JUNIORSStudents, continue to think about what career you may want to pursue. Remember that junior year is critical for your career and college planning. If you are applying to a college or university, your transcript will reflect your grades and activities/involvements at the conclusion of your 11th grade year. If students are interested in vocational/technical training, we encourage them to look into the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) on a part-time or full-time basis. Applications can be obtained at the High School Counseling Office or electronically HERE. Helpful facts can be obtained on the website. (Click Here)
● Practice PSAT booklets will be distributed in September. Look at the PSAT/NMSQT preparation page under "Testing Information" on the Counseling website.
● Practice good study habits from the first day of school.
● Clubs and student groups will advertise meetings throughout the school year. You can access the daily announcements on the WHS Website for club and sports information.
● Sit for the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test in order to prepare for the SAT and be eligible for National Merit Scholarship competition.
● Attend a college fair to further investigate college options. Check out PACAC to register.• Parents should attend the Financial Aid Workshop (check website for specific information on dates/times).
● Keep up your grades. Your junior year is extremely important in college admission.
● Plan frequent college visits when schools are in session if possible.
● Early November is the deadline date for the December SAT.JANUARY
● Complete a college selector search on www.collegeboard.org
● When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself. If you have a particular college major in mind, check to see if a particular high school course is required or recommended.
● Early February is the deadline to register for the March SAT.
● Meet with your counselor to begin to refine your list of colleges to explore.
● Begin to think about majors and careers. Utilize the websites highlighted in the boxes on the previous page.
● Register at the beginning of March for the April ACT offered at Whitehall High School
● Use the Internet to access college websites.
● Keep all college information filed alphabetically in a box
● Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs, volunteer opportunities, or activities. These are important for your high school resume/transcript and may help you write your college essays.
● Begin visiting colleges (don’t forget to complete an education trip form if you’re attending a college visit during the school week).
● Begin eliminating college choices from your original list
● Ask one or two teachers to write a letter of recommendation and have them give it to the counseling office for your file.
● Early April is the deadline for the May SAT.
● Pay all Advanced Placement exam fees if you want to take any of these tests in May.
● Take SAT Subject tests (if appropriate).
● Take Advanced Placement exams (if appropriate).
● Make wise use of your summer; pursue a summer school program (enrichment or course based) or work as a volunteer
● Plan visits to colleges during the summer.
● After school ends, get on the roads to visit colleges.
● Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
The form must be filled out and given to the teachers if you are requesting a Letter of Recommendation for college/universities. See counseling website under Forms.
TOOLS FOR THE POST SECONDARY PLANNING PROGRESS
Looking into a variety of career/college possibilities
• Use occupational information on the library website, on Career Cruising, and other Internet sites.
• Determine what type of education is necessary-trade or technical school, two-year college or four-year college.
• Internet your way to information. Explore the counseling link via Whitehall High School's website, as well as websites listed below, to access continually updated, important and helpful information regarding college, career, and scholarship searches.
COLLEGE SEARCH WEBSITES SCHOLARSHIP/FINANCIAL AID WEBSITES
CAREER SEARCH WEBSITES
• Be sure to check out the counseling website under college visits, morning announcements for information and follow us on Twitter to access the list of colleges visiting WHS in the fall.
• Follow the Junior Year timeline listed above.
• Make an appointment with your counselor for individual help with the post-secondary transition process.
• Participate in job shadows.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
Most four-year and some two-year colleges require either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. We encourage juniors to take two admission tests in winter/spring, and again, if necessary, in the fall of senior year. We do not recommend taking these tests more than three times. Some schools may also require the SAT Subject Test, which could be waived if the ACT was taken. Check the schools' admission requirements to be sure. Online registration for these tests is encouraged. Whitehall High School is not responsible for registering students for any of these tests. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact your counselor.
The WHS Library provides students an opportunity for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and PSAT test preparation via the high school page. Please click the WHS Library link, select Databases, scroll down to Career, then select "Testing and Education Preparation Center." Create a username and use the password: pL3028
Our CEEB School Code is 391785
SAT/ACT TEST DATES/REGISTRATIONS DEADLINES 2022-2023
*See the counseling website under SAT/ACT Information.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES- Any student who requires testing accommodation for the SAT or ACT should contact his/her counselor immediately. There is an application procedure to request accommodation through the College Board or the ACT. Each test date has an accommodation application deadline that must be met.
PSAT- All WHS Juniors will be scheduled to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 during the school day. This standardized test provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
FEE WAIVERS- Based on WHS free/reduced lunch status, students may qualify for fee waivers for standardized test and application fees. Students who took the PSAT and qualified for a fee waiver will have their fee waiver status updated by the College Board automatically in payment for registration for the SAT or SAT Subject Tests. Students requiring a fee waiver for ACT or college applications should see their counselor.
SAT SUBJECT TEST- Check with the colleges you are considering to see if SAT Subject tests are required. Many of the most selective colleges require either two or three SAT Subject tests. Some colleges accept the ACT in lieu of both the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTS- May 1-12, 2023-Students interested in taking AP Exams must pay all exam fees to actually sit for the exams. Students must take the exam in order to receive AP credit weight towards their high school cumulative GPA. Students who opt not to take the AP Exam must take a final exam for that course.
NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER- Students planning to participate in Division I or II college athletics should understand the guidelines and core requirements for eligibility. The Eligibility Center has a participation form which should be completed after the junior year.
*For more information about NCAA, see the counseling website under NCAA Eligibility.