Holmdel High School

Counseling Services

Counseling Services Staff
click on the counselor name to send an e-mail
 
Mr. Eric Swensen, Director of Counseling Services
Mr. Joseph Clores,  School Counselor
Mr. Dan DeStefano, School Counselor
Ms. Catherine Gargiulo,  School Counselor
Ms. Tracey Marasco, School Counselor
Ms. Lori Vona, School Counselor
Ms. Dolores Soffientini, Secretary
Ms. Debbi Todaro, Secretary
 
Phone: 732-946-1839 or 732-946-1840
FAX: 732-817-1969
Holmdel High School CEEB Code: 310-566

Contents

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Announcements General Information  All About the SAT
     
Career Exploration In The News Scholarships and Financial Aid
     
College Athletics Introduction to Counseling Services Senior College Corner
     
College Planning Military Options Senior Packet
     
Counseling Services Staff Naviance Family Connection Summer Programs
     
Employment HHS Program of Studies Testing
     
    Volunteer Opportunities
   

 

 

 

Announcements

 
Holmdel High School's College Application Procedure - a helpful reference guide for seniors and their parents as they approach the sometimes daunting college admissions process.
 
Senior Packet -  these are the forms necessary to process senior college applications.
 
 
New! PSAT is coming on October 18. Students can begin signing up in the guidance office. Bring a check for $25(Holmdel High School). All juniors are urged to take this practice test for the SAT. Some sophomores may be interested as well. Click here for more information on the PSAT.
 
A Redesigned SAT  - Read about the SAT changes effective Spring, 2016!
 Family Connection - Need to know how to register?  Click here for a registration tutorial.
 

College Reps Visiting HHS -  10/10/14 - the college representatives listed will be visiting the counseling office on the day and time indicated.  Students must have permission from their teacher to attend.

Holmdel High School Scholarship File - 10/10/14 -  a list of scholarships currently available in our counseling office.

SAT  Dates  don't forget to register, plan ahead for those SATs.  Here you will find all the 2013-14 test dates.

SAT PREP CLASSES - updated 5-22-14

In The News for current information on the college admissions scene, view these articles

New! New Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won’t Make You Happier In Life Or Work
 
New! Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%
 
Guide to a Successful College Visit
 
Waitlisted: Turning “Maybe” into “Yes”
 
College Board Details New SAT Redesign With Release of Test Specs
 
Sizing up Student Aid Packages and Negotiating for More
 
Editorial: Simplistic rankings do little justice to colleges
2013 College Acceptance Rates - a look at 2013 admission decisions at dozens of colleges and universities.
Glimpse Inside the Ivy League's Academic Index
Students Advised to View College Marketing Mailings with Scepticism

Facebook Warning: Admissions Officers Check out Students

Admissions Statistics: Early vs. Regular
 

New! Strategic Positioning: Your College Admissions Hook

 
 
 

General Information

Holmdel High School Profile - this is the document that accompanies all transcripts to colleges and universities with a thorough description of Holmdel High School

Holmdel High School Program of Studies 2014-2015 School Year
 
Calculating Holmdel High School GPA
                                                              
Monmouth County Vocational School District - students can choose to attend the vocational school during their junior and senior years. MCVSD prepares students for an evolving workplace.  Examples of offered programs: Cosmetology, Marine Repair, Plumbing, Electricity, Automotive, Culinary Arts and many others. Click here for more info.
 

National Honor Society Requirements - also the place to find peer tutors

 

Study Guides and Strategies - need some tips on how to keep that competitive edge??  Some very useful suggestions!

 

Colleges Attended by Holmdel High School Class of 2014

 
THE SENIOR OPTION at Holmdel HS

the new state assessments that will be administered beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
 

Career Exploration

Clicking one of the links below will provide you with excellent sites designed to help you explore career choices. There are also sites that will help you find out which careers would be best for you based on your interests.

Choosing a Career - a variety of links to career exploration

Exploring Majors and Careers - links that will connect major fields of study with possible careers. Will answer that question, What do I do with a major in ... ??

 

College Athletics

 
NCAA Clearinghouse - all student athletes looking to participate in college athletics (Div. 1 or 2), must register with the clearinghouse.
 
 
 
 College Planning
 
Choosing A College
A great page of links to help you with the college selection process!! Of course you should consult with your counselor first!!
 
 Family Connection from - click here to log on.
 
COMBINED BS/MD PROGRAMS - excellent website with 6 year, 7 year, 8 year combined programs.
 
College Data - Search for a college and get national admissions data including scattergrams with SAT and GPA info.
 
What is the Common Application? The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 517 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. To see if your college participates click here. To access the application click here.
 
Essay Prompts are hereGet a head start working on those college essays.
 
19 Common Application Essay Mistakes and How to Correct Them
 
Early Action and Early Decision: What you Need to Know
 
College Essays - some great tips on writing essays that work!
 
More College Essay Help
 
How to Recalculate Your GPA for College Admissions
 
Beating The Admissions Odds: 11 Tips Every Applicant Should Know
 
College Admissions Etiquette - good manners can improve your chances of admission
 
Impressive Candidate vs. Admitted Student
 
How to Handle a College Admissions Deferral
 
Common Data Set - how to find some basic and vital statistics on a college
 
SAT OPTIONAL - the colleges/universities listed do not require SAT or ACT scores, they are optional.
 
College and University Web Pages - take out the guess work.  Is it carnegiemellon.edu or cmu.edu???  Find all the schools' web pages!  Click here for the Alphabetical list, Click here for the list by State
 
The Vocabulary of College Admissions - defines the terms related to college admissions; early action, early decision, etc.
 
Senior College Corner - Seniors are required to complete information in preparation for sending college applications.  Get started during the summer by filling out the required forms.
 
 
Employment

WORKING PAPERS are available in the counseling office.  Students must secure a job first before working papers can be filed.

Military Options
U.S. NAVY
 
U.S. ARMY
 
U.S. AIR FORCE
 
U.S. MARINE CORPS
 
U.S. COAST GUARD
 
ROTC AND THE ACADEMIES - click here if you are considering ROTC or one of the academies.
 
 
All About the
 
What is the SAT?
 
Score Choice - How does score choice work? Should you use score choice?  Check here for SAT score use practices of participating colleges.
 
SAT Question of the Day - try this sample SAT question!  A new one every day!
 
SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Test Dates -Here are the dates for the 2011-2012 school year.
 
Register for the SAT
 
SAT PREP CLASSES Updated 5/22/14- a list provided by HHS of local establishments that offer SAT prep classes
MORE SAT PREP SITES - some are completely free! 
 
MAJORTESTS.COM - free SAT prep including mini- sample tests
NUMBER 2.COM - free SAT Prep
 
SAT Prep from the College Board - tips from the test-makers themselves -free sample questions and a free mini-SAT
 
 
  Scholarships and Financial Aid
 
Holmdel High School Scholarship File - 10/10/14-a list of scholarships currently available in our counseling office.
 
The Student Loan Guide - this state organization published this very useful resource. Also, click here for the Student Loan Game Plan
 
 
 - a personalized search that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches.
 
 
 - the free application for federal student aid
 the FAFSA4CASTER - will help you estimate you eligibility for federal aid
 
 
- scholarship matching service – from a database of 1.5 million scholarships.
 
Senior College Corner
 
New! Holmdel High School's College Application Procedure - a helpful reference guide for seniors and their parents as they approach the sometimes daunting college admissions process.
 
Senior Packet - these are the forms necessary to process your college applications.
 
College Reps Visiting HHS - New - 10/10/14- the college representatives listed will be visiting the counseling office on the day and time indicated.  Students must have permission from their teacher to attend.
 
What is the Common Application? The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 517 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. To see if your college participates click here. To access the application click here.
Holmdel High School Scholarship File - 10/10/14-a list of scholarships currently available in our counseling office.
 
 
  Summer Programs
 
Writing and Journalism - High School Investigative Reporting Workshop at Boston University Click here for more info.
 
Peterson's Summer Program and Camp Search - over 3,000 programs
 
Summer University Programs - for motivated high school students
Summer Math Camps and Programs for Students
 
SUMMER DISCOVERY INTERNSHIPS - study in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Europe to name a few!
 
New! GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY - SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
 

SUMMER MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL AND SCIENCE SCHOLARS ACADEMY are two programs for high school students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Click here for more details.

 
 
Testing
 
What is the ?
 
PSAT Test Answer Explanations - My College Quickstart - use this site after you receive your PSAT scores
 

My College Quickstart includes these features:

  • An online PSAT/NMSQT score report, including projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the power to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type
  • A customized SAT study plan
  • Personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers
See separate All About the section
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Tests - What are they?  How can I prepare for them?  See sample questions.
 - (American College Testing)- alternative to the SAT. Click here for tips on Preparing for the ACT
 
7 Ways to Increase your ACT scores 
 
SAT vs. ACT - which one is right for you?
 
New! PARCC - the new N.J. state assessments that will be administered beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
 
SAT OPTIONAL - the colleges/universities listed do not require SAT scores, they are optional.
 
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
of Monmouth County Volunteer Services
 
The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties 
 
Monmouth County SPCA 
 
Jersey Cares 
 
Congressional Award - a national award recognizing volunteerism and personal development. Fill out the application here online
 
 

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Last edited

 10/16/2014

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