Doss High School
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FRESHMAN
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Students and Families,

 

Welcome to Doss High School and a special welcome to all of our new freshmen students and parents!

 

The Doss High School Counseling Office offers a variety of services to students and parents.  Information regarding attendance, grades, testing, student schedules, financial aid and scholarships is available for students and parents.  The Counselor’s Office provides a warm and safe environment for students who need personal or educational guidance.

 

The Doss High School Counseling Office hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7am until 3:30 pm.  Please feel free to call our office @485-8239 or e-mail the person you need to contact.

 

Academy Counselors

 

   


   
Tammy Lucas
email
Beth Salyer
email
Christy Embry
email


Records Clerk: Sandy Parker (email)            Counseling Office Clerk: Debbie Smith (email)

 

Student Timelines

Senior Year

September/October

  • Narrow college choices to 3-5.
  • Make a list of application requirements and deadlines for each school.  (Be aware of schools with early deadlines!)
  • Ask teachers and advisors for letters of recommendation.
  • Work on application essays.
  • Determine total application costs.
  • Take ACT or register for later test (December).
  • Begin to watch Senior Newsletter for any scholarship opportunities.
  • Attend college fairs and ask questions!!

 

November/December

  • Make college visits.
  • Continue working on applications and have teachers review your essays.
  • Return applications to Counseling office with application fees,  letters of recommendations (if needed), essay (if needed) and your counselor will attach an official transcript.
  • Check with prospective college about financial aid and scholarships.
  • You and your parents/guardians need to log on the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) website at www.fafsa.ed.gov and both of you need to get a PIN number. 

 

January/February

  • Ask your parents/guardians to gather all financial information needed to complete the FAFSA application. Remind your parents to file taxes early this year!  You will need either their returns of the W-2’s from THEIR employer.  
  • Look for Student Air Report (SAR) to arrive four weeks after you file your FAFSA. This will include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • If you have not done so – APPLY!!!!

 

March/April

  • If you have not done an early admission process, you should start receiving responses from colleges regarding admission and financial packages.  
  • Begin comparing colleges you have been admitted.
  • Make final college visits.
  • Make final decision and let all colleges know.

 

May/June

  • Make sure your college of choice has all the paperwork needed for classes as well as housing and food plans.
  • Make sure your Counselor knows your final decision so she can mail your final transcript after graduation.
  • Set up a college budget with your parents.

Junior Year

Fall

  • Take the most challenging courses you can manage.  It could make all the difference in selective college admissions.
  • If you have better than a 3.0 grade point average, register and take the October ACT to get early qualification for the Governor’s Scholars Program.
  • Become more involved in clubs and community service and seek out leadership roles.
  • Begin getting serious and researching prospective colleges and scholarship opportunities (www.collegeboard.com is a great place to start!). 
  • Attend college fairs.

 

Winter

  • Continue to research colleges – determine who offers what you are interested in.
  • Prepare for the March ACT (offered here at school) and the June test.
  • Schedule demanding classes for your senior year (colleges look at the classes you take your senior year!!)

 

Spring

  • Check academic requirements for several colleges.
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (The Clearinghouse). Make an appointment with your counselor for this.

 

Summer

  • Begin to narrow college choices to 3-5.
  • Begin looking at college applications so that in the fall you are prepared.
  • Double check schedule at registration for demanding college prep classes.

Sophomore Year

Fall

  • Continue career research.  Talk to people you know in many professions and use your ILP information to help you plan a career track. 
  • Continue taking the most challenging courses your school offers and that you can handle. (It is early, don’t rule out college – keep your doors open!)
  • Stay involved or become involved with extra-curricular activities.
  • Take the PLAN (practice ACT).

 

Winter

  • Schedule demanding classes for your junior year.  If you have not taken a foreign language, make sure you request one for your junior schedule. 

 

Spring

  • If you have better than a 3.0 GPA, register for the June ACT if you are interested in the Governor’s Scholars Program.
  • Begin to research colleges (four year universities, two year junior colleges or community colleges, technical schools)

Freshman Year

Fall

  • Continue career research.  Talk to people you know in many professions and use your ILP information to help you plan a career track. 
  • Continue taking the most challenging courses your school offers and that you can handle. (It is early, don’t rule out college – keep your doors open!)
  • Stay involved or become involved with extra-curricular activities.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss what you can do today to plan for college.

 

Winter

  • Explore colleges: What kinds of schools should you be looking for?
  • Find volunteer activities that are good for you and good for the world.
  • Set yourself up for college success with a sophomore class schedule that emphasizes college.

 

Spring

  • As your peers are losing momentum, refocus your study habits and finish the year off right.
  • Begin to research colleges (four year universities, two year junior colleges or community colleges, technical schools)
  • Build your college credentials by planning fun ways to get involved this summer.