High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

  Senior Notes

Greetings to the Class of 2017!  Senior Notes is a monthly newsletter designed to provide information on opportunities for seniors.  Most of the information will be geared to those who are planning further education after high school, and other news will be of importance to everyone.  Look for copies of Senior Notes in the Career Center and online about the 15th of each month.  We will also email it to students and parents who provide an email address. 

Click here for the September 2016 Senior Notes  

Click here for the October 2016 Senior Notes

Click here for the November 2016 Senior Notes 

Click here for the December 2016 Senior Notes

Click here for the January 2017 Senior Notes

Click here for the February 2017 Senior Notes

Click here for the March 2017 Senior Notes

Click here for the April/May 2017 Senior Notes

Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form

Every senior needs to complete the Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form now available in the Career Center.  You can have your one free final transcript sent to the college of your choice or to your home by filling out this form.  Along with sending your final transcript to the college you will be attending next year, we would like to recognize all scholarship and award winners at the Awards Assembly and in the Class of 2017 Commencement Program.  So if you have received (and plan to accept) any scholarships from a college or outside organization, please list those on the form.  This form is DUE MAY 26, 2017.  If you turn in the information after that date, we are unable to guarantee the information will make the print date.  Click here for a copy of the Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form 

Senior Men

When you turn 18, senior men need to register with the Selective Service system.  You can register online at www.sss.gov.  You cannot receive federal financial aid without being registered.

Pre-Order Graduation Pictures at St. Martin's Pavilion

O'Connor Photography will be photographing EVERY senior as they accept their diploma.  You can treasure this moment forever!  Please remind your graduate to look at the camera and smile.  Order your picture packages BEFORE teh ceremony begins.  Complete this form and bring your payment on Graduation Night to the O'Connor Photography table at the main entrance at St. Martin's Pavilion.  

Pre-Order 2017 Graduation Video at St. Martin's Pavilion

Spiritborne Productions, Inc. will be videoing the entire 2017 graduation ceremony.  Complete this form and either turn it in at the sales desk in the lobby on graduation night or mail it in before graduation night.  

Print Your Vaccination Records from Family Access

This is a reminder to print your vaccination records from Family Access before you graduate and no longer have access.  Due to this information being available online, vaccination records are no longer sent home.  Most colleges and universities require proof of immunizations BEFORE you register for fall classes. Please download/save/print a copy before you graduate!!




In the fall, many colleges send representatives from their admissions office to OHS to talk with interested students. These meetings offer the opportunity for you to meet with someone who has the answers to all your questions about a specific school. Teachers are usually cooperative in excusing serious students from class for this purpose, but always remember to check with your teacher before coming to the Career Center. Schools pay attention to which students attend their presentation, so it’s always a good idea to meet with the representative if you can.

All visits are in the Career Center unless noted otherwise. Visits listed as “lunches” means that the representative will be available for both first and second lunch.    

Centralia College will be in the Career Center on May 5th during Bear Time B.  Stop by to learn more about the amazing hands on programs offered.  They also have Bachelor of Applied science degrees in Diesel Tech, IT, Management, Teacher Education and a new Associates Degree in Music






The Common Application allows you to fill out one application and submit it to several different private colleges across the country.  For the form and list of participating schools, go to www.commonapp.org

For the Common Application, you will use email to “invite” your counselor and teachers to upload a recommendation and secondary school report.   Your counselor and teachers email address are available on the OHS website.  You will need to complete the Student Information Sheet, aka “green form”, and give a copy to your counselor and teachers so they can write your letter of recommendation.   

Click here for the OHS Counseling Center Letter of Recommendation (Green Sheet).  This form helps your counselor and teachers write a more personal letter of recommendation. 


Each of the public 4-year colleges in Washington State has its own application available online at the school’s website.  Some of the schools have scholarships for those who apply early.  Give yourself the best chance for acceptance and apply now!  All of the colleges require a personal statement as part of the application. 


The UW Seattle application is only available online at http://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Freshman/Apply.  Students self-report classes and grades, thereby eliminating the need to send a high school transcript. However, Running Start students will need to send an SPSCC transcript.  Be sure to send your SAT or ACT scores officially from the testing service.  Application deadline is November 15, 2017.

                                                 University of Washington Bothell application deadline is January 15, 2017 (priority date)

                                                 University of Washington Tacoma application deadline is January 15, 2017 (priority date)


Tips for Finding Your College Match

College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA

Three Steps to a Great College Essay

College Application Essay Writing: Common "Traps" to Avoid

College Application Checklist

Checklist for Applying to a 4-year College 

Click here for the Senior timeline bookmark

Click here for the senior question answers and a schedule of Career Center Workshops

Important websites for Seniors and Parents:

www.olympia.osd.wednet.edu  Go to “Counseling Center” for Senior Class info. and much more!

www.collegeboard.org  Order SAT scores to be sent directly to colleges.

www.fafsa.edu.gov  The official website for filing FAFSA as early as January 1, 2014.

www.inlikeme.com  College application, financial aid and scholarship info. for students and parents.

www.auto-grad  Order class rings, caps & gowns and graduation announcements here. 

www.thewashboard.org  Scholarship search website specifically for Washington students

 www.checkoutacollege.com  Community college search website ~ has links to 4-year college programs too!

www.shop.jostens.com  Order yearbooks, class rings and graduation announcements here. 




Most colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT tests for admission.  Information, registration, and practice tests are available online at:

SAT:  www.collegeboard.org

ACT:  www.actstudent.org

Pay attention to registration deadlines so you do not have to pay late fees.  There will no longer be a standby option so get registered on time!

The school code for OHS is 480835.




The Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) is required for most students who are planning to enroll in first-year math courses at several of the state’s public universities.  The MPT is used for course placement and for college readiness testing.  Statewide test administration takes place in May and June each year.  The test fee is $15.  For more information or to register for a test, visit www.placement.washington.edu.

Washington State 2-year Community Colleges also require testing prior to enrollment.  There are different placement tests used by our Community Colleges, so check the school's website for more information.  SPSCC uses the Accuplacer exams in Math and English to determine placement in college classes.