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College Admissions & Post-High School Planning

For a comprehensive description of the college process through Staples High School see the 2021-22 Guide to Post-High School Planning and College Applications.

The Staples High School Guidance Department follows a developmentally appropriate post-high school planning timeline, starting in ninth and tenth grade with introductory programs in classrooms, small groups, and individual conversations between students and their school counselors. In December of junior year, students participate in group activities including learning how to perform a college search in Naviance. In January, we hold our Post-High School Planning Night for Juniors and Families covering the entire post-high school planning process.

Juniors and their families are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with their school counselor second semester. These meetings typically include the following: reviewing the transcript, graduation requirements, and senior year course selection; developing an appropriate standardized test schedule; and discussing college and career goals. Knowing that college is not the immediate next step for all students, we may discuss options such as employment, the military, a gap year, or PG year. Juniors attend various workshops and group activities with school counselors in the spring to follow up on the post-high school planning process and tasks that would be beneficial for students to complete prior to the start of senior year.

Early in September of senior year, students receive information explaining the college application, teacher recommendation, counselor recommendation, and transcript request process. Parents receive the same information in a morning presentation. While specific details are presented at that time, instructions and all required forms are available through Naviance and on the SHS Guidance website and can be worked on over the summer between junior and senior years.

We offer two evening programs geared toward financial aid and financial fit in the college selection process, first in January for underclassmen followed by September of senior year at the time of filing financial aid applications. We hold a College Admission Testing Presentation with a local test prep agency, College Admission Panel with representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, and program for students with disabilities every year. We hold programs for student-athletes and visual and performing arts students as well, each in alternating years.

Be sure to check our calendar and resources page in addition to the pages listed to the left.