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Haven Isclaw, Guidance Director 817-783-6940 ext 2014 Email
  Nicole Barnes, 2014-2015 Counselor 817-783-6940 ext 2013 Email

ALVARADO HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER

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REPORT CARDS MAY BE PRINTED THROUGH STUDENT/FAMILY SKYWARD ACCESS!  They have been mailed home with transcript, schedule request, and EOC scores (if applicable).  You may access Skyward now to print one on your own if lost or needed quickly.

EOC SUMMER SCHOOL - for students who did not pass the April/May EOC tests

Summer school is mandatory for students who failed tier EOC tests this Spring.  Summer school days are from June 10th - 26th on Monday through Thursday.  The hours are from 8 AM until Noon.  If a student is unable to attend, their guardian should come to the front office to sign a waiver.  The tests are required for graduation and are only given three times during the school year.  Students may take the tests without coming to summer school.

EOC TEST DATES (note - the school district is closed the week of July 4, before testing)

MONDAY, JULY 7 - ENGLISH 1 EOC

TUESDAY, JULY 8 - ENGLISH 2 EOC

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 - ALGEBRA 1 EOC

THURSDAY, JULY 10 - BIOLOGY EOC

FRIDAY, JULY 11 - US HISTORY EOC

Students should be at the school before 8 AM for testing.  It is very important that we start at 8 AM.  If a student shows up late, they may not be allowed to test due to time constraints.  The English 1 and English 2 EOC tests will take 5 hours.  The tests will not be finished until around 1:15 PM.  Lunch will not be provided so students are encouraged to bring their own snacks.  The Algebra, Biology and US History tests will only take 4 hours and will be completed by 12:30 PM.  Signs will be posted around the school to assign students a test room (200 and 300 old halls).  Transportation will not be provided on test days.

TAKS EXIT RETEST - FOR SENIORS OR THOSE WHO STILL NEED IT FOR GRADUATION

MONDAY, JULY 7 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)

TUESDAY, JULY 8 - MATH

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 - SCIENCE

THURSDAY, JULY 10 - SOCIAL STUDIES

The TAKS test will be given in the AHS Library starting at 8 AM and all are untimed.

SCHEDULE CHANGES - They may be mailed in to AHS Counseling Center, PO Box 387, Alvarado, TX 76009 (only if you have a change).  The changes mailed in will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

Art is full.  The late changes have been re-assigned to BIM (business information - computer class) that is needed for graduation.  Principles of Agriculture (intro class - FFA) is now full.  The PreAP/Honors deadline has passed and classes are full. If you signed up for a PreAP/Honors class and it does not show on your request, then you have been denied.  This may be from STAAR test scores, grades, teacher recommendation or from missing the deadline.  Students can talk to their fall AHS teacher to see if they could be recommended at semester.  This is only if there is space available and the student has high grades.

Please click on the FORMS link above to find the ELECTIVE sheet with a list of classes.  You may also go to the AHS COURSE GUIDE and read a description of the classes.

EARLY SCHEDULE PICKUP

SENIORS - AUGUST 12TH - 9 AM TO 11 AM - HILL COLLEGE WILL BE IN THE LIBRARY SO STUDENTS CAN REGISTER FOR THEIR DUAL CLASSES & SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN OR PAY IN FULL

JUNIORS - AUGUST 12TH - 1 PM TO 3 PM - HILL COLLEGE WILL BE IN THE LIBRARY SO STUDENTS CAN REGISTER FOR THEIR DUAL CLASSES & SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN OR PAY IN FULL

SOPHOMORES - AUGUST 14TH - 9 AM TO 11 AM

FRESHMEN - FISH CAMP - AUGUST 14TH - 9 AM UNTIL NOON - SCHEDULE CHANGES CAN BE MADE IN THE AHS COUNSELING CENTER FROM NOON TO 1 PM

HILL COLLEGE INFORMATION FOR DUAL CLASSES 2014-15

For all students who took the TSI at Alvarado High School on May 15th and did not pass the required areas for your dual classes for next year, you have until June 19th to get new test scores to Mrs. Isclaw, or you will be removed from your dual classes for the fall.  You will need to call Hill College Johnson County testing center to schedule an appointment to retest at 817.760.5814/5815.  Cost will be $39, and you will only need to test on the parts you did not pass previously.  Make sure you get a printout of your new scores (assuming they are passing) to bring to Mrs. Isclaw by June 19th.  If you also have not completed your online application for admission to Hill College and/or submitted your dual paperwork to Hill College with your transcript and test scores by June 19th, you will be removed from your dual classes for the fall.  June 19th is an important deadline for dual students!!  

Make sure that all dual paperwork is turned in by June 19th.  If you have a dual form or FERPA form to be signed by student/parent/counselor, we need these in by the due date.  There is also a AHS agreement form to be turned in.

College Board Texas Success Initiative Sample Questions:  http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/13b_7784_TX_SampleQuestions_3P_130624.pdf

HILL COLLEGE WILL BE IN THE AHS LIBRARY DURING EARLY SCHEDULE PICK UP FOR STUDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR THEIR HILL COLLEGE CLASS.  PAYMENT CAN BE MADE AT THIS TIME.  Be sure that you pick up your AHS schedule to see which section of the class you need to register for with Hill.  AHS just puts you in the HS course, you will have to register for the COLLEGE course with Hill.  You can pay by check or credit card when you register or go home that evening and fill out the payment plan online. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT OR PAY YOUR DEPOSIT WITH THE PAYMENT PLAN BY THE END OF THE WEEK, THE STUDENT WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS WITH HILL.  Students who change their mind and decide not to take the dual class will need to adjust their schedule at early schedule pickup or mail it in over the summer.  AP classes fill up quick.

AFTERNOON TUTORIALS ONCE SCHOOL STARTS (WEEK OF SEPT. 15TH) from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (students who want subject tutoring must come on the days assigned - computer use is available all four days)  

Monday - English and Science / Tuesday - Math and Social Studies / Wednesday - English and Science / Thursday - Math and Social Studies / Friday None  

KUDER NAVIGATOR - CAREER APTITUDE AND COLLEGE PLANNING WEBSITE

AHS has access to the Kuder Navigator program where students can take career and skills assessments, research college and careers and set up a profile to use.  This program will allow them access even once they are out of school.  It is a great tool for students to use in order to prepare for college and career.  The website to use is http://www.kudernavigator.com  Students will need a code to be allowed to take the assessments.  They may get a registration/login worksheet by choosing the Forms option and looking for Kuder Navigator.  Download the form with the N code and keep track of the student login and password that they set up.

AP CLASSES/EXAMS VS DUAL CLASSES -  

Fast facts about AP Exams

  • In 2013, over 3.9 million exams were taken by more than 2.2 million students at over 18,000 high schools.
  • The AP Program offers more than 34 courses in a wide variety of subject areas.
  • The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.
  • Except for the three Studio Art exams, which are portfolio assessments, AP Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section.
  • Because the College Board is committed to providing access to AP Exams to all students-including homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP-students do not have to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam.
  • More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.

Follow the links below to learn more about AP Exams: