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SMHS School Counselors

Welcome back to another school year! Hopefully it will be full of new and exciting experiences. St. Marys High School has two guidance counselors. Mrs. Rinard and Mrs.Travers are here to provide assistance to your child to help him/her succeed in academics, social settings, and to help guide them in his/her path to the future.

The counselors work with students in many different capacities throughout the school year. Mrs. Rinard and Mrs. Travers will work with children in the classroom through guidance lessons that focus on many different areas including success in school, preparing for future after high school, college applications, understanding more about careers and developing a supportive school climate.  Students can be seen on either an individual basis or with small groups. We encourage communication from parents and guardians. 

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Rinard ( (684-3256) or Mrs. Travers ( (684-3271) at any time during the school year if you would like to discuss your child’s needs, have concerns, need information, or need further resources. Please check the webpage under your child's grade to see any updates or resources. Please feel free to call the counselors at the above noted numbers or St. Marys High School 684-2421. 

College Classes through WVUP

St. Marys High School has partnered with WVUP to provide the opportunity for juniors and seniors currently enrolled at SMHS to participate in the early admissions program. Early admissions is offered to any junior or senior student with a 3.0 GPA to enroll and take college credit courses during high school. All courses except for Chemistry 111 and English 101/102, which is dual credit, is for college credit only. 

Students are responsible for payment of the courses, which they are enrolled in and must contact WVUP business office for any issues with this. Courses are at a discounted rate of 50 dollars a credit hour. Payment is due prior to the FALL and SPRING Semester. Students can contact WVUP business office at 304.424.8223 to set up payment plan if needed.  
Students need to preparte to purchase books if needed but at this time SMHS does have some to provide. Please talk with your school counselor, if they are issues with books. 

**If your student receives a book that is purchased by SMHS, this book MUST be returned by the end of the course. If the book is not returned, the student becomes responsible for paying for the book in full.**

Current Courses offered 2016-2017 School year
College Psychology (Fall) 3 hours
College Sociology (Spring) 3 hours
College Chemistry 111 (all year) 4 hours...dual credit
College English 101 (Fall) 3 hours...dual credit
College English 102 (Spring) 3 hours...dual credit
College History 152 (Fall) 3 hours
College Political Science (Spring) 3 hours
College Communications, Public Speaking (Fall) 3 hours
College Communications, Mass Media (Spring) 3 hours 



The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is a required test administered to anyone interested in enlisting in any of the US Armed Service branches. Minimum scores must be met in order to be able to enlist as well as to qualify for certain jobs within the service.

ASVAB practice test website: 


College Application Week

College Application week at SMHS is October 19th-23rd.
During this week 5 different institutions will attend. During their visit they will offer students FREE applications; information regarding their institution; scholarship opportunities; academic offerings; on the spot acceptance and financial aid information. They will meet with students during their scheduled Senior English class.
Monday: October 19th: Fairmont State University
Tuesday: October 20th: Marshall University
Wednesday: October 21st: West Liberty University
Thursday: October 22nd: West Virginia University of Parkersburg
Friday: October 23rd: Marietta College 
ACT Deadline and Registration

Test Date

Registration Deadline  

(Late Fee Required)

September 12, 2015   August 7, 2015   August 8-21, 2015
October 24, 2015September 18, 2015September 19–October 2, 2015   
December 12, 2015November 6, 2015November 7-20, 2015
February 6, 2016January 8, 2016January 9-15, 2016
April 9, 2016March 4, 2016March 5-18, 2016
June 11, 2016May 6, 2016May 7-20, 2016

ACT Prep information

To sign up for the ACT

If you are needing to sign up for the ACT please go to; click on 
2016 Eligibility Requirements for Initial PROMISE Award

To be awarded the PROMISE Scholarship an applicant must meet all applicable eligibility requirements by the established deadline.

PROMISE Application Checklist

1. Deadlines

The PROMISE application and FAFSA must be completed by March 1, 2016.

Applicants who miss the deadline will be eligible for a Spring award, dependent upon availability of funding.

Students must apply for the scholarship within two years of graduation from high school, unless the applicant entered the United States armed services pursuant to Section 5 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

Only full-time, first-year students may receive initial awards. Students already enrolled at a higher education institution are not eligible to apply except as outlined under Section of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

2. Application

The deadline to apply for the Promise Scholarship is March 1, 2016.

go to to apply

3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All applicants must submit a completed 2016-17 FAFSA by the March 1, 2016 deadline to be eligible.

  • A student's FAFSA must meet the conditions for processing by the March 1 deadline.
  • Even if you haven't filed your federal tax return, FAFSA will allow you to estimate using last years tax federal income tax forms and update once you have submitted your taxes.

4. Residency Requirements

A student and his/her parents must have resided in West Virginia continuously for twelve consecutive months preceding the PROMISE Scholarship deadline, unless member of armed services or a military dependent under Section 6 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule PDF icon.

5. Academic Requirements

Must complete high school graduation requirements at a West Virginia public or private high school.

Must complete at least one half of credits required for high school graduation through attendance at a public or private high school in the state of West Virginia.

  • Limited exceptions are available for students from West Virginia who commute daily to an out-of-state public or private high school and who qualify as a military dependent under Section 6 of the PROMISE Scholarship Program Rule.

Must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or whatever is considered a "B" average, based on county board grading policies, in both core courses AND overall coursework required for graduation by the West Virginia Department of Education.

Must complete the minimum core class requirements for the complete core class listing click here

  • English - 4 credits

  • Mathematics - 4 credits

  • Social Sciences - 4 credits

  • Natural Sciences - 3 credits

6. Minimum Test Score Requirements

Must meet standardized test score criteria on ACT or SAT national test by the June testing dates of the application year.

  • ACT Score requirement: 22 composite score with a minimum of 20 in English, Mathematics, Science, and Reading.

  • SAT Score requirement: 1020 combined score with minimum of 480 in Mathematics and 490 in Critical Reading.

The ACT and/or SAT writing portion is not included in the calculation of the composite score.

Scores must be from a single testing date and cannot be combined from multiple test administrations.

Students must submit an application and FAFSA by deadline, even if they have not met the required testing scores by the March 1 deadline.

Last test dates to qualify for PROMISE

  • ACT- June 11, 2016

  • SAT- June 4, 2016

Westbrook Health Services
Any students, parents or family members interested in individual or family counseling to address but not limited to divorce, depression, anxiety, school issues, peer conflict, family conflict, substance abuse or academic/emotional stress. This is offered to all students that are enrolled in Pleasants County Schools. Please contact your school counselor for more information. or contact St. Marys Westbrook Health Services at 304-684-2656 or Parkersburg at 485-1721

If you are experiencing a Crisis

If you are experiencing a Crisis or need immediate assistance phone Westbrook Heath Services Crisis Line at 304-485-1725 or 1-800-579-5844.

Pleasants County Schools    *    202 Fairview Drive   St. Marys, WV 26170    *    Phone: (304) 684-2215    *    Fax: (304) 684-3569
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