The mission of the Martinsville High School Counseling Program – in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community – is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students and ensures that they are self-directed, lifelong learners who are prepared to become productive and responsible citizens of society.
Counseling services are available to all students at Martinsville High School. The role of the school counselor is to advise students about topics such as careers, occupational information, and to assist students with interpreting test scores. In addition, counselors are available to students who may have personal concerns about social, school, or home issues.
School counselors also help to establish lines of communication between staff and students. Experienced, licensed counselors are available throughout the school day and by appointment. Strict confidentiality is maintained.
The counseling department maintains a library of information on colleges, financial aid opportunities, and vocational information for student, faculty, and community use. Detailed information on most post-secondary institutions in Indiana is available. The counseling department also maintains and distributes information on current financial aid resources available for post-secondary education. Career information is also available through the Counseling Department.
Experienced, licensed counselors are available throughout the school day and by appointment. Strict confidentiality is maintained.
The counseling department serves as the liaison between parents and students and the special services department. Special services include help for students with learning disabilities, speech and hearing difficulties, the need for vocational rehabilitation, and emotional difficulties. Special services conferences and appointments are made through contacting the high school or the Director of Special Education, 765-342-6641 ext. 1012
The counseling department maintains a library of information on colleges, financial aid opportunities, and vocational information for student and community use. Detailed information on most post-secondary institutions in Indiana is available.
The counseling department maintains and distributes information on current financial aid available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans for post-secondary education. MHS has no control over or responsibility for which scholarships and loans are available to the students.
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
The counseling department will host a Financial Aid Night. At this meeting a college financial aid officer will assist students and parents in completing the student FAFSA form. FAFSA forms can now be filed out starting October 1st and are due on or before April 15th. You will need to check with your colleges to see if they may have an earlier deadline.
SCHEDULING AND ENROLLMENT
The counseling department assists new students in enrolling at MHS. The department also aids currently enrolled students on an individual and on-going basis in developing and maintaining an appropriate 4-year course plan to provide a foundation for future career goals.
Current students and recent graduates please request your transcripts to be sent via Naviance. Former students need to request transcripts via Parchment.com this electronic service requires a small fee for former graduates.
The counseling department is responsible for several additional services for the staff and students at Martinsville High School. These include: monitoring the academic progress of each student by consulting with teachers through a variety of communication methods; working closely with the middle school counselors to assure students have a smooth and effective transition to high school; working closely with Hammons Alternative School staff; resolving scheduling conflicts; assisting in administering standardized tests; distributing standardized test results; attending professional development workshops and conferences; assisting with the college application process; training counselor interns; assisting with career-related field trips; coordinating leadership development opportunities for students; and being a liaison between MHS and Hoosier Hills Vocational School.
Parents are encouraged to see counselors at any time during the school day, but appointments are preferred.
COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY
This financial aid program is held at 34 sites statewide on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 and February 23rd, 2020. College Goal Sunday is a time to receive free, professional help in completing your college financial aid application. You will need to bring your completed IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form, or other income and benefits information. For more information, visit the website: www.CollegeGoalSunday.org or follow on Twitter(@CGS_Indiana) and/or Facebook (Indiana College Goal Sunday)!