Grade Level Programs
The High School Counseling Office offers a unique program for students at each phase of their high school career, from an introduction to high school to career exploration and college planning.
Grade 9: High School Orientation Program
The Grade 9 orientation program is designed to equip students with the insight to be successful in their first year of high school. Students participate in a number of informational sessions that introduce high school counseling services offered to students such as support in course selections, goal setting, college planning and more. Students will learn about the differences between high school and middle school and ways to have a successful start to their high school career at ASD.
Grade 10: Career Unit
In Grade 10, high school counselors guide students through discussions, research, interest inventories and hands-on activities to help students identify career fields of interest. Students participate in a job shadow activity by spending a day with a professional in a career of their choice. The job shadow experience provides an opportunity to learn about career options, and students gain valuable insight through this activity.
Grade 11: College Research Unit
In Grade 11, students participate in the College Research Unit to learn about choosing a college and to prepare for the application process that begins in Grade 12. High school counselors share information about the college search through presentations and individual meetings to develop a personalized timeline to prepare for the college admissions process. Students learn about important topics such as choosing a college, writing essays, planning a college visit, standardized testing (SAT/ACT) and more.
Grade 12: The Senior Timeline
Throughout Grade 12 high school counselors offer a number of activities and resources to students and parents to prepare for life after high school. High school graduation and the college application process requires a close attention to deadlines, and the high school counselors provide guidance throughout the senior year. Grade 12 students benefit from college preparation activities such as senior presentations for parents and students, AP exams, SAT and ACT testing, letters of recommendations, high school graduation preparations, transition activities and more.