School Counselor Update

Highland High School- November 2019

Semester 2 Schedules

We plan to have final Semester 2 schedules available on PowerSchool starting December 16th. Students will also be able to pick up a printed copy during lunch.

Schedule changes will take place the first 2 days of the semester. Changes are only for students who have a hole in their schedule, a class they have already taken or a level change where parent and teacher have discussed and approved.

Registration- 2020- 2021 School Year

Counselors will be meeting with students individually to talk about career and college plans and request courses for the 2020-2021 school year. Appointment times will be randomly assigned. If you miss your appointment you need to see your counselor to reschedule. Students will bring home forms that require a parent signature. Below are dates that forms with a signature are due. Forms may be turned in early. Failure to turn the form in by the due date will force the student's priority number for scheduling to move to the end of their grade level.

Class of 2021- Tues Nov. 26th

Class of 2022- Wed Jan. 17th

Class of 2023- Wed Jan 24

SWIC Running Start

Current Sophomores and Juniors may participate in the SWIC Running start program next year. For more information please visit

Before entering, a Junior should have passed the following courses at HHS: English- 2 credits; Geometry-1 credit; Algebra 2- 1 credit; Health- .5 credit, Science- 2 credits, and World History- 1 credit.

A Senior should have passed everything listed above as well as US History- 1 credit; Math- 1 credit (3 total), English- 1 credit (3 total).

More information about signing up will be given out in the spring. Contact your HHS School Counselor if interested.

Stay tuned for a parent night in February 2020!

Collinsville Area Vocational Center

HHS Juniors and Seniors may participate in courses at the Collinsville Area Vocational Center.

Students may take courses in the following career tracks:

Automotive Maintance

Auto body Repair

Criminal Justice



Precision Machining

Clinical Health Occupations

For additional information:

An application is required. Please see your school counselor if interested.

A parent informational meeting is being scheduled for February 2020.

Illinois Career Information System

The Illinois Career Information System is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students can complete interest inventories, search majors, colleges and compare schools.

It's never to early to start researching college and career possibilities.

SAT testing and prep

Juniors will be taking the SAT as part of State testing in April. College board accounts can be used for Khan Academy practice and to see and send scores. These accounts are free. See your school counselor if you need help setting one up.

ACT Testing

The ACT is important in determining the types of colleges in which a student will have the best chance for gaining admission. It is also one component of a students college application.

For testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Exam information

Semester 1 final exams will take place on Dec. 18th, 19th, and 20th. Students should contact their individual teachers to determine exemptions.

Semester Exams count for 20% of a students semester grade. Semester grades get reported on student transcripts.

Dec. 18th- Final exams periods 1, 2 and 3

Dec. 19th- Final exams periods 4 and 5

Dec. 20th- Final exams periods 6 and 7

Mark your calendar

Dec. 1st- SLU1818 Tuition payment due to SLU

Dec. 16th- S2 Schedules handed out

Jan. 7th- Semester 2 begins

Jan. 7th and 8th- S2 Schedule changes

Jan 29th- 8th grade parent night

Feb 23rd- SWIC College Fair

Highland HS School Counselors

Last names A-H: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Last names H-M: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Last names N-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman