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Frequently Asked Questions


1.     How do I make an appointment with my guidance counselor?

*The guidance counselors try make themselves as available as possible to their students.  Students are encouraged to get to know their counselor well, and should seek them out as much as possible.  Students can request an appointment.  Counselors have voicemail extensions and email as well.


2.     How does a parent make an appointment with a guidance counselor?       

*The guidance counselors look forward to getting to know the parents of their students.  Parents are highly encouraged to call their child’s counselor to set up a meeting.  The phone numbers and extensions and email of every counselor is on our contact information page.  Counselors are also available on the evenings of our Fall and Spring Parent/Teacher conferences.


3.     Do colleges only look at grades?

*When colleges look at your transcripts (a transcript is the official record of your grades) they put heavy emphasis on the courses you have taken and the grades you have received for the first three years of high school (9th, 10th, 11th).  A weighted grade point average is calculated which includes all credit courses taken throughout high school.  Class rack is formulated after the GPA is calculated.  The courses you select and the grades you achieve are important factors in the college process.  A challenging college preparatory program or some advanced placement courses will help you get into more selective colleges.  Since some colleges look at more than academic information, it is advisable to build a record of extracurricular activities as well as community involvement.


4.     How many credits do I need to graduate?

*The student must earn a total of 24 Carnegie units.  


5.     How do I begin the college search?

*In the fall of your junior year seek out all sources of information -- counselors, college catalog books, college guidebooks and career information.  Many resources are available in the East Clarendon Middle High School Guidance Office.


6.     What is an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)?

*The Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) is a school document that the student, parent/guardian, and guidance professionals create to help the student focus on his/her interests, abilities, and career goals.


7.     How do I qualify for financial aid?

*Financial aid is based on your family income the year before you enter college.  The first step in accessing financial aid is filling out a FAFSA application in January of your senior year.  Specific financial aid information is available in each college catalog.


8.     How do I complete a FAFSA online?


9.     How does the new 10 Point Grading Scale affect me?


10.   How do I order a transcript?




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How can I find out about the registration deadlines and test dates for the SAT’s and ACT’s?

*You can go to Collegeboard.com or ACT.org to find out this information.


How do the SAT fee waivers works?


What is the SAT?

 *The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.  


What is the ACT?

*The ACT is a standardized test used by colleges in the admissions process.  The biggest difference between the ACT and the SAT is that the ACT has a Science section.  The ACT also has sections for Math, English, and Reading.  The ACT is scored differently as well.  The maximum score for the ACT is a 36.  Some schools that require SAT Subject Test accept the ACT instead of the subject tests.


How do the ACT fee waivers works?