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Post-High School Planning

Transcript Release Form (for college admissions)

Transcript Release Form (for summer programs and private high school applications)

  • Required form for requesting a transcript to be sent to private school or summer programs.

Counselor Recommendation Questionnaire (Parent/Guardian) (Google Doc / Word Doc)

  • Required form for requesting a transcript to be sent to colleges. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to complete online through Naviance, but may download here if needed. See "How to Request a Transcript" for more information.

First Quarter Grades Request Form (will be posted in October)

  • First quarter senior year grades will only be sent upon request from the student.

Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire (Google Doc / Word Doc)

  • Complete for each teacher you ask to write a recommendation before the end of junior year (or at least four weeks before the first application deadline in senior year). Check with your teacher to see if they have their own individual questionnaire to be used instead or if they would like any additional information.

Reference Form for Counselor Recommendations

  • Students are encouraged to distribute to coaches, club advisors, supervisors of community service, employers, etc. This can also be used for teachers other than those already writing a college recommendation letter. This form is not sent to colleges and is merely an aid for the school counselor. It is not a substitution for the teacher letters of recommendation.

Pass to Attend a College Visit at Staples

  • Seniors must present this pass with the teacher's signature in order to attend a college representative visit in the College and Career Center.

Pre-Planned Absence Form

  • To visit a college during a school day, turn in this form to the assistant principal's office. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two days each year without penalty for college visitation.

Organizational Chart for College Search and Applications (Google Sheets / Excel Doc)

  • This chart can be used as template in the planning and organization of your college applications.

Student Eligibility Worksheet for Standardized Testing Accommodations (Information and Instructions for Classes of 2021-2022 / Class of 2023)

  • This form must be completed in order to request accommodations on the ACT or College Board exams.

NCAA Eligibility Center Transcript Release Form


Academics and Scheduling

Community Service Credit Form

  • Students may earn credit for community service (.5 credits for 60 hours; maximum .5 credit per school year). Credit may only be earned for community service conducted while a Staples student and outside of the school day.

Course/Schedule Change Request Form

  • This form must be completed in order to request a change once the designated registration window has passed. Email your completed form to with “Course/Schedule Change Request Form – Your Last name, First Name” as the subject of the email. 

Course Withdrawal Form

  • A student seeking to withdraw from a course after the 30th day of the term must complete the Course Withdrawal Form. The grading policy for course withdrawals can be found in the SHS Student Handbook.

Early Graduation Application

  • A student who has completed all requirements for a Staples diploma may be allowed to graduate early with parent/guardian, school counselor, and administrative approval. The student must apply by June 30 of junior year. Students should see their school counselor if considering this as an option.

Independent Learning Experience Proposal Form

  • The Independent Learning Experience is a pathway for students who want to accelerate learning beyond the classroom setting.

Ninth Grade Course Selection Worksheet

  • This worksheet can be used by current eighth graders for assistance with choosing courses for next school year.

Grade 9-11 Override Form (current SHS students) / Grade 8 Override Form (current 8th grade students) (will be posted in January)

  • In order to override a teacher's recommendation into a higher level course, this form must be completed and returned to the student's school counselor by the stated deadline.

Pass/Fail Form

  • A student may elect to take up to one credit per school year in any course(s) to be graded as Pass or Fail.

Pre-Approval Form for Coursework Taken Outside Staples

  • If a student wishes for a course taken outside Staples to fulfill a graduation requirement or be used for accelerated advancement within a course sequence, prior school counselor and department coordinator approval must be granted. The student should email their completed pre-approval form to their school counselor and the subject area department coordinator. (Note: This form is for current Staples students and students taking courses between grades 8 and 9. Middle school students interested in acceleration should contact the math department coordinator, Stefan Porco, at

PLATO Online Course Application and Contract

  • A PLATO online course may be taken by a student to explore an area of an interest as an elective or serve other purposes approved by the student's school counselor and Staples administration as described in the application and contract.