The mission of Aquinas Catholic Schools Counseling Program is to enable all students to acquire the academic, personal/social, and career standards necessary to function and contribute to the good of the Church and the world.
The School Counselor's Role
A School Counselor is…
A person specially trained to help students realize their full potential. Aquinas High School Counselors have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in counseling and are licensed by the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin School Counselor Association http://www.wscaweb.org/
American School Counseling Association http://www.schoolcounselor.org
Counselors offer support to assist students to…
Explore options in career, academic, and personal areas
Clarify insight about what is controlling thoughts, and behaviors
Goals of Counseling…
To provide a respectful, responsive service for every student
To provide confidential support to all students
To help individuals understand and appreciate diversity and uniqueness of self and others
To demonstrate cooperation with all individuals in a variety of situations
To develop skills to promote positive change
See the teacher first:
Students are encouraged to speak with their teacher first for clarification of course work. Often additional time for asking questions, explanation of concepts, or practice with the teacher present can be enough to get the student on the right track again. Ask your teacher for an appointment either before or after school, during a study hall or lunch period, or during the Resource period of Extended Learning Weeks.
Academic Resource Room:
A special study hall room is available from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 3:30 on Fridays. The Academic Resource Center is supervised by two licensed teachers. Students may drop in for tutoring or to ask questions. The Academic Resource Room may also be permanently assigned as the location for a student's study hall.
Peer Tutors volunteer their time during a study hall to help fellow students. Availability of Peer Tutors is limited and dependent on finding someone able to tutor the right subject while free the same study hall.
We encourage the formation of Study Groups. These are peer arranged and member-led groups of students from the same class who meet to discuss class concepts, study for exams, and challenge each other. Sometimes Study Groups meet regularly throughout the semester and other times they are formed to prepare for exams.
Credit is earned on a semester basis. Credit recovery is necessary if a student does not pass a semester or more of a required course.
Students may retake the course the following year.
Students may be referred to Western Technical College for an evening or summer course depending on availability of the class needed.
With preapproval, students may take an online course and transfer the credit to fulfill a recovery of credit for graduation.
Please contact your High School Counselor for more information.
Study Skills and Learning Styles - www.studygs.net/
Academic & Career Planning (ACP)
What is ACP?
It is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. The range of formal ACP begins in Grade 6 and goes through grade 12 (state requirement starting in 2017).
ACP in Wisconsin: Implementing Academic and Career Planning Guidebook
Aquinas High School is pleased to provide all students with access to CareerLocker, a comprehensive web-based career information system. CareerLocker is interactive and assists student as they manage their career and/or college search process. In addition, CareerLocker provides students with test preparation for ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement classes.
The CareerLocker address is: wiscareers.wisc.edu.
Our registration code: amh-c294.
Students who attended Aquinas Middle School will maintain their same user name and password (likely the same username you use for the school computers and the password you use in the lunch room) If you are not able to access your account, or are new to Aquinas High School, stop in Student Services for the code to register as a CareerLocker user.
What can you do on CareerLocker?
Complete interest and personality self-assessments matching occupations to interests, values and skills
Explore details of identified occupations of interest and link to similar careers
Search and compare colleges based on majors, location, size and other decision factors
Create an ePortfolio to demonstrate evidence of skills
Follow a Career Planning Guide designed for high school students
Use the program to design a Resume and Cover Letter
Prepare for the ACT,SAT, or AP exams using the test preparation and practice exams
It provides capabilities with saved searches, portfolios, and other organization options.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This site is used for exploring career choices. It includes information relating to specifics of an occupation, the nature of the work, training required as well as outlook and earnings predictions.
ACT & SAT Information
There are two basic college admissions test, the ACT and the SAT. Students typically begin taking college admissions tests in the fall of their junior year. Most students elect to take either or both of the tests more than one time.
ACT and SAT Pre-Tests
Students take the ACT Aspire test in the spring of 9th and 10th grades. Information about the test can be found at http://www.discoveractaspire.org/.
PSAT: The PSAT is offered to interested sophomore and junior students on the national PSAT testing date in October. It is optional and there is asmall fee. The PSAT is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation if taken during a student’s junior year.
Transcript Request Instructions
All Aquinas High School transcripts will be processed through Parchment. Please click on the link below to begin:
Here is the process:
First time users set up account. You can retreive your access code from the Aquinas High School Main office.
Select the destination for your transcript(s).
Parchment will immediately notify Aquinas High School of your request.
Aquinas High School will review, approve, and process your order.
You will be notified by email and can track your order online.
Paying for College
RESOURCES FROM FINANCIAL AID NIGHT SEPTEMBER 30th, 2020
General Scholarship Websites
LaCrossePromiseFutureCenter 2019/2020- https://docs.google.com/document/d/11qCSk6ttmmOEfoig6hpUrJM93xpMD4kYc9GnI9ddSvQ/edit?usp=drivesdk
College Raptor General Scholarship ($2,500.00)- www.collegeraptor.com/2500scholarship
UW System Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) - https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/resources/rotc-and-military/
Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship -http://www.kohleducation.org/studentexcellence/religiousindependent/
Elks National Foundation Inc. Legacy Awards Application & Instructions 2019/2020- up to $4,000 for members' relatives enf.elks.org/Leg
Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship - https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/
AXA Foundation - https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/about.html
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Contest- Awards range from $1,000 to $12,500 per year! To apply, click the following link: enf.elks.org/MVS
Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship Program - http://mediacomworldclass.com/
SFM Foundation Scholarship
AB Nicholas Scholarship Foundation
Financial Aid Information
http://fafsa.ed.gov - official FAFSA site
http://www.heab.state.wi.us/reciprocity/index.html - Wisconsin residents will pay in-state tuition costs while attending Minnesota public universities and colleges.
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/ - Minnesota has agreements with neighboring states to provide lower tuition for Minnesota residents to attend public colleges and universities in those states.
http://msep.mhec.org/ - The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program.
Introductory Video from Matt Gordy, who presented at our Financial Aid Night: https://youtu.be/9mohamu3VmU
FAFSA/ Financial Aid Resource PowerPoint Presentation (with video) :https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1q-dw4bL6sNnHDb-i258ZfSzgW3xpodAseq41ZSBGEnk/edit?usp=sharing