AHS College Advising

College and Career Department                             


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Elaine Ehlers

College Advisor 

11th -12th Grades

Monday- Tuesday
8 am -5 pm
Walk-in College Application Help
Mondays 11:35- 12:15
Tuesdays 3:15pm- 4 pm
970-247-2474 ext. 2335

Rachael Sands 

College Advisor &

Dept. Chair

9th-11th Grades

Monday- Friday
8 am- 4 pm
Walk-in College Application Help
Wednesdays 11:35- 12:10
Thursdays 3:15 pm- 4 pm
970-247-2474 ext. 2336

Jennifer Snead

Assessment & Measurement 


Monday- Friday
8 am- 4 pm

College Conversations! 

Lunch Series May 12- May 16th

When: Monday, May 12th- Friday, May 16th from 11:30- 12:00

Where: College Advising

Who: YOU! 9-12th graders welcome!

Bring your lunch and join Rachael for informative and fun seminars on college and beyond!

MONDAY: Online college searches!

TUESDAY: Finding direction and discovering possibilities through Naviance and the Do What You Are Survey.

WEDNESDAY: What should I do this summer? Ideas for inspiration and enrichment!

THURSDAY: Online college fairs and virtual visits

FRIDAY: Refining your resume for jobs and college applications

Colorado Western Slope College Fair


Steps for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Steps for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

1. Decide whom you will be asking for letters of recommendation. Most colleges require two academic teachers and one administrator, advisor or counselor letter.

2. Plan ahead! Allow at least three weeks for the letter to be completed.

3. Fill out this form completely for each individual who has agreed to write a letter. Personalize your answers according to the writer.

4. Attach your resume. You can note on this form to “refer to resume” on applicable questions.

5. Bring this completed form and resume to each person. Explain that it contains information about you in order to help write the letter.

6. Tell your teacher that you will email them specific instructions for uploading their letter of recommendation.

7. Write a thank you note to the person(s) who provided you a letter of recommendation.

Download Student Profile

Gearing Up! College Night for 9th/10th Graders & Parents

Thank you to all the students and parents who joined the AHS College Counseling team on April 22nd for our underclassmen college night, which included an amazing panel of upperclassmen who shared their "secrets" for being successful high school students.

Click here to download the PPT Gearing Up!

College Night for Juniors & Parents
"Into the Wild: Finding the Right College Fit"

Thank you to all the students and parents who joined us Tuesday, April 15th for the college night presentation and senior panel.  To download the PPT, please click here. All handouts are available in the AHS College Advising office.

Denver College Fair

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ritchie Center - Gates Field House

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The annual RMACAC/Colorado Council Denver College Fair will be on Sunday, April 6, 2014, from 1-3:30 pm, at the University of Denver. Admission for students, parents and high school counselors is free.  This event is open to the public.

We will again be using the barcode and scanner system to expedite the exchange of information between students and colleges at recruiting events.  Students will pre-register for the events at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

Students should Pre-Register
No need to fill out cards with the same information at every table! Pre-registration is available for students through a simple, online registration page. This saves the student a lot of time and effort.
1. Pre-registration is free for students and they can register by visiting
2. After completing the easy online registration form, hit SUBMIT to print out your
personal registration barcode.
3. Bring this barcode with you to the fair and spend your time talking to admission
representatives and learning about their schools.

Questions about registration? Try our FAQ page or contact For more information please contact the Denver Spring Fair HostClaudia Hernández-Ponce | 303.871.3389 | [email protected]

Redesigned SAT

When students open their SAT test books in spring 2016, they’ll encounter an SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before. The full specifications of the exam along with extensive sample items for each section will be available on April 16, 2014. Major changes are described below.

The Basics
  • The redesigned SAT will first be given in spring 2016.
  • The SAT will be offered in print and, at selected locations, on computer.
  • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
  • The length of the SAT will be about three hours, with an added 50 minutes for the essay. Precise timing will be finalized after further research.
  • The exam will once again be scored on a 400- to 1600-point scale. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section will each be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale. Scores for the Essay will be reported separately.
  • College Board has teamed-up with Khan Academy to provide preparation for the SAT at www.khanacademy.org/sat.

Eight Key Changes

The redesigned SAT will ask students to apply a deep understanding of the few things shown by current research to matter most for college readiness and success. They’ll find questions modeled on the work of the best classroom teachers and perform tasks practiced in rigorous course work. The SAT redesign is centered on eight key changes.

Relevant Words in Context

The redesigned SAT will focus on relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they’re used. Students will be asked to interpret the meaning of words based on the context of the passage in which they appear. This is demanding but rewarding work. These are words that students will use throughout their lives — in high school, college, and beyond.

Requiring students to master relevant vocabulary will change the way they prepare for the exam. No longer will students use flashcards to memorize obscure words, only to forget them the minute they put their test pencils down. The redesigned SAT will engage students in close reading and honor the best work of the classroom.

Command of Evidence

When students take the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT, they’ll be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources. These include informational graphics and multiparagraph passages excerpted from literature and literary nonfiction; texts in the humanities, science, history, and social studies; and career-related sources.

For every passage students read, there will be at least one question asking them to select a quote from the text that best supports the answer they have chosen in response to the preceding question. Some passages will be paired with informational graphics, and students will be asked to integrate the information conveyed through each in order to find the best answer.

Questions that assess writing skills will also depend on a command of evidence. Students will be asked to analyze sequences of paragraphs to make sure they are correct, grammatically and substantively. In some questions, students will be asked to interpret graphics and edit the accompanying passages so that they accurately convey the information in the graphics.

The redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career, where a flexible command of evidence — whether found in text or graphic — is more important than ever.

Essay Analyzing a Source

The focus of the Essay section on the redesigned SAT will be very different from the essay on the current SAT. Students will read a passage and explain how the author builds an argument. They’ll need to support their claims with evidence from the passage. This task more closely mirrors college writing assignments.

The new Essay section is designed to support high school students and teachers as they cultivate close reading, careful analysis, and clear writing. It will promote the practice of reading a wide variety of arguments and analyzing how authors do their work as writers.

The essay prompt will be shared in advance and remain consistent. Only the source material (passage) will change. The Essay will be an optional component of the SAT, although some school districts and colleges will require it.

Math Focused on Three Key Areas

The exam will focus in depth on three essential areas of math: Problem Solving and Data Analysis, the Heart of Algebra, and Passport to Advanced Math. Problem Solving and Data Analysis is about being quantitatively literate. It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in science, social science, and career contexts. The Heart of Algebra focuses on the mastery of linear equations and systems, which helps students develop key powers of abstraction. Passport to Advanced Math focuses on the student’s familiarity with more complex equations and the manipulation they require.

Current research shows that these areas most contribute to readiness for college and career training. They’re used disproportionately in a wide range of majors and careers. The SAT will sample from additional topics in math, but keep a strong focus on these three.

Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts

Throughout the redesigned SAT, students will engage with questions grounded in the real world, questions directly related to the work performed in college and career.

In the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, reading questions will include literature and literary nonfiction, but also feature charts, graphs, and passages like the ones students are likely to encounter in science, social science, and other majors and careers. Students will be asked to do more than correct errors; they’ll edit and revise to improve texts from the humanities, history, social science, and career contexts.

The Math section will feature multistep applications to solve problems in science, social science, career scenarios, and other real-life contexts. Students will be presented with a scenario and then asked several questions about it. This allows students to dig into a situation and think about it, then model it mathematically.

Analysis in Science and in Social Studies

When students take the redesigned SAT, they will be asked to apply their reading, writing, language, and math skills to answer questions in science, history, and social studies contexts. They will use these skills — in college, in their jobs, and in their lives — to make sense of recent discoveries, political developments, global events, and health and environmental issues.

Students will encounter challenging texts and informational graphics that pertain to issues and topics like these in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Questions will require them to read and comprehend texts, revise texts to be consistent with data presented in graphics, synthesize information presented through texts and graphics, and solve problems based in science and social science.

Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation

America’s founding documents — such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights — are all rather short, but they have inspired a conversation that endures today. Every time students take the redesigned SAT, they will encounter an excerpt from one of the Founding Documents or a text from the ongoing Great Global Conversation about freedom, justice, and human dignity. In this way, we hope that the redesigned SAT will inspire deep engagement with texts that matter and reflect not only what is important for college and career, but what is important for citizenship here and around the world.

No Penalty for Wrong Answers

The redesigned SAT will remove the penalty for wrong answers. Students will earn points for the questions they answer correctly. This move to rights-only scoring encourages students to give the best answer they have to every problem.

FAFSA Workshop for Seniors & Parents

February 4th @ 2:15 p.m.

FAFSA Workshop for Seniors & Parents

What: Need help completing the FAFSA? Join us for a free workshop with  College in Colorado

Where:  AHS Commons

What do I need to complete the FAFSA? Please bring:

  • Lap top
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)

AHS Alumni Day

On January 7th, AHS welcomed back 16 alumni for the first-ever Alumni Day Brunch and Panel. Alumni discussed what college life is really like and answered questions from current seniors about classes, dorm life, and scholarships.  Seniors gained valuable tips for having  a successful first semester at college.

Alumni Day Slideshow

Senior Scholarship Workshop

On January 8, 2014 AHS hosted a Senior Scholarship Workshop in collaboration with College in Colorado. Seniors gained tips and advice for finding and winning college scholarships. 

Missed the workshop? Here is the presentation: Scholarship PPT 

AHS Alumni Spotlight

AHS Alumna, Sara. M (Class 2013), continues to shine as a student athlete at Finlandia University located in Hancock, Michigan.

The best thing about college is…

The best thing about college is probably my professors, and the ability for them to teach me something that I am fully interested in every single day.  

I was not expecting….

I was not expecting to get the amount of support that I receive from my professors, trainers, and coaches.  It feels like I am back at Animas High School getting extra support from Rachael S. and Roxy M.!

What advice can you give to seniors as they prepare for the admissions process?

Have fun!  That’s the best advice that I can give to the upcoming college students! Senior year flies by and all of a sudden you will be sitting in the library studying for six hours before your first big exam!

Crafting the College Essay

In collaboration with Matt Hughes, Senior Humanities teacher, the College Advising team taught a college essay writing workshop to help students brainstorm, write, and revise their college essays. The essay is a valuable part of the college application that allows students to showcase their writing ability as well as tell a unique story.  The essay is an increasingly important aspect of the application process that allows admissions officer the chance to meet the "person" behind the application and to assess whether the applicant is a good fit for the college.

Financial Aid 101: How to Pay for College

 You are invited to join us for a FREE financial aid presentation by Mindy Mickelson of College in Colorado. If you need help understanding how to pay for college, this session is for you. You’ll get valuable information about college costs, types of financial aid available, and how to apply. This can sometimes seem like a complicated process, so College In Colorado, a free resource for career and college planning, is available to help you understand all the steps and to answer your college funding questions.  To watch the PPT, click here

When: Wednesday, Sept. 25th from 6- 7:30 p.m.

Where: AHS Commons

AHS Alumni Spotlight

AHS Alumna: Hannah Quick reflects upon her first month at Colorado College

The best thing about college is…The best thing about college is the independence!!  It's great doing what you want and staying up however late you want (even though you almost always regret it in the morning).  What I love is being on my own and getting involved with different things because everything is on your own time; you don't have to be home for dinner or do your chores before you go out, you are responsible for yourself.  I'm also really taking advantage of my free time by participating in clubs like Globemed, the Pre Health Professions Club, Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo, and even a sorority (I know, I didn't see that one coming either).  

I was not expecting…

 I was not expecting how hard the block plan would be.  I started in a Spanish 300 level class and our first exam was that first Wednesday, with a midterm a week later.  I definitely got overwhelmed really fast, but as I've progressed through this block (exactly one week left!) I've learned how to manage myself and have started to see the benefits of the block plan.  For example, you take your midterm 2 weeks into the class, so everything you're being tested on is only 2 weeks old instead of 2 months! Plus, when finals come around, you only have to focus on 1 class instead of 4 or 5.  

What advice can you give to seniors as they prepare for the admissions process?

For all of the seniors, my advice would be to just take a deep breath before you start the application process, and understand that you're going to come up gasping for air by the time you've sent in your applications.  It's hard.  But you can do it.  Just stay focused on what you've been working for these past 4 years and don't let senioritis get the best of you.  To that end, once you've finished your applications, make sure you apply for scholarships! I know the last thing you want to do is write another essay, but you will thank yourself in the next 4 years when those extra couple thousand dollars make all the difference in the world.  Good luck this year and maybe some of you will be joining me at CC next year! 

Important Updates 2013-2014

Parent and Student Orientation

We hope to see you at the AHS Parent Orientations where College Advising will give an overview of our new college advising curriculum and tips for the admissions process.

9th Grade Parent Orientation: Aug. 6th , 5:30pm- 7:30 pm

10th Grade Parent Orientation: Aug. 8th, 5:30pm- 7:30 pm

11th Grade Parent Orientation: Aug. 13th, 5:30pm- 7:30 pm

12th Grade Parent Orientation: Aug. 15th, 5:30pm- 7:30pm

Unable to attend? Watch the PowerPoint Presentations here.

Freshman College Advising Orientation PPT

Sophomore College Advising Orientation PPT

Junior College Advising Orientation PPT 

Senior College Advising Orientation PPT 

Senior 2014 Welcome Back Letter

Welcome Back Class of 2014!!

What will you be doing next year at this time? The answer partially depends on how organized and hard working you are in the college admission process over the next few months.

I am excited to meet with each of you for a 45 minute individual session to see where you are in the College Admission Process and how I can best assist and guide you.

Your To Do List before you come to our meeting is to BRING WITH YOU:

  1. Completed Questionnaire ( will be handed out in Humanities Class.)
  2. Tentative list of colleges you wish to apply to ( include reach, target and safety schools)
  3. Your laptop
  4. Your completed College search on Naviance and College Board
  5. College Resume ( please try to keep it on one page)
  6. List of schools you have visited or plan to visit along with your impressions
  7. Application Deadlines: Regular/ Early Action/ Early Decision( only for students that are certain if they get

accepted that they will attend.

Also, please come up with a method of organizing the materials for various colleges, essays etc ie: create a binder or computer filing system.

Sign up for individual meetings begins Tuesday, August 28 in the College Counseling Office.


  • Sept. 10 Day/Night College Fair @ FLC from 6pm- 7:30pm
  • Sept. 12 Peter Van Buskirk: , 6:30-8:30 pm; Fort Lewis College Ballroom “Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be”
  • Sept. 17 Mandatory AHS’’s Senior College Night 6-7
  • Sept. 25: “How to Pay for College” @ AHS ; 6pm-7pm
  • Oct. 5 Denver NACAC College Fair @ Colorado Convention Center from 1pm- 4 pm
  • Oct. 6: 2013 Colorado Western Slope College Fair @ Aspen High School from 11am- 2        pm

For more information, please visit the calendar on this website.

I can’t wait to meet with you all and see where you are in the college admission process!


Elaine Ehlers

Senior College Counselor

Important Updates 2012- 2013

Steps for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

1. Decide whom you will be asking for letters of recommendation. Most colleges require two academic teachers and one administrator, advisor or counselor letter.

2. Plan ahead! Allow at least three weeks for the letter to be completed.

3. Fill out this form completely for each individual who has agreed to write a letter. Personalize your answers according to the writer.

4. Attach your resume. You can note on this form to “refer to resume” on applicable questions.

5. Bring this completed form and resume to each person. Explain that it contains information about you in order to help write the letter.

6. Tell your teacher that you will email them specific instructions for uploading their letter of recommendation.

7. Write a thank you note to the person(s) who provided you a letter of recommendation.

Download Student Profile

Download Parent Brag Sheet

Spring College Advising Letter 

Dear AHS Parents of 9th and 10th Graders,

As a college preparatory school, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to attend college. The primary goal of the College Advising Department is to ensure that all students graduate AHS academically prepared for success at the college or university of their choice. Studies indicate that early college awareness and preparation is critically important for today’s high school students. While college offers a path for personal growth, enrichment, and acquiring knowledge, there are many practical benefits to attend college including:

  • Have more job opportunities

The world is changing rapidly. More and more jobs require education beyond high school. College graduates have more jobs to choose from. According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.

  • Earn more money

A person who goes to college usually earns more than a person who doesn't. On average, over a lifetime, someone who spends two years in college earns $250,000 more than someone who doesn't. That's a quarter of a million dollars more over a lifetime.

  • Expand your knowledge base

A college education helps you acquire a range of knowledge in many subjects, as well as advanced knowledge in the specific subjects you're most interested in. It also increases your ability to think abstractly and critically, to express thoughts clearly in speech and in writing, and to make wise decisions. These skills are useful both on and off the job.

  • Increase your potential

A college education can help increase your understanding of the community and the world as you explore interests, discover new areas of knowledge, and consider lifelong goals. Getting a college education is an investment that will pay back for a lifetime. People with a college education have better job opportunities and earn more money.

  • Better Health

Individuals ages 25 to 34 with a 4-year college degree are 70% more likely to engage in vigorous exercise than those with only a high school diploma.

  • Greater Wealth

Individuals with a 4-year college degree earn an average of $22,000 more per year than those with only a high school diploma.

  • More Security

Individuals with only a high school diploma are about twice as likely to be unemployed as those with a 4-year college degree.

  • Stronger Community

Individuals ages 18 to 24 with a 4-year college degree were 75% more likely to vote in the 2008 election than those with only a high school diploma.

(College Board www.collegeboard.org)

This Spring, I have been busy introducing 9th and 10th graders to college advising at AHS and have covered the following topics with your student: the importance of the academic record, understanding the transcript, AHS graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, college admissions testing, and LINK internship requirements. Additionally, students have completed a college survey and have conducted interest, personality profiles, and career surveys on the College in Colorado website. Two important websites to assist you and your student with the college exploration process are the AHS College Advising website, www.ahscollegecareerdepartment.webs.com, and the College in Colorado website, www.collegeincolorado.org. To begin the process of college and career exploration, your student has created a free account on College in Colorado to create an online Individual Career and Academic Plan. This website is also a wonderful resource for high school, career, and college planning, and parents can create an account too! Simply log on to www.collegeincolorado.org and follow the directions to create an account. As a junior, the AHS college advising department will create an account for your student on Naviance, a web-based college planning software. Naviance will allow your student to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics from actual historical data from students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned by the school to better prepare your student for future college and career goals.

Many families wonder what they should be doing now to plan for college. The following timelines are meant to serve as a suggested outline for college readiness.

9th Grade College Planning Timeline

  • Take rigorous courses
  • Study hard
  • Explore extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school
  • Plan enriching summer activities
  • Create a resume
  • Attend an individual meeting with the AHS college advisor to understand the college admissions process and explore post-secondary goals
  • Begin a dialogue with your family about college
  • Attend college fairs
  • Attend mandatory AHS Underclassman College Night
  • Create your AHS Digital Portfolio
  • Read, read, read

10th Grade College Planning Timeline

  • Take rigorous classes
  • If you are struggling in a class, attend extra help sessions or find a tutor.
  • Attend college fairs
  • Register to take the PLAN in October (optional)
  • Attend mandatory grade-level AHS Underclassman College Night
  • Register to take the PSAT (optional)
  • Research colleges
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school


  • Refine AHS Digital Portfolio
  • Update resume
  • Visit colleges
  • Continue the college dialogue with your family 
  • Stay involved! Look into summer jobs, enrichment and volunteer activities
  • Meet with AHS college advisor
  • Attend college fairs
  • Meet with LINK Director to internship opportunities
  • Read, read, read!

11th Grade College Planning Timeline:


  • Attend mandatory AHS Upperclassman College Night
  • Attend Financial Aid 101 at AHS
  • Study hard in a rigorous curriculum
  • Meet with your college counselor
  • Attend college fairs
  • Take PSAT in October
  • Enroll in test preparation for the ACT and SAT
  • Meet with the LINK Director about internship planning and opportunities


  • Create Naviance account and complete college search and personality, interest, and career surveys
  • Create College Board account and conduct college search
  • Take the SAT in March
  • Take ACT in April
  • Visit college campuses
  • Attend college representative visits
  • Attend college fairs
  • Continue to develop a college list
  • Continue to research and request information from colleges
  • Meet with AHS college advisor to narrow your list of potential colleges and plan your senior course work
  • Attend AHS Upperclassman College Night
  • Refine AHS Digital Portfolio
  • Update resume
  • Take SAT Subject Tests and AP exams, if you registered for them
  • Continue the college dialogue with your family 
  • Look into summer jobs, enrichment, leadership, and volunteer activities
  • LINK internship
  • Update your resume
  • Ask two teachers and one school administrator, counselor, or advisor to write recommendation letters
  • Research scholarship and financial aid opportunities
  • If you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships, you need to begin the application process the summer before your senior year.
  • If you are considering performing arts or art schools, create a portfolio.


  • Visit college campuses
  • Get involved with an enriching summer experience including a job, internship, travel, study, or community service
  • Read, read, read!
  • Continue to research colleges
  • Brainstorm college and scholarship essays
  • If you are an athlete planning to play Division I or II sports in college, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center
  • Refine college list to 8-12 schools

11th Graders: Your two big goals are: 1.) Finish the year with strong grades and 2.) Create a college list of 8-12 schools divided into safety, target, and reach categories. Please see Elaine if you have any questions about your college list or the admissions process.  Summer is a great time to brainstorm your personal essay topics and to become familiar with the college application. To preview the Common Application and the essay questions, please click here. You should also continue checking in with the 11th Grade College Planning Timeline. (to be linked to CC page)

12th Graders: Students and families who are still negotiating with financial aid officers may be interested in reading the latest installment in The Wall Street Journal's financial aid series, "Colleges Cut Prices by Providing More Financial Aid." 
Seniors, please make sure that you have completed the Final Senor Reflection so that we have the correct information as to where to send your final transcript. Complete the reflection here

As summer quickly approaches, now is a good time for your student to plan enriching summer activities such as employment, volunteer work, travel, or internships. The AHS College Advising website has a robust listing of summer and travel programs for high school students. A great reading recommendation is The Ultimate Guide to Summer Opportunities for Teens by Sandra Berger.

I look forward to continuing the college dialogue with you and your student next fall when I schedule individual college advising meetings wiht underclassman. Elaine will continue her amazing work with the Seniors.  In the Fall of 2013, stay tuned for monthly newsletters from the College Advising Department and AHS College Nights. Parents are an important part of the college journey, and I look forward to navigating the exciting world of college admissions with you and your student. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions regarding college advising at AHS, and we are looking forward to working with your student.

Warm Regards,

Rachael Sands & Elaine Ehlers

AHS College Advising

FLC Concurrent Enrollment Update

If your student is considering concurrent enrollment at Fort Lewis College during their Senior year at AHS, I wanted to update you with the new contact information for the FLC advisors who can answer your specific  questions regarding available classes or the application  process: Scott Miller at  247-7650 and/or Andrew Burns 247-7180.

High School students are generally allowed to enroll in  all introductory 101 classes. Students will need to complete an application and  submit ACT or SAT scores or take the ACCUPLACER, a suite of tests that assess reading, writing, math, and computer skills to  ensure appropriate placement, and meet with a FLC academic advisor.

In terms of the concurrent enrollment process, here is brief overview:
1.) Complete FLC Concurrent enrollment application found on the website. You need to print it out for Muareen Truax to sign.
2.) Review FLC offerings on their onine course catalogue
2.) Schedule a meeting with your  FLC advisor
3.) Students need to schedule a meeting with Maureen Truax to confirm the college class will fit in with the  AHS class schedule and to sign the FLC application
4.) Please don't invest in the expense of a college class until you have met with Maureen to ensure that it fits into your student's  AHS schedule.

I also wanted to share with you a new resource from the Department of Education  to assist you and your student with the college search/exploration process and financial aid at on http://collegecost.ed.gov/. Here is a brief overview of information you can find:

  • College Scorecards make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
  • Net Price Calculatorshelp you estimate how much colleges cost after scholarships and grants.
  • College Navigator Here you can search for and compare colleges on all sorts of criteria including costs, majors offered, size of school, campus safety, and graduation rates.

AHS College Acceptances Class 2013:

Ashworth College, Finlandia University, Marian College, CU Boulder, Colorado College, Western Washington University, St. Michael’s College, Cottery College, Beloit College, Cornell College, Franklin College, Arizona State University, Baylor University, Montana State University, Embry-Riddle University, Denver University, Northern Arizona University, University of Oregon, University of Portland, Lewis and Clark College, Gonzaga University, Ithaca College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Claremont-McKenna College, University of Montana, Humboldt State University, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, San Juan College, Colorado School of Mines,Whitman College, Augustana College, Mt. Holyoke College, Occidental College, University of Puget Sound, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Berkley, UC-San Diego, Lehigh University, University of Richmond, Tulane University, Middlebury College, Brown University, Gustavus College, Kenyon College, San Bernardino Valley College, Amherst College, Skidmore College, UC-Colorado Springs, Sierra Nevada College, Chapman University, Stanford University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy College of the Performing Arts, Carnegie-Mellon University, Harvey Mudd College, Emerson College

Another critical piece of the admissions process is our students’ efforts to secure scholarships and financial awards. To date, Animas High School’s Class of 2013 has been offered $495,700.00 in funding. Congrats to this inspirational class ofpioneers!

Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid opportunities abound. 

Additionally, FLC will be hosting the annual College Goal Sunday on Saturday, February 16th in the Reed Library, Room 2E. This is a fantastic opportunity for AHS families to get assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known as the FAFSA form) More info on College Goal Sunday can be found here.

Finally, as our seniors weather the 2013 admissions process, we’re already ramping up with the Class of 2014 for next year’s push. Accordingly, Animas High School will be hosting a Junior College Night on Wednesday, April 3rd @ 6pm in the AHS Lodge

Join the AHS College Counseling team for an overview of the college admission process and how to prepare for the ACT and SAT.  We will also have a panel of AHS seniors to answer questions about the process as well as share their experience of navigating the world of college admissions. Questions? Please contact Rachael Sands at [email protected]

Financial Aid

A few notes regarding financial aid from the College Board:

To apply for most financial aid — including federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans — you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although this financial aid form may seem complex, there are many free resources to help you. And completing the form is easier than it used to be, thanks to the new IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Where to Find the FAFSA

The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA on the Web. If you need a paper copy, you can download a PDF at www.studentaid.ed.gov/PDFfafsa or call 800-4-FED-AID (433-3243).

January 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA.

FAFSA on the Web

You can complete, submit and track your application online. This is the easiest way to apply for federal aid. The online program even checks your data before it is transmitted to the processing center, so there's less chance of making an error.

Before You Apply

Complete your income tax return. You don’t have to file your income tax return before you fill out the FAFSA, but it’s a good idea to do so. A lot of the requested information is the same, and you may be able to use the time-saving IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Get a PIN. Get a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) by filling out the short application at www.pin.ed.gov. You can get your PIN immediately by email or later by postal mail. You can use FAFSA on the Web without a PIN; you’ll just have to print out and mail in a signature page.

Collect documents. See a list of the documents you need to get started.

Completing the Application

The following tips make it easier to complete the FAFSA.

Reminders and Resources
  • January 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA. You should try to file as close to this date as possible. College, state and private aid deadlines may be much earlier than federal deadlines. You should pay attention to your colleges' priority financial aid deadlines.
  • For help, go to the free government website Completing the FAFSA. It has a detailed question-by-question guide to filling out the FAFSA.
  • More free help can be found at FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions and Student Aid on The Web.
The New IRS Data Retrieval Tool

You can save time and effort if you qualify to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. It will transfer your income tax data directly from the IRS to your online FAFSA.

You and your parents may be eligible to use this tool if:

  • Your family income tax returns were filed electronically at least two weeks before you complete the FAFSA.
  • Your family income tax returns were mailed to the IRS at least eight weeks before you complete the FAFSA.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and choose to do so, you’ll be transferred from the online FAFSA to the IRS website, which will guide you through the transfer of your tax information. When you’re done, you’ll be sent back to your FAFSA.

You don’t have to use this tool, but it’s recommended that you do. If you have to complete the FAFSA using estimated income tax information, you can always return to FAFSA on the Web to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once you have filed your tax forms.

What Happens After You Apply

Once you submit the FAFSA, your family’s financial information is analyzed using the federal need formula.

The Student Aid Report (SAR)

After the information you provided is analyzed, you will receive a SAR that contains the data you entered on the FAFSA. The U.S. Department of Education will send this form to you either by email or by postal mail.

Review the SAR carefully for errors (the form highlights items that may need attention) and follow directions for making and submitting corrections. Submit corrections promptly. Make sure to keep a copy of the SAR for your records.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

On the front page of the SAR, you'll find a figure called the expected family contribution (EFC). Your EFC is an indicator of your family’s financial strength. It is sent to your state scholarship agency as well as to the colleges you listed on the FAFSA. They use this number to determine your financial aid award. Learn more about the EFC.

Other Financial Aid Forms

After you complete the FAFSA, make sure you submit any additional financial aid forms that your colleges require. For example, some colleges require you to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® or their own forms.

Help with the FAFSA

If you have questions about the application, FAFSA on the Web or federal financial aid for students in general, call:

Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)
800-4-FED-AID (433-3243) / TTY 800-730-8913
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time


We have just added local scholarship information to our website under the "More" menu. 

Financial Aid Webinar

Join us at upcoming FREE financial aid webinars from BigFuture™. The webinars are designed to provide tips and information to help students and families complete financial aid applications.

Completing the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®: What You Need to Know

Applying to a school that requires the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application? This online application for financial aid is used by almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award financial aid from sources other than the federal government. You will get a complete preview of the application, learn what's needed before beginning and discover helpful resources and tools. 

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
7–8 p.m. EST

For more information on paying for college, visit bigfuture.org.

If you have questions on the webinar, please email us at [email protected].

Free FLC Application Day

On Monday, January 14, an admission counselor from Fort Lewis College will be coming to AHS  to accept and evaluate completed applications.  Your application fee is waived if you make an appointment with her that day.  She will tell you on the spot if you are admitted or if you need additional information.  If you are interested in meeting with her and applying to Fort Lewis free,  please sign up on the  Bulletin Board outside my office ASAP for your 15 minute individual meeting. 
 ( 8 spots left!) 

Requirement for your meeting is:  
1.  Your COMPLETED FORT LEWIS APPLICATION printed to give her.  
Beforehand, I will give her your official transcript as well as your test scores that we have received.  Stop by if you have questions. Please sign-up with Elaine Ehlers.

Letter from Elaine Ehlers, Senior College Counselor

Inaugural Senior Class of AHS,

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!!  I have seen many of you the last couple of days that have December 1st deadlines ( this Saturday!)  If you are one of those students, please let Maureen know by TOMORROW  if you need this year's classes put on your transcript as well as your transcript and our school profile sent to your colleges.  ( she has a Transcript Request form for you to fill out )  As you know, you are also responsible for getting your official test scores sent through act.og (ACT scores) or collegeboard.com ( SAT scores) by all of your deadlines!!

December 1 Early Action deadline Reminder:  University of Colorado Boulder ( early action deadline of December 1) doesn't invite your teachers to upload their letters of recommendation UNTIL you submit your application.  You must request that Maureen upload or send your transcript and our school profile to CU Boulder.

However, Colorado State University , (also with a December 1 early action deadline), since it  uses The Common Application on line lets you invite teachers, school official ( me) who will upload your transcript, school profile, and your school official's letter of recommendation - so you DO NOT have to request that Maureen send those to CSU.  However, you must request whoever you have asked to write your school official letter  that they email it to me to upload on the common application for CSU by Thursday please IF you are applying for Early Action.

 For December 15th Deadlines,  requests for the above must be in by Tuesday, December 11 - for January 1 or 5th deadlines, because of Holiday Break, requests must be in by December 18th.  Busy time of year for us all,  but being organized is key.

Please, please have another pair of eyes proofread your applications /essays before you push the submit button.  Also, if you want an individual conference email me when you might want to meet.  Again, my office hours are 8 - 5 on Mondays; 8 - 3:30 on Tuesdays.  Good Luck Class....keep the faith.

College Opportunity Fund

What is the College Opportunity Fund?

The College Opportunity Trust Fund (COF), created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a Colorado public institution or a participating private institution.

Eligible undergraduate students must apply, be admitted and enroll at a participating institution. Both new and continuing students are eligible for the stipend.

Qualifying students may use the stipend for eligible undergraduate classes. The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis to the institution at which the student is enrolled. The credit-hour amount will be set annually by the General Assembly. For more information, please visit  http://cof.college-assist.org/cofapp/cofapp/Default.aspx.

Check out this great college resource: http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/guidance-office-princeton-answers-1/

Western Slope College Fair

October 7th from 11am - 2 pm at Aspen High School in Aspen, CO.

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