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Senior Class of 2024

Senior Class of 2024

Welcome, Seniors! Please see below for helpful information and resources as you navigate your senior year. Check back often for updates!

Commencement Program 

Please access the Grafton High School Class of 2024 Commencement program here.

Announcements - Check back often for updates!

FAFSA and the College Financial Aid ProcessLevel Up Virginia is hosting a webinar to help students and their families navigate the financial aid process and the new FAFSA.  A panel of financial aid experts will answer questions and discuss the FAFSA, federal and state financial aid, the award process, and other topics.  Students and families are encouraged to register to attend.  This event will be held April 18th from 6:00-7:00 PM.

FORWARD Pre-Apprenticeship Event - The Apprentice School hosts FORWARD (Future Opportunities Reaching the Workforce Apprentice Readiness and Development) Pre-Apprenticeship events.  These events are for high school students and include hands-on demonstrations in their virtual simulation lab, a Q & A information session, and a short tour of the Apprentice School for parents.  Click here for more information and to register.  The next event will be held May 4th from 8:30-11:30 AM.  

Service Academy Congressional Nominations - Four of the five academies - U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) - require applicants to apply for and receive a congressional nomination from either a U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator.  Senator Mark Warner is hosting a Service Academy Day to learn about the application and nomination process. Representatives from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the other federal service academies will be there to answer questions.  High school and middle school students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to attend. Congressional staff will be present to explain the nomination process. Family members, counselors, and educators are welcome.  Click here for more information and here to register.  This event will be held April 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

Meet the Professional - Meet the Professional is an opportunity to listen to a career professional talk about their journey, pros & cons, things you could be doing now if you are interested in pursing that career path, and a chance to ask questions.  Events take place throughout the year and cover all career clusters!  Most sessions occur during 2AB.  Click here for more information and to sign up.  Students may sign-up for two sessions yearly, so choose wisely!
Resources 

Senior Fall Newsletter - Check out the Senior Newsletter for important information as you prepare for your senior year and post-secondary opportunities.

Senior Activity & Information Sheet - Use the Senior Activity & Information Sheet to highlight all of your accomplishments throughout your high school career.  Students applying to colleges through the Common App or requesting a letter of recommendation will need to complete this form and submit it to their school counselor.

Official Transcript - Current students may request an official transcript through Scribbles.  Transcripts may be sent directly to colleges and universities or to the student.  For colleges and universities not linked to the Scribbles network, students will be asked to provide a stamped envelope so that the transcript may be mailed.  

Level Up Virginia - Level Up Virginia (LUV) is a statewide initiative to increase postsecondary readiness for all Virginia students.  LUV is committed to making college access information easily understandable and accessible for students of all backgrounds and to educate students, families, and staff about the many pathways to success, including 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, trade schools, apprenticeships, certificate programs and more.

Opportunities Booklet - The Opportunities Booklet is your guide to prepare for continuing education beyond high school, whether attending a career and technical education institution, community college, or four-year college or university.

Big Future - Big Future is a free, comprehensive set of digital resources that helps guide students through the journey to plan, search, and pay for college. 

Real Talk - Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative by Big Future designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. 

Common App - When you are ready to apply to colleges, the Common App can help you navigate your entire college application process. Explore more than 1,000 colleges and get connected with everything you need to apply to college, research financial aid and scholarships, and get advice from counselors, advisors and mentors.  

Commonly Asked Questions on the Common App - Feeling a little confused about how to add your counselor to your Common App?  These tips may help!

Common App Ready - Are you Common App Ready?  Use these resources to help get acquainted with what the Common App is and how it works. You'll learn about unfamiliar terms and be able to select the correct registration type for your Common App, understand the Common App layout, and search for colleges and add them to your My Colleges list!

Common Black College App (CBCA) - The Common App and CBCA are similar in nature, but the main distinction is the pool of schools. CBCA is exclusive to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), while the Common App, an admissions application created by the College Board, is accepted by more than 1,000 colleges and universities, including some HBCUs.  CBCA has a one-time fee, while the cost of submitting the Common App varies per institution.  Read here to learn more about what prospective students should know about filling out the Common Black College Application.

AP Credit Policy Search - Your AP Scores could earn you college credit or advanced placement (meaning you could skip certain courses in college). Use the AP Credit Policy Search to find colleges that offer credit or placement for AP Scores.  

AP Score Reporting - Please note that Grafton High School does not get individual score reports.  To get college credit or placement for your AP scores, you have to request that the College Board send an official AP score report to the college.  Follow this link for more information and frequently asked questions.

Transfer Virginia - Dual enrollment opportunities offer courses through which you may earn college credits. You must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll in a DE course. Click this link to learn more about making the most of dual enrollment classes and how they can transfer to Transfer Virginia partner Institutions.

MyACT - MyACT allows you to schedule your ACT test, access your score, and offers resources to help plan for college and career.

SAT Dashboard - SAT Dashboard allows you to register online and check information about an existing registration, view your score report, and access personalized information about College Board programs.

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep - Utilize Khan Academy's free, personalized test practice plan to maximize your SAT score!

VA Certificate of Eligibility - Are you eligible for benefits as a military dependent?  VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling.  Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you’ve earned.  Apply for your Certificate of Eligibility here.

Senior Year Checklist - Use the checklist below from the Opportunities booklet to help keep you on track as you navigate your Senior year and prepare for post-secondary college or career readiness!   Para acceder a este recurso en español, haga clic aquí.