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Guidance and Career Resource Center

Guidance and Counseling

Guidance Assistant: Susan Segler
505.663.2797  •  s.segler@laschools.net

Michelle Harrison:  m.harrison@laschools.net      Freshmen

Cassandra Olivas:  c.olivas@laschools.net       Sophomores – Seniors,  Last Name: A-G

Cristin Haake:   c.haake@laschools.net            Sophomores – Seniors, Last Name: H-O

Cindy Black:   ca.black@laschools.net               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.

Click here to go to Naviance

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.

Point of Contact:  Connie Goettee, Student Placement Specialist  •  Phone: (505) 663-2595  •  Fax: (505) 662-6846  •  Email: c.goettee@laschools.net

Advanced Placement (AP) Information

Registering for AP Exams
Registration for the 2018 AP Exams opens February 14 and ends March 9. Students may complete the online registration form or use one of the printed forms available in the Career Resource Center located in the library.

Completing the Registration Process
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 (located in the school library). In order to receive a weighted grade for an AP course, students must take and pay for the AP Exam(s) in the spring.
Click here to Download 2018 AP Registration Form.pdf

Payments
The cost for AP Exams this year, as set by the College Board, is $94.00 for each exam. No cash will be accepted.  Please make checks or money orders payable to Los Alamos Public Schools. Payment may also be made online via PayPal.  

To pay for AP exams using Paypal, CLICK HERE TO PAY          https://laschools.hotlunch.com/fees/lahs/registration.php
*Please scroll down the page to click on the AP Exam and type in $94.00 and be sure to UNCLICK other items so you are not paying for them.

Financial Assistance
Students in need of financial assistance may be eligible for subsidies through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Please refer to the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2017-18 for more information or contact Mrs. Goettee.

Cancellation and Late Fees
There will be a $15.00 fee charged for cancellation and withdrawal from each test once the order has been placed (March 14, 2018). Any late orders (April 13, 2018) will be assessed a $55.00 late fee by the College Board. Students who decide to not take an AP exam are required to complete an AP Exam Exemption Form.

Cost is $94 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: c.goettee@laschools.net

* Students wishing to drop an AP Course must do so within 2 weeks of the beginning if the course.

AP Exams will be administered the weeks of May 7 and May 14, 2018.

2018 AP Exam Schedule

Alternate testing dates for 2018 are Wednesday, May 23; Thursday, May 24; and Friday, May 25. Students who require alternate testing dates due to conflicts with school-related events must pay an additional $45.00 per exam, for a total cost of $139 per exam.  These students are not charged the $15.00 cancellation fee if they qualify for an event after the order has been placed.

Late testing will not be permitted for any commitments not directly related to a school-sanctioned activity. Athletes should not order alternate exams until they are certain they have qualified for a school-sanctioned activity.

Late testing is allowed under the following circumstances:

No Additional Fee Incurred

  • Conflict with IB exam        
  • Conflict with state-, province- or nationally mandated test         
  • Disabilities accommodation issue        
  • Emergency: bomb scare or fire alarm        
  • Emergency: serious injury, illness or family tragedy        
  • Language lab scheduling conflict        
  • Religious holiday/observation                
  • School closing: election, national holiday or natural disaster        
  • Strike/labor conflict
  • Three or more AP Exams on same day
  • Two AP Exams on same date and time

Additional Fee Incurred: $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)

Students who need to take an AP exam on an alternate testing date are required to complete the AP Alternate Date Exam Registration Form.

AP Alternate Date Exam Schedule
AP Registration for Advanced Placement Exams 2018 Alternate Dates

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: c.goettee@laschools.net

AP Courses and Course Overviews

Arts
Art History Course Overview
Music Theory* Course Overview
Studio Art: 2-D Design* Course Overview
Studio Art: 3-D Design* Course Overview
Studio Art: Drawing* Course Overview

English
English Language and Composition (11)* Course Overview
English Literature and Composition (12)* Course Overview

History and Social Science
Comparative Government and Politics Course Overview
European History* Course Overview
Human Geography* Course Overview
Macroeconomics* Course Overview
Microeconomics* Course Overview
Psychology* Course Overview
US Government and Politics* Course Overview
US History* Course Overview
World History Course Overview

Math and Computer Science
Calculus AB* Course Overview
Calculus BC* Course Overview
Computer Science A* Course Overview
Computer Science Principles Course Overview
Statistics* Course Overview

Science
Biology* Course Overview
Chemistry* Course Overview
Environmental Science* Course Overview
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism* Course Overview
Physics C: Mechanics* Course Overview
Physics 1* Course Overview
Physics 2* Course Overview

World Language and Culture
Chinese Language and Culture Course Overview
French Language and Culture* Course Overview
German Language and Culture* Course Overview
Italian Language and Culture Course Overview
Japanese Language and Culture Course Overview
Latin* Course Overview
Spanish Language and Culture* Course Overview
Spanish Literature and Culture Course Overview

*Courses offered at Los Alamos High School

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 Brochure.pdf
AP Program Guide 2017-18 2.pdf
AP Student Bulletin 2017-18.pdf
Spanish AP Student Bulletin 2017-18.pdf
AP FAQs

Class of …

Juniors information for upcoming events and deadlines: Coming soon.

Sophomores information for upcoming events and deadlines: Coming soon.

Freshman information for upcoming events and deadlines: Coming soon.

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/

“I can’t stay awake when I read!” Click here for Active Reading Strategies!

School of Choice courses and staff:
SOC English 10, English 11, and English 12: Whitney Pomeroy
SOC Algebra 2: Sue Wilson
SOC Geometry: Melissa Laeser
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.

Application process

  1. To apply, the student must first go to the Guidance Office and discuss SOC with his or her guidance counselor.
  2. The counselor may give the student an SOC application, if deemed appropriate.
  3. 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.
  4. Parents are generally contacted within two weeks of receipt of the application to set up an interview with the student and the parents.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 w.pomeroy@laschools.net

Interesting stats:

  • 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.

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