Guidance


Welcome the Bishop McDevitt High School Counseling Department page! We are committed to helping your students grow into their full potential while here at McDevitt and on into the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Office at 717-236-7973 x 2150 or send an email to one of our counselors on the right.

For a copy of our current school profile, please click here.

– Mrs. Arnold is the Director of Guidance and meets with sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the last names beginning with A through L.

– Mr. Stovall is a guidance counselor and meets with sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the last names beginning with M through Z.

– Mrs. Kauffman is a school counselor through the CAIU and meets with the freshmen class.

– Mrs. Grasa is the Counseling Department Secretary.  She handles transcript requests, Naviance questions, and SO much more!

Naviance Family Connection

Welcome to Naviance Family Connection

Family Connection by Naviance is a comprehensive website that students can use to help in making decisions about colleges and careers. Through Family Connection, the Guidance Department will be able assist students in post-high school planning, managing their career planning, and navigating the college application process.  This new resource will enable users to track and analyze data about college and career plans and to provide up-to-date information that’s specific to Bishop McDevitt High School.  Naviance/Family Connection is available to all of our students and families, as a complement to the series of individual appointments, college-related speakers, student information seminars we offer throughout the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Naviance Family Connection will allow students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research careers – Career exploration tools and assessments.  Students can learn about themselves, linking personality types and interest with different careers.
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from McD for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Sign up for college visits – Find out which colleges are visiting McD and sign up to attend those sessions.
  • And much more…..

Naviance Family Connection also makes it easy to share information about upcoming meetings and events and other Web resources for college and career information. Students can also use the site to send McD counselors and college admission representatives an e-mail message.

 

**If you need assistance logging in, resetting a password, or creating an account please email Mrs. Grasa in the Counseling Office at sgrasa@bishopmcdevitt.org.

Seniors

Click here for Important Senior Year Info

Acceptance Letters – Seniors as you are accepted into any college, please bring copies to the Guidance Office.  We can make the copies if necessary.  We need this information for future records. If you have been accepted and know where you are going please go into Naviance and update the “College that I am Attending” drop down box and also update the college(s) where you have been accepted.

Selective Service Reminder: All male students must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. The easiest way to do this is to register online at www.sss.gov or go to any US Post Office and complete and send in the “mail-back” registration form that is available.

Parents of Seniors:  The FAFSA Form is needed for schools to calculate your son/daughter’s financial aid packages.  Now is the time to visit the website to create a pin number.  The FAFSA Form needs to be completed after you have filed your tax return.  www.fafsa.gov. Please visit the Financial Aid tab for additional information.

SAT, ACT, and Tutoring Resources

SAT / ACT Information

SAT Test Registration:  The on-line web-site to register for the SAT is www.sat.collegeboard.com. The Fee for the SAT with Writing is $60 and SAT without Writing is $46. For a list of all the SAT test dates please click here.

SAT Prep: We recommend utilizing Khan Academy for free, personalized SAT prep.  Here are you able to upload previous PSAT scores into your account, which allows you to receive a personalized approach as to how to study for the SAT.  Find out more at www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat.

ACT Testing: The ACT test includes an in-depth math approach, including Trigonometry while also adds Science content in Math and English sections. The fees are: ACT Non-Writing = $46 and ACT plus Writing = $62.50

Sign up for the ACTs and view the available test dates here.

 

Local Tutoring Agencies 

Educational Breakthroughs, L.L.C.

3580 Gettysburg Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011

717-795-9929  www.tutoringonetoone.com

Huntington Learning Center
Colonial Commons Shopping Center, Harrisburg, PA 17112

717-657-1911      https://huntingtonhelps.com

ASVAB

The  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely used attitude test battery that measures strengths each student has and places them in career clusters. It is an excellent indicator for future success whether in college, trades, or the military. There is no military obligation in taking the test.  The results will also allow counselors and parents to help students explore career direction. Any students that wish to receive a certain ASVAB score will need to take it junior or senior year for the score to count towards military involvement. This aptitude battery is free of charge and currently is taken by all students their sophomore year to gain career direction.

Financial Aid Resources for College

Financial Aid Night Resources

Financial Aid Night was held on November 9th.

Find some of the main information here.

Find the contact information for the presenters and resources here.

Please check out the College Scholarship Resources tab for more information from The Foundation.

 

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) is the key to accessing most financial aid for college.

  • Complete the FASFA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • The FAFSA can be completed after October 1.
  • The FASFA serves as the application for the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA State Grant). PHEAA State Grant deadline is May 1st.
  • Pell Grant is funded by the federal government. The FASFA must be filled out in order for grant eligibility to be determined.
  • Even if you miss a deadline, still complete and submit the FAFSA. There may be the possibility of late awards.

FAFSA Tips/Help

  • It is easier to fill out the FASFA once tax returns have been completed.
  • Make sure the student’s social security number is correct.
  • Be sure the FASFA application is signed by all parties (parent/guardian and student).
  • Create a pin at https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp to sign the FASFA electronically.
  • Find a free FAFSA Completion Help Event (Hyperlink to PHEAA) near you.
  • Visit the prospective colleges/universities financial aid website or contact the Financial Aid Office.
  • Visit fafsa.ed.gov.

Career and Military Information

Career development: Students work to acquire the skills needed to investigate the world of career and make informed decisions, employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction, and understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training, and the world of work.

 

Helpful Career Links:

Education Planner

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook

College Board: Careers

 

Military Information

Military Careers: Department of Defense

Navy

Air Force

Army

Coast Guard

Air National Guard

National Guard

Marine Corps

*Recruiters set up information outside of school lunch times monthly in order to talk with students and answer any questions they have about career opportunities within the military.

 

Career Shadowing and Volunteer Opportunities

Spending a day job shadowing or volunteering time in a field that is passionate to the student is a fantastic way to liven up a student’s resume!

 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center Healthcare Opportunities

Summer College Programs

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, creative writing, or information technology. Contact Gettysburg College’s Admission Office for more information at 717-337-6100.

  • Camp Psych – Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Government Leadership Camp – This program is designed for students who have a passion for understanding American government to engage in small discussions, attend college-level lectures, and participate in debates, simulations, and field trips.
  • Writing Camp – Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp – Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2016

This is for Sophomores and Juniors who are presently in High School, to experience a week of college life. Students will enjoy a week exploring and learning about the possibilities in career fields such as, law, finance, engineering, manufacturing, advertising, environmental protection, computer technology, and politics. PFEW takes place on the campuses at Lycoming or Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Application deadline is in early April. Applications and further information can be found on the website, www.pfew.org.


Carnegie Mellon College

Pre-College Programs held June through August. This is available to high school students that have completed their sophomore year and must be 16 to 18 years old.

Programs in Fine Arts: Architecture, Art & Design, Drama, Music, and National High School Game Academy. Applications are currently being accepted and admission is on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance will begin in February. Applications are on line, their website is, admissions.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college.


Stanford University High School Summer College

Stanford High School Summer College is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit!

Applicants must be current Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors at the time of application, and must be 16 on the first day of instruction, and no more than 19 by the last day of instruction. Our students are held to the same standards as any Stanford Undergraduate. Maturity is essential in being able to handle all the challenges that the transition to college entails, both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Must have a high GPA across all subjects.
  • Requires maturity and good judgment skills.

For more details, see http://summercollege.stanford.edu/


Penn State College of Communications Summer Camps

Penn State’s College of Communications has three exciting opportunities for your high school students to participate in weeklong communications summer camps this July!

Campers have the option of choosing one of the following camps: Broadcast Journalism Camp, Multimedia Journalism Camp or Film Camp. Campers will stay in dorms on the University Park campus throughout the week (July 10-15), enjoy meals in campus dining halls and work on creative projects taught by Penn State faculty members.

The College of Communications summer camps are perfect for students interested in school newspaper, television broadcasts, yearbook, writing, filming and theater. For more information about our camps, please visit http://comm.psu.edu/camps. The application for camps is also available for students to register now!

Applications are due March 11 and spots fill quickly, so we encourage your students to apply soon! We want to invite your students to be a part of this experience where they will learn about the communications field, meet new friends and make life–long memories!


Cornell University
Cornell offers high school students many opportunities to complete summer programs in New York.  Summer programs include Art as Experience, Design Immersion, Fashion Studio, Introduction to Architecture, and Transmedia.  For information on registration, cost, and summer dates please visit summercollege.cornell.edu.

NCAA Clearinghouse

What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?

The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is an organization that determines a student’s eligibility for athletics participation in Division I or Division II sports during the first year of college enrollment.

Students who want to participate in college sports during their first year of enrollment in college must register with the NCAA after speaking with their current coach about the athletic opportunities available to them.

The NCAA will determine the eligibility of all freshman and transfer prospective student-athletes for initial participation at an NCAA Division I or II member institution. In Division III, certification of an individual’s amateurism status is completed by each institution, not the NCAA. You do not need to register with the NCAA for Division III athletics.

When should I register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

Register for the clearinghouse preferably during your sophomore or junior year of high school. The athletics participation section should be updated regularly.

How do I register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

To register with the NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility Center, go online to www.elgibilitycenter.org. To create an account, either click on the “New Account” button at the top right of the screen or the cell phone on the left side of the screen

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Send SAT/ACT Scores: All SAT and ACT test scores must be reported to the clearinghouse directly from the testing agency. When registering for the SATs or ACTs, input the clearinghouse code of 9999 to make sure that scores are reported directly to the clearinghouse.

Send High School Transcript: Send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center. If you have attended more than one high school, the Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended. (The Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed transcripts or test scores.)

Final Transcripts: Following graduation, request final transcripts be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse. They will need a transcript with proof of graduation.

 

Helpful Links

How to Calculate Your Core GPA

DI and DII Worksheets – Course Preparation

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is an opportunity where students in high school can take college courses and possibly receive college credits that may be accepted at other institutions.  Please check the Dual Enrollment requirements in the Bishop McDevitt Handbook.

HACC Dual Enrollment Program

Penn State Dual Enrollment Forms

Parent Interview Forms (CAIU)

These forms are to be completed when requested by the school instructional support teacher, counselor, or psychologist.

Parent Interview Forms