Guidance and Career Resource Center
Guidance and Counseling
Michelle Harrison: Freshmen
Cassandra Olivas: Sophomores – Seniors, Last Name: A-G
Cristin Haake: Sophomores – Seniors, Last Name: H-O
Cindy Black: Sophomores – Seniors, Last Name: P-Z
Welcome to Naviance! Naviance is a college and career planning resource for students. This program helps students plan their educational path. While using Naviance a student can complete inventories that will help define their strengths and interests. They can then find courses of study that utilize those strengths and see what careers match up with those findings. Scholarship information is available as is college application information. Scholarship and college applications can be stored for future reference.
Career and College Planning
The Career Resource Center is located in the IMC and is available to all students at Los Alamos High School. The CRC is here to assist students with the transition from high school into college, vocational or technical school, the military or a chosen career path. There is information on colleges, scholarships, ACT and SAT exams, and career options. Check out the CRC News, a newly created newsletter with updates from the Career Resource Center. Visit the CRC or contact Connie Goettee for more information. Located in the IMC.
Advanced Placement (AP) Information
About LAHS AP Classes?
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. Students are expected to take the AP exam at the end of the course. If successful, they may earn college credit. Because of the stringent time commitment expected in AP coursework, students involved in several activities should carefully consider the number of AP courses for which they register.
Parents & Students:
• AP courses are rigorous – described as “more difficult than college courses,” which makes them an exciting challenge.
• AP course require self-discipline and a strong work ethic
• AP courses require an average of 2 hours of additional homework per night per course
• AP courses require that the student take the AP exam
If you have any questions about AP classes please contact Connie Goettee, Student Placement Specialist in the Career Resource Center. The CRC is located in the IMC (Library) Phone: (505) 663-2595 Fax: (505) 662-6846 Email: email@example.com
Welcome to the AP (Advanced Placement) Program at Los Alamos High School
Through the AP Program, students are able to experience the rigors of college-level studies while still in high school. Los Alamos High School offers a number of AP courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Fine Arts and Career & Technology.
AP Courses Overview at LAHS:
AP Biology course overview
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry course overview
AP Computer Science
AP English Language
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Environmental Science course overview
AP European History course overview
AP French Language and Culture
AP German Language and Culture
AP Human Geography
AP Music Theory
AP Physics 1 course overview
AP Physics 2 course overview
AP Physics C – electricity and magnetism- course overview
AP Physics C – mechanics- course overview
AP Psycholoty course overview
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
AP Studio Art: 2D, 3D Design, and Drawing
AP US Govt & Politics
AP US History
Registration for AP Exams will be accepted beginning Monday, February 29 through Friday, March 18, 2016. The registration form may be completed online; however, the registration process is not complete until the registration form and payment or proof of payment (if paying via Paypal) is submitted to Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center. In order to receive a weighted grade for an AP course, students must take and pay for the AP Exam(s) in the spring. The cost is $92 per exam. If a student needs to take an AP exam during the makeup period(AP Alternate Date Exam Schedule) , there is an additional $45 fee. Checks must be made payable to Los Alamos Public Schools.
To pay for AP exams using Paypal, CLICK HERE TO PAY https://laschools.hotlunch.com/fees/lahs/registration.php
Cost is $93 per exam. If a student needs to take an AP exam on the alternate testing date for any of the reasons listed below will be required to pay an additional $45 per exam.
• Academic contest/event
• Athletic contest/event
• Conflict with non-AP and non-IB exam
• Family/personal commitment
• Ordering error
• Other school event
• School closing (local decision, non-emergency)
2018 AP Alternate Date Exam Registration
2018 AP Exam Registration forms
2018 AP Alternate Date Exam Registration
(please be sure to download Fillable pdf, then it will let you fill out the form)
If you have any questions about AP classes please contact Connie Goettee, Student Placement Specialist in the Career Resource Center.
The CRC is located in the IMC (Library) Phone: (505) 663-2595 Fax: (505) 662-6846 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Students wishing to drop an AP Course must do so within 2 weeks of the beginning if the course.
2018 AP Exam Schedule
2018 AP Alternate Date Exam Schedule
Class of …
Senior Portraits and Bios are due October 13 th, 2017 • Senior Ads are due: Information coming soon.
Portraits: Please send the highest resolution picture you can as a .jpeg. Email your portrait to email@example.com. The pictures will be placed in a vertical orientation in the yearbook.
Check your student’s email for updates.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Choice
The Mission of the School of Choice is to provide an alternate path to graduation by helping the students become self-disciplined, effective learners.
Current School of Choice News:
The School of Choice department is interviewing to fill any openings for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have been contacted by your guidance counselor and have been given an application, turn that application in ASAP. We will make acceptance decisions at the end of May.
Why is school attendance important? Why do the School of Choice teachers care so much whether their students attend? Besides the fact that the School of Choice curriculum is designed to be taught, learned and demonstrated in the classroom, thousands of educational studies have shown that the poorer the attendance rate for a student, the lower the academic skills are. Check out this link to see just a few of the many studies that prove that student attendance directly affects how well that student learns–starting in Kindergarten: http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/
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SOC English 10, English 11, and English 12: Whitney Pomeroy
SOC Algebra 2: Sue Wilson
SOC Government / Economics and SOC US History: Jon Frost
SOC Chemistry: Shanna Mayorov
SOC Biology: Katie Tauxe
School of Choice (SOC) is an alternate program within Los Alamos High School that is intended to reach students who have a strong desire to learn and who want to graduate but who are failing their core classes.
SOC students typically are those who work hard and focus in class, participate well, are abstract thinkers, and are creative, but who fail when it comes to homework and tests. Typical SOC students have high academic ability but have outside factors that affect their ability to complete work after school. SOC classes design curriculum to be taught and demonstrated in the classroom setting. Learning is done very quickly, at an advanced rate; thus, attendance is vital to student success. The goal is to help students learn to think, analyze, and apply their knowledge, and to be able to take pride in their work.
The coursework covers the same Common Core Standards as general LAHS courses; however, the work may seem even more challenging due to the nature of the higher-level thinking that is expected of students and the fast pace of the classes. Extensive in-class reading and writing are part of the program, which includes frequent use of computers.
Due to the nature of the work, there are no freshman courses offered in the School of Choice program.
In order to be considered for the School of Choice program, students must apply and go through a formal interview process. It’s important to note that not all students who apply are interviewed, and not all students who are interviewed are accepted into the program. Students who are accepted must earn a 70% in each of their SOC classes in order to earn credit and in order to stay in the program.
- To apply, the student must first go to the Guidance Office and discuss SOC with his or her guidance counselor.
- The counselor may give the student an SOC application, if deemed appropriate.
- The student must then fill out the application with his or her parents, return it to the counselor for her signature, and turn it in to Mrs. Pomeroy.
- Parents are generally contacted within two weeks of receipt of the application to set up an interview with the student and the parents.
- After the interview, the student’s current teachers and/or guidance counselor may be contacted to discuss the student’s appropriateness for the SOC program.
- Parents are generally notified within three weeks of the interview or by the end of the semester (if interviewing for the following year) regarding whether or not their son / daughter was accepted. Students who interview in the spring for the following school year will not be notified until late-May.
- If accepted, the SOC staff notifies the appropriate guidance counselor, and the student’s schedule is changed to incorporate SOC courses.
Acceptance to School of Choice is based on the student application, the student interview, and LAHS teacher feedback.
Students, for more information, please contact your guidance counselor. If you have further questions, you may contact
Whitney Pomeroy, SOC Department Chair, at 663-2586 or email@example.com
- Average overall annual enrollment in the SOC program: 45
- SOC class cap: 14 students
- On average, 90% of SOC students graduate from high school.
- According to graduated SOC students who are now attending college, SOC helped them not only to graduate but also to understand how to learn actively, how to problem-solve, how to analyze advanced fiction and non-fiction text, how to research and write well, how to work in teams, and how to manage their time / keep themselves focused on the task at hand.
- On average, 85% had considered dropping out of high school before entering the SOC program.
- The following article excerpt was taken from the New York Times:
M.I.T. has made a striking change.
The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last fall, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent.
M.I.T. is not alone. Other universities are changing their ways, among them Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, North Carolina State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Harvard. In these institutions, physicists have been pioneering teaching methods drawn from research showing that most students learn fundamental concepts more successfully, and are better able to apply them, through interactive, collaborative, student-centered learning.