The college journey is as much a learning experience as are traditional classes. During the planning process, students will develop important lifelong skills in initiative taking, decision making, self assessment and responsibility. The college search is in essence a research project, which requires students to look within themselves for many of the answers. Students will learn to identify and assess themselves and what is important to them, to set priorities and to make major decisions. Students will use Naviance to access all college planning forms.
Freshman and Sophomore Years Planning
The high school experience is an important one. It is a time for personal and intellectual growth and the development and pursuit of academic and extracurricular interests. Further, it is a time to develop skills that will last a lifetime, whether writing skills or interpersonal ones. Students need to use this time wisely, to make the most of the opportunities here at Stowe High School and outside of school. Seek out courses that will stimulate and challenge you. Get involved in activities that interest you. For the next year or two, you don’t need to think about the details of the college admission process. Instead—work hard, get involved and discover your interests.
Junior Year Planning
The SHS Post-Secondary and College Planning Guide for Juniors is located in the Documents Folder in Naviance. This eleven-page guide contains information about:
- The School Counseling Team
- Important Phone Numbers and Websites
- Helpful College Admission Related Websites
- SHS Junior Planning Meeting Agenda Outline
- Naviance and College Resources
- Standardized Testing
- Building Your College List
- Visiting Colleges – What to Consider
- College Interviews
- Paying for College Tools
- Key Parts of the Admission Process When Applying
- Sample Post-Secondary Guidebook Resources
- Outside Resources
Also included in the Naviance Documents Folder:
- SHS Resume Tip Sheet – how to begin writing a resume, how to get organized and how to use the Naviance resume builder
- Vermont College Fairs Calendar – Vermont counselors have organized a spring series of college fairs throughout the state
- Comparative Features of the ACT and SAT
- SHS Four-Year Plan Worksheet
Senior Year Planning
The SHS Senior Planning Documents are located in the Documents Folder in Naviance. They include:
- SHS Four-Year Plan Worksheet
- SHS Resume Tip Sheet
- SHS Personal Information Survey
- SHS Teacher Feedback Form
- SHS Transcript Release Form
College Search Tools
In addition to Naviance, students can use the following resources to enhance this process.
Common Application – details for understanding the Common Application.
Coalition Application – details for understanding the Coalition Application.
NCAA Eligibility Center – important information to follow if you want to play sports in college and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center for Division I and II sports.
NACAC Guide for College Planning – The National Association for College Admission Counseling has written a step by step guide for students to help with college awareness and planning.
College Acceptance Requirements
Colleges will evaluate your academic record (transcript). Your academic record is almost always the most important factor in college admissions. They will consider the difficulty and variety of your courses. In addition to high school performance, the following are considered: the rigor of a student’s program, standing in class, grade point average, trends of performance, competitiveness of the high school, experiences in student’s background, letters of recommendation, application essays, special talents and community service. Colleges will also look at SAT/ACT scores.
Admission requirements to the University of Vermont. Click here
Financial Aid Resources
- Financial Aid Process
- VSAC – Financial Aid Resources
- VSAC – Scholarships
- VSAC – Grants
- CSS Profile
VSAC scholarship booklets are available in the school counseling office.
Complete your scholarship applications by February 8 and you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $1000 scholarships! Final deadline to apply for scholarships is March 8.
Tuition Break Program
This program provides a discount on tuition to New England residents when they enroll in approved degree programs at out of state public colleges and universities in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT. This program is only available for certain degree programs not offered by any state college/university in a student’s home state. Click here
What Are the Differences Between High School and College? Click here to learn more.
Career Search & Planning
Career Planning Overview
Career planning is an ongoing process that allows you to rethink and reevaluate yourself and your career options as you have experiences and as you grow and develop.
At the high school level, perhaps the best way of starting is to begin the process of self-exploration. Self-exploration allows you to think about your:
- Skills and abilities
- Personal priorities
- Training and education
- Life experiences
Why Career Planning in High School?
During the high school years, you should get to know yourself. Now is the time to learn about who you are and what you are good at. How can you do that? Below are some activities that will help:
- Take lots of classes to learn subjects, strengths and interests.
- Learn to develop new skills through classes, clubs, activities, etc.
- Begin to explore career options. Talk to advisors, counselors, teachers, parents and friends. Do some research into careers that interest you.
- Consider participating in an internship at Stowe High School to try different job opportunities.
- Find part-time jobs or voluntary experiences which allow you to try different career areas.
Naviance: A Career Planning Tool
While Naviance assists juniors and seniors with post-secondary planning, the tool is also helpful for career planning. Some of the Naviance features include:
- Do What You Are – provides you with important information about your personal characteristics and matches careers to those interests.
- Career Interest Profiler – helps you discover the types of work activities and careers that match your interests using 180 question profiler.
- Career Cluster Finder – helps you learn what career clusters may be a good match for you based on activities that interest you, personal qualities that you have and subjects that you enjoying studying in school.
Career One Stop – a U.S. Department of Labor resource for career exploration, training and jobs.
Career Planner – an interactive website that helps explore possible careers relating to your social style and interests.
My Future – a website for young adults focused on the career search process.
My Next Move – search for careers with key words or by industry and/or find careers that match your interest or training.
U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Outlook Handbook – the OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Truity Holland Code Career Test – John Holland’s career inventory measures interest level in six occupational areas to help you understand which jobs will suit your interests, talents and aptitude.
16 Personalities – you can get a concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do the things the way you do.