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SAT and PSAT Preparation Classes

This year, the Niwot Counseling Department will continue our spring tradition of offering SAT and PSAT preparation classes (as a reminder, Colorado high schools have transitioned away from the ACT and will be offering the SAT suite of assessments for college entrance exams). These preparation courses are managed and taught by Princeton Review and begin in early March.

We will be offering two-courses: a 5-hour SAT 101 course and a 15-hour SAT Fundamentals course.   All class sessions will be held at Niwot High. Both courses will include a full-length SAT practice exam/s on Saturdays at the Princeton Review location in Boulder. Contact your counselor for more information about our limited number of scholarships.

For information on cost, course dates, REGISTRATION and course descriptions, please visit:

15-Hour Fundamentals Course
SAT Fundamentals Course Link:
SAT Fundamentals Course ID: 334957
SAT Fundamentals Course Promo Code: SATFUNDNHS399

5-Hour SAT 101 Course
SAT 101 Course Link:
SAT 101 Course ID: 335001
SAT 101 Course Promo Code: SAT101NHS84

Both courses have limited enrollment and will fill quickly. Priority registration is open to 11th graders from January 20, Noon – January 27, 5:00pm. Registration will be open for both 11th and 10th graders from January 28, 8:00am until February 8, midnight. Students may also register by calling the Princeton Review office in Boulder at 720-214-2721.

Both courses will be complete before Spring Break, allowing juniors to finish their final preparation and study before the Colorado SAT (with Writing), which is the mandatory (and free) SAT for juniors on April 11th, and 10th graders to be finished their studies before the PSAT10, also on April 11th. Many juniors and seniors elect to take additional SAT and/or ACT exams, both of which you must register for on your own.

Looking ahead to the fall of 2017, NHS will also offer a PSAT/NMSQT course to next year’s juniors.

Finally, please don’t forget to supplement all of your PSAT and SAT preparation with the amazing free offerings from Kahn Academy and College Board. Check out this step by step video guide on how to load your PSAT scores into Kahn Academy.

College + Career Planning for Seniors

Seniors: If you did not schedule a senior meeting with your counselor…

  • Review your transcript and current schedule on Infinite Campus to make sure you are meeting graduation requirements.  See your counselor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Complete Naviance “Senior Planning Worksheet” (under the About Me tab)
  • Consider registering for another ACT or SAT (with writing)
  • Continue researching colleges (use Naviance and College Board’s college search tools)
  • Ask 2 teachers for Letters of Recommendation – give them deadline, ask what they need to be able to write the letter (resume, Naviance survey, etc) Check to see how many letters your college/s need for your application.
  • Update your Colleges I’m Applying To list on Naviance
  • Divide up colleges into “reach”, “target”, and “safety” categories
  • Write down deadlines on your calendar or make a spreadsheet
  • Open college applications and create accounts
  • Turn in a Transcript Request form to Mrs. Hollingsworth in the Counseling Office (for regular deadlines, do this after 1st semester ends)

New IThrive Substance Abuse Classes Starting Soon

iTHRIVE logo


iTHRIVE is an early intervention program for teens 12-17 years of age that are struggling with alcohol or drug use.  It’s also a program that works closely with the parents/guardians of the participating teens.

There are 6 meetings in a session.  An intake must take place before enrolling for a 6 week session
Each evening begins at 6:30 pm and goes until 8:30 pm.

The teens will be in a group led by Dr. Alexis Saccoman, a doctor of psychology with years of experience in the substance abuse arena for youth and families.  In the teen sessions, youth will receive skills needed to understand why they use, what their triggers are, and how to stop the use.  It is a safe and supportive arena in which to listen, share and learn.

While the teens meet, the parents/guardians meet separately with Leon Bartholomay, CAC III counselor with many years of experience in the addiction field with teens and families.  The parents will learn new skills around the effects of substances on the developing brain, communication skills, how to set boundaries and get support from other parents who are experiencing the same thing.

The cost of the 6 week session is on a sliding fee scale depending on family yearly gross income, (please call for fee).

TO REGISTER call us at 303-776-8184 to schedule an intake with both the teen and the parent/guardian.  If you are with Boulder Valley School District complete the Google doc form.

To learn more about iTHRIVE, visit our website at or call us at 303-776-8184.

Want some help in your classes? Check out our resources!

YOU can learn ANYTHING, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hit some roadblocks along the way. We all start from the beginning in all subjects, and we all have to make mistakes in order to learn. The key to successful learning is getting back up after you’ve fallen, continuing to try, and getting support when you need it. This video says it all!

There are MANY resources and supports out there to help students learn. We’ve compiled a list of helpful resources for students that would like some extra support in their classes. These resources (also listed below) are listed on our Academic Support page. Remember to talk to your counselor if you feel overwhelmed in a class- we will always do our best to help!

Tutoring Resources

  • Niwot High School Peer Tutors – The Counseling Office maintains a list of peer tutors. See your counselor for more information.
  • NHS Tutoring:
    • Physics Monday 2:30 in Mr Rice’s room 660 by senior HL Physics Students
    • AP Literature: Mondays in Mr. Pankonin’s room from 2:30-3:00 PM
    • Chemistry- Mrs Broestl’s room 675 by senior HL Chem Students- check with Ms. Broestl for dates and times!
    • Math: Mondays and Thursdays in Room 565 from 2:30 PM until 3:15 PM
  • Longmont Public Library Tutoring
    • If a student grades 1st-12th needs help with any class they offer free tutoring every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30. Just show up!
    • If a student is interested in getting volunteer hours and being a tutor for them they can email Elektra Greer. Her email address is:
  • Niwot HS Library Resources

Math Resources

  • Math Tutoring at NHS: Mondays and Thursdays in Room 565 from 2:30 PM until 3:15 PM
  • Regents Exam Prep Center – A NY High School Test Prep site for math, science & history
  • Math Bits – Live long and love math
  • WolframAlpha – A fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers
  • Education Portal – College Algebra – Very useful college level algebra video series
  • Desmos – Free online graphing calculator (iPad app available)
  • Khan Academy – 4,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.
  • Algebra Review – Offers 10 comprehensive tutorials on radicals and exponents, solving equations and inequalities, functions and first degree curves, and more.
  • Cool Math – Algebra 1 students. This site has games, lessons, and resources for solving equations, graphing, etc.
  • SOS Mathematics – A free resource for math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations.
  • Ask Dr. Math – a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic.

English Resources

  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL)– The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is a great resource for students.
  • EasyBib – The Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator
  • Turnitin – Turnitin improves the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing rich feedback to students.
  • AP Central – The official AP College Board website. Excellent resources for AP classes.
  • What Should I Read Next? – Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Social Studies Resources

  • CIA World Factbook – The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • BBC Online – The British Broadcasting Corporation
  • New York Times
  • I Like to Learn

Spanish Resources

French Resources

Science Resources