Freshman Orientation information
Welcome to Mountain Pointe High School. If you plan ahead and stay focused on a goal, no matter what that goal is, the counselors at Mountain Pointe can guide you through high school and to the next step beyond high school. It all starts in Freshmen year
How to see your Counselor
- To make an appointment, students should come to Guidance before/after school, or during lunch.
- Drop in visits are available during academic lab, both lunches, and after school-no pass necessary!
- An “on-call” response counselor is available everyday for walk-in students and parents.
- All 2600 students (9-12 grade) will be seen by the counselors in the classroom setting (English and Social Studies classes) first semester and one-on-one during registration 2nd semester. Every student will make a four year plan for graduation and college.
Freshmen College Pointes
- Plan for the Year Ahead
- Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
- Use a College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
- Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
- Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
- Go to college fairs in your area.
- Learn about Colleges
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
- Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.
- Visit colleges while they're in session.
- Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays.
- Prepare for Tests
- Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT and ACT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
- Stay Focused
- Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.
- Study for May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation.
- Explore Summer Opportunities
- Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.
- Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.
- Make the Most of Your Break
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
- Finalize your summer plans.
TerraNova is a series of standardized achievement tests used in the United States designed to assess K-12 student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary, spelling, and other areas. The test series is published by McGraw-Hill. All Freshmen participate in Terranova testing in the spring of thier Freshmen year. The dates and location of the test will be distributed each year by the Mountain pointe testing coordinator.