WELCOME TO TROY COUNSELING
Our mission is to serve our students and promote academic achievement, career development, and personal and social growth. The guidance team is dedicated to each student and works collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and administration to provide a positive school atmosphere. Our restructured guidance program allows students to develop a relationship with their assigned counselor starting their freshman year.
HOW TO SEE YOUR COUNSELOR
Students are welcome to stop by the Counseling office without an appointment before school, break, lunch and after school with any questions they may have. (Do not come during class time as we do not want you to miss instructional time)
Parents can call to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Counselors are also readily accessible via email and phone. Counselors will also individually meet with parents and their students in the freshman and junior years.
Counselor Caseloads for 2017-2018
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A - BL
A - E
A - C
Hours 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
A - Hanna
D - J
Hours 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hartman - Lee
H - Lim
Ki - N
K - M
Mrs. Evans (ROP)
Hours 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Leem - Reyes
Lin - Sf
O - Sh
Hours 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rhee - Z
Sh - Z
Si - Z
Si - Z
Career Center (Guidance Technician)
Troy's Financial Aid Evening
Thursday, November 2
6:30 pm in the Lecture Hall
Junior and Senior Parents are encouraged to attend this informational evening presented by the Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid at Pitzer College.
State and Federal Grants, along with the FAFSA, and Merit Aid will be covered. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAMS & EXAM FEE WAIVER NOTICE
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level classes taught in high school. If a student is enrolled in an AP class at Troy they are eligible to take the AP Exam for that class. Passing AP Exam scores may earn students college credit while in high school. AP Exams will cost approximately $99.00 each which includes the registration fee; late registration will cost more. AP Exam registration will take place in January.
International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are part of Troy’s IB Programme. If a student is enrolled in an IB course at Troy they are eligible to take the the IB exam for that class. Passing IB exam scores may earn students college credit while in high school. IB Exams will cost approximately $125.00 per exam plus a separate registration fee for approximately $190.00 (juniors and seniors in the IB Diploma Programme only pay this registration fee once). Late registration will cost more. IB Exam registration will take place October 2-12; late registration through October 20 with a late fee.
To receive a fee waiver for AP/ IB Exams you must qualify for the Free & Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). To complete the online FRLP application go to the FJUHSD Food Services page (www.fjuhsdfoodservices.org). You may also obtain a paper copy of the application in Troy’s Front Office. Each AP and IB teacher has a small amount of FRLP applications so you may obtain one from your teacher. You may return the FRLP Application to the Front Office or to your AP or IB teacher. You will note your FRLP status when you register for the AP/Exams. If you wish to apply for the FRLP and receive AP/IB Exam fee waivers you must apply by Friday, September 22, 2017.
*For more information on the College Board’s AP Program, please visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home
*For more information on Troy’s IB Programme, please visit https://www.fjuhsd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=379Senior Student & Parent Presentation and Handouts August 24, 2017Attention Troy Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians: If you missed the presentation for students and parents that took place on August 24th, please download the presentation and handouts. The information included in the handouts and presentation is to assist seniors and families with the college application process and senior year planning.
Senior Parent/Guardian Presentation at Back To School NightAttention Parents and Guardians of Troy Seniors,The Counseling Department is hosting a Senior Parent Presentation at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Lecture Hall. This presentation will cover college application details, financial aid information, and important reminders for the senior year. Attending this event will help you to support your student in applying to college and meeting all deadlines. This presentation is one hour prior to Back to School Night and we hope you will attend and stay for the remainder of the night to meet your child's teachers.
The online schedule change request form is closed. Please be patient while counselors work through the more than 1,100 submitted requests. If you have a question, you may drop-in before school, at break, lunch or after-school to see your counselor. DO NOT COME UP DURING CLASS AS WE DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS INSTRUCTION.
You have until Friday, September 1 at 3 p.m. to drop an additional class or drop levels in an Honors/AP/IB course without penalty. All 9-11 graders are required to have a minimum of 6 classes and 12th graders are required to have a minimum of 5 classes. See your counselor in person before September 1 regarding dropping an extra class or to drop a course level.Course Level Change DeadlineStudents sometime struggle in an honors, AP, or IB level course. If a student is experiencing this, they may request to change to the lower level. To do this, students must see their counselor in person at break, lunch, before school or after school by Friday, September 1, 2017 by the end of the school day. We will discuss options and provide a form requiring a parent/guardian signature. If the course level the student requesting is full or cannot work within the schedule, we may not be able to make the change. Students, if you would like to request a level change do not wait until September 1; please talk with your counselor as soon as possible.
2017 Fall Semester Schedules & Requests for Changes
Students will receive their course schedule the first day of school. If a student has a course error such as the wrong course or duplicate periods (i.e., a freshman in English 2 or two classes in 4th period), they need to see their counselor in person the first day of school. Counselors will be outside the Attendance Office doors to assist students before school, at break, lunch and after-school.
To request a different elective (i.e., PE class, foreign language, art class, Troy Tech class, etc.), they must complete the online form. The online Fall 2017 Schedule Change Request Form will be posted on the Troy website homepage the morning of Monday, August 14 through 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. If there is room in the course and it will work within your schedule we will accommodate the request. A copy of the revised schedule will be sent to students during one of their class periods. Students must remain in their scheduled classes until they receive a new schedule. Please note many courses are at capacity and not all requests can be granted. There will also be a link to see the status of your request posted on the Troy website homepage. Schedule change requests via email or phone are not accepted, only those submitted via the online form.Letters of Recommendation for Summer Programs and ScholarshipsThe Counseling Department is more than happy to support students applying to summer programs or scholarships that require a counselor letter of recommendation and/or completion of a counselor recommendation form. In order to advocate for our students and have time to complete the form and/or letter by the deadline, please do the following:1. Students need to see their counselor in person at least 4 weeks before the application deadline to request the recommendation.2. Provide a resume of high school achievements and activities. If you need to create a resume, use the resume tool located in your Naviance Family Connection account.3. Discuss with your counselor how the form and/or letter is submitted (i.e., e-mail, mail, upload to site, etc.)4. Letters of recommendation are confidential. As counselors we will advocate on your behalf and do our very best to help you get accepted to the program or receive the scholarship.Note: For seniors applying to colleges that require a letter of recommendation, there is a separate process and a separate packet for students to complete. The process and deadlines for college application letters of recommendation will be communicated to seniors during individual senior conferences and large-group senior presentations which occur early in the fall semester.
Parent Session - Counselor Q & A
Counseling Department's Q & A session! The Counseling Department will be in the teacher's staff lounge to answer a variety of questions from parents regarding high school, college planning topics, and more.
Study Skill & College Planning Resources
Students, now you can access study skill and college planning resources at your convenience! These tools are now available on your Naviance Family Connection account. When you log into your account, go the "document library" link on the main page. There you'll find resources on these topics. Counselors will be adding to these documents so check back for new tools and information.
Department of Education - College ScoreCard
To further empower students and families, today we released our first annual update of the redesigned College Scorecard, a college search tool that President Obama launched in September 2015 and that nearly 1.5 million usersacross the nation have accessed since. With over 4,000 institutions available for students and families to search, the College Scorecard provides answers to critical questions about each institution, like how likely studentsare to complete their degrees, how much debt students take out, and how much the students typically earn after attending. And the interactive website provides users with the ability to search by program, degree type, location, or by name of institution. All of this information is available at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.