The Counseling Department is here to serve the students. It is our hope that students and parents utilize the services available: individual counseling; college information; scholarship and career information; scheduling and course planning.
Students and Parents: Remember, to access the free SDMyLife ACT test prep program you will need to login to your SDMyLife account and click the ACT Method Test Prep link on the left hand side. If you have any questions about your SDMyLife account please contact one of our counselors @ 605-575-3320.
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All students are given a username and password to access their SDMyLife account. However, if you are unable to locate your login information please stop in our Counseling Office and visit with Sue Knight.
The ACT test is required by 4-yr. colleges as part of the admissions process. It can be taken anytime but it’s best to take it during the spring semester of the junior year. Taking it multiple times can be an advantage as colleges will take the best score.
There are 4 required parts of the test: Science, English, Reading and Math. A composite score is an average of the scores. Students have the option of taking the writing test. The ACT web site lists colleges requiring the writing test.
The ACT test is offered 6 times a year: September, October, December, February, April, and June and students can take the test as many times as their schedules allow. O’Gorman is a test site, but if the dates/times don’t work with your schedule, you can see the other options within the Sioux Falls metro.
When students take the test the scores are sent to O’Gorman and recorded on the student’s transcript. Most colleges use the score on the transcript with the exception of the University of Iowa and the NCAA. Students can select where they want to have the scores sent when they register at no charge. After that, there is a fee to have the scores sent. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln only accepts ACT scores electronically from ACT.
General information about the ACT Test can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/.
ACT Test Dates and Deadlines can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html.
The PSAT is a pre-SAT test. It gives students a taste of the SAT. The SAT test is used by east and west coast colleges and universities as part of their admissions requirements. The PSAT and SAT measure reading, math, and writing skills, and are developed by the College Board. The PSAT score is used to determine National Merit Scholars; it is a very competitive program through the National Merit Corporation.
Sophomores are welcome to take the PSAT test for practice purposes but the score used for National Merit designation is from the junior year.
General information about the PSAT test is available at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html. Hard copy PSAT booklets are available in the Counseling Office. The booklet includes a practice test.
General information on the SAT Test can be found at https://sat.collegeboard.org/home.
It is never too early to plan for what comes after high school, and that starts with successful completion of high school. Using these documents to plan for your four years of high school will help you to be ready for what comes next: college, technical school, or military.
All students in English I will complete a four year plan and write a research paper based on a career interest.
We encourage all students and parents to discuss and review the four year plan. Counselors are available by appointment to help with the post-secondary planning process.
Using the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) website is another tool that will prove to be helpful in the process.
The South Dakota Board of Regents website will also include information on the Opportunity Scholarship and Regents Scholar requirements. That website is www.sdbor.edu.
* Continue to visit the college scholarship link as more will be added throughout the school year!
Warning Signs (Watch out for the following claims companies will make in an effort to scam you):
- “For a fee, we provide a comprehensive list of scholarships.” Don’t spend money on a fee-based matching service. The biggest and best scholarship databases are available for free on the Web.
- “Billions of dollars of award monies going unclaimed.” Statements about funds going unclaimed are simply untrue. If funds are available, students will compete for them.
- “We have a money-back guarantee.” Legitimate scholarships are always competitive. No one can guarantee that you will win a scholarship.
- “We need your credit card or bank account numbers.” No legitimate scholarship should require your credit card number or bank account numbers.
- “We will do all the work” To receive a scholarship students must complete the applications and essays themselves. No one else can do the work for them.
If you have any questions regarding scholarship services, please call the guidance office at 575-3320 and visit with a counselor.
***Please beware of scholarship and Financial Aid Advisors that charge excessive fees for their services
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is a transcript?
A transcript is a copy of the permanent academic (educational) record. It becomes an official transcript when the seal of the school is affixed and the signature of an authorized person is appended.
How do I order a transcript?
Current students must request a transcript in writing by coming to the Counseling Office and filling out a transcript release form. Graduates must request a transcript in writing by either e-mailing the Registrar, or by faxing or mailing the transcript release form. If requesting via e-mail, be sure to include sufficient identification – full legal name, date of birth, other names used (i.e., maiden name), year of graduation, etc. Please include your current phone number, in case the Registrar has questions. No order will be processed if a student has a financial hold on their academic record.
How long does it take to process?
Transcripts ordered in person require 1 working day for processing. If you designate someone else to pick up your transcript, that person must have written, signed authorization from you. Transcripts ordered via e-mail, fax or mail will normally be processed within 3 working days after the request is received. Please allow sufficient time to meet your deadlines.
How much do they cost?
Transcripts for current students cost one dollar each. Transcripts for students who have graduated are free. NOTE: Any financial hold must be paid before a transcript will be released.
What courses will be included on my transcript?
Any course that was ever taken at O’Gorman High School will be included on your transcript. Courses from other schools that were transferred will also appear on your transcript. The following information is included: Name, date of birth, and parent/guardian names.
To what address should I send the transcript?
Many schools or businesses require transcripts be sent directly to them to be considered official. However, if you do not live in Sioux Falls, you may have transcripts sent to you at your current address. Graduates who live in Sioux Falls are asked to pick up their transcripts.
Will O’Gorman High School fax my transcript?
Yes. Faxed transcripts are not routinely sent from O’Gorman High School. In an emergency, O’Gorman High School will fax a transcript after receiving permission from the student. Faxed transcripts are not official transcripts.
Are my transcripts sealed in a separate envelope?
No. Transcripts issued or sent to students will not be placed in a separate sealed envelope. A transcript issued or sent to students is adequate for your personal use but usually will not be accepted by a second party as being official. Sometimes an application form you are completing gives specific instructions for transcript transmittal. Please supply us with a copy of these instructions at the time you order the transcript and we will assist you in meeting the requirements.
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The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) allows residents of participating states to enroll in designated public colleges and universities at a reduced tuition rate. Approximately 150% of resident tuition. The participating states are; Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Information about the Western Undergraduate Exchange is available on the WICHE World Wide Web Site; www.wiche.edu