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Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the Ludlow High School Counselor's Corner! My name is Melissa Currin, and I am the LHS Guidance Counselor.  I have over 20 years of experience in education. I love being a part of the Panther Family!  If students are having academic, social, or personal issues, or want help with career/college planning, they should stop by the Guidance Office to see me.  Please take some time to explore the information and links provided on this page.
Contact me at: melissa.currin@ludlow.kyschools.us 
 
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Checklist for College Planning

WHEN TO BEGIN
WHAT TO DO
HOW TO DO IT
7th & 8th Grade,
Freshman & Sophomore Years
Become familiar with college entrance requirements and continue career exploration activities. Which courses in your high school curriculum satisfy college requirements? Do you have a plan for extra-curricular involvement? Become involved in community service.
Work with parents, teachers, and counselors to create a four-year high school curriculum plan to satisfy your goals. Try job shadowing. Get involved with school and community activities. Study hard and often, and earn good grades! Do some online research about schools and careers. Work on your ILP.
September through January of Junior Year
Think about your reasons for going to college. What are your goals? What learning opportunities are most important? Do your college plans include career plans?
Talk with parents, teachers, counselors, and friends. Investigate possible career options and degree level required. Attend the LHS Future Fair to talk to college and job reps. Work on your ILP.
December through May of Junior Year
Prepare and register for college admission tests (ACT or SAT) if planning for a four-year school. Work through practice questions and tests! This is the best way to prepare for these tests and earn a higher score. Attend test prep sessions that your school or community may offer.
Check out the dates for registration. Registration materials can be obtained in the guidance office or you can register online. It is recommended that juniors take the ACT or SAT at least once near the end of their junior year.
January through March of Junior Year
Identify important factors in choosing a college. Two-year or four-year? Location? Cost? Kind of atmosphere? Variety of study programs available? Entrance test requirement?
Focus on your goals and career interests. Consult college guidebooks in your school’s guidance office. Explore colleges on the Internet. Prepare for your college admission test. Work on your ILP.
March through August of Junior Year
List colleges you are considering and collect information. Have you included all possible choices? What information do you need? How can you get it?
Attend college fairs and college night programs. Prepare for and visit colleges. Take appropriate college admission test.
August through December of Senior Year
Compare the colleges on your list. Take the appropriate college admissions test at least one more time. Have you weighed college pros and cons carefully? Which college will meet your needs? Have you earned the admission test score that you need?
Continue visiting colleges. Organize your information into detailed, useful comparisons. Register for college admission test. Attend test prep sessions that your school or community may offer.
September through January
of Senior Year
Apply to your “choice” colleges. Search and apply for any available scholarships. Do you have all the necessary forms? Are you sure of application deadlines?
Obtain application forms in your counselor’s office or online. Observe deadlines. Submit transcripts and test scores.
October through 
December of
Senior Year
Apply for financial aid. Have you investigated all possible sources of aid? Have you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
Consult the guidance office for applications. Complete the FAFSA after October 1st. Complete it by the end of December at the latest.
February through May of Senior Year
Make some final decisions. What additional preparation might be useful? Do you feel comfortable with your final choice?
Confer with parents and counselors. Confirm your decision, and decline other admission offers. Observe deadlines of award letters.
 

 

 

 

Additional Info

www.schoolfamily.com 
Great resource for parents to help students succeed in school
www.webmd.com/parenting
Great resource for parents; covers a variety of topics on raising happy, healthy kids / teens
http://nkyhelps.org
Great resource for finding local volunteer opportunities in the greater Cincinnati area
www.explorestudent.org

For 7th and 8th graders preparing for the EXPLORE test; resource for career planning
www.planstudent.org
For 9th and 10th graders preparing for the PLAN test; resource for career planning

www.actstudent.org
Register for the ACT, get strategies for success and practice questions
www.collegeboard.com
Register for the SAT test; get info on the SAT, PSAT, or AP tests
www.number2.com
Practice for the ACT and SAT tests; has tutorials for specific content questions
www.testprepreview.com
Practice for the ACT, SAT, and COMPASS tests
www.kheaa.com
Financial aid programs for KY families; view KEES account
www.careercruising.com/ilp
Site to build Student Learning Plans; resource for career planning
www.pin.ed.gov
Seniors and parents use this site to apply for their PIN before filing their FAFSA

www.fafsa.gov
Seniors and parents use this site to apply for financial aid (FAFSA)
www.fastweb.com
Build a profile, then search for scholarship and college matches
www.scholarships.com
Build a profile, then search for scholarships
www.studentscholarships.org
Great tool for finding scholarships and career information
www.gohigherky.org
Lots of information, including searches for colleges and scholarships
http://gsp.ky.gov
Learn more about the Governor's Scholar Program: Intensive five-week summer academic program;  apply as a junior
www.kentuckygsa.org
Learn more about the Governor's School for the Arts: Intensive summer program for art, music, dance, theater, creative writing; sophomores and juniors may apply

www.wku.edu/academy
Learn more about the prestigious Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science: Spend your junior and senior years at on the campus of WKU;  apply as a sophomore
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mission
The Ludlow Independent School District is committed to fostering a culture
of rigor excellence, and personal accountability by developing meaningful relationships with students, families, and community members to support and empower students to graduate with college and career readiness skills.