College & Career Planning

Meeting with a college representative is a good way to gain information about your interests in a college major and what they can offer you. Colleges, technical school, and the military will be on-site throughout the year setting up lunch table visits. For visits not scheduled during lunch periods, students should stop by the guidance office to get a pass. We try to schedule visits for later in the day so A.W. Beattie students are able to attend but that isn’t always possible. Please refer to the Guidance Office Newsletter for the current opportunities.

Life After High School

Testing

Advanced Placement (AP)
AP courses utilize college-level curricula developed by the College Board for high schools. AP examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of a rigorous, college-level AP course. AP exams test students' ability to perform at a college level. Students that score well on the test may earn college placement and credit. Learn more at www.collegeboard.org/apcentral.


PSAT
The PSAT/NMSQT won’t count towards your college admissions applications, but for current 11th-grade students, it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. Use the PSAT/NMSQT as practice for the SAT and ACT and an important guidepost on your college admissions journey. Learn more at www.CollegeBoard.org/PSAT.

Students should visit the Guidance Office to register and pick up the information packet.

PSAT test takers will need standard #2 pencils and a calculator. A.W. Career Center Beattie students will be excused to take the test and will be responsible for any work missed.

Thanks to a grant program through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, there is no cost to Northgate students who wish to take the test.

Practice PSAT/NMSQT Test


SAT
The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT tests subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board. Learn more at www.CollegeBoard.org/SAT.

Register for the SAT at www.sat.org/register with Northgate Code 393-640. 

SAT test takers must provide a valid photo ID and a registration ticket (even if taking the test at Northgate.) You will need standard #2 pencils and a calculator. No Registration ticket = No admittance. No ID = No admittance. If you need an ID, please stop at the Guidance Office. 

Practice SAT Test


ACT
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute writing test. Learn more at www.act.org.

ACT test takers must provide a valid photo ID and a registration ticket. You will need standard #2 pencils and a calculator. No Registration ticket = No admittance. No ID = No admittance. If you need an ID, please stop at the Guidance Office. 

Financial Aid

Scholarship Opportunities

Athletic Eligibility

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. While playing sports at a Division III school does not require you to register with the Eligibility Center, there are still some important things you need to know. Go to www.ncaa.org or www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information.

Selective Service & Military Information

For More Information Guidance Counselor

Middle School Counselor
Grades 7-9

Stacy Gallagher
sgallagher@northgatesd.net
412-732-3300 Ext. 1014

High School Counselor
Grades 10-12

Brian Talbert
btalbert@northgatesd.net
412-732-3300 Ext. 1013

Secondary Guidance Secretary
Diane Burns
dburns@northgatesd.net
412-732-3300 Ext. 1012