November 2022

Senior Update

Congratulations to the seniors that have applied early action to their colleges! A total of 43% of the seniors have already submitted applications! The next early action deadline is 11/15. Any senior that is planning on applying early should plan to request transcripts at least 5 days prior to their deadline. Students should also be sure to notify their guidance counselor and teachers that are writing their letters of recommendation that they are applying early action.

Seniors that are applying to a 4-year college are encouraged to submit applications after first term grades close even if their deadline is not until January, February or rolling.

Seniors that are applying to 4-year colleges should continue to work on applications and refer to the College Application Checklist and check in with their guidance counselor as needed.

Senior Transcripts

Grades close on November 4th and will be published on November 10th. Transcripts with 1st term grades will be sent to the colleges that students have already applied to the week of November 14th. Seniors do not need to request transcripts again, guidance counselors will automatically send out transcripts at that time.

Looking for Help Completing the FAFSA?

If any student/parent needs assistance completing the 2023-2024 FAFSA application please plan to attend a FAFSA DAY ONLINE EVENT. All events are FREE, held on Zoom and an advisor will meet with you personally in a breakout room to assist you. You will receive personal attention and assistance.


Monday, November 14th

Thursday, December 15th

Sunday, January 22nd

Monday, February 20th

To register for an event please click here.

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Tuition Break

Tuition Break provides significant tuition savings to residents in 6 New England States (including Massachusetts) when students enroll in out-of-state public colleges and universities within New England and pursue approved programs. There are more than 2,500 academic programs approved for the 2023-2024 school year. For more information and to view approved program please click here.


Payment for AP Exams are due on November 4th. Each exam is $97 and checks should be made payable to Pembroke High School and submitted to Mrs. Webb in the Guidance Office.

Junior Update

Juniors will be encouraged to take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring of their junior year.

SAT Test Dates are:

  • March 11 - Deadline: February 10
  • May 6 - Deadline April 7
  • June 3 - Deadline May 4 (this is also PHS graduation date, for any student that is planning on attending)

Registration is now open for the spring 2023 SAT administrations. Students are encouraged to register early as local test sites do fill up early. For more testing information and deadlines please click here.

ACT Test Dates are:

  • February 11 - Deadline: January 6
  • April 15 - Deadline: March 10
  • June 10 - Deadline: May 5
  • July 15 - Deadline: June 16

Students may register for the ACT five weeks and one day prior to the test date. For testing & registration information please click here.

Any student that receives reduced/free lunch and needs financial assistance should see their guidance counselor to obtain an SAT and/or ACT Fee Waiver. (Waivers are limited and are first come, first serve).

SAT vs ACT: Which Test is Right for You?

If you are not sure which test to take please read this article from the Princeton Review. It will help compare the tests and provide more information about the test structure.

Test Optional College/Universities

Many colleges have a test-optional admissions policy, which means they allow applicants to decide whether to submit SAT and/or ACT scores as part of their application. If a student chooses not to submit their scores, it will not be counted against them in the application review. There are over 1800 accredited 4-year colleges & universities with SAT/ACT optional policies. Click the link below to view the list.

Post-Secondary Planning Underclassmen

Although the college application process begins in the spring of the junior year, there are things students and parents can be doing along the way to be prepared. The Guidance Timeline will provide parents/caregivers and overview of expectations for each school year. The tasks that students should complete each school year are outlined, the schedule for Guidance Seminars and a schedule of post-secondary planning activities. This timeline will help students and parents stay on track and know what to expect each school year!

College-Bound Student Athletes!

Any student that wants to compete in NCAA sports in college will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at Students should plan to register as early as freshman year of high school. Visit for more information about the registration process including fees and requirements.

Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Break Free From Depression Curriculum

Students that are enrolled in 9th grade Health & Wellness classes this semester will participate in the Break Free from Depression Curriculum the week of November 28th -December 2nd. Guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, and health & wellness teachers were trained by Boston Children's Hospital clinicians to teach this important program. Together, they will facilitate this curriculum to grade 9 students. The goals of this prevention program are: to raise awareness of adolescent depression and other risk factors associated with mental illness, promote early detection of youth in distress, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Students will get accurate information about depression, be equipped with tools to readily identify signs and symptoms of depression in adolescents, and be given resources to help themselves or their friends. An informational letter will be sent home prior to November 28th with an option for parents/guardians to opt their child out of the program.
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  • 11/4 - Grades Close
  • 11/4 - AP Exam Fees Due
  • 11/14 - FAFSA Day Event
  • 11/14-18 Transcripts sent to colleges that students already applied to with 1st term grades
  • 11/28-12/2 - Break-Free From Depression Curriculum

Guidance Department

Kerran Goff, Lead Counselor
781-293-4023 ext. 2121
Grade 9: P-Z / Grade 10: P-Z / Grade 11: N-Z Grade / 12: O-Z

Robin Conathan
781-293-4023 ext. 2122
Grade 9: A-F / Grade 10: A-F / Grade 11: A-Gi / Grade 12: A-F

James Shannon
781-293-4023 ext. 2117
Grade 9: G-O / Grade 10: G-O / Grade 11:Gl-M / Grade 12: G-N

Mackenzie McDonald
781-293-4023 ext. 2133

Janice Webb
781-293-4023 X2115