Fax #: 208-756-3484
Welcome to the Salmon High School counseling page. In our office you will find
many helpful resources. We are available to help students and their families
with a variety of issues, including:
•Post High School Planning
•Scholarships and Financial Aid
•Dual Credit Classes
•College Application Assistance
•Letters of Recommendation
•Culminating Project Assistance
•Harassment or Bullying Concerns
•Referrals for Outside Services
•Standardized Test Info and Interpretation (SAT, ACT, PSAT, COMPASS)
•Credit Alternatives/ Credit Retrieval
•Spring College Fair for Juniors
•Advanced Placement Tests
•NCAA Clearinghouse Process
•Academic Success Skills
Idaho Career Information System
CIS has been helping people in Idaho with volumes of information about occupations, postsecondary education, financial aid, and finding jobs.
The goal at CIS is to help people make informed career decisions. CIS gathers information and data from hundreds of sources and formats it in one place so you can:
Come to the counselor's office to learn how you can log on and create your own account so you can access more helpful information!
Salmon High School, District 291 Graduation Requirements
Note: The information in this section is to be used strictly as a guide. Students need to consult with their counselor to make sure they are on track to graduate.
See SHS Graduation Requirements
To receive a diploma from Salmon High School, a student in the classes of 2012 thru 2015 must earn a minimum of 48 credits and maintain a “C” average, 2.0 Core GPA.
Independent and out-of-state colleges can set their own prerequisite requirements. Please make sure and check with the college or colleges to which you intend on applying, to make sure you fulfill their particular requirements. Click here for a summary of Idaho minimum college admission standards.
Beginning 2012, credits that meet Algebra 1 standards, 2 credits that meet Geometry standards and 2 credits of the student’s choice (2 credits of the 6 credits of mathematics must be taken in the last year of high school).
Beginning 2012, 2 electives must be Physical Education.
Salmon High School: one semester equals 1 credit; one year equals 2 credits.
4 year Student Plan - Students can use this document to map out their courses throughout high school.
Letter of Recommendation Request Form: This 2-page form can be completed and sent via email to your writer, or you can give him/her a hard copy. Please give the writer at least two weeks to write the actual letter for you.
Tech Prep Credits/Dual Credits
Eastern Idaho Technical College
Are you interested in learning how you can earn tech prep credits while attending high school? Visit Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) to find out more.
At the completion of the school year, students will receive a letter with instructions for claiming their college credits through EITC. To learn more click here.
To go directly to Salmon High’s page on the EITC website click here.
North Idaho College
North Idaho College offers Dual Credit Courses in Salmon, Idaho. These courses are available to high school students at a significant savings. See how North Idaho College can give you a head start on college by clicking here.
COLLEGE APPLICATION INFO AND TIPS
If you are considering private or out of state college entrance, you will need to check on requirements for each college to which YOU wish to apply. Do this as early as possible in your high school year. College entrance requirements may change from year to year.
Click here to view general 4-year college prerequisite requirements for Idaho State public colleges and universities.
To be eligible for admission in Idaho state public 4-year colleges and universities, students must complete the college-preparatory courses listed at the above website before enrolling. Students are encouraged to pursue additional course work beyond these minimums, particularly in math, science and world language.
EARLY ADMISSION INFORMATION:
Regardless of where you enroll, your expenses include both direct educational expenses and living expenses and usually consist of four parts:
Many students have additional expenses not covered under any of these categories, such as costs arising from medical care or a disability. Be sure to include these extra expenses in estimating the costs of attending the particular college you are considering. Also check on existing medical insurance coverage provided by your parents or guardians. Room and board expenses change from year to year, but vary according to the residence hall, choice of single or double rooms, or off-campus living if available.
The best way to select a campus is to see it for yourself. One visit may tell you more than all other sources combined.
Visit during the week, if possible.
All colleges welcome visitors. With prior phone arrangements, it is possible to:
Read the college catalog of each campus you are considering (contact the Counseling Center or Career Center for the college address or catalog). This will give you the background to help you ask more specific questions on your tour since you will have had a basic introduction to: academic requirements, course descriptions, rules and regulations, faculty credentials, admissions policies, expenses, and financial aid.
During your visit evaluate:
Ask questions like:
Selecting a college may be one of the first major decisions, which you have to make. It is important for you to make an informed decision. You will also find, however, that your ultimate choice will be partially emotional, based on a feeling about where you will best fit in and be most happy. Even among colleges, which are similar in style, quality, and academic offerings; each is unique in atmosphere, student makeup, and general feel. In the final analysis, one college will most likely feel right to you. Go with your instincts!
PREPARING FOR A COLLEGE: what counts the most?
Application: You cannot be admitted if you do not complete an application to the college (or use the Common Application Form available for some colleges and universities). Colleges review the application to learn about your in-school and extracurricular activities. Selective colleges also require an essay. They use the essay to learn about you and also to judge your ability to express your thoughts in writing. (Usually submitted in the fall of your senior year of high school.)
Secondary School Record: Your high school record carries a great deal of weight. Slightly lower grades in more rigorous courses are often more important than higher grades in easier classes. Most colleges want to see that you have challenged yourself with rigorous courses and have done what you can to best prepare for college-level work.
College Entrance Tests: Most colleges require SATs or ACTs. However, the importance a college places on these tests varies greatly. Standardized test scores are seldom the most important factor in an admissions decision, and most colleges do not have cut-off scores. (Usually taken no later than fall of the senior year.)
Recommendations: Most colleges take recommendations from your high school guidance counselor, principal, and/or teacher(s) seriously. The colleges use these as evidence of your potential, character, and classroom effort. Key people at your school who know you well are best able to give the college a fair and valuable assessment of you and your work. (Must be sent to the college prior to the application deadline.) Allow 2-3 weeks for a letter of recommendation to be prepared. Fill out the Letter of Recommendation Request Form to give to the person who will write the letter for you.
Out-of-Class Activities: Colleges seek students with a wide variety of interests and experiences. Colleges realize that the intellectual ability and the varied perspectives of their students contribute to the overall educational climate. Colleges view community service, student government, athletics, overseas study, hobbies, as well as participation in theater, music, art, dance, or academic clubs positively. However, participation in out-of-class activities will not compensate for a poor academic record.
The Interview: If a college you are considering encourages interviews, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. The interview is an excellent way to determine if a college will really fit you. Admissions counselors at the college can answer most of your questions. In some cases, an interview may make the difference in whether you are admitted or not. If you believe you may be a marginal candidate for admission to a specific college, request an interview. However, do your homework before you go. Have good questions and be sure you can explain why that college is attractive to you.
College Freshman Admissions Info
Salmon High School requires a copy of your birth certificate, transcript, and immunization records before registering. You will also need to fill out the New Student Enrollment form and Admissions Information form listed below. Please call (208) 756-2415 or stop by Salmon High School to schedule an appointment with our counselor, Heather Pekus, Ed.M., NCC, LPC
Below, you will find registration forms for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Please review your Four-Year Student Plan listed above when filling out the registration form. If you have any questions please contact the counselor's office. Contact Salmon High School's counseling office for our 2013-2014 class schedule.
Transcript requests, along with a check for $5.00 payable to Salmon High School, can be mailed to:
Salmon High School
401 South Warpath
Salmon, ID 83467
Please include the following information:
Transcript fees are not required for students currently attending Salmon High School or those students who graduated the previous year. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, (208) 756-2415.