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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Six Steps to Student Success
Number one

Attend the Parent Learning Series.

The High School Parent Summit has become a mainstay in the post-high school planning experience for thousands of PWCS parents. We are taking the content previously shared at the Parent Summit and adding even more content to the new Parent Learning Series!

The goal of the Parent Learning Series (PLS) is to continue helping families learn how to support their students as they navigate high school and beyond. Content will be delivered to parents through a select number of synchronous (live) Zoom webinars as well as asynchronous (recorded) on-demand sessions delivered through the Canvas platform. The asynchronous (recorded) PLS sessions that will be viewable on-demand in Canvas will by become available by late December.

More sessions will be added throughout the winter and spring. Parents will be able to view as many sessions as desired at a time convenient to their schedule.

The synchronous (live) PLS sessions will be advertised in The Scoop with simple registration on this webpage. Upcoming synchronous and asynchronous sessions will provide information to support your students in a variety of areas.

Number two

Explore colleges through virtual college fairs, websites, and more.

During the fall of 2020, PWCS college and career counselors shared information with students and families about the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (VACRAO) Virtual College Exploration. VACRAO partnered with StriveScan to offer admission panels and virtual college fairs.

The National Association for College and Admission Counseling (NACAC) is partnering with CommonApp to offer Spring 2021 College Fairs.

**Check in with your school's college and career counselor for more resources on virtual college visits, fairs, websites, etc. PWCS college and career counselors are ready to assist you!

Number three

Attend a "Paying for College" Event.

On October 1st, 6th, and 8th, Tomika Brown from The College Place = Alexandria hosted PWCS Paying for College virtual workshops. Over 1000 people were in attendance at these workshops. Please click below to access a recording of the Paying for College virtual workshop.

Number four

Watch the FAFSA Demonstration.

Tomika Brown from The College Place - Alexandria has filmed a demonstration of how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We invite you to watch!

Here are the 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

number five

Graduation and 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.

*Not on this document: Self-Reporting Schools or Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) - Some universities ask students to manually type their entire transcript into an SRAR account on the university website (i.e.

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 here to see the Naviance Student page on the PWCS Office of Student Services website. Here, you can select your school, and login.

Logging in: Students can log in by clicking "Clever", select their school, and they will automatically be logged in if on a school device or logged into their Office 365 account.

Each student has a Username: PWCS student ID number
Password: student's created password

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

Northern Virginia Community College

number six

Going to Work, Technical School, or the Military after High School?

PWCS Career & Technical Education

Prince William County Schools offer a rich selection of career and technical education programs. These programs allow students to explore their interests, gain valuable knowledge and skills, and prepare for careers and post-secondary studies.Click on the button below to see a recording of an Apprenticeship and Trades Workshop.

Military Service

Please click here to learn more about military service after graduation. Click on the button below to see a recording of a Military Recruiter Workshop.

Interview Tips

After you've built your resume, written a great cover letter and scheduled the interview, it's time to meet the interviewer and get the position you've applied for. This guide can help you prepare for your important interview day.

Resume Writing

Creating your resume is the first step to getting a job. Learn exactly what goes into this important document and start your career search off on the right foot by creating your own resume.

Military Recruiter Workshop - Recording

This virtual workshop was held at Battlefield HS and Patriot HS, so military contacts may vary from school to school.