Check Your Schedule
Check that you don't have double periods (two 3rd hours), that you know where your classes are located, and that most importantly you are in the correct classes based on your academic abilities.
Remember to check your schedule through your Infinite Campus Student Account.
Senior Credit Check-In
Senior Year is Here: Are you on track to graduate?
You will be meeting with your counselor soon to review your credit check/transcript. If you took any summer courses or retook classes to improve a grade, make sure that they are posted and your transcript is accurate. If you are applying to a university, you should have advanced math in your schedule and by the end of your senior year, have completed at least two credits of the same world language. If you are not on track for graduation, make an appointment to meet with your counselor ASAP to discuss changing your schedule and/or adding an online course through Global Academy.
Access to Your Student Accounts
There are several accounts that you will need to have access to and will be expected to be using on a regular basis.
Here are some helpful links and information about logins:
Student Google Account (via Rapid Identity Login)
You will use a Google/Rapid Identity account to login to any computer you use in high school.
Infinite Campus is where you can check your grades, see assignment calendars and check your credit progress.
Google Classroom is the online tool used by Gilbert Public Schools to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. Most of your classes will have a Google Classroom for assignments and activities. Teachers will provide you with a code to sign up for their class at the beginning of the year. Tip: Find all your Google Classrooms at https://www.classroom.google.com.
Arizona Career Information System is the tool we use to build your Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP), assess your interests and skills, and much more. The goals of ECAPs are to guide students and parents through successful high school and post-secondary transitions, increase retention and graduation rates, provide career planning, guidance, and development resources.
Logging into AZCIS is easy - Login to Rapid Identity and click on the AZCIS icon.
Your College Search: Begin with Your Major/Career in Mind
Hopefully, you have had a chance to hear from at least a few college/career representatives either through sitting in on formal presentations or visiting a table display during lunch. When trying to figure out where your studies will take you after high school, start with your end goal in mind. College is not the end goal, it is a path to a career. There are a number of college search engines you can use to help you decipher the best course of study to get you to the career you desire.
Take or Retake the ACT/SAT
We recommended that you take either the ACT or SAT to give yourself a chance to improve your scores this fall. If this is the first time you will be taking them, don't worry, set some time aside to study and prepare before test day.
Please Note - Your high school will not send your ACT/SAT scores for you. You must login to your account and send your scores directly to each institution that you are applying.
Update Your Résumé
Keep your résumé up to date! Whether you are planning to apply for a job a scholarship or a college, you will want to have an updated résumé.
Recording your extra curricular activites, awards, and possible job experiences are all part of your ECAP and should be saved in AZCIS. If you haven't added this information already, you can simply upload your résumé into AZCIS or you have the option to build a résumé in AZCIS itself.
Review Financial Aid Options
How will you pay for college?
Did you know there are grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs available through the federal government?
Also, be sure to review the FAFSA information on THRIVE. You can now apply for the FAFSA as early as October of your senior year.
Gilbert Public Schools FAFSA Nights & Resources
CGCC is holding monthly FAFSA workshops to provide students with financial aid expert support to assist in completing their FAFSA. Walk-Ins Welcome. No Registration Needed. Bring a picture ID and a copy of 2018 Taxes. Students under 24 years old should also bring a Parent and their Parent's 2018 Federal Taxes.
College Fair or Tours
Attend a college fair or request a campus tour!
Attend the NACAC College Fair (National Association for College Admission Counseling) at the Phoenix Convention Center! Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from hundreds of colleges throughout the nation.
Attend the Mesa Public Schools College Fair – this annual event allows you to meet college reps, and learn about out of state, in state and community college programs and campuses. Over 100 colleges, and high school programs are represented at the Mesa Public Schools College Fair.
College Fair Tips – Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience.
Why should I pre-register? Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.
Get & Stay Involved!
Want to find ways to get involved? Keep a lookout for your school’s club fair!
It is always a good time to get involved on your high school campus. There are clubs for everyone ranging from coloring clubs, K-pop, volunteer/service, mentoring, equality and many more. Also, every CTE program has a student organization as do all of the performing/visual arts and sports teams.
GPS High School Clubs & Activities
Meet With Your Counselor
Make an appointment to introduce yourself and discuss any questions you may have with your counselor today!
Your Counselor can help you with much more than just schedule changes!
GPS Counseling Departments
Ready for a Challenge?
If you're already involved in clubs or activities, consider taking on a leadership role this year!
Upcoming Scholarships & Deadlines
February 3, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Regents High Honors Scholarship
February 4, 2020
Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!
Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.
Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?
From the College Board:
"The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the: SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits."
For more information, please speak with your Counselor.