AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School students continue onto college as a natural continuation of their studies. To meet this goal the school provides a comprehensive college counseling program beginning in the ninth grade. Aside from appropriate tests geared to identify student interests and strengths, students are parents are advised about coursework available at the school that may affect future college and career options.
The college counseling process spans all four years of high school. All students ninth through twelfth meet individually and in small groups with the college counselor to discuss and plan various aspects of the college application and admission process, financial aid opportunities, and career paths. During freshmen year, college counseling is focused on the adjustment to the high school curriculum, study skills for success in a college preparatory environment, planning for all four years of high school, while providing the students with the opportunity to begin to reflect on interests and future goals. 9th Grade students take the EXPLORE exam to help them understand their strengths and interests. 10th and 11th graders, take the PSAT, to provide a glimpse into students’ preparation levels for the ACT, SAT and Career planning. In addition, the student and counselor complete interest/and career inventories to assist students in making long term plans for college and career aspirations. During junior year, one-on-one meetings are held more frequently with the college counselor to help students begin formalizing their college choices and also think more concretely about careers. In addition, the college counselor organizes PSAT tests for the students, while providing guidance and opportunities for students to prepare for the SAT Reasoning Exam, the ACT and the SAT Subject Exams. The students are also encouraged to begin composing their personal statements and resume of activities. Finally, during senior year, the counselor and students complete college applications and all activities related to the college application process for submission to universities.
At AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School the college counselor strives to maximize a student’s college choices and minimize the stress that often accompanies the college application and admissions process. The School Counselor is always available to the students and parents. The counseling office and the school library provide needed resources for the college search and application process. Reference books, college catalogues, publications and up to date computer software programs are available for students.
The counselor also schedules annual guided tours to colleges and universities, attendance at local college fairs, college representative visitations, guest speakers, and workshops are provided for students and parents throughout the year regarding the college admission process and college funding. The counseling staff and faculty encourage all students to achieve at the highest level possible and to prepare in the most thorough way for entrance into and success at the college of their choice.