Student Support Services Newsletter

August 2021

Class of 2022 - Senior Credit Update & Senior Checklist:

Fridley families, we want to let you know that by October we will mail out credit check letters to graduating seniors. These letters will inform families of how many credits their child has and if needed an action plan for credit recovery. Along with this letter, we will include a checklist of items to complete and watch for Senior year, stay tuned!

-Mr. Cummings, Ms Engler, Ms Miller-Johnson

ACT Exams:

Fridley High School will NOT offer the ACT this fall. Stay tuned for more information as we offer the ACT later in the spring. Students are always welcome to take the ACT outside of the assigned district testing day. For more information on the ACT test including registration information please visit or reach out to your academic dean for more information.

8/25/21: ACT Test Information for juniors and seniors:

In the past, it has been recommended that students who plan on attending a four-year college or university take the ACT exam in the spring of their junior year. As of today, two-thirds of the colleges/universities in the United States are test-optional for admissions. This means that an ACT score is no longer required for admission at those colleges. This is a permanent change at some colleges and a temporary change for some colleges for students applying fall 2021. With that being said, there may still be some advantages to submitting an ACT score. Here are some things to consider:

  • Does the college/university use ACT scores for scholarship or honors consideration?

  • Are you a good standardized test taker?

  • Is your ACT score a good reflection of your academic ability and potential?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, you may want to submit an ACT score regardless of test optional admissions. Register to take the ACT at

To see if a college/university is test optional, check the individual college website or for a list of test optional colleges.


The PBIS team is excited to welcome back staff and students for the 2020-2021 school year. The PBIS team is currently looking for parents and students to join their team in order to help move Fridley High School forward with positive school climate initiatives. If interested, please email Amy Engler (

Scholarship Info for parents of seniors:

What are Scholarships?

Many high school students, parents and current college students are shocked to hear there are thousands upon thousands of college scholarships available to college students in the United States.

A scholarship is FREE money (money you will not have to pay back after graduation). It’s not a student loan; scholarships are a gift that does not have to be repaid. As the cost of college continues to rise, applying for scholarships should be a priority for all college-bound students and current college students.

Scholarship money can be used to pay for tuition and fees, but also room and board and the hidden (sometimes forgotten cost) of pricey university textbooks.

Uncovering scholarships for college students and college bound students can feel overwhelming. When looking for ways to pay for college, parents and students want to know how to get scholarships for college, how to apply for college scholarships, and how to find college scholarships. The best way to do this is to look through a complete list of college scholarships—even better, let your Fastweb profile find scholarships for you. Check out

Academic Dean - meet and greet:

The Academic Deans are excited to meet the families of Fridley at the Back to School Open houses in September. They will be sharing information regarding how they can help you and your child be successful during the upcoming school year, you will learn about the requirements for graduation and lastly meet the Academic Dean that you will be working with during the school year. There will be an in person session in the auditorium as well as a virtual session where families can log in and attend virtually. More information to come- stay tuned!

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