SHS School Counseling Services

Post-Secondary Planning

The college journey is as much a learning experience as are traditional classes. During the planning process, students will develop important lifelong skills in initiative taking, decision making, self assessment and responsibility. The college search is in essence a research project, which requires students to look within themselves for many of the answers. Students will learn to identify and assess themselves and what is important to them, to set priorities and to make major decisions. Students will use Naviance to access all college planning forms.

Freshman and Sophomore Years Planning

Junior Year Planning

Senior Year Planning

Freshman and Sophomore Years Planning

The high school experience is an important one. It is a time for personal and intellectual growth and the development and pursuit of academic and extracurricular interests. Further, it is a time to develop skills that will last a lifetime, whether writing skills or interpersonal ones. Students need to use this time wisely, to make the most of the opportunities here at Stowe High School and outside of school. Seek out courses that will stimulate and challenge you. Get involved in activities that interest you. For the next year or two, you don't need to think about the details of the college admission process. Instead—work hard, get involved and discover your interests.

Sophomore Checklist

Junior Year Planning

Junior Checklist

The SHS Post-Secondary and College Planning Guide for Juniors is located in the Documents Folder in Naviance. This eleven-page guide contains information about:
  • The School Counseling Team 
  • Important Phone Numbers and Websites
  • Helpful College Admission Related Websites
  • SHS Junior Planning Meeting Agenda Outline
  • Naviance and College Resources
  • Standardized Testing
  • Building Your College List
  • Visiting Colleges - What to Consider
  • College Interviews 
  • Paying for College Tools
  • Key Parts of the Admission Process When Applying
  • Sample Post-Secondary Guidebook Resources
  • Outside Resources
Also included in the Naviance Documents Folder:
SHS Resume Tip Sheet - how to begin writing a resume, how to get organized and how to use the Naviance resume builder
Vermont College Fairs Calendar - Vermont counselors have organized a spring series of college fairs throughout the state
Comparative Features of the ACT and SAT
SHS Four-Year Plan Worksheet

Senior Year Planning

Senior Checklist

The SHS Senior Planning Documents are located in the Documents Folder in Naviance.
SHS Four-Year Plan Worksheet
SHS Resume Tip Sheet
SHS Personal Information Survey
SHS Teacher Feedback Form
SHS Transcript Release Form

College Acceptance Requirements

Colleges will evaluate your academic record (transcript). Your academic record is almost always the most important factor in college admissions. They will consider the difficulty and variety of your courses. In addition to high school performance, the following are considered: the rigor of a student's program, standing in class, grade point average, trends of performance, competitiveness of the high school, experiences in student's background, letters of recommendation, application essays, special talents and community service. Colleges will also look at SAT/ACT scores.

Admission requirements to the University of Vermont. Click here

Financial Aid Resources

Financial Aid Process


VSAC - Financial Aid Resources

VSAC - Scholarships

VSAC - Grants

CSS Profile
VSAC Scholarship Booklets have arrived in the School Counseling office and are great resource for many scholarships available only to Vermonters.

Complete your scholarship applications by February 8 and you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $1000 scholarships! Final deadline to apply for scholarships is March 8.

Tuition Break Program

This program provides a discount on tuition to New England residents when they enroll in approved degree programs at out of state public colleges and universities in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT. This program is only available for certain degree programs not offered by any state college/university in a student's home state. Click here

What Are the Differences Between High School and College? Click here to learn more.