School Counseling Services


Often, even before you have thought about college, your school counselor has begun organizing  your search.  Beginning in your junior  year, a wealth  of information and resources will be provided to you.Take the time to plan EARLY and ask for assistance.


The Guidance Department's role in the high school is best defined by the services school counselors make available to all students:

· Facilitate students' academic success,

· Help students better understand their strengths,

· Identify students' interests, and

· Aid students in planning for and attaining realistic goals.


Each student will meet with his or her counselor to evaluate academic progress and to develop educational and career goals.


Conferences may be initiated either by the school counselor, classroom teachers, the student, or parents/guardians of the student.  Students are always welcome in the Guidance Office.  A School Social Worker is also available to assist students with their emotional needs. The school social worker's office is located across from the guidance office.



Preparing for College

Thought should be given to college admission requirements when planning a course of study. This section provides a brief overview of the admissions process.  Colleges base their decisions by evaluating some or all of the following:

·      High School Transcript (# of courses, rigor of courses,

     grades & GPA)

·  College Admissions Exams (SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests,       and/oror ACT with or without Writing)

·   Recommendations

·   Extracurricular Activities

·   Special Talents

·   College Applications and Essays

·   Interview

·   Alumni(ae) Relationship with the College

·   Minority Status

·   Religious Affiliation

·   Volunteer/Other Work

·   Personal Characteristics


Colleges want to see a student who has challenged himself or herself through coursework and after-school activities. They appreciate a student who explores areas of interests in depth and shows a strong interest in continuing learning at a higher level.


It is vitally important to remain a healthy student, for you cannot perform at your best if you are stressed and overloaded.  Plan your year in advance and consult with your family and teachers when appropriate.  Nothing substitutes for a good night's rest.


The College Boards

The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) is a 2 ½ hour long multiple choice test of Verbal and Mathematical Reasoning and Writing Ability which is designed as a practice test for SAT Reasoning Test.  All sophomores and juniors will be given the opportunity to take this exam during school in the fall.


The SAT Reasoning Test attempts to predict what a student is capable of doing at the collegiate level.  The test is given several times throughout the year and students are encouraged to take it in May of their junior year. Significant changes have occurred since the Spring 2005.


The SAT Subject Tests evaluate a student's mastery of various course contents.  The College Board offers  sixteen different subject tests.  Many competitive colleges ask students to submit two to three subject test scores in support of their  applications.

The Advanced Placement Program offers the final tests for students seeking entrance to competitive colleges.  A student's teacher and the guidance department will coordinate the May testing at the conclusion of the AP course.


Further information about the College Board can be found at



The American College Testing Corporation serves many colleges and universities and offers an alternative to the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the SAT Subject Tests.  The test covers four skill areas:  English, mathematics, reading, science reasoning and/or writing. If a student feels the SAT Reasoning Test did not fairly represent his/her competency level, he/she is encouraged to take the ACT or ACT with Writing.  The test is offered only once on-island, in October.  Consult with Guidance for times and places of tests.  For further information, visit the website at


-   Source:  Weston HS Program of Studies andNantucket High School Guidance Department


Students with special needs who require special accommodations for test taking in classes may also request special accommodations when taking the SATs or the ACTs. See Guidance for more detailed information.