Guidance

This site is designed to provide resources to help you plan for your high school years as well as you future beyond FCHS. The area below will provide information for maximizing your time as a student at FCHS and for assisting in developing plans for after your graduation. We hope that you find the information on these pages useful and encourage you to contact one of the counselors with any questions.

Mrs. Anne Meinert Mr. John Young

Junior & Senior Counselor Freshman & Sophomore Counselor

phone: 539-5533 phone: 539-5533

email: meinerta@fchs77.org email: young@fchs77.org

High School Planning

  • Four Year Planner : You will complete this with your guidance counselor as a way to map out your years at FCHS.

  • Study Skills:

    • The most important elements in being successful academically are attending class, being attentive while there, and completing all assignments in a timely manner. If a student finds him/herself falling behind, the best first step is to speak with the teacher to see if s/he can offer any advice or guidance. If the student needs additional assistance after speaking with the teacher, s/he should arrange a meeting with a guidance counselor for further assistance. It is always best to seek out help early in the semester before a problem grows too large.

    • The following websites include some useful information on how to best prepare for tests, proper note taking techniques, and other tips for school success.


College Credit Options

Dual Credit Options

FCHS offers a variety of means for students to earn college credit for classes they take during high school. These credits can be transferred to colleges and universities and used to meet various general education and concentration requirements. The institution that will ultimately be awarding the college degree determines exactly how any credit is transferred into their school and whether or not a transfer course will meet any degree requirements. Policies vary widely depending on the university and the degree field, so students are always encouraged to review transfer credit policies at universities they would like to attend.

Options available at FCHS

      • Advanced Placement (AP): This is a national program administered by The College Board. High school courses and instructors go through a rigorous approval process to insure that coursework is equivalent to that required at the college level. Students have the opportunity to take an AP exam at the end of the course to determine whether they are deserving of college credit. All public colleges in Illinois guarantee credit will be awarded for a score of 3 or higher, on a scale of 5. Private colleges and universities outside of IL may have different standards, but AP credit is the most widely accepted method for earning college credit while in high school. The type of credit is determined by the awarding university, but if accepted, would be a minimum of 3 credit hours per course. The current cost per AP exam is $92.

          • U.S. History

          • U.S. Government & Politics

          • Calculus*

Total credit hours: 9 (could be 10 depending on the university)

* Many colleges award additional hours for calculus due to the additional coursework required in that course at the college level.

Additional information about the AP program can be found on The College Board website: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home

      • Dual Enrollment Options

        • Saint Louis University's 1818 Program: Freeburg students have the opportunity to dual-enroll in a variety of courses through Saint Louis University (SLU). Our teachers work in conjunction with SLU professors to create a syllabus that meets requirements for an equivalent course at SLU. Any student who successfully completes the course and pays the tuition fee will be issued a transcript from SLU documenting the courses. Credit is determined by the transfer institution, but SLU is the oldest dual enrollment program in the nation and has long standing relationships with a wide variety of universities. Credits earned at SLU can be transferred to a large number of colleges across the country. The current cost for 1818 dual enrollment class is $65 per credit hour.

            • College Chemistry - Fall: CHEM 1110 & 1115 - General Chemistry I Lecture & Lab, 4 credit hours

Spring: CHEM 1120 & 1125 - Introduction to Chemistry II Lecture & Lab, 4 credit hours

            • College Physics- Fall: PHYS 1220 - Physics I, 4 credit hours

Spring: PHYS 1240 - Physics II, 4 credit hours

            • College Biology - Yearlong course: BIOL 1240 & 1245 - Principles of Biology I Lecture & Lab, 4 credit hours

            • College English - Fall: ENGL 1500 - The Process of Composition, 3 credit hours

Spring: ENGL 1900 - Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric & Research, 3 credit hours

            • College Psychology - Spring: PSYCH 1010 - General Psychology, 3 credit hours

Total credit hours: 29

Additional information about the 1818 program can be found on the SLU website: http://www.slu.edu/1818

        • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC): Students have the opportunity to earn college credit, at no cost, for three current course offered at FCHS. The math course is transferable to four-year institutions. Students who take both welding courses need just one more class to earn their Level 1 welding certificate.

          • College Statistics - Yearlong course: MATH 107 - General Education Statistics, 4 credit hours

          • Welding 1 - Yearlong course: WLDT 101 - Introduction to Welding, 6 credit hours

          • Welding 2 - Yearlong course: WLDT 152 - All Position ARC Welding, 5 credit hours

Total credit hours: 15

If a student were to take all of these courses, they could graduate from Freeburg High School with 57 hours of college credit. If we look at just the number of credits that could be transferred towards a four year degree, we currently offer 42 hours. The total cost for these 42 college credits would be $2170.

Options available on the SWIC campus

  • Running Start: This is a dual credit program for qualified high school students to attend Southwestern Illinois College for their junior and senior year. The program meets the requirements for both a high school diploma and an Associates of Arts or Associates of Science degree. Students would be required to take at least 5 classes per semester, or 32 credit hours per year. Many of these classes would be requirements to fulfill either the state of Illinois and Freeburg High School graduation requirements or the SWIC associates degree requirements. Students would be able to select some elective courses for the remaining classes. A detailed explanation of the course requirements can be found in the following Crosswalk. The cost of this program is currently $4858 per year for tuition and fees; students would be responsible for the cost of textbooks, which average $500 per semester, as well as transportation. Please review the following information for more details about this program.

Post-Graduation Planning

We hope you find the following information useful as you think about your plans post-high school. Remember that the guidance office has a wealth of information for you to access to assist you in planning your future. Stop in to use the resources or to schedule a meeting with your counselor for further information.

  • Preparing for College : This checklist includes includes important steps parents and students should take during each of the high school years to best prepare for college.

  • Important Tests : You will find information on a range of standardized tests, both those required of all students and optional tests for students interested in pursuing specific post-secondary options.

  • College Search : We have provided a few suggestions of places to begin your search for the perfect college as well as information on FCHS's college days policy.

  • Financial Aid : This is a starting point providing information on federal, private, and local aid sources.

  • SAT Information: Additional information related to the SAT, include test dates and preparation information

  • ACT Information : Additional information related to the ACT, including test dates and preparation tips.

  • Timeline and Application Steps for Financial Aid/Scholarships

College Visits

Like everything else at this time, the format of college admission visits is being altered. Most colleges have decided not to send their admission counselors out to visit high schools in person. They are, however, doing everything possible to creatively engage students in the college selection process. Many schools will offer virtual admission visits with the representatives during which the counselor will meet with a small group of students to share information and answer questions about their college. These virtual visits will be available to both in person and remote students. Students who are present in the high school will gather in a common area to view the presentation together while those learning remotely will be able to join the meeting on their own. Students are asked to register in advance to attend college visits by completing one of the forms found below. Please open and complete the form for the school(s) in which you're interested in attending. You will receive a pass in the morning to attend the event if it is on a day you are in school or will receive the link to join remotely. These events are a great opportunity to receive general information as well as to ask specific questions, please come prepared to engage with the representative. Keep in mind that these admission representatives frequently play an important role in making admission decisions, assisting with housing and scholarship questions, and easing the transition to college; making a positive impression can be quite beneficial. Their role may be more important than ever this year when so many colleges have adopted a test optional policy so will be relying on other factors to make their admission and scholarship decisions.

Thursday, September 17 - Eastern Illinois University

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Thursday, September 17 - Saint Louis College of Pharmacy (in person)

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Friday, September 18 - Saint Louis College of Pharmacy (in person)

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Monday, September 21 - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

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Monday, September 21 - Southeast Missouri State University

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Tuesday, September 22 - McKendree University

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Thursday, September 24 - Quincy University

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Tuesday, September 29 - University of Missouri - Columbia

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Monday, October 5 - Army National Guard

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Tuesday, October 6 - Army National Guard

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Tuesday, October 6 - University of Alabama in Huntsville

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Tuesday, October 13 - SWIC

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Thursday, October 22 - Illinois College

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Thursday, October 29 - U.S. Army (A day students)

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Friday, October 30 - U.S. Army (B day students)

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NCAA & NAIA Eligibility

NCAA Eligibility Center: NCAA Eligibility Center website

Student-Athletes who are interested in continuing to play and be eligible to receive athletic scholarships at the college level need to meet specific eligibility requirements outlined by either the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). We have collected some helpful information to help families best prepare academically for this goal.


NAIA Eligibility Center: Play NAIA website

Student-Athletes must meet two of the following three requirements to be eligible for the NAIA

1. Minimum high school GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

2. Meet the minimum ACT score of 18 composite or SAT score of 970 combined.

3. Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements:

English 8 semesters 4 credits

Math* 6 semesters 3 credits

*Must include Algebra and Geometry

Science 4 semesters 2 credits

U.S. History 2 semesters 1 credit

U.S. Government 1 semester 1/2 credit

Contemporary U.S. History 1 semester 1/2 credit

Consumer Education¹ 1 semester 1/2 credit

Senior Seminar 1 semester 1/2 credit

Physical Education² 7 semesters 3 1/2 credits

Health 1 semester 1/2 credit

Driver Education 1/2 semester 0 credit

Electives 16 semesters 8 credits

¹ Can be fulfilled by taking Economics, Agricultural Business & Management, Adult Living, or Business & Technology Concepts

² Marching Band also meets this requirement. Juniors and seniors may obtain a waiver for this course in the guidance office if involved in varsity athletics or taking certain courses required for college.

Typical Admission Requirements to IL Colleges and Universities:

4 years English

3 years social studies - emphasizing history and government

3 years mathematics - Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

3 years science

2 years foreign language, music, fine art, or selected vocational courses - requirements in this category vary widely by school and occasionally by major

Scholarship Opportunities