Welcome to the Counseling Center!

Our Mission

The mission of the school counseling programs at Lincoln Public Schools are to provide a comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate program with curriculum for each student, from kindergarten through graduation, that is proactive, preventative, collaborative, and focuses on each student’s academic, social-emotional, and career development.

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Apply2College Day – November 1, 2023

The first annual Apply2College Day will be held at Northwest next Wednesday, November 1st. This statewide event provides time for Nebraska seniors to complete at least one college application during their school day. Representatives from many different colleges (see below) will join the Northwest school counseling team to answer questions and help our senior complete this important college-going task!

Admissions Representatives from the following colleges will be on site for Apply2College Day next week:
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Concordia University, Nebraska
Doane University
Midland University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Northwest Missouri State University
Southeast Community College
…and the list keeps growing!

All seniors are invited to participate, but registration is REQUIRED and space is limited. Current Northwest seniors can access the registration form in their Class of 2024 Google Classroom. Students will receive a pass to attend Apply2College and attendance will be excused.

We recommend that all students use the College Application Checklist to help gather the information needed for most college applications. The Northwest school counselors will be available to help with everything in the “Student High School Information” section.

LPS PSAT Information

The PSAT is an optional practice test for the SAT and is administered each year in October. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition for those students who take it during their junior year. This test may also be taken by highly motivated and academically driven 10th grade students as practice for the qualifying PSAT/NMSQT exam to be taken in their junior year. 

This year, LPS will administer the digital PSAT exam at two locations – East or Lincoln High. Any LPS student in 10th or 11th grade may choose to take this exam at either testing location. All participating students will be responsible for bringing their fully charged LPS-issued Chromebook to the exam on testing day. Students will not be permitted to take the PSAT using their personal laptop or other personal device.

Registration Process: Northwest students will register for the PSAT with the Bookkeeper, Ms. Foreman, in the Student Success Center between the hours of 7:30 am – 3:30 pm on the dates below. There are a limited number of seats available for this test — do not wait until the last minute to register!

  • September 11-20 – LPS JUNIORS ONLY
  • September 21-29 – LPS SOPHOMORES and LPS JUNIORS
  • October 2-6 – All students

Exam Fee: The cost of this optional exam is $35.00. Students who qualify for the free/reduced meals program are eligible for a reduced exam fee of $20.00Payment must be made at the time of registration. Cash or check (made out to Lincoln Public Schools) is preferred.

Testing Dates and Locations: Students may only register for of the one dates/locations below. Students from all LPS high schools may register to take the PSAT at either of these locations.

  • Tuesday, October 17 –  Lincoln High School (no school day – LPS fall break)
  • Saturday, October 21 – Lincoln East High School

If you have questions about the PSAT, please contact your Northwest school counselor.

Fall ASVAB Test – September 26

Whether you’re planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path toward a satisfying career. Understanding your skills, abilities, and interests will help you make the best decisions about your future!

The ASVAB Test will be offered at Northwest on Tuesday, September 26, at 8:15 am. Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to take this optional test, but registration is required and space is limited. If you’re interested, submit the quick form linked below to reserve your seat today! More details will be shared with you via email as the date approaches. 

Please contact your Northwest school counselor if you have any questions!

Lincoln Northwest High School

Student Success Center
4901 W Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68528

Phone: 402-436-1314, option 3

All LPS school counseling programs are led by a professional school counselor and will:
  • align with the Nebraska Department of Education and ASCA National Model;
  • promote systemic change to ensure equitable access for each student; and
  • identify each student’s individual strengths to maximize their potential for growth.