College and Career Center
Helping students explore educational and career options, make realistic career decisions, and establish career goals.
The Career Center is in room 311 in Student Services.
- School Day:
- Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
- Pride Time
- Lunch (except C-Lunch)
- Periodically, the College and Career Center is closed for classes or meetings.
- Parents who wish to visit the Career Center may do so by scheduling an appointment by phone or email.
- Evening meetings are also available by appointment.
College and Career Center Services
The Annandale High School College and Career Center provides a variety of resources for college and career planning. It is a place where students can come to obtain information on four-year colleges, community colleges, and universities, testing and test preparation, financial aid, and scholarships, career possibilities and college majors’ descriptions.
In collaboration with the academic counselors, we continue to work on providing comprehensive data about post-secondary opportunities for all students. In addition to scheduled appointments, students are welcome to come to the College and Career Center before school, lunch, and after school to utilize the resources.
Location: The College and Career Center is in Student Services, room 311.
CEEB Code: The school CEEB code for Annandale High School is 470080
The College & Career Center is a service of the Student Services Department. The Career Center provides a framework of career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation activities for students to make the essential connection between school and career. They are prepared for this transition by understanding self and others, exploring occupations, making decisions, acquiring work skills and planning for life. The success of this transition depends on the cooperative effort of students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community.
Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend college visits in the Career Center. College representatives inform students about the school's admissions process and deadlines, campus life, housing, majors available and scholarships. Students can ask questions and meet the person who will read their applications in the future.
These sessions are approximately 30 minutes and are all held in the College & Career Center, unless another location is specified. College visits are updated regularly in Naviance (through students' Blackboard accounts), COLLEGE tab under "upcoming college visits".
Students should sign-up for the visits on-line, print the confirmation page, and ask their teacher to be excused 24 hours in advance of the visit. The confirmation page will serve as the student's pass and it must have a teacher's signature in order to attend the visit. Please note that it is always the teacher’s decision to allow the student to miss instructional time to attend one of these sessions. Students are responsible for any work missed while out of class. If you cannot attend a session, email Mrs. Brown at @email for more information regarding the session.
College Admissions Representatives
The College & Career Center hosts approximately 50 college admissions representatives to meet juniors and seniors each fall. Log onto Naviance (previously Family Connections) through Blackboard to sign up for college visits, research colleges, or explore career inventories. For help, please see Mrs. Brown in the College and Career Center.
College Representative Visits
Students who want to attend the visit MUST sign up through Naviance (Family Connections).
- Step 1: Student logs onto Blackboard
- Step 2: Student clicks on Naviance (Family Connection)
- Step 3: On left-hand menu, under the sub-heading "About Colleges", Click on "VISIT SCHEDULE"
- Step 4: Find the college you want to attend, click on "SIGN UP"
- Step 5: Click on "SIGN ME UP"
- Step 6: An email will be sent to you to confirm your visit, please PRINT this out as this is your pass to get out of class to see the college representative
- College catalogs, brochures, and handbooks available for perusal
- College representatives visit throughout the Fall and Spring
- Assistance with College Applications - there are about 10 computers for students to use
- Military academy and ROTC information
- College statistics on Justice HS and FCPS college admissions in past school years
- Career Cruising
- Choices CD-ROM for career exploration
- O*NET - online Dictionary of Occupational Titles
- Career Reference Library
- Military Recruiter and Occupational Program visits
- Interest inventories
Financial Aid Information
- FAFSA (Financial Aid) Forms
- Scholarship listings with applications
- Assistance with scholarship searches
- Jobs board with local job and volunteering opportunities
- List of financial aid websites
- Naviance (Family Connections) (via Blackboard)
- SAT College Board Registration (CEEB Code 470080)
- ACT Registration (CEEB Code 470080)
- FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- FAFSA 4Caster - Get an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to your college expenses
- FAFSA PIN - Register for your PIN so you can sign your FAFSA electronically
- CSS Profile - Financial aid application required by some colleges in addition to the FAFSA
- Net Price Calculators - Use this College Board tool or visit each college website for its own calculator
- College Access Fairfax - A local non-profit organization dedicated to removing financial barriers to college
- VA 529 Plans - College Savings Plan information
- Fast Web - National free scholarship search
- finaid.org - A comprehensive student guide to financial aid
- SCHEV - Financial aid application deadlines for Virginia colleges
- NACACnet - Complete family financial aid resource
- studentaid.ed.gov - The guide to Federal student aid
- Family Connection - FCPS scholarship database accessed through your Blackboard account
- NAEHCY - Resources for students
- eduPASS - Financial aid resources for international students