The Guidance Center for any high school is a beehive of activity and now is no exception at Payson High School. The course selection process for next year is under way.
Parents should expect their students to be bringing home materials to discuss the courses that will be requesting for next year. Completed course requests are due back to the school, with parents' signatures, by Friday, Feb. 8. While underclassmen were in their course selection workshops, the 12th grade students participated in a Making College Count program. This program is aimed at helping seniors identify the elements employers are looking for in new employees and which career areas are forecast to have increasing job opportunities in the future.
PHS has scheduled two other highly informative programs; Making Your College Search Count and Making College Financial Planning Count.
The highly anticipated Making Your College Search Count presentation is aimed at the junior class. The presentation will be delivered free to students and parents in the PHS auditorium at 8:25 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
Making Your College Search Count provides students with crucial information on how to conduct an effective college search and selection. It is designed to help students begin thinking about which colleges would be right for them and what they need to do to apply.
The second program PHS has scheduled is the Making College Financial Planning Count program for parents of students in grades nine through 12. This free, one-hour presentation will be delivered to parents in the PHS auditorium at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.
Making College Financial Planning Count is designed to help parents gain an understanding of how the college financing process works, including options available to develop a college-funding strategy, how to plan for and manage all college costs and different types of financial aid available. Parents will learn how to send their children to college without risking their financial future.
Close on the heels of these activities is the next round of Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) testing, with AIMS writing testing on Feb. 26 and the AIMS reading testing on Feb. 27.