Senior Year

SAT Testing

The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions that includes three main parts: Math, critical reading, and writing.  It is given at WASHS two times per school year in early December and early May. Additional testing dates and sites are available. Students should visit the College Board website for more information and registration. 
Students register online through the College Board website.

  • Scores will be available for viewing online. 
  • A large amount of very helpful information can be found on the SAT registration site
  • Students are reminded that when they register, they may request that their scores be sent to 4 colleges for free, but these must be specified at the time of registration. To have scores sent to more than 4 schools, or if you do not specify schools during the registration process, there is a fee attached per score report – this fee is charged by the College Board.
  • The registration fee for the SAT is approximately $46-60 and must be paid to the College Board upon registration. Some students may qualify for a fee waiver; any student who wishes to check eligibility for fee waivers should see his/her counselor.

ASVAB Testing

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military.  It is primarily used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States armed forces. However, it is also an excellent career decision making tool for those students who do not demonstrate interest in the military.  The test is offered free to students sometime in November.  It is provided to all sophomore students, but any junior or senior with an expressed interest is welcome to sign-up in the Counseling Office to take the assessment.  Please listen to the morning announcements and look for an announcement on Sapphire in late October/early November for sign-up opportunities. Taking the test does not obligate students to any kind of military service.  

NCAA


  • Students who wish to play sports in college must register with the NCAA. Go to the clearinghouse website to register www.ncaaclearinghouse.net .
  • There is also other helpful information on the website. The NCAA recommends that students register during the summer prior to their Junior year in high school.
  • Students who wish to play sports in a Division I or II college are responsible for making sure their course selection throughout high school will lead to eligibility. A list of NCAA-approved courses at WASH can be found by going here and clicking on the “List of Approved Core Courses” in the left column.  Be sure to use our high school code:  395105.
  • Any senior wishing to discuss NCAA eligibility requirements or obtain assistance with the process should see his/her counselor.
  • Seniors are required to submit a final transcript to the NCAA Clearinghouse upon graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to request that this is sent.

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Financial Aid Night

This is a valuable evening presentation given by actual College Financial Aid Officers to provide assistance in the process of paying for post-secondary education. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) will be explained as well as other types of financial aid available. You can learn more about Financial Aid by visiting the Financial Aid section of this site. We strongly encourage that you attend! It's never too early to learn more about the financial aid process!

Early To College

Students have the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Students may attend any college, but Penn State Mont Alto and Hagerstown Community College are most often chosen. An informational meeting is held for interested students each semester. Tuition is offered at a reduced rate. The student needs to work closely with his or her School Counselor when scheduling these classes.

Penn State Mont Alto

Hagerstown Community College
Shippensburg University

Frequently, representatives from various colleges schedule visits to WASHS to meet with interested students.  Announcements are made to make students aware that they are coming, and students are required to sign up to attend. They are responsible for any and all missed work from the class they left to attend the informational meeting with the admission counselor.  Students are also strongly encouraged to visit the campuses of prospective colleges. To do so, students should be sure to obtain proper paperwork by seeing the Attendance Secretary in the B-Level Attendance Office.

Scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help defray the cost of attending colleges.  There are many national scholarships for which students may apply. Students can register with a scholarship search site such as www.fastweb.com in order to identify and apply for these scholarships.

Many individual colleges offer scholarships for incoming freshman. Students should speak to admission offices or financial aid representatives from these colleges to obtain information pertaining to these scholarships. Often, more information may be found on the college website.

Every year, there are a significant number of local scholarships which are organized and process through the WASHS Counseling Office. These scholarships are advertised primarily through the use of our daily announcements; students are strongly encouraged to listen for information about these and look for them on Sapphire.  Seniors are encouraged to visit the Counseling Office Resource Room regularly to obtain information, applications, etc. on local scholarships. It is the responsibility of students to seek out scholarship opportunities.  Every year, thousands of dollars in local scholarship money is unused because seniors do not take advantage of the opportunities! Some applications require quite a bit of effort, but the potential financial reward makes it worth the work!

Students must follow all scholarship application directions as well as procedures for requesting transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. through the Counseling Office. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for scholarship money.

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