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Tara Brzuski, Department Chair
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Transition Coordinator Special Education/504 Clerk
Special Education Department Chair 440.846.3223
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- Request an Appointment
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- Credit Flexibility/PE Waiver
- GPA Information
- Class Scheduling
- SHS Virtual Tour
- School Profile
You may now request an appointment online to see your school counselor.
We are missing you…
You may find your counselor is not on your path to class, or you may be way too busy to talk with us at length. Yet, we still wish to meet up. Requesting a quick appointment may be less disrupting to your day.
Please click on the counselor's name below with whom you wish to make an appointment. If we don't call you down within 48 hours of scheduling the appointment, please feel free to stop and check in.
If this appointment is time sensitive, please directly inform Mrs. Slany.
Mrs. Coblentz (A-Di)
Mr. Young (Do-Je)
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Mrs. Brzuski (Mu-Sc)
Naviance is a comprehensive website that you and your student can use for college, career, and scholarship searches. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a service that we use in our Guidance office to facilitate communication among you, your student, and our office.
Naviance Student allows your student to:
- Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
- Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
- Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
- Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.
Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your student about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.
Students and parents will both use the student login and start at strongsvillehs
Do not click on "I'm new and need to register”.
Your login has been preset to your chromebook login.
You may have been asked to reset your password if you have logged in since February.
If you have not reset your password, start by using your chromebook login.
You will get an error message in a red box.
In another tab, open up your email and use the email and link sent by Naviance to reset your password.
Password must be 10 characters long and you cannot have the same two digits side by side!
Current 12th graders who need SHS transcripts sent for College Applications, will request them through Naviance.
1. Go to the page: Student.naviance.com/
2. Use the Single Sign On and your Google Login
3. Go to Colleges I'm Applying To
See your Google Classroom for your graduating class for more videos and instructions.
For Current students who need a transcript for CCP, the NCAA Eligibility Center, or for a scholarship, CLICK HERE
PREVIOUS STUDENTS: CLASS OF 2016-2022
PREVIOUS STUDENTS CLASS OF 2015 AND PRIOR
Earning credit through Credit Flexibility or Waiver
What is P.E. Waiver?
P.E. Waiver is a way to complete one’s Physical Education requirements. With P.E. Waiver, students receive no credit and no grade. Students are waived from taking two P.E. classes. A student may waive Physical Education classes completing two full seasons of SHS athletics, cheerleading or marching band. Should a student become injured or not complete the season for ANY reason, he/she must find an alternate way to satisfy his/her P.E. requirement.
A student interested in a P.E. Waiver should indicate so on the Final Forms associated with Athletic Participation.
The following due dates apply for the application waiver form: Fall Sports - August 30th, Winter Sports-November 30th, Spring Sports-March 30th.
What is the best way for your child to satisfy the P.E. Requirement?
P.E. Credit Flexibility
What is Credit Flexibility?
Credit Flexibility, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education, is designed to increase curricular options available to students, increase the depth of study available for a particular subject, and tailor the learning time or conditions needed to a complete high school diploma.
Credit Flexibility allows students to earn credit by demonstrating academic and skill level performance through a variety of educational options. Students may pursue alternative coursework or create a plan to demonstrate subject area competency. Approved credit awarded through these guidelines will be posted on a student’s transcript and counted as required graduation credit in the related subject area or as an elective. A student must complete the Credit Flexibility Application and obtain approval PRIOR to beginning the coursework. Applications will be approved 3 times a year. The deadlines are May 30th, August 30th and November 30th.
Credit Flexibility Applications pertaining to Physical Education should include a specific outline about how and when time will be spent. At least 60 hours must be spent participating in the chosen physical activity. In addition, students will be required to purchase a workbook and complete the workbook to receive credit. For more information, see the Credit Flexibility Guidelines and Application.
Try out this Website to determine what you need to do to get to a specific GPA: http://www.back2college.com/raisegpa.htm
To determine your Grade Point Average (GPA), each letter grade has a numerical value as indicated below. Note: numerical values are higher for Honors and AP classes if a grade of C or higher is earned. These classes are said to be weighted.
For most classes: For Honors and AP classes:
A = 4 A = 5
B = 3 B = 4
C = 2 C = 3
D = 1 D = 1
F = 0 F = 0
In addition to knowing the grade earned for each class, one must also know that credits awarded for each class. Here most classes are 0.5. Physical Education classes are 0.25. There are also just a few classes that are worth 0.625 credits.
Slide show scheduling presentations for 2023-2024
Class of 2024: 12th Grade Scheduling Slides
Class of 2025: 11th Grade Scheduling Slides
Class of 2026: 10th Grade Scheduling Slides
Class of 2027: 9th Grade Scheduling Slides
Online Registration Instructions
Go to www.strongnet.org
Click on Grades in the upper right corner
Log into your PowerSchool account
Click class registration
Click in the box to select your classes - Don’t forget to click Okay after each class
Click submit after all classes have been selected
If you do not see the class you would like, it could be because the teacher did not recommend you for the class or you did not complete the prerequisites. If you failed a class and want to retake it, look for it in electives.
See anyone in guidance for login information and see your guidance counselor for help.
The minimum student course load is 5 credits per year. A student must carry a minimum of 5 classes per semester, not including Physical Education. Every effort will be made to limit study halls to no more than two per semester.
TO GRADE 10: A student will be placed in the 10th grade homeroom if he/she has completed a minimum of 5.5 credits.
TO GRADE 11: A student will be placed in the 11th grade homeroom if he/she has completed a minimum of 11 credits.
TO GRADE 12: A student will be placed in the 12th grade homeroom if he/she has completed a minimum of 15 credits and/or has a graduation plan/credit recovery plan in place by the grade level administrator and counselor.
These guidelines should be viewed as minimums. Usually a student will have earned more credits than are needed for grade promotion.
- ACT, SAT & PSAT
- AP Courses
- Career Pathways
- College Credit Plus
- College Planning
- Financial Aid/FAFSA
- Grade Level Planner for Parents/Students
- Graduation Requirements
- Graduation Seal Requirements
- New Graduation Requirements for Class of 2023 and Beyond
- Grief Resources
- Military/ASVAB Resources
- NCAA Approved Courses
- Polaris Career Center
- Program of Studies 2023-2024
- Scholarships (Local)/Senior Salute
- School Counselor Role
- Postsecondary Education Cost Saving Strategies
If you do not want your SAT or ACT score on your transcript, do not fill out the high school code on the answer document prior to the test. Doing this will not send the scores to the high school. If you decide to have your score placed on the transcript at a later date, you may do so. If you fill out the high school code, the scores will be sent to the high school. At this point, the scores will go on the transcript. *Note: This does not apply for the district sponsored ACT test. The scores will automatically be placed on the transcript.*
Wondering if you should take ACT OR SAT? Click Here: ACT or SAT ??
What would your counselor say? If you have the time and money, take both the ACT and the SAT during the spring/summer of your junior year. If you decide to retake to get a higher score, retake the test that you felt most comfortable with during the testing process.
Looking for test prep?
ACT Registration and other online and printable resources at: www.actstudent.org
SAT Registration and other online and printable resources at www.collegeboard.org
ACT Free State Testing Day
Ohio provides all juniors a free ACT opportunity each year. The test session is during the school day. Due to the length of the test and the amount of space needed to test, we only have juniors report on this day.
Juniors report at normal time for test pre-administration and testing begins around 8:00. Students finish testing at around 12:30. The test date will be announced each year in February.
The PSAT registration will run from August 25-September 5th.
Here is the link to our registration page
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
For more information on AP Courses, please contact Mr. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
- AP English Language Composition
- AP English Literature Composition
- AP Comparative Government
- AP European History
- AP Human Geography
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Psychology
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- AP U.S. History
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Statistics
- AP Art History
- AP Studio Art
AP Environmental Science
AP Physics (Algebra Based)
AP Physics (Mechanics Based)
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Seminar
- AP Research
www.apcentral.collegeboard.com for extensive information about the AP Program.
"A Career Pathway is a collective look at education and training, wage and outlook information for related occupations. These pathways offer an overview of the various career options along with education and training that can begin as early as grade 7. Whether a student is interested in going to college, getting a certificate or working right after high school, career pathways can be customized for any ambition or plan."
Information gathered from http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/Career-Connections/Career-Pathways
Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows qualified students in grades 7-12 to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free. That means there is no cost for tuition, books or fees. If a student chooses to attend a private college or university, there may be costs. The college will admit you based on your college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Your school counselor can help you understand your options, deadlines, and how to proceed. You may not participate in the College Credit Plus program beyond your anticipated high school graduation date. If you fail a class or withdraw after 14 days, you will have to pay for the expenses.
Visit Ohio Department of Higher Education site for more information --> Click Here
Cleveland State University
Cuyahoga Community College
Kent State University
Lake Erie College
Lakeland Community College
Lorain Community College
University of Akron
Youngstown State University
Where do I go from here…..
Decision making for life after S.H.S.
Making plans for your life after you leave Strongsville High School is a process of making decisions! Good decision-making involves a process of gathering information, examining alternatives, and assessing consequences before making a decision. We are ready to help you gather that information and help you take each step as you prepare for a career, college, or further training in the military, or a technical/vocational school. Doing NO planning for your future will insure you one thing….you WILL NOT be prepared for ANY job or school!
IMPORTANT! Get to know your guidance counselor! Stop in to talk with your counselor on a regular basis to discuss career ideas, possible majors, college selection, college visits, financial aid, college applications, letters of recommendation, scholarships and other important matters. Your counselor will be able to write a more impressive letter of recommendation if he/she gets to know you! Individual scholarships and opportunities become available weekly….check the guidance website daily to know which scholarships are available or follow @MustangMonies on Twitter.
Please use our resources, invite your parents to join us and ask for help as you prepare for an exciting future!
Best of Luck,
Strongsville High School Guidance Department
Senior Time Line
- Register for the ACT/SAT if not taken, or you wish to re-take
- SENIOR INTERVIEW-Meet with counselor to discuss college and career plans
- Narrow college choices to 3-5 colleges!
- Begin completing applications now
- Plan campus visits/overnights and meet with college reps when they visit SHS
- September 20, Senior Parent Meeting – College application process at 6:30 in the Auditorium
- Schedule your SENIOR INTERVIEW with your counselor if you haven’t met with him/her
- Submit completed applications carefully and be sure to double check specific requirements and deadlines
- Take or re-take the ACT
- Request teacher recommendations, if necessary
- Take/retake the SAT/SATII
- Most applications should be submitted
- Finalize college visits/overnights
- Make sure colleges have your test scores-some want scores sent directly from testing agencies
- Transcript requests to guidance to insure mailing prior to winter break
- ACT administered elsewhere
- SAT/SATII administered elsewhere
- Financial Aid/FAFSA Meeting
- Complete the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid)
- Complete scholarship applications. Local scholarships are in the guidance office by the end of February/ early March. Deadlines vary…stay informed!!
- Acceptances/rejections received. If rejected, SEE YOUR COUNSELOR- there may be other options!
- Finalize contract with the college you will attend. This may be done earlier than May, however, many colleges have May 1st deadlines
- Take Senior Survey on the guidance website, tell us what college you want your final transcript sent to
- AP exams administered at SHS
- Send thank you notes to the schools you are not attending
- High school graduation: May 21
All branches of the military would prefer a high school diploma for enlistment. There are very few exceptions made to this requirement. The following steps will lead to a military career:
- Complete high school graduation requirements.
- Contact the recruiter of the military branch in which you are interested. *Recruiters visit SHS throughout the year. They will meet with students during their lunch periods.
- Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (your recruiter will arrange this). The ASVAB is an ability test used by the military for placement purposes.
- Pass the physical- details to be provided by your recruiter.
Two Year Colleges
A two year junior/community college is a way of beginning a four year program or obtaining a two year associates or technical degree. Many occupations require a two-year technical training program rather than a four year college degree. To attend a community college you will need to:
- Complete high school graduation requirements.
- Obtain an application. SHS guidance office usually has applications for Cuyahoga Community College, and Lorain Community College.
- Most community colleges will require you take placement tests to insure you will be placed in the appropriate level of English and Math classes. Be advised that if you are placed below the lowest college level course, you will be in courses designed to improve your proficiency, charged for the course, but will NOT receive credit for the course.
- Community colleges usually do not require ACT/SAT information for admission. It is our recommendation that you do take either the ACT or SAT because you may transfer to a four-year school after a semester or year at the community college and may be required to take it later. Depending on how well you score, you may also be able to bypass taking the placement tests.
Technical schools provide training for very specific careers. Programs at specific technical schools can provide a variety of types of training:
- Certification- e.g. auto mechanics, truck drivers
- State licensure- e.g. barber, cosmetologist
- Two-year degree- e.g. computer programmer, nurse
- Four year degree- e.g. computer technology
Four Year Admission Process-Step-By-Step
Register to take the ACT and/or SAT Reasoning test. You can register at www.actstudent.org and on www.collegeboard.org. The testing company will forward your scores to three or four colleges without additional fees. A copy of your scores will also be returned to our school. We will forward a copy of your test scores along with any transcripts you request from the guidance office. It is our recommendation that you take the ACT Writing Option if you register for the ACT-it is recommended/required by quite a few colleges.
Decide to which schools you wish to apply. You should have gathered information to help with this decision by: following the suggestions in the College Planning Guide which was available to Juniors, looking at information available in the guidance office, visiting college campuses, checking out each colleges websites, and using OCIS in the media center. Do not eliminate private colleges due to cost; many private schools have decent financial aid packages available.
Apply online using the colleges’ website or the common application. Remember: applying to colleges can be an expensive endeavor, as non-refundable application fees range from $20-$70 or more. If you are considering applying for financial aid at a particular school, you will also need to request information about that school’s financial aid application process. If you have questions, please see your counselor.
Call the admissions office or register online to schedule a campus visit/tour. This is an important step! A few hours on the campus will provide you with much more information about the particular campus than looking through the college’s view book or looking at the website. Your absence from school WILL be EXCUSED if your complete a PLANNED ABSENCE FORM prior to your campus visit. Information about campus visits follow later in this booklet.
College representatives regularly visit SHS. Listen to the morning announcements, check the guidance website and Facebook page, and watch the school Cable Channel to learn which representatives are visiting each week. Your parents are also welcome to talk with these representatives. Teachers may refuse to grant students’ permission to leave class if they believe that doing so will adversely affect the student’s grade.
Complete your college application- suggestions about completing college applications and essays appear later in this booklet. Your counselor will assist you with your application. Make sure you have completed a SENIOR INTERVIEW as the information you share with your counselor will be used to complete your counselor’s recommendation for you. It is advisable to keep a copy of your completed application.
Complete the Transcript Request Form and Request Transcripts via Naviance/Family Connections.
Applying for Financial Aid:
- A Financial Aid Information Night will be held for seniors and their parents in October Complete any college financial aid applications when you apply to the college.
- Follow @MustangMonies on Twitter for up to date scholarship information.
- Submit the FAFSA beginning on October 1st. Many schools are suggesting that students complete the FAFSA by December 1st.
WRITING APPLICATION ESSAYS
Some colleges will require one or more essays as part of the application process. Colleges make this requirement for a variety of reasons:
- To add a personal dimension to the application
- To provide students the opportunity to express ideas and opinions
- To encourage students to highlight their most significant interests, commitments, and achievements
- To allow students to explain events and circumstances which have affected their school record
- To allow for the evaluation of the student’s writing ability
College’s asking for student essays value students’ thinking and writing skills as an integral part of the admissions process. Many colleges look for evidence of critical and abstract thinking skills. Some schools may ask for a copy of an essay written as a class assignment that contains teacher’s comments and evaluations. This allows the admissions counselor to assess demands placed upon the student at the high school level.
You may wish to ask your English teacher to proofread your essays. The Write Place will also be open to help students with their essays. Please be sure to thank them for their time.
During your Junior year and throughout the summer, you should have visited colleges to tour the campus and meet with admissions officers. Sample questions for admission officers and guidelines for campus interviews were printed in the College Planning Guide-which was made available to Juniors. Extra copies may be found in the guidance office.
When possible, it is advisable to return to campuses in which you have a strong interest and stay overnight. The college admissions office will help with arrangements. It will provide you with an opportunity to spend the night in a dorm, speak with students and faculty, visit classes, meet with financial aid personnel, and athletic personnel. This is the best way to determine if the campus is the “right fit!” Some activities you may wish to include on such a visit are:
- Visits to a class in your area of interest
- Meals in different college dining halls
- Tours of dorms-different from those included in the general campus tour
- Visits to various students’ rooms to get ideas for organizing your own dorm room
- Meetings with faculty members and/or coaches
- Visit the student center or other student gathering place to get a feel for the atmosphere on campus
- Attend a campus event: a play, game, lecture, rehearsal, or recreational facility
- Visit the library and computer labs
- Tour the town area and assess the relationship between the town and campus
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
There are three main types of financial aid:
- Need-Based Aid: Financial aid from national or state government, or from the applicant’s college. This aid is based upon income and assets of the family and their ability to pay college costs.
- Merit-Based Aid: Financial aid provided because the applicant has some form of talent, i.e. academic, athletic, musical, artistic, etc.
- Self-help Based Aid: in the form of work study or co-op program on campus.
What are some sources of aid? A majority of aid comes as a result of completing the FAFSA (Free Application Form for Student Aid). This is a standardized application form which is completed in January or February. You apply for a pin number at fafsa.ed.gov and then you can apply online. The FAFSA is processed by a firm that sends the results to the colleges, federal government, and state government to determine if the student is eligible for aid from those three major funding sources. SHS will present several programs throughout the senior year to provide information about the financial aid process. Other sources of financial aid include local scholarships, private organizations (e.g. parents place of employment, churches, community organization), and nationwide scholarship opportunities.
How is financial aid packaged? The college financial aid office uses the information from the FAFSA to determine the amount of aid the student and family are expected to contribute, the amount of grant money available from the state and federal government, the amount of money available from the college, the amount of money needed from other sources (work study, loans, etc.)
What college can I afford? DO NOT ASSUME A MORE EXPENSIVE SCHOOL IS OUT OF REACH! Private schools often have more money available to students than state schools, which could make the costs more comparable.
How do I get aid? The first step to receive financial aid is to gain acceptance to the college. The financial aid office will NOT award aid until the admissions office has accepted the student. The high school guidance office has internet access to do scholarship searches. Students should spend time with their counselor, learning how to use the materials in our office to obtain scholarship information. Parents are always welcome to use our facilities with your son/daughter. How will parents and students learn of scholarship opportunities? As scholarship notices arrive in the guidance office, they are: listed on the morning announcements, posted on our Guidance webpage and Facebook page, and on Twitter @MustangMonies. Students can also regularly check in with their counselor for scholarship information as well.
FINANCIAL AID ON-LINE
- A majority of Financial Aid is gotten by completing the FAFSA (Free Application Form for Student Aid).
- The FAFSA is completed after January 1, 2014.
- We will have a meeting with parents December 5, 2013 to instruct them on the completion of the form.
- The government prefers that the FAFSA be completed on-line
- To speed the application process you and your parent must obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The process will be quicker if you do this now, rather than waiting until January. To obtain your PIN…
- Log into the following website; pin.ed.gov
- Enter personal information: Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth
- Provide address-street, city zip, e-mail
**Parent and student will each need to do this prior to completing the actual form in January
QUICK GUIDE TO FINANCIAL AID
TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE
- Grants and Scholarships- Money you do NOT have to pay back. Available from many sources-check with your high school, local library, or the college you plan to attend.
- Work study- Money earned from work used to help pay for educational expenses.
- LOANS- Money borrowed that must be repaid (with interest).
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible you must:
- Have financial need
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or pass an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Register with the selective service, if required
- Complete forms as required
- Make satisfactory academic progress
Financial aid eligibility is the difference between the Cost of Education and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). A federal formula performs a needs analysis to determine the EFC.
Cost of education includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AID
- Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA should be completed and submitted after January 1st. Deadlines will vary by college and state (They may be as early as February 1st.) Students should check with the college they plan to attend for application deadline dates.
- Students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after the FAFSA is processed. Information is also sent to the college(s) named on the FAFSA. If the student does not receive a SAR in 4-6 weeks, or needs another copy, she/he should call (319) 337-5665 for a duplicate SAR.
- Students should check with the college(s) they expect to attend. Additional applications/forms are often required.
- The student’s selected College Financial Aid Office will send a letter to the student indicating the types of aid the student is eligible to receive.
FEDERAL AND OHIO PROGRAMS
FEDERAL PELL GRANT- Up to $4000/year
SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)- Amount varies based on need and available funds
FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN- Maximum amount available each year, repayment begins 9 months after the student graduates
FEDERAL STAFFORD LOAN- Maximum amount available per year, repayment begins six months after graduation.
PLUS LOAN- Parent loan, payment begins 60 days after dispersement
OHIO WAR ORPHANS SCHOLARSHIP- Awards tuition assistance to students of deceased or severely disabled Ohio Veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. Applications are available in the guidance office.
ROBERT BYRD HONORS SCHOLARSHIP- Merit award available for students with outstanding academic achievement. Recipients are selected based upon class rank, GPA, test scores and participation in leadership activities. One scholarship awarded in each Congressional District.
NURSE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE LOAN- Need based award to students enrolled in Ohio schools.
SAMPLE ACTIVITIES LIST
Extra Curricular Activities
- Strongsville High School Show Choir (11,12)
- Teen Institute (10,11,12) Promoting a drug-free lifestyle
- National Honor Society (11, 12)
- Drama Club (11, 12)
- Treble Choir (10)
- Math Club (12)
- Intramural swimming (9)
- Dance (13 years) Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz
- Dance recitals and competitions (13 years)
- Church Youth Group (9, 10, 11, 12)
- Voice Lessons (10, 11)
- Babysitting (9, 10, 11, 12)- work as needed
- Sears- part time sales associate (11, 12)- about 15 hours per week, 20 during summer
- M.C.A. morning daycare volunteer (9)
- M.C.A. outings- chaperone (9)
- Organized and participated in Teeter-Totter marathons to benefit inner city youth (9, 10, 11, 12)
- Metro Hospital Chapel Volunteer (9)
- Strongsville Community Days Performer (10)
- Altenheim Nursing Home Volunteer (9)
- Honor Roll, Principal Roll (9, 10, 11, 12)
- Top 5% of Class Award (9, 10, 11, 12)
- Mu Alpha Theta Math Award (11, 12)
- National Junior Honor Society (9)
- National Honor Society Award/Induction (11)
- Selected to represent Strongsville High at state Teen Institute training (10)
- Recognized as one of city’s best D.A.R.E. role models by the Optimist’s Club (12)
- Teens Taking Time to Care- executive board member (9)
- Teen Institute- board member (11), President (12)
- Showchoir Dance Captain (12)
- Selected for training as Peer Mediator (11), served school in that capacity (11, 12)
- Teeter-Totter Marathon Coordinator (10,11, 12)
- Church Friendship and Growth Committee Member (10)
- Drama Club Secretary (12)
- Thespian Award (12)
In the summer between 9th and 10th:
Continue to strive for your academic best!
Students must complete two requirements.
Requirement #1: High school curriculum (earn required credits through course work)
Requirement #2: Pathways to College and Career Readiness (complete one of three pathways)
Class of 2018 and Beyond take Ohio State Tests (OST) to determine graduation eligibility. This may help you sort it all out: State Test Point System Resource
Minimum Requirements for Graduation
|Social Studies (World History, NonWestern Studies, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Economics)||3.5 credits|
|Science (Physical and Biological)||3.0 credits|
|Mathematics (Must include 1 credit of Algebra II*)||4.0 credits|
|Physical Education||0.5 credit|
|Personal Finance/Financial Literacy||0.5 credit|
|Fine Arts/Business/World Language||1.0 credit|
Pathway #1: Ohio’s State Tests (State End-of-Course Tests)
Pathway # 2: Industrial Credential & Workplace Readiness (Work Keys)
Pathway #3: College and Career Readiness Tests (ACT/SAT)
Ohio's Options for a High School Diploma
SHS Graduation and EOC
Parent Toolkit For Grief and Loss
Childhood Traumatic Grief Resources for Youth
United States Army Recruiter
Marine Corps Recruiter
National Guard Recruiter
United States Navy Recruiter
Air Force Recruiter
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a timed multiple-aptitude test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
The ASVAB assesses four critical areas: Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge. Please visit the following links for additional information (practice tests are available):
The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.
NCAA Approved Courses
AP English Language and Comp. English 11 Creative Writing
AP English Literature and Comp. English 11 Honors Mystery and Detective Fiction
English 9 English 12/British Literature Blended Science Fiction and Fantasy
English 9 Honors College Composition I Survey of British Literature
English 10 College Composition II World Mythology
English 10 Honors
**College Preparatory Skills, Business English & Communication, and Literature and Film are not NCAA approved courses.
AP Comparative Government NonWestern Studies Contemporary World Issues
AP European History Modern World History Criminal Justice and Civil Law
AP Human Geography Modern World History Honors General Psychology
AP Macroeconomics United States History Psychology
AP Microeconomics United States History Honors Practical Law
AP Psychology United States Government and Civics Sociology
AP United States Government and Politics Economics AP United States History
** Financial Literacy is not a NCAA approved course.
AP Calculus AB Algebra I Linear Algebra
AP Calculus BC Algebra II Multivariable Calculus
AP Statistics Algebra II & Trigonometry Pre-Calculus
AP Computer Science Algebra II & trigonometry Honors Pre-Calculus Honors
AP Computer Science Principles Geometry Probability and Statistics Exploring Computer Science through Mathematics Geometry Honors Quantitative Reasoning
AP Biology CPE Science Anatomy/Physiology
AP Chemistry Biology Astronomy
AP Environmental Science Biology Honors Biology II
AP Physics Mechanics Chemistry Earth Systems Science
AP Physics Algebra Based Chemistry Honors Forensics and Criminalistics
Physics Forensic Science Investigations
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Strongsville High School partners with Polaris Career Center to inspire high school students to achieve career success. By providing key training and credentials to those who wish to pursue opportunity, they help to strengthen our local economy.
Polaris high school programs serve 11th and 12th graders from six high schools including Strongsville High School. To learn more about Polaris, please visit https://www.polaris.edu/.
Information gathered from www.polaris.edu
Career Technical Programs
- Computer Networking Academy
- Automotive Technology
- Baking & Pastry Arts
- Business Professional & Office Technology
- Chef Training
- Construction Trades
- Criminal Justice
- Dental Assisting
- Digital Art & Design
- Electronics & Alternative Energy
- Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training
- Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy
- Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Medical Professions
- Precision CNC Machining
- Welding Technology
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SHS Local Scholarships
Each year, Strongsville High School Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships provided by local organizations. Some of the scholarships use the Strongsville High School Local Scholarship Application which is an online application provided by the SHS Guidance Department, in which students can apply to multiple scholarships through one application from March 1 to April 1. Some organizations require students to apply via the organization's individual application. Links and directions for applying to individual organizations scholarships can be found in the "Local Scholarships
"Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow."
School counselors should spend most of their time in direct service to and contact with students. School counselors' duties are focused on the overall delivery of the total program through guidance curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. A small amount of their time is devoted to indirect services called system support. Schools should eliminate or reassign certain inappropriate program tasks, if possible, so school counselors can focus on the prevention needs of their programs." Below are appropriate school counselor activities:
"■ individual student academic program planning ■ interpreting cognitive, aptitude and achievement tests ■ providing counseling to students who are tardy or absent ■ providing counseling to students who have disciplinary problems ■ providing counseling to students as to appropriate school dress ■ collaborating with teachers to present school counseling core curriculum lessons ■ analyzing grade-point averages in relationship to achievement ■ interpreting student records ■ providing teachers with suggestions for effective classroom management ■ ensuring student records are maintained as per state and federal regulations ■ helping the school principal identify and resolve student issues, needs and problems ■ providing individual and small-group counseling services to students ■ advocating for students at individual education plan meetings, student study teams and school attendance review boards ■ analyzing disaggregated data"
Information gathered from https://www.schoolcounselor.org/
What you say in here...Stays in here UNLESS...
1. Someone is hurting you
2. You want to hurt someone
3. You want to hurt yourself
4. You give permission to share with another trusting adult
Cost-Saving Strategies and Programs for Postsecondary Education
There are a number of strategies and opportunities available to Ohio residents to reduce the cost of higher education. These include earning college credit while in high school, earning credit for experience, using statewide transfer agreements, and obtaining scholarship funding. The actual amount of savings depends upon the particular college or university that the student attends and the number of college credits that she or he earns toward the degree.
For more information about these programs and opportunities to reduce the cost of higher education, please see the Ohio Higher Ed website.