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Counseling Department

News and updates from the counseling department

News from the Counseling and Career Center

We are excited to introduce a new face in our Center!

Hello, my name is Sean Briggs, and I am a new College and Career Advisor at Highland High School. I just moved here from Michigan and am excited to work with your students! My background is in teaching, but I bring a lot of knowledge on post-high school life since my graduation from college in 2014. Here are some announcements from our CCA office…


  • Reminder that if you need an ALEKS score for your math and science dual enrollment class(es) this fall, the CCA’s (Sarah & Sean) will be holding ALEKS testing in the media center on Wednesday the 4th and Thursday the 5th after school.


  • Carroll College will have a representative on campus Friday, September 6th at 11 AM. If you’re interested, please sign up in the CCA/Counseling office.


  • There will be a United States Senate Youth Program informational meeting after school on September 9th in the CCA office. This is for any interested Junior or Senior that currently holds an elected or appointed position in student government, education, public affairs, or community service. The position must represent a constituency. Visit the CCA office if there are any questions.


  • Please verify that you are ready/registered for your dual enrollment courses this fall. This includes verifying that all paperwork/accounts have been completed for Fast Forward, Advanced Opportunities and registration with the corresponding college. Any questions can be directed to the CCA’s or your dual enrollment teacher.

IMPORTANT  PSAT Exam Information

**Exam is on Oct. 16th, 2019**

10th graders--The preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is given every October to sophomores as an opportunity to become familiar with the content and process for the SAT. When testing results are utilized, they provide students’ feedback on their academic strengths and weaknesses necessary for college study as well as exploring career interests and college searches. This is paid for by the State of Idaho.



11th graders--Juniors are highly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to PSAT test again in order to provide them with National Merit Scholarship opportunities as well as better preparation for the SAT college entrance exam taken in April. Juniors are responsible to pay $17.00 for the exam. If you did not pay for the test at schedule pick-up, this can still be paid to Highland’s Bursar by September 9th.  If a junior pays to take the exam and then does not test, they will be charge a $4.00 unused test fee. The $4.00 is the fee Highland is charged by College Board per unused junior test.


Many juniors have chosen to take advantage of retesting and have paid for the exam and we are excited to see the enthusiasm of these juniors! If you or your guardian paid for the exam and would like to get a refund and NOT TEST, please see Shelley in the Bursar’s office by Sept. 9th  so a test is not ordered for you. This will ensure that you are not charged the unused testing fee.