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Student Resources

There are many, many resources to help students excel in academics, to grow socially and emotionally, and to create and pursue college and career goals. Here are just a few. See Mrs. Casanova if you need assistance!

EDUCATIONAL SITES:

Khan Academy - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Quizlet - a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools and games.

Adobe Spark - an online and mobile design app. Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages that make you stand out.

Smithsonian Learning Lab - millions of carefully curated, easily accessible, customizable, and shareable open educational resources.

TedEd - Lessons and videos created for students and teachers. Ideas worth sharing.

 

ck12 - provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history.

More of an "APP Person"? 13 of the Best Apps For High School Students suggests, well, 13 of the best educational apps for high school students, as recommended by The Tech Advocate! 

ESSENTIAL COLLEGE PLANNING SITES:

CollegeBoard - Register for the SAT, free study resources for the SAT, PSAT, and AP exams, search for colleges, search for scholarships... soooo much information!

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) - national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs

Fastweb (Scholarship Search) - a site that matches the information you enter in your profile to scholarship, college, job and internship opportunities. 

Christian College Connector - lets you select from over 75 Christian colleges that will send you free information, and holds an annual $2500 scholarship drawing. Completing the free information request form is like attending a huge Christian college fair without ever leaving home. 

Education Planner - a great tool to get you ready for life beyond high school. Helps you discover your interests and explore your options.

NCAA Eligibility Center - The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student-athlete's academic record, SAT® or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules. Any potential D1 or D2 athlete should register by the end of their junior year. 

Big Future College Search - One of Mrs. Casanova's favorite college search websites. Enter your criteria and explore the colleges on your list. A terrific first stop on the way to finding the right college for YOU!

FAFSA -  link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form you must complete in your senior year in order to qualify for grants, scholarships and loans. 

CAREER EXPLORATION:

PA Career Zone - Career exploration website. Create your account, take assessments, identify and explore potential careers, and even look for jobs or internships. 

Road Trip Nation - Browse thousands of real-life career interviews, explore resources designed to help you connect your interests with careers, and watch archived episodes of this inspiring and popular tv show.

Career One Stop - a career exploration, training, and job search website produced by the US Department of Labor. 

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) - a full service career and technical school dedicated to preparing Lancaster County high school students for careers in the new economy. See Mrs. Casanova for additional information if you are interested in considering LCCTC for your junior or senior year.

USEFUL AND... FUN?:

KeepMeOut - If you struggle to stay away from social media when you’re meant to be studying, use KeepMeOut to block certain distracting websites.

Unplug The TV - an alternative to TV, hosting randomized videos on interesting scientific topics.

https://www.instructables.com/ - one of the most useful online student resources if you like making and fixing things yourself. You can learn anything from how to make spaghetti ice-cream to how to fix a broken shelf.

School Shelf - A library of resources for students and parents that covers academic, transition, college planning and prep, career planning and prep, bullying and school safety, soft skills, life skills, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and vaping, and mental health and wellbeing.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Nida for Teens from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (from the National Institutes on Health) is a resource for information about teen drug use and its effects. The site features videos, activities, games, blog posts, and more. Click on "teens" to get the REAL information about how drugs, tobacco, and alcohol may affect you.

Mind Your Mind: Reach Out, Get Help, Give Help is an interactive website that promotes mental wellness for youth by providing strategies to maintain positive mental health and tips for coping with life stress. It is also co-created by youth!

Go Ask Alice - A question & answer website containing a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. The site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.

GirlsHealth.gov - Created by the US Dept of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health, this site offers girls reliable, useful information on health and well-being, covering hundreds of topics.

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying iswhat cyberbullying iswho is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying

Teens Against Bullying was created by and for teens, as a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.

Are you a gamer? Check out Quandry , a cool game designed to help you develop ethical and critical thinking skills. The game can be played on a computer or on your phone.