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Capitol Area College Fair

The Capitol Area College Fair will be held October 5, 2016 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building. Students will depart SHS at 11:57 and MUST sign in with Mr. Schurman, Ms. Greco or Mr. Kyes. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to check out various colleges and talk with admission professionals. Permission slips are available from the guidance office or from Mr. Kyes and are due back no later that September 30th at 3:30pm! Students are expected to make up any work they may miss.

CollegeBoard and Khan Academy Offer Students Free SAT Test Practice

The CollegeBoard has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized SAT test prep program for every student. Select this link to learn more about FREE SAT diagnostic quizzes, interactive practice questions, and full-length practice tests that are available to all students.

College Visits

JUNIORS and SENIORS- Please check the "College Visit Calendar" tab on the left hand-side for colleges that are coming to visit SHS. Please see Mr. Kyes or Mrs. Kontio for a pass.


The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid process for post-secondary institutions.
Parents of SENIOR STUDENTS- Please do not forget to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Click on the link to take you to the FAFSA Website. Please call or email Mr. Kyes with any questions.
** New for 2016-17** Families can submit the FAFSA earlier. Students enrolling in college for Fall 2017 can file the FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 instead of waiting intil January. On the FAFSA, students and families will report tax information from two years earlier instead of the previous year.

Final Exam dates and times 2016-2017

All freshmen, sophomore, and junior students will take first semester exams. Seniors may be exempt from 3 exams per semester. This exemption policy applies to all courses offered at Springfield High.
Qualifications for exam exemptions are as follows:
FRESHMEN: 1 final exam exemption, second semester only
SOPHOMORES: 2 final exam exemptions, second semester only
JUNIORS: 3 final exam exemptions, second semester only
SENIORS: 3 final exam exemptions per semester
On the exam exemption permission slip, the student will identify from which exam(s) he or she expects to be exempt. (Simply having the form does not guarantee exemption; all criteria must be met and maintained.)
Exam exemption is based on absences, discipline, and quarter grades.
1. Absences:
• Student must have 4 or fewer excused absences per class.
• In-house counts as an excused absence.
• School activities do not count as absences.
• An un-excused absence will cause students to take exams.
• College visits in excess of two total days will count as excused absences for
purposes of exam exemption policy.
• The number of absences from each individual class (not total days absent) and the grade from that particular class is used to determine the student’s eligibility. A student may be exempt from one exam, but required to take another.
2. Discipline:
• If a student receives any type of out of school suspension, he/she is required to take the exam.
3. Grades:
• Exemption is determined per class. A student must have a “B” or better as his/her final grade for both quarters.
Semester Grades
• If a student has an “A” for one quarter and a “B” for the other quarter, and chooses not to take the exam, the lower of the two grades will be the semester grade.
• If a student has an “A” for one quarter and a “B” for the other quarter, and elects to take the exam, semester grades are figured using all three grades, according to the current system.
Parental Consent
Parents/guardians have three options if their student qualifies for exemption from an exam. The parent/guardian may:
1. Require his/her student to take the exam.
2. Allow the student to be exempt from the exam, but require him/her to attend school that day. The student would then report to an assigned location.
3. Allow the student to be exempt from the exam and also excuse him/her from school during the time for the exempted exam.

*CACC students do not attend CACC during finals.
*Lunch will be served all three days.


Springfield High School is an ACT testing center. We do not register or keep log in information for the ACT, CollegeBoard or SAT websites. Please refer to for all questions or information regarding the ACT. Please see the test dates and registration information on the right sidebar.

Parent Access

Please contact the guidance office to receive parent access to your student's electronic cumulative file.

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Guidance News 2016- 2017

Guidance Center - Phone: 525-3106 - Room 104 (Mrs. Gordy, Ms. Greco, Mr. Williams, Mr. Schurman) and in room 153A, (Mr. Kyes).

Personal, college, career, athletic academic coaching and vocational guidance activities are found in this office.
Matters related to student class schedules, transcript requests and testing are also located in this area.
This is the office area for the SHS Guidance Administrators:
Freshmen - Mrs. Gordy
Sophomores - Mr. Williams
Juniors- Mr. Schurman
Seniors - Ms. Greco
Post Secondary Coach - Mr. Kyes

Secretaries - Mrs. Kontio and Ms. Hurley

AP Tests

Dates for the 2017 AP tests are posted on the sidebar. Please check the website for updates. If the student qualifies for a fee waiver, please see Mr. Schurman. The Springfield High deadline for registering will be announced at a later date. To register, students need to bring the check/cash to the Guidance Office and sign up. More information is available at and look under the AP section.

Upcoming SAT Test Dates

Some colleges and universities require that you take the SAT to be considered for admission. Please check with your intended school or consult your guidance dean to see if indeed SAT"s are required. Please refer to the SAT website for additional information, testing dates and registration at http:/


College Visits

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit colleges they may be considering attending after high school graduation. Students are permitted to take a half-day to visit a local college and a full day to make a visit out of the city. Students must call schools to make an appointment. They must also get a "college visit" form from their dean. A parent must call the attendance office if a student is going to be absent.

College Administrators Visit SHS

Just a reminder, juniors and seniors should take advantage of meeting with college administrators as they make their visits to SHS. Announcements are made letting students know of the visits. A list of the visiting schools can be found under College and Military Recruiter Visits on the Guidance web page, in the glass case outside the guidance office and on Mr. Kyes' bulletin board. Students must get a pass from guidance at least the day before in order to be dismissed from class to visit with a college representative.

College Bound Juniors

Juniors who are planning on attending/making application to four-year colleges/universities after high school graduation should be registering to take either the ACT or SAT I college entrance test. The registration information can be obtained from the guidance office or online at and

Military Academies

Juniors who are interested in applying to any of the military academies need to begin the process now. Applications to military academies involve many steps. Among them are determining whether you meet the basic requirements, applying to a congressman for nomination, completing ACT and SAT tests, as well as medical and physical tests. Please see your dean/asst. principal for further details.