Keyport High School Guidance
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.
 The Keyport High School Guidance Department is having its annual College and Career Fair on Friday, April 28th 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 Monmouth County Guidance Director Association Caring Award Winner
Michael Marx 
2017 KHS Monmouth County Caring Award
SENIORS:  Anyone who didn't receive a KHS 2017 Local Scholarship Packet at the Senior Assembly should pick one up in the Guidance Office.  Scholarship applications deadline is May 1, 2017.  You should also be looking on Naviance for Monmouth County, state and national scholarships available.  
Official add/drop date for all KHS students will be September 15th for Semester 1 courses and February 10th for Semester 2 courses.  
  • Finding the right college match
  • The application and selection process
  •  Financial Aid guidance and tips
  • Writing a winning essay
College Panel 2016 

Guidance Announcements

KHS Second Annual Spring 2017 College/Career Fair
Our college/career fair will be held on Friday, April 29 starting at 9am.  Parents are welcome to attend.  There are over 20 colleges and the military attending.
Spring 2017: Juniors 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 2016-2017 school year:
- Register at & and choose test site location 

9/10/16 (deadline to register 8/5/16)

10/22/16 (deadline to register 9/16/16)

12/10/16 (deadline to register 11/4/16)

2/11/17 (deadline to register 1/13/17)

4/8/17 (deadline to register 3/3/17)

6/10/17 (deadline to register 5/5/17) 


10/1/16 (deadline to register 9/1/16)

11/5/16 (deadline to register 10/7/16)

12/3/16 (deadline to register 11/3/16)

1/21/17 (deadline to register 12/21/16)

3/11/17 (deadline to register 2/10/17)

5/6/17 (deadline to register 4/7/17)

6/3/17 (deadline to register 5/9/17)

*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 will begin March of 2016. 

Please contact KHS Guidance with any questions. 
Mr. DePasquale 
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. 
Visit the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) website at for information on and to register for these National College Fairs in our area:
Philadelphia National College Fair: Sunday, October 30 from 11am-3pm at PA Convention Center
Atlantic City National College Fair: Tuesday, November 1 from 9am - noon; 6pm - 8pm 
*STEM College and Career Fair (*science, technology, engineering &  math-related careers)
Columbia University - Lerner Hall: Saturday, October 29 from 1pm - 4pm 
 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.