About Student Services

Waterford Union High School Student Services exists to ensure students graduate from Waterford High School, college and career ready. You will be assigned a school counselor and will have the opportunity to make an appointment to see them whenever you feel a need. You may see your counselor for such areas as academic concerns, post-secondary planning, or personal concerns.

School counselors complete developmental school counseling activities at each grade level to help students explore abilities, aptitudes, interests, and beliefs, and equate these to career choices and post-secondary options.

During freshman year, students will have a classroom unit where you explore curriculum and its importance in preparing for technical college, four-year college, apprenticeships or the military. Between October and December, students will begin composing an Individual Learning Plan with goals for post-high school in mind. This Individual Learning Plan will be completed in a conference with your school counselor. Freshman Testing: In the spring of your freshman year you will take an ACT Aspire test.

In your sophomore year, you will take time to work through assessments available to you on Career Cruising. During this unit you will look at your interests and values as they pertain to the world of work. Using career pathways, you will explore career options and the education and training needed to pursue your interests. Sophomore Testing: In the spring of your sophomore year you will take an ACT Aspire test.

As a junior, you will do a classroom unit designed to give in-depth information on four-year colleges, technical colleges, apprenticeship programs, and military. You will likewise be given the opportunity to use Career Cruising to help pick out suitable post-secondary choices. Later in the school year, students and parents will meet with a counselor to discuss individual strengths and weaknesses, career plans and post-secondary options. In addition, a field trip to the Wisconsin Education Fair will be available. Junior Testing: In October of your junior year, you will be given the opportunity to take the PSAT test. This preliminary SAT gives you a glimpse of what you can expect from the SAT and may qualify students for National Merit Scholarships based on your overall score. In the spring of your junior year, students will take the ACT, a national test which indicates readiness for college level course work. Juniors will also take the WorkKeys test to gauge career readiness.

In senior year, students will be called to Student Services in early fall for an individual conference with a counselor to finalize future plans. There is also a scholarship meeting in September as well as a financial aid meeting offered in December. See the scholarship opportunities posted on the Student Services website.

A Career Speaker Series is also offered throughout the school year. All students take a short survey in the fall to assess interest levels of a vast number of careers. We will offer speakers based on student interest. You will be given a pass to see a speaker if you expressed interest in that career when you took the survey. These speakers have proven to be very informative and a great resource to our students.

Even though you will be called into Student Services each year for at least one conference, you should not hesitate to make an appointment if you have a concern involving academics, careers or personal matters. To make an appointment simply stop in Student Services before school, after school, or between classes to get a pass from your counselor. No problem is too big or too small.

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