College Guidance Department

Guidance services are available for every student in the school.  Counseling services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, occupational information, academic assistance, help with home, school, and/or social problems or other concerns.

The academic counselor will meet with all students at appropriate times to inform them of standardized tests and will work with upper class students to discuss college selection and career choices.

Students may contact a counselor for an appointment before or after school hours or during lunch.

The Guidance and Counseling Program provides the following services to the students at Madonna High School:

  • Personal and academic counseling
  • Administration and interpretation of standardized tests
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance with college admissions, scholarships and financial aid
  • The services of a certified social worker and drug counselor whenever needed.

The Guidance Department also prepares students for or administers the following annual tests.

Freshmen             Terra Nova, PSAT
Sophomores       Terra Nova, PSAT
Juniors                   PSAT, ACRE Test, ACT and/or SAT
Seniors                   ACT and/or SAT

Seniors and Juniors who are college-bound must take the (ACT)  American College Testing Program and/or the(SAT) Scholastic Aptitude Test.  These tests are required for admission into most colleges or universities.  These tests are not administered by the high school.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact ACT (www.actstudent.org) or SAT (www.collegeboard.org) to register for the tests.

THE ACT
(American College Testing Program)

The ACT website

SCHOOL CODE: 491 342

The ACT consists of the Student Profile and the ACT interest inventory, which students complete when they register for the test.  The test itself is composed of four times tests of educational development taken at a test center under standardized conditions.  The tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science reasoning, emphasize the problem-solving and reasoning skills rather than the strict memorization of facts.

Scores are reported in a range of 1(minimum) to 36(maximum).  The composite score is the average of the four individual tests.  The average national composite score is approximately 21.  A copy of the students scores are sent to Madonna.  A file of the score is kept in the Guidance Office and a score label is put on the student’s permanent record.

2017-18 TEST DATES

Sept. 9, 2017
Oct. 28, 2017
Dec. 9, 2017
Feb. 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact the College Guidance Office at 304-723-0545

The SAT I

(Scholastic Assessment Test Program)

The SAT website

SCHOOL CODE: 491 342

The SAT is a 3-hour-and-45-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students need to do college-level work.

The test’s three sections are divided into nine subsections, including a 25-minute essay, which are timed separately.

The SAT is designed so that a student who answers about half the questions correctly receives an average score.

Each SAT section is scored on a scale of 200-800. The average score on the SAT is about 500 on the critical reading portion, 500 on the mathematics portion, and 500 on the writing portion. Some of the questions are easy, and some are hard, but the majority are of medium difficulty. Medium-difficulty questions are answered correctly by about ⅓ to ⅔ of students.

2017-2018 TEST DATES

August 26, 2017
October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
March 10, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018

If you have any questions please contact the College Guidance 304-723-0545

TEST PREP WEBSITES

COLLEGE/CAREER PLANNING

I.   General Information
II.  Applying to a College
III. College Reps and College Fairs

IV.  ACT/SAT
V.  Financial Aid
VI. Scholarships

I) General Information

  • Start a folder at home, make copies of everything related to college applications and financial aid.
  • The entire faculty (who have experience in this process) is here to guide you in the right direction. But it is your responsibility to meet deadlines and apply for colleges, financial aid, and scholarships.
  • All seniors should compose a Highschool resume.
  • Students should challenge themselves and take difficult and demanding classes. Colleges will prefer a “B” in pre-calc to an “A” in an easier course
  • Students must fulfill all state requirements to graduate. A list of all MHS and state requirements can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook
  • Don’t make selecting a college a casual experience. If you were to pay $20,000 for a new car you would do your research and find out as much as possible about cars. A college education in most cases will cost a minimum of $40,000 and possibly over $100,000. You need to make the right choice.
  • Pick a college that is right for you!

II. Applying to a College

  • Continuing your education is your only choice for success. College graduates make 60% more money in a lifetime than a high school graduate.)
  • Continuing your education could include: the military, vocational schools, specialty schools, etc.
  • Types of Degrees:
    • Associates (2 years)
    • Bachelors (4 years)
    • Masters (after undergrad, school, usually 2 years)
    • Doctorate
  • Students should have a realistic idea of what they want to do after high school by their senior year. For those who need some helping exploring career options click here.
  • You can also declare an “undecided” major when you enter college. The problem is that it could cost you a great deal of extra time and money.
  • Students should be realistic about their chances of being accepted at the colleges they apply to. No matter how much you may want it, you won’t be accepted at Harvard with a “C” average.
  • Students should also be realistic about where they can attend college. If you don’t want to leave your family or you get homesick easily, UCLA or Arizona are not for you.
  • Students must know admissions requirements. These vary by college.
  • Students must know deadlines for applications, housing, etc., and apply on time.
  • The more prestigous the college, the earlier you have to apply.
  • Most students now apply to college online. Not only is this faster but it usually saves you an application fee. Paper applications usually have an application fee associated with them.
  • If you do fill out a paper application please follow the guidelines below.

*All paper applications should be typed whenever possible. If a student can’t type their application, make sure it is done neatly in black pen.

*Complete the entire application. Make sure it’s signed, essays are completed, recommendations are included, application fee is included if necessary, etc.

*Take the application to an English teacher for proofreading.

*The Counselor will mail the transcripts with the application (we keep a log of dates applications are mailed.)

*If the student needs a recommendation they should give the person writing it a 2 week advance notice and provide with a high school resume and specifics of the recommendation.

  • Students who apply on the web must notify Mrs. Granato immediately so that she can mail their transcripts. Failure to do so may mean deadlines are missed.

III.  College Reps and College Fairs

  • College representatives frequently visit our school to see students.  However, any student can request a meeting if they notify Mrs. Granato two days before the visit.
  • Possible questions to ask the visiting representative:
  1. Majors offered (b e specific)
  2. Accredited programs
  3. Cost
  4. Class size
  5. Campus and commuters
  6. # of students in your major
  7. Difficulty of getting in the program
  8. Campus life
  9. Cars on campus
  10. Residence hall availability
  11. Living off campus
  12. Dorm life
  13. Extra urriculars
  14. 3/2 year programs
  15. Study abroad
  16. Early deposits and fees
  17. Admissions requirements
  18. Application deadlines
  19. Average ACT/SAT
  20. Scholarships

IV)College Visits

  • Each senior is allowed two excused absences to visit a college.
  • The visit must be pre-planned and must have the approval of the school.
  • Parents should accompany the student on the visitation.
  • To be considered excused, the student must have the college verify their visit in writing.
  • Students are encouraged to visit all schools they are interested in.

V)ACT/SAT

  • Either the ACT or the SAT is required for college admission. Students must know which test the college prefers. For information about both test click here.
  • Students should complete their registration online.
  • The vast majority of M.H.S. students take the ACT.
  • Students can take either the ACT or SAT as many times as they wish.
  • Students are advised to take their first test during the 2nd semester of their junior year. This allows ample time to take the test again.
  • Plan ahead! Often times you may have an  extra-curricular activity or sporting event on the day of a test.
  • Students who procrastinate may miss college application and financial aid deadlines.
  • There is also a dead line for the Promise scholarship.
  • Students must register approximately 6 weeks before their planned test date. The M.H.S. school code is 491 342.
  • Part of the test fee allows students to send their results to colleges and universities of their choice.
  • Students should take the sample test that comes with their registration materials. Information about how the test is scored and rules regarding guessing are also included in the Reg. Packet.
  • Practice test information can also be found here.
  • Students will need a picture I.D. to be admitted on the day of the test. If a student does not have a picture I.D., they need to see Mrs. Granato for an entrance form.

VI)Financial Aid

  • The U.S. Government provides three types of financial aid: grants, loans and work study. To learn more about financial aid click here
  • To apply for financial aid,each family must submit the FAFSA. A FAFSA must be submitted for each student in family attending college.
  • You can not complete the FAFSA until January 1st of the student’s senior  year.
  •  M.H.S. holds an annual financial aid workshop in january for students and their parents.
  • All families are urged to  complete the FAFSA. To qualify for the promise scholarship and state financial aid you must submit a FAFSA.
  • In addition to federal aid, the state of West Virginia also offers two aid programs:
    1. WVHEGP- the West Virginia Higher Educational  Grant Program offers grants to students who qualify. You must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for the WVHEGP 
    2. The Promise Scholarship
  • Eligibility for financial aid is based on the results of your FAFSA.
  • The government uses your FAFSA to determine what is called “expected family contribution” of EFC
  • Example:                 Harvard         Wheeling Jesuit           West Liberty
  • Cost of college:      $50,000              $25,000                        $12,000     
  • EFC:                            $5,000                  $5,000                         $7,000       
  • Need:                        $45,000               $20,000                         $7,000
  • Each college will give you a financial aid (called a “student aid report” or SAR) that attempts to meet your need.
  • This  package is made of grants, loans and work study.

VII) Scholarships

  • Scholarships are available from the college /university the student will be attending. There are also local scholarships and national scholarships.
  • Many scholarships are based on grades and act or sat scores. Others are based on need or some type of leadership skills or a special ability.
  • Students and encouraged to apply for all scholarship that they are eligible for.
  • Students must know And meet scholarship deadlines.

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