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Counseling Office Curriculum

Freshmen Year

The counselors work with 9th grades students in the classroom to ensure that all students have a strong foundation on what they will need to complete in high school.  All 9th grade students will receive curriculum in their PE classes prior to the end of the first semester.  The presentation will include topics such as graduation requirements, high school credits and transcripts, college admission requirements (A-G) and available AHS resources. 

PowerPoint: Graduation Requirements Freshmen Presentation (PPT)

9th grade families will receive a letter in the mail in late spring which will include a copy of the student's transcript so families can track their student's progress.

Junior Year

As students start their second half of their high school career, the focus is on more detailed planning for the future including graduation and post-high school.  The counselors will meet with all 11th grade students in their English classes in the spring for a presentation which reviews graduation requirements and goes into post-secondary options in greater detail including college testing and supplementary requirements.   This presentation will help them consider the requirements they still need for both graduation and college admission to best plan for their senior year. 

PowerPoint: Junior Presentation

Graduation Checklist Worksheet


Parent Guide to College Admissions from Your Teen Magazine


At Risk juniors will receive a letter home in the fall detailing their deficits and provide options for remediation.


All juniors will receive a Junior Letter in the spring detailing their current progress towards graduation.  This letter will also contain reminders about preparing for college admissions in the future. 

Sophomore Year

The counselors work with 10th grade students individually to complete Academic Planning.  In the spring, each sophomore will have the opportunity to meet with his/her counselor for an individual appointment to discuss current progress towards graduation and planning for the future both in terms of high school graduation and post-high school options.  During these Sophomore Academic Planning (SAP) appointments students will have the opportunity to have their questions answered in a individual setting and create a plan for the remaining years of high school which will leave the student prepared for their chosen path upon graduation. 


At Risk Sophomores will receive a letter mailed home in the fall noting deficits towards graduation and options for remediating the deficits. 

Senior Year

As students prepare to complete their high school experience, the counselors are available to provide guidance in helping them meet their post-secondary goals.  The counselors will meet with 12th grade students in their English classes in the early fall to present a presentation on the college admission process that will include information on the community college, CSU and UC systems as well as private schools and testing with helpful hints and reminders. 

PowerPoint--Preparing for the College Application Process an Overview for Seniors.ppt (PPT)


Resources:  AHS Student Profile for College Admissions Letters of Recommendation, UC Application Guide, UC Personal Insight Questions Worksheet, UC Application: Presenting Yourself, UC Personal Insight Question video: , Instructions for Sending Test Scores, WUE Information, EAP Information


Senior parents will also be invited to learn about the college application process through an evening presentation in the early fall.  In conjunction with the College and Career Center, families will also be invited to a Cash For College Financial Aid event in November to learn about the financial aid process. 

PowerPoint--Preparing for the College Application Process an Overview for Parents.ppt (PPT)


Resources: Guide to Federal Financial Aid 2018-19, College Financial Aid Check Lists, CSS Profile Student Guide, Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2017-18, Library of Federal Financial Aid Resources:


Parent Guide to College Admissions from Your Teen Magazine


All seniors will receive a Senior Letter and transcript in September to detail how they are progressing towards graduation.  All seniors will receive a second Senior Letter and transcript after the first semester grades are posted to update graduation status.  Pending 3rd quarter and 4th quarter progress grades, students may receive additional Senior Letters should they be at risk of not graduating.