The Valley Counseling Department has six full-time guidance counselors. The students are assigned to a counselor based on the first letters of the student’s last name. The information to the right indicates how the students are assigned.
Counseling Message Board
2019-2020 New Family Cheat Sheet
Is your family new to WDMCS and Valley? Wonder who to call if your student will be absent? Not sure how to get access to Infinite Campus? We’ve put together the answers to many frequently asked questions in one easy spot. Just click on the link to view our 2019-2020 New Family Cheat Sheet.
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) is now offering its planning programs online. Parents and students can stream these events LIVE from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors during the presentations.
It’s the same information given in a traditional school-based evening presentation but offers the flexibility to access the information from anywhere. Families just need to register and they will receive a link to join these free events.
How to Apply to College (Thursday, August 29 at 6 pm)
How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid Process (Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 pm)
The Scholarship Process: A Guide for Seniors (Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 pm)
Life After High School: Career and College Planning (August 28, 2019 at 6 pm, September 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm)
Iowa College Aid Checklist for fall of senior year
Are you starting your senior year of high school this month? Here are college prep steps to take in the next few months:
- Review coursework with your school counselor. Make sure you’ve taken or are scheduled to take all of the required courses you need for your preferred colleges.
- If you plan to take the ACT or SAT again, register for a date at least two months before the application deadlines for all the colleges/scholarships you’re considering.
- Prepare a final list of colleges and submit admission applications. Most decision and early-action college applications are due October 1.
- Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at FAFSA.gov as soon after October 1 as possible. Check with your schools of interest for their priority deadline.
- File the Iowa Financial Aid Application. To take advantage of some state-funded grants and scholarships, you must complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application.
- Ask your high school to send your official transcripts to all of colleges where you are applying.
Want to be a Valley Ambassador?
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Valley Ambassadors. Ambassadors make connections with students brand new to a large and diverse high school, giving them friendly faces to look forward to in crowded hallways and making their days at school a little easier. In addition to acting as New Student Guides, Ambassadors mentor new students, assist parents, students and staff at various VHS activities, and serve as tutors to their peers. Students will be notified of their acceptance as Ambassadors in early August 2019. To apply, please visit bit.ly/1920VHSAmbassadorApplication.
Seniors will meet with counselors in September 2019 to cover important information for students who will graduate in May 2020. Follow the link below to view the information presented to seniors during the previous school year.
Juniors will meet with counselors in December 2019* to cover information relevant to every student during their junior year. Follow the link below to view the information presented to juniors during the previous school year. *Date subject to change
What is an “RAI score“?
Students from Iowa high schools must have a Regents Admission Index, or RAI, score of at least 245, and take the minimum number of required high school courses to qualify for automatic admission to ISU, UNI, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the U of I. The index combines factors that strongly predict success at Iowa’s Regent universities. An Alternative RAI Formula is offered for students whose high school does not provide class rank, such as Valley. Follow this link to calculate your student’s RAI Score: Regent Admission Index Calculator for high schools who do NOT provide rank