PHS Guidance Department
- Community College 35% 35%
- Four Year College 31% 31%
- Workforce 17% 17%
- Vocational Tech 4% 4%
- Military 3% 3%
- Other 1% 1%
- 12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois- admissions guide to state universities in Illinois
- State Universities in Illinois at a glance– comparative undergraduate admission information
- College Navigator– great way to browse colleges. It helps find colleges by the name of the school, state, zip code, programs, level of degree, institution type, and more.
- Illinois College admissions update– for information about college campuses and tuition
- Illinois College 2 Career- Try the new Illinois College 2 Career tool to find the Illinois college or university that’s the best fit for your education and career goals.
- How to write a great personal essay
- College Board– Find official college planning and preparation tools to help you succeed.
- CollegeWeekLive is a website where you can talk to admissions counselors or current students, find scholarships, find a college that fits you, and listen to presentations about the admissions process.
- Virtual College Tours– provides official virtual campus tours of more than 850 colleges and universities.
- The Common Application
- The Universal Application
- Fair Test- a website that lists all the colleges that do not require standardized test scores
- A List of of helpful websites for College Planning, Career Advising, Financial Aid, Scholarships
- Duke University Summer Session for High School Students– Opportunity to gain Duke credit and live like a college student for a summer.
- collegeresults.org/– user-friendly Web tool designed to provide information about college graduation rates and other related information for nearly any four-year college in the country.
- College Scorecard– U.S Department of Education college search tool that spotlights data of the average cost to attend a college, average accumulated debt at graduation, and students’ future earnings power based on their academic degree.
- Guide to Online Colleges in Illinois– You can research all online colleges in Illinois or any state, how they are ranked, how much they cost, and financial aid availability.
ISAC student portal– a resource for college advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, and career information.
Illinois Career Network– Click on ‘individual’, useful for job searches.
Quint Careers– all the tools to help you succeed in your career, college, and job-search
How to Become a Police Officer– How to Become a Police Officer caters to those who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. We feature several resources for aspiring police officers including a job board, career guides written by criminal justice professors and former police officers, and interviews with leaders in the law enforcement community.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This should be filled out as soon as possible starting Oct. 1st
Scholarship America– provides scholarship opportunities and educational support to make postsecondary success possible to all students.
Zinch is a website full of college admission information
Reviews.com- this website show the 17 most popular scholarship search platforms to help students narrow their search to find a scholarship applicable to them.
Bigfuture– a website to search for colleges by major or location, and provides financial aid information.
Fastweb– search for scholarships, financial aid, and student loan information.
Scholarships.com – Whether you are in high school, college or are a non-traditional student, Scholarships.com will help you easily search millions of scholarships & grants that fit you.
Finaid– helpful information for financial aid, scholarships, and loans
College Greenlight– get help making the right college choice, search and compare colleges, get detailed information on admission prices and apply for scholarships
NCAA Eligibility Center– this needs to be completed if you are planning to play a sport in a Division I or Division II school
NCAA Eligibility Worksheet– this is helpful to make sure you are taking all of the right courses to be eligible to play.
NAIA Eligibility Center– this needs to be filled out if you are planning to play a sport that participates in the NAIA.
Letter of Recommendation Sheet for Counselors or Teachers
Schedule Change Form – form must be filled out and approved by your counselor in order to drop a class
New Student forms:
KnowBullying App– a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help get the conversation started.
Be More than a Bystander– Take a walk in your kids shoes and learn how they can safely stop bullying.
Mental Health Resources
Suicide Prevention Resources:
afsp.org/– The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
suicidepreventionlifeline.org– No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
us.reachout.com– This resource empowers teens by reminding them that there are ways to get through whatever problems they face and directs them to to hear stories from others who successfully conquered their tough times.
yellowribbon.org– This program is dedicated to preventing youth suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone by removing barriers to help empower communities and individuals through leadership, awareness and education.
My3 App– With the MY3 app, you define your network and your plan to stay safe, so you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
State and National Hotlines for Help:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE/1-800-784-2433
CARES Line: 1-800-345-9049 (Crisis and Referral Entry Services available 24 hours 7 days a week designed to assist individuals in Illinois who are a risk to themselves or others due to a mental health crisis).
Crisis: Text HOME to 741741 Crisis Text Line (free and confidential support for individuals in crisis available 24 hours a day 7 days a week).
National Helpline: 1-800-622-4357 (HELP)
National Helpline | SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(free and confidential treatment referral and information service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week).
National RunAway Safeline: 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or text: 66008
National Runaway Safeline This 24-hour 7 day a week national Safeline is for youth at risk of running away or already have and are looking for help.
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-892-3375
Self Injury Hotline: 1-800-366-8288
Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-2873
National Substance Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-4375
Parent Hotline: 1-800-840-6537
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Teen Dating Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 or text “love is” to 22522
Trans Lifeline Hotline: 1-877-565-8860
Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Illinois Helpline for Opioids & Other Drugs: 1-833-2FINDHELP
stopbullying.gov/– This website provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
cyberbullying/whatiscyberbullying.html– Cyber bullying occurs when a child or teen is embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, tormented or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet or other form of digital communication. Understanding the motives of cyber bullies can assist parents and professionals in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies that are necessary to combat cyber bullying.
Domestic Violence Resources:
freedomhouseillinois.org/ – Domestic abuse shelter to help victims and provide services for free.
loveisrespect.org/ – This website offers information for teens on how to prevent and end abusive relationships. Text “loveis” to 22522 or call 1-866-331-9474 to speak to highly-trained peer advocates who offer support, information, and advocacy to teens who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.
svcc.edu/community/services-directory/– Need Help? The following link will direct you to several community-based resources. Click on the Service you need and the County. Click Enter and select the program to find out more information.
livingworkssuicidewalk.com/– Click this link to get moving, literally. An upcoming, annual event in effort to raise awareness of suicide here in our local town.
cpasa.org/– Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) is a not-for-profit community organization with over 40 active members from all areas of the Bureau County and Putnam County community. It is our mission to reduce substance abuse among youth in Bureau and Putnam Counties, and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
ncbhs.org – North Central Behavioral Health Systems provides assistance for health promotion, substance abuse, and mental health. Princeton office: 815-875-4458 or LaSalle office: 815-224-1610.
freedomhouseillinois.org/ – Freedom House provides compassionate, confidential, free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Phone: 815-872-0087 or Hotline: 1-800-474-6031
Illinois Valley Counseling Services- IVCS therapists specialize in meeting the needs of infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. They have therapists who treat both mental health and substance use issues. Additionally, IVCS can provide individual, couples, and family therapy.
Referral Guide– This is a list of other mental health and substance abuse counseling that are a mixture of private, outpatient, and inpatient centers as well as hospital and healthcare centers.