College and Career Planning

College and Career Planning

Mead High School Counselors provide college and career counseling and resources to students through individual meetings, small group presentations and large group information sessions. Students and/or parents are encouraged to reach out to their school counselor with questions about career exploration, post-secondary options or the college application process.

The Mead High School counselors have put together this comprehensive College and Career Planning Guide to help juniors, seniors and their parents gain a better understanding of the details involved in the college application process and preparing for life after high school.

College & Career Planning Guide

Writing your college essay and personal statement may feel overwhelming and you may not know where to start. There are lots of free resources to help students write great statements and essays.

College Essay and Personal Statement

The Mead High School Counselors have compiled a number of resources to help you start your college search.

College Search

Admissions representatives and career speakers schedule time to visit with Mead High School students throughout the school year. Students of all grades are encouraged to attend these presentations. For in person events, please stop by the counseling office for a pass after signing up on Naviance.

College Visit Schedule

Did you know that your very own counseling department has started a podcast? No, you didn’t know? Well, consider yourself informed and go check it out How Are You Doing Today? on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadioSpotify, or wherever you stream your favorite podcasts. We have college, financial aid, career and social emotional experts on to help students and parents figure out answers to some of your pressing counseling questions. Happy listening!

Counseling Podcast: How are You Doing Today?

These amazing resources will explain the financial aid process and how to search for scholarships using Naviance and other scholarship websites.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Mead High School Counselors have put together this resource to help students learn how to ask a teacher or counselor for a letter of recommendation. Included on this page is a short video explanation, as well as letter of recommendation forms.

Letters of Recommendation

Mead High School Counselors have compiled this list of resources, which includes military academies, ROTC programs and military enlistment.

Military Service

Naviance is a college and career planning tool that all Mead HS students will use during MAV20. Each student has a district account, which allows them the opportunity to explore careers, take self assessments which identify how different careers match their personality, interests, strengths and learning styles. Students will use Naviance to begin researching colleges, creating college lists, searching for scholarships and to send transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges. Students will also use Naviance to complete the different components of their ICAP. Please visit our Naviance / ICAP website for more details about how to use this amazing tool to prepare for your future.

Students interested in playing Division 1 or Division 2 sports in college must register with the NCAA and meet specific academic requirements. Those requirements are outlined by following the link below.

NCAA Eligibility

All students in grades 9-11 will be administered the PSAT or SAT in April of each school year. 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT, while 11th graders will take the SAT. There is no cost for these tests administered at Mead HS in April. Students can retake the SAT during one of their national administrations by registering at www.sat.org. Students should link their Khan Academy account to their College Board account to prepare for the PSAT and SAT. For more information about the PSAT, SAT or Khan Academy, please visit:

PSAT/NMSQT

SAT

Khan Academy – SAT

Seniors will use Naviance to send transcripts, letters of recommendation and Common Application forms to colleges. Please follow the link below for instructions on how to do this within your Naviance account.

This timeline will help seniors and their parents plan for the many events, dates and opportunities that relate to post-secondary planning.

Senior Timeline and Resources

WUE is a tuition reciprocity program that provides Colorado students the opportunity to attend a college in AZ, CA, NM, UT, WY, WA, OR, NV, SD, ND, MT, ID, HI, AK and Guam at roughly 150% of the in-state tuition rate rather than out-of-state tuition. Some states have GPA, test score and/or program of study requirements.

WUE – Western Undergraduate Exchange