Guidance


Welcome the Bishop McDevitt High School Guidance 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.

News and Information

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

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

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.

Scholarship Update: 

Students should start checking Scholarships which will be listed in Naviance.  We will be adding them as we receive them from outside organizations. Copies will be available in Guidance Office unless they have a website.
Beginning January 1st two important ones will be available:

www.big33.org
www.tfec.org

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.

Dual Enrollment Student Forms

CAIU Secondary Parent Interview

Please click here for the form.

NAVIANCE

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 Connectionis 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.

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…..

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.

SAT/ACT Prep

Go to www.collegeboard.org

  • Under student click on SAT
  • Click on Practice
  • Click on Skills Insight. There you will find the three areas of competency tested by the SAT’s
  • Click on one of the areas: Reading, Math or Writing
  • Score bands will appear. Under each score band, students will find the skill being tested and an example of the type of question to expect. This is an excellent way of becoming familiar with the test.
  • After practicing the score band questions, take the full practice test online.
  • Receive your scores, check your answers.

SAT Test Registration:  The on-line web-site to register for the SAT is www.sat.collegeboard.com. First scheduled test date is October 3rd with a registration deadline of Sept 3rd (without a late fee). The next scheduled test is November 7th with a deadline date of October 9th (without a late fee). The Fee for the SAT Test is $54.50. For a list of all the SAT test dates please click here.

Derry Township SAT Prep Course:  

 

Spring 2016 SAT Workshop Offerings (prep for new SAT) ($100)

Wednesday evenings from 5-8pm: January 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24

Thursday evenings from 5-8pm: January 28, February 4, *February 11, 18 and 25

*There will be no class Feb. 11 due to parent scheduling meeting. Students are asked to attend Tuesday, February 9 for this week only.

Simulated testing and individual essay instruction and essay scoring feedback on Saturday mornings 8:30am-12pm:

January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20

Please click here for a copy of the registration form and more information.

ACT Testing

Test Date Registration Deadline
Sept. 12, 2015 Aug. 7, 2015
Oct. 24, 2015 Sept. 18, 2015
Dec. 12, 2015 Nov. 6, 2015
Feb. 6, 2016 Jan. 8, 2016
April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016

ACT testing is done at HACC.

Test Fees:
ACT Non-Writing = $39.50
ACT plus Writing = $56.50

Sign up for the ACTs and more at http://www.actstudent.org/

Internet-Based SAT Prep Programs

www.collegeboard.com

www.domesatreview.com

www.petersons.com

www.princetonreview.com

www.kaptest.com/satquizbank

www.collegeview.com

www.number2.com

www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests

Tutoring Services

Educational Breakthroughs, L.L.C.
Deborah L. Petersen-Stutzman, M.Ed., Exec. Director

Huntington Learning Center
Individualized SAT/ACT Instruction

Knowledge Is Power Tutoring Services, Inc

  • Lancaster 717-390-7660
  • Camp Hill 717-920-8299
  • Toll Free 1-877-58TUTOR

Financial Aid

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 January 1.
  • The FASFA is the primary application for financial aid.
  • 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.
Additional resources:

Scholarship Websites

Please click here for a list of scholarships available to high school seniors in Dauphin County.

www.psecu.com/scholarships

www.big33.org

www.tfec.org

www.gkscholarship.com

www.schoolsoup.com/scholarship-directory

Local Scholarships (High School Seniors in Dauphin County)

https://hacc.academicworks.com/

National Scholarship Search

http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships

http://www.finaid.org/

https://www.scholarshipexperts.com/

http://www.scholarships4school.com/

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships

http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php

http://www.lvc.edu/financial-aid/outside-scholarships.aspx

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/scholarships-and-resources-for-women/ (Scholarships for women)

https://scholarships.uncf.org/

http://hsf.net/ (Hispanic Scholarship Fund)

http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/ (American Indian Graduate Center)

http://apiasf.org/scholarships.html (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund)

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/diverse-and-multicultural-students/

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/nursing-schools/scholarships-and-financial-aid/ (Nursing Scholarships)

http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/search (Scholarship Search Engine)

Scholarships (By College/University):

http://www.bloomu.edu/aid/guide/scholarships (Bloomsburg University)

http://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/finaid/prospective-students/1516fresh_uscitizens/scholarships/ (Drexel University)

http://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/financial-aid/programs/scholarships (Duquesne University)

http://www4.esu.edu/students/enrollment_services/financial_aid/scholarships/index.cfm (East Stroudsburg University)

http://www.etown.edu/offices/financial-aid/scholarships.aspx (Elizabethtown College)

http://www.iup.edu/scholarships/ (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

http://www.jmu.edu/scholarships/index.shtml (James Madison University)

http://www.marywood.edu/admissions/calc.html (Marywood University)

http://studentaid.psu.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships (Penn State University)

http://www.rmu.edu/supporting-rmu/scholarships (Robert Morris University)

http://www.setonhill.edu/admissions/tuition_and_financial_aid/undergraduate_programs/financial_aid/scholarships (Seton Hill University)

http://www.ship.edu/Scholarships/ (Shippensburg University)

http://sju.edu/information/scholarships (St. Joseph’s University)

http://admissions.temple.edu/cost-and-aid (Temple University)

http://www.scranton.edu/financial-aid/scholar-grants.shtml (The University of Scranton)

http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships (University of Pittsburgh)

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/admission/affordable.html (Villanova University)

http://www.wcupa.edu/_SERVICES/FIN_AID/scholarships.aspx (West Chester University)

http://undergradscholarships.wvu.edu/ (West Virginia University)

http://www.ycp.edu/admissions/cost-and-financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants/ (York College)

http://www.lvc.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.aspx (Lebanon Valley College)

http://www.msmary.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships-grants/index.html (Mount Saint Mary’s University)

http://www.philau.edu/financialaid/Undergraduate/scholarships/index.html (Philadelphia University)

http://www.towson.edu/main/finaid/typesoffinaid/scholarships/index.asp (Towson University)

http://www.financialaid.umd.edu/scholarships/ (University of Maryland)

http://financialaid.nd.edu/prospective-students/funding/scholarship-grant-assistance/ (University of Notre Dame)

http://www.wilkes.edu/admissions/financial-aid/undergraduate-aid/types-of-aid/index.aspx (Wilkes University)

http://www.pct.edu/scholarships/stem.asp (Penn Tech: STEM Majors)

http://www.cnaclasses.org/guide-to-paying-for-nursing-school/ (Nursing Scholarships)

Career Planning

Career development: Students will acquire the skills needed to investigate the world of work 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:

https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=bmcdevitths (Naviance: Careers Tab, Interest Inventories and Road Trip Nation)

http://www.educationplanner.org/students/index.shtml (Education Planner)

http://www.bls.gov/k12/content/students/careers/career-exploration.htm (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers (College Board: Careers)

http://www.mynextmove.org/ (O*Net: U.S. Department of Labor)

http://www.myfuture.com/ (Department of Defense)

http://todaysmilitary.com/working/career-fields-and-profiles (Military Careers: Department of Defense)

http://www.navy.com/ (Navy)

http://www.airforce.com/ (Air Force)

http://www.goarmy.com/ (Army)

http://www.gocoastguard.com/ (Coast Guard)

http://www.nationalguard.com/ (National Guard)

http://www.marines.com/home (Marine Corps)

https://www.jobgateway.pa.gov/jponline/Admin/Common/PACareerCoachLandingPage.aspx (PA Career Coach)

http://www.careeronestop.org/videos/careerandclustervideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx (Career One Stop)

http://www.careerinfonet.org/default.asp (Career One Stop)

http://www.myplan.com/careers/index.php (My Plan)

http://www.exploreyourfuture.org/ (Explore Your Future)

http://www.mynextmove.org/ (My Next Move)

Academic Summer 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 April 8, 2016. Applications and further information can be found on the website, www.pfew.org.


Carnegie Mellon College

Pre-College Programs held June 25 through August 6, 2016. This is available to high school students that have completed their sophomore year and must be 16 to 18 years old, (born between August 6, 1997 and June 25, 2000).

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 (the clearinghouse) is an organization that works with the NCAA to determine a student’s eligibility for athletics participation 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 clearinghouse.

The clearinghouse 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 clearinghouse.

When should I register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

Register for the clearinghouse preferably during your junior year (or senior 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

2014-2015 Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

Eligibility Reference Sheet

NCAA Registration Checklist