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Welcome to the HHS College Counseling Department
HHS Mission Statement
"The Hopkinton High School Counseling Department provides comprehensive developmental programs, prevention, and intervention services, and individual counseling to all students. Our counselors promote resiliency, autonomy, self-efficacy, inclusivity, and self-management for all students as they strive for excellence in an academic, occupational, or social setting. Through our partnership with parents, staff, and community, we encourage students to maximize their potential through social awareness and critical thinking skills as they become contributing members of our global society."
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The Counselor Assignments for Grade 9:
A - Ch: Michael Flanagan
Cl - G: Patrick O'Brien
H - Le: Kristen Wurster
Li - Ni: Ryan Waselik
No - Ri: Dee King
Ro - Vi: Cheryl Elder
Vo - Z: Adelaide Greco
News & Announcements
Sophomores are encouraged to take the PreACT on Saturday morning, April 9th at Hopkinton High School. The PreACT® offers sophomores an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. Students should return the completed registration form with the $35 fee (Cash or check made payable to Hopkinton Student Activities) to the Counseling Office between March 15th and March 31st.
Students taking the PreACT must arrive at HHS at 7:30 a.m.. The test begins at 8 a.m. Students will need their calculators, #2 pencil (not mechanical) and a snack for the break. Dismissal from the test will be between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Students who have been approved for test accommodations, such as extended time, should denote so on their registration form.
Students with extended time will be dismissed between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m. This is the ONLY administration of the PreACT this year.
- Junior Webinar Recording
- College Admissions Webinar for Juniors and Their Parents 2022
- Senior Webinar Recording
- Calendar of Events
- College Admissions in the US: The Holistic Approach
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Career Information & Resources
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- College Admissions Testing
- College Application Information
- College Planning for Students with Disabilities
- Visual and Performing Arts College Information
- Considering Colleges Outside of the US?
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
College Admissions Testing: for more information, to register for tests, view scores, and send scores to colleges, please visit:
FairTest.org - The website to learn more about The National Center for Fair & Open Testing and to view a list of institutions that are test optional (do not require SAT or ACT)
Students with Disabilities Test Accommodations: To learn more about eligibility and the process of requesting accommodations (e.g. extended time) on Standardized Tests.
There are many ways to prepare for college admissions tests, from working independently through a prep book, to taking a course with other students in person, private tutors, or enrolling in an online prep course (some of which are free!). Here is some Information on Test Prep Options to consider.
For more information on College Admissions Testing, please check out our Junior Seminar Google Site, and remember, testing policies vary by college (i.e. whether or not they require SAT or ACT), always consult individual college websites once you know where you may apply!
"HHS adheres to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice outlined by NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling: Section II: B: #1:page 6 ) in facilitating the application process. We ensure that school documents and counselor & teacher recommendations will be available for submission on October 15th. Colleges are prohibited from providing or implying an advantage for getting these materials in before the October 15th deadline."
Junior Seminar Google Site : Check out this site for information on post-secondary planning.
The Common Application : Go here to register for a Common Application Account. This application is used by over 950 colleges and universities.
The Coalition Application : Go here to register for a Coalition Account. This application is used by over 150 colleges.
For parents who may have attended educational systems outside the US, this video explains how US college admissions utilizes a holistic review of candidates.
Finding the right college is an involved process. And for students with disabilities, the search includes understanding and locating the specific services and resources needed to academically excel. Schools are required to offer auxiliary aids that aim to create equal access to all students. As a result, each college and university has a plan in place to help students with disabilities succeed. The resources look a bit different than they do on the high school level, but with some advanced research, each student can find a school that is a good fit based on his or her needs and goals.
To learn more about the process, click here.
- HHS Parent and Student Guide to College Admissions for Students with Learning Disabilities
- The College Admissions Process for Students with Disabilities HHS Counseling Department Presentation: (January 2020)-
- And special thanks to Fern Bork from Landmark College for joining us! *Click here to view her presentation*
Resources for Inclusive Higher Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism:
- Framingham State University Diverse Scholars Program: Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment at FSU
- Ruby's Rainbow: Scholarships for Students with Down's Syndrome
- Think College: College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
- Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI)
- MAICEI Video for Families
- Gov. Baker Signs New Law Opening the Doors to Inclusive Higher Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
- Adolescent Grief
- Developmental Understanding of Loss - Handout for Parents
- Grief during COVID
- Tips for Responding Directly to a Grieving Child/Teenager
- Helpful Links for Managing Grief
- Parent Resources for Coping with Loss and Grief