SHS School Counseling Department

School Counseling Director: Corrie Smith–
School Counselor: Jason Touchette —
School Counselor: Heather Toth —
Social Worker:  Rosie DeCamp —
Multiple Pathways Coordinator: Patty Davenport —
Registrar & Counseling Office Mgr: Marie Stone —


2018-2019 SHS School Profile

2019-2020 Program of Studies

2018-2019 Course Offerings

SHS Alumni Transcript Request Form


The School Counseling Department provides academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary support to all students in grades 9-12.  We help students to develop the tools and confidence they need to become self-directed learners, strong self-advocates, and positive and creative contributors to their community.  We work with students to set personal and educational goals and we collaborate with families, school staff, and community members to support students in bringing those goals to life.

SHS is offering proficiency based summer school courses in English, Math, Social STudies and Science to eligible students. The cost is $45 for Springfield students and $75 for out of district students. Classes start Monday June 24 and go through Thursday July 18. They run from either 8:30-11 or 11:30-12 depending on the subject area.  Details of the schedule and how to register can be found here.

Scholarship Information and Opportunities Page

News and Upcoming Events

Did you miss Paying for College night sponsored by VSAC on 5/2/19?Click here to see their comprehensive powerpoint

Alternatively you can download the handout and the Senior Year Checklist.

SAT and ACT Testing Dates 18/19: 

ACT Dates and Deadlines: 
Test Date                           Registration Deadline
September 8                            August 10
October 27                            September 28
December 8                              November 2
February 9                           January 11
April 13                            March 8
June 8                              May 3
July 13                              June 14
Register online at ACT College Readiness

SAT Dates and Deadlines:
Test Date                       Registration Deadline
    August 25                            July 27
October 6                            September 7
November 3                             October 5
December 1                        November 2
March 9                           February 8
May 4                              April 5
June 1                              May 3
**At SHS
Register online at Collegeboard site

Reminders from Your Counselors

-Communication with your counselor is a VITAL part of the post-secondary planning process.  Stop by and make an appointment to see your school counselor today!!!

-Check out this new policy that allows high school athletes to earn PE credit: PECreditforVarsitySports

-In addition the SHS Summer School, online courses through VTVLC can be a great option for students to recover credit and stay on track for graduation.  Ask your counselor for more information about online course offerings and the online registration process:

Important Links

    • VSAC-Career Exploration, Financial Aid, College Planning
  • VSAC Financial Aid Tutorial
  • Naviance-College Planning & Exploration
  • VTVLC-Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative:  Online courses
  • Collegeboard-SAT registration; College search engine
  • ACT-Information and registration
  • FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • RVTC-Information about the technical programs offered to SHS students at the River Valley Tech Center
  • NCAA Eligibility Center – Information about college athletics
  • The Simple Dollar-A guide to the 10 best universities for online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the country on a strict value-for-money basis
  • OnlineU– A guide to finding the right college fit based on affordability, accessibility, and quality of education
  • Prep Factory– Free online ACT and SAT prep resource
  • Student Loan Report– Articles about student loans

College Planning Materials

Gap Year Information – Interested in doing something other than college after high school?  Check out these Gap Year opportunities!

    • –  nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for Gap Years
    • City Year – City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. They help to increase graduation rates across the country, and change the lives of the students they serve.
    • AmeriCorps – AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. 
    • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) –  NOLS believes in positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
    • OutwardBound – Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that inspire self-discovery, both in and out of the classroom.  Outward Bound delivers programs using unfamiliar settings as a way for students to experience adventure and challenge in a way that helps participants discover that they can do more than they thought possible.
  • CIEE Travel Abroad (Council on International Educational Exchange)– offers the tools to create a custom program built around your needs, and the resources and support necessary to explore a new culture in ways that were previously unimaginable.
  • Teen Life: Gap Year Programs
  • Gap Year Fairs – To find a Gap Year Fair near you, visit this website!  South Burlington High School will be hosting one on January 20th – to register, visit this link!

Travel, Leadership, and Enrichment Opportunities

-Governor’s Institute of Vermont:

  • Summer Opportunities:
    Vermont’s flagship summer program for talented teens, the Governor’s Institutes offers 10 summer Institutes that gather teenagers from every high school in Vermont to study in-depth on the topics of their choice, such as Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Current Issues and more. All Institutes are residential, take place on college campuses, and offer sliding scale tuition to meet all family budgets.  Please visit:
  • Winter Weekend:
    A 48-hour immersion Institute packed with extreme learning and fun for all motivated 9-12th grade students.  Students attending Winter Weekend will try out the intellectual exhilaration of a GIV summer institute in which they explore, laugh, perform, build, improvise, and more. In just one weekend, students take away more skills and inspiration than they could have ever imagined possible!  More info here:  Winter Weekend

Saint Gaudens NHS Career Exploration Internship with the National Park Service and the Student Conservation Association. 

  • This is a paid eight-week internship (mid-June through mid-August) that also includes an AmeriCorps grant at the completion. It would be great for students interested in art, history, the National Park Service and/or cultural resource management. The application due date is May 1st.
  • Interested students should check out this flyer: Student Conservation Association
  • Apply online at

-Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program:

  • HOBY is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.  The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives:  Personal Leadership, Group Leadership and Leadership for Society.  Selected students attend a three (or four) day seminar and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact on their community.  Interested sophomores should talk to their school counselor for more information on how to apply for this wonderful opportunity!

-Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center: 

** Summer Programs:  MedQuest & CollegeQuest **

-Duke University Summer Program:

-Drexel University Summer Institutes:  Drexel Summer Institute

Wentworth Institute of Technology:

  • It’s a four-week “design and build” program for high school students entering grade 10
    and above, called summerFAB. Participants can stay on campus or commute to Wentworth on a daily
    basis. students who successfully complete the program and later enroll in our Architecture program can
    use SummerFAB to replace a four-credit elective course in Architecture. Graduates of summerFAB will also be
    eligible to receive a one-time $2000 tuition scholarship toward their freshman year tuition at Wentworth.
    For more information, please go to or contact Program Director, Rob
    Trumbour at .

– Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE):  a non-profit organization promoting international education and exchange.  Springfield High School Alum Kaylee Haskell participated in this experience in 2013.  Read about her experience and what CIEE has done for her. 

Acts of Kindness

Mental Health Resources

Health Care and Rehabilitative Services Crisis Hotline:  1-800-622-4235

Health Care and Rehabilitative Services – Youth Services Website

UMatter Suicide Prevention Website

Springfield Medical Care System – Behavioral Health Services

Springfield Medical Care System – Community Resource Guide

National Alliance on Mental Illness


Free Mental Health and Addiction Resources – information and support to people fighting addiction and substance abuse.

Substance abuse in adolescents frequently overlaps with other mental health problems. Our goal is to support teens and their families by providing resources and tools related to drug and alcohol abuse. For more information click here:

Advocate – Current and Past Issues

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