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Westlake High School

College Planning

Our counseling department works to assist students, and their parents, in the college selection process to help students make college choices that meet their academic, personal and financial needs.

College representatives visit Westlake High School throughout the months of September, October and November. Sign up to attend a session through Naviance.



College Resources

College Visit Calendar

College representatives visit Westlake High School throughout the months of September, October and November. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to sign up to attend a session through Naviance.

See the calendar below for upcoming visits!

PSAT

The Prelimary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is taken by all sophomores and juniors in October. Since there is a national test date for the PSAT, there is no make-up test.

The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem solving skills and writing skills. The PSAT does not require students to recall specific facts. To learn more about the PSAT visit www.collegeboard.com.


Score Reports

In December, students who provided an email address to College Board will receive an email with instructions for accessing their score report through My College Quick Start. WHS will receive the score report from the Educational Testing Service and will share results with students. Students will receive the Score Report and their test book. The Score Report includes the Selection Index, which NMSC uses to screen entrants in its scholarship competitions.

CCP

CCP is Ohio’s dual credit program that allows student to earn high school and college credit at the same time. See the links below for more information and resources for CCP at WHS.

CCP Information Night Presentation

CCP Checklist

Eligibility Requirements

SAT/ACT Test Prep

ACT / SAT 2019 Test Dates
SAT/ACT Prep

Should a student take a test prep course or not? That is often a difficult question. The best preparation for college entrance examinations is enrolling in and excelling in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. However, if a student is motivated and willing to put in the time a test prep course demands, test preparation can be helpful. Other less costly options are available and include:

  1. The ACT has test prep and practice tests on its web site at www.act.org .
  2. The College Board has practice tests on its web site at www.collegeboard.com .
  3. Number2.com offers free ACT and SAT test prep
  4. Khan Academy offers free SAT test prep
  5. Seeley Test Pros offers ACT Prep Classes at WHS
  6. SuperCourse Review Test Prep classes at WHS
  7. Ohio Means Jobs K-12 offers several practice tests
  8. The WHS Library has Princeton Review SAT practice books available for student use.
  9. Students can purchase The Princeton Review for SAT/ACT
  10. Area bookstores have a number of books on this topic.
  11. Learning Express Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice SAT/ACT tests.

FAFSA

Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)

To be considered for most of the federal student aid programs a student must complete and submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This application collects financial and other information used to calculate the Expected Family Income (EFC), which post-secondary schools use to determine the student's eligibility for aid. Students may apply electronically through FAFSA on the web. This cannot be done until October of the student's senior year in high school.

FAFSA Process and Timeline
  • Register for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. BOTH student and parent need an ID.
  • Attend WHS Financial Aid Night
  • Read the CollegeBoard's helpful financial aid timeline.
  • If your school requires it, file the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE at least four weeks before the financial aid deadline at your school. The PROFILE will determine your eligibility for nonfederal financial aid, such as institutional aid and scholarships. There is a registration fee and a fee for each school to which your information is sent.

College Planning by Grade Level

Seniors

College Planning for Seniors
  1. Meet with your counselor
  2. If required, complete the Common Application and match it to your Naviance account.
  3. Determine if colleges you are applying to require a writing supplement or additional recommendations/reports.
  4. Request recommendations from teachers or other sources, providing at least 6 weeks of lead time.
  5. Finalize your application - required letters of recommendation, complete required essays, and fill out reports on grades, test scores and extracurricular activities.
  6. Start looking for scholarships, both local and college-specific.
  7. Finalize plans for financial aid. Talk to your school counselor about forms you may need when applying.
  8. College offers of admission should arrive via email or mail in the winter and spring. Weigh your options carefully. Attend on-campus sessions for prospective students.
  9. Accept your offer of admission to the college of your choice.


Juniors

College Planning for Juniors

  1. Meet with your counselor frequently to discuss your list of colleges and additional preparations you can make for the application process.
  2. Register for a standardized test to be taken over the summer or during the school year. These can be done through the College Board or ACT. Please note: All juniors will take the ACT at WHS for free in the spring - this is one of the state's graduation pathway options. Counselors will register students, more information will come closer to the test date!
  3. Start to finalize your list of colleges and look at them extensively.
  4. Schedule visits to colleges to help you decide whether the school is a good fit for you.
  5. Start preparing for the application process by contacting teachers who can possibly recommend you for colleges when you apply next year.
  6. Start looking for possible scholarships.
  7. Finalize any plans for financial aid you might need when deciding what college you will attend. Talk to your school counselor about forms you may need when applying.
  8. If you are thinking about applying to a college through their early action/early decision programs, prepare for these applications.


Sophomores

College Planning for Sophomores

  1. Meet with your counselor to discuss your progress, as well as developments in your potential career and college interests.
  2. Start preparing for standardized tests that you will sign up for starting this year. These can be done through the College Board or ACT.
  3. Continue filling out your portfolio on Naviance. Think about starting to organize a formal resume with your complete list of extracurricular activities and achievements.
  4. Continue adding colleges you are interested in on Naviance and look into their statistics and requirements.
  5. Start looking at pre-college programs offered by colleges of interests, or courses offered in a field of interest. Some of these will be listed on the college's Naviance page as "enrichment programs."
  6. If you are seriously thinking about applying to a college, contact the admissions office or undergraduate counselor. Ask questions.

Freshmen

College Planning for Freshmen

  1. Meet with your school counselor to establish interests, activities and personal database.
  2. Complete the personality type assessment and the career interest profiler in Naviance.
  3. Start filling out your portfolio with accomplishments and extracurricular activities.
  4. Start learning about colleges. Search for colleges that may appeal to you.
  5. Sign up for volunteer activities in Westlake or check out volunteer opportunities in the area.
  6. Think about selecting challenging course in high school. Consider electives and choose them to have room in your schedule to fit necessary classes. Learn more about selecting the proper courses in high school.


College representatives visit Westlake High School throughout the months of September, October and November. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to sign up to attend a session through Naviance.

WHS College Rep Visits