Victoria Jr/Sr High School Counseling and Career Center
Victoria High School Graduation Requirements
The Mission of Kansas Comprehensive School Counseling Program:
The mission of Kansas School Counseling Programs is to prepare all students to be contributing and productive citizens while supporting the academic mission of the school. School counseling programs are integral to the mission of schools and designed to support and enhance student learning, achievement, college and career readiness and facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all Kansas students. School counselors collaborate with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community to ensure all students are prepared with the knowledge and competencies to be successful in their future.
To Accomplish this Mission:
The comprehensive guidance and counseling program is an integral part of a school district’s total educational program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by school counselors with the active support of parents/guardians, teachers,
administrators, and the community. As a developmental program, it addresses the needs of all students by facilitating their academic, career development, personal/social development, helping create positive and safe learning climates in schools, as well as helping students feel connected to
school and to at least one caring adult.
At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems that prevent their healthy development. The program is delivered through the following four program components:
Guidance and Counseling Curriculum - structured group and classroom presentations
Individual Student Planning - appraisal, development of Personal Plans of Study, and successful k-12 and post-secondary transitions
Responsive Services - individual counseling, small-group counseling, consultation, and referral
System Support - program management, program evaluation, fair-share responsibilities, professional development, staff and community relations, consultation, committee participation, community outreach, and research and development
Requirements for graduation from Victoria High School will be as follows and will include a minimum of twenty-five (25) units or credits. The units will include the following:
a. Four units of English
b. Three units of Social Studies*
c. Three units of science**
d. Three units of math***
e. One unit of computer science
f. One unit of health and physical education
g. One unit of fine arts***
*Students must successfully complete: American History, American Government.
**Students must successfully complete Biology.
***Students must successfully complete Algebra 1
****Any course from the art or music department will satisfy this requirement.
VHS will be visiting a different college each month. Sophomore through Senior students are encouraged to sign up for these trips. Each student is allowed three tours each year. Sign-up sheets are on the Auditorium Doors.
Beginning with the September 2020 national ACT test date, students will have more options when taking the ACT:
ACT Section Retest—Students who have already completed a full ACT test can choose to retake one or more sections (English, math, reading, science, or writing) without having to retake the entire test.
Superscore reporting—To support the growing trend of students taking the ACT test multiple times, score reports will now include a calculated ACT Superscore, along with an ACT Composite score.
Faster results with online testing—Students will be able to choose to take the ACT online at a test center on national ACT test dates and get their multiple-choice test results as early as two business days after taking the test.
ACT Test at VHS October 1st!!
ACT Prep Booklet
Click on the link below to access this year's ACT Prep booklet.
Full-Length Practice ACT Test, including the Optional Writing Test
Information about the Multiple-Choice and Writing Tests
What to Expect on Test Day
Victoria Junior / Senior High School uses a program called Career Cruising to provide career, post secondary, academic and many other types of guidance to our students. Students update their Career Cruising Portfolios every Fall and continue to add to them throughout the school year. Each student has an Individual Plan of Study embedded within their Career Cruising Account. This IPS is linked directly to their Power School account so that it is updated daily and follows their academic path.
Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool used by the students to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Career Cruising can be accessed from school, home or wherever the student has access to the internet. Features of the program include:
World-renowed assessment tools to help students identify their career interests, skills, abilities and learning styles.
Thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and related college programs.
Interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profiles.
College and Financial Aid Information
Comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tools to help students find the right college and the right scholarships.
Students can request immediate transcript delivery to any post secondary institution by simply logging into their Career Cruising account and requesting a transcript be sent.
Advice for all stages of the job search process, including developing a job search plan, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for the interviews, and adjusting to a new job.
An online portfolio where the students can develop and reflect on their academic, personal and career exploration activities, and make plans for the future.
Integrated with the My Plan tool to help students create, format and print professional resumes quickly and easily.
Allows the student's parent to view the information their child has stored in his or her Plan, learn more about the career and schools that their child is interested in, and communicate with their child's advisor.
To register for your Parent Portal account, go to www.careercruising.com/Parent and enter your activation code. To receive an activation code, please contact your child's career advisor.
Victoria Students have access to , an online course that helps students improve their ACT scores as well as building their math, reading and writing scores.
Students can listen to math, verbal and writing tutorials and each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery. The program is highly adaptive and keeps track of a student's strengths and weaknesses. Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question. This feedback includes easy to understand explanations.
Students and parents have seen measurable progress when using Method Test Prep. Method Test Prep uses proven strategies that are clear and easy to understand for any type of learner. Method Test Prep is interactive and time efficient. By using internet technology, students are more engaged and their time is focused on areas in need of improvement.
Method Test Prep is a good fit for any type of student. The website can be accessed at any time of the day or night through the student's Career Cruising Account. MTP is designed to be used independently or as a supplement to other ACT prep. VHS instructors implement MTP into their daily lessons to continue to help students improve their ACT scores and College and Career readiness.
Dual Credit Opportunities!
Victoria High School partners with North Central Kansas Technical College to provide Dual Credit opportunities for our students. Beginning their sophomore year, students may take the following courses for both, high school and college credit. All courses are taught within the students' school day and by VHS teachers. The majority of these courses transfer to all Kansas post secondary institutions.
Speech / Public Speaking: This course has no pre-requisites. Sophomores-Seniors may take.
Psychology: This course has no pre-requisites. Juniors-Seniors may take.
Sociology: This course has no pre-requisites. Juniors-Seniors may take.
Intermediate Algebra: Students must score at least an 18 on the math portion of the ACT or between 60-80 on the Math portion of the Accuplacer to be admitted to this course.
College Algebra: Students must score at least a 22 on the math portion of the ACT or an 81 on the Math portion of the Accuplacer to be admitted to this course.
English Composition I: Students must score at least an 20 on the English portion of the ACT or a 69 on both the Sentence Skills and Reading parts of the Accuplacer to be admitted to this course.
English Composition II: Students must successfully pass English Composition I to be admitted to II.
Statistics: Students must successfully pass College Algebra to be admitted to Statistics.
For a copy of the Curriculum Guide for these courses please click on this link: Dual Credit Curriculum Guide
For a copy of your NCKTC transcript, students must fill out the transcript request form found on this link and send it to to NCKTC:
Jump Start Grant
Any student who is taking two or more dual credit courses in any one semester may apply for the Jump start Scholarship. The application is due at the beginning of the school year during the Fall enrollment process. Funds are allocated at that time for the remainder of the year. Applications turned in after the deadline will not be eligible for scholarship money. Click on the link below to download the application:
Jump Start Grant Dual Credit Scholarship Application
For all other Scholarship applications, please log into your Career Cruising Account and take a look at all of the scholarships listed on the "Local Scholarships" page.
Tuition FREE Colleges!
Top 35 Tuition-Free Colleges
Here are just a few of the colleges that offer students free tuition. Yes! FREE TUITION to these schools!
What Do We Mean By “Tuition-Free”?
“Tuition-free” is a tricky thing to qualify – just like it’s hard to say with any certainty how much a college education really costs. There are several ways you may be able to get a free tuition:
Ivy League and other elite colleges and universities are committed to getting the highest caliber of students, whether they can pay or not. These extremely wealthy universities, with high endowments (the amount of money the college has invested) and generous alumni, usually ensure that all students who are accepted are able to get their education with only scholarships and grants – no loans or out-of-pocket expenses.
US military academies are free to anyone accepted. However, just like the Ivy Leagues, the military academies are extremely selective – only a fraction of students who apply meet the exacting standards, and even then, many will not graduate. But tuition, room, and board are free for everybody who makes the cut.
Low-income, first-generation college students, foster kids, and other underrepresented groups may be able to find programs that allow them to attend college for free. Haskell Indian Nations University, for instance, is free for any Native American tribe member, while Alice Lloyd College is free for any student from the Appalachian Mountains.
Work programs were once very common – in the 19th and early 20th century, through the Great Depression – but a few select colleges still provide free tuition in exchange for student work.College of the Ozarks
68, for example, maintains that historical tradition – just not with back-breaking farm labor like in the old days.
It’s important to keep in mind that most of the time, even when your tuition is paid for, everything else might not be, and there are many costs associated with a college education that aren’t accounted for in tuition: housing, meals, activity fees, books, supplies, and tickets to the big games (you have to camp out for those).
For a full listing of tuition free colleges, please visit:
With its status as the central institution in Silicon Valley, Stanford University is, far and away, the most popular “Dream College” of thousands of American students. Founded in 1885 by railroad baron Leland Stanford, Stanford University was intended to be the Cornell of the west, modeled on the Ivy League university that pioneered engineering and applied sciences. But Stanford turned out to be quite more, especially as it took an innovative, entrepreneurial turn following WWII. By encouraging and investing in the technological innovations of its students and faculty, Stanford helped create, essentially, the modern world, centered around Silicon Valley. From Nobel Laureates and Turing Award winners, to internationally known billionaires and companies like Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Google, Stanford has made its mark on the past and future.
Stanford has not other ambition but to continue that tradition as long as possible, and the university does that by seeking out the world’s most promising, imaginative, and motivated students. To ensure that they have the very best, Stanford follows the Ivy League’s lead by promising that every accepted student will have their entire financial needs met without student loans. Every student receives scholarships, grants, and other non-loan aid to meet their demonstrated need; nearly half of Stanford students receive need-based aid as well. Almost every students whose family makes under $65,000 a year gets a full scholarship from Stanford, and a great many students complete their degree without paying a dime.
Writing about Harvard University means running out of superlatives; there are not enough words for “best,” “highest,” and “most.” Founded in 1636, Harvard was America’s first college, and the first legal corporation. It is the wealthiest university in the world, with the highest endowment of any college or university, and educated the most US presidents of any institution. Harvard has been ranked the top university in the world for every year of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, although it has fought mightily with Princeton University over the top spot in U.S. News & World Report. In short, Harvard has always exemplified excellence in higher education (and has never been shy about saying so).
Harvard maintains its high reputation by recruiting the top professors, researchers, and administrators in the world, but none of that would matter if the university did not also find the best students. The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative has gone a long way to showing low and middle-income families that Harvard is within reach. Along with its peers in the Ivy League, Harvard makes sure that financial need or hardship never has to be a hindrance to recruiting the world’s top students. American and international students alike have all needs met without student loans, by scholarships, grants, and work study programs. Families making less than $65,000 – 20% of Harvard’s students – pay nothing at all, and a large proportion make it through Harvard with no debt of any kind.
When we talk about the Ivy League, we’re talking about Yale University. The third-oldest university in America, one of the Colonial Colleges (founded in 1701), and a standard for higher education, Yale has been the alma mater of Presidents, Senators, Supreme Court justices, CEOs, and some of the most influential cultural figures in American history. From literature and philosophy to law and business, Yale has been one of the formative institutions in higher education, not only leading research, but establishing standards of academic excellence and building the traditions we consider basic to the American collegiate experience, such as football and Greek life. Yale is regularly ranked as one of the top 3 universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and dominates global rankings as well.
Like other Ivy League institutions, Yale’s wealth (the 2nd highest endowment in the US) and prestige mean that its only priority in recruiting is to find and enroll the highest-performing students in the nation, regardless of income or background. To do so, Yale has pledged to meet the financial needs of every student, even international students and undocumented immigrants covered under DACA. Families making less than $65,000 annually have no required family contribution, and all students have their remaining financial need covered through scholarships, without student loans. In fact, 85% of Yale graduates leave Yale with no debt at all. A free education from Yale is one of the best bargains imaginable.
Princeton University is New Jersey’s Ivy League university and Colonial College, founded in 1746 as the fourth university in the American Colonies. While Princeton was founded as a seminary and college in the Scots-Irish Presbyterian tradition, the school grew far beyond those bounds, helping to fundamentally alter American higher education along the way. As a pioneer in fields ranging from political science to engineering, Princeton has been the home of Nobel Prize, Turing Award, National Medal of Science, and National Medal of Humanities winners in both the faculty and alumni. In addition to billionaires and CEOs, Princeton alumni have included Presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices. Princeton is regularly ranked among the top 2 or 3 national universities by publications like U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.
Princeton University follows the Ivy League tradition of working to attract and accept the highest caliber of students, which they do not only with the world’s foremost faculty members and industry connections, but extremely generous financial aid. Princeton was the first university in the US to completely eliminate student loans from its financial aid packages, a move followed by many of its Ivy League peers; all demonstrated need it met with scholarships and grants. In fact, every student whose family makes less than $65,000 has 100% of their need met with grants, which never need to be repaid. More than 80% of Princeton grads finish with no debt whatsoever, making Princeton a no-cost investment.
Columbia University is New York’s oldest college, founded in 1754, and joins the other Colonial Colleges as a member of the Ivy League. Columbia has been a deeply connected part of the life of New York City since NYC was an up-and-coming port town, educating business leaders, teachers, artists, writers, and even US Founding Fathers. Columbia’s alumni and faculty doesn’t just consist of Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science and National Medal of Humanities winners, and even Academy Award winners – Columbia awards the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Columbia is regularly ranked one of the top 5 universities in the US, and a top 10 in the world.
As one of the three most selective universities in the nation, accepting less than 6% of applicants, Columbia takes its mission to attract the world’s top students very seriously. So seriously, that, along with its Ivy League peers, Columbia helps all students pay for their education without student loans – more than $140 million every year in scholarships and grants. Need-blind applications and need-based financial aid ensures that students from every economic class are represented at Columbia, and students whose families make less than $60,000 never pay at all. With Columbia’s exceptional financial aid, the university keeps the distinction of accepting only the best of the best.
Cornell University is the youngest of the Ivy League, founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, and from its very beginnings Cornell was intended to be different. While the rest of the Ivy League universities (except for Penn) were founded as seminaries, Cornell was the only one founded after the advent of the research university. It was, therefore, the first of the Ivy League to embrace technology and entrepreneurial innovation – a model for later schools like Stanford University. Cornell is regularly ranked among the top 20 universities worldwide and in the US by publications like the Academic Ranking of World Universities and U.S. News & World Report, and has particularly been singled out for its community engagement and impact on social mobility.
Cornell follows the lead of its Ivy League companions in its commitment to destroy any financial barriers that would keep the best and brightest students worldwide from thinking they can go to Cornell. Ezra Cornell founded the university with the goal of providing education for all at a time when college was still primarily for the elite, so Cornell remains dedicated to meeting the needs of low and middle income students without student loans. Students whose families make less than $75,000 annually have all of their demonstrated need met with scholarships and grants – there is no need to take out student loans at all.
The University of Pennsylvania is a place of great significance. Eight other universities can claim Colonial College heritage, founded before the American Revolution; other universities, like the University of Virginia, can claim to be founded by one of the United States’ Founding Fathers. But only the University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, guided by the same Enlightenment principles of reason, science, and liberty that also build the United States. Penn is home to the US’s first medical school and business school – in fact, Penn was the first university in America to be called a “university.” That tradition continues without slowing down; Penn is consistently ranked one of the top 10 universities in the US, and one of the world’s best.
One reason Penn stays on top is its recruitment. Penn is able to attract many of the strongest students in the world, from all classes and backgrounds, thanks to its need-blind admissions policy (refusing to take income into account) and its need-based financial aid. Simply put, like other Ivy League universities, Penn makes sure everyone accepted into its undergraduate programs have their entire demonstrated need met without student loans. All financial aid is in the form of grants and work study, aid that never needs to be repaid, and most Penn students finish with no debt at all. Lower-income students may have to pay nothing to get an education from the university that defined the American university.
Duke University is a private research institution that was established in 1838. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it was founded by a group of both Methodists and Quakers as Trinity College. The undergraduate liberal arts college within the university still bears the Trinity College name. The campus spans over 8,500 acres on three contiguous campuses. Duke is known for the high level of research conducted on campus, and has the 7th highest research expenditure for any university in the country. They are also the home of 37,000 employees, making them the second largest employer in the country. The main campus highlights the famous Duke Chapel in the center of campus, which offers the highest point of elevation.
Duke University offers the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program to a select number of young people invested in creating societal transformation. Annually, this program selects a diverse body of students who show such promise and potential. Each recipient receives a four-year scholarship, which includes full undergraduate tuition, room and board, as well as coverage additional required expenses. Scholars are given three summers of international and domestic experiences, as well as participation in professional development and leadership opportunities. Scholars also have access to alumni, staff and a community of peer scholars. Many principles of collaboration, community building and change making are fostered throughout the scholarship experience, providing students with valuable skills that will impact their life and career journeys.