School Counselor Update

Highland High School- Jan. 2017

2017-2018 Registration Update

Counselors have been busy meeting with students to complete registration forms for the 2017-2018 school year. Next steps include: tally course request numbers, making staffing decisions and building next year's schedules. Students will receive their courses this summer. Current juniors will meet with school counselors one-on-one to finalize senior schedules in April. It's important that juniors research potential college admission requirements so we can ensure they will be enrolled in needed courses.

SWIC Dual Credit

Some courses at HHS allow students to earn credit at SouthWestern Illinois College- this does not mean that a student has to go there- only they have credit that may transfer. For additional information please check:

All courses require students to complete online enrollment forms to obtain a SWIC ID number. Some courses require successful completion of a placement test.

SLU 1818 Dual Credit

AP Chemistry and AP Language and Composition give students additional opportunities for college credit. Students may choose to enroll in the SLU 1818 dual credit program and pay for SLU college credit for these courses. This credit may transfer to other institutions. Students in these courses may also chose to take the AP college board exam in May to earn credit as well.

For more information regarding SLU's program:

For more information about the AP (advanced placement program):

SWIC Running Start

Highland Juniors and Seniors who are interested in starting their college experience early may participate in SWIC's running start program. Students must meet placement test requirements, have successfully completed Algebra 2, and a GPA of 4.52.

For more info about the program:

We will also be hosting an information meeting at HHS on Wednesday Feb. 8th at 6:30pm.

SWIC College Fair

Sunday, Feb. 26th, 1:30-3:30pm

2500 Carlyle Avenue

Belleville, IL

Looking for tips on making the most from the college fair? Check this out:

AP Exams

Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course may choose to take the exam. Each exam is $92.00. Sign up will begin the first week of February. Deadline to sign up including the first payment will be Friday, March 3rd. All payments will be due Friday April 7th.

Be sure to research your college to see what score you need to qualify for credit there. Check out for more info.

$$$ Scholarships- Deadlines Approaching

There are lots of opportunities for students to get money to help pay for college. A scholarship database for those opportunities is available for seniors and a separate for juniors. These can be found on the counseling department webpage on the right hand side. Applications are available in the school counselors office or by clicking the link in the database. It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to research scholarships they are eligible for and complete the applications on time.

PSAT scores

PSAT/NMSQT scores and test booklets were distributed to students who participated in testing. We will find out which students are selected for the National Merit Scholarship Program in September. For additional information on what test scores mean or to set up an account visit:

Juniors: SAT Test coming in April

Current Juniors will be participating in the IL State Funded SAT test on April 5th. This is a graduation requirement and will be given at HHS during the school day. Students may utilize Khan Academy for test prep. Colleges will accept SAT scores from this test date as part of your college application.

ACT Testing- Juniors

Students may want to consider taking the ACT on a National Test date. They must sign up for a National Test date so scores are ready when students apply for college their senior year. For testing dates, registration deadlines, more information and to sign up visit

The deadline to register for the April 8th test is March 3rd.

If you can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT fee waiver. See your school counselor for additional information.

ACT Profile is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students who create an account can complete interest inventories, search majors, college and compare schools. Student who create accounts are also encourage to "Connect" with their HHS Counselor.

Class of 2018- Start researching college options so you are ready to apply at the beginning of your senior year.

HHS School Counselors

Mrs. Amber Spaeth- last names A-He

Mrs. Mary Jackson- last names Hi-O

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman- last names P-Z