School Counselor

Mrs. Dawn Lee

Welcome to Oakwood High School

FAFSA Update

Nineteen seniors have already completed their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and many are eligible to receive grants. Even if your family will not qualify for grant money, it is still a good idea to complete the FAFSA. Low-interest government loans for students and/or parents and work study opportunities are determined by FAFSA status. There are even merit-based scholarships to state universities (including the U of I) that will only be available to students who have completed the FAFSA. Financial Aid money is disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you apply, the better.

Graduation Conferences

Graduation Conferences will begin October 29th. All seniors will meet with the counselor to discuss credits and course requirements necessary for graduation in May of 2019. Copies of the signed forms will be mailed home for parents to review.

College Application Workshop

OHS will host a College Application Workshop on Thursday, October 25th. If you need help completing your online college application, please sign up with Mrs. Lee. A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be in the building that morning to walk you through the process.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 18th from 4-7 pm. You can schedule conferences online by clicking on the PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UP link under the MENU tab of our website. If you would like to meet with Mrs. Lee, please make an appointment by calling 354-2358 or emailing

FAFSA Workshops

If you were unable to attend Financial Aid Night at OHS, DACC will be hosting several free FAFSA workshops on campus (Lincoln Hall Room 205) this month:

  • October 10 from 1-3 pm
  • October 18 from 1-3 pm
  • October 22 from 1-3 pm

Things to bring:

  1. Student's social security number
  2. Student's date of birth
  3. 2017 tax information
  4. Parent's social security number and date of birth

Career Advisement

Oakwood High School is partnering with Vermilion Advantage and Vermilion Vocational Delivery System to provide career advisement services to all high school students. Beginning October 2, Mrs. Lisa Fudge, human resource professional, will be onsite every Tuesday to help students develop a career pathway plan after high school graduation.

Project Success

Project Success is a FREE program offered at Oakwood High School this year. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled for Monday-Thursday 7:20-8:05 am and 2:55-5:10 pm. The purpose of the program is to provide students with homework help and tutoring in addition to enrichment activities. Applications are available in the school office.

Financial Aid Night

Are you looking for ways to help pay for college? Oakwood High School will host a Financial Aid Night on October 3rd from 6-8 pm in the library. The event will start with a presentation by a representative of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission who will explain the process of applying for financial aid. What is the difference between a scholarship, grant or loan? What is a subsidized loan vs an unsubsidized loan? What is work study? Get the answers to these questions and more. Following the presentation, the computer lab will be open to anyone who would like to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with the assistance of a trained professional.

New Student Enrollment

New students should register at the high school. Please call 354.2358 to register a new student. Once residency has been established and transcripts/records have been received, an appointment with the counselor may be necessary to select classes for the school year.

Counseling Staff

OHS has one full-time School Counselor as well as a School Social Worker shared with the Junior High.

Professional school counselors are trained in both education and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between, parents, teachers and students in matters concerning the student's goals, abilities and areas needing improvement. School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population.

Counseling Services

The School Counselor and School Social Worker provide a comprehensive counseling program that attends to the personal/social, academic and career preparation/college planning needs of all students. Services include group and individual counseling, academic support, crisis intervention, career and college planning and student and family advocacy.