COVID-19 Counseling Information
Contacting Your TLA Counselor |
We are working remotely to help our students, teachers, and staff. Reach out to your counselor via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Local Mental Health Resources
We understand that the mental health needs of our students continue, even when we are not in school. If you have concerns about the mental health or well-being of a child in your care, please use the resources below to assist in getting them the support that they need, or call 9-1-1
Cook Children's Emergency Department
886 6th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
JPS Emergency Department
1575 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Website in English: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Website in Spanish: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA Hotlines SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
Website in English: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Website in Spanish: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/espanol
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español)
FRESHMEN (9th Grade) Check List
Parents, we know the transition from middle school to high school can be a little frightening for both parents and students. We are here to help you with that transition. Please call us anytime with questions or concerns you have as you go through this process. We look forward to getting to know you and your student.
Now that you're in 9th grade, it's time to evaluate your career plans. By starting early, you'll be better prepared. (from www.pathwayspse.com) or browse the College and Career tab.
SOPHOMORES (10th Grade) Check List
By the time you’re a sophomore, you may have already realized why preparing for college requires a four-year plan. Your current school work and activities are beginning to pile up, so it’s natural for you not to think about anything but the present. Check back with your counselor and see how you are doing academically and whether you’re on track with your yearly plan. A couple of recommended sophomore tasks include taking the PSAT to familiarize yourself with the ACT and SAT testing format as well as beginning the search for where you might want to go for college and what you might want to do professionally.
JUNIORS (11th Grade) Check List
The Junior year of high school is usually the most difficult. Not only is it the year in which you take your toughest classes, but it’s also the year in which talk about college prep is the most intense. But don’t worry; you still have time to do what you need to do. Continue to meet with your counselor and ask questions to make sure you’re academically secure to graduate high school. You can also make sure you know the academic requirements for the colleges and universities you might want to attend and see if you are academically secure for those, too. What’s more, you can attend college fairs and narrow down your choices, you can visit and tour them, you can apply for scholarships and job shadow, you can update your résumé, and you can talk to your parents about finances. Your junior year is also when you can take and/or retake the ACT and SAT. That’s a lot to do, but your teachers and counselors know about your to-dos and are ready to help and cheer you on.
SENIORS (12th Grade) Check List
You made it to your last year of high school! Congratulations are in order, but don’t relax just yet. It’s important that you finish strong without giving in to "senioritis." During your senior year, you can now apply to the colleges you narrowed your choices down to. You can also continue to retake the SAT or ACT. And, of course, make sure you keep in touch with your advisor to ensure you’re on track for graduation.
Email Miss. Sims and you may take the TSI anytime (A Passing score is required for Dual Enrollment).
Go to this link: https://www.act.org/
Texas College Request Forms
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College Applications Deadlines
College Application Deadlines
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Step by Step FAFSA Application Registration
Financial Aid Information
Do not be afraid to apply to a college due to costs!! Apply for financial aid to that school and it might become a possibility. This section is an introduction to the financial aid process. It is not intended to be an encyclopedia of all existing financial aid programs. It should be used by both you and your parents as you look for the best financial aid package to fund a college education.
Applying for student financial assistance can be complicated. The first and most important step in the application process is to complete the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the principal application document and the information that you provide on this form serves as the basis for determining your eligibility for the federal student aid programs. You will need to complete the FAFSA for most scholarships and all grants/loans. In addition to the FAFSA, many colleges and universities require students to complete one or more supplemental application forms and a fee may be charged.
Use the online applications at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Find out the college’s priority deadline for applying for aid.
When the analysis of the financial information you have provided is complete, the information will be made available to the colleges.
When the college finishes working with the SAR information, it will put together a financial aid package containing the types of aid they can offer each student.
What Information is needed? Sometimes students and parents are surprised when they are asked to provide personal financial information for financial aid. Most or all of the data is collected from you to meet requirements of the federal government and to ensure that the financial aid programs are administered fairly for all students. In addition to a financial aid application, you may be required to provide federal tax returns for the student and the parents.
Tips for Completing the FAFSA Form:
Military & NCAA Information
Practice ASVAB Tests (Notify me with your practice scores so we can reach out to branches.
Military Academies |
Opportunities in education and training are available for men and women in all branches of the Armed Forces. In peacetime, one of the major functions of the armed services is training. All branches of the services now prefer to take high school graduates for specialized training. Training in the armed services can range from a few weeks to a year depending upon the field of specialization. Some of the training is related completely to military service, but much of it is applicable to jobs in civilian life. Your options include the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marines. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, ASVAB, is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career. Tutoring is available for the ASVAB online at www.march2success.com.
United States Service Academies |
Appointments at the United States Service Academies are few; therefore, it is important to contact your chosen academy by the spring of your junior year. Every student is on a full scholarship in an intense training program to meet the demands of leadership and success.
NCAA eligibility |
Eligibility (Needs to be completed by the end of Junior Year)
Playing Sports In College |
Are you interested in playing your sport in college? Here are some helpful websites and information:
Scholarship Information Juniors & Seniors
You may have read that “millions of scholarship dollars go unclaimed each year.” Is this true? It may be, but often for very simple reasons such as that the rules for awarding some scholarships are so restrictive that few students are eligible. For example:
Scholarship Web Resources
Additional Junior and Senior Scholarship List
Meet Your Counselor
K-12 Guidance Counselor
To Email Me: CLICK HERE
Hello Eagles! My name is Miss Sims, and I’m excited to be the New Guidance Counselor for Texas Leadership of Arlington (TLA)! I’ve been in the Education System 8 years, and I’ve finally found my home with TLA! I am from the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area, and graduated from The Colony High School.
After graduation, I furthered my education at Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Guidance. I’m currently enrolled in Liberty University to earn my Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m also a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate.
I love to travel, and have been to 19 countries. I love to hike, sky dive, or anything that says Adventure! I’m looking forward to meeting each and every one of you and your children, and so happy and excited to be a part of this Eagle Family.