McAdory High School
Guidance and Records Department
McAdory CEEB Code: 011-730
and staff provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program and are
committed to helping students develop academically, socially, emotionally, and
in career knowledge and skills. Our staff includes:
Howard – 9th and 11th Grade Counselor
Casey Ritchey – 10th and 12th Grade
Becky Johnson – School Registrar
(Requests records, mails transcripts, etc.)
Each counselor targets
their assigned grade level, however, when it comes to emergencies or a crisis
please know that each counselor is available to assist any student or family.
Transcript checks: In
the fall semester, the high school counselors are meeting with students to
review transcripts and go over diploma checklists to verify that students are
on target to graduate with the desired diploma at the desired time. Several
issues will be cleared up at this time.
Freshman will have a
meeting to review graduation requirements, explain Career Technical
Endorsements, explain information about the Graduation Exam, and talk to you
about GPAs and the college entrance exams discussed below.
NOTE: Freshmen will
bring home a pamphlet from the Alabama State Department of Education. Please
read, discuss, sign, and return it ASAP.
ACT and/or SAT: These
are college entrance exams that must be taken to enter most 2-year and 4-year
post-secondary programs. They should be taken during spring of the Junior year
and should be taken a MINIMUM of TWO (2) times. You may register on line
at www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.com. You will need McAdory’s
code -- 011-730.
Register NOW to take
the ACT: www.actstudent.org
There are three main
methods for providing services to students: large group guidance, small group
counseling, and individual counseling. The three domains counselors are
primarily responsible for are academics, social/emotional growth, and finally,
career planning and development. They can provide these services directly or
indirectly via outside sources such as teachers, software, or other programs.
Listed below are some
of the ways McAdory’s counseling staff is serving the students:
Career Cruising -- An on line service
that allows student to match skills and interests; research careers, track
4-year plan; create and save a resume; research colleges.
PrepHQ – An on-line website to deliver
vital college and career information to High school students.
Social Skills and Emotional Health:
- Large group Guidance
- Small Group Counseling
- Consultation – with teachers and staff concerning issues
which affect student’s academic, personal/social, or career.
- Outside Speakers
- Classroom Teachers
- Senior Information Booklet - available at Senior
Registration. Instructions on how to get a PIN, how to fill out
the FAFSA, how to register for PrepHQ, how to do a Resume’ and more are
found within the booklet.
- Build academic skills, including good note taking, study
habits and time management.
- Be aware of how important your grade point average (GPA)
is, it is very difficult to bring up a grade point average once it drops.
- Join extracurricular activities and take part in
- Start a “high school folder” where you put important
school information and keep track of your activities and honors.
- Familiarize yourself with the requirements for
- Continue working on academics.
- Pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.
- Take the PSAT and evaluate the results. This is a
preparatory test for the SAT which serves as the qualifying test for the
National Merit Scholarship program as well as college entrance
- Build on extracurricular activities and take part in
- Keep written track of your efforts for your resume
- Begin searching for colleges you would like to visit.
Summer Before Junior
Visit at least one college of interest
- Take or retake the PSAT
- Continue working on your GPA
- Visit the National College Fair
- Make individual college visits during the year
- Take the ACT and/or SAT at least once in winter or
Summer Before Senior
- Narrow your college list and start applying to schools
- Familiarize yourself with deadlines, including those for
admission and financial aid
- Research scholarship opportunities
- Improve your essay – writing abilities
- Develop your resume
Once you have a college
offer in hand, you may get the urge to coast through the rest of the school
year. However, it’s important to finish strong. Colleges, especially
selective universities, have been known to withdraw offers of admission to
students who drop college prep classes or begin earning uncharacteristically
low grades. If you've slumped, but not too far, colleges might send you a
warning letter and add certain stipulations to your admission, such as
requiring a certain grade point average during the first year of
college. Taking an extended breather during your senior year can
also make your freshman year in college more difficult because you aren’t
conditioned for the level of workload. So have fun in these coming months, but
don't give up on your college preparation.
- Take the ACT/SAT again in the fall, if needed.
- Keep up a good GPT (even once accepted, a college can
pull your admission if the GPA falls below an acceptable level.)
- Continue applying to colleges
- Apply for scholarships before Oct. 1. Apply for
financial aid after January 1 but before the beginning of the 2nd semester
documents - Financial Aid for College and Post-Secondary Plans
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now posted online. It’s
important to complete the form and submit it as soon as possible, as some
financial aid is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Most 2-year and
4-year colleges will require you to fill out a Free Application for
Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). This is done beginning in January of the
Senior year. Scholarships are funneled through this “account” so everyone
should fill one out. NOTE: IT IS FREE!!! It does take some time, but do not get
tricked into paying someone to fill it out for you. You will still have to
provide all of the information some way or another. You may go ahead and apply
for the Pin now. The parent/guardian and the student must BOTH have separate
PIN numbers in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. You can register for the
PIN at www.pin.ed.gov The FAFSA can be filled
out in January atwww.fafsa.ed.gov You will need your tax
info for thisHere are some of the items you will need:
- Your Social Security number and your parents’ Social
Security numbers if you are a dependent.
- Your driver’s license number, if you have one.
- 2011 federal tax information for you and your parents if
you are providing parent information. If you have not filed your taxes,
you can still submit your FAFSA by estimating family income.
- Records of untaxed income, such as Social Security
benefits, welfare benefits, and veteran’s benefits for you and your
- You can find a full list of the needed at fafsa.ed.gov.
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Dee Howard, Grades9 & 11
Casey Ritchey, Grades10 & 12