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Topics for Discussion Today. Important Dates for Senior Year Graduation Requirements A timeline for all post high-school plans Options for after graduation and how do you get there Sending applications, letters of recommendation & transcripts Financial Aid. Graduation Requirements

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Topics for Discussion Today

  • Important Dates for Senior Year
  • Graduation Requirements
  • A timeline for all post high-school plans
  • Options for after graduation and how do you get there
  • Sending applications, letters of recommendation & transcripts
  • Financial Aid

Graduation Requirements

Total of 25 credits

  • 4 credits of English: AP Eng 12; .5 cr Writing for Publ/College Comp, .5 cr Life Themes/Eng 12 Lit
  • 3 credits of Math – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
  • 3 credits of Science - Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • 3.5 credits of Social Science – Government, possibly Economics as a Senior
  • 1.5 credits of Physical Education – NEW athletes can opt out of Phy Ed by taking additional .5 credits in core area
  • .5 Health



  • College Fairs - Sept. 30, Oct 1, Oct 2
  • Deadline for Youth Options - October 1
  • Financial Aid Information Night at Waukesha West - December 4th, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Breakfast - June 6th, 7:50 a.m.
  • Baccalaureate - June 8th, 7:00 p.m. in the WestAuditorium
  • Graduation - June 14, 2014 - 2:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse
ordering cap and gown
Ordering Cap and Gown

Meet with Jostens about graduation announcements and cap and gown.

Wed, Jan 8 9:00am (2ndhr), auditorium

Informational meeting

Tuesday Jan 14, collect orders and deposit for cap and gown, etc during lunches in hallway

(minimum of $60 required for deposit, if order is $60 or <, full payment required)

Distribution of grad orders TBA (spring)


Overall Timeline as a Senior

  • Apply to any type of school between September 1st and January 1st - Technical College October 1st, UW System September 1st are the earliest dates to apply.
  • Send transcripts at the time of application by going to
  • Send letters of recommendation, if necessary, at time of application
  • Schedule campus tours for fall of 2013 if you have not visited your top schools
  • Attend College Fairs for details
  • Apply for financial aid at beginning January 1st
  • Make final decisions by May 1st, send in deposit
  • Schedule and take placement tests in May-June
  • Attend on-campus registration in the summer of 2014

WisCareers is our new student services software. WisCareers is a tool to help students establish meaningful post-secondary goals and connect those goals with their coursework and college planning activities. It seek to increase communication with parent around important decisions such as course planning, college admissions and post-secondary planning.

WisCareers encourages students to pursue more rigorous coursework by combining academic data with information about student college and career interests. Finally it provides more support, encouragement and guidance to students with a variety of communication tools that help students stay motivated.

Go to and login in using your West login.


For example:

Carpentry, Concrete Finishing, Cosmetology, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Roofing, Tool & Die


WCTC has apprenticeship options - look under School of Applied Technologies


Do you have a connection at a company?

  • Do you have skills that employers are looking for?
  • Waukesha County is looking for skilled workers and employers are willing to train you on the job
  • Where do you start? The Workforce Development Center at WCTC is a great place for resources.
  • See your counselor for an appointment to discuss your options!

Recruiters are available for every branch of the armed services for the students at West

  • Schedule of lunch hour visits will be posted
  • Individual meetings can be set up to take place in Student Services or at your home
  • See your counselor to help arrange a meeting and for options
  • Consider ROTC or NROTC programs vs enlisting

Be sure to watch for program deadlines.

  • Applications can be submitted October 1st
  • Application costs: $30

To learn more about the UW system schools, click the above picture.

To apply, click here:

Applications can be submitted from September 1st on, and the review of the applications begins SEPTEMBER 15th! The sooner you apply, the better.


Take the ACT at


Deadline is

September 27th

for the October

26th test date

West High School CEEB Code – 502394


To learn about each private college, click on the above picture, or use this link:

To apply to each private college, you should go to the school’s website.

Some of the private colleges are on the Common Application - Beloit, Carroll, Marquette, Lawrence, Northland, Ripon, St. Norbert

Go to the Common Application at

midwest student exchange program
Midwest Student Exchange Program


Colleges in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, N. Dakota and Wisconsin have reache a tuition agreement where tuition is not to exceed 150% of in state tuition.

Check Website to see which colleges are participating

NOTE: This is not the same program as the standard Minnesota/Wisconsin tuition reciprocity agreement.

private and out of state colleges and universities

Check out financial aid for help with tuition

Consider programs that provide a good fit for the student

Offer opportunities to participate in research in many disciplines


Not sure where to start in your college search process - especially if you want to go out of state?

application checklist
Application Checklist

Online applications are preferred by most schools!

Check that all work is done neatly and spelling is correct.

Letters of recommendation (request 2-3 weeks in advance)

Include application fee or pay online.

Preferred deadline for applications- Dec 1, 2013.

Please submit all materials at least one week before admission dealines!!


How do you afford college?

Apply for financial aid through the federal government starting on January 1st, 2014

Average Costs Per Year

Technical College:$4000

Two Year College: $5000

4 year Public university: $18,000

4 year Private university: $35,000

Scholarships can help!

  • Keep watch on the Student Services tab of the Westwebpage for updates on available scholarships.
  • Look on the individual college financial aid page for scholarships
  • Use a general scholarship search engine like
financial aide night
Financial Aide Night
  • Wednesday , December 4, 2013
  • 6:30-7:30 pm
  • West HS auditorium
  • Guest Speaker will outline:
    • FAFSA form (
    • Scholarships, grants and loans
    • Working with college financial aid office
    • Answer parent/student questions
put your hands on some money for college college goal wisconsin
Put your hands on some money for college!!!College Goal Wisconsin

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form every students needs to complete if they plan to attend college in the fall of 2014. It opens the door to potential cash for college. Complete the FAFSA form in about an hour, our help will eliminate any possible confusion. At college Goal Wisconsin we walk you through the process step-by-step.

Bring- identification, SS security #, 2013 complete federal income tax returns, 2013 W-2 forms and other tax material.

college goal wisconsin help for filling out fafsa
College Goal Wisconsin(help for filling out FAFSA)

Saturday 2/22/1014

UW Waukesha

1500 University Dr

Commons Building

For more information:

where do i find scholarships
Where do I find Scholarships?

All Scholarships can be found on the West website under Student Services.

Click on the Scholarships heading

Scholarship opportunities are updated frequently throughout the year. Check the site often.

Most colleges have scholarship opportunities available on their websites

scholarship application process
Scholarship Application Process

Ask teacher for letter of recommendation if required. Student Services will keep letters electronically on file.

Have teacher e-mail letter to Mrs. Mass, student services secretary.

Provide a copy of transcript or ACT scores if needed

YOU are responsible for mailing all applications and letters of recommendation.