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Credit Check

Review your credit check carefully to ensure you have all the credits you need to graduate.  See your Student Advisor if there are any discrepancies.

Click here to view the graduation requirements

Need to recover credits?
There are a few options for how you may go about making up missing credits. Speak with your Student Advisor to determine your best option(s). Whatever you decide, do not wait till the end to get your work done.

Check Your Schedule

This may seem like it should go without saying, but review your class schedule.  Make sure that you don't have double periods (two 3rd hours), that you know where the rooms are and that most importantly you are in the correct classes based on your academic abilities.  Your schedule should be based on your 4-year plan.

To check your schedule, login to your MyMPS Account. 

Review Transcripts and Class Rank

This transcript is the one you will be sending off to schools soon so you want to make sure that it is accurate.  Did you retake any classes? How about summer school?  Have you logged all of your service hours?  If you have any questions or concerns, make an appointment with your advisor.

When applying to schools and scholarships, many times they will ask for your GPA and/or class rank. Here are some helpful tips:

  • If the application asks for your rank and GPA, make sure to use your college core GPA.
  • If the application asks for your cumulative GPA but does not specify weighted or unweighted, use the weighted GPA. 
  • If a GPA type is not specified, use your highest GPA listed.  

Meet With Your Counselor

Your Counselor can help you with much more than just schedule changes.  This is the year you will really need to take advantage of the resources your Counselors and Career Center have for you.  Make an appointment to discuss your post-high school plans and make sure you are on track to graduate!

MPS Counseling Departments:

Dobson | Mesa | Mountain View | Red Mountain | Skyline | Westwood

Take or Retake your ACT/SAT

We recommended that you take either the ACT or SAT to give yourself a chance to improve your scores this fall.  If this is the first time you will be taking them, don't worry, just make sure to set some time aside to study and prepare before test day.

Register for the ACT | Register for the SAT |  Practice for the SAT

Please Note - Your high school will not send your ACT/SAT scores for you.  You must login to your account and send your scores directly to each institution that you are applying. 

Visit with Post-Secondary Reps

Whether you are planning on going to a university, a community college, a tech school, military or the workforce, this is the time to be really engaged with the different representatives.  There are several college fairs that will be taking place this fall.  Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the programs you may be interested in.  Each high school will announce frequently what institutions will be visiting so make sure to pay attention to the announcements and/or their social media.  

Need help knowing what to ask? Check out the NACAC College Fair Checklist.

Update Your Resume

Having an up-to-date resume is a key timesaver for completing your applications this fall.  If you need help, speak with your English teacher or Student Advisor.

Make a Resume Handout* | Resume Guidelines* | Resume Help 
*resources from AZCIS

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Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Free and reduced price meals are available to families who qualify.   If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Meal Application.

If you qualify for assistance throught the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams.

From the College Board:

"The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the: SAT | SAT Subject Tests | PSAT/NMSQT | AP Exams

A student must be either enrolled in, or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits."

For more information, please speak with your Academic Advisor. 


MPS College Fair 2019

October 21, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Westwood High School

12th Grade ECAP Checklist

Presidents' Honors Scholarship

Maricopa Community Colleges

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Financial Aid Guide

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Letters of Recommendation

Plan Ahead! Make sure that you request your letters of recommendation at least three weeks before it is needed.  Check with your advisor to see if there is a form they want filled out and what other documentation they need.