AHS Counseling Newsletter

Volume 1

Welcome Back!!!!!

Welcome back AHS students and families! We are excited to see students in the building and we are here to help support them!

School Counseling Department Hours:

Counselors are available during regular school day hours, 8:45-4:05 pm Monday-Friday when school is in session. To set-up an appointment, please email us individually or call 434-974-4321.

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College Corner

School Counselors enjoyed visiting the Senior Government classes this week! Our presentation can be found here, or accessed in the College Application Process section of our webpage.

College Application Quick Guide

Links to Brag Sheets and Transcript Request Forms

If you do not want your SAT and/or ACT scores to show on your AHS transcript, please submit the SAT/ACT Transcript Opt out form by October 1st.


Fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.gov). FAFSA is used to qualify for grants, scholarships, etc. on the college-level (not just federal). AHS will be hosting a FAFSA Night coming in November. Stay tuned for dates!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

  • Sept. 12, 28, Oct. 3,14, 24, and Nov. 2, 14
  • Free and open to all
  • explore colleges from everywhere!

College Visits: Interested in a specific school? Come to a virtual college rep visit to ask questions and learn about different college opportunities! Visit the AHS Counseling website for an up-to-date list and sign up through Naviance (k12 log-in)

HBCU Week: This week celebrates a group of colleges and universities that are classified by the U.S. Government as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The week pays tribute to their legacy of promoting equal opportunities for high-quality education. Visit this link to register for the HBCU Week Virtual College Fair!

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Kamala Harris - The Power of an HBCU Education

Seniors interested in PVCC

Mrs. Ratliff is available to help AHS seniors and families with exploring PVCC degrees and certificates, the application process, academic advising including 4-year college transfer plans, financial aid, and course registration. Sign up here to request a meeting or just to be added to the email information list (to receive updates on PVCC opportunities for AHS students, such as financial aid workshops, field trips, registration events, etc.). Email clratliff@k12albemarle.org with any questions.

College Essay Support

Talent Development at AHS is here to help YOU with your COLLEGE ESSAYS.

Attend a LIVE 5-part workshop series on JUMP-STARTING COLLEGE ESSAYS

  1. Patriot Periods on Fridays in the library/97H beginning 9/17 through end of November

  1. The last week of each month (BEFORE SCHOOL) in library/97H

Sept 27-Oct 1—BEFORE SCHOOL College Essay Writing Workshop Series M-F 8:15-8:55

October 25-29-- BEFORE SCHOOL College Essay Writing Workshop Series M-F 8:15-8:55

November 29-Dec 3-- BEFORE SCHOOL College Essay Writing Workshop Series M-F 8:15-8:55

  1. Contact hnewman@k12albemarle.org to watch the whole series (pre-recorded) at home (I’ll send you the links)

  1. Already have your essay written? Let’s workshop it 1:1. Email hnewman@k12albemarle.org to set up an appointment during a lunch, Patriot Period, before school, or study hall. ½ hour sessions

Scholarship Highlight

VFW Scholarship

Grades 9-12

Student Entry Deadline – October 31st

Grand Prize- $30,000

For more information and a copy of the application, visit this link

AHS Counseling Department Presents: College and Career Planning Night

Date: Thursday September 30th

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

This is a Virtual Event. Zoom link will be sent out through email later.


5:30 pm-6:30 pm We will have a college panel that will include admission representatives from the following schools:

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech

James Madison University

University of Richmond

Virginia State

Appalachian State

6:30 pm-7:30 pm We will have breakout groups from 6:35 pm-7:00 pm and 7:05 pm- 7:30 pm. You can attend 2 breakout sessions.

Sessions include:

Financial Aid

Attending PVCC

College Essay Writing

College Planning for Undergrads


and more!!!

Tutoring Opportunities

Does your student need extra help in their classes? Do they need some feedback on a paper? Do they need help preparing for a test? Then connect with our Peer Tutoring Center. Free and open to all AHS students!

AHS Club Information

AHS has a wide variety of clubs that are open to all students- there is something for everyone! Clubs are open to all Students and there are no membership fees associated with any clubs. Visit this link to see the clubs, club description, and contact info for the sponsors.

PSAT/SAT Information:

All 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT on Tuesday, October 26th. This will be given to them during the school day. Please contact your counselor with any questions.

Saturday SAT Testing Dates: Please register at Collegeboard.org. Fee waivers are available, please talk to your counselor if you need financial assistance.

October 2nd, 2021

November 6th, 2021

December 4th, 2021

May 7th, 2022

June 4th, 2022

SAT School Day:

We will be offering the SAT's during the school day on March 23rd . This will be for all juniors interested in taking the SAT and is free of cost. (We will be offering the School Day SAT in lieu of the March Saturday SAT at AHS)

Region 10 Student Support

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