Counseling

The Counseling Department is here to provide students with information about the opportunities available to help them become successful at ASMSA and beyond. From finding the right balance of classes and use of extracurricular time, to getting college applications ready, to preparing you for college life, our counselors are here to help you. 

The counselors are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

Penny Lock, Assistant Dean for Counseling Services, 501-622-5176


Olivia Jarrell, Academic and College Counselor, 501-622-5175

Saul Broussard, Student Success Coordinator, 501-622-5129


Fax- 501-622-5179

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JUNIORS 

Your first year here at ASMSA can be the hardest. Check the important information and deadlines geared specifically towards students in their junior year.

  • Register on www.collegeboard.com for college search. 
  • Register on www.fastweb.com for scholarship search. 
  • Register to take the ACT or SAT I. 
  • In October ASMSA will administer the PSAT/NMSQT to all juniors. This is the National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. 
  • Try to visit as many colleges as possible. Remember you will have two college days during the school year, but summer time is a good time to do preliminary visits. Look at the ASMSA school calendar as soon as you receive it to determine when ASMSA will have extended weekends, and plan to use those extended weekends for college visits. Try to narrow down your college choices. 
  • Be thinking about applying to summer programs. Students will be notified by email about summer program information received in the Counseling Department.

 

SENIORS

Being a senior can have its own set of challenges. You're ready to graduate, but there's a lot that has to happen and be completed on time in order for things to run smoothly and successfully. Take a look at the information for seniors.

  • Register on www.collegeboard.com for college search. 
  • Register on www.fastweb.com for scholarship search. 
  • Register to take the ACT, SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests. 
  • Check deadlines for your college applications. Some of you may want to use the common application at www.commonapp.org. 
  • Check deadlines for scholarship applications. 
  • Check deadlines for financial aid applications. 
  • In December get on www.fafsa.ed.gov and get your PIN. 
  • In January get on www.fafsa.ed.gov and file the FAFSA online. 
  • Try to visit as many colleges as possible. Remember you have only two college days during the school year. Look at the ASMSA school calendar as soon as you receive it to determine when extended weekends are and plan to use those extended weekends for college visits. Visiting a college may help you to make your final decision as to the college of your choice.

 

PARENTS OF JUNIORS

  • Encourage students who are having problems in classes to contact the individual teacher for help, and to attend tutoring. 
  • Encourage students to do all of their homework and turn it in on time. 
  • Encourage students to get plenty of rest and to eat properly. 
  • Be sure your student has contacted the teacher and attempted to communicate and secure help before intervening on his or her behalf. 
  • It is perfectly all right for a parent to contact a teacher by phone or by emailwith questions or concerns.

 

PARENTS OF SENIORS

  • Be sure to complete your income tax forms early this year. 
  • In December get on www.fafsa.ed.gov and get your PIN. 
  • In January get on www.fafsa.ed.gov and file the FAFSA on line. 
  • Help your student remember to meet the deadlines for all applications and scholarships. 
  • Help your student visit colleges. Students receive two college days during the school year. Extended weekends are also a good time for students to visit colleges.

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