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200 Essex Street  
Swampscott  ,MA 01907 
(781) 596-8876
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Upcoming Events...........
"License Your Future" - Event
at SHS - December 10, 10:00 am
Do you have a career in mind but are unsure how to obtain it?  
Are you planning on going to college but want to pursue a professional license beforehand or in addition to?  
Not sure if you are college-bound after high school but want a solid career?
Are you interested in pursuing an education without the heavy academics but with more hands-on learning?  
Students, please join Mr. John High from the Division of Professional Licensure ( to hear about 50 different fields and what it takes to receive licensing from them, how much your potential earnings could be and projected job forecasting with in each career path.
Mr. John High will be visiting Swampscott High School on December 10th at 10:00.  Please sign up with Ms. Brown in guidance if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities in the Professional Licensure Programs such as:  Landscape Architect, Nutritionist, Real Estate Broker, Chiropractor, Social Worker, Electrician, Radio & TV Technician etc.  All grades are welcome.  Please click on the link to read more information about each field. (


Scholarship Opportunity for JUNIORS...

The Bronfman Fellowships is looking for outstanding high school juniors for our 30th Fellowship cohort.
With a year of engaging content and learning, including a 5 week all-expenses paid trip to Israel, The Bronfman Fellowships experience~provides a forum for inquisitive and creative Jewish students to engage with important texts and~learn from respected teachers in a community of diverse peers.~
Applications for the 2016 Fellowship are due January 6th, 2016 and are available online at our website, along with FAQ questions and profiles of past Fellows.~High school students in the United States and Canada who self-identify as Jewish and who will be in the twelfth grade in the fall of 2016 are eligible to apply. BYFI is a pluralistic program for Jews of all backgrounds; prior Jewish education is not required. Students are chosen not on the basis of financial need but on merit alone.


$$ Attention seniors $$

It's time to start thinking about scholarships.  There are many scholarship opportunities available if you take the time to look.  One place to be sure to check out is Naviance.  
As scholarships become available the guidance department will post them on Naviance for your convenience.  For example, Boston University is currently accepting applications for their Trustee Scholarship, which awards full-tuition to a student with extraordinary academic performance. Also, the Presidential Scholarship is accepting applications for a $20,000 renewable tuition scholarship.
Please continue to check Naviance throughout the next few months as scholarships are added on a regular basis.

School Year 2015-2016

Rachel Sturma       A - G

 Molly Morrow*     H - M
*maternity leave coverage for Emily Barnum until January 2016
Julie Mazzola            N - Z  

Sarah Kelley: Adjustment Counselor/504 Coordinator

New counselor's emails are in the process of being set-up.


Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college. Athletes playing in Division III do not have to register.

From here,  you can check out which core courses have been approved by the NCAA.

The Swampscott High School code is 222-100.

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student-athlete's academic record, SAT® or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules.

What are NCAA Divisions I, II, and III?

The NCAA is the governing body of many intercollegiate sports. Each college regulated by the NCAA has established rules on eligibility, recruiting and financial aid and falls into one of the three membership divisions (Divisions I, II and III). Divisions are based on college size and the scope of their athletic programs and scholarships.

When should students register?

The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year. There is no registration deadline, but students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before they receive athletic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II institution.

How do students register?

Students must register online at the NCAA Eligibility Center. They will have to enter personal information, answer questions about their course work and sports participation outside of high school and pay a registration fee.

Can students have the registration fee waived?

Students who have received a waiver for the SAT or ACT are eligible for a waiver of the registration fee. The student's counselor must submit confirmation of the student's test fee waiver. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal for more information.

What records does the Eligibility Center require?

Students should arrange to have the school send their high school transcript as soon as they have completed at least six semesters of high school. The transcript must be mailed directly from their high school. They must also arrange to have their SAT or ACT test scores reported directly by the testing company to the Eligibility Center (collegeboard or actstudent).  Students can arrange this when they register for the tests.

How often can students update their athletics participation information?

Students can update the information on the athletics participation section online as often as they want (and should update it regularly), up until the time when they request a final certification of their status. At that point — usually three to four months before enrolling in college — students must finalize their information.

What are the NCAA academic eligibility requirements?

To play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution, the student must:

Complete a certain number of high school core courses (defined below).
Earn a certain minimum grade point average in these core courses.
Earn a certain minimum score on the SAT or ACT.
Graduate from high school.

For more information, see the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, in the Publications section of the NCAA website.

What are core courses?

This is the name that the NCAA gives to high school courses that meet certain academic criteria specified by the association. Students must complete a certain number of core courses for NCAA Division I and II eligibility.

How are high school courses classified as core courses?

All participating high schools submit lists of the courses that they offer that meet NCAA core-course criteria. If approved, the courses are added to a database that the NCAA Eligibility Center maintains. You can check this database or view a list of approved core courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal to see whether your student-athletes are enrolled in courses that will count toward NCAA eligibility.

It is often the counselor who provides the NCAA with the list of your school's core courses and updates it annually. The NCAA may ask for more information before approving a core course.

What are the NCAA amateurism eligibility requirements?

To play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution, the student athlete must follow NCAA amateurism rules about receiving a salary or prize money for athletic participation, playing with a professional team and other areas. For more information, see the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

Keep in mind

If you are a student athlete and considering enrolling in a DI or DII college and playing a sport at this level, you begin exploring approved core courses right away!!!

The best way for students to prepare for a future in college athletics is to complete the approved core courses and earn appropriate grades in them. Indeed, more students fail to qualify to play NCAA sports because of lack of appropriate course work than for low test scores.

(NCAA FAQ adapted from


     How are you spending your summers?  NY Times writes what other teens are doing in this great article:How High Schoolers Spent Their Summer: Online, Taking More Courses
Check out this blog on the NY Times website, The Choice: Demstifying College Admissions & Aid

Did you catch the recent NPR conversation on how to understand the MYSTERIOUS TEENAGE BRAIN?

SHS parents are talking about this compelling National Geographic article here.

Read this neat article on 'What Not to Do' when applying to college - get some neat insight into admissions counselors and their pet peeves!



Little bits of information you’re always looking for!
GPA – Weighted and on a 100-point scale

Class Rank – Weighted, exact

Class of 2016 Graduation Date: June 5, 2016

Size of Senior Class: 159 for rank

 College Board Code: 222-100

CEEB Code: 222-100

ACT Code: 222-100


Guidance Seminars

Grade 9
Programs are geared toward students transitioning from middle school to high school.  Each student is assigned a Peer Mentor to help them integrate into the high school community.  Other freshmen programs include Step Up Day for all incoming ninth graders in the spring of their eighth grade year, and a Freshmen Orientation.

Grade 10
Counselors meet with students to review goals and academic requirements as well as PSAT results.  Career Exploration is done through Naviance in a small group setting.

Grade 11
Junior Guidance Seminar.  Review the College Application Process in a small group setting at least once throughout the year.

Students are trained on Naviance Family Connection online program. This is an excellent resource for students, parents, and counselors in helping to explore both college and career options. Naviance also provides students with an opportunity to learn how their Personality Type (an adaptation of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and Career Interests (Skills, Interests, and Values) affect their post-secondary planning and decision making.

Junior Parent Night is held in the spring to review the college application process with parents.
Individual College Counseling Sessions can be scheduled by request/appointment.

Fall Grade 12
Session 1 - Review College Application Process – Counselors visit senior English classes to explain the transcript request process and related college application information.
Session 2 - Financial Aid Night – Parents are invited to a MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) College Financing Seminar in early December.



Under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Temporary Record (guidance cumulative folder), must be destroyed within five years after graduation or withdrawal.  However, there may be items contained within the folder that may be of value to you in the future.  Therefore, once certified for graduation, and in lieu of destruction, the Temporary Record file will be made available to your son/daughter the week following graduation.  In order to have your record available, the guidance office requires a 48-hour notification prior to the pickup.

The laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also dictate that the student’s Permanent Transcript, which identifies the courses taken, grades received, standardized test scores, date of graduation or withdrawal, date of birth, parent’s name and address, must be kept on file for 60 years.  These are kept in the Main Office.

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