Graduation Success & Beyond

A Resource Guide for PWCS Parents and Students

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About this Guide

Prince William County Public Schools is pleased to bring you this online resource guide to assist with planning for high school graduation and beyond. This guide will be updated throughout the school year to provide students and parents with valuable information about high school graduation, applying to and paying for college, career planning opportunities, and more. Please check back often to ensure that your student is prepared for life after high school.

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Attention Parents of Students in Grades 10 and 11!

PSAT Scores are being delivered electronically in mid-December. Click here to access information to support you and your student.

Attention High School Parents and Students!

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  • Helps parents make more informed decisions about challenges and issues their student may face that can’t solely be addressed in school

Applying to College in Prince William County Schools

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4 steps to student success
Step 1

Attend one of the two High School Parent Summits offered during the 2018-2019 school year.

The 6th Annual High School Parent Summit will help parents/guardians learn more about how to support their student as they enter, experience, and exit high school. Participants will choose from over 30 interest sessions covering topics from The Transition to High School, Financial Aid, College Admissions, Trade and Technical schools, and much, much, more. All parents will receive an e-mail during the month of September with a link to register for this popular event. Don't wait to register as seats fill up quickly.

High School Parent Summit - Patriot High School

October 20, 2018


Patriot High School

10504 Kettle Run Road

Nokesville, VA 20181


Please consider joining us after the summit for "A Parent's Conversation about Student Mental Health". You may register for this bonus event when you register for the Summit.

High School Parent Summit - C.D. Hylton High School

January 5, 2019


C.D. Hylton High School

14051 Spriggs Road

Woodbridge, VA 22193

You must register for this event online.

Click here to register.

Number 2

Attend one of the two college fairs held during the 2018-2019 school year.

You will find over 100 two and four-year colleges at each of these events. Students and parents can talk to admission officers and gain valuable information about specific schools. There is no need to RSVP for this event but you may wish to register at to make your experience as easy as possible.

Please note, registration at is not required.

Western Prince William County College Fair - Stonewall Jackson High School

September 24, 2018


Stonewall Jackson High School

8820 Rixlew Lane

Manassas, VA 20109

Eastern Prince William County College Fair - Potomac High School

October 11, 2018


Potomac High School

3401 Panther Pride Drive

Dumfries, VA 22026

NO RSVP is required for this event.

Number 3

Attend a "Paying for College" Event

Experts will be on hand to help all parents and students!

Please RSVP for these events below so we can ensure we have ample space for all attendees.

Seating at the Hands on Help sessions will be limited to 30 per session.

Paying for College - A Financial Aid Overview

Participants will learn about the financial aid process, scholarship opportunities, and other college financing options.

Paying for College - A Financial Aid Overview - Battlefield High School



Paying for College - A Financial Aid Overview - C.D. Hylton High School



Paying for College - A Financial Aid Overview - Potomac High School



Paying For College - Hands on Help Session

Make sure to bring the following documents needed to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

Here is a link to helpful article:

7 Things You Need Before You Fill out the FAFSA

Paying for College - Hands on Help Session - Patriot High School



Paying for College - Hands on Help Session - Colgan High School



Paying for College - Hands on Help Session - Freedom High School



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Check this page often!

We will add relevant information throughout the school year. This will be your go to resource!

Important Information for High School Parents and Students

Changes to Standards of Learning (SOL) Test Administration for High School Courses

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, students will not be required to take high school SOL end-of-course tests that are not needed to meet high school graduation requirements and/or federal participation requirements. So, what does this all mean to you?

1. All students must be tested in Mathematics, Science, and Reading at some point during their high school career.

2. All students must pass a prescribed number of SOL tests in order to earn verified credits and graduate from high school dependent upon the year the student entered 9th grade for the first time. Click the graduation requirements link below for more information.

3. Once a student meets the verified credit requirement for his/her diploma type in a specific subject area, he/she may not take the SOL end-of-course tests for other courses in that subject area.

Here is an example:

John is pursuing the standard diploma and entered the 9th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. He must earn six verified credits to graduate. So far, he has earned verified credits in the following subjects:

Algebra I


World History I


Under the new rules, John will only take the English Reading and Writing SOL tests in 11th grade to complete his six verified credits. He will take no other SOL tests during high school.

If you have questions about which SOL test your student will take this school year, please contact your assigned school counselor.

NEW Requirements for the 9th Grade Class of 2018-19

Graduation requirements have changed for students who enter the ninth grade for the first time during the 2018-2019 school year and beyond. Click the box above to access a quick guide to help you understand the new requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Click here to access information about graduation requirements for all high school students.

Naviance Student

The Office of Student Services is pleased to provide, free of charge, to all PWCS high school students, Naviance Student. This comprehensive website provides opportunities for you and your student to jointly plan for life after high school.

Naviance Student allows your student to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare his/her GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual admissions decision data from your high school for students who have applied in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals

Naviance Student also lets us share information with you and your student about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career planning.

Click below to access Naviance Student for all Prince William County High Schools.


Your student's userID is his/her student number.

Your student's passcode is his/her birthdate in the mmddyyyy format.

If you have questions about Naviance Student please contact your student’s school counselor.

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