Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ALACRAO) will host Virtual College Fair options for high school students. The event is free to public, private, and home-school students and all are invited to attend. Live virtual fair options are:

*September 17, 2020 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* October 20, 2020 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
* November 17, 2020 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“Virtual College Fairs allow prospective students to learn more about the exciting opportunities available at many in-state, out of state, public, private, two-year, and four year institutions,” said Tennyson “T.J.” Smith, President of ALACRAO “Students may not have awareness of the diverse
options available. With in-person fairs suspended, our organization feel the need to reach all students throughout the state from Ardmore to Fairhope, Eutaw to Wedowee, and Rebobeth to Sheffield. The institutions are excited to connect with students and parents virtually. Our goal at this event is to
showcase opportunities in a time of uncertainty.”

Students will be able to apply for admission to the college, receive financial aid and scholarship information, and chat live with college representatives. To register, visit

For more information, visit

Do you need to retake the ACT?

Register at

If you have only taken the ACT at SCHS when all juniors were tested, you will need to create an account with ACT to register to test again. You will need your ACT ID that is located on your score report sheet you should have received in the mail from the March 2020 school test. If you no longer have your score sheet Mrs. Keahey can give you your ACT ID. Mrs. Keahey does not have access to any information related to your personal ACT account that you (or your parent) have previously created.

2020-2021 Fall Test Dates (National)

Test Date- Registration Deadline- (Late Fee Required)

September 12, 2020- August 31- No late fees

September 13, 2020 (Sunday)

September 19, 2020

October 10, 2020- September 25- No late fees

October 17, 2020

October 24, 2020

October 25, 2020 (Sunday)

December 12, 2020- November 6- November 7 – November 20

*Remember most college have a Dec 1st deadline for academic scholarship applications. Some schools will accept the December ACT, but do your research before you assume your school of choice does! The October test is the safer option. *I should have ACT fee waivers by September 19th! Come see me! If you are eligible for free/reduced lunch then you qualify for an ACT waiver!

Method Test Prep is available again at no cost for seniors! This is a great tool to use to practice for the ACT! You can access Method Test Prep in your Clever app.

Senior Information

SCHS Senior Information Be sure to check the Class of 2021 Google Classroom and the home page of the counseling blog regularly for updated information about colleges, scholarships, and MORE!

College Visits

– Students should begin to visit colleges in the spring of their junior year and during the summer between their junior and seniors years.

– Many colleges are offering virtual tours due to COVID-19

– Students are permitted one excused absence for a pre-approved college visit in the spring of their junior year and two excused absences for pre-approved college visits during their senior year.

– The college visit form is available in the counseling office and must be signed and dated by a college official at the time of the visit.

– Return the form by taking a picture and emailing it to

– Currently, we are not allowing college or military recruiters to visit our school. However, we will be posting information and hosting virtual meetings with recruiters. Once visitors are allowed again, college recruiters will come to SCHS during 7th period and will meet with students in the conference room. Military recruiters will set up information tables in the lunchroom. The schedule for visits will be posted on the Class of 2021 Google Classroom.

– Most colleges also host visit days on campus. Check the Class of 2021 Google Classroom and counseling blog for specific dates.

College Applications

– Students should check with individual colleges and scholarship committees for specific deadlines. Seniors should plan to complete all applications and gather additional documentation by October 31.

– College application fees may be waived for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. Inquire with individual colleges for more information. Mrs. Keahey can provide documentation for colleges that will accept it.


– All SCHS students take the ACT during the spring of their junior year. Students can register online to participate in additional administrations of the ACT or SAT.

– ACT fee waiver forms are available in the counseling office for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch.

– Method Test Prep is once again available at no cost for seniors. This is a great tool to prep for the ACT and can accessed through your Clever app.

Transcripts & Recommendations

– All colleges will require official transcripts. Some colleges and scholarship programs will also require recommendation letters.

– Transcript requests can be made at Forms are also available in the counseling office. Forms should be returned to Mrs. Keahey with payment.

– Each official transcript request costs $5.00.

– Counselor and teacher recommendation requests must be turned in 3 weeks in advance.

– Recommendation request forms are available in the counseling office.

– Recommendation request forms must be accompanied by a student resume or list of accomplishments/interests/future goals to assist the counselor in writing a proper recommendation.

– Once a recommendation is complete, it will be mailed directly to the college.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

– Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) –

– For more information –

– You will need to file your FAFSA for all forms of financial assistance including loans, grants, and scholarships.

– Completion of the FAFSA is a requirement of many scholarship programs.

– You should file your FAFSA in the spring as soon as you and your parents receive your W2.

– All students should complete a FAFSA even if you feel that you may not qualify for assistance.

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Peterson’s Scholarship: $10 billion in scholarships from 5,000 providers offers a substantial free scholarship search

Sallie Mae-College Answer: free college scholarship search

Youth Leadership Development Program


The Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) provides a leadership development program for juniors and seniors in high school chosen for their character rather than academic standing.

The basic tenant for the YLDP is that a person’s character is more important than anything else in the ability to lead others and be a true leader.

Seniors that were selected last year are automatically accepted in this year’s YLDP program.

Students interested in representing SCHS in this program should pick up a YLDP packet in the guidance office.

Social Media and Digital Citizenship Lesson

Think about your social media posts and activity. Would you want college admissions or employers to use the information you’ve shared, posted, or liked as your resume?

Review the presentation below to learn tips on how to prepare your social media for college and the workforce.

Always carefully consider your personal boundaries and responsible use of social media.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Updates

University of Alabama at Birmingham Updates

This year will be unlike anything we have faced before. UAB is trying our best to do right by the student and their families during this time. There have been changes to this year’s admission process.

1. Students will now be able to upload certain documents to their application (i.e. fee waivers and citizenship documentation). Transcript, test scores, and appeals can NOT be uploaded. They will still need to be officially sent.

2. We will now be reviewing PSAT and Pre ACT scores for admissions and scholarships if the student has not been able to take the ACT.

We do have a great new scheduling tool that will allow students to select a date and time for a phone or zoom call to discuss admissions, scholarships, UAB in general, meeting with a current student, etc. This new tool is called Calendly and can be accessed at!

UAB regional admissions counselor is James Barlow. His contact information is below.

Cell: 205-895-1796 (call or text) |

University of North Alabama Updates

University of North Alabama Updates

Attached is a quick sheet with all the information you need to know regarding UNA’s test optional information, campus visits, and MORE! Also attached is a digital version of UNA’s travel brochure.

UNA regional recruiter is Ms. Hadley Skalnik. Her contact information is below.

256.765.4108 UNA Box 5011 | Coby Hall • Florence, AL 35632-0001