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Lemont High School’s counseling program recognizes the individual needs and aspirations of each student. In order to help each student reach his or her individual goals, counselors meet periodically with students to help them develop and implement a career plan.

Counselors are available to assist students and parents in educational planning and career decisions. Information concerning college or careers - including college catalogs and information regarding vocational or technical opportunities - is available in the PPS Office. Students who want more information to prepare for additional educational or career opportunities after high school are encouraged to meet with a counselor.

A developmental career guidance curriculum, which encourages students to select a course of study that enhances their career and educational goals, is implemented by the guidance counselors and regular education teachers. All vocational educational opportunities are offered to all students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or other protected category.

College Counseling
College Representatives and College Visitation
College Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants
Junior Colleges
Vocational Counseling
Schedule Changes

College Counseling

Counseling services for college-bound students are available through the school’s counseling program. Students are encouraged to begin college planning as early as possible to ensure that a student is able to enter the college of his/her choice. Students who intend to enter college should be certain that they have met the entry requirements of their school of choice, as well as those determined by the Illinois State Board of Education.

College Representatives and College Visitation

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to talk with representatives from the many colleges and universities that visit Lemont High School in the student cafeteria during lunch periods throughout the year. This can be one of the most important steps for a student interested in going to college.

Students are also encouraged to visit the campus of their college of choice before making a final decision concerning enrollment. Students often can make a campus visit when school is not in session in order to not miss class. If it is necessary to visit during a school day, arrangements must be made three days in advance through the student’s guidance counselor. It is recommended that a parent/guardian accompanies a student released from school for a college visit.

Students and parents should work with the college financial advisor in looking for financial aid for college. Students are encouraged to discuss college plans with their guidance counselor.

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College Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants

There are many types of financial aid available. Most of these are based upon financial need as determined by financial statements submitted to appropriate agencies. A college financial aid advisor can give a person an idea if there may be a determinable need, but the high school does not make this determination. The most common types of financial aid are scholarships and grants, loan programs and work-study programs. If providing assistance, most colleges give students a “package” that includes a combination of the various sources of financial aid. Most scholarships and grants are awarded with consideration given to the student’s financial need. Scholarships and grants often are based upon a student’s talents — academic, athletic, musical, etc.; some are based upon this talent with no regard given to financial need. Students and their parents/guardians should look for any type of aid available. Often grants and scholarships are listed on-line through financial aid Web sites; additionally, many companies, labor unions and fraternal organizations offer scholarships.

Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms qualify students for federal money, as well as some college/university scholarships. Seniors should fill out the FAFSA forms online between January 1-March 1 of the year that they plan to begin college. The FAFSA application may be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right side of the page.

Junior Colleges

Lemont High School has articulation agreements with College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College, and any student residing in Lemont can attend either institution without paying out-of-district costs. Junior colleges are an excellent destination for students who are unsure of their college or career direction, but do want to continue their education. Junior colleges offer both vocational programs and college programs. Courses offered by junior colleges are the same courses offered by four-year colleges; however, care should be taken that the credits are not lost in transferring from a junior college to a four-year college. Lemont High School’s guidance and counseling program can help students decide if attending a junior college is the best for them.

Vocational Counseling

Vocational counseling services are provided to students at Lemont High School. Students aspiring to work in a specific occupation or considering additional technical training should begin planning their educational program as early as possible. Counselors are available to assist in this process.

Schedule Changes

The course selection process is one of the most important functions that a student performs each year. It determines the courses the school will offer, development of student scheduling, and how the school will utilize its staff. When a student completes the course selectionprocess, he/she enters into a contract with the school. Lemont High School asks its students to be most careful and accurate in selecting their schedules each year.

From the time a student returns the course request form and the end of the school year, a student may request a schedule change with parent/guardian permission. In the summer, a student and his/her parent/guardian may request a change; this must be done in writing, and a $10 schedule change fee will be levied. Once the school year begins, no student initiated schedule changes are made. The only schedule changes made during the school year will be for a failed class that must be repeated, a change in academic level, or a change based on teacher request.


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ACT 36 Course Information
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Counseling Information - Seniors
Counseling Information - Juniors
Counseling Information - Freshmen


Presentation to Senior Parents - Part I (August 2016)
Presentation to Senior Parents - Part II (August 2016)
Presentation to Senior Parents - Part III (August 2016)
Presentation to Junior Parents (August 2015)

Financial Fit Parent Handout
College & Financial Aid Night Video Rebroadcast (October 2014)
College & Financial Aid Night Presentation (October 2014)


ACT Prep Online
College Board

College Search

AP Credit Policy Information
Illinois State Schools Profile
My College QuickStart
What's Next Illinois

Financial Aid/Scholarships

College Scholarship Guide (Simple Dollar)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA PIN Application
Financial Aid Process (December 2011)
College Countdown



Career Cruising
Illinois Career Information System
Illinois Valley Apprenticeship Directory



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