Counselor Connection

Preparing for college & career - February Issue

Course Requests for 2020-2021 School Year

Student course request cards were due on Friday, January 31st. Counselors have been working hard to enter course requests. If you have questions about your student's schedule, please contact their counselor!

Host an Exchange Student!

Have you ever considered hosting a high school exchange student? Hosting is a wonderful way to learn about other cultures and languages, and it results in life-long friendships that transcend national borders. Ayusa Exchange Program needs host families at La Follette for both fall semester and the academic year for students from Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, the Netherlands, and other countries. The students will arrive in August 2019 and stay until either January or June 2020.

Host families are volunteers. They provide three meals a day, a bedroom, and a supportive home environment. Students come with their own health insurance and spending money to cover all personal expenses.

Please visit to learn more about the program and view the many fantastic students waiting for a host family. If you have questions, contact Parthy Schachter at

College Planning Checklist

Check out this roadmap to get you through high school college ready. Information for 9th-12th graders!

All Dressed Up

Need a dress for prom? You may be able to get a FREE dress and accessories! Registration opens February 2nd!

AASPIRE Internship

Do you have a high school grad who is currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college and will be in Madison this summer? If so, encourage them to apply! Applications open February 18th

Resources for Spanish Speakers

LEAP Forward Internship Program

What: A six week paid internship at UW Madison

Who: Current Sophomores interested in a health science experience this summer

When: Application opens January 28th, 2019

More details and application materials can be found here

JUNIORS: Set up your Post High School Planning meeting now!

Have an in depth conversation with your counselor about your senior schedule, post high school plans, ensure you are on track for graduation, meaningful things to do this summer to explore colleges, volunteer, explore a career interest and more!







**don't forget to pick up a pass!

All JUNIORS take the ACT for FREE March 3rd during the school day. Need to prep? Here's how:

Free Test Prep Options:

MSCR ACT study club - Thursdays (listen for announcements)

ACT Academy

Preparing for the ACT





Writing-Sample Essays

Method Test Prep

Vocab Ahead (Videos, Flashcards, Vocab)

Paid Test Prep Options:

The Prep Center


On Campus College Planning

Need a Job - Click Here!

One stop link to all the Job and Internship opportunities shared with Student Services staff. Keep an eye on this page if you are a graduating senior, interested in exploring a career through internship, or need to make some cash.

Seniors-The Rest is for You!

Tackle your Post-high school To-Do list. Here are some ideas to get you started

  • Complete your applications and/or verify all required materials were received. All colleges need ACT score(s), high school transcript, and application. Some colleges require other materials as well. Check your student account for each college to make sure everything is submitted and find out what your next steps are (ex. set up online account, complete housing contract, confirm your enrollment, sign up for placement tests, admitted student events, and orientation)
  • Sign up to take Placement Exams.
  • Scholarships - Check out the highlighted scholarships, each of your colleges scholarship offerings, and scholarship search engines like and Scholly
  • FAFSA - This is where the bulk of your financial aid will come from. New this year, FAFSA is based off your 2018 taxes, so do not wait to submit this application or you could miss out on valuable aid. Students will need to create an FSA ID as will their parent/guardian. FREE support is also available. See your counselor for more information.
  • Check out each of your school's Cost of Attendance information so you are aware of real costs (google COA then your college's name).
  • Apply for a Job and save money for life after high school
UW Campuses Still Taking Applications!

Call 800.442.6459 or email with questions about the application process, or find more information here.

Placement testing for UW System Schools

Attending a UW System School? You must take Placement Exams. Registration opens February 1st

Need to make changes to your already submitted UW Systems Application?

Changes can be made to a submitted application by sending an email to the admissions office including your full name, date of birth, and the change you would like made. This is the case for everything from edits of typos to course schedule changes in your senior year of high school.

Univ of Minnesota Share My App Program

Students who applied to University of Minnesota Twin Cities can apply to Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester for Free! Click the link for more details

Looking for Scholarships?

Attending Madison College? Apply for Scholars of Promise!

Madison College Scholars of Promise is a program providing financial aid, advising and support

After creating your Madison College student account, complete and submit all materials by April 1st, 2019

Talk with your counselor to find out more.

Dr. James Allen Memorial Peace Scholarship

Madison Veterans for Peace offers a $1,000 scholarship to a Madison public high school senior who plans to attend Madison College in the Fall and who writes the best original essay on the topic “Why Violence is Never a Solution.” Deadline: May 3rd

11th & 12th Grade College Bound Athletes & NCAA

Students who plan to participate in Division I or II collegiate athletics during college, must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse form. Students should register at the end of their junior year, work with their counselor and coach.

SENIORS & School Email

Seniors: Do not use school email for ANY matters related to life after high school.

Examples: college apps, parchment account, ACT, FAFSA, scholarship applications, etc

**School Email becomes inaccessible to graduates 2 wks after graduation