The counseling department at Archbishop Murphy High School plays an integral role in the school's mission to inspire and develop Christlike leaders.
Each counselor works with students in grades 9 through 12, assigned by last name, to provide guidance services and college/career counseling.
Guidance services include:
- personal counseling
- academic scheduling and support
- credit tracking
- standardized testing
College and career services include:
- assistance with college selection and application
- career exploration
- scholarship search
Counselors work with students both individually and in groups. In addition, counselors facilitate academic staffing with students, parents and teachers as well as college informational meetings for parents.
“Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.” - Hobsons
Naviance helps guide students to a better understanding of their own strengths, interests and potential fields of study. Through Naviance, a student can conduct a college search based on the criteria most important to them (ex. location, size, Greek life, diversity, programs offered, public, private, etc.) Naviance also provides a scholarship search engine.
FOUR YEAR ACADEMIC PLAN
The 4 year college preparation and admissions timeline provides a snapshot of how our students become college ready. Over the course of their time at Archbishop Murphy High School our students will complete steps each year that will better prepare them for their post high school experience.
The purpose of the senior profile is to assist your counselor and the teachers who will be writing college and scholarship recommendations for you. The senior profile is located under the "About Me" tab in Naviance. When you have completed the senior profile, please email your counselor. NO TEACHER OR COUNSELOR RECOMMENDATION WILL BE WRITTEN UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS SENIOR PROFILE.
The senior profile is due September 15th.
The Senior Book is a packet the counseling department created for all seniors and their families. The book provides information on the following topics:
- Important dates for seniors
- Academic preparation/graduation requirements.
- Standardized testing for college (SAT/ACT)
- College research and selection process
- AMHS senior profile
- College application process
- College bound student-athletes
- Military academies/ROTC
- Financial aid/scholarships (FAFSA & CSS Profile)
- Senior AMHS Naviance checklist
- Making your college campus visit count
- Talking with college admissions representatives
- The Common Application basics
Forecasting/spring college information
The spring flyer for juniors was created for all juniors and families to provide information for forecasting and college readiness. The flyer provides information such as, SAT/ACT testing information/dates, community service, athletics, etc. Click on the link below for the flyer that was provided to your student during forecasting.
If you have a question regarding a class make sure to check-out our course catalog book located on the counseling page.
A COMPLETE LIST OF SCHOLARSHIP AND COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE
Scholarships and other financial assistance for college expenses are available from hundreds of sources. National, regional, state, and local organizations sponsor scholarships as do individual colleges and universities, and even organizations and departments within schools. On this site we have provided some useful links for scholarship searches, some general advice for approaching the search, and a limited number of selected scholarship opportunities. Also listed are competitions for seniors, and in some cases underclassmen, with cash awards that could be used for college expenses.
Scholarship and other information becomes available throughout the year, so you will need to monitor this and other sites for information. Local scholarships, especially, are promoted later in the year and updated information usually becomes available in late winter and spring.
SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE GUIDES
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE-ONLINE
College Planning Network, a non-profit organization serving students in the Pacific Northwest, produces this online guide which is periodically updated. In searching for scholarships, students may sort scholarships by eligibility codes or the "key word search" feature.
SCHOLARSHIP CLEARINGHOUSE WEBSITES
These websites will help you locate college scholarships and may give you some idea of other sources to explore. Please be aware that website data may not always be complete and up to date. Remember, there are some scholarship scams online; you should never be required to pay any money in order to apply for a specific scholarship or subscribe to a scholarship service.
A. National Scholarships
B. State and Regional Scholarships
C. Local Scholarships
D. College and Affiliated Organization Scholarships
Some scholarship programs will have made information and application forms available to us in hard copy. Scholarship files in the counseling office have been established and will be updated for these programs.
Every college has a financial aid office and will have a financial aid resource available on the website. Even students not applying for financial aid are urged to explore the financial aid information; merit based scholarships are available at many schools and students not qualifying for need based aid may be eligible for merit based support. In addition, some merit scholarships may be offered at the time of acceptance by some schools to encourage attendance."
SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID CLEARINGHOUSE WEBSITES
WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Students who are residents of WICHE states may enroll at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state at a reduced tuition rate.
WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Whether you're looking for a scholarship or looking to provide one, theWashBoard.org makes it simple. We connect students with relevant scholarships in one stop -- saving everyone time and making sure scholarships don't go unused.
This is an online scholarship and college search site. It has a fairly comprehensive data base of scholarships and will send email notifications related to specific scholarships. It also has a college match function. Be aware that while the site and service are free, you are required to provide a good deal of personal information to register. If you don't want the information shared, you will need to opt out when the site is accessed.
This online resource works much like FastWeb; you need to answer personal questions to register. Some general information is available without registering.
This website contains general information on college planning, financial aid and scholarships. It also provides a scholarship guide (see above) which specializes in state and regional scholarship opportunities. Use of the online guide is free, requires no personal profile, and provides access to all of the scholarship information in its database.
This source is provided by the American Legion. It includes college and financial planning guidance as well as a list of private scholarship sources.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
This is the official government website for information on the seven federal student aid programs. It provides a link to the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) which must be filed after January 1 and preferably prior to February 1 of the student's senior year in order to apply for federal aid.
"Funding Education Beyond High School" is a 50-page, comprehensive guide that addresses all aspects of the federal financial aid program--what you should know before you apply, how to apply, the types & amounts of aid (grants, work-study, loans), program requirements (while receiving aid, reimbursement), etc.
This site includes a free scholarship search engine.
This website is intended for use primarily by families with students in grade 11 or first semester of grade 12. It provides families with the opportunity to receive a preliminary report of their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), i.e., the minimum amount of money that the family will be expected to contribute to the student's college expenses based upon family income and assets. After completing this preliminary FAFSA, families can electronically transfer data to the actual FAFSA in January of the student's senior year in high school.