:

    7/11/23 Tuesday 6:30pm; 7/25/23 Tuesday Noon

    Deep Dive into Covering the Gap

    It’s crunch time.  The semester bill I received from the school has a tight deadline.  The format of the bill looks different from the aid offer I received a while back.  Are there any costs I need to plan for that aren’t showing up on the bill? And what happened to the Federal Work-Study award?  Will I need to borrow?  If so, how much?  What loan programs are available?  Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar where these questions -and many others- will be answered.  Let’s take a deep dive into Covering the Gap.

    7/13/23 Thursday Noon;   7/27/23 Thursday 6:30pm

    Borrowing for Education – Which Loan is Right for Me?

    I’ve done everything right so far: found the perfect school, made it through the admissions process, filed my FAFSA, filed my State Grant, applied for scholarships, researched higher education costs and calculated my funding gap.  Now that I can see an education loan is a necessity, where do I go from here?  What loan programs are available?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types?  Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option.  Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.


    8/17/23 Thursday Noon; 8/31/23 Thursday 6:30 pm

    Deep Dive Into Covering the Gap

    It’s crunch time.  The semester bill I received from the school has a tight deadline.  The format of the bill looks different from the aid offer I received a while back.  Are there any costs I need to plan for that aren’t showing on the bill? What happened to the Federal work study award?  Will I need to borrow?  If so, how much?  What loan programs are available?  Join Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a 1 hour webinar where these questions and many others will be answered.  Let’s take a deep dive into Covering the Gap.

    8/15/23 Tuesday 6:30pm;   8/29/23 Tuesday Noon

    Financial Aid Timeline – know what to do when

      Follow Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain: it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This 1 hour presentation will provide the starting points and web resources- for effective research before, during and after your student makes postsecondary decisions.  Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!




    SAT Test: Click Here
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    ATTENTION CLASS OF 2024!! -  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 - Please click here for a very informative video concerning linking the Common App and Naviance!
    Here is the Common Application link.
    Here is the Common Black College Application link.

    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.