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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION Hyde Park Schools admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, scholarship, athletic, or other school-administered programs.