WELCOME TO THE WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE DEPARTMENTCongratulations to the White Plains High School Guidance Department!Presented with "Outstanding Program" award at the 53rd Annual College Clinic on April 29, 2015 at Tappan Hill in TarrytownWPHS Guidance DepartmentAre you a senior who will be off to college in the fall? Click below for "You Got In - Now What?" This presentation contains CRITICAL information for you, so if you couldn't make it to the presentation last night, please click on the link now.Are you a senior who doesn't plan on going to college in the fall? Have you decided what you WILL be doing? For some great ideas, please check out the information below on Gap Year Programs, Technical and Trade Schools.For lots of information that will be helpful to you and your family, please read our monthly Guidance Bulletin. We list scholarships, college visits, program opportunities and much more. This time of year, the guidance bulletin is updated during the month with new scholarships so please check back often.Have you heard about the new Excelsior Program, designed to make SUNY schools tuition free for students whose family income is less than $125,000 per year? Please click the link below to view more information and sign up for updates on the program as it reaches its final form.Seniors: Have you received college acceptances with financial aid award letters?Trying to decide which is the best deal for you? Please check outJuniors and Seniors - please check out the Scholarships and Awards Presentation from January 19Calling all college-bound seniors and their parents/guardians:Tuesday, December 6 was FAFSA Night at WPHSFinancial Aid personnel were on hand to help you fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If you missed that evening, please review the attached information letter for more information about FAFSA. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA, you should do so immediately.FAFSA Night information in Spanish:Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior?Click below for information you need to know about standardized testing (SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT)(in English) (en Español)Are you a student with a learning disability?Did you miss "College Bound with an IEP or 504"?Click the link below to view the PowerPoint(in English) (en Español)Did you miss "First Generation College Bound"?Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint(soon to be posted in Spanish as well as English)(in English) (en Español)Couldn't join us for"How to Navigate the High School"?Click on the links below to view the slides from the presentation.(in English) (en Español)Seniors: Are you on track with your college applications?Couldn't join us for"College Application Toolkit"?Click on the links below to view the slides from the presentation.(in English) (en Español)
The PSAT and SAT are changing! For more information, click the link below.Please click on the link below to view our courses.Before you meet with your counselor to plan your courses for next year, please be sure to fill out the Program Planning Worksheet, and remember to bring it to your appointment.Standardized TestingOn Thursday, March 27th, 2014, the guidance department presented an evening program on standardized testing. Among the handouts was a comprehensive Q and A document that contained a variety of live links. Please click below to access this document.To see which colleges are visiting the high school this month visit the Calendar.Naviance is available to all students and their families!We don't want students and their families to wait until they are applying to college to log on. There is so much for you to do and explore through Naviance. Please take advantage of this wonderful resource!! If you have questions, please call us.For information about college scholarships and financial aid, please view the fastweb bulletins by clicking on that topic in the menu on the left. You can also go directly to their website - which has useful links to FAFSA and other financial aid and scholarship pages and information specifically for parents as well as students - by clicking on this link: http://www.fastweb.com Another new and very valuable resource is StartHereGetThere.org , which features FAFSA tutorials, calendars and other information on financial aid.Guidance is a comprehensive and integral part of the student's educational process. It is designed to help students with their educational, vocational and social development.The Guidance Department at White Plains High School provides guidance and counseling services to all students from the time that they enter the high school until graduation. Guidance is a service function, which includes a series of, planned and informal activities designed to assist students to understand themselves better, to cope with the normal problems associated with growing up, and to become contributing citizens. The goal of our program is to meet the individual needs of each student and to help achieve a successful high school experience.Guidance and counseling is, however, is more than a program of activities. It is also a relationship that exists between a student and a guidance counselor, the one adult at school who will play a continued and key role during the duration of the student's high school life. From grades nine through twelve, the guidance counselor advises and counsels students about the selection of courses, relationships with teachers and other significant adults, relationships with peers, extra-curricular involvement, career and post-high school planning, coping with pressures, tensions and the day-to-day problems of growing up in a complex, multi-faceted society.
The mission of the White Plains City School District is to educate and inspire all students, while nurturing their dreams, so they learn continually, think critically, pursue their aspirations and contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.