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AHS Counseling Center News

Would you like to receive important counseling center updates from your AHS counseling center staff?  Click on the "Staff" link on the right and visit profiles for Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Dickhaut, and Mrs. Isclaw and click on the "Subscribe" link found on each of their profiles.  By doing this, you will start receiving updates from each academic counselor in regards to things such as testing, scholarships, application deadlines, and other academic counseling items.


Report cards and progress reports will only be posted online. Students are allowed to log in to their Skyward Student Access accounts on any computer in the library or counseling center to print either of those items to take home if a printed copy is needed.  Semester and final year transcripts will be posted online also in January and June as another semester is completed for students and parents to print at their convenience.


Please be sure to click on the Academic & Scholarship Opportunities link to get all updated information about career, college, and scholarship fairs and applications.





Hill College Information for 2017-18 Dual Classes

EVERYONE who is planning to take dual courses through Hill College for the 2017-18 school year needs to register for classes through Hill College still through your My Rebel account ( The fact that Alvarado HS has dual classes on your schedule means that you merely will get scheduled on our end to take dual classes those periods. But on the Hill College side of things, you have only gone through the admissions process. You still have to tell Hill College what dual classes you plan on taking by registering for your actual dual classes and paying for those (there is a semester payment plan available). 12th graders may already know how to do this on their own and that is fine to do it early if you know how.  And for future planning, just know this procedure will be repeated in November for registration of spring dual classes.  Cosmetology students are the exception – Hill College will hand register you for your cosmetology classes.  11th and 12th graders will be able to register for dual classes in the AHS library on Tuesday, August 1st, from 9 am to 11 am and then 1 pm to 3 pm, with the assistance of Hill College.  You will need to bring with you to the library a copy of your AHS schedule and your Hill College ID number.  Be aware that if there are any holds on your Hill College account, you don’t bring your Hill College ID number with you, or you miss seeing Hill College on August 1st in the library, you will have to register for classes on your own either online or by visiting the Hill College. Email any questions to


Link to Hill College's Dual Credit information:


College Board Texas Success Initiative (state required test to take college classes) Sample Questions:


More TSI Study Tools: 

Look for the TSI Study Tool phone app also!



Early Schedule Pickup 2017-18

Do you know that you can pick up your schedule early before the start of school and ask to make schedule changes?  Registration for dual Hill College classes will be August 1st also – don’t miss that or you will have to register for dual classes on your own.  Here are the dates and times for you to visit the AHS counseling center to pick up your schedule and review it before school starts:


2017-18 Seniors, 8/1/17, 9 am to 11 am

2017-18 Juniors, 8/1/17, 1 pm to 3 pm

2017-18 Sophomores, 8/3/17, 9 am to 11 am

2017-18 Freshmen, 8/3/17, 12 noon to 1 pm

Fish Camp 8/3/17 (letter will be mailed home)

SAT & ACT Test Dates 2017-18

SAT (w/o Essay cost $46, w/ Essay cost Cost $60)

August 26th (deadline July 28th)

October 7th (deadline Sept. 8th)

November 4th (deadline Oct. 5th)

December 2nd (deadline Nov. 2nd)

March 10th (deadline Feb. 9th)

May 5th (deadline April 6th)

June 2nd (deadline May 3rd)


ACT (w/o Writing cost $42.50, w/ Writing cost $58.50)

September 9th (deadline August 4th)

October 28th (deadline Sept. 22nd)

December 9th (deadline Nov. 3rd)

February 10th (deadline Jan. 12th)

April 4th (deadline March 9th)

June 9th (deadline May 4th)

July 14th (deadline June 15th)



The college financial aid process is starting early. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) can now be submitted as early as October 1.  




Texas Virtual School Network


The State Board of Education has proposed different methods by which a student may earn credit. The following is a link to view Alvarado ISD’s school policy on the Texas Virtual School Network:


You Have a Big Future to Plan!

 Visit this website to get detailed help in planning your future from the College Board experts!

Free SAT Prep

Khan Academy has teamed up with the creators of the SAT to create personalized SAT practice for anyone, anywhere. In March 2016, the SAT is changing, and students can prepare for it on Khan Academy. Below is the link to access the SAT prep:



Foundation Graduation Program

Need help understanding the state's new graduation program? Click on the links below to get help!


Benefits of graduating with an endorsement at the distinguished level:


You Can Go to College!


Kuder Navigator - Career Aptitude &

College Planning Website

AHS has access to the Kuder Navigator program where students can take career and skills assessments, research college and careers and set up a profile to use.  This program will allow them access even once they are out of school.  It is a great tool for students to use in order to prepare for college and career.  The website to use is  Students will need a code to be allowed to take the assessments.  They may get a registration/login worksheet by choosing the Forms option and looking for Kuder Navigator. Download the form with the N code and keep track of the student login and password that they set up.



AP Classes/Exams

Fast facts about AP Exams:

*In 2015, over 3.9 million exams were taken by more than 2.5 million students at over 19,000 high schools.

*The AP Program offers more than 37 courses in a wide variety of subject areas.

*The majority of U.S. high schools currently participate in the AP Program.

*Except for the three Studio Art exams, which are portfolio assessments, AP Exams contain multiple-choice questions and a free-response section.

*Because the College Board is committed to providing access to AP Exams to all students, including homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP, students do not have to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam.

*More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP Exam scores. Over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.


Follow the links below to learn more about AP Exams:

Exam Dates

Fees & Fee Reductions

Course & Exam Development


The redesigned SAT will be available starting in January 2016.  Read these two flyers for information about this new SAT in regards to how it compared to the old SAT and the current ACT.
Burleson ISD is hosting a college and career fair. Read the above flyer if you are interested in attending.
UCS Youth Tour Flyer
Johnson County is doing a Poetry Contest till February 29th. A flyer with information can be found below.