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Haven Isclaw, Guidance Director 817-783-6940 ext 2014 Email
  Carla Edwards, Counselor 817-783-6940 ext 2013 Email

ALVARADO HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER

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IF YOU MISSED FUTURE FRESHMEN NIGHT ...

The handout, Personal Graduation Plan, and list of electives are in the Forms link above.  You can find the prsentation given that night in the Presentations link.

The AHS Course Guide will be online only.  You may go to the Forms link above to view it.  HB 5 changes are still going on at this time and we are waiting to print until all changes are made.

 All forms (Personal Graduation Plan with endorsement, post secondary and 9th grade courses completed - AHS PreAP /Honors form) must be signed and turned in to the student's English teacher by Friday, April 18th.

APRIL EXIT LEVEL TAKS RETEST

March TAKS scores are in and you should have your results by phone call or mail.  Seniors or out of school students will have an opportunity to retake the TAKS tests the week of April 21st - April 24th. Monday, April 21st, is the English Language Arts test. Tuesday, April 22nd, is the Math test.  Wednesday, April 23rd, is the Science test. Thursday, April 24th is the Social Studies test.  All tests will be given in the AHS Library starting at 8:00 AM.  The results will come in on Friday, May 23rd and the next tests will be the week of July 7-10, 2014 after graduation.  Out of School students should call to let us know that you are attending.  

Please call Carla Edwards at 817-783-6940, ext 2013, for more information or to let me know that you will be testing and are out of school.

Go to www.tea.state.tx.us and choose Testing/Accountability then TAKS for study guides and released tests. The Library is open after school from 4-6 PM for tutoring if needed.

EOC TESTS FOR ALGEBRA 1, BIOLOGY, AND US HISTORY

First time freshmen who are currently in an Algebra 1, biology, and/or US History class will take their EOC tests in those subjects the week of May 5th.  Algebra 1 will be May 6th, biology will be May 7th, and US History will be May 8th. Any retesters still needing to pass those tests for graduation will test on those days also.

Tuesday, May 6 - Algebra 1 (for all 9th grade and those that need to retest)

Wednesday, May 7 - Biology (for all 9th grade and those that need to retest)

Thursday, May 8 - US History (for all 9th and 11th grade students and those 10th graders that need to retest)

Please do not schedule any appointments for these test days.  We appreciate your cooperation since they are needed for students to complete their graduation requirements.

AP TEST DATES

5/7/14 - AP Calculus Exam, 8 am

5/8/14 - AP English 4 Exam, 8 am

5/9/14 - AP English 3 Exam, 8 am

5/13/14 - AP US Government Exam, 8 am

HILL COLLEGE INFORMATION FOR DUAL CLASSES 2014-15

Hill College will be in the library on Tuesday, April 29th, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, to meet with our future dual students as well as any senior who would like to attend Hill in the fall and help them complete their application for admission to Hill online.  Mrs. Ross will be bringing down her PAP English 2 classes that day to assist in making sure most of our future dual students get their application completed that day with the help of the Hill College staff.  On May 15th, the Hill College testing center will be at AHS to give the required TSI test that students must pass to take college classes.  Cost of this test will be $15 to students with AHS paying for the remainder of the cost.  More information will be shared at a later time.

Note - a sample copy of the Hill College online application will be given out to students (PreAP English 2/PreAP W Hist - or stop by CC to pick up) on Monday the 28th for students to go over with their parents before they fill out the online application on the 29th.  There are some residency questions that the parents will need to give their input to answer.  Several forms requiring a signature will also be given to turn in on the 29th to Hill.

PARENT GT NOMINATION FORMS

Copies of nomination forms are currently available in the counseling center.  All nomination forms are due to the counseling center by April 11th, 2014.

AFTERNOON TUTORIALS 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)  They have started!

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 2009, 2.9 million exams were taken by nearly 1.7 million students at more than 17,000 high schools.
  • The AP Program offers more than 30 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: