We hope this page, designed just for you,
will be helpful for you. In addition to the links and resources,
we would like to remind you that your counselor is ready, willing and
eager to help you throughout this exciting year.
As many of you begin to think about your future, the guidance
department would like to share a few thoughts and pieces of information.
- The future planning process should be a thoughtful process involving lots of teamwork, planning and reflection, not an individual sprint to the finish line as if it were a race to be won against all odds. As quoted in the article below (please check it out): "They (college deans of admissions) say that there is no reason to apply five months in advance, let alone two, and that they are far more inclined to put a premium on thoughtfulness and contemplation than speed."
- Choosing your future path, (schools,
programs, employment, military or whatever it may be) should be YOUR
process, not a process based on comparison or reaction to other
influences (ie: what your friends are saying or doing, or what the
latest, media hype has told us to be wary of).
- Know that what you
do after high school is not the biggest decision of your life and we
caution you to not treat it as such.
finally, know that you are absolutely not alone in this process. The
guidance counselors are here to help, teachers are here to help, and
we are ready and eager to meet you at whatever point you are in the
all of that said, we would like to answer some of the questions
coming our way already:
can I request transcripts to be sent?
Sending records from our office includes a
comprehensive package. In order to send what the colleges want all at
once (which they prefer and often require) we must wait for certain
information from outside sources. For example, our school profile must
include current SAT averages, AP scores and an accurate picture of our
senior class. Scores from the College Board do not get to us
sometimes until mid September, delaying the completion of our high
school profile which is a document required by the college. Often
there are grade changes which occur in the fall when teachers return
to school (due to computer errors or final exam make ups), which
causes some GPAs to change and therefore the class' GPA graph shifts
as well. In addition, schedule adjustments are constant in September and
in order for our transcripts to be complete (which include senior
classes) schedules must be accurate to not slow up the process. And
lastly, counselors and teachers must take the time to write their
recommendation letters. Therefore , with all of these variables
involved, our department will aim to begin transcript and
recommendation submission by mid to late September.
will Senior Seminars begin?
Senior Seminars will begin on Thursday ,
September 15 (A Day) and will run for three cycles to Monday,
October 24 (H Day) . Please check your schedules for where your seminar will meet.
How soon can I schedule an
appointment with my counselor to discuss my future plans, college or
what other options are available?
Although counselors need some time to address scheduling
issues and concentrate on the ninth grade transition early on in
September, your counselor is willing to see you to catch up as soon as
things settle down (hopefully by the first full week of school we will
be ready for full appointments to be scheduled. Counselors are
available by email to answer lots of your questions too, and we will
have Guidance Drop-In hours each lunch block for non-personal basic
questions. See below about that!
I heard about Guidance Drop-In
hours -- what's that about?
We are offering a new service to all
students that we wanted to make you aware of, because we believe it
will be particularly helpful for seniors this year. We will have
counselor Drop-In hours every day during the lunch block. We have
found in the past that students have some straightforward questions that
all counselors can answer. So rather than waiting for a full
appointment with your counselor to ask a few questions, (because we
know you are busy and our schedules are often tight), please stop by
during the lunch block any day of the week for our counselor Drop-In
times. Please know, these drop in times
are for basic questions, not personal ones. Things like transcript
request questions, college application questions or issues related to
SATs/ACTs are the types of things we will handle during these Drop-In
sessions. We look forward to helping you throughout this exciting
year. Please feel free to also schedule appointments with your
counselor after the first full week of school.
Please Check Out this article too!
Here is the link to the article in the
New York Times we mentioned that we would love you all to read. The article is actually called: Pulling
an All Nighter for the College Application, but don't worry, it's
actually telling you NOT to do that, so check it out! The article in
fact stresses to students to be thoughtful in their application process
and they mention that " ...they (admissions deans) are far more
inclined to put a premium on thoughtfulness and contemplation than
for Seniors and Parents of Seniors
Guidance Services in the Twelfth Grade Year
Senior year can be a very
stressful time for both parents and students as it is all about endings
and beginnings, about joint family decision-making and assertion of
individual independence. However, guidance counselors are here to help
make this process manageable by helping every step of the way.
Sometimes though, if college applications,
recommendations, college visits, anxiety, expectations, excitement,
acceptance, rejection, and the infamous "senior slump" seem to combine
into a whirl of activity and you need even more support, there's
additional help from Wayland Youth and Family Services (WYFS). Parents
of seniors are encouraged to attend our "support" group offered in the
fall months at the Town Building. Ms. Lynn Dowd, WYFS Social Worker,
along with with a WHS Guidance Counselor has conducted this highly
successful and helpful group for a number of years. Stay tuned for
The college application process is fully
outlined in the Junior section of this website as well. However, it is essential to note the following: The more
prepared a student is, the more relaxed and comfortable is the actual
future planning process. The guidance program, beginning in junior
year, carefully prepares a student for the this process;
please take advantage of the recommended procedures. As has been true
in the previous three years, students and parents are encouraged to
take the initiative to make appointments with the guidance counselor.
Counselors have a great deal of contact
their seniors. In addition to our numerous individual meetings, all
seniors will attend Senior Seminars offered during the fall.
We welcome the opportunity to advise, and encourage seniors and their
parents through this turbulent time. In addition to the more " nuts and bolts" types of questions, discussions can also deal with such issues
as: separation from family and friends; social and academic pressures
at college, roommates; resources on college campuses; and coping
techniques. Please also see below for further details on the specifics
of the future planning and college application process.
Asked Questions about the Wayland High School's
College Application Processes
(and all the paperwork involved!)
The following information is
make the college application process as organized and efficient as
possible. Each of you, of course, is encouraged to meet early this year
with your Guidance Counselor to continue the college counseling
process and to help you finalize your "college list" and other
Common App. Tips and Help -- Find them here!
WHAT SHOULD I
DO WITH THE SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT FORM THAT IS PART OF A COLLEGE
Students no longer have to fill out the Secondary School Report Form for colleges, because Counselors will be doing that on line for them. Seniors will learn about on line transcript requesting and submission in their senior seminars in the fall.
A small number of
still require paper submissions. Please see your Guidance Counselor if this is the case.
YOUR HIGH SCHOOL RECORD THAT IS SENT TO COLLEGES?
of your transcript which includes your courses, grades and credits
of your class' G.P.A. profile chart
of our guidance counselor's recommendation
of the Wayland High School Profile and GPA Graph
of your Senior year quarter grades.
LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE THE SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT FORM SENT OUT?
Secondary School Reports
with January 1st deadlines must be received before Thanksgiving or we cannot
guarantee meeting the January 1st deadline. We ask you give to us at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline of your first application (earliest deadline)
in order to insure that the forms will be completed and arrive at the
school on time. After the first application, additional Secondary
School Reports must be submitted no later than two weeks before the deadline. However, we ask that you request transcripts on Naviance Family Connection as soon
as possible in order to alleviate the flood of applications just prior
to application deadlines.
HOW DO I GET
FIRST QUARTER GRADES, MID-YEAR AND FINAL GRADES SENT TO POST-SECONDARY
Quarterly grades and Mid-year averages are automatically sent to every school to which you
have applied. The mid-year grade, determined by your teacher, is the
average of your quarter one, quarter two and mid-year examination
Final grades are sent only to the school
which you will be attending.
HOW DO I GET MY
STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES SENT TO A COLLEGE?
be sent when registering for a test or anytime afterward. You may
request scores to be sent on line, on the telephone or by mailing the
form that comes with your admission ticket. Additional report request
forms are also available in the guidance office. To review more
information on sending your SAT scores, go to the collegeboard website at collegeboard.org. For more information on sending your ACT scores, go to the ACT website at actstudent.org.
JUNIOR/SENIOR College Visits
A number of colleges will be visiting the WHS Guidance Office
scheduled during the fall. These visits will be listed on the Naviance
website and announced in junior and senior homerooms. In order to sign
up for a college visit you must obtain a College Visit Request Form from the Guidance Office. Students must get signature from their
teacher (if they need to miss a class) at least 24 hours in advance.