Keyport High School Guidance

    2020-2021 Program of Studies 






    The mission of the Keyport Public Schools Guidance Department is to promote developmentally appropriate social, emotional, academic and career growth for all students.
    In order to meet all of our goals for each student, the guidance staff will utilize a variety of delivery methods.
    • Guidance Curriculum - Counselors will collaborate with teachers to include instruction in the student competencies included in the counseling program.  This may also include classroom activities directed by the counselors.
    • Student Planning - Counselors will meet with students throughout the year to assist them in planning and managing their own academic, personal/social and career development.
    Services - Students may need to meet with a counselor due to an immediate need or concern.  This may be handled through individual counseling, conflict resolution, group counseling, referrals and consultation.


     Alternatives to College: Career Options Updated 2/2020
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Guidance Announcements

    KHS Annual Spring 2018 College/Career Fair
    Our college/career fair will be held on Friday, April 27 starting at 9am.  
    Parents are welcome to attend.  
     The Keyport High School Guidance Department will have its annual College and Career Fair on Friday, April 27th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM for grades 9-11.  This is a great opportunity for parents and students to meet with representatives from the various schools and military to help in your application selection and future goals after high school.  All parents and guardians are welcome. Below is the schedule:
    All 9th grade students-9:15 AM-9:35 AM
    All 10th grade students-9:40 AM-10:05 AM
    All 11th grade students-10:10 AM-11:00 AM
    2017- 2018: Juniors & Seniors should be preparing to take either the ACT or SAT for college entrances.  Test dates are posted below:  
    College Readiness for Juniors & Seniors 
    Please review the important ACT and SAT test dates for the 2017-2018 school year:
    - Register at www.act.org & www.sat.org and choose test site location 

    2017-18 SAT Dates

    Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. 

    2017-18 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
    SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
    August 26, 2017

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date July 28, 2017


    August 15, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    August 15, 2017
    October 7, 2017

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date September 8, 2017


    September 27, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    September 27, 2017
    November 4, 2017

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date October 5, 2017


    October 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    October 25, 2017
    December 2, 2017

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date November 2, 2017


    November 21, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    November 21, 2017
    March 10, 2018

    SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date February 9, 2018


    February 28, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    February 28, 2018
    May 5, 2018

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date April 6, 2018


    April 25, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    April 25, 2018
    June 2, 2018

    See SAT Subject Tests available on this date May 3, 2018


    May 23, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)

    May 23, 2018
    2017-18 ACT Test Dates:
    September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017* August 5-18, 2017* September 19, 2017*
    October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017* September 23-October 6, 2017* November 14, 2017*
    December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017* November 4-17, 2017* December 21, 2017*
    February 10, 2018 January 5, 2018* January 6-19, 2018* February 21, 2017*
    April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018* March 10-23, 2018* April 24, 2017*
    June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018* May 5-18, 2018* June 21, 2017*
    July 2018 (more information) *** TBD TBD TBD

    *These are projected registration and score release dates based on past history. The ACT has not yet released precise dates for these events, though they have released the test dates themselves. See our website for updated changes: www.ACTstudent.org

    **Test date excludes New York and international locations

    ***The July test is a new addition to the ACT schedule! It will debut in 2018, and further details will be released at the beginning of the year. For now, check out our post, Who Should Take the New July ACT?

    *LATE FEES WILL BE CHARGED by SAT & ACT after Registration Dates Listed
    (No exceptions and waivers cannot be used for late fees)
    Parents and Guardians, 

    Please take a look at the website below. This website includes valuable information about the new SAT which began March of 2016. 


    Please contact KHS Guidance with any questions. 
    Mr. Palumbo
    For college readiness, please follow the link below to get important information from NJ HESAA (New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority).  This publication offers news about higher education in New Jersey - with links to news items from more than 35 colleges and universities. 


    Free and open to the public, National College Fairs are the perfect place to kick off your college search.

    Admission representatives from schools across the country are all gathered in one place. Their goal: To encourage you to learn more about their institutions, and help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college. 

    Use your visit to:

    Explore your options. Each fair draws representatives from 175 to 400 colleges. The schools are located throughout the US, and from around the globe. 

    Ask questions. What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences. 

    Gather information. Pick up brochures and other materials about the schools that interest you. Ask admission reps to scan your barcode—an easy way to help colleges follow up with you after the fair.


    NACAC hosts 25 Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs nationwide each fall. These FREE events offer a unique opportunity for the growing number of students pursuing a college degree in music, theater, art, dance, and other related disciplines. 

    Philadelphia Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

    September 26, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA

    New York City Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

    September 27, 2017 | New York, NY


    Ready to learn more about the opportunities available to students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)? College admission representatives and industry professionals are all gathered in one place. Their goal: To help you envision educational and career paths in STEM.

    New York City STEM College and Career Fair

    October 15, 2017 | New York, NY

    2017-18 New Jersey National College Fair (NACAC) 
    Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows
    355 Plaza Dr 

    Secaucus, NJ 07094

    Fair Hours:

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

    April 25, 2018 
    9 a.m. to noon

    April 25, 2018 
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

    Contact Us 

    E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org or call: 703/299-6851. 

     For Parents & Students - How to prepare for your (student's) future while in...
    9th Grade:
    • Discuss the advantages of going to college or pursuing a vocational career based on your child's interests.
    • Get to know your student's counselor.
    • What is the PSAT and why does my child take it?
    • Familiarize yourself with types of colleges (e.g., public, private, etc.) and frequent terms in admissions, such as "early decision" (binding) or "early action" (not binding).
    • Discuss college affordability, financial aid, and scholarships. Enlist the assistance of a school counselor as necessary.
    • Help your child establish a routine of study, work, extracurricular activities, and leisure.
    • Explore ways to connect your student with colleges through precollege academic and career programs.
    10th Grade:
    •  Discuss with your student why they will take the PSAT.
    • Schedule an appt with your child's guidance counselor to discuss college readiness.
    • Explore college/career options based on your family's preferences, priorities, and financial situation.  Consider in-state or out-of-state, public vs. private, etc.
    • Gather information about colleges by reviewing websites like College Board and attending college fairs in your area.
    • Research the true cost of attending particular colleges by using the net price calculator that all colleges are required by law to provide on their websites.
    • Balance your student's extracurricular activities and academics.  Academics matter more to colleges, so help your young adult prioritize.  Encourage your child to compile a list by high school year of their awards, jobs, clubs, summer and volunteer experiences.  It is more important for your child to stick to one or two activities for several years and to hold positions of leadership  or progressive responsibility.
    11th Grade:
    • Register your student to take the SAT or ACT at least once during their junior year, typically in May or June. 
    • Consider test preparation classes - you can find them online for free (like Khan Academy).
    • Encourage your child to talk to professionals in the career fields they may be considering.
    • Visit a variety of colleges with your child to understand the spectrum of choices available. 
    • Attend free financial aid workshops sponsored by your high school counseling offices or colleges to understand the financial aid process and the difference between loans, grants, academic scholarships, work-study, etc.
    • Become familiar with the applications for the colleges your student is considering and the tests and other credentials required.
    • This is a great time to take campus tours and visit colleges in person.
    12th Grade: 
    • Have discussions with your student as you narrow down the list of colleges to which your student will apply.
    • Be aware that due dates are college-specific for admissions , financial aid, scholarship consideration, etc.  Early decision application due dates are typically very early in the senior year. 
    • Ensure your child takes the SATs or ACTs again early in their senior year.
    • Reassure your child if he is uncertain of his /her major. Many colleges are happy to admit students who are undecided about their majors, allowing students time to explore their options before requiring them to officially declare their majors.
    • Evaluate the complete financial aid and scholarship package.  Be sure you understand all aspects of a scholarship offer, including the criteria for renewal.  Understand your out-of-pocket costs and the expected payment schedule.
    • Visit again the colleges that have admitted your child if you need to.  As a family, you'll want to be sure that your child will feel comfortable in the new environment.
    • Know that if things don't work out, students may transfer once they discover more about themselves.