Hyde Park Counseling Department

Hyde Park Schools is committed to providing its students with the best resources possible to transition successfully from one academic level to the next.  In order to offer such services, the Hyde Park Counseling Department focuses on 4 key counseling areas.

(For transcripts, click here to access the Registrar/Transcipts page)

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  • College Counseling

    The HPHS Counseling Team works diligently to help Hyde Park graduates confidently enter university campuses across our nation.  To accomplish this, Hyde Park’s college counselor works closely with families to put students in the best position for acceptance.  This process begins in 9th grade and continues until the acceptance letter is received.  The college counselor helps students with college exploration, resume and essay writing, ACT/SAT preparation, application deadlines, scholarship opportunities, and many other aspects of the college application process.  Families will work closely with the college counselor to determine the best approach for their students.
  • Guidance Counseling

    When students enter Hyde Park they begin a journey of self-exploration.  Our goal is to help students on this journey to develop a Christ-like character that prepares them for life beyond Hyde Park.  The counseling department assists students with community service efforts and promotes participation in activities such as sports, drama, church service, the arts, student government, and many other extracurricular activities to teach students Christ-like behavior.  
  • Academic Counseling

    Whether students are entering 9th grade or finishing up their senior year, they will have a caring counselor directing them along the way.  Hyde Park’s counselors help students select appropriate courses based on academic skill level, personal interest, and overall academic goals.  These course selections help create an overall academic resume that students will use when applying for colleges, and Hyde Park’s counselors will help students tailor their course selections accordingly.
  • Social/Emotional Counseling

    The social and emotional well-being of our students is of utmost importance, and Hyde Park strives to provide the safest environment possible. Hyde Park’s counselors are well trained to help students navigate the social and emotional demands of high school.  In instances where outside support is necessary, our counselors can provide a wide array of referral sources, from neuropsychological testing to family or individual counseling.  

Testing and Test Prep

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Career Exploration/Selection

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  • Career Exploration/Selection

    Are you unsure of what you want to study in college?  Wondering what career options best suit you?  

    Begin the career exploration process with these resources:
    (career interest inventory with 24 questions, work style/personality aspects included)

    Steps:  Complete questions, view and print Quiz Results and Recommended Careers

    (career interest inventory with 60 questions, recommendations by level of education)

    Steps:  Select Explore Careers, scroll down to Interest Profiler, print list of occupations


    (match desired lifestyle to career options)

    Steps:  Select Option 1 if you want to build a profile of your desired lifestyle, Option 2 if you want to begin with a certain income, Option 3 if you want to search by career title first. 

    View and print the list of options.  Click on career titles for more details and/or to print.

    (career information)
  • Summer Experiences

    See the Summer Experiences Download for information about camp opportunities that will help with exploring careers.

College Exploration/Search

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Essay Writing Tips

Please see the "Resources to Download" section for tips on writing effective admissions essays.

Recommendation Letters/Forms

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  • Recommendation Letters/Forms

    The counseling office is requesting a minimum of a 2-week notice before deadlines for letters of recommendation or counselor forms for scholarship applications or summer programs.  

    See the Document Download section for a handout with tips for students asking for recommendation letters. Plan to supply a resume with your request.

    If you or your student have questions, please contact Ms. Seiler or Dr. Creasy.

Financial Aid

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  • What is the FAFSA?

    What is the FAFSA?

    The FAFSA is a free financial aid application utilized by most state colleges and universities and many private postsecondary institutions.  The federal government (e.g., Department of Education) operates the site.

    Want help filling out the FAFSA?

    Visit StudentAid.gov/fafsa and remember, as you fill out your FAFSA at fafsa.gov, you can refer to help text for every question and (during certain times of the day) chat online with a customer service representative.

  • What is the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE?

    What is the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE?

    Private colleges and universities often ask for the CSS/PROFILE in addition to the FAFSA or in lieu of the FAFSA. 

    Click the link below for more information about this application, including an interactive presentation, a tutorial, and a list of colleges that accept CSS/PROFILE.  Please note:  There is a nominal fee for this application and to send reports to institutions.

  • Do you qualify?

    Wondering if your family will qualify for financial aid?  

    Click Here to locate the FAFSA4caster to see what the federal government expects your family to contribute to college costs.

    The output of this “calculator” is a value called the estimated financial contribution or EFC.  Deduct this amount from the cost to attend the institution.  

    Scenario 1:
    My EFC is $20,000.  Do I qualify for financial aid?

    It depends on the cost of the institution your student attends.  

    For example, a university priced at $48,000/year for a family with an EFC of $20,000 means your family has a “need” of $28,000.    

    This “need” may be met with free gift aid like grants or scholarships, loans (parent or student), or work study (which is contingent upon a "demonstrated need”).  Financial aid award packages from colleges may not cover the entire “need” of a student (e.g., gapping). 

    Scenario 2:  
    So what does an EFC value of $99,000 mean?  

    According to the federal government, values this high mean your family does not have a “need” and will be expected to cover all costs associated with their student’s postsecondary education.

    Stay tuned for more information about help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Free, Local Assistance

    Free, local assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):


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  • Scholarships

    Looking for tips for streamlining the scholarship search process?  Check the download section of the Counseling page.

    -Check out the scholarship binders in Ms. Seiler’s office.  Below are some of the available awards…especially the more substantial awards tied to the university students are considering.
    See the scholarship binders for even more opportunities!!

    You may also download the Scholly app (http://home.myscholly.com), a low cost and legitimate scholarship matching platform. 

Community Service

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  • Community Service

    Families are required to provide proof of service hours for recognition at graduation. The Distinguished Community Service Award is given to students who have volunteered at least 300 hours.

    Look under Resources to Download section to find a copy of the service log.  Hours for volunteer work at church, mission trips, and Hyde Park Day of Service count!  (These will also go on the resume for college applications!)

    If you are looking for a place to serve, check out the handout on Community Service Organizations…also under Resources to Download.

Recent HP Grads Have Been Accepted to:

  • University of Edinburgh
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • University of Texas @ Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Virginia
  • Rice University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Duke University
  • Clemson University
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • TCU
  • SMU
  • Baylor University Honors
  • Belmont University
  • Samford University
  • Auburn University
  • Southwestern University
  • St. Edwards University
  • Trinity University
  • College of Charleston
  • University of Miami
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Chapman University
  • North Carolina State
  • St. John’s University
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Alabama
  • Louisiana State University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Texas State University
  • Concordia University
  • Texas A&M Corpus
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Univ. of Mary Hardin Baylor
  • Texas Tech University
  • Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Abilene Christian University
  • Sewanee University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University
  • and more ...

Hyde Park Schools

Hyde Park Schools is a private Christian school system offering an excellent, Christ-centered, college preparatory Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education at multiple campuses in Austin, Texas.