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Mapleton Guidance Department

Mapleton High School
1 Mountie Drive
Ashland, Ohio  44805

Phone: 419-945-2188 ext 5088
Fax:  419-945-8166

The Mapleton Guidance Department welcomes the opportunity to help Mapleton students (grades 9-12) and their families navigate academic, personal and social development during the high school years.  This website provides students and their parents with comprehensive and current information on numerous topics pertaining to student academic success, course scheduling, college/career preparation, the college and scholarship application process, testing, and the wide variety of opportunities for students.  Use the navigational panel to the left to view available resources.  Please let us know if we can offer assistance or if you have feedback to share.

ACT Testing Information

Click on the link below to find out everything you need to know about the ACT test:

Career Resources

OhioMeansJobs K-12 is a new, no-cost, online career planning tool that helps students discover career interests, explore future job options, build a future budget, create a resume and more.Click the link below to use this resource!


Career Coach is a career assessement that helps you learn about yourself and will give your career suggestions based on your interests.  Click the link below to access Career Coach on NCSC's website!


Careers and Employment Trends  - This on-line resource represents RIT’s continued commitment to providing concise and relevant career guidance and outcome information to students, families, members of the guidance and counseling communities, and any interested individuals who wish to explore the relationship between career opportunities and college-level academic preparation. Assembled and organized by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the site includes both Job Outlook 2024 and a summary of career outcomes for each’s year graduating class from RIT. Click the link above to utilize this resource!

Mapping Your Future is a nonprofit organization committed to helping students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes through trusted career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources.  This site will help students assess skills and interests, research careers, develop a career plan, explore skills needed for specific careers, and write resumes.  Click the link above to explore this website!

The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information.  The O*NET database contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptions of almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

O*NET information is used by millions of individuals every year, including those taking advantage of O*NET Online, My Next Move, and other publicly and privately developed applications. The data have proven vital in helping people find the training and jobs they need, and employers the skilled workers necessary to be competitive in the marketplace. Click the link above to explore this website!



Collegiate Athletics

Potential College Athletes - Students with specific questions regarding NCAA Eligiblity can contact Adam Bracken at Ashland University.  He has graciously offered his services to all Ashland County students.

Adam Bracken
NCAA Compliance/Business
Ashland University
Kates Gymnasium, 106
Office:  419-289-5297
Cell:  330-466-4140


The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is an organization that works with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to determine a student’s eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college enrollment.  Students who want to participate in college sports at a Division I or Division II school must register with the Clearinghouse.  (NCAA Division III requirements are left up to the individual schools.  Contact the college/university of interest for more information.)

Guidelines:

  1. Initial eligibility requirements for each division can be reviewed at:  www.ncaaclearinghouse.net  

  2. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse online at the beginning of your junior year. 

  3. Sign the transcript release forms after registering with the Clearinghouse and return them to the Guidance office.

  4. When taking the ACT/SAT, the scores must be sent directly to the Clearinghouse.  Test scores on transcripts will not be used.

  5. Continue to check your grades, classes, and ACT/SAT scores against the NCAA requirements as you go through your senior year.

There are a variety of excellent resources from the NCAA Eligibility Center on the NCAA website.  If you are considering collegiate athletics, please take the time to explore this link devoted to potential future athletes!


College Credit Plus

Click on the link below to find out the basics about College Credit Plus:


Click on the link below to find out how to participate in College Credit Plus through LCCC: 


Click on the link below to find out how to participate in College Credit Plus through Ashland University: 


Click on the link below to find out how to participate in College Credit Plus through NCSC: 


Click on the link below to find out how to participate in College Credit Plus through OSU Mansfield: 



Click on the link below to find out how to participate in College Credit Plus through OSU ATI: 


Financial Aid and the FAFSA

Financial Aid Facts

The first mistake many students and families make is assuming they can't afford college. Don't be discouraged by the sticker price of college until you know how much financial aid may be available to you. Financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of college, but it can be tricky to estimate how much student aid you will get. Two factors are generally used to determine who gets student aid and how much they get: need and merit. 

  • "Merit-based" aid is given to students who do something exceptionally well (like music, athletics, or academics) or to students who plan to have a career in an area that will benefit the community or the country (like teaching, science, math, and engineering). 
  • "Need-based" aid is given to students who demonstrate a lack of financial resources to pay for college.

Some student aid programs use a combination of need and merit to determine eligibility.

It all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is linked here. With this one application, you can apply for financial aid at multiple colleges and from multiple funding sources (federal, state, institutional and private providers of assistance). Mistakes can delay your application, potentially limiting the amount of aid you are eligible to receive. 

As you prepare to fill out your FAFSA, keep this list of FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes To Avoid handy.

Completing Your FAFSA

You will need to fill out the FAFSA once for each academic year that you will attend school. The farther in advance you do it, the better! 

Resources

• StudentAid.gov—planning for college, paying for college, and repaying student loans: StudentAid.gov

 • College Preparation Checklist—a student’s or parent’s first stop for information on academic and financial preparation: StudentAid.gov/resources#checklist 

• Federal Student Aid at a Glance—quick glimpse outlining the federal student aid programs, eligibility criteria, and application tips: StudentAid.gov/glance 

• Avoiding Scams—finding financial aid without being a victim of fraud or identity theft: StudentAid.gov/scams 

• Fact sheets, videos, and infographics on various financial aid topics: StudentAid.gov/resources 

• FAFSA4caster—early estimate of aid eligibility: fafsa.gov 

• Federal Student Aid’s Twitter feed: Twitter.com/FAFSA 

• Federal Student Aid’s YouTube site: YouTube.com/FederalStudentAid

• Federal Student Aid’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/FederalStudentAid

Graduation Requirements

Ohio law enacted new, long-term graduation requirements for the class of 2023 and beyond. These requirements are also available as an additional option to students in the classes of 2018 through 2022. Guidance is now available for these long-term graduation requirements here. The guidance document provides more information on the competency scores and detailed information about each of the state-defined seals. Updates will be made to the document as more information becomes available and additional guidance is finalized. Please note the version date at the bottom of the document.
 
Ohio law directed the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, to establish a competency score on the English language arts II and algebra I end-of-course tests. The Ohio Department of Education, after gathering feedback from Ohio’s education stakeholders and business communities, determined that “competency” would be set at a score of 684 for both the English language arts II and algebra I tests. 

The following links provide class-specific requirements:

Classes of 2021 and 2022 Graduation Requirements 

Classes of 2023 and Beyond Graduation Requirements


Honors Diploma Criteria

Honors Diplomas


What are Honors Diplomas?


High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in real-world experiences.

Ohio students have the opportunity to choose to pursue one of six honors diplomas.  The criteria for each are listed on the links below:


  1. Academic Honors Diploma
  2. International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma
  3. Career Tech Honors Diploma
  4. STEM Honors Diploma
  5. Arts Honors Diploma - this includes dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts
  6. Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma 


Scholarship Information


ALL Scholarship Information will be added here as it is received for the 2020-2021 school year.  Scholarship information will be listed in the order that it is received beginning with the MOST RECENT.

9/18/20 The Hagan Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help high-achieving students from small towns and rural areas graduate college debt-free. Recipients must: a) graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents, or b) graduate from a remote rural school located in a county having more than 50,000 residents. Hagan Scholars from 43 states are currently enrolled at 358 colleges and universities. Five hundred more scholarships will be awarded in April 2021.

The scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years to attend college. Recipients must enroll at an eligible four-year not-for-profit college or university the first semester following high school graduation. Free Workshops, Schwab Brokerage Accounts, and Study Abroad provide recipients with a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum.  Please find information on this scholarship here.

9/16/20 - New national scholarship information from StudentScholarships.org linked here.

Applying for scholarships requires you to be aware of the deadlines and requirements associated with each scholarship.  Allow yourself plenty of time to complete applications, write essays if required, and request recommendations.  Early submission of materials is strongly encouraged!

Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications:

  • Start Early!  Do not wait until the week the scholarship is due.
  • Check the Eligibility Requirements.  Look at areas such as GPA and intended major to make sure you qualify.
  • Follow Instructions Carefully.  Include all requested materials, get every required signature, submit as many copies as required, formatted exactly as requested, and keep the essay relevant.
  • Neatness and Accuracy Counts!  Check your spelling.  Print carefully with black ink – no pencil!  If your handwriting is difficult to read, consider typing the application.  Answer questions as completely and correctly as you can.  Avoid abbreviations that are not easily recognizable.
  • Proofread Your Application Carefully.  Enlist the help of other people to proofread your application.
  • Request materials or letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, or community members at least 2 – 3 weeks before the deadline.  (See Letters of Recommendation Guidelines below.)
  • Ask Questions.  If you are unsure about how to complete an application, stop by the Guidance Office for assistance.

Useful scholarship links:



School Profile


Mapleton High School
1 Mountie Dr.
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419) 945-2188   Fax: (419) 945-8166
 
Corey Kline, Principal
Cory Runkle, Athletic Director
Sherri Shafer, School Counselor
                                            
_________________________________________________________________________________________
 
 
School and Community: With an enrollment of 886 students, the Mapleton Local School District covers 100.62 square miles and borders on Wayne, Huron, Medina, and Richland counties.  It is comprised of an elementary school (Preschool-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12).
 
Mapleton High School is a four-year, comprehensive high school located in Ashland County about 7 miles northeast of Ashland. Enrollment (grades 9-12) is 304 students. 16% of the student body attends The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Mapleton High School offers students the opportunity to participate in post-secondary educational options through partnerships with several institutions of higher learning, or students may attend the International Baccalaureate program offered through the Tri-county International Academy.  
 
 
Staff:  The Mapleton High School staff includes one administrator, one counselor, and 19 faculty members.
 
 
Requirements for Graduation:  For the current senior class, 21 credits are required for graduation including 4 credits of English, 4 credits of math, 3 credits of science, 3 credits of social studies, ½ credit of physical education, and ½ credit of health in addition to 6 elective credits. One of the 6 elective credits must be a fine arts credit. 
 
 
Grade Point Average/Class Rank:  GPA is weighted. Mapleton High School courses are weighted on a 4.0 scale.   Mapleton High School CCP/Dual Credit courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale.  All courses for which grades are given are used in the figuring of the GPA.  GPA is figured by computer and carried out 3+ decimal places which will determine class rank. The cumulative GPA is computed at the conclusion of each school year. 
 
 
 
Current Grading Scale:
 
Mapleton High School Courses
Mapleton High School CCP/Dual
Credit Courses
%
Letter
GPA
%
Letter
GPA
93-100
A
4.00
93-100
A
5.00
90-92
A-
3.67
90-92
A-
4.67
87-89
B+
3.33
87-89
B+
4.33
83-86
B
3.00
83-86
B
4.00
80-82
B-
2.67
80-82
B-
3.67
77-79
C+
2.33
77-79
C+
2.33
73-76
C
2.00
73-76
C
2.00
70-72
C-
1.67
70-72
C-
1.67
67-69
D+
1.33
67-69
D+
1.33
63-66
D
1.00
63-66
D
1.00
60-62
D-
0.67
60-62
D-
0.67
00-59
F
0.00
00-59
F
0.00
 
 *Please note that Mapleton High School's grading scale was changed for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.  All grades earned prior to 2019-2020 are calculated into a student's GPA using the prior grading scale.  That grading scale was A+ 4.0, A 3.95, A- 3.75, B+ 3.25, B 3.0, B- 2.75, C+ 2.25, C 2.0, C- 1.75, D+ 1.25, D 1.0, D- 0.75, F 0.
 
Scholastic Recognition: Mapleton High School publishes an honor roll each grading period. Achievement is recognized with three honor rolls.

            Distinguished Scholar Roll                 3.750-4.000+
            High Honor Roll                                 3.500-3.749
            Merit Roll                                           3.000-3.499
 
 
ACT Results:  Average ACT scores for 2019 graduates (69 students tested): 17.3 English, 
18.6 Math, 19.8 Reading, 18.2 Science, 18.6 Composite
 
 
Post High School Education:  Approximately 50% of the 2020 graduating class had plans to move on to some form of higher education.

If you would like to download and print a copy of the this school profile, you may do so below:
 

Transcript Requests

Transcript Requests

Former students may request official transcripts through the Guidance Office.  Requests can be made by calling the Guidance Office secretary at 419-945-2188 ext 5088 or by mailing or faxing the transcript release form attached below.   Transcript requests will be processed within 3-5 business days.

Please note that transcripts sent directly to students are considered "unofficial."  A third party may not accept these transcripts.

There is no charge for transcripts.

Guidance Staff

Sherri Shafer
Guidance Counselor 
mapl_sshafer@tccsa.net
419-945-2188 ext. 5093 
 
Megan McCarty 
Guidance Secretary
mapl_mmccarty@tccsa.net
419-945-2188 ext. 5088 
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