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Guidance Counselor Information




SCHOOL CODE #143-475



Mr. Keith Johnson, counselor

Email me at kjohnson@porta202.org

Or call (217)632-3216, office hours 8:00-3:30.


Greetings from the guidance office!  I am Mr. Johnson, guidance counselor, for PORTA senior high school students.  The guidance program at PORTA is available to you for various reasons, including, but not limited to, personal counseling and career counseling.  I am also available to meet with you individually or in groups to discuss college entrance requirements, scholarships and job entry requirements and opportunities.



The 2016-17 school year will be the first year all Juniors will be taking the SAT instead of the ACT. This test will be given in the Spring Semester and paid for by the State. However, your student can still take the ACT on their own accord by visiting actstudent.org. The cost is $39.50. I highly recommend all college bound students take multiple test. PARCC testing has been absolved, however, some high school students will be taking a Science Assessment Test in the Spring determined by the Illinois State Board of Education. 9th grade students will take the ACT Aspire test, paid for by the District to help your student identify areas where they can improve before their junior year college entrance exam, now the SAT. While the Aspire test is related to the ACT, the information gleaned from Aspire will be useful for both the SAT and ACT. 


Please be aware of the following class status credit requirements:  5.0 =sophomore status, 10.0=junior status and 15.0=senior status.  Student transcripts are evaluated at the beginning of each school year for class standing.  Only 4th year students may request a re-evaluation at the end of the 1st semester to attain a different placement. 



2nd semester juniors and seniors are allowed a total of three college/employment days during their high school career.  A college day request form must be obtained from and returned to the guidance office three days prior to the requested day. 



The guidance office will compile a list of available scholarships.  The scholarship list will be posted on the guidance office door as well as this website.  Many scholarships are not administered or distributed through the high school.  Students are encouraged to register with FastWeb.  A link to FastWeb is provided on the Helpful Sites list. 


A packet containing a majority of the local scholarships will be made available during the first week of March. 



Many college and scholarship applications will require a transcript.  Official transcripts must be sent from the school.  If an official transcript is required, please request it in writing at least two days before it is due.  Unofficial transcripts may be given to the student. 




 www.act.org                         register for the ACT, practice test questions and more!

www.testprep.com              test practice!!!
www.collegeboard.com     register for the SAT and do
review questions.                                          

www.mycollegeguide.org     college selection tool

www.petersons.com             college selection tool

www.princetonreview.com   college selection tool

www.collegenet.com             college selection tool

www.ulinks.com                   college selection tool

www.fastweb.com               scholarship search
   My favorite! 
Illinois college planning and financial aid info.
   career information
www.ides.state.il.us/            career information




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