Graduation Success & Beyond

A Resource Guide for PWCS Parents and Students

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About this Guide

Prince William County Public Schools is pleased to bring you this online resource guide to assist with planning for high school graduation and beyond. This guide will be updated throughout the school year to provide students and parents with valuable information about high school graduation, applying to and paying for college, career planning opportunities, and more. Please check back often to ensure that your student is prepared for life after high school.

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برای استفاده از خدمات ترجمه و دیگر خدمات دسترسی، به قسمت پایین خبرنامه الکترونیکی بروید.

4 steps to student success
Step 1

Attend one of the High School Parent Summits.

The High School Parent Summits will help parents/guardians learn more about how to support their student as they enter, experience, and exit high school. Participants will choose from over 30 interest sessions covering topics to include transitioning to high school and college, college planning, trade and technical programs, workforce, financial aid, mental health, and much more.

All parents will receive an e-mail during the month of September with a link to register for this popular event. Don't wait to register as seats fill up quickly.

High School Parent Summit - Patriot High School

October 19, 2019

8:00-11:30 am

Patriot High School

10504 Kettle Run Road

Nokesville, VA 20181

High School Parent Summit - Freedom High School

March 7, 2020

8:00-11:30 am

Freedom High School

15201 Neabsco Mills Road

Woodbridge, VA 22191

Number 2

Attend one of the two college fairs held during the 2019-2020 school year.

You will find over 100 two-year and four-year colleges at each of these events. Students and parents can talk to admission officers and gain valuable information about specific schools. There is no need to register for either of the college fairs. We look forward to seeing you there!

Western Prince William County College Fair - Patriot High School

September 23, 2019

6:00-8:00 pm

Patriot High School

10504 Kettle Run Road

Nokesville, VA 20181

Eastern Prince William County College Fair - Forest Park High School

October 22, 2019

6:00-8:00 pm

Forest Park High School

15721 Forest Park Drive

Woodbridge, VA 22193

Number 3

Attend a "Paying for College" Event

Experts will be on hand to help all parents and students!

Please RSVP for these events below so we can ensure we have ample space for all attendees.

Seating at the Hands on Help sessions will be limited to 30 per session.

Paying for College - A Financial Aid Overview - Kelly Leadership Center

Tuesday, Oct. 1st 2019 at 7-8:30pm

14715 Bristow Road

Manassas, VA

Participants will learn about the financial aid process, completing the FAFSA, scholarship opportunities, and other college financing options.
Financial Aid Part 1
Financial Aid Part 2

Paying For College - Hands on Help Session

Make sure to bring the following documents needed to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

Here is a link to a helpful article:

7 Things You Need Before You Fill out the FAFSA

Paying for College - Hands On Session - Colgan High School

Thursday, Oct. 10th 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm

13833 Dumfries Road

Manassas, VA

Rooms 1312 and 1314

This event is now full, and registration is closed. There is no on-site registration for this event, as space is limited.

Paying for College - Hands On Session - Battlefield High School

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm

15000 Graduation Drive

Haymarket, VA

This event is now full, and registration is closed. The is no on-site registration for this event, as space is limited.

Paying for College - Hands on Session - Freedom High School

Wednesday, Oct. 30th 2019 at 6:30-8:30pm

15201 Neabsco Mills Road

Woodbridge, VA

This event is now full, and registration is closed. There is no on-site registration for this event, as space is limited.
Number 4

Check this page often!

We will add relevant information throughout the school year. This will be your go to resource!

Applying to College in Prince William County Schools

Please click on the following document to read about three different options for submitting college applications in Prince William County Schools. In this document, you'll find information about the following:

  • The Common Application
  • The Coalition Application
  • Direct to institution applications
  • Using Naviance Student to process/send transcripts.

Graduation Requirements

Click here to access information about graduation requirements for all high school students.

Naviance Student

The Office of Student Services is pleased to provide, free of charge, to all PWCS high school students, Naviance Student. This comprehensive website provides opportunities for you and your student to jointly plan for life after high school.

Naviance Student allows your student to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare his/her GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual admissions decision data from your high school for students who have applied in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals

Naviance Student also lets us share information with you and your student about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career planning.

Click below to access Naviance Student for all Prince William County High Schools.


Your student's User ID is his/her student number.

Your student's passcode is his/her birthdate in the mmddyyyy format.

If you have questions about Naviance Student please contact your student’s school counselor.

If you have problems accessing this website please contact