Counseling Center

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.

College Night & FAFSA Night Approaching!

Information is included to the right about these events 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, October 23rd, 2017. Senior parents and students will actually be able to complete their FAFSA that night if they follow all required steps and bring all required paperwork that night. More detailed information can be found in the attachments to the right, emails sent home, or Skyward Student/Family Access.

New Option for Free SAT/ACT Test Prep!!

PSAT Signups

Cost is $16 (checks made out to AHS or bring exact cash); however, the test is free for any 10th or 11th grade PAP/AP/dual student who signs up; must physically visit counseling center to sign up and pick up practice book

-10th and 11th grade AVID students are automatically signed up at no cost to them; Ms. Smith will have your practice book

-Test date will be Wednesday, Oct. 11th in theater

-Only 120 testing spots available; deadline to sign up is Oct. 6th

-There will be a separate PSAT for 9th graders on Oct. 25th; details will be shared later regarding signups

ASVAB Testing

10th-12th graders can now sign up to take the ASVAB career aptitude test provided free of charge by the military. Students can sign up until September 19th, and testing will take place on Thursday, September 21st, at 8 am (room still to be determined). The sign up sheet can be found in the counseling center.

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes eight individual tests covering verbal and math skills, mechanical knowledge, electronics, etc. It also provides three Career Exploration Scores for Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. These three scores serve as one of several pieces of information about your teen that can aid in the exploration of a wide variety of educational and career options. The ASVAB is offered at no cost and no obligation to high school students.

The ASVAB is provided free of charge to our students by the military, but it does not commit a student to the military. However, if they do score well, they may get contacted by a recruiter to see if they have ever considered the military as a career (depends on student's age as to whether what kind of contact can be made). However, we do have military recruiters come visit with our ASVAB students as a large group when the scores come in to explain the scores to them so that students can interpret the results.

Visit for more information.

Message from UT Austin

Dear Colleague,

We are writing today with an update on the automatic admission criterion for Fall 2019 admission. The university is updating the public via a press release, but we wanted to be sure you heard this directly from us as soon as possible.

What you need to know
For Fall 2019 admission, The University of Texas at Austin will automatically admit eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class. This change to 6 percent is a result of the continued and future projected growth of high school graduates across the state.

Why this is being communicated now
As you may know, UT Austin is required to make a decision regarding automatic admission two years prior to when affected students will enter the university. This change to top 6 percent impacts students who are currently juniors and will apply for summer or fall 2019 admission. Although this change doesn't go into effect until next cycle, we want to make sure that school counselors have the most up-to-date information as they work with students and families.

How the rank is determined
The rank needed for automatic admission is based on the projected number of high school graduates in Texas. This decision is made with careful consideration of the resources we have on campus to effectively serve students and ensure our continued commitment to student success.

We remain fully committed to Texas students and their success
The university has increased its access to prospective students — we are now enrolling 1,000 more new freshmen than we did six years ago. We have also maintained other paths to admission, such as the long-standing transfer student programs that ensure even more Texas students have access to a UT Austin education. Our ability to increase access to new students is a direct result of our continued focus on student success — and we cannot falter on this commitment.

Thank you
We thank you for your partnership and very much appreciate your support as we work together to meet our commitments and important obligations to our students, our stakeholders, and to the state. If you have questions, or need additional information to serve your students and families, please reply directly to this email.

Like you, we will do all we can to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support our students.

Like you, we believe in helping students achieve their dreams. With a continued and strong commitment to ensuring our student enrollment is in line with the resources necessary for student success, we can work toward meeting this shared goal.


Susan Kearns

Susan Kearns
Director of Admissions


Rachelle Hernandez
Rachelle Hernandez
Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

The University of Texas at Austin
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8058, Austin, Texas 78713

As you gear up for another amazing school year, we at Tarleton are working towards helping your seniors get their questions answered and your junior's minds turning about life after high school!

The Welcome Center and Office of School Relations at Tarleton State University is here to help you increase your student's awareness about their options for furthering their education at the college level.


What is Texan Tour?

Texan Tour is a special campus preview day designed to acquaint your students with our friendly campus. Come explore our many academic opportunities, visit with current students, and see first-hand the spirit of Tarleton.

For transfers and high school seniors this is a great opportunity to finalize the next step. For juniors, Texan Tour is an excellent way to begin the college search. During the day, students will be able to speak with faculty and representatives from academic departments, undergraduate admissions, financial aid, scholarships and residence life. They will also have the opportunity to tour our campus, residence halls and agriculture center.

When is Texan Tour?

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

How can you register for Texan Tour?

Go online to and click on the purple rectangle box at the bottom of the page that says "Register for Texan Tour."

Bleed Purple,

Savannah Trantham│ Recruiter

Welcome Center │ Office of School Relations

Tarleton State University

ph: 254.968.9485 │

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. 11thand 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

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