Monday, December 8, 2014

Texas A&M Financial Aid Night

The Austin area advisors for Texas A&M are hosting a financial aid informational session on December 11th at Eastside Memorial High School - PAC. Sessions will be conducted in English and Spanish. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Friday, November 21, 2014

UT-Austin - Office of Admissions Late Hours

In order to assist students who need to drop off documents for admission, The University of Texas - Austin Office of Admissions will have extended hours on November 24th and 25th. They will be open until 7:00PM to accept documents. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. Students can also upload documents to their Be A Longhorn account.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Texas A&M - Document Drop Off

If you are applying to Texas A&M and are concerned your documents will not make it by the December 1st deadline, the A&M Admissions Office will meet you at several Starbucks locations in the Austin/Roundrock Area. Please see the attached flyer for the locations and schedule. Enjoy a free coffee and refreshments while you are there.

Students can also upload documents through the AIS portal.

Friday, November 14, 2014

College and Financial Aid Consulting Companies

There are many companies out there that will assist you with the college application process as well as completing the FAFSA and searching for scholarships.

If you sign a contract with one of these companies, you are paying them for their time. Much of what they offer can be accomplished for free.  As with any decision you make as a consumer, do your research before committing to a contract. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your counselor. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Camp RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Camp RYLA is a six day leadership camp sponsored by local Rotary clubs with all fees and expenses paid by the sponsoring Rotary club. This year's camp will be held at McKinney Roughs Nature Park from June 28 to July 3, 2015.


  • Must be a current sophomore or junior.
  • Print and complete the application and return it to Mr. Clark in D1127. 
  • Attach the supplemental information on a separate sheet of paper listing school and community activities and why you are applying. 
  • Deadline: December 17 at 4:15 PM
  • Interviews will be held on January 15, 2015 at Westwood. 

Current Westwood student Christian Dittmer attended Camp RYLA last year. Christian states "The camp was so much fun and I am still in contact with the friends I made, The camp is a great way to learn leadership skills through fun activities instead of sitting in a classroom."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Financial Aid Night - November 13

Westwood will host a financial aid night for students and parents on November 13th, 2014. Stacy Flood, Campus Financial Aid Supervisor from Austin Community College, will present information regarding college financial aid and the FAFSA. 

Please join us at 6:30 in the Westwood Cafeteria.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trinity University: Austin Interview Weekend

For students applying for admission to Trinity University, the university is holding an Austin Interview Weekend. This is an opportunity for students to distinguish themselves in Trinity's applicant pool and learn more about Trinity.

Date: November 8 & 9, 2014
Location: The Westin at The Domain
RSVP online at or by calling 1-800-TRINITY

Space is limited. Interviews are available from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please contact Diana Garcia at 210-999-7270 or by email at

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ACC Early College Start

Enrollment for the spring semester Austin Community College class has begun. Please follow these steps to enroll:

  • Pick up an Early College Start form from Mrs. Kirk or Mr. Clark in the main office.
  • Return the ECS form no later than October 31st at 9:00AM.
  • Attend the ACC advising session on November 4th in the WHS Lecture Hall. Please come to the Lecture Hall during the first 20 minutes of your lunch. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Juniors: Apply for the High School Aerospace Scholars Program

The High School Aerospace Scholars program (HAS) encourages high school juniors from across Texas to explore opportunities in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students participate in online lessons, interact with other students across Texas and qualify for travel to the NASA Johnson Space Center for a six day residential summer experience. Lodging, meals and transportation to and from Johnson Space Center are provided at no cost. For more information and to apply, visit the HAS program website at:

Click here for a program brochure and video.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two College Information Programs

University of Notre Dame Information Program
Parents and Students interested in University of Notre Dame are invited to attend an information program at:
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
3000 Barton Creek Blvd
Austin, TX

The Program will be held on October 23rd at 7:00 PM. Notre Dame will also be at Westwood at 8:15 on October 24th.

Texas A&M Mays School of Business
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School will be hosting an informational meeting at John H. Reagan High School in Austin, TX. This is a great opportunity to meet with faculty and staff from Mays. Please see the attached for more information.

For more information about Mays Business School, please visit:

To RSVP, please email Josette Gonzalez at

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

For students interested in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, an information session is scheduled for October 27th at the Crown Plaza in Austin. The workshop begins at 7:00PM. See the attached flyer for more information and how to RSVP.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Local Scholarship Application

Seniors: The local scholarship application is now available. You may access the application at the Round Rock Partners in Education website.

Please note the application deadline is February 2, 2015 at Midnight.

  • Follow the directions on the website
  • Print a copy of your application.
  • Provide Mr. Clark in the main office with a copy of your application. This copy will be used for any additional scholarships that are available this spring. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coast to Coast Tours

The Northwestern visit to Westwood was cancelled this morning due to a cancelled flight to Austin. For students interested in visiting with college representatives from Northwestern, Dartmouth, Princeton, Vanderbilt and UC-Berkley there will be an event held in Austin on the evening of October 1st at the Austin Marriott South. If interested, please register at the link below. 

Coast to Coast College Tour
Co-hosted by Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of California-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University
Wednesday, October 1st , 7-9pm
At the Austin Marriott South
Registration required:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Admission Parent Night: Myth and Reality October 1, 2014

Please join the Westwood counseling staff on October 1st, 2014 in the Westwood Cafetorium from 6:30 to 8:00 for a presentation regarding the college admission process.

Special guests will be Josette Gonzales, Regional Advisor for Texas A&M University and Bob Baldwin, Director of Admission for Southwestern University.

We strive to answer as many of your questions about this process as possible. In order to incorporate questions from you, please respond to this short survey

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We have had many great college visits at Westwood this week and students are asking a lot of great questions. Here are a several key points from the UT-Austin Admission Rep Nick Howell regarding a the admissions process for UT-Austin:

  • Apply to your first choice major. Changing majors once admitted to UT-Austin is becoming more difficult. 
  • The admissions process is holistic.
  • December 1st is the application deadline, but October 15th is the preferred deadline. While early submission does not provide an advantage in the UT admission process, it does encourage students to complete the process early. More than 50% of applications are submitted in the final weeks leading  up to December 1st. 
News for Juniors
For the class of 2016 (current high school juniors) UT-Austin will admit students ranked in the top 8% of their class. 

Please remember all college visits at Westwood are for students only and to see the most up to date information please visit the College Visits page. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 - 2015 Senior Handbook

Seniors - To view the 2014 -2105 Senior Handbook, please visit the Senior Handbook Page by clicking the link at the left or by here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

College Visits at Westwood

Fall is a busy time for college visits at Westwood and many colleges and universities have already scheduled their campus visit. There are a couple of places to check which schools have been scheduled. Students can view the calendar on the home page of the Westwood website or at the CollegeVisits page of the Westwood Counseling website.

The first visits begin the week of September 2, 2014. Colleges and universities are added daily so please check the calendar often. To attend one of the sessions scheduled during the school day, students should:
  • request a pass from their alpha office
  • check with their teacher to make sure they have permission to attend
  • sign in to verify attendance

No pass is required for the visits before school. 

RRISD College Fair
Don't forget to plan on attending the RRISD College Fair on September 22, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Round Rock High School. Over 200 colleges are expected to attend. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Apply Texas Application Boot Camp - August 6th

McNeil and Westwood High Schools are sponsoring an “Apply Texas Application Boot Camp” which will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at McNeil High School.  Senior students from McNeil and Westwood are strongly encouraged to participate in this event. Designed to assist students with college applications, writing admission essays, and financial aid, the event will be staffed by college admissions counselors in the Austin region.  While we would like for all students to attend, space is limited.  You may reserve a place by at the link below: 

All students will begin their college application:

9:30-10:00-Students will sign at the cafeteria.
10:00-12:00-work on application and have essay evaluated:
1.  Application (at least one application will be completed)
2.  Essay Writing (bring at least one essay on one of the topics listed below)
3.  Financial Aid

Please be sure to bring your social security number with you as you will need it when filling out the application.

Essay Topics (no more than 650 words and no less than 250 words)

Essay A:
Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours.  Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.

Essay B:
Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it.  Did it change you?  If so, how?

Essay C:

Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals. 

Evening Parent Event
While this morning event is for SENIORS only, the evening has been designed for parents from 6:30-8:00 pm in the RRISD PAC. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M admission representatives.

Monday, June 16, 2014

What to do about college admission test prep?

All students are encouraged to prepare before tests.  What are the benefits of test prep?  Read this discussion paper about potential benefits.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Seniors 2014!

Wow!  Seniors will literally be spread from coast to coast!  After being displayed for one year, as class president, Ronnie will be the "keeper of the banner" until the first class reunion.
Well done!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congratulations to two seniors!

Eli Harris and Bailey Parks both received honor feathers today from the American Indian Education Program.

Friday, May 9, 2014


see this list of "what to do now"....before your senior year!

Senior Final Transcripts....

...will be sent at the end of June.  Complete this survey to request your FREE final transcript. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Scholarship offers

Seniors - continue to bring scholarship offers to Ms. Engle and they will be included in the June submission to the local newspaper.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Final Transcript Request Survey

Time to let us know where that ONE final transcript will be sent..... FREE!.  Complete this survey, which was also sent to your student email account.

Banner signing begins!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Undergraduate engineering programs in Texas

Just posted on the "Planning for College" page! (courtesy of Ms. Stateczny)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Juniors who have signed up for the ACT April 12 @ WHS...

Go online to learn about taking the ACT in the new online format. (Use chrome to open the link!)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Admission trends for next year?

Read about what this year's college results mean for next year's seniors - from my favorite college admission counselor and columnist.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Decision time for seniors this brief info about the May 1 national candidate reply date and your responsibility in the process.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New College Search Tool...

Read about how one enterprising high school student created the search tool that she needed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SAT redesign

SAT will be redesigned for 2016. Here are the talking points on these upcoming changes.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Opportunity for 9 - 10 grade female students...

Do you know of a 8th-10th grade girl who likes to think outside the box, finds creative solutions to everyday problems, loves the idea of working in teams, or wants to make our world a better place? Click here for more info.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Senior scholarship offers? Let us know!

Seniors...please send us the info for ALL scholarship offers by April 10, so that we may include this recognition at the May 15 Senior Awards program.  Complete this form, then bring a copy your offers to Ms. Engle's office for verification, in order to be included in the Senior Award recognition.  April 10 is the deadline for submission.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Juniors....Girl's State and Boy's State!

Interested in a leadership opportunity next summer to learn about government?
Junior girls.... apply for an interview here, by February 21.
Junior boys... apply for an interview here by February 21.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wondering about what college might best prepare you for medical school?

Read comments from a colleague in Rhode Island:

 "Many of my Dr. clients will tell you that a good, small liberal arts college is the best bet because of the support and professor access. Larger universities often grade science courses on a curve, have TA's teaching, and there are a very limited number of A's and B's. The kids with C's and below are not getting into med school. Once Organic Chem hits, a lot of students get left by the wayside. An important stat to know is NOT just what percentage are accepted to med school, but what percentage of students who start as pre-med finish the program. If you have a large weed out factor along the way, it's not hard to post a high acceptance rate."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Girl's State Application for Juniors

Junior girls - complete this survey to apply for a Girl's State interview.  Application must be submitted by February 21.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tuesday night national college fair!!

ALL students and parents are encouraged to attend, February 11 5:30 - 8:00 @ Austin Convention Center.
Register in advance

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to get recruited to play college ball...

Read this very insightful article by our own senior Brendan Moore, who will be an offensive tackle with the University of Maryland this fall!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seniors - deadline for submitting the local scholarship application has been extended until March 1.  After submitting, print and bring a copy to your alpha office.
Seniors and parents...
See this flier for details about the Thursday, February 3 FAFSA workshop night at WHS.  Come with your PIN and your questions.
See this brief video about WHY seniors should complete a FAFSA.
Questions about registration for 2014 - 2015?  Come to the Parent Registration Information night, Monday, February 3 beginning at 5:45.  View the evening's agenda.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

PSAT score reports will be distributed to students during English classes on Monday and Tuesday, January 13 and 14.  If your student is absent, or you would like to view what is discussed, view the powerpoint presentation here.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Seniors - The local scholarship can be submitted until February 3!!!
Have you contacted by a "for profit" college or institution?  Here is information about the topic, as well as links to other resources.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Were you deferred by your first choice school?  Don't this bit of advice.
Seniors - here is a list of colleges who have moved back their deadline dates, as a result of complications with the Common Application this year