Guidance

The Williamsport Area High School Guidance Department provides various student services ranging from career and college planning, to course scheduling and personal well-being. Each grade has a dedicated staff to serve the needs of students in each level of their high school career.

Pathways to Your Future Career Fair

Below is the registration form for employers/colleges/military who plan on participating in the Career Fair being held at Williamsport Area High School on Thursday March 14, 2019. The Career Fair will begin at 7:40am (with set-up time beginning at 7am) and will last until 2:30pm. Lunch will be provided for all registrants. 

Please submit this form by February 14, 2019 if you plan on attending. Any questions can be directed to Kaitlin Eck, Career Counselor, at keck@wasd.org or 570-323-8411 ext. 60523. 

2019 Pathways to Your Future Career Fair Registration Form

Career Path — How to Choose

As soon as you enter high school, everyone starts asking you, “What are your plans for after high school?” For some, the answer comes easily, but for many, they remain uncertain about their plans until 11th or 12th grade. What options do you have? Maybe you will go to college, enlist in the military, get a full-time job, or go to a technical/trade school. Regardless of what you are considering, there are many things you can do now to help make the transition much easier for you!

In addition to discussing your interests with your school counselor, consider what skills you have as well as what type of environment you would want to work in. Do you want to be outside? Working and collaborating with others? Are you willing to move for your career? How do you feel about working with children or the elderly? There are many options available, and new careers are being created every day. If you still aren’t sure, consider some of the options below.

Complete an Interest Inventory

  • Interest inventories will ask you to respond to a series of questions and, based on your responses, will match your interests to a list of potential careers. Either of these would be a great starting point:

Meet with the Career Counselor

If you’ve met with your school counselor and still feel as though you aren’t sure what direction to go in, consider meeting with the Career Counselor, Mrs. Eck. She can walk you through some of the interest inventories and possibly arrange a job shadow experience for you. If you’d like to meet with Mrs. Eck, please complete the Career Counseling Referral Form.

Job Shadow Experiences

Spend a day or part of a day on location with someone in the field of your interest to get first-hand knowledge. Mrs. Eck, the Career Counselor, can help to arrange a job shadow for you. As part of the job shadow experience, you’ll be asked to complete a Job Shadow Questionnaire, which will provide you with a list of questions to ask while on the job site.

Job Shadow Feedback Form - to be completed after your job shadow experience

Opportunities to Consider

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) WATCH Project 

  • WATCH Project assists students in preparing for a career as a:
    • Direct Care Worker (DCW)  
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • To be eligible, all potential participants must:
    • Have a high school dipolma or GED
    • Meet income guidelines
    • Live in a participating county (Lycoming County does participate)
  • For more information and to apply, visit https://www.csiu.org/WATCH

Do I Have To Go To College?

Research from the Pennsylvania Department of Education indicates that by 2025, 60% of Americans will need a post-secondary credential. Since 2011, the US economy has added 11.5 million net new jobs but only 80,000 for those with high school diplomas or less. 
 
Consider the following: Seventeen of the fastest growing jobs in the United States require less than a 4-year degree. The second fastest growing job, computer support specialist, requires an associate’s degree.

So do you have to go to college? The answer is probably yes, but not a traditional 4-year institution. There are a number of career and technical education programs that might better suit your needs.

As a freshman, it is important that you keep as many options open to you as possible upon graduation. You can keep more options open to you by doing your very best and getting involved in clubs and activities throughout your high school.

Scholarships

Scholarships are made available to students as they are received. We will also make announcements about other local scholarships and awards as they become available.  It is important for seniors to make an appointment in guidance and pay close attention to the morning announcements to be aware of opportunities. 

2019 WAHS Common Scholarship

The WAHS Common Scholarship Application includes a list of local scholarships administered by the WAHS Counseling office. Please read each scholarship and check the ones that you wish to be considered for (and that you meet the specific qualifications). These are scholarships only available to WAHS seniors and are of amounts greater than $500. Applications are due in the Counseling Office by March 22nd, 2019. This deadline will be adhered to strictly! All supporting documents must be included. Recipients are announced at graduation ceremonies. 

 

2018-19 Independent Scholarships

Some scholarships that are listed in the independent handout in the Guidance office include but are not limited to:

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: Nov. 20, 2018 - Available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. For more information and to access the application, visit https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/how-to-apply/

AXA Achievement Scholarship - Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018 - Open to high school seniors who demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Only the first 10,000 applications are accepted, so apply early! Access the application at: https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/

5th Annual Drive Smart Contest - Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019 - Students can enter their original digital shorts about the dangers of distracted driving. Grand prize - $10,000 scholarship and other prizes. Students can enter contest at https://drivesmartnow.com/register

JFK Profile In Courage Essay Contest - Deadline: Jan. 18, 2019 - Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. First place 10,000 https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/getting-started

Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference 2018-19 Scholarship- Deadline January 31st, 2019. To an athlete who has earned at least one varsity letter in a PIAA recognized sport. Must be a senior with at least a 3.0 GPA (83-86 NGA). Must have a verified post secondary education entrance placement score  SAT, ACT, or other. Applications are currently available in the Guidance office. Completed applications should be submitted to Sean McCann, WAHS Athletic director.

Lucy A. Valero Memorial Scholarship - Deadline January 31st, 2019. To an outstanding senior who plans to enroll in an accredited teacher preparation program in the Commonwealth of PA. Applications are in the Guidance office and are available on the PSEA website http://psea.org/valero

2019 PAMS Annual Julie Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Deadline - February 8, 2019 - To a college-bound graduating senior who has used HME Medical Equipment in the past. Applications in the Guidance office. 

Lehigh Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers - Deadline Feb. 10, 2019 - Applicants must be enrolling as a first year student in an ABET accredited engineering program in 2019. Applicants must identify afemale and be graduating from High School in 2019. http://lv.swe.org/application.html

7th Annual WACE National Co-Op Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019 - Scholarships available to high school seniors who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of the Partner institutions (includes Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, and more). Application available in the Guidance Office or online at https://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html 

PACB Foundation Scholarship Frank A. Pinto Scholarship for Excellence - Deadline: February 23, 2018 - Applicant must be a dependent child of a parent working at least 1000 hours per year (for at least two years) for a regular member of the PACB Association of Community Bankers. Applications are available in the guidance office or applications can be printed off PACB's website http://www.pacb.org.

The Lycoming Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019 - 3 scholarships available for high school seniors who are attending an accredited college/university regardless of area of study, a senior attending an accredited Nursing program, and for a senior attending an accredited college/university to study American History. Application is available in the Guidance Office.

The Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship - Deadline March 1st, 2019. A graduating senior from a Lycoming County High School who is in good standing and academically in the top twenty-five percent of his or her class as determined by class rank. A good citizen who exemplifies effort, determination, and persistence in attempting to reach a goal. Applications available in the Guidance office.

The Kay Ertel Scholarship Application - Deadline March 1, 2019. The applicant must be a female high school senior, in a public school in Lycoming County, who is interested in public service and is pursuing an undergraduate degree. Applications must be completed and all required information sent to Janice Shireman in Jersey Shore, PA by Thursday March 1, 2019. Applications are available in the Guidance office.

Williamsport Music Club/Budd Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: March 8, 2019 - $1500 scholarship available to a Lycoming County high school senior who is planning to continue an education in music. Application is available in the Guidance Office.  

Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA Scholarship Program for students who have epilepsy/seizure disorder - Deadline: March 16, 2019 Te EAWCP will award nine scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have a epilepsy/seizure disorder and are going on to a post-secondary school. Applications are available in the Guidance office.

John Sharp Memorial Scholarship Horizon Federal Credit Union 2019 Scholarship - Deadline: March 29, 2019 Must be an active account holder in good standing of the Horizon Federal Credit Union. Be a 2019 graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be accepted as a full-time student at a college or university. Essay required. Applications forms are available in the Guidance office and on the website: http://www.horizonfcu.org.

The Fairfield Auto Group/Lycoming County Republican Committee Scholarship - Deadline: March 31st, 2019 $2,250 scholarship to be awarded to three graduating Lycoming County high school seniors ($1,000, $750, $500) who in 2019 will be attending a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college or university or vocational-technical school. Register on-line via the Scholarship link on the Lycoming County Republican Committee web site at http://lycominggop.org/. Based on interview and an essay.

Mary Ann Fox Scholarship - Deadline April 1, 2019 Must reside in Clinton or Lycoming County, PA. Must be in good academic standing and of good character and demonstrate  financial need. Applicants must be planning on attending Penn College, Penn State University, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College or Bucknell University. Informational handouts are available in the Guidance office. Applicants must apply online at http://www.csascholars.org/foxm

Link to business scholarships-  https://www.discoverbusiness.us/resources/business-degree-scholarships/

2019 Student-View Scholarship Program http://student-view.com/

 

Resources

Post-Secondary Planning Guide

 The post-secondary guide was created as a reference tool to be used by students, parents and guardians to help navigate the way to post-secondary education, employment or enlistment in the military. This guide includes a calendar for junior and senior year as well as information about the SAT vs. ACT, military academies, financial aid and college selection. As you read through the guide, be sure to make notes in the guide and meet with your school counselor as needed.

Post-Secondary Guide

This guide includes a calendar for junior and senior year as well as information about the SAT vs. ACT, military academies, financial aid and college selection.

Download Post-Secondary Guide

WAHS Graduation Requirements

1) Earn 23 credits in grades 9-12.                                            

Subject Credit 
English Credits 4.0 (1 Course per year)
Mathematics Credits 4.0* (1 Course per year)
Science Credits 3.0/4.0** (1 Course per year)
Social Studies Credits
3.0/4.0** (1 Course per year)
Physical Education/Health Credits      1.5
Arts and Humanities Credits 2.0
Electives Credits 4.5

* Any student that completes Calculus I by their Junior year has officially completed their high school math requirements.
** Students have a choice of a swing credit. They have the ability to choose a 4th course of science or social studies, their senior year, to fulfill graduation requirements.

2) Score Proficient or Advanced on the required Keystone Exams.

 

Career & Technical Education Program Completer Requirements:

1) Earn 23 credits in grades 9-12.

Subject Credit 
English Credits 4.0 (1 Course per year)
Mathematics Credits 4.0* (1 Course per year)
Science Credits 3.0 (1 Course per year)
Social Studies Credits
3.0 (1 Course per year)
Physical Education/Health Credits      1.5
Arts and Humanities Credits 2.0
Electives Credits 4.5

* Any student that completes Calculus I by their Junior year has officially completed their high school math requirements.

College Information

SAT and ACT: Which test should I take?

Which test should I take?  Learn more about the differences from the Princeton Review.
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Transcripts

Parchment Exchange enables high school transcripts to be sent to post-secondary educational institutions electronically.

  • This adds speed and simplification to the transcript delivery.
  • There is no cost for this service to current high school students.
  • All students must create a Parchment account in order to send their transcripts.

Links for general information, quick start, and creating an account are listed below.

Student Services

Williamsport Area School District is aware that our students and their families are all different, and require various levels of support and information to help their children succeed in school and prepare for life after school. 

In addition to the services listed below, Williamsport Area High School provides assistance with 

  • Developmental Services
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • School Health
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • School Safety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health Issues
  • School Social Workers
  • Peer Mediation

CARE - Crisis Assistance Referral Effort

  • Are you facing a challenging issue?
  • Do you have a friend who is struggling?
  • The CARE team can help!

We are a group of specially-trained teachers, counselors, and administrators who are here to help.  Our team deals with mental health problems - like depression and suicidal thoughts.  We also provide support to those who may be experimenting with alcohol or other drugs.

Our referral process is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL! To make a referral, pick up a form in the guidance office.

BackPack Program

In partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the BackPack Program provides a bag of nonperishable food at the end of each week for participating students to take home and eat when school meal programs are unavailable.

Life skills students handle the delivery of donated food, stock and manage the inventory, and fill the backpacks ahead of distribution every Friday or before a long break, providing an authentic, real-world experience.

The BackPack Program is funded by the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation through a grant from The Harry Plankenhorn Foundation and by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.  The high school is actively searching for additional funding and donations to make sure the program can continue.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Main Office of the Williamsport Area High School, between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00 pm, etc. Donation checks can be made payable to Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation and directed to Mr. Greg Hayes, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. For further questions please contact Justin Ross at Work Phone: 570-323-8411 ext. 60511, Cell Phone:  570-441-4473 or email: jross@wasd.org.

Freshman

Welcome to the Millionaire Academy!      

Williamsport Area High School’s Freshman Academy is a transitional program, located in our blue house, that provides ninth graders a foundation for success in all aspects of high school. The academy concept eases students’ transition from middle to high school as they adjust to their new surroundings. Academy teachers work to monitor student progress and provide both academic support and structure through a curriculum that is conducive to the learning styles of freshmen.

A student in the academic academy will have a double block of Algebra 1 (built in study sessions), Intro to Lit/Comp 1, Integrated Science, US History, Health, Career Pathways/Financial Literacy, and 1 elective of their choice.  Each student in this academy is placed on a Cherry Team or a White Team and they are placed in a section.  Students in the Cherry Team have a 7th period elective while students on the White team have a 5th period elective.  This allows time for the team to meet and discuss curricular and/or student concerns. 

A student in the honors academy will have Algebra 2, US History Honors, Biology Honors, English 9 Honors, Career Pathways/Financial Literacy, and 2.5 electives of their choice.

Freshman Course Catalogs

Williamsport Area High School Course Catalog

Students interested in more hands-on learning and technical trades may select courses that fall under our Career & Technical Education program.

Download Williamsport Area High School Course Catalog

Williamsport Area High School Course Catalog Honors

Students interested in more hands-on learning and technical trades may select courses that fall under our Career & Technical Education program.

Download Williamsport Area High School Course Catalog Honors