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Guidance Services

The Washington High School Guidance Department provides services related to grading, testing, graduation requirements, and post-secondary planning. Please feel free to contact our office between 7:45am and 3:30pm.

The Washington High School Guidance Office is dedicated to servicing the academic, career, social and developmental needs of our students throughout their high school experience. Our program involves assisting each student to reach his or her fullest potential, through challenging and appropriate course work, strong school community bonds, and experiences that will enhance personal growth on all levels. It is our goal to lead students to appropriate careers according to their skills sets and interests.  We strive to attend to the specific needs of our students to investigate post-secondary opportunities, ways to move into productive roles in the workforce, and to explore the opportunities to advance their knowledge, creativity, and talents.These goals are supported by various programs and curriculum throughout the student’s career, along with the individualized approach and the one to one attention provided for deciphering ones future.

Services that are available through the guidance office are as follows:

Financial Aid informational sessions are held at least once a year, and the links below will assist you in navigating that process. We interface with post-secondary representatives routinely and encourage our population to engage with them. This includes the military, technical and career school, as well as colleges and universities recruiters.

Students are given the opportunity to experience SAT through the PSAT (grade 11). By reviewing the results with our students along with interest inventories that connect to Career Cluster, linked to the Federal Government’s Occupation Outlook Handbook and the Department of Labor and Industry, students receive insight into careers that best suit them. They are also able to compare themselves to students nationally, who have taken the same exams. The ASVAB test is administered to senior students. This battery of tests includes the Holland’s Interest Inventory, which assist students in clarifying their career pathways.

Career Cruising; 10th grade students will be using the Ability Profiler and the newly designed Aspire test to assist them in preparation for future academic educational and career decisions.

The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid  provides FAFSA4caster, a Web tool designed to assist high school juniors and their families plan for education beyond high school. Students can receive an estimated Expected Family Contribution. Visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov.   

Permanent Records:

Personal Concerns:

Our objectives also involve providing resources for families related to mental and emotional health concerns, and drug and alcohol, and economic related problems. We are an integral part of the Student Assistance Team, which through referral, is designed to assist students in removing barriers from learning. Students referred to the SAP team are offered interventions and assistance in “getting back on track”.  We are able to connect students and their families to supports and interventions the will ultimately improve conditions for learning and growing.  We serve as the liaison between the school, outside agencies, and community resources; working together to support the mental and emotional well-being of all our students. Of course, we are always available to assist students whenever needed for such concerns.



Information regarding the utilization of the G. I. Bill for dependents still in high school is available by contacting www.pde.state.pa.us. Students who are the dependents of individuals killed in active duty or those veterans who are totally disabled because of active duty injuries are entitled to benefits for educational purposes. Contact Al Burlikowski (412) 565.5364.

Cash incentive rewards for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors through the Challenge Program. Click here for details.

The Navy ROTC is offering $180,000 in scholarships that can be used at over 150 different colleges and universities throughout the nation.  Several are local.  Applicant requirements include ranking in the top 10% of your class OR SAT scores of 530 on Critical Reading, 520 Math or ACT scores of 21 Math/Critical Reading.  For more information and an application, visit:  https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/

The United States Military Academy, Department of the Army is inviting interested students to investigate opportunities available to them through West Point. Visit www.admission.westpoint.edu for a closer look at the academy. For rising HS seniors, there is a week long summer camp opportunity, Summer Leaders Seminar. The local Filed Force Leader for our region is BG(Ret) Hank Sembower who can be reached at relas@comcast.net orBG (Ret) Bill Colvin at panzer6@cvzoom.net. Junior: now is the time to investigate this educational/career option.

Students who are interested in applying to any Military Academy, are advised to visit the academy Web site and follow directions as specified by the academy. The opportunites afforded cadets and midshipmen by the academies are tremendous and invaluable. Attention to the timelines are essential for successful consideration. Students who are interested should begin the process during their junior year. Consult the Web sites for information: Naval Academy www.usna.edu; Military Academy (West Point) www.usma.edu; Air Force Academy www.usafa.af.mil; and Merchant Marine Academy www.usmma.edu 

The American Legion has posted a publication that features specific benefits for children of veterans entitled "Need a Lift?" at www.needalift.org.  Look here for other scholarship opportunities as well as information about the college search.  The American Legion web site has a variety of support resources for students who are planning to continue their education.


Assisting younger students in developing study skills and social/relationship skills are key goals for success now and later. By utilizing our connections to various colleges, corporations, employers and community agencies and events, students are offered a wide variety of opportunities for experiencing career related and developmental challenges. For example: The Westinghouse Science Honors Institute, the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week just to name a few.  Students are also provided opportunities to explore vocational/technical options that often result in certifications through the Western Area Career and Technology Center. The Career Planning course in which each 9th grade student is enroll, uses the Keys2Work program linking academic courses to skills and knowledge needed in various occupations.

Kids' Chance, a nonprofit corporation that provides educational scholarships to children of Pennsylvania workers who have been seriously injured or killed in PA work-related accidents is offering financial assistance. This is a need based award for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 who have been accepted by an accredited, post-secondary educational institution. For more information visit www.kidschanceofpa.org.   

Attention female students in grades 9-12. Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is offering from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00 to girls involved in enterprising and community building programs. Visit www.GirlsGoingPlaces.com for more information.

Wash Arts. Free classes for qualified students. Office Manager Moira Ernst 724-222-1475. Wash Arts


Summer Programs:

Are you an upcoming junior or senior student planning to attend college in the future? Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Do you wonder what it's like to be a college student? If you answered "yes" to all of these questions Duquesne University may have an opportunity for you! Duquesne University is offering the Summer Institute Program, a one week program, designed to expose high school juniors and seniors toDuquesne University and the world of American higher education.  During this one week camp you will stay in a university dormitory, take classes taught by university professors (and receive univeristy credit), participate in college awareness, recreational and spiritual uplifing activities, learn the ins and outs of college life, and meet new and exciting people from all over the world! If you would like more information about this excellent opportunity please see your Guidance Counselor to obtain a request form.


TeenLife 2015 Guide to STEM Programs

Accounting Career Awareness Program

The American Legion is offering several opportunities for students in grades 9 through 12. The Keystone Boys State will be held at Shippensburg University in June. This prestigious event provides males with the opportunity to develop and carry out a democracy based on theconstitution in a real life setting. The State Police Youth Week also held in June is open to both male and female students and will take place on the grounds of Your College of Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania. This is a valuable experience for any student interested in law enforcement and corrections. Applications for these enrichment activities are available in the Guidance Office.

Remarkable Leadership Opportunity for Juniors

Why is Pittsburgh University the place to be this summer? Current high school students, through PITT IT IS, can experience college now! Enroll in summer sessions and gain credits toward an undergraduate degree. No matter what univerisity you are thinking about attending, you can prepare at Pitt. For more information visit, www.summer.pitt.edu or to register please contact Pitt's Accelerated High School Office by phone at 412-624-7428 or 412-624-6789, or e-mail las48@pitt.edu. Registration is happening now!

For students who have accepted an offer of admission and defferred college enrollment, a CIEE Gap Year Abroad offers the opportunity to live abroad with a host family, achieve language fluency, and contribute through community service.  CIEE offers Gap Year Abroad programs in: Chile, China, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, and Spain. Visit www.ciee.org/hsabroad for more information.

The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History will be hosting a variety of summer workshops and intensives for teens.  Dates and fees vary by program. Please visit,  http://www.carnegiemnh.org/camps/ for more information.  

The University of Pittsburgh is offering a summer session for Junior and senior students serious about gaining an edge in the college admissions process.  Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies are delighted to invite the top students to earn college credits during the summer.  Pitt offers flexible 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week schedules, and convenient day and evening courses.  For more information please visit their website at www.summer.pitt.edu

Penn State offers summer camps and year-round programs in sports, arts, sciences, adventure, nature, leadership, or career exploration at nearly all Penn State locations. Students can choose from more than 95 sport camps and dozens of hands-on programs in arts, theatre, science and engineering. For pre-college students, participating in a camp sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Communications, or College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is an opportunity to meet faculty members and experience life at Penn State. For more information visit their website at www.outreach.psu.edu/youth.

The American Legion and the Pennsylvania State Police are sponsoring a six-day boot camp for male and female students ages 15-17.  This camp is for students interested in going into law enforcement or a branch of the armed forces.  Applicants should be physically fit, in good health and have a good academic record in order to participate.  If you are interested please visit www.pa-legion.com or stop in the guidance office.

Stop in the Guidance office for other opportunities are available for the summer months.


Other Ways to Successful Careers:

Save A lot Supermarket in Washington is seeking students who are interested in learning the trade of Meat Cutting. There are many benefits to this trade, but include earning minimum wage while learning. Students who are 18 or soon to be 18 will be considered. For more information, stop into the Guidance Office or call 724-255-1554.

Apprenticeship Programs: For individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. www.apprentice.org

Western PA Construction Occupation Laborers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is accepting applications for apprenticeship in its Building and Heavy /Highway Program. Visit www.laborpa.org or request information at 1.800.442.8868.

Interested in working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? The State Civil Service Commission is please to announce their new PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying audio, describing civil service employment opportunities in a variety of occupational categories and disciplines.  Visit www.scsc.state.pa.us and complete the following steps: select the "Job Seekers" tab on the homepage, select "State and Local Government Career Opportunities", choose "Job Opportunities for Graduates", and then select "Secondary School PowerPoint Presentation with Audio".  


College Specific Programs/Scholarships:

The Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of PA is a residential honors program at a mid-sized state university.  Each year, IUP accepts 100 highly competitive students into this program.  The typical profile of an accepted student includes:  rank in top 10% of their class, average GPA of 3.8, average SAT math/critical reading score ranges from 1270-1300 and an average ACT composite of 30.  However, they are open to talented students within a much wider range of performance.  For more information, visit www.iup.edu/honors

W&J Goodneighbor Scholarship

Thiel College is offering the Leadership Award to students with a minimum GPA of 2.5, need financial help, and have completed the FAFSA. The award is up to $2500.

Thiel College is offering need based awards to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.0, demonstrates academic progress, and a complete FAFSA form. The awards are renewable based on this criteria as well. The amount of awards vary depending on individual level of financial need.

Gannon University is offering scholarships entitled Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) through the National Science Foundation. These scholarships, which are each worth $8,000 per year on top of other financial aid, are awarded to computer science, environmental engineering, software engineering, biomedical engineering, or information systems majors at Gannon University. Any student who applies to Gannon 

West Virginia University's Mining Engineering program offers deparmental scholarships in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 per school year for students who have declared Mining Engineering as their major.  Most mining engineering students at WVU complete their degree debt free and are offered jobs with starting salaries ranging from $65,000 to $75,000 a year.   

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is offering scholarships for students who are interested in stage, film, or television. Students must be nominated for these scholarships by their school. Also, the Academy gives the opportunities for the students to study at their very own campuses in either New York or Los Angeles, they offer summer programs for students ages 16 and above, and for students ages 12-16, a 4-week summer program (The Academy’s Conservatory for Young Actors- ACYA) at the Los Angeles campus.

The University of Dayton is offering a scholarship opportunity, Servant Leadership Video Contest, this opportunity could lead to a substantial scholarship to the University of Dayton.  If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, create a video that describes what servant leadership means to you, share your video on the University of Dayton's Facebook page, and collect as many votes as possible!  The 10 videos with the most votes will be reviewed by a judging panel, three winners will be selected; 1st place will receive $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years), 2nd place will receive $6,000, and 3rd place will receive $4,000.  Find the University of Dayton at, www.facebook.com/universityofdayton

The Park Scholars Award is being offered by Ithaca College for high school seniors who are planning to apply there. They must excel in academics, have community service, and want to major in the communication field. This award is renewable for up to three years, covers the full cost of tuition and other expenses, which is about $51, 000.00 per year, and it includes stipends for living expenses, books, and a one-time computer purchase of $2,500.00

Imagine America offers scholarships for students who plan to attend a trade or career school.  Students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA, demonstrate financial need and demonstrate voluntary community service during their senior year.  Students can apply online at:  www.Imagine-America.org (select Scholarships and Award Programs, High School Students and Apply).  Local schools that participate include:  Kaplan Career Institute, PA Culinary Institute, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Triangle Tech

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville is offering several different scholarships:

1. Presidential Scholarship- Offers fourteen $2,500 scholarships awarded to students based on their academic backgrounds.

2. John Nesbit Rees and Sara Henne Rees Charitable Foundation Scholarship- awards ten $2,000 scholarships to students majoring in science-related fields and humanities.

3. Panizza Family Scholarship- Four $3000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors graduating from Fort Cherry, Monessen, and Washington High School.

4. Ben McEnteer Scholarship Fund for Business Majors- Awards three $1,000 scholarships.

5. John Hugh Erickson II Memorial Scholarship- Awards two $1,000 scholarships to students based on their academic background and financial need.  

Most post-secondary institutions offer programs and scholarships. Consult website of any college/university or trade/technical school for the specifics.