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Guidance

The mission of guidance is quality learning for all students by enhancing the learning environment through support of the teaching staff and encouragement of students to set and meet personal, academic, and career development goals. The High School Guidance Counselor supports this mission primarily through high school course advising and through college advising.
Course Advising
The MSD High School Guidance Counselor works with students to select courses that align with their career or college goals and meet MSDE graduation requirements. The Guidance Counselor serves in an advisory role with students and works with administration to coordinate various scheduling functions. 
 
Course Advising includes specific counseling and guidance with:
  • Reviewing career and college goals and which courses align with them 
  • Helping to plan a challenging course schedule
  • Selecting the appropriate high school classes
  • Advising regarding courses needed for graduation requirements
  • Communicating with families regarding scheduling
  • Coordinating Dual Enrollment college credit classes
  • Assisting students with dual enrollment admissions and selection
  • Coordinating MSDE Virtual School offerings and enrollment
  • Advising students regarding virtual school eligibility  
  • Facilitating the Course Drop/Add process
  • Serving as Point of Contact for Administrative Attendance Waiver Process
Course Advising Information and Forms:
  1. High School Courses
To receive a Maryland High School Diploma, MSD students must successfully complete all curriculum objectives of required courses in addition to fulfilling the MSDE/MSD requirements.
2.  Dual Credit Course Options
 
MSD students have the option to take college-level courses while they are still in high school. They will earn college credit in addition to high school credit. The courses can also meet MSDE's graduation requirements. College credit can be applied to other colleges that accept the credit.
College Advising
The MSD High School Guidance Counselor works with students to identify strengths, set goals, and establish a strategy for college admission. The Guidance Counselor serves in an advisory role until the student makes his/her final decision.
 
College Advising includes specific counseling and guidance with:
  • Helping to plan a challenging course schedule
  • Selecting the appropriate high school classes
  • Attending college fairs and open houses
  • Providing tips on how to visit a school
  • Advising which college admission tests to take and when to take them
  • Coordinating College Admissions presentations/meetings at MSD
  • Recommending colleges to match academic profiles and career goals
  • Facilitating the application process
  • Sending transcripts and documents to colleges
  • Writing letters of recommendation
  • Helping families understand how financial aid works
  • Connecting students to scholarship opportunities
College Advising Information and Forms:
 
1.  Calendar
Calendars can be used as valuable guides for planning college activities and can be a useful time management tool. 
2.  ACT 
MSD offers several opportunities for students to take the optional ACT examination. Successful performance on this national exam is accepted for college admission at all colleges in the United States.
3.  Application Materials 
College Applications can be complicated. Guidance can help not only with the application but with securing the supplemental documents requested by the college.
4.  Financial Aid
Financial aid is money given to a student to help that student pay for college.
5.  Resources
 
Important website for students taking the ACT for college admission. Also offers educational and career planning.
 
Important website for students taking the SAT, PSAT, or Advanced Placement Exams.
 
Multi-search website that allows you to search colleges by major, sports, and financial aid. Also includes a college quick finder that allows you to search by college name.
 
Offers information related to nearly 400 colleges. An essential tool in applying to colleges on the Common Application.
 
Essential information for any student wanting to play college sports. Home of the NCAA eligibility center.
 
Provides information regarding the procedure of acquiring federal student aid.
 
Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID here.
 
Important website for students wanting to apply to Gallaudet University. Includes the online application for undergraduate admission.
 
Important website for students wanting to apply to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf or Rochester Institute of Technology. Includes the online application for undergraduate admission. 
Della Hager, M.A., N.C.C.
Guidance Counselor
della.hager@msd.edu 
V: 301-360-2038
VP: 240-575-3825