Counseling Programs

The School Counseling Department (Guidance) follows the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Components. Below are just some of the services offered to various grade levels. Both counselors serve as resources for responding to the immediate needs of students, for academic scheduling services, for case management of 504 Non-Discrimination Plans, and to collaborate with teachers to develop meaningful Eagle Time lessons that deliver guidance curriculum.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Programs Organized and Implemented By Mr. Schroer

PSAT/NMSQT - Fall Semester
The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, math, and writing skills; provides excellent practice for the SAT; and connects students to scholarships and personalized online tools.  The test is available to freshmen, sophomores, and junior.  There is a cost. 

ACT - Year-Round
The ACT will be taken by all junior this year, during the school day.  Free test prep materials are available in the guidance office and free online test prep lessons are available to all students at www.march2success.com

Referral for Missouri Scholars Academy - Spring Semester 
The Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for 330 of Missouri's gifted students who are ready to begin their Junior year in high school.  The academy is a residential program held on, and partially funded by, the campus of the University of Missouri.  Orchard Farm is able to refer one student for consideration each year. More info available at www.moscholars.org/about.htm

Referral for Missouri Leadership Seminar - Spring Semester
Missouri Leadership Seminar is offered free of cost to the student, parents, and school.  Students are sponsored by various community organizations and businesses throughout the state.  The only cost not covered is transportation.  OFHS gets to nominate one sophomore student for consideration each year. More information available at http://moleadership.com/parentsandstudents/

Youth Appreciation Week - Fall Semester
The Saint Charles County Optimist Club invites two students each year to spend a day with St. Charles County government officials.  Students meet with officials in the Council Chambers of the St. Charles County Executive Building, meet with the Director of Corrections and tour the County Corrections Facility, meet with the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney, and tour the County Courts Building.

FAFSA Workshop for Senior Parents - Fall Semester
Each year, Orchard Farm High School hosts a FAFSA workshop. This event is for students and parents to attend together. Senior families will be able to file and submit their FAFSA forms online. This event ensures that families have completed the FAFSA accurately and completely before important deadlines. Tax return documents, W-2's, and paycheck stubs are needed on this night.  

Scholarship Updates - Year-Round
Information on current scholarships will be emailed home to all seniors (and parents/guardians) throughout the year.

Junior/Senior Post-Grad Plan Meetings - Year-Round
All juniors and seniors will be met with one time each quarter to review plans for after high school graduation.

Junior/Senior Parent Financial Aid Night - Fall Semester
Each year, Orchard Farm High School hosts a Financial Aid Night. A local expert will present on the topic of completing the FAFSA and taking advantages of other available financial aid resources.  His or her presentation will also cover common obstacles to securing financial aid and ways to overcome them.

SCC Be Ready Program - Senior Year
This program allows seniors that are planning to attend St. Charles Community College to successfully transition.  Students are able to complete their college applications, COMPASS assessment, English placement exam, pre-advising, and registration from the Orchard Farm campus.  The program culminates in a trip to SCC on which the students finalize their enrollment.

Facilitation of Referral for AAUW STEM Awards - Seniors - Spring Semester
Every year the local chapter of the American Association for University Women recognizes one high achieving female in the content area of science and one high achieving female in the content area of math.  The guidance department, math department, and science department collaborate to identify nominees.

Facilitation of Referral for MO Boys & Girls State - Juniors 
Every year the local chapter of the American Legion sponsors one male and one female student to attend Missouri Boys and Girls State.  These functions are held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.  The guidance department and history department collaborate to identify nominees. For more information, visit https://www.missourigirlsstate.org/ or https://www.moboysstate.org/

Programs Organized and Implemented by Ms. Pipkens

Senior Meetings
All seniors who are deficient in credits required to graduate in May of current school year meet with counselor to review grades, identify obstacles to graduation, and develop a plan to stay on track and earn necessary credits.  

Edgenuity
Edgenuity is a research-based video course curriculum which offers several courses and is used for credit recovery and for students who have not set a pace to graduate in four years. Edgenuity is also used for summer school. Assignment to Edgenuity is subject to available space and available course offerings. 

Missouri/US Constitution Tests Re-Takes
Students who have not taken and passed either test will be scheduled to do so. Both tests are required for graduation. 

Lewis and Clark Career Center - Sophomores - Fall Semester
All sophomores attend a presentation by Lewis and Clark staff explaining programs offered and admissions procedures. Students who choose to apply will be schedule to take the OASIS test which helps determine appropriate placement. 

ASVAB - Seniors - Spring Semester
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. The ASVAB will be taken by all seniors. 

Personal Plans of Study (PPS) - 8th Graders - Spring Semester
Students in 8th grade use Missouri Connections to develop a PPS. Missouri Connections is a web-based resource to help students determine career interests and education plans. A PPS is a student's scope and sequence of coursework and related activities based upon their chosen Career Path or Career Cluster. 
www.missouriconnections.org 

Building Tour - 8th Graders - May
Students in 8th grade visit the high school and participate in a tour of the building led by middle school and high school counselor(s). 

Freshman Orientation - August
Incoming freshman and their parents are invited to attend an evening orientation program to familiarize themselves with various high school procedures. Students will be given their schedules, locker combinations, and a building tour. A presentation will be given covering the following topics: academic expectations, social expectations, behavioral expectations, graduation requirements, honors requirements, student recognition programs, and cafeteria procedures.  

 

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