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10th Grade Counseling



The PVPHS Counseling Staff created the Sophomore Counseling Program to support the continued success of our students as they pursue educational and career goals. The two essential components of the Sophomore Counseling Program are:

  1.       A GROUP PRESENTATION to provide general information pertinent to all students (meeting link will be sent through the student’s Team’s account by their counselor). These meetings will be held on January 12, 2022 at 7:30am OR 5:30pm. You can find a copy of the presentation in the file below.
  2.       An INDIVIDUAL MEETING with parent/guardian, student and counselor to be scheduled at the end of the Group Presentation. If you were unable to attend a Group Presentation, counselors will be reaching out to the 10th grade student to schedule a meeting to review their schedule.
We look forward to meeting with you and your student. It is our hope that participation in this program will enhance your student’s high school experience.


Goals of the individual meeting are: 

  • Examine student’s current academic transcript
  • Evaluate student’s personalized 4 year plan, specifically addressing course selection for 11th and 12th grade
  • Review high school graduation requirements/status
  • Discuss questions and specific concerns
  • Select courses for the 2022-2023 school year
10th Grade Counseling Services Overview

The sophomore year is a great time for students to broaden their foundation by getting involved in extracurricular activities. When setting up the 4-year plan, counselors discuss standardized testing, colleges of interest, career interests, and any extracurricular activities. Our school offers a wide variety of clubs and honors societies that give students the opportunity to develop their interests. Many students also give back to the community by volunteering with different organizations. Through civic engagement students develop leadership skills, learn to take initiative, and learn to work with professionals. Furthermore, they see how they can make a difference in the world around them.

PSAT – January 

The PSAT (official Preliminary SAT) is usually offered during October of the sophomore year. Test taking is a skill that must be practiced; the PSAT is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the timing and format of the test. This practice version will give them an unofficial score that will not be reported to any colleges. They also receive a print out of their results showing them what sections they are strong in and what areas need improvement. They will also receive access to the College Board website. However, this year the PSAT will not provided for 10th grade students due to Covid pre-cautions. We hope to open this up to Sophomores again in the future. 

ACT Plan – February

Similar to the PSAT, the PLAN (an official practice version of the ACT) is usually offered during February or March of the sophomore year. The scores will not be reported to any colleges. Students receive a print out of their results showing them what sections they are strong in and what areas need improvement. One thing that sets the Plan apart from the PSAT is that it includes a career component in the results. There are not any current places to take a ACT plan. However, we hope to open this open in the future. 
UC and Cal State A-G Information