Alan B. Shepard High School

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Just for Seniors!
1. Take the Exit surveys on the lower right hand side of this page.  The first is anonymous, the second one requires name and ID#.  The second one will be used by Shepard Counselors to make plans for supporting students.  Your feedback and opinions are valuable!
2. How to order your Final Transcript from Parchment.  Click on the "Transcript Requests" tab on the right hand side of this page.  Videos and FAQ's explain the process.   Students must select "Hold for Grades" for a final transcript with a graduation date.  An email was sent to all Seniors not registered with a Parchment account on April 11th.  Any senior who needs their transcript sent immediately to a school should select "Send Now."  Reminder that your transcripts will not be finalized to include your graduation date until after graduation.  Final transcripts will be sent out early to mid June.
3. Bring your college/trade school or military acceptance letters to the Counseling Office to display on our Astro Cafe board.
4. Tuesday, May 1st:  College Decision Day - see more details on the SENIOR INSTRUCTIONS document below
5. Need more help with your future plans?  - see more details on the SENIOR INSTRUCTIONS document below
We are looking for eager and energetic Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to join the Freshman Advisory as Mentors for the 2018-19 school year.  Click on Mentor Applications above to complete the application.  All applications must be submitted by May 14, 2018.  See Miss Gray in Counseling with questions.

Summer Experiences and Opportunities

Bridge to Moraine See flier with registration information above
Valley Learning Center at Moraine Valley Community College
Classes for Kids and Teens including:
* Future Leaders Challeng Camp
* Pottery, cartooning, drawing
* LEGO creations (movies, programming, robots and more)
* App and game programming
* Math, reading and science classes taught by state-certified instructors
* And much more
Saturday, July 28, 2018  IMPACT College Readiness Summit
12 - 3p.m. Tinley Park Convention Center
Hear from College Representatives, City Officials, High School Educators and Business Leaders
ITT NxtGen Tech Program for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
 Students will learn next generation technologies and tools and get a glimpse of the future of the Internet, computing, and the next wave of emerging technologies.
Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro
Allows students to explore careers in all fields of medicine
Careers in Pharmacy for Juniors
College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
•Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) Camp is an annual week-long camp designed to give academically talented high school girls (rising 9th-12th graders) an opportunity to focus on one of the following engineering disciplines: aerospace, bioengineering, chemical, materials, electrical, mechanical, and computer science. For more information about GAMES Camp, please go to
•The Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering (WYSE) program offers a week-long residential camp for students interested in learning about different engineering disciplines offered at UIUC. The Exploring Your Options Camp invites all rising 11th-12th graders, while Discover Engineering invites all rising 9th-10thgraders. The WYSE program also offers three specialized tracks: Exploring Mechanical Science & Engineering for rising 11th-12th graders, Discover Bioengineering for rising 9th-10th graders, and Exploring Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) for rising 11th-12th graders. For more information about WYSE Camps, please go to
•Illinois Aerospace Institute (IAI) is a one-week residential program for students interested in learning about aerospace engineering and aviation. Among the activities, students will design and build a model boost glider and a model payload rocket.
Enrollment in the programs are limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. All camps have a selective admissions process based on academic performance, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. Placement in a camp is contingent on when the application is completed, so please have students apply soon to ensure placement in their desired camp. The application deadline is April 15, 2018, or until camps are full. With the help of corporate sponsors, there are scholarships available to students who need financial assistance for the tuition payment.
Additional information can also be obtained by contacting our office at 217-244-3517 or
University Campus Experiences
Volunteering at Local Hospitals
Remind Sign Up:  Stay informed about messages from Counseling
For Remind messages regarding Shepard Counseling announcements
Parents only:  Text the message @e9510 to 81010

(If having trouble, then text it to 773-530-2210)


For Remind messages regarding Shepard Senior College Announcements
Seniors only:  Text the message @484k82 to 81010
For Remind messages regarding the Shepard Junior Class
Text the message @h634k2 to 81010
College Representative Visits to Shepard
One of the best ways to learn about colleges is to meet with a representative from different colleges.  See the tab on the right of this page for procedures on how to meet with a college rep who is visiting our campus and dates of their visits.  September and October are busy with college visits so check the tab often for additions!
Career Exploration

April 24, 2017 - 24  Shepard students attended the Regional Trades Expo at the Carpenter's Union in Chicago.  

                              See photos of their experiences here!



College Rep Panel Parent Night
For those who were unable to attend the College Representative Panel Night, please click below for the powerpoint.  Feel free to contact our office for additional questions or help.
9/12/17 Parent Academy   The Role of the High School Counselor
See the Powerpoint below