School Counseling

Success in college and the workforce is not a happy accident. It takes planning, research, and a willingness to do what it takes. There’s a lot to do, and it can seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help you take those first steps—the rest is up to you! 

New Student Vo-Tech Application

We offer a great vo-tech program developed specifically to meet the needs and interests of our students. To apply for this program please fill out the application below.

SAT Update

A new SAT administration is being added to the calendar for September 26, 2020. Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.Visit the College Board website for more information.

PHEAA Financial Aid Updates

All of the PHEAA Access Partners are available for one-on-one virtual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) sessions every Wednesday in May from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This opportunity is available to current 2020 high school graduates and others who are planning to enroll at a postsecondary institution in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. We are scheduling phone appointments for assistance with the FAFSA. I can be reached by text or phone at (724) 831-7317 to schedule an appointment.

As you may know, PHEAA extended the May 1 PA State Grant application deadline by two weeks to May 15 for the 2020-21 academic year. We hope that this additional assistance with the FAFSA will assist students in completing the FAFSA before the new deadline of May 15

Seniors: If you have not yet filed your FAFSA please make sure you do so as soon as possible to avoid missing your school's deadline.

Juniors: If you think you are interested in attending any type of school after high school, including trade schools, you should start preparing to file the FAFSA. The earliest you can apply is October 1, 2020; however, you can visit the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website now and start planning for the FAFSA. 

You can also sign up at the scholarship resources listed and create your profile now. These sites will start emailing scholarship opportunities directly to you.

PHEAA also offers a smart borrowing website that can help you start investigating your spending and borrowing profile and start planning for your future. 

Sample Resumes & Cover Letters

Don't let all this free time go to waste! Get ready for your future and spruce up your cover letter and resume! Here are some sample cover letters and resumes for you to use to get yourself ready for your next big opportunity!

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students in the Moniteau School District must earn a minimum of 26 credits. While we expect students to take responsibility for ensuring they will meet the requirements for graduation, our counselors are here and ready to help students develop a graduation strategy. 

  • 4 English
  • 4 Mathematics 
  • 3 Science 
  • 3 Social Studies* 
  • 2 Physical Education 
  • .5 Health 
  • .25 Drivers Education
  • .25 Computer Research
  • 9 Electives 9 credits* 

*Beginning with the class of 2021, students must earn four social studies credits and only eight elective credits. The computer research requirement will not longer be applicable beginning with the class of 2020.

To satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), every student must achieve a minimum of “proficient” on the algebra and literature Keystone exams.

Free Practice Exams

Ready for college but not ready to pick a major or take the entrance exams? Your local libraries are your best resource when it comes to college and career guidance, free practice tests, and so much more!

Moniteau Jr. Sr. High School Library

This year our library is proud to present Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center! Once in the high school library users can log on using the username: moniteau and the password: warriors to access career profiles, job and internship postings, career advice, networking, career assessments, interviews with professionals, and more! See Mrs. Grossman in our library for more details.

Butler Public Library

Butler Public Library has huge news as well! They are offering Gale’s Testing Education and Resource Center which has:

  • Full length, timed, and scored practice AP, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GMAT, GE, LSAT, MCAT, and more exams
  • Undergraduate and graduate school database
  • Financial aid tools
  • Career development maps
  • Resume and interviewing advice and so much more!

Advanced Placement Courses

COVID AP Updates

You can find all AP updates directly on the CollegeBoard AP Coronavirus Updates site.

Exam Dates: May 11–May 22, 2020

Exam Times: Noon, 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.

  • Students can find the entire AP testing schedule at CollegeBoard Exam Schedule.
  • Students should plan to test on the primary testing date.
  • Students should make absolutely sure that the email address they supplied CollegeBoard is accurate and that they are checking it. This is the way that all of their testing information is going to be communicated with them. It will not be sent from the school! It will be sent directly from CollegeBoard.
  • All exams are open book/open note.
  • Students may not consult other students, the internet, or parents.
  • All exams will be 45 minutes.
  • Students should be logging in to the exam site 30 minutes prior to the exam to complete additional testing information.
  • Students can use any device to take the exam including laptop, tablet, phone, or Chromebook.
  • Plagiarism tools will be used to ensure the integrity of the test.
Courses

We offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for our students. These intense courses culminate with a year-end exam. Depending on a student’s score, they may receive college credit for these courses. AP credit acceptance varies between institutions, so please discuss this with your guidance counselor.

We require students to pay their AP exam fees (and late fees, if applicable) at the cost determined by College Board. If your family qualifies for free and reduced price meals, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Students scoring a three (out of five possible points) or higher on the exam will receive a reimbursement of their test fees in August following the exams.

JOB Corps - BC3

If you qualify for the Pell Grant (which you will only know if you file the FAFSA) you qualify to attend BC3 for free through Pittsburgh JOB Corps. JOB Corps is not affiliated with the military, and there is no commitment once you complete the program.

JOB Corps pays for all books, uniforms, tuition, and fees, and you also get a clothing allowance, gas allowance, and free dental and vision insurance. If you have a child, you may receive free child care. You can also earn an additional $750 a year just for keeping your grades up. You must have a clean drug test, no court issues, and no outstanding behavioral issues.

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