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Counseling

Welcome to the online portal for the Guidance and Counseling Center.

To contact your counselor, find their info in the 'Meet the Counselor' tab or visit them in the Counseling Center.


Alice Ellenburg

Most recently, during my 19th year of teaching, I taught Freshman and Senior AVID at McKinney Boyd High School. My teaching experience includes English IV, English II, 8th Grade English, Health, Professional Communications, and all grade levels of middle school and high school AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). I also have 13 years of experience coaching cheerleading and dance at McKinney Boyd High School, Carrollton Creekview High School, Evans Middle School, and SMU. After earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communications from Southern Methodist University, I took a detour from education and worked in sales while cheering six years for the Dallas Cowboys. During my time as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, I cheered in two winning Super Bowls and traveled all over the world with the Department of Defense on USO Tours.

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Ximena Morales

Hi Broncos! My name is Ximena Morales, I was born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela where I earned my BS in Social Science and a Minor in Industrial Psychology. In 2003 my husband Alan and I moved to Mckinney, TX - where we raised our two children Camille & Eric.

I began my career in education in 2011 as a Middle School and High School Spanish Teacher. While serving as a teacher I realized my passion in helping family and students navigate their high school experience and help them thrive academically, personally, and socially. I decided to go back to school and received an MA in School and Professional Counseling from Amberton University. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures, winter sports and interior design.

I am honored and looking forward to being part of this amazing Bronco family.

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Mona Daley

My career in education began in 1997 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from California State University, Bakersfield. I taught middle school English, history and ESL until earning my Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Laverne in 2001 and have been a school counselor ever since. I joined the counseling team at McKinney Boyd in 2008 and enjoy meeting and working with our Broncos, watching them grow into young adults, and hearing about their journeys after they graduate. I married my high school sweetheart, David, in 1990. We have two sons, Joseph and Matthew, and three four-legged friends named Harper, Rylee and Momo. We enjoy traveling, cooking, watching and playing baseball/softball, and spending time with friends and family. McKinney Boyd is a special place to our family as both David and I are staff members and both of our sons are former Broncos.

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Rachel Mitchell

I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor's degree in English. After teaching middle and high school English for ten years, I earned my Master of Arts in School Counseling at Amberton University. I have been a school counselor for 14 years, the last 12 at Boyd.

I have been married for 22 years, and I am blessed with two awesome children, Lucas and Olivia. We enjoy the beach, hiking, biking, and family game nights at home.

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Samantha Culbertson

I'm starting my 22nd year in education, 16 of which with MISD, and I've served as a Bronco counselor since 2008! I joyfully lead the Best Counseling Team in Texas! I received my Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Kinesiology, as well as my Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University. I'm pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling through Texas A&M Commerce and I'm overjoyed to share the things I learn with my teammates! I have two amazing daughters! My eldest, a sophomore at University of Texas at Austin, and my baby, a 9th grader, who is now an official member of the Bronco family. In my free time, I am cheering her on at Soccer and driving her around! I enjoy decorating, playing in my flower beds and working as an LPC! I'm so excited for the new opportunities this school year will bring!

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Sara Hayes

I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. While at A&M, I was a member of the Texas A&M Women's Soccer Team. After graduating, I taught middle school history in Kingwood, Texas for two years. I them made the move to the McKinney area and spent the next 5 years as a History teacher and soccer/cross country coach at McKinney Boyd. In December 2013, I completed my Masters of School Counseling through Lamar University. This is my 5th year as a counselor at McKinney Boyd and I absolutely love the school and the community.

My husband, Steven and I reside in McKinney and love the community. We have two sons; Tucker is 5, and Weston is 2. They keep us busy and we would not have it any other way. As a family we enjoy spending time outdoors, watching A&M football, going to the lake and spending time with family and friends.

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Carrie Doyle

I graduated from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a degree in Business/Marketing. After our relocation to United States in 1994 and the eventual growth of our family, my previous corporate experience segued into substitute teaching. I substitute taught for four years and loved working with the kiddos in MISD. I am beginning my 16th year as a permanent member of the MISD family and have been a Boyd Bronco since Boyd opened in 2006. This will be my 10th year as the Assistant to Boyd's amazing Counseling Team.

In addition to cooking and travel, my joy is to spend time with my family and friends. My husband Bob and I have been married for 30 plus years and have resided in McKinney since 2000. We have two awesome grown children, who both happen to be Boyd graduates, too. Our son, Cameron, graduated in 2010 and our daughter, Kelsi, in 2014. Our four legged fur baby, Kramer, is also a treasured part of our family .... he is the cutest shelti-doodle around!

I am so looking forward to seeing our Broncos back on campus this year .... GO BRONCOS!!

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Cindy Monogue

I graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. I began my career working for the airlines and after my children were older I went to work for the school district. I am currently the McKinney Education Foundation sponsored college advisor on the McKinney Boyd campus which I have been doing for the last 10 years. I am here to help students with all things college applications, scholarships and financial aid. I have been married to Dan Monogue for 30 plus years. We have three daughters – Danielle, Maggie and Kelley - two graduated from Texas A&M and one from the University of Texas.

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Travis Trayler

I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 and began my career as an elementary teacher in McKinney ISD in the fall of that school year. During my time in the classroom I saw just how important social-emotional development is to the academic success and overall well being of students.

In 2010, I decided to go back to college to pursue a degree in counseling. I graduated with my master's degree in counseling from A&M Commerce in 2013 and got a position as an elementary school counselor that upcoming school year. I really enjoyed my work as an elementary school counselor and during that time I earned my LPC and have been counseling adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the community setting for the past five years.

I live in Melissa with my wife Holly, my daughter Madison who is in 8th grade, and my son Cason who is in 5th grade. I enjoy singing, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. This is my 14th year in McKinney ISD and my 3rd year as an IMPACT counselor. I absolutely enjoy working with the students, staff, and families at Boyd and look forward to a great school year!

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Christyna Skidmore

It is an exciting opportunity for me to be allowed to serve MISD as a PK-12th IMPACT Counselor. I am honored to serve 7 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, and Boyd High School! As an IMPACT Counselor, my passion is to assist students in developing coping and self-advocacy skills. My role is to advocate for students and to support, coordinate, and communicate students’ needs to all stakeholders before, during, and after times of crisis.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from The University of North Texas in Development and Family Studies. Some refer to this degree as “Home Economics”. I taught High School for several years while spending 95% of my teaching time at McKinney High School. While I loved being in the classroom teaching Family and Consumer Sciences classes, I saw a need for mental health services in schools. I decided to obtain my Master of Science degree in Counseling. As a School Counselor, I noticed I wasn’t able to address the social and emotional aspects of students as much as I had liked. This is when I decided to work towards my credentials to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. During this time, I have become a National Board Certified Counselor.

While continually working hard to pursue my passion of advocating for students, I also strive to enhance my life at its fundamental core. When taking time for myself, I enjoy spending countless hours with my husband and young son doing various “cowboy” activities. We enjoy riding horses, participating in various rodeos around North Texas, fishing, camping, and anything else that can be done outside.

I look forward to getting to know the students in MISD and serving the parents and community this year!

Bryttni Wolfe

Bryttni Wolfe

  • Intervention Specialist
  • RtI & 504 Coordinator
  • ACT & SAT Special Testing
  • (469) 302-3833
  • bwolfe@mckinneyisd.net
  • Room J105

I received my undergraduate degree from Texas A & M-Commerce in Elementary Education and Special Education. After working several years with children with Autism I decided to go to UNT to obtain my Master’s degree in Special Education. I obtained an endorsement in the area of Autism and Behavior while studying at UNT. Starting the 2019-2020 school year I earned the pleasure of beginning my position serving and leading here at McKinney Boyd High School. Here at Boyd I get to help support students and staff members. I am the RtI/504 Coordinator. Additionally, I am the SSD Coordinator for ACT/SAT. Prior to working at Boyd High School I had the privilege to serve at Scott Johnson Middle School and Eddins Elementary School. I have served 17 out of my 18 years here in McKinney ISD. Through my years in education I have had fun teaching AVID, Yearbook, and Journalism as well as working in Special Education in many facets.

My husband and I have 4 children and 3 dogs. On the weekends we spend time exploring new diners, dives, & eateries and we love making things together. Currently, we are remodeling a 1964 Airstream.

Course Registration Information

MISD Program Applications
https://tinyurl.com/misdapps

MISD Course Planning Information
https://tinyurl.com/apgcourse

Dual Credit Information
https://tinyurl.com/22-23BoydDC

Course Registration Cards
https://tinyurl.com/22-23registrationinfo

Click here to access all 22-23 MBHS course registration information.

Communities in Schools (CIS)

The mission of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The Communities in Schools site coordinator at McKinney Boyd High School is Stephanie Keeler, LMSW.

Prevention and intervention

At McKinney Boyd High School, we are committed to fostering our students by maintaining a healthy learning environment. This includes the prevention and intervention of bullying, suicide, violence, and abuse. Learn more about what counselors do to resolve these issues.

IMPACT counseling

In the event of a crisis, please learn more about our IMPACT counselors and how we respond to your crises by visiting the 'Crisis Response' tab.

Bullying

It is never okay to be bullied anywhere. We want our students to feel safe and included. We have many ways of both preventing and intervening in bullying situations.

  • Students may report bullying by telling any trusted adult, especially their parents and their teachers. Our teachers are required to report instances of bullying.
  • Students and/or parents may visit with a counselor to seek comfort and resolution to their bullying.
  • If students' lives are in danger, they may submit a tip411 tip. The McKinney Police Department will then take appropriate steps to ensure safety.

Students are taught from elementary school to avoid bullying. Unfortunately, not everybody follows these rules in high school. Our district-required health courses will cover how:

  • bullying hurts others
  • to stop bullying if you are the one being bullied
  • to stop bullying if you are a bystander (remember, there is always the anonymous tip411 system)
  • to make thoughtful actions that prevent bullying

Cyberbullying, or bullying through the internet, is neither tolerated nor any lesser than in-person bullying; in fact, cyberbullying is usually stronger and more relentless. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, please talk to our counselors.

Signs of bullying

When these three criteria are met ("RIP"), bullying is occuring.

  • Repetitive — One isolated incident may not be considered bullying, but continual repetition of harmful actions constitute bullying.
  • Intentional — Accidental incidents usually are not emotionally harmful; contrastingly, intentional and purposeful actions that harm others are considered bullying.
  • Over-Powering — A bully will have more power than the victim and will use this power to their advantage. They do this in order to marginalize and dismiss the victim, resulting in bullying.

Suicide

If you need someone to talk to or feel like you want to commit suicide, there is help.

Call 1 (800) 273-TALK immediately. (It is always available 24/7 and absolutely free for every phone.)

We always want our students to feel that they belong and that they are important. If you feel suicidal and/or are severely depressed and/or need to talk with someone, our counselors are there for you.

As most teen suicides are caused by depression, to help prevent suicide, look for signs of depression that others may be exhibiting.

Signs

Verbal cues

Both direct and indirect messages may represent suicidal thought. Direct messages include statements such as "I am going to commit suicide," or "I don't want to live anymore." Indirect messages include statements such as "Life isn't worth living," "I want to go to sleep and never wake up," "Soon it won't matter anymore," and "Do you think suicide is wrong?" Although indirect messages may seem more subtle, they should be treated as seriously as direct messages.

Behavioral cues

Each of the following behaviors by itself may not signal suicidal thinking or depression, but if several are present in conjunction, there could be cause for serious concern.

  • Depression, moodiness, sadness, or lack of energy
  • Talking directly or indirectly about dying or committing suicide
  • Changes in sleeping habits (too much, too little)
  • Changes in eating habits (sudden weight gain, weight loss)
  • Discouragement about the future, self-criticism
  • Recent lack of concern about physical appearance, hygiene
  • Withdrawal from social contacts or communication difficulty
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Drop in school grades or work performance
  • Acquiring the means for suicide (guns, drugs, rope)
  • Making final arrangements, writing a will
  • Taking unusual risks
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Preoccupation with death through poetry and/or artwork
  • Previous suicide attempts (80% of those who kill themselves have attempted it before)
Situational cues

The following events frequently lead to crisis. For some people, internal and external resources are present in sufficient amounts to cope. For others, intense feelings coupled with a lack of external resources result in serious emotional crisis.

  • End of a serious relationship
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial difficulties
  • Moving to a new location
  • Isolation

Resources

Teen dating violence and abuse

If at any time your date begins to do any of the following: make threats to you, talk or text you through phone or social media nonstop, puts you down, frequently has mood swings, yells or screams or humiliates you, threatens or coercively forces you to do something for him, or pressures you to have sex, then you may be in an abusive relationship.

If you are being abused at home or know somebody who is being abused:

  • If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police first.
  • Then call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1 (800) 252-5400 to make a report. The Texas Abuse Hotline is open 24/7/365. (Report via the online reporting system for non-urgent situations only. A non-urgent situation means that intervention is not needed within 24 hours.)

Please click on this Newsletter on Teen Dating Violence for more information.

Developmental guidance

High school is a time to prepare for college or your future life as an adult in society. Our counselors will assist you with college preparation, proper course planning, develop your academic potential, develop proper time management and organizational skills, alleviate stress and more.

There are also several high school courses that you may wish to take to assist you with this.

  • Teen Leadership/PALS is a great way to increase your communication skills while also bridging the gap for other less socially comfortable students.
  • AVID is a program for those who want to go to college but need help along the way. Gain valuable organization skills, understand which college is best for you, get help with time management, and mapping the path to college the successful way, etc.
  • Health and Professional Communication Applications are district-required courses for all high school students at McKinney ISD. The curriculum is intended to give students valuable life information and ways to deal with high school and future success.

Advanced Placement

Note: This page is for prospective students of Advanced Placement courses.
Current students: If you're looking for AP exam information, please visit the 'AP Exam Info' tab.

The College Board, the organization that administers the college admissions SAT test, also offers college-level courses in high school under the Advanced Placement program. At McKinney Boyd High School, we currently offer most AP courses that the College Board has, including English Language and Composition; Calculus AB and BC; Spanish Language and Culture; United States History; Physics 1, 2, and C; and many more.

We recommend that students choose to take AP courses if they wish to further their education early, gain valuable college-level academic skills, earn college credit and save thousands of dollars in college, or earn a higher weighted grade-point average. AP courses are weighed on a 6.0 GPA scale.

Please visit APstudents.org to learn more about the Advanced Placement program from the College Board. You are welcome to consult with a counselor if you are curious as to whether you should take an AP course or not. While counselors are able to modify your schedule, please note that changes are not possible year-round, and may be made only before a course begins or during specified drop periods that will be announced.

As a student of McKinney ISD, you are required to take the corresponding AP exam if you take a certain AP course. There are no exceptions. This is outlined in your AP Agreement that you signed. If you are taking AP exams as part of your course, you need to pay $42.50 for your exam.

College and career planning

Our counselors are able to help you with making decisions about college and career planning.

College advising

Cindy Monogue

Cindy Monogue

MEF Coordinator
(469) 302-3437
cmonogue@mckinneyisd.net

Mrs. Cindy Monogue is our MEF Coordinator and College Advisor. She will be able to assist you in your search for and application into the perfect university as well as scholarships and financial aid.

To make a virtual appointment with Mrs. Monogue, College Advisor – please click on this link: https://cindy-monogue-boyd-college-advisor.appointlet.com.

Letters of recommendations

You are able to request letters of recommendations from your teachers and counselors. Try to ask for a letter from a teacher who you think will give colleges the best and truest impression of yourself.

Counselors and teachers are happy to write the very best letter of recommendation we can for any senior whose college requests one, after the student completes the following steps:

  • Go to https://connection.naviance.com/mckinneybhs.
  • Enter your log in information. Username and password are both in the format s123456, where 123456 is your student ID.
  • Go to the "document library" located on the right-hand side and then select "Counselor Recommendation Packet".
  • VIEW and PRINT the Counselor Recommendation Packet for Seniors (4 pages). Student and parent need to complete the packet, then turn into the counseling office.
  • VIEW and PRINT 3 copies of the Teacher Recommendation for Seniors Packet, then complete the top portion of each. Student will ask three teachers (from any year of high school) to complete a recommendation sheet. Teachers will return the confidential evaluation forms to the counselor's mailbox.
  • Counselor may want to schedule a conference with the senior to elaborate on positive qualities/experiences before writing the letter of recommendation.
  • Allow two to three weeks after this process is complete for the counselor to submit the letter of recommendation.

College Night

Every year, McKinney ISD hosts a college night where over 100 colleges will provide information for prospective students. We highly recommend that you visit these colleges, as it will boost your knowledge of many colleges, including ones you may have never heard of before! In addition, your chances of being admitted into your desired college increase. This is a perfect opportunity to understand more about which colleges fit you and to give your college a good impression of who you are.

This year, our College Night is on September 22, 2020 and will be held virtually at https://falltacrao.swoogo.com/2020Virtual from 6-8 pm. Please sign up before hand using the link. On the evening of college night just log in and click on “join live fair”. If you can’t make our college night you can join any other school that has a virtual college night going on. There should be several starting on the 15th, Monday-Thursday.

Resources

There are many great resources available for you to use both online and in person. Below are a few of our options.

  • The College Board offers a variety of college entrance tools and examinations for you. SAT is one of two tests you may take that colleges will need for admission. AP courses are classes you may take at Boyd to obtain college credit for when you enter college. Big Future is a great resource that gives you birds-eye views of colleges in which you may be interested. My Road is a great career preparation tool to use.
  • The ACT is one of two tests you may take that colleges will need for admissions.
  • Naviance is a planning tool you will want to use for college admissions and preparation. It is also where our counselors post helpful resources.
  • McKinney ISD will offer SAT and ACT practice exams as well as seminars that will help you gain an upper hand on the exam. Stay tuned to McKinney ISD's website for these tests and sessions!

Learn more about McKinney ISD's graduate profile, or a look at what our graduates can do.

Dual Credit

Please visit our Dual credit page for more information.

Crisis response

Travis Trayler,
MS., LPC

IMPACT Counselor
(469) 302-3561
ttrayler@mckinneyisd.net

Christyna Skidmore,
MS., LPC, NCC

IMPACT Counselor
(469) 302-3438
cskidmore@mckinneyisd.net

Our counselors are here for you in crises involving your family, friends, or other cared ones.

Our IMPACT counselors are Travis Trayler and Christyna Skidmore. If you'd like to speak with them please use the contact info above or visit our counseling center. We're always here for you!

Additionally, view our resources below for more information.

What constitutes a crisis?

Whenever you aren't feeling like yourself or just feel like you need to talk with someone, our counselors are there for you.

The following are common crises that our counselors are trained to deal with and will help you with:

  • Bullying
  • Suicide
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • Traumatic events and PTSD
  • Mental breakdowns, stress, anxiety

For more information on crisis prevention and intervention, please visit the 'Prevention and Intervention' tab.

Graduation plans

Due to the enormous combinations of courses, this table lists the recommendations of McKinney ISD. Always check the Academic Planning Guide for the latest and most complete information.

Please peruse pages 11-12 of the Academic Planning Guide for a detailed chart of credits required to graduate under House Bill 5.

Subject area Foundation HS Program + Endorsement Distinguished Level of Achievement (MISD recommendation)
English 4.0 credits: English I, II, III, and IV
Math 4.0 credits: Algebra I, Geometry, and two higher level math classes 4.0 credits: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level math class
Science 4.0 credits: MISD recommends Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (includes Pre-AP and AP courses)
Social Studies 4.0 credits: 1.0 credit World Geography or AP Human Geography, 1.0 credit World History, 1.0 credit US History, 0.5 credit US Government, 0.5 credit Economics.
Fine Arts 1.0 credit
Health 0.5 credit Health or 1.0 credit Principle of Health Sciences
Speech 0.5 credit Professional Communications or 1.0 credit ISM (Interdisciplinary Studies/Mentoring Seminar)
Foreign Language (Language other than English/LOTE) 2.0 credits in a foreign language (Computer science is NOT an option)
Physical Education 1.0 credit
Electives 5.0 credits: May include CTE or certification courses.
TOTAL 26 credits or more needed to graduate

Please note that computer science/programming is NO LONGER considered a foreign language/LOTE credit!

More information

For more information, see the Academic Planning Guide and/or the Sample Graduation Plans on McKinney ISD's website.

Parent education

McKinney Boyd High School and McKinney ISD provide many opportunities for parents to understand the ins and outs of high school.

Talk with a counselor or our principal, Dr. Peirson, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions about Boyd.

Throughout the year, Boyd will have parent education seminars; please view the 'Counseling Calendar' tab for more information.

Counseling calendar

The counseling calendar details important information throughout the year concerning college admissions and preparation, important deadlines, course selections, etc.

Transcript requests

Official Transcript Request Form


Rising Seniors

Beginning in mid-July, please request transcripts to be sent to the colleges and/or universities to which you are applying through Naviance.

Be sure to send your SAT, AP, and ACT test scores through the College Board or ACT.

Please make sure you have your PINK NAVIANCE TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM signed by your parent and returned to the registrars office, A104. We cannot send transcripts via Naviance until that has been returned.

If you are attending a college visit, you will need to hand carry a transcript with you. Please come and request in person three to four days prior to your visit.

Updated GPA and Ranking

Rank and GPA will be available through your Naviance account. Please check under "My Profile" for this information.

  • Rising Seniors: Available mid-July
  • Underclassmen: Available late-July

Homeless resources


Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you can't get an education.

Per the McKinney–Vento Act of 1987, homeless minors are entitled and required to register for school. The Texas Education Agency details this on their website. (The following quotes are taken from the TEA website.)

If you are homeless and you wish to enroll in school, please contact the school immediately by calling (469) 302-3400. The school is prohibited from requiring paperwork or any immunization history for students to enroll. That means homeless minors are able to enroll into school immediately.

Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act.

You can enroll in the school you went to before you became homeless, or the school closest to you currently. Per the TEA website:

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless, or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin or attendance zone campus.

And just because you can't afford school supplies or a lunch doesn't mean you shouldn't go to school. Homeless students are eligible for Title-I benefits. That means you can get things like school supplies, clothes, immunizations, tutoring, extra classes, etc., for free.

Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services. These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include: personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success.

More information is available at the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO).

Course selection

Picking meaningful, relevant courses that serve you well in the future is highly important. For grade specific information visit our registration page.

When does course selection begin?

Typically, course selection for the next year begins in February. Your course selections are confirmed in May. You may change your course selections before then, but you may not change course selections after the last day of school.

Can I change my courses in the summer or when school starts?

If you are missing a core class or credits needed to graduate, then yes. Otherwise, no. Dropping a Pre-AP or AP course will need to be done between the 15th and 20th day of school.

Where can I find the courses that I can take?

See the Academic Planning Guide for details.

I don't know which course I should take.

There are several things you can do to make the right choice.

  • Talk with the teacher that teaches it. Tell them about your situation and your goals. They will be able to gauge their course's difficulty for you. See the faculty directory or ask a counselor if you don't know who teaches what.
  • Think about your goals and apply them to the APG. Want to be a nurse? Look under the health sciences seciton of the APG. The same principle applies to any elective course. Don't forget to take Health and Communications classes to graduate. Ensure you have one Fine Arts credit, one PE credit, and two foreign language credits. Want to learn more about Pre-AP and AP classes? See the below quesiton.
  • Take courses that your future career or college will need. If you're becoming an engineer, taking AP Calculus will help you more than taking AP Statistics. Choose the right course and learn for your future.
  • Select courses that raise your class rank. Texas public colleges will guarantee admission based on their class rank cutoffs. That means you could be automatically admitted to the University of Texas at Austin (UT) or Texas A&M University (A&M) if your class rank is in the top 7-8% or 10%, respectively. (UT cutoffs fluctuate year-to-year; please see this link on the UT Austin website for details.)

Academic/Core, Pre-AP, or AP?

Finding the right academic difficulty can be difficult. The difficulty of classes will affect your weighted GPA and therefore your class rank.

AP classes are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are very good for your GPA and class rank if your grades are high and you do well in them. But if your grades are below 80 in an AP class, you no longer have a GPA benefit. Below 70, you are failing your class, even if the same level of knowledge and difficulty would get you a passing grade in an Pre-AP or Academic/Core class. This is extremely dangerous, because failing any class means you will need to take it again to gain the credit for it. Some credits are REQUIRED to graduate.

While selecting AP classes without regards to their difficulty will hurt you, it is also important to realize that if you feel a class is too easy and you have no room for improvement, or if you think you need to challenge yourself more, taking an AP class is a good step towards that.

Remember that if an AP class isn't working out for you, you can drop out of AP classes between the 15th and 20th day of school, at the end of the first quarter, and at the end of the semester. Also remember to try as much as you can. It is possible to struggle with an AP course at first but then get high grades at the end. There is an "adaptation" process to each course.

Of course, at the end of the day, learning is the most important thing. Choosing the right class for your feature is also strategically important.

For more information concerning AP courses, see the 'Advanced Placement' tab. The beginning of the Academic Planning Guide also has pertinent information relating to AP vs. Pre-AP vs. Academic courses.

Seeing a Counselor

Our counselors are here to serve you. You can talk to them about many things. They are here to help you. Visit the 'Meet the Counselors' tab to find your counselor.

How can I speak to counselors?

Counselors are available to speak with you in person, through the phone, or by email.

Do I need to make an appointment?

You're more than welcome to do so beforehand, but it's not required. Counselors have an open-door policy.

Will I be marked absent from class if I see my counselor?

Don't worry about that! What's important is making you comfortable when you see your counselor.

Aren't counselors always busy with schedules?

While it is part of their job to help you with scheduling, they are still available to consult with you. Email or call them anytime to ask them when they're available.

I'm not feeling like myself.

We're sorry to hear that. If you're having a bad day, talk with your counselor or speak with Mr. Trayler or Mrs. Skidmore, our IMPACT counselors (see 'Crisis Response' tab). Their sole job is making sure your well-being is maintained. They are always available for crisis counseling and aren't occupied by other counselor things. If you desperately need someone to talk to, they're here for you. Mr. Trayler and Mrs. Skidmore have open-door policies, so you're always welcome to see them!

AP exam information


Note: This page is for current students that are taking AP exams.
Prospective students: If you're looking for information about the Advanced Placement program, please visit the 'Advanced Placement' tab.

AP exams generally cost $42.50 each for enrolled students. If you are not enrolled in the class for the AP exam, that exam will be $94. Please note - A late fee of $40 will be applied if not paid before November 15th.


AP classes are not offered for the following exams:

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Microeconomics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Seminar
  • Computer Science Principles

These exams, except for Seminar and Computer Science Principles, are still available to take just like any other and cost $94 each. Please make a special request to Mrs. Bolsinger.


AP exams can be paid for at Mrs. Bolsinger's office in J203. If you are ordering them online, they must be paid for by the Friday before spring break. Afterwards, they must be paid for at Mrs. Bolsinger's desk.

Should the student choose to take an AP exam that they are not enrolled in a class for, Mr. Campos or Mrs. Bolsinger must be notified prior to the ordering of the exams, which is typically around the middle of March.

Morning exams start at 8:00am (but arrive by 7:30am) and end just before noon, after which the student should go to lunch and then report to their next class, 6th period. Afternoon exams start at 12:00pm (but arrive by 11:45am) and end around 3-4pm. Go to C lunch and then the AP exam.

Period Time If you're AP testing If you're not testing Notes
1 – 5B 8:00am – 11:40am AP testing (morning) Attend 1st through 5th periods You must show up at or before 7:30am for AP tests! After exams end, go to E lunch. Afterwards, go to your 6th and 7th period classes.
5C – after school 12:00pm – 3:00pm AP testing (afternoon) Attend 6th and 7th periods Go to normal classes, then C lunch, and then arrive at your testing location. Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is the only AP exam that starts at 2:00pm and lasts until 4:00pm. Your exam will most likely end after school ends, so plan your transportation back home accordingly.

See the official College Board Calendar for exam dates and more information.