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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.

 

Links to:

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

  • Explore alternatives

  • Make decisions

 

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

 

Our Counselors

 

Academic Resources

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:
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.

Study Group:
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 Recovery:

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.


Helpful Websites:

Study Skills and Learning Styles - www.studygs.net/

Homework help - www.bjpinchbeck.com & www.factmonster.com 

 

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

 

Career Information

CareerLocker 
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 
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

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.

 
ACT website:  www.act.org
SAT website:  www.collegeboard.org
 
Test Prep

 

Transcript Request Instructions

All Aquinas High School transcripts will be processed through Parchment.  Please click on the link below to begin:
 
http://www.parchment.com/

Here is the process:

  1. First time users set up account. You can retreive your access code from the Aquinas High School Main office.

  2. Select the destination for your transcript(s).

  3. Parchment will immediately notify Aquinas High School of your request.

  4. Aquinas High School will review, approve, and process your order.

  5. You will be notified by email and can track your order online.

 

Paying for College

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

NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com Aspiring Nurse Scholarship- https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com

Fast Web - www.fastweb.com

Scholarships - www.scholarships.com

Unigo - www.unigo.com

College Week Live - https://www.collegeweeklive.com/

UW Help System - http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/

UW System Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) - https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/resources/rotc-and-military/

 

NCAA Eligibility Center

Military - https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/scholarships-for-military.pdf

 


Local Scholarships

La Crosse Area Occupational Safety and Health Council Scholarship- CLOSED

Altra Credit Union Foundation Scholarship- CLOSED

Vernon Electric Cooperative 'Traditional' and Line Worker Scholarships 2019/2020- Click this link to view scholarships

Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship -http://www.kohleducation.org/studentexcellence/religiousindependent/

Viterbo First Robotics Tech Challenge Scholarship - http://www.viterbo.edu/admission/viterbo-university-scholarship-application-2017-18?j=63648761&sfmc_sub=1047291560&l=8018053_HTML&u=605411539&mid=10764449&jb=0

Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association Scholarship Program


Other Scholarships

Elks National Foundation Inc. Legacy Awards Application & Instructions 2019/2020-https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarweb/legacy/rules.cfm

Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship - https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/

AXA Foundation - https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/about.html

Unique and Weird Scholarships - CLOSED

 

Elks National Foundation Scholarship - CLOSED

Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship Program - http://mediacomworldclass.com/

Robotics Scholarship

SFM Foundation Scholarship

AB Nicholas Scholarship Foundation


Financial Aid Information 

http://fafsa.ed.gov - official FAFSA site

 


Reciprocity

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. 

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Contact ACS

Address

315 11th St S 

La Crosse, WI 54601