School Counselor Update

Highland High School- Jan. 2019

Collinsville Area Vocational Center Parent Meeting

Parents of students interested in attending the Collinsville Area Vocational Center during the 2020-2021 School year are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at HHS on Feb. 18th at 6:30pm. The CAVC Director will be here to explain the program opportunities and answer questions.

SWIC College Fair

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

2500 Carlyle Avenue

Belleville, IL

Pre-register with StriveScan:

Looking for tips on making the most from the college fair? Check this out:

SWIC Running Start

Students interested in participating in SWIC Running Start program for the 2020-2021 School Year- please let Mrs. Jackson know by Tuesday Feb. 18th so you can complete your ACCUPLACER placement test on the 26th.

Highland Juniors and Seniors 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. More info about the program:

$$$ 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.

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. Students who requested courses for 20-21 will be tested later this month. Students will be given information about obtaining a SWIC ID soon. Please complete this at home by Tuesday Feb. 18th.

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:

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 2022- 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.

AP Exams

Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course may choose to take the exam. Interested in how the AP Credit transfers? Check out for more info.

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.

Mark your calendar

Feb 18th- CAVC Parent Meeting- HHS 6:30pm

Feb 23rd- SWIC College Fair

Feb. 18th- Running Start sign up due

Feb. 26th- ACCUPLACER Testing at HHS

April 14th- SAT/ PSAT testing freshman- juniors

April 14th- College/ Career Visit Day for seniors

HHS School Counselors

Mrs. Amber Spaeth- last names A-G

Mrs. Mary Jackson- last names H-M

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman- last names N-Z