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.

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

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. 

2020 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. Recipients are announced at graduation ceremonies. 

2019-20 Independent Local Scholarships

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

The Fairfield Auto Group/Lycoming County Republican Committee Scholarship - Deadline: March 28, 2020 -  $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.

Gladys Tozier Memorial Scholarship Award - To a Lycoming County senior who has been accepted to a four year degree college. Deadline has been changed to April 10th. Seniors can send directly to Renee Buchner, Wilmington Trust, N.A. 101 West Third Street, 4th Floor Williamsport, PA 17701 or email to: rbuchner@wilmingtontrust.com

 

Mary Ann Fox Scholarship - 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. Applicants must apply online at http://www.csascholars.org/foxm

 

 

Resources

2020-21 Course Catalog

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

College Planning Guide for Parents

Affordable Colleges Online created the following guide to help ease the transition process by addressing the common first-year challenges for parents and their children. The following guide helps parents prepare for the high-school to college transition; explores the financial aid process; discusses concerns about housing and student independence; identifies on-campus resources for students; and offers resources for parents of high school students, college freshman, college students, and graduate school students. Click this link to access the guide: College Planning 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.
SAT Registration deadlines
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ACT Registration deadlines
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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.