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Senior Year

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

—Malcolm X


Senior year is a critical time in a student’s life. The Counseling Department looks forward to working with seniors and their families as they begin the post-secondary planning process.

College Admissions Program

Students and parents began the College Admissions Program in the spring of their junior year and will continue through their senior year addressing both college readiness and the college admission process. The purpose of the program is to promote equity and access for all students by requiring every student to participate in two group sessions with their counselors at school and inviting all students and parents to participate in evening programs that address every phase of the college admission process. Every family is offered access to our technology tool, TCCi Naviance, for college and career planning. The College Admission Program is outlined below in chronological order:




Session 1  Essay Writing Workshop for Students only offered in the evening with Lead Counselor and Advanced Placement English teacher. Students bring rough draft of essay.


Session 2  Counselors meet with parents of seniors in groups to explain the application process in depth.


Counselors meet with seniors individually on college applications.




Session 3  Counselors meet in classes with seniors to instruct students on application process and timeline for admissions.


Session 4  Financial Aid Night for students and Parents. Introduction of MEFA resources, FAFSA and PROFILE instructions, FAFSA4CASTER demonstration and invitation to Goal Sunday in January.


Individual Meetings—Counselors meet individually with all seniors to discuss post-secondary options, finalize college lists, review procedures, and gather information for recommendations. Students not planning to attend college will receive guidance on career exploration, interim programs, and post-secondary options.


Transcripts—Student Record Release Forms are available in the Counseling Office. Students must submit a request form to Mrs. Wholey four weeks prior to the application deadline to allow time for processing. Each transcript packet includes a school profile, grade distribution chart, counselor recommendations, first term report card, completed secondary school report form, senior year schedule and an official transcript with grade point average. The cost for each packet is $3.00. Please note that students are responsible for mailing completed applications and fees directly to colleges.


Electronic Submission of Records-In order to submit Student Records electronically, students must complete the FERPA form on Naviance, Family Connection. They must log onto Naviance and click the Colleges Tab under My Colleges, click on colleges I am applying to then fill out the FERPA form. 

Common Application Match-In order to send your transcript electronically to the Common App Colleges you must first verify your username and password. If the username and password does not match what you submitted on the Common
App we can’t send your transcript packet electronically.

Applying to Common App Schools with a different
application- If you apply to a common application school with a different application (e.g. Fast Track or VIP), your transcript packet can not be submitted electronically.
You must inform your counselor, by clearly indicating this information on the record release form. The transcript packet will be mailed. In addition, you must
provide your teacher with a self-addressed envelope with postage.

Recommendations—All students must complete a Student Data Sheet and schedule an appointment with a counselor at least four weeks prior to the application deadline to request a recommendation. Teacher recommendations should be requested during the first term. Please provide teachers with a manila folder containing stamped envelopes, two different recommendation forms, and deadlines. Both forms are available in the Counseling Office.


Test Scores—ACT and SAT scores must be requested directly from the testing service. Please verify that score reports have been sent to each college on the final college list.


Financial Aid—Families applying for financial aid are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be submitted after January 1st. Some private colleges also require the CSS/Profile, which may be submitted in the fall. Both applications are only available online.


College Representative Visits—Over 200 college representatives visit Andover High School each year to meet with prospective students. Seniors interested in visiting a particular college representative must request passes at least one day in advance from Mrs. Wholey. Every student who receives a pass from guidance must obtain permission from his/her classroom teacher in order to attend.



ü  Seniors should make an appointment to see their counselor early in the fall to discuss post-secondary plans.



ü  Informational interviews and job shadowing are an excellent way to explore career possibilities. Students who are undecided about college majors and programs may want to contact community and family members who hold positions in careers of interest.



ü  College visits are an important part of the application process. Students are encouraged to schedule visits while colleges are in session whenever possible. Many small, competitive colleges also require interviews, which can be scheduled during a visit.



ü  When researching colleges, students are encouraged to look beyond New England to maximize options.



ü  Students need to maintain strong grades during senior year, as this will affect college admission decisions. Students are encouraged to select a strong course load while maintaining a balance between school and extracurricular activities.



ü  Parents of students with learning disabilities should be aware of eligibility forms for extended times on testing. College support services vary in quality. Families should explore individual programs offered and talk with counselors about resources.



ü  The college process can sometimes be a stressful time for families. Establish a regular weekly check-in time to discuss plans and process information. Setting deadlines and creating checklists may be helpful. If communication problems arise, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor.



ü  Students should pay close attention to updated scholarship listings posted on Naviance.









Andover Public Schools
36R Bartlet St.
Andover, MA  01810
Ph:  (978) 623-8500
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