College & Career Planning

A+ Scholarship Program 

District Programs

* Applications for these programs for next school year (2017-18) will be available soon. 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) offers a different approach to learning and teaching. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. We offer PLTW classes in the areas of Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science.

College and Career Planning

Career Planning 

Family Connection: Park Hill South uses an online tool called Family Connection for college and career planning and exploration. Click here for a list of helpful career planning resources on Family Connection and for instructions about how to access it. In particular, check out the "explore careers and clusters" link under the "Careers" tab at the top. 

ACT Website: ACT offers helpful resources for career (http://www.actstudent.org/career/) planning. 

College Board Website: 
The College Board (owner of the SAT and PSAT and AP) offers helpful resources for career planning (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers/careers). 

BestColleges.com: This website lists careers by category and gives background information about them, including employment projections by state. View this site by clicking here

Apprenticeships: Did you know that a carpenter apprentice in the Kansas City area starts their program with a total salary package, including benefits, of $17-21/hour and that a master carpenter can earn over $45/hour? Apprentices in the trade professions are a viable career option for many students, including those seeking professional careers in the trade industry. For more information, click here

Exploring KC: Exploring KC is a program of the Boy Scouts of America that provides intensive, career exploration activities for 9-12 grade students. The goal of the program is to help students make more informed decisions about careers. Exploring KC leaders are from various career fields that provide a real-world look at those fields. The fields in which Exploring KC has programs are Fire & Emergency Services, Arts & Communication (Photography), Public Service, Business & Law, Learning for Life, Law Enforcement, Health & Medicine and Engineering & Technology. To learn more about these programs and to apply, visit http://www.exploringkc.org/ or call 816-942-9333

Careers in Health Care: Careers in Health Care are stable, rewarding jobs. If you are seeking a fulfilling career, you will find plenty of openings in the health care field. Some are in direct patient care, others are in a lab, and some are even in management and administration. the outlook for health careers is healthy. Jobs in health care are in high demand and growing to meet the medical needs of a growing population.
The Missouri Hospital Association offers a career website and career guide that have the latest information about health care careers and educational programs.  This website is an easy way to find information about careers, hospitals, schools and educational requirements. Review specific school programs and hospital information, watch videos, read blogs, and order materials.

College Planning

MCC-Maple Woods Mobile Enrollment: For seniors who plan to attend MCC-Maple Woods in the fall, Park Hill South partners with MCC-Maple Woods to enroll students in classes by the time they graduate. Here are the steps for Mobile Enrollment: 
1. Apply for MCC-Maple Woods: Even if students have applied for MCC-Maple Woods for the purposes of dual credit classes at PHS, students will need to apply again as freshman in the fall of 2016-17. Go to www.mcckc.edu/apply
2. Take the placement exam: The Compass test, the placement exam that MCC-Maple Woods uses, will be administered at PHS on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 2PM in E104. If students are unable to test at this time, follow the instructions noted on the MCC-Maple Woods website noted in step 1 to test on campus. 
3. Meet with an adviser and enroll in classes: Once students have taken the Compass exam or the ACT, those scores will be used to help students enroll in classes. These meetings will occur on Wednesday, April 27, 2PM. 

See your counselor with questions about the Mobile Enrollment process. 

Family Connection: Park Hill South uses an online tool called Family Connection for college and career planning and exploration. Click here for a list of helpful career planning resources on Family Connection and for instructions about how to access it. In particular, check out the "explore careers and clusters" link under the "Careers" tab at the top. 

ACT Website: ACT offers helpful resources for college (http://www.actstudent.org/college/planning. 

College Board Website: 
The College Board (owner of the SAT and PSAT and AP) offers helpful resources for college planning (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges). College Planning for Juniors Video: Click here to watch a video that talks about the features of Family Connection that are useful for college planning. Cappex: This is a useful resource for researching colleges and searching for scholarships. 
Missouri Department of Higher Education: This website provides information about colleges and degrees, planning and paying for college and useful publications and resources for college planning. Click here to sign up for a monthly reminder to view their newsletter. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Select this link to find resources for Paying for College

Go College: This website offers information about college admissions, postsecondary training options, college survival and paying for college. 

College Campus Visit: Juniors and seniors are allowed up to three (3) days each year for a college campus visit. Students must obtain the College Visit Worksheet from the Attendance Office (or download it from the Attendance Office FAQ site) prior to the visit and call in to excuse the student's absence. Click here for the guidelines and to download the worksheet. 

Military

Representatives from the military branches often exhibit during lunch in the Commons. See Mrs. Janssens in the Counseling Office for the dates when various branches will be exhibiting. 

Students and parents/guardians can contact military recruiters directly using the links below: 
Air Force recruiter: http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/recruiter-locator/
Army recruiter: http://www.goarmy.com/locate-a-recruiter.html
Coast Guard recruiter: http://www.gocoastguard.com/about-us/find-recruiter
Marines recruiter: http://www.marines.com/eligibility/meeting-recruiter
National Guard recruiter: https://www.nationalguard.com/get-started/
Navy recruiter: http://www.navy.com/locator.html

West Point Admissions Informational Session

A group of graduates from the US Military Academy at West Point, who live in the KC area, will give an informational session about the admissions process. The event will be held at Blue Valley North High School (1220 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66209) on Tuesday, October 18, 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Admissions representatives from West Point will also be available to answer questions and provide insights and strategies for gaining admission. This session is ideal for current sophomores and juniors to plan for the admissions process in the future. An RSVP is requested. To RSVP and with questions, contact Mr. Keith Vore at vorekj@kc.rr.com. See more information on the attached flier

Coffee & Conversations 

Each month, counselors invite family members and guardians of students to a meeting to discuss a timely, career and college readiness topics. Beginning at 7AM in the Library Media Center, join us for coffee and conversation about the following topics: 

Coffee and Conversation Schedule

NCAA Eligibility 

Click here to learn more about becoming eligible to play college athletics for NCAA Division I and Division II schools. Download a helpful handout here regarding NCAA eligibility.