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Counselor's Office


Phone:  208-756-2415

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: 





•Career Exploration 

•Post High School Planning 

•Scholarships and Financial Aid 

•Dual Credit Classes 

•College Application Assistance 

•Letters of Recommendation 

•Employment Opportunities 

•Volunteer Opportunities 

•Culminating Project Assistance 

•Personal Issues 

•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

Counselor's Office


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:

  • Explore career opportunities 
  • Find educational programs, the schools that offer them, and scholarships related to those opportunities 
  • Make successful career decisions and educational plans
  • Find work that fits your career goals


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.

Graduation Requirements


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.




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.




  • You can apply online for most colleges, directly through the college/university websites. Four-year colleges and universities begin to process applications as early as November 1 of your senior year. 
  • If a transcript is required with your application, you can request a transcript from the Counseling Office.
  • If your application requires a school report or letter of recommendation, ask the person who you want to write it (teacher, counselor, administrator, or possibly an employer or community member) several weeks before the application deadline. 
  • Special programs (honors, health careers, for example) with selective/limited enrollment may have specific deadlines and procedures.
  • It is your responsibility to be aware of and meet any special enrollment requirements. 





  • In some instances where you have a desire to attend a particular college, an advantage may be gained by applying early. A small group of schools offer this opportunity, especially to those who are highly qualified. A question to ask yourself is: Do I look as good on paper now, as I will in January? 
  • Early Action is a program for those of you who choose to send in an early application to one college. If admitted, you are under no obligation to matriculate and may apply to other colleges under their regular admissions. If you are deferred, you may be reconsidered later for admission. If accepted, you often do not have to reply or accept until the spring. 
  • Early Decision involves the same procedures as early action, but you are honor-bound to attend the institution if accepted.




Regardless of where you enroll, your expenses include both direct educational expenses and living expenses and usually consist of four parts: 


  • tuition and fees
  • books and supplies
  • room and board
  • personal expenses 


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: 

  • Have a guided tour of the campus.
  • Indicate the people with whom you would like to talk (major department, admission, financial aid, etc.)
  • Sit in classes you request.
  • Be invited to spend the weekend on some campuses.
  • Use free time to walk around campus or talk to students.
  • Stay overnight in a dormitory.
  • Contact a student from our local area who is enrolled at the college.


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: 

  • atmosphere of the campus
  • library and research facilities
  • facilities in your major department (if decided)
  • major department requirements
  • student union and dormitories
  • opportunities for extra-curricular activities 


Ask questions like:

  • Does the college have an active Career Center to help me prepare for a successful job search after graduation?
  • What percentage of graduates in your major finds employment within their area?
  • What percentage of graduates is accepted to graduate medical, or law school?
  • What help is available if I have difficulty with English, Math, or another subject?
  • Will I have ready access to computers and other equipment on campus?
  • What is the typical class size, and how much individual attention will I receive?
  • What intramural or intercollegiate sports are available?
  • What percentage of the students engages in athletics?
  • What is the atmosphere on campus (friendly, relaxed, competitive, pressured)?
  • What is the faculty like (caring, friendly, aloof, rigid)? 
  • Do professors or graduate students teach freshman courses?
  • What percentage of students returns to the school for their sophomore year?


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 


  • New Student Enrollment (general information)
  • Admissions Information


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.


  • 2018-2019 Freshman Registration Form  
  • 2018-2019 Sophomore Registration Form
  • 2018-2019 Junior Registration Form
  • 2018-2019 Senior Registration Form


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:

  • your name when attending Salmon High School
  • birthdate
  • year you graduated
  • your contact information (in case we have questions)
  • where you would like your transcript mailed
  • check for $5.00


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.  

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