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FAFSA Night February 5 at WPHS
Every parent of a senior who will start college in the fall should file a FAFSA. Want to know why you should file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you think you make too much money to qualify? Read this article.
On Thursday, February 5 we will have financial aid representatives here to help you fill out and file your FAFSA online, but please pre-register for this event so that we can give you an appointment. Information and a registration form were mailed home, but if you never received it or misplaced it, you can download and print it here. Please click the link below to get this information.
Are you a student with a learning disability?
On Thursday, January 8, the Guidance Department in collaboration with our Special Education Department presented the program, "College Bound with an IEP or 504". You can view the PowerPoint that was presented by clicking here. It includes lots of information and links to resources, so please check it out!
Seniors: Are you on track with your college applications?
On Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m., we presented a "College Application Toolkit" workshop in the high school Media Center. We went over the elements of your application, how to complete them and the timeline you should adhere to in order to meet your deadlines.
In case you missed it, you can access the presentation by clicking on this link.
On Thursday, March 27th, 2014, the guidance department presented an evening program on standardized testing. Among the handouts was a comprehensive Q and A document that contained a variety of live links. Please click below to access this document.
Click to view the monthly Guidance Bulletin. Please check back periodically for updates and information received after the Bulletin is published.
To see which which colleges are visiting the high school this month
Naviance is available to all students and their families!
We don't want students and their families to wait until they are applying to college to log on. There is so much for you to do and explore through Naviance. Please take advantage of this wonderful resource!! If you have questions, please call us.
For information about college scholarships and financial aid, please view the fastweb bulletins by clicking on that topic in the menu on the left. You can also go directly to their website - which has useful links to FAFSA and other financial aid and scholarship pages and information specifically for parents as well as students - by clicking on this link: http://www.fastweb.com Another new and very valuable resource is StartHereGetThere.org , which features FAFSA tutorials, calendars and other information on financial aid.
Guidance is a comprehensive and integral part of the student's educational process. It is designed to help students with their educational, vocational and social development.
The Guidance Department at White Plains High School provides guidance and counseling services to all students from the time that they enter the high school until graduation. Guidance is a service function, which includes a series of, planned and informal activities designed to assist students to understand themselves better, to cope with the normal problems associated with growing up, and to become contributing citizens. The goal of our program is to meet the individual needs of each student and to help achieve a successful high school experience.
Guidance and counseling is, however, is more than a program of activities. It is also a relationship that exists between a student and a guidance counselor, the one adult at school who will play a continued and key role during the duration of the student's high school life. From grades nine through twelve, the guidance counselor advises and counsels students about the selection of courses, relationships with teachers and other significant adults, relationships with peers, extra-curricular involvement, career and post-high school planning, coping with pressures, tensions and the day-to-day problems of growing up in a complex, multi-faceted society.
The mission of the White Plains City School District is to educate and inspire all students, while nurturing their dreams, so they learn continually, think critically, pursue their aspirations and contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.