High School Counselor
Counselor’s Office: Summer Hours
If you need to reach Mrs. Merickel over the summer, please email or call and leave a voicemail. You can also arrange to meet in-person on the following available days from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
June 8, 9, & 22
July 8, 13, & 15
**August 12 is Fee Pay Day and Orientations for 7th and 9th grades. Hours are 7:00 AM-7:00 PM that day only.
College Credit Plus 2021-2022
Any student in grades 7-12 may take courses for both high school and college credit through Ohio’s CCP program. We offer many courses at Houston High School for college credit, or students may take courses at Edison State. Interested students/parents are required to meet with Mrs. Merickel to begin the qualification process.
Registration for all of next year’s CCP courses will take place beginning April 5. Students must meet individually with Mrs. Merickel to register.
The ACT is being offered to any high school student who would like to take/re-take the test. Ensure you are meeting your college’s deadline to submit scores. Register online at act.org. If you need a fee waiver for the ACT, you can get one by stopping by the office.
Upper Valley Career Center Information
Any Sophomore or Junior who is thinking about applying to UVCC can still do so for next year (Juniors can opt to apply for the first year of the two-year program for their Senior year). If you need help applying, please stop by the office.
For the classes of 2021 and 2022, please find documentation on graduation requirements here.
For the classes of 2023 and beyond, please find the updated graduation requirements here.
The classes of 2023 and on will utilize the Graduation Audit and Career Planning Sheet to track all graduation requirements. Part of that is earning two graduation seals. Electronic versions of each document are below.
You can find more information on at the Ohio Department of Education’s website on Grad Requirements here.
Scholarships Available Now
Please check for locally available opportunities in Fall 2021.
College and Occupation Search
Job shadowing is typically one of the most important things a student can do to help them decide what path to pursue after high school.
9th through 12th grade students at Houston High School are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and shadow someone who works in a job or profession of interest. Any student who wishes to take part in a Job Shadow experience may do so by talking with Mrs. Merickel. There is a brief application form, but the process is easy and fun!
Current Employment Opportunities
Hometown Opportunity website – local job postings and resources
Bachelor’s Degree Seekers (4 years):
***Click on “Ohio’s Private Colleges,” then click on “View Ohio’s Private Colleges.” This will allow you to look at a great fact sheet on any chosen college, as well as take you directly to the school’s website.
Certificate/Associate’s Degree (2 years or less):
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Edison Community College, Piqua
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Rhodes State College, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima
Associate Degree and Certificate Programs at Sinclair Community College, Dayton
Certificate Programs in the Adult Division of the UVCC