West Iron County Guidance Office

Here you will find information on course descriptions, dropping/adding classes, graduation requirements, and testing information.
Click on the topics below to learn more.

Drop/Add Classes

Pupils may not drop any subject (including Band, Orchestra, Art, Gym, etc.) without signed permission from the parent, the teacher involved, the counselor, and the principal. Such permission is seldom granted after the first five days of school.

Pupils are urged to elect a program of studies, which they are reasonably sure of being able to handle.

Pupils who may be permitted to drop a subject for any reason should not expect to enroll late in some other subject. The courses and subjects students elect for the coming year should not be changed once selected unless students have exceptional reasons. The program for the new year — the assignment of teachers, the assignment of rooms, etc. — is set on the basis of students’ selections. Changes after that date are not fair to others, so students and parents are encouraged to plan carefully.

If courses are dropped because of insufficient enrollment, students may need to select courses other than those of their “1st choice.”

Changes will not be made in a student’s schedule for the following reasons:

(1) Students do not like the class

(2) Students do not like the teacher

(3) The class is held during an inconvenient period

(4) Students do not need the class

(5) Students do not like other students in the class

(6) Students do not like their lunch period

We feel that in the workplace, adults should be able to overcome similar hurdles to occupational success; thus, within our school, we should ensure that these expectations also apply to our adolescents.

Graduation Requirements at West Iron County High School

Graduation Requirements for Juniors and Seniors

  • 4 credits    English
  • 2 credits    Math
  • 2 credits    Science (1 credit Biology)
  • 2 credits    Social Studies ( 1 credit U. S. History, ½ credit American Government, ½    credit Civics)
  • ½ credit    Computers
  • ½ credit    Physical Education 9
  • ½ credit    Health
  • 12.5 credits    Electives
  • 24 credits    Minimum to Graduate for the classes of 2009 and 2010

BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2011, THE NEW STATE MANDATED MICHIGAN MERIT CURRICULUM WILL BE FOLLOWED AT WEST IRON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

Graduation Requirements for Freshmen and Sophomores

  • 4 credits    English
  • 4 credits    Math (1 cr. Algebra, 1 cr. Geometry, 1 cr. Algebra II, and a senior year Math
  •                  Credit)
  • 3 credits    Science (1 cr. Biology, 1 cr. Chemistry or Physics, 1 cr. In another Science
  •                   Class)
  • 3 credits    Social Studies (1 cr. U.S. History 9, 1 cr. World History, ½ cr. Economics
  •                    ½ cr. American Government)
  • 1 credit     Visual, Performing, or Applied Arts
  • 1 credit     Online learning experience
  • ½ credit    Physical Education 9
  • ½ credit    Health Education
  • 5 credits   Electives
  • 22 credits   Minimum to Graduate for the classes of 2011 and beyond
Scholarships

View 2014-2015 Scholarships

Check the Bulletin Board or see Mrs. Harrington for more available scholarships

 

Staff

Christine Harrington

Christine Harrington
charrington@westiron.org

 


 

Testing

Web Sites
ACT
SAT
PSAT
MEAP
ASVAB

Test Center Numbers
ACT:  232-105
SAT:  232-105

 

College Links
University and College Homepages Direct Application Links

FAQ’s

Adrian College Online Application  http://www.adrian.edu/about/index.php
Albion College Online Application  http://www.albion.edu/admissions/faq.asp
Alma College Online Application  http://www.alma.edu/admissions/faqs
Andrews University Online Application  http://www.andrews.edu/about/index.html
Aquinas College Online Application(download)  http://www.aquinas.edu/about/ 
Ave Maria College Online Application(free online)  http://www.avemaria.edu/fastfacts/
Baker College Online Application  https://www.baker.edu
Bay de Noc Community CollegeWest Campus Degree Offerings Online Application  http://www.baycollege.edu/?aboutbay 
Bellin College of Nursing Online Application  http://www.bcon.edu/about.html
Bellin Health (school of Radiologic Technology) Online Application http://www.bellin.org/portal/page/portal/Section/careers/..
Calvin College Online Application  http://www.calvin.edu/about/
Carroll College  Online Application(free online)  http://www.cc.edu/about/
Carthage College Online Application  http://www.carthage.edu/about/about.html
Central Michigan University Online ApplicationDirect link to Counselor Form  http://www.cmich.edu/admissions/
Cleary College Online Application  http://www.cleary.edu/future/index.html
College for Creative Studies Online Application  http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/hs/admissions http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/hs/admissions/faq
Concordia College-Ann Arbor Online Application  http://www.cuaa.edu/ADM_Prospective%20Stu.htm
Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon) Online Application(free online)  http://www.cuatcuw.com/students/whycuw/faq.htm
Cornerstone University Online Application  http://www.cornerstone.edu/future_students/interested
Davenport University Online Application  http://www.davenport.edu
Eastern Michigan University Online Application  http://www.emich.edu/aboutemu/fastfacts/
Ferris State University Online Application(free online)Direct Link to Counselor Form  http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/ferris.htm
Finlandia University Online Application

 http://www.finlandia.edu/stulife.html

Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton) Online Application  http://www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1726&PID=1
Grace Bible College Online Application  http://www.gbcol.edu/admissions/admissionsinfo.html
GogebicCommunity College    Online Application  http://www.gogebic.cc.mi.us/aboutGCC/qfacts.shtm 
Grand Valley State University Online Application  http://www.gvsu.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.aboutgvsu
Henry Ford Community College Online Application  http://www.hfcc.edu/getting_started/AssessmentCenter.asp
Hillsdale College Online Application  http://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions/faq/faq_search.asp
Hope College Online Application  http://www.hope.edu/admissions/intro.html
ITT Technical Institute Online Application  http://www.itt-tech.edu/faq/
Kalamazoo College Online Application  http://www.kzoo.edu/ir/fastfacts.php
Kendall College of Art & Design Online Application(download)
Kettering University Online Application
Lakeland College Online ApplicationDirect link to Counselor Form
Lake Superior State University Online Application  http://www.lssu.edu/about/facts.php
Lansing Community College Online Application  http://www.lcc.edu/about/facts/lcc_facts_at_a_glance.pdf
Lawrence Technological University Online Application  http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/freshman/
Loyola University-Chicago Online Application  http://www.luc.edu/admission.shtml
Madonna University Online Application  http://cms.madonna.edu/pages/admissions
Marian University Online Application  http://www.mariancollege.edu
Marygrove College Online Application  http://www.marygrove.edu/admissions/process.asp
Marquette University Online Application(free online)Direct link to Counselor Form  http://www.marquette.edu/student/
Martins College of Cosmetology Online Application Not Available  http://www.martinscollegeofcosmetology.com/AboutUs/FAQ
Michigan State University Online Application  http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/freshmen_FAQs.asp
Michigan Technological University Online Application(free online)Direct link to Counselor Form  http://www.mtu.edu/level4/facts/2000.htm
NWTC (time sensitive application period for health fields) Online Application  http://www.nwtc.edu/Admissions/Default.htm Check out the most recent program availability (seats openings) for the upcoming year: http://www.nwtc.edu/Status.htm
Northern Michigan University Online ApplicationDirect link to Counselor Form  http://webb.nmu.edu/
North Park University Online Application  http://www.northpark.edu
Northwood University Online Application  http://www.northwood.edu/mi/admissions/
Oakland University Online Application  http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=479&sid=16
Olivet College Online Application  http://www.olivetcollege.edu/about/quick_facts.php
Reformed Bible College Online Application
Rochester College Online Application  http://www.rc.edu/prospect_stu/
Saginaw Valley State University Online Application
Siena Heights University Online Application
Silver Lake College Online Application
Spring Arbor University Online Application
St. Norberts College Online Application(reduced fee-online)
University of Detroit Mercy Online Application
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Online ApplicationU of M requires theCSS Profile for financial aid purposes.
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Online Application
UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio) Online Application
University of Wisconsin Online Application
Vermillion Community College Online Application
Walsh College Online Application
Wayne State University Online Application
Western Michigan University Online Application
Wisconsin College of Cosmetology Online Application Not Available

 

Academic Information

Academy Information

The requirements and expectations for Military Academies vary greatly.  The structure of an academy is very different than that of a civilian college.  From the day you enter the academy, you are pursing a college education and preparing for a career.  Upon graduation from the academy, as an officer, there is a five year military commitment for most branches.  There are no tuition payments and cadets receive a stipend of over $700 per month.  Below is a summary of the key points for each branch of service:

Air Force Academy:  Congressional Nomination Required

United States Military Academy (West Point):  Congressional Nomination Required

Naval Academy:  Congressional Nomination Required

Coast Guard Academy:  Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  No nomination required.

Merchant Marine Academy:  Congressional Nomination Required.  Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Mission:  To educate and train students who can serve as competent shipboard deck officers, while preparing them for positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in the maritime and intermodal transportation industries.  No Military commitment with this academy.

FAFSA

Key Financing Items for Seniors:  The FAFSA Form

  • January 1st (no sooner) through March 1st (no later) of your senior year, everyone MUST fill out the FAFSA form.  Families with high incomes should still fill out this form.  It is sometimes required for other purposes as well.
  • The FAFSA form goes through the Federal Government and is used for financial aide purposes across the country.  It is based on both student and parent incomes from the previous year, therefore tax returns must be completed before filing.  If you need to estimate your income to meet this deadline, you can go in later to correct your data.  March 1st is the deadline for Michigan Colleges and Universities.  Forms submitted later than March 1st risk missing out on some forms of Federal Funding.
  • The FAFSA will need to be filled out again each year the student is enrolled in college.
  • The FAFSA can be filled out online by clicking the hyperlink below or paper versions are available in the Counseling Office.  We strongly encourage you to fill the form out online for many reasons.  Ease of access and speed of response are the two main reasons.
  • To fill the FAFSA out online, you and your parents must both apply for separate PIN numbers.  A PIN number is an electronic signature that will be emailed to you once you apply by clicking the link below.  You can apply for a PIN number any time during the Fall of your Senior Year.

Click here to apply for a PIN number

Click here to fill out the FAFSA form On-Line

Planning Tips for Underclassmen College Financing:

  • Start learning about the College Financing Process now.  The following link provides an overview of the financial aide process as well as a personalized college funding worksheet.  College Funding Tips and Strategies
  • The FAFSA form produces a figure that is used in college financial aide offices to determine how much money a family should have saved over the past year based on a variety of circumstances.  This value is called the EFC:  Expected Family Contribution.  The EFC does not change from one college to the next.  It is the amount that you are expected to write a check for to cover the entire year.  The rest of the tuition may be comprised of loans etc, but this must be a cash payment.  You can estimate your EFC by using the following link:  Estimated EFC 
MSEP

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

Since 1994, the MSEP program has helped to make out-of-state educational opportunities more affordable for students in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin by offering a reduction in out-of-state tuition costs at over 140 college campuses.

At public colleges, the tuition rate under this program for students graduating from a high school outside the state would be equal to 150% of the rate for an in-state student (normally this rate would be double the in-state cost).  The link below will take you to participating public, private, two- and four-year colleges and universities.

MSEP Participation List

Financing

Paying for College:  Michigan Resources

Key Financing Items for Seniors:  The FAFSA Form

  • January 1st (no sooner) through March 1st (no later) of your senior year, everyone MUST fill out the FAFSA form.  Families with high incomes should still fill out this form.  It is sometimes required for other purposes as well.
  • The FAFSA form goes through the Federal Government and is used for financial aide purposes across the country.  It is based on both student and parent incomes from the previous year, therefore tax returns must be completed before filing .  If you need to estimate your income to meet this deadline, you can go in later to correct your data.  March 1st is the deadline for Michigan Colleges and Universities.  Forms submitted later than March 1st risk missing out on some forms of Federal Funding.
  • The FAFSA will need to be filled out again each year the student is enrolled in college.
  • The FAFSA can be filled out online by clicking the hyperlink below or paper versions are available in the Counseling Office.  We strongly encourage you to fill the form out online for many reasons.  Ease of access and speed of response are the two main reasons.
  • To fill the FAFSA out online, you and your parents must both apply for separate PIN numbers .  A PIN number is an electronic signature that will be emailed to you once you apply by clicking the link below.  You can apply for a PIN number any time during the Fall of your Senior Year.

Click here to apply for a PIN number

Click here to fill out the FAFSA form On-Line

Planning Tips for Underclassmen College Financing:

  • Start learning about the College Financing Process now.  The following link provides an overview of the financial aide process as well as a personalized college funding worksheet.  College Funding Tips and Strategies
  • The FAFSA form produces a figure that is used in college financial aide offices to determine how much money a family should have saved over the past year based on a variety of circumstances.  This value is called the EFC:  Expected Family Contribution.  The EFC does not change from one college to the next.  It is the amount that you are expected to write a check for to cover the entire year.  The rest of the tuition may be comprised of loans etc, but this must be a cash payment.  You can estimate your EFC by using the following link:  Estimated EFC 
Military

Military Enlistment: Enlistment means going through boot camp and working your way up in rank

ROTC: With high enough ASVAB scores, you may be able to join through ROTC and enter directly as an officer.

Academy: Most challenging entrance requirements.  Some require a congressional nomination.