Welcome to Mrs. Lawson’s counseling resource page. On this page, you will find resources for college and test preparation.
There are many college access programs around the City of Philadelphia that provide an array services to students that need assistance with things such as searching for colleges, assistance with the financial aid process, SAT preparation and even additional rigorous coursework that will prepare students for college. Some of the programs are listed below. Click on the links of all of the words in BLUE to access more information about the programs.
Naviance is an online college and career platform that allows students to create a plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results. Students must log in through their philasd.org login and click on the link to get started.
My College Quickstart – A free personalized feedback and college planning tool based on your PSAT Scores.
Let’s Get Ready – Let’s Get Ready provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.
Philadelphia Futures – Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Philadelphia Futures also provides high schools with the Step Up To College Guide which is the premier college guidance resource for high school students and their families.
The Free Library of Philadelphia Passport To College – This college prep program offers workshops during the school year at library branches and/or partner locations. Workshops will take students step-by-step through the college prep completion process.
Upward Bound at Temple University – The Temple University Upward Bound Program will prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. Applicants must be current 8th, 9th or 10th grade students attending a Philadelphia public or charter high school.
Parental Support for College Students – Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting and empowering experience. This site will help parents work with their students on this transition.
Students may take the SAT and ACT to get into college. Students must register for them online and one fee waiver per person is available for each test this school year. They may use an additional fee waiver from outside test prep programs or organizations that they are affiliated with if they choose to take it multiple times this year. Students are allowed TWO fee waivers for both the SAT and the ACT and any additional tests taken after that must be paid for. Our school code for registration is 393568.