Counseling Corner

Support for our Alcott family as students navigate high school and plan for their futures.

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We Are Here For You

Counselors are dedicated to supporting the academic, college/career, and personal/social needs of students. Students are encouraged to see the counselor in Room 107 before school, during lunch or after school.

Support We Offer

To help students cope with the academic pressures of a highly rigorous course load, high-stakes testing, college admissions, and the scholarship/financial aid application process, Alcott offers the following assistance:

Students

• Academic skills support, credit recovery, and service learning
• Creating a college going culture including campus visits, visits from admissions reps, etc.
• Organizational, study and test-taking skills/ACT Prep guidance
• Post-secondary planning and application process
• Career planning/Goal setting
• Education in understanding self and others
• Career awareness and the world of work

Families

• Academic planning/support
• Post-secondary planning
• FAFSA
• Scholarship/financial aid search process
• One-on-one parent conferencing
• Referral process

Teachers

• Classroom speakers
• Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
• At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
• Providing recommendations and assisting students with the post-secondary application process
• Classroom guidance lessons on post-secondary planning, study skills, career development, etc.

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Ms. Jennifer Hanna

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (773) 534-5972

Alcott logo

Ms. Jennifer Hanna

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (773) 534-5972

Graduation Requirements

Credit Bearing
Non-Credit Bearing

Career Ed / JROTC:
1.0 credit in any Career Education and/or JROTC III / IV courses

 

Civics:
0.5 credit in Civics or AP Government. (Must include 1 Service Learning Project)

 

Computer Science:
1.0 credit in Computer Science (recommended in 9th grade)

 

Electives:
3.0 total credits in any Academic courses

 

English / ESL:
English I (1.0 credit); English II (1.0 credit); English III (1.0 credit); English IV (1.0 credit)

 

Fine Arts:
2.0 total credits may be earned in the same Fine Arts category or any combination of categories

 

Science:
Biology (1.0 credit); 2.0 credits from Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Environmental Science, or Physics

 

Math:
Algebra (1.0 credit); Geometry (1.0 credit); Advanced Algebra/Trig (1.0 credit)

 

PE / JROTC:
2.0 total credits must be earned in any PE class. Students must pass Health & Driver’s Education. JROTC also satisfies this requirement.**

 

Social Science:
World Studies (1.0 credit); U.S. History (1.0 credit); 0.5 credit minimum in Civics or AP Government (recommended one full year); 0.5 semester in any other social science course

 

World Language:
2.0 total credits in the same World Language

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Promotion Policy

Click the link below to view the minimum number of credits a student must successfully complete to be promoted to the next grade level and graduate.

Promotion Policy

Click the link below to view the minimum number of credits a student must successfully complete to be promoted to the next grade level and graduate.

Assessment Calendar

Click the link below to view the current assessment schedule and requirements.

Enrichment Programs

Dual Enrollment

With CPS

Take college classes & get college credit your Senior year

Contact Ms. Hanna if you are interested in applying [email protected]

Jumpstart

Early College Certificate Program

Take college classes & get college credit your Senior year

Contact Ms. Hanna if you are interested in applying [email protected]

AP Classes

(Advanced Placement)

Get ready for college and take college level courses at Alcott your Senior year!

Transportation You

Hands on interactive, mentoring program that offers young women an introduction to the wide variety of careers in transportation

Advanced Arts

At Gallery 37

Early college & career arts opportunity for juniors and seniors who attend CPS

Camp College

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC)

Camp College provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search & visit multiple colleges!

Post-Secondary Planning at Alcott College Prep

At Alcott, preparing for college is more than just our namesake. We have laid out a road map for each year of your high-school career, so that you can approach graduation with confidence, knowing what comes next. Here is what you can expect:

Before Alcott

Freshman Connection-Incoming students get to meet peers and get acquainted with Alcott before they begin their Freshman year.  Students learn skills that will help them in being successful high school students.  

Freshman Year

Advisory: Students have the opportunity to work with Alcott Senior Leaders during Advisory lessons every 5 weeks.  The lessons focus on skills related to being successful high school students.  Students are provided with guidance and support as they learn more about class and homework, time management, self-advocacy, grading, conflict resolution and social emotional skills development.  

Freshman Seminar: This is an elective course offered to all Freshmen.  The focus of the class is on making the transition to high school a successful one. Topics range from adjusting to high school life, using teamwork skills to accomplish goals and solve problems, developing effective communication skills, citizenship and becoming independent learners.  Freshman Seminar is designed to help foster and develop new skills necessary for success in school, college, career and beyond.

Sophomore Year

Advisory:  Students engage in Advisory lessons every 5 weeks where they begin exploring their post-secondary options.  Students complete interest inventories, research careers, learn more about programs of studies and opportunities to pursue various careers.  Students also focus on academic goal setting, understanding and calculating G.P.A.s, identifying personal strengths. 

Pre-One Goal: Sophomores can apply to the One Goal cohort at the end of their Sophomore year which begins in Junior year.  One Goal is a 3-year wrap around program that begins Junior year and provides students with lessons and instruction on post-secondary planning.   One Goal support ends one once the students have matriculated to the 2nd year of their post-secondary program. Benefits of the One Goal program include partnerships with post-secondary institutions that can result in scholarships and academic support and mentorship at partner schools.

Junior Year

Advisory:  If enrolled in the Leaders course, students lead freshmen activities and lessons during Advisory time.   The other students participate in post-secondary lessons using the Naviance program and work on G.P.A development, SAT prep, goal setting and effective communication skills.  

One Goal Year 1: During this year of the program, the focus is on learning about and understanding the community, developing self-awareness, professional aspirations and linking them to post-secondary goals.  

Junior Seminar: At the beginning of the second semester, students transition out of Civics and into Junior seminar. In the course students prepare for the upcoming SAT exam, work on their G.P.A. growth, complete an independent research project, explore their professional aspirations, and research the 6 approved post-secondary pathways necessary for students to earn the Learn. Plan. Succeed CPS graduation requirement.  By the end of the course all students are prepared for senior year with the  tools they need for effective postsecondary planning including a personal statement, a list of 7 schools or post-secondary programs to which they will apply during senior year.  

Senior Year

Advisory: Seniors who are in the senior leaders class will lead advisory lessons for the freshmen and engage with them as supportive mentors.  All other seniors will participate in activities focusing on the transition from high school, decision making, understanding financial aid, effective interpersonal communication skills and self-advocacy.  

One Goal Year 2: Students continue in their cohort journey in the One Goal curriculum.  Material focuses on applying to colleges and post-secondary programs, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and working towards developing a concrete post-secondary plan.  Lessons also focus on skills related to living independently and preparing for life after high school.  At the end of the course all students will have a concrete post-secondary plan in one of the 6 approved pathways and will have a completed FAFSA or Illinois Alternative Application.  

Senior Seminar:  The first semester focuses on post-secondary planning.  Students complete 7 college or post-secondary program applications, 5 scholarship applications and the FAFSA or Illinois Alternative Application.  During the second semester the course focuses on financial literacy and decision making.  At the end of the course all students will have a concrete post-secondary plan in one of the 6 approved pathways and will have a completed FAFSA or Illinois Alternative Application.

After Senior Year

One Goal Year 3: Students continue to receive check-in support from their teacher as they matriculate through their first year in their post-secondary program.  Check-ins include enrollment and financial aid assistance as well as progress monitoring in classes.  Students are also linked with the One Goal organization and are able to receive support from individuals in the program.  

Summer Transition/Melt: Research shows that almost one third of the students who have been accepted to college and intend to enroll never make it to campus, this phenomenon is called Summer Melt.  The reasons for this are many: students lack resources, support and guidance necessary to effectively navigate the college enrollment process, they encounter unanticipated expenses associated with college enrollment and other unexpected challenges.  The Summer Transition team works to prevent the devastating effects of summer melt by proving targeted support to ensure that all recent graduates arrive to their selected campus come the fall. Summer Transition support includes:  Weekly reminders via text, email and social media remind students to check emails, complete required forms and attend orientation for classes.  Logistical support: summer transition team members are available in person or via phone to help with the completion of financial aid and verification forms.  Emotional support: team members work with students and their parents to provide encouragement and reassurance to manage pre-college anxiety.

Applying to College

The college application process can seem daunting. Like any other process, be sure to break it down into smaller tasks! (Adapted from bigfuture.collegeboard.org)

1. Get Organized

You can apply to colleges online or through the mail. Online applications can be processed quickly and may have built-in checks to ensure all materials are included. Mailed applications are easier to proofread. Either way, following this advice will set you up for success!

2. Start Early!

Set deadlines for completing essays, collecting recommendations, and filling out forms a few weeks before they are actually required. Mark these earlier deadlines on your calendar so you don’t miss them! College websites are the best place to find accurate deadline information.

3. Be Consistent

Using the exact same name on all your forms makes things easier for admission officers. Decide if you want to use a shortened version of your legal name or your middle name. Then ALWAYS use the same version. Switching names, like going from Bill to Billy, for example, increases the odds that your information will get misfiled.

4. Be Careful

Careless mistakes on your application can hurt your chances of getting accepted. After you finish an application, put it aside for a day, and then check it over for errors. If you can, have a teacher or parent proofread it as well. Save and review the online application before you submit them.

5. Alert Your School

You need to let school officials know which colleges you are applying to so they can send your transcripts. The people you ask to write recommendations also need to know where you are applying if they are mailing the letters themselves.

6. Complete the Package

Once you have completed your application, follow these tips to make sure all the parts get to where they need to go!

Don’t wait! Submit ONCE. Keep CopiesGet confirmation. Do not panic!

For more application tips and tools, check out Big Future's website below.

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Financial Aid

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has provided a comprehensive guide to financial aid. Click the button below to view.

Financial Aid

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has provided a comprehensive guide to financial aid. Click the button below to view.

Learn. Plan. Succeed.

It’s never too early—or too late—to explore postsecondary options! You and your parents will have to take time to research and understand your options, but you don’t have to do it alone. Checkout the Powerpoint below to learn more about your potential pathways to a successful career.

Learn. Plan. Succeed.

It’s never too early—or too late—to explore postsecondary options! You and your parents will have to take time to research and understand your options, but you don’t have to do it alone. Checkout the Powerpoint below to learn more about your potential pathways to a successful career.

College Acceptances

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Transcripts

Current Students
Non-Credit Bearing

For current students, transcript requests should be made through Naviance or your school counselor.

Have Questions?

Contact Ms. Hanna to check in and get assistance.
[email protected] | (773) 534-5972