High School Guidance

The mission of the Portage Area High School Guidance Office is to develop informed, self-directed, resourceful, and assertive students who will graduate within four years of entry and leave high school with clearly defined post-secondary plans. While doing so, we reach students on an emotional and individual level proportional to student needs to provide timely interventions and develop lasting relationships.

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    The Guidance Office serves many functions for high school students and their parents. Most commonly, students associate counselors with the creation of student schedules and the submission of college applications. However, counselors have many other responsibilities.  Counselors are also called on to help students in personal crisis, facilitate mediations between students, consult with students on problem solving, and provide information and referral to services outside the school.

    Counselors are different from social workers and psychologists because counselors receive specific training in career development and exploration.  Although a small percentage of high school students have a strong interest in a specific career, most students are still exploring options. Many students will experience changes in career interest, or are interested in several different career areas. Counselors can help students identify some strengths and interests to explore.  Counselors can help students find information about career options, education, salaries, etc., and can help students with investigating job shadow opportunities.

   For most students, some sort of training or education after high school will be necessary to achieve career goals.  A very high percentage of our graduating students enroll in either a 2 or 4 year college or university. Counselors can help students identify appropriate programs or schools, and are an essential part of the application process.  The guidance office provides many opportunities for students to meet with representatives from post-secondary institutions.
 
   Students may see the school counselor at any time just by stopping in the guidance office between classes. Parents are welcome to stop or call if they are in need of information or assistance.

Mary Ann George, School Counselor
Renee Bednarski, Guidance Secretary
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Graduation Requirements

LOCAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Obtain a minimum 24 units of credit.
 
NON-VO TECH STUDENTS Required credits obtained in Grades 9-12, are as follows:   English – 4 credits;  Social Studies – 4 credits;  7 Total Credits in Math & Science (Math minimum – 3 credits; Science minimum – 3 credits); Health & Physical Education – 1 credit; Driver Education - .25 credit; and the remaining credits will consist of electives to add up to at least 24   
VO TECH STUDENTS Required credits obtained in Grades 9-12, are as follows:   English – 4 credits;  Social Studies – 3 credits; 6 Total Credits in Math & Science (Math minimum – 3 credits; Science minimum – 3 credits); Health & Physical Education – 1 credit;  Driver Education - .25 credit; and 3-9 Vo Tech credits and electives to add to at least 24. 

 

Students graduating in 2023 and beyond have the following five options to meet the statewide graduation requirement.  Options 1 and 2 are the Keystone Pathways (Keystone Proficiency and Keystone Composite).  Option 3 is the Alternate Assessment Pathways.  Option 4 is the Evidence Based Pathway.  Finally, Option 5 is the CTE Pathway.  Explanations of each pathway can be found on the graphic below.

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The online application for Vo Tech can be found HERE.  It may say the form is expired when you go to the link, but if you hit refresh the application will load. Please complete all *starred* areas with your parents and submit applications as soon as possible. 

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