Resources for Freshmen & Sophomores


Between JHHS and District 214 there are many great opportunities for freshmen and sophomores to start exploring their options for life after Hersey!

JHHS Events

Presentation for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Their Parents: "So You Want To Go To College?" - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

All college-bound freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to attend this annual session with their parents at least once during their first two years at JHHS. Families will learn what can be done now to prepare for college and the application process.  Topics covered include academics, standardized testing, involvement & leadership, career exploration and a quick look at some key college-related terms to be aware of.


College Rep Visits: Ongoing

College admissions representatives come to JHHS in the fall and spring for 1-period visits to share information about their institution. While most fall visits are geared towards seniors, spring visits are usually more general in nature and can be attended by anyone (though students are encouraged to wait until at least sophomore year). A full list of visiting reps can be found in Naviance. If students are interested in attending and have a class that period, they need to pick up a blue pass in the CCC in advance and have it signed by a teacher for attendance purposes.

Career Visits: Ongoing 

Similar to college rep visits, Career Visits are 1-period opportunities for students from all grade levels to hear from someone in a particular career field or about a particular career field. Freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to attend! Process of attending is the same as for a college rep – pick up a blue pass in advance from the CCC and get it signed by that period’s teacher!


District 214 Events

D214 "Advising the Student-Athlete" Night: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7pm at FVEC Theatre

This program provided an overview of the college recruitment process, athletic eligibility requirements and scholarship possibilities for students interested in playing intercollegiate athletics. Click here to access the presentation from the most recent event.

Post-Secondary Options Panel: Thursday, February 25, 2020, at 7pm at FVEC Theatre

Come hear from representatives from various post-secondary options for a better understanding of what options are out there!

District 214 College Fair: Tuesday, March 31, 2020. from 6:30-8:30pm at FVEC

Come get information from almost 200 colleges all in one place! Pre-register online at  See the full list of which colleges will be there (as of 1/8/2020) here.

Selective Colleges Night: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7pm at FVEC Theatre

Are you a high-achieving student looking into selective or honors college options? Make plans to attend this informative event!

Career Nights

District 214 Career Nights are held each year in September and October. While many of our students plan to go to college immediately after high school, we find this type of career exploration encourages stronger high school grades as students understand the link between their coursework and their ultimate goals. It also helps students begin to identify potential interests, internships, jobs and college majors, which helps in the college search process. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend at least one Career Night a year during the first two years of high school.

The Complete JHHS Post-Secondary Planning Guide: "What's Next? Planning for Life After High School" (updated 12/2019)

Subsections include:
  • Exploring Post High School Options
  • College Planning (including standardized test information)
  • The Application Process
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • College Planning Calendar
  • Appendices: Websites, College Admission Selectivity Categories, Glossary



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