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High School Academic Counseling

Getting the most from your experience requires hardwork, dedication – with NMMI personal advisors close by to help cadets navigate their academic journey. To best prepare for NMMI, High School Counselors will support cadets with the following requirements:

Graduation-Requirements and 4-Year Plan

Understand your GPA

  • Your Grade Point Average (GPA) during your freshmen year will have a major impact on the colleges that will accept you and the number of scholarships that you’ll be eligible for as a senior. Your GPA will also determine your eligibility for sports.
    Understand high school graduation & college admissions requirements
  • By the time you make decisions about your schedule for your sophomore year, make sure you understand all the graduation requirements. This means understand how many credits you need to earn to graduate and the subjects you need to earn those credits in.  Also, make sure you understand the college admissions requirements, which can be different from your high school graduation requirements. The college of your choice may expect you to take specific classes in high school, earn a specific GPA and get a certain ACT/SAT test score.

Learn “The Big 5 Things” that will help get you into college

  • Your GPA from all classes to date
  • Extracurricular activities and community service/volunteering
  • ACT ASPIRE Test Your ACT or SAT scores (tests taken during junior & senior years but encouraged earlier)
  • Time Management and Study Skills
  • Abilities and Skills Exploration

Find extracurricular activities that interest you (join at least one)

  • Talk to your high school counselor, teacher, coach or TLA about getting involved in extracurricular activities and community service projects like sports or student groups. Finding activities that you enjoy will help you become a leader and help you stand out when you apply to college and for scholarships.
  • Attend the Cadet Activities Fair
    Summer Opportunities
  • Many colleges and scholarships want to see that you have volunteered. Many scholarships require that you have earned a specific amount of volunteer hours in order to apply for their scholarship.
  • STEM
  • Academy Summer Leadership Experiences
  • Shadow Programs
  • Scholars Program
  • Various College and University programs
  • Exchange Programs
  • EF Tours

Visit Big Future and You can Go (College Board)

  • Utilize bigfuture.org as your step-by-step guide to college planning. Get inspired about college and hear about other college students experiences by visiting www.ycg.org
    Prepare for ACT ASPIRE (Do your best!)
    REMINDER – GRADES COUNT NOW!
  • Colleges look at grades starting your freshman year, don’t jeopardize your chances of getting into the college you want to attend by not caring your freshman year. Remember EVERY YEAR COUNTS!”

Graduation-Requirements and 4-Year Plan

Earn the best grades you can

  • Students who have a solid GPA by the end of their sophomore year of high school are in a much better position to be admitted to college with scholarships than students who wait until their junior year to try to raise their GPA.
  • Understand the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR)
  • Each graduating class will have different college admission requirements than previous classes. Make an appointment with your counselor or visit the SAC Mini College Lab for more information.

Get involved

  • Extracurricular activities help give life and meaning to a high school career. They are a vital part of a good resume. Research the different clubs and organizations that your school has to offer. Volunteering is another great way to get involved during high school and can help prepare you for your future career and connect you with valuable resources.
  • Volunteering is a huge advantage when it comes to scholarships and even some colleges.

Find extracurricular activities that interest you (join at least one)

  • Talk to your high school counselor, teacher, coach or TLA about getting involved in extracurricular activities and community service projects like sports or student groups. Finding activities that you enjoy will help you become a leader and help you stand out when you apply to college and for scholarships.
  • Attend the Cadet Activities Fair

Summer Opportunities

Many colleges and scholarships want to see that you have volunteered. Many scholarships require that you have earned a specific amount of volunteer hours in order to apply for their scholarship.

  • STEM
  • Academy Summer Leadership Experiences
  • Shadow Programs
  • Scholars Program
  • Various College and University programs
  • Exchange Programs
  • EF Tours

Visit Big Future and You can Go (College Board)

Utilize bigfuture.org as your step-by-step guide to college planning. Get inspired about college and hear about other college students experiences by visiting www.ycg.org

Complete Interest and Career Inventory

Know what your interests are and begin to select possible career options. Also note what educational requirements each one has.

Visit a College Campus

  • Whether you take a walking tour of a college campus or a virtual tour, it is important to know what type of school you would like to attend. Would you like to go to a private school, public school, vocational, large, small, etc.
  • Prepare for the ACT ASPIRE

REMINDER – GRADES COUNT NOW!

Colleges look at grades starting your freshman year, don’t jeopardize your chances of getting into the college you want to attend by not caring your sophomore year. Remember EVERY YEAR COUNTS!

Graduation-Requirements and 4-Year Plan

Continue to build on successes at school

Colleges look closely at your grades during your sophomore and junior years to determine the “current you.” One bad grade during your junior year can be devastating, even if your cumulative GPA is high from your performance during 9th and 10th grades.

Begin scholarship search

Since scholarship deadlines are usually at the same time each year, you can use your junior year to find and save scholarships for which you may be eligible. Create and account on fastweb.com to receive updates on scholarships that you may qualify for or check out the scholarship directory (scholarship link)

Prepare for and take the ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, ASVAB

  • Make sure you study and understand what is on the test. Take a practice test. Remember that every cadet at NMMI must take the ACT/SAT preparatory class during their junior year. For ACT/SAT Test Prep, go to actstudent.org for the ACT and www.collegeboard.com for the SAT.
  • Prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT (fall semester)
  • Prepare for and take the ASVAB (spring semester)
  • Make sure you study and understand what is on the test. Take a practice test. Remember that every cadet at NMMI must take the ACT/SAT preparatory class during their junior year. For ACT/SAT Test Prep, go to actstudent.org for the ACT and www.collegeboard.com for the SAT

Find 10 colleges that match your interests

  • By summer before senior year, narrow your list to maximum 5 colleges.
  • Research your colleges and place them into three categories:
    • Safety schools: your grades and test scores are well above the college’s average.
    • Target Schools: your grades and test scores are about the same as the college’s average.
    • Reach schools: your grades and test scores are below the college’s average.

Understand all the necessary parts of the college application

  • Not all the college applications are the same, so make sure you pay close attention to the application requirements for each school to which you plan to apply. (Applications fees, transcripts, ACT/SAT test scores, essays, letters of rec.)
  • Letters of Recommendation from teachers, counselors, coaches, or employers
  • A Personal Essay (written at the end of junior year/beginning of senior year)

Write a draft of your personal essay

Most scholarship applications require a personal essay but not all colleges require an essay, however, it is always good to send one in. Your essay will help you to stand out from other applicants.  These essays are usually an assignment in students’ English and SAC classes.

Create/update personal resume

Update your personal resume so that it highlights your accomplishments and involvement, which should include school activities, work, and volunteering/community service activities in Naviance and Word documents.

Consider who to ask about letters of recommendation

Build a resume and/or complete a letter of recommendation request form and keep them on file so that you can give to teachers, coaches, counselors, employers and/or advisors/mentors during your senior year.

Student-Athletes register for The NCAA Clearinghouse

Register for the NCAA by logging onto eligibilitycenter.org. Registering on this website is a requirement for student-athletes who plan to play collegiate sports at the Division I or Division II level. The clearinghouse, which is a separate organization from the college you plan to attend, evaluates your academic record to determine if you are eligible to play as a freshman in college. (You still have to apply to the college separately for admission, just like everyone else).

Attend College Nights and College Fairs

This is the ideal year to gather college information. If you attend college nights and fairs now it will make your senior year that much easier.

Given the amount of relevant post-secondary information intended for seniors, we have included all the documents that students receive during their senior meeting.

The primary goal for the senior year is to complete the following:

  • College Admission Process
  • Application Essays
  • Requesting Teacher/Counselor Recommendations
  • Understanding Financial Aid Processes
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA (Pell Grant)
  • Scholarship Availability
  • Completion of Standardized Testing (ACT, SAT, TOEFL)

A strong emphasis during the 12th grade year is placed on ethical conduct, honesty with oneself and others, and taking personal responsibility for your actions.

A smiling student sitting at a desk in uniform

Academic Counseling for Student Success (SAC)

About SAC

Together, NMMI’s counselors, administrators, teachers, and staff work with cadets and parents to ensure the proper level of academic challenge, rigor and growth is achieved for each cadet.  A number of services and resources are available through our SAC Counseling Center, including assistance with applications and admissions processes, and identification of opportunities best suited to each cadet.  We also help to encourage college visits and search college information events that help cadets better understand their options.  We assist with Naviance, transcripts, admissions, financial aid, scholarships, standardized testing and working with students toward meeting post-secondary goals.

The mission of SAC as a centralized high school academic counseling and advising center is to address the issues of proper college selection, advising, counseling and the mentoring of students; guiding students progressively from 9th grade to 12th grade graduation. Assisting personal growth through intensive academic and personal counseling, course selection and monitoring, college planning and placement.

Every cadet deserves an opportunity to succeed. This opportunity begins with appropriate entrance exams and diagnostic testing. First semester classes should be tailored to each cadet’s specific needs – some can begin with full loads of five classes and no academic assistance, others need a chance to be successful their first semester with a lighter load and mandatory tutoring and reading classes. The academic advisor should monitor each cadet closely and offer relevant academic resources and emotional support they so badly need, especially during their first semester. On-going communication and a relationship with parents are essential for meeting the academic/emotional needs of their cadet and so that they feel that their telephone calls for information/assistance are welcomed and encouraged. Success during that first semester is essential to retention.

Experience shows that much assistance and support can be given in collaboration with the faculty and staff and through the cadet chain of command (without breaking privacy regulations). An academic advisor/counselor should nurture positive relationships with squad leaders, troop leaders, squadron commanders thereby solving many small problems before they become major issues and affect academic performance.

A boarding school situation requires a closer and more caring relationship with cadets than is expected in a public school. We stand in the place of their parents and cadets must trust their advisor and share their concerns and aspirations freely if we are to be effective.

Once cadets have experienced success during their first semester, know how to use the resources available to them, the second semester can be more challenging and they will not feel so overwhelmed. Cadets must take the most challenging courses that they are prepared for and cannot be allowed to “take the easy way”. Career counseling is essential as it helps cadets to realize their strengths and interests and gives them direction in their academic choices.

All cadets are challenged by NMMI, but our international students have significantly more challenges to overcome – culture, language, new country, different social and classroom expectations and distance from home. They, like others, deserve as much support as NMMI can offer. In all cases, but especially in theirs, a good match between learning style and teaching style is essential. The overwhelming concern must be what is best for the cadet’s success.

NMMI’s long tradition has been to establish life-long relationships with our cadets and parents. There should be no doubt that by doing so, NMMI ensures future generations of cadets and a solid reputation of excellence throughout the US and other countries represented at NMMI.

Cadets are always our primary concern.

The Academic Counselors/Advisors of the Franklin Student Assistance Center

2009

Pamela Angelos 

Administrative Assistant

575-624-8360 / angelos@nmmi.edu 


MAJ Jasmine Small

Franklin Counseling Center Director

Academic Counselor II

Class of 2024 Counselor (Juniors) 

575-624-8375 / jasmine@nmmi.edu 


MAJ Bertha Gomez

Academic Counselor II

Class of 2023 Counselor (Seniors) 

575-624-8367 / bgomez@nmmi.edu


CPT William Wilson

Academic Counselor I

Class of 2025 (Sophomores)

575-624-8365 / wilson1@nmmi.edu


CPT Destiney O’Kane

Academic Counselor I

Class of 2026 (freshman) 

575-624-8361 / okane@nmmi.edu 

Student Support Services

The SAC counseling faculty at NMMI’s High School offers a variety of services to support all cadets and their diverse needs. We are advocates for cadets and directly support their social, emotional and academic development and achievement with direct interventions, services and resources. We strive to build strong relationships between home, school and the community to best facilitate growth and development.

Scholars Program

  • More information coming soon.

Dual-Graduate Program

  • More information coming soon.

Post Secondary

For additional information, please contact your High School Counselor or the Service Academy Prep Director.

Financial Opportunities

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

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REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

Where to turn for cadet records and course data.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

Allow us to work with you on packages to make your dreams of NMMI come true.

Independent 4-Year Plan

Students should know and be able to do:

  • Match personal interests with career possibilities
  • Identify a personal career, pathway, or Career Cluster goal
  • Learn the process of developing goals and pathways toward goals, including academic, post-secondary, workforce, and service learning goals.
  • Learn the academic beliefs, behaviors, and performance standards required to be “on-track” for post-secondary readiness and evaluate progress toward these benchmarks.
  • Develop the persistence and motivation to overcome barriers to meet goals.
  • Learn the process of intentionally selecting classes to meet high school graduation requirements.
  • Understand the importance of selecting rigorous CE, CTE, and AP courses that align with career and postsecondary path goals.
  • Explore the earning and lifestyle potential of postsecondary education.
  • Learn the process needed to plan and prepare for post-secondary or career training. This includes understanding how to access and pay for post-secondary education.

High School Counselors

Pamela Angelos

Pamela Angelos

Administrative Assistant, Franklin Student Assistance Center
MAJ Jasmine Small

MAJ Jasmine Small

Academic Counselor
Major Bertha Gomez

Major Bertha Gomez

Academic Counselor
CPT William Wilson

CPT William Wilson

Academic Counselor

CPT Destiney O’Kane

Academic Counselor I