- Academic Planning
- Student Assistance Services
- Curriculum Guide
- Student Handbook
- 21st Century Scholars Indiana
- College and Career Readiness
Starting high school means mapping out a plan to get from freshman to senior year and eventually to a two- or four-year college.
With the first year of high school behind them, students should start thinking about colleges and careers that might be a good fit and start exploring those areas.
Old enough to legally both drive and work in most states, high school juniors should seek out internships, job shadows and summer jobs that align with the careers they're interested in. Don’t forget to take some time to consider post-secondary opportunities. Visit campuses, take the SAT or ACT, consider career-tech opportunities available at the high school, and find the best fit for you.
Most students spend the start of senior year visiting campuses, narrowing their list and then applying to college or other post-secondary opportunities. Watch the deadlines for applications and scholarships and make sure you identify people who can write you good recommendations. Then work hard! Colleges will want to see that you finished high school strong.
Student Assistance Services (SAS) at Harrison High School is a multi-disciplinary system of services available to provide support and assistance for students who are experiencing concerns which interfere with their academic and social success. Students experiencing difficulties in areas such as academics, health, attendance, and behavior can be referred to Student Assistance. As these types of problems often interfere with a student’s ability to develop both academically and emotionally, Student Assistance Services (SAS) will provide strategies to help referred students and their parents work towards academic and personal success using a variety of school and community resources.
Procedure for Student Assistance Referrals:
Students, parents, and teachers can make referrals to SAS anytime there are concerns about a student’s well-being by contacting the student’s counselor or by completing a Student Assistance Services Referral Form. All Student Assistance Services referrals are kept strictly confidential.
Serious or life-threatening referrals should be made directly to the counseling or administrative staff.
A Student Assistance Referral Form is filled out by the teacher/staff/person/parent, etc. for any concern related to any academic, behavior, or emotional problem or possible substance abuse. These referrals should only be made based on observable criteria such as grades, attendance, or behaviors - not from supposition or rumors. Completed forms should be returned to HHS Student Services.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE SERVICES COMPONENTS
The following items are the current components of Student Assistance Services at Harrison High School. As the program is developed, some of these components may be changed and adapted, others may be dropped, and still others may be added to help meet the needs of our diverse student population.
Raider Rally-Freshman Orientation Program:
In order to help new freshmen transition into being high school students, a freshman orientation program is held one week before school starts. Broken into small groups with an upper-class mentor, the freshmen have the opportunity to meet new people, learn about the school, and go through their schedules. These experiences help them be better prepared for the beginning of the school year.
Student Assistance Team:
The Student Assistance Team is made up of a group of dedicated multi-disciplinary staff members (teachers, administrators, counselors, and the nurse) who offer alternative interventions and support for students experiencing difficulties with academics, health, attendance, and behavior. The team will help develop an intervention plan with the intent to improve student success.
Counselors work with their students using the brief counseling approach. This approach focuses on solutions rather than the problems. Students learn how to set goals, identify their assets and their resources, and look to the future concentrating on past successes.
Students are given the skills necessary to develop strategies that will allow them to reduce and/or modify the barriers which interfere with learning.
Support groups will be offered each semester to address student concerns. Groups will be developed and run based on student need. Some possible group topics are Living with Attention Deficit Disorder, Pregnancy, Grief, Stress Management, and Self-esteem. Groups will be run on a rotating basis so students will not miss the same class each week. Students will receive an excused absence from class to attend groups during school hours, but they are responsible for any class work missed.
After getting to know the student, it might be determined that adaptations are necessary to help the student be more successful in the school setting. Adaptive programs such as General Education Interventions, Section 504 Intervention Plans, and Individual Education Plans might be put into place based on student eligibility. Student Assistance Services helps to determine student eligibility for these programs.
Certain teachers at Harrison have agreed to be mentors to students who need additional guidance and monitoring during the school day. The student might be assigned to the mentor on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, or as the student and mentor deem appropriate. The Student Assistance Team will use mentoring as one of its interventions.
Tutoring Referral Services:
There are times when students need additional instruction for a class, but they may not know where to go for help. They are first encouraged to go to the teacher for additional instruction before or after school; however, sometimes that is not enough. Although Student Assistance Services does not provide actual tutoring, the counselors do have the names of people or organizations who do outside tutoring –some free and some for pay.
There are times when the students’ problems go beyond the expertise of our counselors or require more time than the counselor can devote to working with any individual student. Student Assistance Services can suggest available Community resources and/or make referrals when appropriate.
Drug/Alcohol Prevention and Intervention:
Harrison Student Assistance believes that it is important to assist in developing a safe, disciplined and drug-free environment. The school will provide drug and alcohol educational/awareness prevention and intervention programs that are age appropriate. A counselor will work with those students and their parents who do not pass drug screens given through the TSC drug testing policy. Student Assistance Services will work to empower students to become proactive in making the right choices, but will also provide students with an understanding of the negative consequences of their choices.
Current Freshmen and Sophomores are REQUIRED to participate in the Scholars Success Program. You can set up your account and complete the requirements by visiting the 21st Century Scholarship Program for Students at http://scholars.in.gov/.
Current Senior Scholars are required to complete the affirmation process process to receive your scholarship. Complete the requirements by visiting the 21st Century Scholarship Program for Students at http://scholars.in.gov/.
The PSAT measures critical reading, mathematics and writing skills that are often necessary for students to succeed in college and careers. This test also provides juniors entry into National Merit Scholarship competitions, as well as other scholarships. The PSAT allows students to prepare for the SAT while getting valuable feedback about academic skills.
Recommended Testing Grades: 10 and or 11
Content Tested: Critical reading, math, and writing skills
Go to www.collegeboard.org/psat for sample questions for each skill.
Following the PSAT, visit My College QuickStart to explore colleges and careers at www.collegeboard.org/quickstart
The SAT is a benchmark college entrance exam that predicts college success.
This test measures reading, writing, and math and how well students can apply their knowledge.
Recommended Testing Grades: 11-12
Content Tested: Measures problem solving skills in critical reading, mathematics and writing.
Visit www.collegeboard.org/sat to register for an SAT date/location and to obtain information about free practice resources and college/career planning.
The ACT is based on information that students are learning in high school. Test questions are in the content areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science.
Recommended Testing Grades: 11-12
Content Tested: Questions in English, math, reading, and science are based on what students are taught in high school.
Visit www.actstudent.org to register for the ACT, to obtain free online practice tests, testing tips and college preparation and career planning information.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Any student who has been identified with a disability (has an IEP or 504), and who plans on taking the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and or any AP exams, will need to apply for accommodations at least 3 months in advance of the test. Please contact Harrison’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator to initiate the accommodations process. If approved, please be sure to read the entire Eligibility Letter which explains how accommodations will be provided. Most testing companies require students to include their SSD Eligibility Code during the online registration process in order to receive their accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Harrison SSD Coordinator or Testing Supervisor of a registered test date when an exam will be taken at Harrison with approved accommodations. Please note that there are very specific deadlines for the Testing Supervisor to order testing materials and arrange for a proper testing environment.
TEST PREP RESOURCES
Free ACT Prep:
Practice Questions/ACT Student
Test Prep/ACT Student
ACT SparkNotes Online Test Prep
Fee Related ACT Prep:
ScoreUP! Test Prep
Kaplan ACT Prep
W. Lafayette Sylvan- Acing the ACT
ACT Study Guides (Books):
Official Act Prep Book
The Real ACT Prep Guide
McGraw Hill’s ACT
McGraw Hill’s 10 ACT Practice Tests
Cracking the ACT (by Princeton Review)
Kaplan ACT Primer