Tolleson Union High School - Tolleson Union District
Large school size 400+ Seniors
Ensuring students know all of their post-secondary education options
When meeting with students, counselors ensure that students are informed about their post-secondary options including: colleges, universities, certificate programs, trade schools, and military.
"Our Goal is to make sure that when our students walk across the stage at graduation, that they know what their plan is"
Andrea Wolochuk, TUHS Counselor
Hosting FAFSA Events in Fall and Spring with Community Collaboration
Counselors coordinate FAFSA events in October to kick-off FAFSA season and in early spring to catch any students who may not have completed an application in the Fall. They also partner with local businesses to provide food for their FAFSA nights so that students and their parents can have assistance completing their FAFSA application while dinner is provided.
Access and Resources for All Students
All counselors have a laptop in their office so that students can schedule an appointment with their counselor to complete their FAFSA, scholarship and college applications. This has allowed students to get the one-on-one assistance needed.
Partner with Be A Leader Foundation and Helios Education Foundation:
Tolleson Union High School District has partnered with Be A Leader Foundation and Helios Education Foundation to provide a College Transition Specialist on their campus 1-2 days a week that is dedicated to assist students in completing their FAFSA and college applications. The counselors at TUHS have expressed that their College Transition Specialist Cecilia has played a vital role in assisting with their FAFSA completion efforts.
Dedicated Counseling Department Website
Counselors created a website that provides easily accessible post-secondary resources for their students which includes information about scholarships, FAFSA, colleges and universities.
Evaluating and Planning for the Next School Year
Currently, Tolleson is up 12% year to date in FAFSA completions compared to last year. The counselors and administration continuously evaluate their school data throughout the year and set FAFSA completion goals each school year. Setting goals assists in their strategic planning for the upcoming school year so that they can continue to offer innovative best practices that work for their students to promote post-secondary success.