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College and Career Center

 
 
What we do....
The Waxahachie High School College & Career Center, located in the Waxahachie High School Library, is a resource for students, staff, and parents for college and career planning.  It is a place to get information about colleges and universities, testing and test preparation, financial aid, scholarships, career information, and more!  We partner with area school districts in planning the Ellis County College Fair and we host representatives from colleges and universities from across the country in meeting with interested students throughout the school year. Below you will find popular websites, resources, and tools for college planning!
 
 
 
Naviance
WISD is proud to offer our secondary students access to Naviance, a college and career readiness tool that helps students align their strengths and interests to their post-secondary goals. Naviance also a great resource for researching potential careers, colleges,  scholarships, and so much more! 
 
 
* User Name: Your WISD Student ID #
* Password:  Your WISD Student ID #
 
College Visits
High school juniors and seniors should be seriously considering their plans after high school now.  A great amount of information about post-secondary options can be gathered through internet research, but is not a true substitute for a college visit.
 
Juniors and seniors are allowed two college visits with prior approval. A junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or university will be considered an exemption, provided the student receives approval from the campus principal, with completion of the proper form prior to the college visit (below), follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work missed.
 

We strongly encourage you to notify colleges prior to your planned visit to their campus.  During a college visit, a student should meet with an Admissions Counselor to ask questions about their planned course of study, admission criteria, application, and financial aid process. They should also take a tour of the campus and, if possible, sit in on a class that they find interesting. Ask if your schools of interest have the option of spending the day with a current student and / or spending a night in a residence hall. College visits are a great way for students to experience a campus firsthand before making any commitments!

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
The TSI assessment is required to qualify for Dual Credit classes, unless the minimum standards are met elsewhere. Most students interested in taking Dual Credit or concurrent college classes will need to pass this exam in order to register. See your counselor to inquire about TSI testing opportunities at WHS, or call the Navarro College testing center to schedule your TSI Exam:
 
 
Additional TSI Information and Practice Resources:
*Once you create an account, you will have to choose Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Practice Tests and then hit “SAVE”.  The site will then take you where you may start your TSI practice.
 
Dual Credit
Dual Credit classes are offered at Waxahachie High School high through Navarro College. This is a great way to earn college credits during high school!  See your Waxahachie High School counselor for information about Dual Credit eligibility requirements, courses, registration information and scholarships.
 
Pre-AP/Honors/AP (Advanced Placement)
Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide rigor and complexity as determined by the guidelines in the College Board. Students taking AP courses may receive college credit by achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Exam. It is recommended that the student check with universities they are considering for the university’s specific requirements in accepting Advanced Placement course credit as earned college hours prior to enrolling in AP courses. Below is a link that may assist you in determining your college or university’s AP Credit acceptance policy:
 
 
Students taking an AP course may be required to take the AP Exam. Students will be responsible for the examination fee.
College Preparation Resources
College Recommendation Request
 
Krissi Mechelay
Post-Secondary Advisor
972.923.4600 ext. 20167
 
 
Holly Moore
Post-Secondary Advisor & NCAA Eligibility
972.923.4600 ext. 21167
At the WHS College & Career Center you can:
 
*Ask your questions about college
 
*Research colleges and universities to find the right fit for you
 
*Apply for colleges and manage your applications
 
* Get assistance with sending Official Transcripts and Test Scores

*Research and apply for scholarships

*Register for the SAT or the ACT

*Draft or revise a résumé or “brag sheet”

*Take career aptitude tests and discover future careers

*Get advice on interview etiquette

*Have someone review tour college or scholarship essay