Parkville Pathways December 2021

College and Career Info for PHS Students

Happy Holidays!

We hope your families are preparing for a restful and healthy holiday break. We are excited to share that many of our seniors are receiving college acceptances! Each month the counseling office will produce this newsletter to highlight college and career opportunities and information. Post secondary planning starts in 9th grade, so please read even if your student is a freshman! Counselor contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Follow us on instagram and twitter at @counselphs
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Grade 9-11 Updates

Want to use a few hours of winter break to start thinking about your plans for after high school? Here are some suggestions for ways to be productive by grade:

9th Grade- Spend some time exploring, learn what you can do throughout high school to make your college applications stand out. Explore colleges in your home state to see if any interest you.

10th Grade- Learn about the FAFSA and other ways to pay for college on, talk to your parents/guardians about paying for college. Ask family members or older friends about their college/career paths.

11th Grade- use Naviance to complete a Super Match College search. Make an initial list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. Connect your PSAT scores and Khan Academy to make a plan for preparing for the SAT, which you will take in April.

PSAT Scores (Gr. 9-11)

PSAT Scores from the October 2021 test are now available via this link:

Unless you are in 11th grade or previously took an AP exam you may not have a College Board account/login. Below you will find a video that explains how to create a College Board account. YOU MUST CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH A NON BCPS EMAIL TO ACCESS YOUR SCORES.

Accessing Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report - YouTube

Here is another video on understanding your PSAT score:

Lastly, if you want to practice for the SAT, we recommend using Khan Academy ( Here is a video on connecting your College Board and Khan Academy profiles. This will help you get a free personalized plan for preparing for the SAT's.

Students take the SAT in the Spring of their JUNIOR YEAR of high school during the school day and may opt to take it again in the fall of their senior year. The SAT test is used to determine college admissions and scholarships (along with grades, high school activities, and teacher recommendations).

Senior Updates (Gr. 12)

Class of 2022!

We are so proud of all of your college acceptances and plans for attending trade schools, apprenticeships and military enlistments. To date, our counselors have met with over 90% of the class of 2022 for 1:1 meetings to discuss post secondary plans.

Attached you will find the college timeline to see if you are on track with your application process. Please email Ms. Serico with any questions about applying to 4 year colleges-

Afterschool College Application Help has Ended (Gr. 12)

Each Wednesday during the fall, the school counseling office hosted college application sessions to support students with the college application process. Moving forward, if students would like to meet to get support with applying to college or the FAFSA/financial aid process please email Ms. Serico at

CCBC Info Sessions for SENIORS (Gr. 12)

The CCBC Admissions Office will host 3 Discover CCBC Information Sessions during the month of January – January 5th, 19th and 26th. These sessions will focus on your high school seniors who plan to attend CCBC. The agenda topics include our academic pathways, financial aid options, short term training programs, and how to apply for admission. These sessions will begin at 5pm and we encourage parents and adults to attend these sessions. Students can register for these sessions at As always, thank for your assistance and support. Have a safe and healthy holiday break!!

FAFSA Reminder! (Gr. 12)

Seniors- have you completed your FAFSA? Many colleges have specific deadlines for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Link to get started is below.

If you plan to attend CCBC, a 4 year college, or a trade program you MUST complete your FAFSA every year you are enrolled. The deadline for Maryland State Aid, including the the Baltimore County/MD College Promise programs at CCBC. In early February we will have an on site FAFSA help session at PHS (or virtually depending on COVID metrics). Stay tuned for a date!

December Scholarships (Gr. 12)

Here are a list of scholarships with deadlines in December and January! You can find all of these in the scholarship section in Naviance. Email Ms. Serico ( if you need a transcript or other documents sent to you virtually.



Trade Fair Recap (Gr. 11-12)

On Friday, 11/19/21 the PHS Counseling Office hosted our 2nd Annual Trade Fair. Over 200 junior and senior students participated. Below are a list of the organizations that participated. Special thank you to Ms.Zenteno for planning this event, along with Ms. Brillon and Ms. Tracey. Additional thanks to Ms.Kenney for letting us use the Library!

Maryland Beauty Academy / Baltimore Studio of Hair Design

Baltimore County Fire Department

Baltimore Electrical JATC Program

Baltimore County Police Department

Cortiva Institute- Massage & Beauty School

Ironworkers Union MD/DC

Power52 Energy Institute- Solar Panel Installation

Gandhi Healthcare- Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician

I’m Still Standing Corporation- Cyber Security, Elevator Technician

Jane Addams Resource Corporation-Welding

Sheffield Institute-Audioworks/Videoworks/Techworks, Broadcasting

New Destiny Health Career Center- Medical Technician Programs
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DC/MD Black College Expo (Gr. 9-11)

Register now for the DC/MARYLAND Black College Expo at Bowie State 3/12/22


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Upward Bound at UMBC (for grades 9-11)

Upward Bound is a nationwide, federally funded educational program, authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, for high school students. The Upward Bound Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was initiated in 1989. The Program’s design promotes the development and enhancement of students’ basic skills, academic and cultural enrichment, and the motivation necessary to matriculate at and graduate from college. To ensure students’ complete development, participation in program activities is mandatory.

Upward Bound serves students who have demonstrated academic potential and who meet the income and first generation to obtain a four-year college degree criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Program provides students and their parents with an opportunity to invest in students’ futures and thus realize their potential and goals. Students must attend Parkville, Chesapeake, Overlea, Kenwood, Patterson and Coppin Academy High Schools.

Students in grades 9-11 may apply by completing the attached application. Email Brittany Walker: for more information.

CCBC Dundalk Upward Bound (for grades 9-11)

Upward Bound is an intensive enrichment program that enhances the academic and personal growth of low-income and potential first-generation college students. The program is designed to help students with academic enrichment and career exploration.

Partnerships with targeted schools assist with program goals. Our target schools are: Chesapeake, Dundalk, Kenwood, Parkville, and Patapsco High Schools.

Are you Eligible?

  • Rising 9th through 11th grade Baltimore County Public School students.
  • Potential first generation college student — Neither parent has a bachelor's degree.
  • Income Eligible — Eligible for a Pell Grant or 150% of federal government poverty level.
Upward Bound provides academic instruction in a variety of subjects. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services are designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Programming includes:
  • Financial aid workshops
  • College survival skills workshops
  • Career exploration through career academies
  • Academy of Arts Communications and Entertainment
  • STEM Academy
  • Business Academy
  • Ninth Grade Success Academy
  • Academy and Career-Based Projects and Lecture Series
  • Internships/Externships Shadowing
  • Grade level specific Seminars
  • Early College Access planning and support
  • Parent Workshops

Link to apply below:

March SAT Test

Saturday, March 12th 2022 at 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for March SAT is February 11th (late registrations accepted until 3/1) on

SAT School Day Test for Juniors

Tuesday, April 26th 2022 at 7:45am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

All juniors will be given the opportunity to take the SAT during the school day. Students do not need to pre-register. Stay tuned for SAT prep opportunities provided by Parkville in February and March.

May SAT Test

Saturday, May 7th 2022 at 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for May SAT is April 8 (late registrations accepted until 4/26) on

June SAT Test

Saturday, June 4th 2022 at 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for March SAT is May 5th (late registrations accepted until 5/25) on

Parkville High School Counseling Office

Dept. Chair, College Counseling & AVID Students: Ms. Serico

ESOL Level 1 and 2 Students: Ms. Brillon

Students Last Names A-C: Mr. Sherline

Students Last Names D-I: Ms. Bardoff

Students Last Names J-M: Mr. Ciorra

Students Last Names N-R: Ms. Tracey

Students Last Names S-Z: Ms. Wolf

Counseling Secretary: Ms. Adkins