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Today: 9/21/17

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Ms. Cooper

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ms. ellis

ms. ellis

Ms. Kruse

Ms. Kruse

Ms. Larez

Ms. Larez

Ms. MacIntyre, Crossroads Counselor

Ms. Tay MacIntyre, Crossroads Counselor

Ms. McJimsey

Ms. McJimsey

Ms. Velhagen, College & Career Counselor

Ms. Velhagen


EHS Counseling 2017-18

Counseling Secretary Ms. Julie Marquez: 296-4871 x 35024

Student Last Name                     Counselor                     E-Mail                                     Phone

A-Di                                             Ms. Casey Cooper        casey.cooper@aps.edu          296-4871 x35038
Dj-Gl                                            Ms. Megan Larez          megan.larez@aps.edu           296-4871 x35047
Go-Man                                       Ms. Maddy Kruse          madeline.kruse@aps.edu      296-4871 x35044
Mar-Ro                                        Ms. Brenna McJimsey   brenna.mcjimsey@aps.edu   296-4871 x35010
Ru-Z                                            Ms. Nora Ellis                nuran.ellis@aps.edu              296-4871 x35009
College & Career Readiness      Ms. Valerie Velhagen     velhagen@aps.edu                296-4871 x 35013
Crossroads (Substance Abuse)  Ms. Tay MacIntyre         tay.macintyre@aps.edu          296-4871 x35190

Sign up for important counseling/college & career updates from Ms. Velhagen

Get important counseling/college & career updates on your phone:

Class Instructions
Class of 2018: Seniors Text @msvelh to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @msvelh to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2019: Juniors Text @4gk3f to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @4gk3f to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2020: Sophs Text @26hgf to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @26hgf to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2021: Freshmen Text @c9k932 to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @c9k932 to (505) 903-5382.)


miss the daily counseling announcements?

NM College Fair at ABQ! Oct. 1

Sunday, Oct. 1 is NM's biggest college fair, with over 130 schools in attendance!

  • Location: ABQ Convention Center: 401 2nd St. NW
  • Time: 12 - 3 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • All students & families welcome

Click here for a list of colleges & universities attending (check close to the fair date for most current list).

Pre-register here for the fair (optional) and save time filling out multiple information cards.

Click here for flyer.

college visits at EHS 2017-18

All college visits take place in the Counseling Department unless otherwise announced. There are two ways to sign up:

2017-18 College Visits

  • Abilene Christian University: Tues., August 29 @ 12:05 (lunch)
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX: Tues., Sept. 5 @ 1:15 PM 
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: Thurs., Sept. 7 @ 9:30 AM
  • Williams College, Williamstown, MA: Tues., Sept. 12 @ 9:45 AM
  • The University of New Mexico: Thurs., Sept. 14 @ 11 AM (juniors & seniors welcome)
  • Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX: Sept. 19 @ 10 AM
  • The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: Friday, Sept. 22 @ 10 AM
  • The New School (including Parsons School of Design), New York, NY: Mon., Sept. 25 @ 11 AM
  • Southwestern University, near Austin, TX: Wed., Sept. 27 @ 10:30 AM
  • Colorado Christian College: Thurs., Sept. 28 @ 12:05 (lunch)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA: Fri., Sept. 29 @ 10:30 AM
  • Seattle University, Seattle, WA: Mon., Oct. 2 @ 9:30 AM
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN: Mon., Oct. 2 @ 11 AM
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: Mon., Oct. 2 @ 12:05 (lunch)
  • Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA: Mon., Oct.2 @ 1:30 PM
  • The University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA: Tues., Oct. 3 @ 8:30 AM
  • The University of Colorado @ Boulder: Tues., Oct. 3 @ (lunch)
  • The University of Arizona: Wed., Oct. 4 @ 8 AM
  • The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: Thurs., Oct. 5 @ 12:05 (lunch) 
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA: Oct. 17 @ 11:30 AM
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ: Oct. 31 @ 12:05 PM (lunch)
  • University of New Mexico: onsite admissions for seniors only: Nov. 1 @ 8 AM - 12 PM: schedule appointment time directly w/Ms. Velhagen!
  • Ft. Lewis College, Durango, CO: Wed., Nov. 15 @ 9:30 AM

*Check back regularly: many more to come!*

college visitation days

New Mexico Highlands Roundup Day for Seniors:  Sat., Sept. 23. Click here for details and to RSVP.

New Mexico State University has 3 Aggie Experience visitation days planned for 2017-18: Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Feb. 19. Click here for details & to RSVP .

UNM Senior Day (for HS seniors): Sat., October 7, 8 AM - 2 PM. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Texas Tech Preview Days: October 8-9. Click here for details and to RSVP.

UNM Fall Preview Day (all HS grades): Sat., November 4, 8:30 AM - 12. Click here for details and to RSVP.

NM Tech Exploration Day: Sat., Nov. 4. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Eastern New Mexico Senior Preview Day: Sat., Nov. 4:  Click here for details & to RSVP.

fafsa (college financial aid) help for seniors

What is the FAFSA, and how & when do we fill it out?  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an online application for federal government aid for college. Colleges use the FAFSA to help determine student aid packages (scholarships they award to help cover part of the cost of college) and the government uses it to determine whether a student qualifies for federal aid in the form of grants (e.g., Pell Grant, Teach Grants and others).  The FAFSA can also help students qualify for work-study (jobs on campus to help pay tuition costs) and subsidized loans, if needed (government-backed, lowest interest rates, gov't. covers interest payments while student is still in school). 

The online FAFSA application now opens on October 1 each year and requires tax information from the "prior prior year".  Class of 2018 will start filling out the FAFSA on Oct. 1, 2017 using 2016 taxes.  Check with the college(s) of your choice for their PRIORITY FAFSA deadline: this varies by school but is typically in early January (e.g., UNM's is Jan. 5) or by March 1.

Ms. Velhagen will offer FAFSA Help Sessions in EHS Media Center, all at 6 PM:

1) Wed., October 25, 2017
2) Thurs., November 20, 2017
3) Wed., January 3, 2018

What to bring/know: 2016 taxes (parent + student, if applicable) and any supporting financial documentation, Social Security #, exact address that you used on your taxes.

DO THIS IN ADVANCE (any time prior to filling out the FAFSA): student and one parent must apply for an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm  You'll use these same IDs every year you complete the FAFSA. Don't forget them!

college fly-ins!

List of colleges that pay for students to fly to visit their schools (often for lower-income students)

Fly-in at Carleton College, Carleton, MN: Oct. 26 - 28: info here. open to all high school seniors, but selection committee will prioritize students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students are particularly encouraged to apply.

PSAT 2017

The PSAT will be given at Eldorado on Wed., October 11, 2017, from 7:25 AM - approx. 11:30 AM or 12 noon at latest. 

All 10th & 11th graders will receive information about the PSAT in their English classes in early September.

Sophomores:  ALL sophomores will test, with the exam cost covered by APS. Results will be returned in December or January. When taken in 10th grade, the PSAT is only for practice and scores do NOT go to colleges or scholarship organizations! Click here for What Sophomores Need to Know About the PSAT!

Juniors:  The PSAT is optional for Juniors, and Junior registration will be as follows: Bring registration form (handed out in English class in Sept. or click below) along with exact cash, check or money order for $21* made out to “EHS – PSAT”, to the counseling office September 8, 11, 12 or 13 ONLY at lunchtime, or from 2:30-2:45 PM. LATE registration will be Thurs. & Fri., Sept. 14 & 15 at lunch & after school, with a $5 late fee ($26 total)  *Students enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program may ask Ms. Velhagen for a fee waiver, bringing the cost of the PSAT to $5.
Click here for 
Junior Registration Information & Sign-Up Sheet.

class of 2017 postsecondary plans & scholarships

The EHS Class of 2017 was awarded over $8 million in scholarships! Click here to see where our grads are headed after graduation.

Final Transcripts for Class of 2017

Seniors, still need to order a final transcript for your college? You have 2 options:
1) Create a free account and order one at Parchment.com

2) Contact EHS Registrar, Ms. Carol Ellis, at ellis_cl@aps.edu to see when she'll be in the office this summer, and order one in person from her.

ACT & SAT 2017-18

Click on the tab at left for ACT & SAT dates and registration info.
Eldorado is NOT a test site for the ACT or the SAT. When you register online, you will select a local test site convenient to you.

College Advice

Click here for a college counseling website interview with Ms. Velhagen.

For college search websites and advice, click the "College Resources" and "College Preparation" links at left.  
For career information and links to career interest inventories, see "Career Resources" link at left.

bridge and lottery scholarships: how do they work??

See FAQs below!  

careers with ABQ Police department

Considering a career on the police force?  Police Service Aides are paid $14.12/hour to assist police officers, and along the way are trained in the process to enroll in the Police Academy when old enough.  You can qualify to apply for the PSA Program at age 18 with your high school diploma.  Click here for information. 


Considering studying abroad?  We have information on several international programs. Studying abroad -- whether for a semester or a year -- involves a great deal of planning and can be a challenge in terms of earning credits toward graduation. Ask your counselor for details.

class of 2016 scholarships & postsecondary plans

The Eldorado Class of 2016 was offered over $10,275,000 in scholarship awards!

Our grads will attending the following 4-year colleges:

Adams State University
Allegheny College
Arizona State ...more

Frequently Asked Questions