Occupational Outlook Handbook
Research different careers on the Department of Labor website.
Connecticut Department of Labor
A Website committed to protecting and promoting the interests of Connecticut workers.
Career One Stop
Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources.
Web-based guidance management system that collects, organizes, and analyzes detailed information about a student's post secondary plans to help students and families make better decisions.
Provides a list of nearly 740 colleges that have made SAT's optional.
U.S. News & World Report
Best college rankings in U.S. News and World Report, with admissions information.
An organization that allows students to do college searches and register online for the SAT.
ACT Home Page
An organization that allows students to do college searches and register online for the ACT.
An undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 500+ member colleges and universities.
College search and database.
University and College Accountability Network
This free database provides information in a consistent format on more than 650 independent colleges. Click on a college and UCAN will provide information on a broad range of topics from academic programs, student life, graduation rates, and financial data.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Provides a link to all the historically black college or university websites.
Virtual Campus Tours
A source for numerous virtual college campus tours.
Common Black College Application
Provides the common application, which is accepted by 34 member institutions.
College help for parents and students. Search college rankings, student reviews, and financial aid to find your school. In partnership with Newsweek.com.
NEBHE's Tuition Break
Hundreds of degree programs, not offered by Connecticut’s public colleges, are offered by public colleges in the five other New England states through the New England Regional Student Program. 2015-16 Connecticut Residents Tuition Break Brochure
Online College Degree
Help Free online college degree preparation tips.
The leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Find your LGBT-Friendly campus by using the "LGBT- Friendly Campus Climate Index.
ACT Home Page
FAQs about ACT; strategies & sample questions.
College Board SAT Test Center
SAT preparation and practical questions.
My College QuickStart- A free personalized college and career planning kit based on your PSAT test results.
College Board's SAT Practice Booklet
College Board's SAT Practice Test
Free SAT Prep
West Hartford Public Library (if you have a WH Public Library Card) Click on Tests-Academic & Employment. Follow login instructions. Select subject to view test prep materials available. Proceed with Practice Test or Skill Improvement Course.
Information about playing sports at the NCAA Division I, II, or III college level.
NCAA Eligibility Center
This site will provide you with information about initial-eligibility at NCAA Division I and II member colleges and universities.
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
All students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this form.
Financial Aid Guide
U.S. Dept. of Education resources on financial aid.
CSS Profile On-Line
The CSS Profile is the form many private colleges and universities require, in addition to the FAFSA, for those applying for financial aid.
Information on paying for college, financial aid, and the lending process. Learn about Connecticut’s alternative source of low interest fixed rate loan funding and link to the application.
Private student loan tool compares rates, monthly payments, and total cost of student loans from many lenders. Find your best options and apply online now.
Pay for College- College Board
Financial aid can make up the difference between what you family can afford to pay and what colleges cost.
Financial Aid Information Guide
Several guides to financial aid.
Black Excel: The College Help Network
A scholarship service for African-Americans.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
A Hispanic Scholarship Fund website that features scholarships for Hispanic students.
Scholarship Scam Page
Federal Trade Commission info about scholarship scams.
A database of more than 180,000 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans.
IRS 529 College Savings Plans
A great source for objective information about Section 529 college savings plans and other ways to save and pay for college.
Post-Graduate and Summer Opportunities
USA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that brings together reputable Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, high school college counselors and the Gap Year experts. These events are designed to provide students with a broad exposure of Gap Year Programs and the opportunity for face to face conversations with the people who work in the field. For students and parents interested in Gap Year, these fairs are the legitimate source to connect with reputable organizations that focus on Education, Service and Personal Growth.
As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.
Travel Camp, High School Travel, Gap Year, Community Service Travel, Teen Travel, Travel for Teens, Teen Tours, Teen Adventure Travel.
AMC Summer Teen Programs and Activities
Language study, volunteering, internships, homestays, backpacking and the study of philosophy, music & arts combine for authentic learning adventures.
Provides students of all ages in the USA the opportunity to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities.
NOLS is a wilderness education school offering expedition length courses in eight countries.
Non-profit organization with five locations in the United States. Programs emphasize personal growth through experience and challenge in the wilderness.
A non-profit that recruits and trains a diverse corps of American high school seniors to participate in an immersion-based international bridge year – often called a gap year – before starting college.
he Venture Semester will take you into the heart of food, agriculture, and learning to live off the land while you earn college credit toward your Working Lands Certificate. Guided by highly passionate leaders, the crew will experience life on two of Vermont’s most beautiful and historic campus farms. Living, working, and learning together participants earn transferrable college credit as well as critical thinking, advanced writing, and technical skills. Weekends bring hiking, camping, swimming, and a true taste of the best the Green Mountains have to offer. It is an experience for those looking to discover themselves, their place in the world, and their path to becoming leaders.
*Students must have prior approval from a department supervisor in order to obtain credit for an online course. Please see your school counselor for a form.
Distance Learning Plan.com
Distance learning is most easily defined as an educational model where the student and the teacher are in locations different from one another while the instruction is taking place. The use of technology is an inherent part of the distance learning process.
Brigham Young University
BYU Independent Study Distance education program that offers online courses for anyone, anytime, anywhere. Offers more than 500 award-winning university, high school, middle school, and person enrichment courses that are taught by certified instructors and have the high quality and rigor needed to prepare you to meet your school’s requirements for graduation.
Keystone National High School
The Keystone School is an online high and middle school offering over 120 online high school and middle school courses all supported by certified teachers. Students can enroll full-time to earn an accredited online high school diploma or part-time to supplement a traditional school or homeschool curriculum.
Bridgeway Home School Academy
Online high school courses are filled with interactive activities, online instruction, video instructors and exploration, and online homeschool enrichments and include all instruction, interactive lessons, and tutorial help as needed.
The American School has been helping young men and women earn their high school diplomas for more than a century, and now it is your turn. Whether you are homeschooled and need a complete four-year high school program or just require a couple of courses in order to graduate, our dedicated staff will work with you and provide you the motivation and encouragement you need to earn your high school diploma from home.
Indiana University High School
Indiana University High School is a distance education program serving the academic needs of high school students and adult learners around the world. Students in the program can take individual online or print courses, or earn a complete diploma.
University of Oklahoma Independent Learning High School
OU High School (OUHS) provides the opportunity for teenagers and adults to earn a fully accredited high school diploma through distance learning. Choose from over 100 courses developed and taught by experienced faculty and delivered online or through print. You can also enhance your academic record with more than 60 freshman and sophomore college courses available for dual high school and college credit.
Stanford University Education Program for Gifted Youth Online High School
The EPGY Online High School is a fully accredited, diploma granting, online independent school situated at Stanford University. Serving grades 7-12, the EPGY OHS prepares students from around the world for success both in life and in their future intellectual pursuits.
University of Missouri-Columbia High School
The mission of the University of Missouri High School is to provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods, that will complement traditional high school curricula and provide an accredited online high school diploma program for independent learners of all ages seeking an alternative to traditional high school attendance.
University of Texas at Austin
Students in the UT High School come from many walks of life, but all of them have a common goal: to pursue academic success through distance education. Our diverse student body includes students with professional careers, students who are being home-schooled, students in remote locations, students who are older than traditional students, students who want to accelerate their education, and students who want more educational independence.
Virtual High School
Virtual High School allows students to engage with peers from around the globe about subjects they are truly passionate about learning. As a Virtual High School student you will have scheduling flexibility, gain essential 21st century learning skills, collaborate with students from other states and countries, and have access to unique courses that might not be available at your local school.