Guidance

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Mission  

The mission of the Excel High School Guidance Department is to provide a developmental program that will facilitate and support the educational achievement of all students. The program focuses on personal development, academic success, and postsecondary planning. Our goal is to promote students’ sense of responsibility personally, socially, and academically, so that students can work towards their full potential. Guidance Counselor assignments are determined alphabetically by last name. Students will have the same guidance counselor during all four years of high school.

Some of our duties include:

  • Helping students cope with social / emotional stress

  • Working with students to develop their full academic potential

  • Assisting students with transition issues

  • Guiding students through the post-secondary process, both college and career

The members of the Excel High School Guidance Department help students reach success in their academic program, post-secondary planning and personal life. There are many factors that impact a student’s academic performance and personal behavior.  

By providing access to various school and community resources, guidance helps students make the choices that will lead to professional and personal success. Students are encouraged to utilize guidance services individually and through the comprehensive guidance program which addresses the needs of students at each grade level.         

Our Model

The Excel High School Guidance Department is committed to using an outreach model as one means of providing guidance to our students. Classroom instruction ensures that all students receive the information about available resources for personal well-being and career planning. We believe that the information offered through these programs is a valuable part of each student’s education and therefore is integrated into the school program. These programs are continually adjusted to more effectively meet the needs of our students.   

Get Involved

Excel High School students and their parents are encouraged to meet and communicate with the Guidance Office. Individual meetings are another service that the Guidance Department provides and we strongly advise students to take advantage of these opportunities The Guidance Department looks forward to working with all students and families and providing them with the highest  level of professionalism and personal care. For more information please contact the Excel Guidance Dept. Student Development Counselors.

STUDENT FAQ


WHAT IS GPA?

GPA stands for grade point average. Courses taken outside Boston Public Schools as part of high school are included. The following courses do not count when calculating a student’s GPA: Physical Education, After School Activities, Work/Study, and courses with a final grade of “I” or “P.”

DO I NEED A CERTAIN GPA TO PLAY SPORTS?

Yes. Students must average a “2.0” in the previous term to the sport being played. 

WHAT DOES “NC” MEAN ON A STUDENT’s REPORT CARD?

“NC” stands for “no credit.” Students receive an NC if they have four or more unexcused absences in a term in a class that they are passing. If the student is failing, they will receive an “F” no matter what their attendance is. If a student has two consecutive terms of “NC” in a class, the term grade in which they first received an “NC” will turn into a 59% or an F+. If the student’s attendance improves in the term following an “NC”, the grade the student originally earned in that class will be issued. 

Yes! Excel High School offers a variety of fun after school activities. While activities can provide a fun outlet after school, they also look good for colleges. Colleges and Universities like see students doing more than just going to and from school every day. They look for well-rounded students involved in the school and community.  

WHAT DO I NEED FROM EXCEL IN ORDER TO APPLY TO COLLEGE?

Students need several documents from Excel in order to apply to college including a transcript, letters of recommendation from both guidance and teachers, a resume of activities, application fee waivers if eligible, and students must make sure their SAT scores are sent to colleges. 

WHEN DO I TAKE THE SAT’s?

Students typically take the SAT during the Spring of their Junior year, and again during the Fall of their Senior year. 

WHAT IS THE TOEFL? DO I NEED TO TAKE IT?

The guidance department encourages any student whose second language is English and has lived in the country for six or less years to take the Toefl. Please follow this link to register for the Toefl: http://www.ets.org/toefl