Student Success Plans at Grade 11
Guaranteed experiences that address academic (A), career (C), and personal/social/physical (P/S) domains.
Post Secondary Planning
A, P/S, C
Individual Meeting with School Counselor/Course Selection Planning
A, P/S, C
Academic Success Strategies
A, P/S, C
For more information on each of the sections, please click on the titles below.
- Juniors meet in small groups with the school counselors to learn how to plan for the future. Topics are covered include: post secondary options, college admissions criteria, standardized testing, timetable for college planning, developing a resume, writing a college essay, preparing for interviews, visiting colleges, financial aid and using Naviance as a resource.
- During the spring semester, juniors meet in small groups with seniors who have just completed the post secondary planning process to discuss their experiences, ask questions, and gain advice on how to navigate the process.
- Students are engaged in a variety of testing situations during the junior year, some required and some optional. Any junior who did not pass any portion of the state required assessments (CAPT) will have an opportunity to retest during the junior year.
- All juniors will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) in October.
- Students receive explanations of other optional tests, testing dates and sites, registration procedures, and exam uses during group and individual counseling sessions.
- Some students may want to consider the following optional assessments based on individual readiness:
- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
- SAT Subject Tests
- Advanced Placement Tests
- ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
School counselors and teachers can help students determine their readiness to complete these tests successfully.
- Individual conferences are held with each junior to continue developing a relationship between the school counselor and the student. Students and parents may also initiate appointments to discuss academic, career and personal issues as needed.
- During the second semester, annual individual meetings are held to review each student’s academic progress, to explain and answer any questions regarding course selection, and to ensure students are taking the proper credits toward graduation. All juniors (and their parents/guardians) are invited to an individualized post secondary planning meeting with their school counselor. This meeting will set the ground work for the design of a specific post secondary plan for each student. A list of colleges and/or other educational options will be developed.
The college fair is hosted in the fall by the School Counseling department of South Windsor High School. The event, held at the high school, draws 100+ colleges and technical schools. Students have the opportunity to gather information about prospective colleges and to speak with admissions representatives about entrance criteria and educational opportunities beyond high school. Parents are also welcome to attend the college fair.
Strategies are embedded in the school schedule throughout the school year to help students who maybe struggling academically. These are available through:
- Literacy Lab
- Math Lab
- Homework Club
- IEP transition services
- IEP academic support
- 504 Disability Accommodations
- Counseling Services
- AP/ECE Information Night ~ an informational evening for families to explore SWHS curriculum offerings that potentially provide college credit while attending high school. (Advanced Placement Courses, UCONN Early College Experience Courses, and Partnership Programs with local Community Colleges)
- Junior Parent Night- ~ School Counselors meet with parents of juniors to share information about post secondary planning options. Discussions may include such topics as: starting the college search process, important dates and deadlines, standardized testing, and visiting post secondary sites.