School Counselor Update

Highland High School- Jan. 2020

2020-2021 Registration Update

Counselors have been busy meeting with students to complete registration forms for the 2020-2021 school year. Please be sure signed forms get turned in by the deadlines.

Class of 2022-forms are due 1/21/20

Class of 2023- forms are due 1/28/20

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 College Fair

Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 1:30-3:30pm

2500 Carlyle Avenue

Belleville, IL

Local families are invited to browse approximately 100 local, state, and national colleges and universities, as well as attend workshops on financial aid. Students can make the most of their time at the fair by signing up for a Strive Scan barcode in advance to collect college rep information in seconds.

For more information and a list of participating colleges click this link:

$$$ Scholarships- Deadlines Approaching

There are lots of opportunities for students to get money to help pay for college. Applications are available in the School Counselors office. FTT is a great time to pop in and see what's available.

It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to research scholarships they are eligible for and complete the applications on time.

Use this link to find the scholarship database:

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 earned a cumulative GPA of 4.2.

For more info about the program:

SWIC will also be hosting an information meeting at the Belleville Campus on Jan. 28th. Information was sent to students who qualify for the program. Please RSVP with SWIC if you plan to attend the parent night:

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:


HHS Juniors and Seniors may participate in courses at the Collinsville Area Vocational Center.

Students may take courses in the following career tracks:

Automotive Maintenance

Auto body Repair

Criminal Justice



Precision Machining

Clinical Health Occupations

For additional information:

An application is required. Please see your school counselor if interested. There will be a parent night at HHS on Tuesday Feb. 18th at 6:30pm for anyone wanting additional information.

Illinois Career Information System is a great website to start your career and college search.

1. Select the IL Resident Folder on the bottom right


2. Enter your city and zipcode under IL residents

3. Hover over the "Assessments" folder and use any of the tools under "how do my interests relate to occupations" on the right hand side

There are a lot of fun tools including a reality check and skills inventories available on this website.

Class of 2021- Start researching college options so you are ready to apply at the beginning of your senior year.

Juniors: SAT Test coming in April

Current Juniors will be participating in the IL State Funded SAT test on April 14th. 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.

How will my AP Exam Score Transfer?

Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course may choose to take the exam given in May.

Check out for more info about scores and how they transfer to different colleges and universities.

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

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.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 3-7, 2020

Thanks to all the parents, staff and administration for supporting us and our programs.

Mark your calendar

Jan 17th- Class of 2022 Signed Registration forms due

Jan 24th- Class of 2023 Signed Registration forms due

Jan 28th- SWIC Running Start Parent night at SWIC

Jan 29th- 8th grade parent night

Feb 23rd- SWIC College Fair

April 14th- State SAT/ PSAT Test day

HHS School Counselors

Mrs. Amber Spaeth- last names A-G

Mrs. Mary Jackson- last names H-M

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman- last names N-Z