The HHS Counseling Newsletter

November/December 2022 Issue #2

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Find my Counselor

Click on the document below to see the counselor assignments and their email address. Students may walk in during Lunch and Learn hours or send their counselor an email.

Juniors - we are coming to your US History classes!

Counselors are visiting US History classes the week of Nov. 7 to ensure that every Junior can login and understand the features of Naviance for post secondary planning. Please be sure you can login to Naviance before next Monday:

Juniors not in US History or who were absent for this lesson, may join me (Mrs. Whelan)on Monday, Nov. 21 during Lunch and Learn in Room 170 (across from Counseling Office) for a makeup Naviance Lesson

All Students

Peer Tutoring Request Form

National Honor Society peer tutors are available for your academic core subject areas. Fill out the request form and you will be matched with a peer tutor.

Click here to access our 2022-23 programming schedule

Evening programs and our Coffee and Conversations are a great way for students and parents to hear from experts in the field of post secondary planning.

Save the Dates - Dec. 7 - Information about PSAT scores and Dec. 13 - Navigating High School and Future Planning for 9th graders - click above schedule for more information

Junior Post Secondary Planning Night

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 7pm

Harriton High School, North Ithan Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA - Auditorium

Join the Counseling Department for an evening to kick off your college planning! All Harriton counselors will be here to meet with their caseloads after a 40 minute presentation by Mrs. Whelan in the Auditorium. Get excited about planning your future! No pre-registration is required - Come, learn, and ask questions.

Last day to register for AP Exams is November 15 before late fee of $40 per exam is added.

AP Course and Exam Registration

All students taking AP classes, must do the following. 1. Register in Total Registration. 2. Enter your join code in your myAP College Board acct. 3. Complete the Google Doc. Deadline is Nov. 15 or a late fee per exam will be charged.

College Admission Roundtable for Juniors and interested Sophomores

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 7pm

This is an online event.

6 college admission directors will join our college access counselors in a virtual program to provide information on 6 different types of colleges; large public, small liberal arts, community college, the University of California system, Ivy League, and our state schools. This will be a very informative evening and an opportunity to ask your questions. Zoom link will be sent out the week before.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The College Tour

Hosted by Alex Boylan, each episode of The College Tour tells the story of a single college through the lens of its students. This program provides an inside look at colleges across the world.

College Application Information for Seniors

Upcoming Application Deadlines and Sending Test Scores

Early Action, Early Decision, and Priority application deadlines are important and mandatory for your Common App and sometimes the SRAR (Self Reported Academic Record - if required) They must be sent by the posted deadline which is most commonly November 1st. In addition, Nov. 15 and Dec. 1 are also common early deadlines. Be sure to check the list of Application Requirements listed on each college's Undergraduate Admissions websites to confirm the correct application deadline.

If you choose to send SAT or ACT test scores, you should go to your SAT and ACT web account and click "Send my test scores" and follow the instructions. You may also self-report your test scores on the Common Application. Again, check the respective admissions requirements for your colleges to see if they require "official test score reports". We do not send your test scores.

Application Fee Waivers

Applying to multiple colleges can be expensive. Many schools will waive your application fee if you simply ask! Be sure to check out the "How to Apply" page of each college before submitting your application fee or email your admissions representative and request a waiver. Some schools will offer Free Application Weeks and waive the fee for all students during specific weeks. For example: Beginning Monday, October 24th and ending Sunday, November 6th, students can apply to up to five SUNY (State University of New York) campuses with no application fee! This includes all 64 SUNY campuses, no matter which application vehicle the student uses. Students can get details here:

1st Quarter Grades & Mid Year Reports

What you need to know about requesting first quarter or mid year grade reports:

First Quarter Grades

  • First quarter grades for seniors may be sent to colleges by request. We do not send any grades automatically.
  • A First Quarter Grade snapshot will be taken on November 14 and not at any later date.
  • Many colleges do not require first quarter grades and it is the student's responsibility to determine whether or not they are needed by checking the admission requirements on the respective college admission websites
  • To request grades, complete the First Quarter Grade Request Form (see the link below) and turn in to the Counseling Office by Friday, November 11 . The reports will be sent to college admission offices on or after November 15.
  • You may submit a request after Nov. 11 to be sent at a later date but it will still be the Nov. 14 snapshot

Mid Year Grades

  • Mid year grades are a more standard requirement for Regular Decision college admission plans, and are handled at the end of the semester in mid January
  • Reports will be available by request in early February
  • These grades must be requested in the same manner and more information will be sent in January

Be prepared for college decisions - there are multiple possibilities!

Apply for Financial Aid using the FAFSA

It is advisable to apply for Financial Aid regardless if you think you will qualify. The earlier the better! The FAFSA will always be required, and the CSS Profile may be required.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is required by some private colleges and universities. It is a College Board form that provides additional information about financial need.

Apprenticeships available with GlaxoSmithKline

GSK’s Apprentice Program is a 2-4-year long program that provides students with the opportunity to jumpstart their career while pursuing a college education. During their program, our apprentices receive a combination of paid on-the-job training while studying towards their associates degree, fully-funded, at GSK’s partnering college.
Application for Apprenticeship with GSK

Make sure you apply early. We recruit on an ongoing basis and prioritize applications based on the application date.

Applying for Scholarships

Many colleges will automatically consider students for merit scholarships (based on academics) during the application process. But there are 2 other methods that is worth your time to find scholarship money.

  1. Apply for local and private scholarships advertised to our community by checking our Harriton Google Doc, which is updated regularly with scholarships sent to our department.

  2. Use a scholarship search engine to discover scholarships you may qualify for. Check out the handout linked below for a list of reputable search engines

Seniors should continue to complete items in the checklist below as you add colleges to your list.

College application deadlines continue through November through February and even later! Another waive of Early Action and Early Decision will be due on November 15 and December 1. In addition, many opportunities for Early Decision II will be available in January.
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Need help with your Common App or Matching Naviance and the Common App? Check out these videos!

College Testing Links

SAT Registration

Fee Waivers are available to those who qualify - if interested, before registering see your counselor. Students typically take the SAT in their Junior and Senior years.

ACT Registration

Fee waivers are available to those who qualify - if interested, before registering see your counselor. Students may opt to take the ACT in their Junior and Senior years.

ACT Dates and Deadlines

College Visits to Harriton

Daily through December 1

Did you know that 160 colleges have signed up to visit with Harriton students this fall? Admissions Representatives have been and will continue visiting throughout the fall to answer questions about the application process and introduce you to new programs at their school. Be sure to register to attend sessions to learn more about various colleges! Attending visits are a great way to demonstrate your interest in a college and get to know your Admissions Representative.

How to Register:

  • Log in to Naviance
  • Click on "Colleges"
  • Scroll down and select "College Visits"
  • Click Register

*Note: you must have teacher permission to attend

Click here for the LMSD Wellness Newsletter

For information on wellness, this separate monthly newsletter is published by the Harriton and Lower Merion Wellness Counselors

Our Wellness Counselor, Social Worker, and School Psychologist offer additional support for all students at Harriton

Our specialists are available to talk with about yourself and others you care about.