WHS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT
The guidance department mission is to help students to become curious, knowledgeable and independent thinkers grounded in strong values and integrity.We help our students to lead balanced lifestyles and be prepared for the real-world, taking on new challenges and embracing responsible risks.
Nicholas DiPaolo, Dept. Chair - Ext. 1610 - email@example.com
Lauren Cody, Counselor............. Ext. 1603 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Matusiak, Counselor....... - Ext. 1604 - email@example.com
Tim O'Dwyer, Counselor......... - Ext. 1602 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Zorrilla, Secretary.... - Ext. 1601 - email@example.com
Congratulations to the Class of 2020
We would like to give a big shout out to the Class of 2020 on all their college acceptances and commitments. During normal times, when a student commits to their college, they bring a pennant to the guidance department to be proudly hung in the WHS lobby. In lieu of that, we have created a college pennant page here. Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so your student can be added to the list!
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Use this form to keep track of individual college deadlines.
Below is a step‐by‐step guide on how students can utilize the extremely fast and seamless eDocs program to process their college applications.
Tips on getting the most out of your campus visits.
A guide to parents input.
A how-to-apply guide
The Guidance Department keeps all materials and resources in this depository for students to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
PARENT & COMMUNITY RESOURCES
NAVIANCE FAMILY CONNECTION
Naviance is a comprehensive, interactive, guidance-based program that allows students and their counselors to explore the world of colleges, careers and personal interest inventories. Students are given access in 9th grade.
TESTING MATERIALS (SAT, ACT, PSAT & AP)
ACT vs SAT - A side by side comparison of the SAT and ACT.
SAT Subject Test Guidelines - Advice on if and when to take SAT Subject Tests
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
We remind you to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA
Students can also apply to national scholarships on Fastweb
This portion of the website is dedicated to those students wishing to participate in Division I, II or III college athletics. It is important to note that there are very specific requirements as set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Please refer to the below links for more info and how to register. Always keep your Counselor in the loop.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING SERVICES
The guidance and counseling services at Westlake High School are designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of students at each grade level. Upon entering the ninth grade, students are assigned a counselor. The counselor is deeply interested in assisting students to achieve their maximum potential academically while they encourage social and extracurricular experiences which provide maximum personal growth. Guidance and counseling involves a commitment on the part of the counselor to each student as an individual. The programs are designed to address common concerns — scheduling, orientation, transition, testing, academic issues, and the college selection process — and at the same time provide a highly-individualized focus for every student. The counselors are not merely academic advisers — they are trained professionals with interest and experience in assisting students as they face and explore concerns that are important to their lives.
Students are encouraged to view the counselor as supportive in dealing with the complexities of decision-making and problem-resolution in their academic and personal lives while at Westlake High School. Counselors receive copies of all progress, academic and discipline reports. They are in constant contact with teachers, administrators, and parents and are, therefore, in a position to have a comprehensive understanding of each student in their case load.
Our aim is to foster student growth so that it is the students themselves who become excellent self-advocates. While we invite and welcome parent/guardian support, we do ask that students initiate and make every effort to address any issues and approach any experiences on their own. Of course, if a student is not able to or experiences difficulty in addressing questions and concerns, we expect that parents/guardians will then do so.