Counseling Office



Nancy Baker


Ramona Bigelow


Amy Richard


Chad Bickel


Tracy Arnold

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Brad Brainer


Lynne Haberstroh


Theresa Chaffer


Naviance/Family Connection

Welcome to the SRHS tool for college and career planning.  Compare colleges, track your applications, sign up to meet with college admissions counselors, search for scholarships and financial aid opportunities, check out college based enrichment activities and much more.

All students are provided with access information and are instructed on how to use the features of the Naviance/FamilyConnection system by their School Counselors, starting in the 9th grade.

Parents may enter as a GUEST or contact the Counseling Office for a personal account to view a child’s Naviance/FamilyConnection page.

New in 2014!

Naviance/FamilyConnection is now linked to the Common Application.  Student transcripts, school reports and letters of recommendation can now be sent electronically to supplement college applications.  For assistance with completing the “Common App,” stop by or call the SRHS Counseling Office. 

How to Link the Common App to your Naviance/FamilyConnection account


Transcript Request Procedures For Current Students

South River High School now has the capability to send documents for college applications electronically.  The process requires students to complete a number of steps using Naviance/FamilyConnection and the Common Application websites.  For assistance with either of these sites, please stop by or call the school Counseling Office.

  • Students should turn in transcript request forms at least two weeks prior to the date they are to be mailed. 
  • Current senior students must use the Transcript Checklist for Senior Students
  • Students of all other grade levels may use the Transcript Request for All Others.
  • Parents of current senior students must sign a Release of Records form at the beginning of the school year. This release gives SRHS to permission to process transcripts as needed.
  • Colleges that have their own electronic application may require the completion of a Counselor Report.  This additional document may usually found attached to the on-line college application and must be turned in with the transcript request for timely processing.  Schools using the Common Application need no additional forms.
  • The cost to process each individual transcript is $2.00 and must be paid at the time of request.

Transcript Checklist for Senior Students

Release of Records Form for Current Seniors

Transcript Request for All Others


Transcript Request Procedures For Graduates

Recent Graduates (students who have graduated in the last 3 years) must use the SRHS form -Transcript Request for Recent Graduates. There is a $2.00 fee for processing transcripts, which must accompany the request.  Forms and payment may be mailed to the school, directed to the attention of the School Registrar, or dropped by the school Counseling Office between the hours of 8am and 3pm.  Please allow 5 days for processing your request.

Transcripts for students who have graduated prior to 2010, must request the document via the Student Records Request Form from the AACPS Student Records Office.   There is a $5.00 processing fee and all forms must be mailed, with payment enclosed, to the address on the form.  Please allow at least 3 weeks for transcript processing.  A replacement diploma may also be requested, for a fee of $10.00.


Financial Aid Information Nights

The Counseling Office of South River High School presents the

Financial Aid Information Night


6:30pm     School Auditorium

This program will focus on the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) process.  Ratings generated by FAFSA are used by colleges to determine eligibility for financial assistance and scholarships.   The FAFSA relies on the Federal Income Tax form for financial information.

FAFSA Workshop


6:30    School Media Center

The workshop, presented by Mr Lettie from AACC, gives parents the chance to work with the on-line FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.  Participants are encouraged to bring tax documents to practice with.

Financial Information Packet Prepared by AACC Office of Financial Aid

For more information, contact the Counselors’ Secretary at


College Visits

SRHS welcomes representatives from colleges, universities, military academies, tech and trade schools from all over the country.  Junior and Senior students are invited to attend these information sessions to learn about each school’s programs, requirements for admission, and amenities. Visits are advertised via email, the morning announcements, and posted on FamilyConnection.

Pre-Registration is Required.  Students will need to log-on to FamilyConnection, click on the “College” tab and select “view all upcoming visits.”  Hit the link for “Sign Up” and confirm registration by clicking on “Sign Me Up” and wait for the green confirmation of appointment bar to appear.   A reminder notice will also be sent to the student’s email address a few days before the scheduled appointment.

Students are limited to only 6 visits for the semester.  Exceptions to the 6 visit limit may be granted with permission from their counselor. 

Passes are required for attendance and are distributed during the first period class on the day of the visit.

Planning for College Presentation for Parents


Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)

Anne Arundel Community College will be offering placement testing and course enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester, for both graduating seniors and incoming JumpStart students, at SRHS.  Pre-registration is required for both and parents are welcome to attend for Personal Registration.  For more information, visit FamilyConnection or stop by the Counseling Office.

AACC events include:

Information Session Learn more about the Early College Access Program for Juniors and programs offered to graduating  Seniors  planning to enroll in the fall.

March 5: Application Day Small group sessions, starting at 8:00am.  Students will be introduced to some of the various programs available at AACC and will complete the paper application process.

March 5: Accuplacer Prep Class Our AACC Liaison, Mrs Diane Bennett will present an overview of how the test works and provide resources for practice exams and study tips.

April 3: Accuplacer Testing Placement testing for math and English will be offered to students who have not taken the SAT, or whose SAT scores do not meet minimum requirements.

May 6 and 7: Personal Registration Day Appointments start at 8:00am.  Admissions counselors from AACC will be helping students register for courses offered in the Fall 2012 semester.  Registrations include regular enrollment and JumpStart.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Information Sessions presented in Spanish at AACC Special meetings for Spanish speaking parents and students on October 10, November 14 and December 12, 2013 and March 13, 2014, 5-6pm, Room 102, Student Union Building, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold Campus.  Contact Roasalies Toledo for information at 410-777-1289 or email

For more information on Anne Arundel Community College courses, programs and non-credit opportunities, visit


SAT Test Information

Use this link to visit the College Board website for SAT test information and exam dates.

Please Note:  All SAT test takers MUST HAVE an entrance ticket AND an approved picture ID in order to gain admittance.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. For students who do not have a valid school ID or other form of identification, an SAT student ID form is available.  Contact your counselor for help, if needed.

New Requirements for SAT Test Participation


Scholarship Information

Financing a college education can be difficult without some help.  Find scholarships through FamilyConnection and other on-line search engines such as the ones listed below…

Maryland Higher Education Commission

And for access to federally funded grants and loans, visit FAFSA on the web at



The Scholarship Navigator is published 4 times each year.  Students can pick up a copy from their English 12 or AP English classrooms, the Media Center or Guidance Office as well as on-line (see below):


Senior Year

Senior students have a lot to do before graduation day.  To help keep them on track with graduation requirements and to guide them through the college application process, the Counseling Office has created a guide book filled with information and tips .  Download a copy by clicking on the link below.

Guide Book for Rising Seniors – Class of 2014


Course Change Requests

It is the responsibility of the student to evaluate and select courses carefully, with the help and input of teachers, school counselors and parents.  Students have the right to participate in any part of the curriculum in accordance with non-discriminatory practices.

A student who requests a course change within 10 school days of the start of the semester may be granted the change, upon approval of the school principal, parents and school counselor, if space is available in the class.  Certain restrictions apply to all requests for course changes (see Course Correction Request form for details).

Course Change Request Form

The High School Program of Study, which contains the requirements for graduation and all course descriptions, is now electronic.  Click HERE to view.


Enrollment and Withdrawal Procedures

Anne Arundel County Public Schools requires that all students attend schools within their home districts.  Procedures for enrollment and withdrawal from public school have been set by the Board of Education.  For more information regarding enrollment or withdrawal from South River High School, contact Ms Lynne Haberstroh, School Registrar, at 410-956-5600, ext 236.

Materials Needed for Enrollment

AACPS Enrollment Guidelines

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