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SWHS College and Academic Planning Events

The SWHS Counseling Department knows the postsecondary application, financial aid, and academic planning processes are real processes—they take time, energy, and resources. The Southwest Counseling team is excited to walk with you through these processes. While this time often increases stress and anxiety, questions and uncertainty, we hope it can also be a little exciting. This year we are reimagining our facilitation of these events during Distance Learning and still plan to offer you relevant, timely information to help reduce stress and anxiety and to empower you through this process.


Senior Kick Off Week

Monday, September 14 - Saturday, September 19, 2020

We will offer a number of virtual workshop sessions this week for 12th graders and their parents/families, both during the day and in the evening. This website will be updated with specifics once they're available and students and families will also be emailed.

Some examples of workshop sessions: overview of the college application process, selective college admissions, writing the college essay, financial aid and scholarship options, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and pursuing college athletics as a student-athlete.


Postsecondary Research Process for Families of Juniors

11th grade is the postsecondary research year. The Counseling team will work with all 11th graders during the regularly scheduled school day to unfold this process throughout the school year. We also will provide programming/events for parents/families of 11th graders to support you as you take this journey with your children. This website will be updated with further information, and we'll notify famiiles via email, once those (reimagined) events are scheduled this fall.


Spring College and Academic Planning Workshop

TBD, dependent upon whether we're back to in-person school or still in the distance learning phase

Some examples of past workshop sessions: PSEO, IB Diploma and IB Career-related Programmes, academic planning/course registration, how to use Naviance, AchieveMpls’ Step-Up summer job opportunities, and understanding financial aid award packages. We also offer some repeat sessions from the Fall Workshop such as: beginning the college search, the primary and secondary factors considered in college admissions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), pursuing college athletics as a student-athlete.


A huge thank you to the Southwest Foundation for the support needed to provide these workshops and resources to Southwest students and families!