Counseling Office

Supporting students as they develop socially, personally, and academically toward their college and career readiness.

The Counseling Department fosters an inclusive, collaborative environment where all students can become successful members of society. Visit the College & Career Center at South Campus. All permission slips, applications, and additional information can be found here.

North Campus School Counselors

 

Class of 2023 - 9th Graders

Megan Coe
Students with last names A-Le

651-773-6225
Schedule an appointment

Lori Soler 
Students with last names Li-Z

651-773-6226
Schedule an appointment

 

 

Class of 2022 - 10th Graders

Julie Kirschling 
Students with last names A-Le

651-653-2925
Schedule an appointment

Brian Merhar
Students with last names Li-Z

651-653-2926
Schedule an appointment

South Campus School Counselors

 

Class of 2021 - 11th Graders

Lisa Horowicki
Students with last names A-La

651-653-2927
Schedule an appointment

Rochelle Vavricka                             
Students with last names Le-Z

651-653-2945
Schedule an appointment

 

 

Class of 2020 - 12th Graders

Greg Burke 
Students with last names A-Le

651-773-6224
Schedule an appointment

Jennifer Johnson 
Students with last names Li-Z

651-773-6223
Schedule an appointment

College Readiness

Preparing students to pursue post-secondary opportunities.

College Entrances & Relevant Exams

PSAT/NMSQT

What is it?

It is an optional exam taken by 10th and 11th grade students.  It is an exam designed to be a practice exam for the SAT. The NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Website

Who should take the exam?

This is a great practice exam for anyone wishing to improve their overall standardized test scores and prepare for college, ACT, SAT, and AP Courses / Exams.  

If you consistently score in the top 90% standardized tests or you have a 3.9 or higher GPA it is highly recommended that you take this exam as a 10th and 11th grader.  Taking the exam in 11th grade is important because that exam could qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship.  Becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist is a very prestigious honor and it could result in institutional, local, and other national scholarships.  

This exam is offered at the beginning of the school year.  Usually it is the second week of October.

Understanding your PSAT/NMSQT score report

SAT

SAT Website

The SAT exam is being redesigned to more closely reflect skills and knowledge most critical for college. Students register for the SAT online at www.collegeboard.com. Questions? You can reach SAT at 866-756-7346.

Understanding your SAT Score Report.

Sending Scores
 

You will need to have your test scores sent directly from ACT and SAT as these scores are not listed on your transcript. If you did not request that scores be sent to the colleges you are applying to when you registered to test, you can request that scores be sent by going to www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.com (there will be a fee).

  ACT SAT

Why Take It?

Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships

Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships

Test Structure

Reading

Writing & Language

Math

Essay (Optional)

English

Math

Reading

Science Reasoning

Essay (Optional)

Length

3 hours (No Essay)

3:50 (With Essay)

2:55 (No Essay)

3:40 (With Essay)

Math Subject Areas

Arithmetic

Algebra 1 and 2

Geometry

Trigonometry

Data Analysis

Arithmetic

Algebra 1 and 2

Geometry

Trigonometry

Calculator Policy

Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator

You can use a calculator on all math questions.

Essays

Optional: The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

Optional: The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues

How It's Scored

Scored on a scale of 400-1600

Scored on a scale of 1-36

ACT

ACT Student Webpage

Students register for the ACT online at www.actstudent.org. When registering for the ACT, please keep in mind that it can take about 30 minutes. The first step in the registration process is creating a username and password. Make sure you write this information down for future reference. It is important that the student register for the test as there are questions that only he/she will be able to answer. It may also be helpful to have a transcript handy to answer the questions about classes taken and grades earned. The ACT has an interest inventory to help assess students' potential career interests and filling out this inventory is optional. If you have questions regarding registration, you can contact ACT at 319-337-1270.

All White Bear Lake students will take the ACT in 11th grade

Understanding your ACT Score Report.

ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER

Students who have chosen to attend a community college, technical college, or building trade training center may be asked to take an Accuplacer Exam.  These exams are often part of the admission process and you will be placed in appropriate courses based on your scores. To learn more about the Accuplacer please visit their website.  

Colleges will use the Accuplacer in different ways based on their school's admission policies.  You will want to talk to your admission counselor at the college you choose for more information.

This video does a great job explaining the Accuplacer

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB is an optional test for students.  Students can use ASVAB scores for further career exploration however it is most commonly used as an entrance exam into military service.  

You are scored in arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mathematics knowledge. These areas count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). The AFQT score determines your eligibility for military service.

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB is an optional test for students.  Students can use ASVAB scores for further career exploration however it is most commonly used as an entrance exam into military service.  

You are scored in arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mathematics knowledge. These areas count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). The AFQT score determines your eligibility for military service.

Financial Aid

FAFSA FINANCIAL AID NIGHT 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  

October 10, 2018

White Bear Lake South Campus 

Jordan Appicelli from UW-Superior will be presenting

Mariner Theater

5:30 PM

 

Click Here to see Jordan's presentation

 

December 5, 2018

White Bear Lake South Campus 

Hillary Vamstad from Northern Michigan University will be Presenting.  

Mariner Theater

5:30 PM

 

Click Here to see Hillary's Presentation

 

All parents and students are welcome to attend.  It is a great opportunity to learn about the FAFSA and student financial assistance.  

 

Click Here to visit the official FAFSA website.  

 

Click Here to get more information on Minnesota Financial Aid

 

Click Here for Fastweb, which is one of the nations best online scholarship search sites

 

Click Here for SallieMae Scholarship Site - National Scholarships

 

Naviance - Utilize the Scholarship Tab on this site.  Updated regularly 

STRIVE for Excellence Scholarship Program

The STRIVE PROGRAM started here in White Bear Lake.  It is a program that is serviced in partnership with the White Bear Lake Rotary Club.  Each year the Rotary Club raise funds to support the STRIVE program.

During this weekly advisory program, you will participate in fun and interesting activities that will help you prepare for college and boost your resume.  Added bonus - you could win a tuition scholarship for a free year at Century College! Many years there are also additional scholarships you can use anywhere.

Interested? Please fill out our new electronic application using the link below.  

Apply Now! Space is Limited

What is STRIVE?

The Strive for Excellence Program is a college and career readiness program for seniors.  Students will participate in a variety of fun and interesting activities throughout the year, including a team building retreat, guest speakers, and workshops.  It also looks great on a college application or resume!

What are the criteria?

To be eligible, the student must be a senior at White Bear Lake Area High School with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or lower.

How do I sign up?

Students who have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or lower and who fill out the enclosed application and field trip permission form will be invited to participate in the STRIVE program.

Program Details

Students officially begin the program by attending a full day Base Camp at Fort Snelling.  Following Base Camp, all STRIVE students will be moved into their own advisory group, led by a school counselor and supported by the White Bear Lake Rotary.  With the exception of Base Camp, all STRIVE activities will take place during Advisory, so no additional school days are missed.

I heard I can win something?

All participants will be eligible to compete for a scholarship offered by STRIVE Inc.  This scholarship, which covers the cost of your first year of tuition at Century College, will be provided to the participating student who most increases their GPA during their senior year.  Additional scholarships, to cover the cost of books and supplies, will be awarded to the first and second runner-ups. Scholarship winners will be selected based on improved academic achievement, attendance, participation, and motivation.

Are there only three winners?

No, everybody who improves their G.P.A. and performance is really a winner.  In recognition of that fact, all participating seniors will be honored at a banquet and awards ceremony at the end of the year.  Families of participating seniors are also invited to attend.

Scholarship  Award Criterion

  •  Improved GPA over their senior year.  
  •  School Attendance
  • STRIVE meeting participation
  • Positive Behavior in the Building / Community
  •  Productive Use of Advisory Time

2018-19 Strive Activities

  • October - Base-camp at Ft. Snelling
  • November - Strengths finder Activity
  • December - Strengths finder Interpretation
  • January - College Admissions Meeting
  • February - Financial Literacy Activity
  • March - Resume / Job Application
  • April - Etiquette Dinner / Manners  
  • May - Banquet

For further questions please contact your counselor.

Bilingual Seals

Minnesota districts and charter schools may award Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates to graduating high school students who, in grades 10, 11, or 12 demonstrated the required levels of language proficiency in languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages.

Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) will award college credit to enrolling students with bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates. Students must request college credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university.

Information on Biliteracy Seals 

Questions about Biliteracy Seals

Robert Anderson
ELL Teacher
WBLAHS -South Campus, Room 404
(651) 407-7600 Ext. 2240
Email Mr. Anderson 

NCAA

NCAA Student Athletes

Students who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or Division II athletics in the first year of college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be certified academically and as an amateur athlete.  If you have any questions about the NCAA process, please see your counselor.

NCAA Academic Requirements

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the courses they take in high school fulfill NCAA requirements for full participation. Several courses at WBLAHS meet local and state requirements for graduation, but do not meet NCAA eligibility requirements.  Students wishing to participate in NCAA athletic programming should NOT take one of these courses to fulfill their language arts requirements.

  • 1763: Publications
  • 1840: Critical Reading and Thinking
  • 1849: Modern Literature: Film Studies

One of the biggest myths of being an NCAA athlete is that it does not matter what your grades are if you are a good athlete.  Part of being a talented Student Athlete is being a talented student. Many athletes are passed over because they didn't apply themselves as a student first.

NCAA Division I Academic Guidelines

NCAA Division II Academic Guidelines

NCAA Division III Academic Guidelines

Students should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center as soon as they know they wish to pursue NCAA athletics and they are being recruited by a Division I or Division II school.  You do not need to register with the NCAA if you are going to play Division III athletics.

NCAA Division I Schools

NCAA Division II Schools

NCAA Division III Schools

 

 



 

 

Career Pathways

Exposing students to in-demand careers that equip them to make informed decisions about their future. Career Pathways help lay the foundation for students to excel in life beyond graduation, whether through a continued education in a college or a meaningful career.

Find additional information on the Career Pathways page.