Education Support Resources

This page is used to post links to resources that mentors, students and parents may find useful to achieve post high school goals.  If you have a resource to add, please let me know via the contact page.

Resources for High School Graduation

  • Ohio Graduation Requirements – This page has the details of the 21 credits, 18 points on the Ohio State Tests and other requirements and alternatives to earn a high school diploma.
  • College and Career Academies of Akron – Pathways chart is on home page.  Information about CCAA.  All students in APS will be part of a pathway beginning in 2019.
  • Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal – Ohio high school students now can earn recognition by showing they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities.
  • Ohio Seal of Biliteracy – This seal recognizes graduating seniors who can demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other language.
  • College and Career Academy of Akron Pathways – Information about pathways available at each Akron High School.
  • Free Online Text Books – These may be used to supplement other books.  Some of these may also be used at your college or high school already.
  • College Credit Plus – Earn both high school and college credit for classes.  Signup with your principal between Feb 15 and April 1.  Summer terms also available!
  • GED and High School Equivalency Tests – The state of Ohio has recently changed the procedures and tests available to get what is commonly called here a ‘GED’.  The new name is HSE (High School Equivalency).

College and University Resources

  • College Search – For best results, under the ‘Paying’ tab, select schools that provide at least 80% of financial need.  Students can create an account to save selection criteria and enter their own data to help find appropriate schools.
  • Scholarships available to APS Students
  • College and ACT Resources at Kenmore-Garfield High School
  • Free Online Text Books – These may be used to supplement other books.  Some of these may also be used at your college or high school already.
  • Employment Education Resources – Assistance provided by local employers to their employees.
  • FAFSA Information
    • FAFSA estimator – Though ever family is different, Some examples of eligibility in 2018 a family of 3 with the student making $5,000 / year, the grants would be:
      • parent earns < 29,600, Pell grant = $5,920 / year (maximum grant)
      • parent earns $50,000, Pell Grant = $2,750 / year.
      • parent earns over $60,000 grant is zero.
    • FAFSA Help In  Ohio – Website with some FAFSA information and information on FAFSA completion events.

Other opportunities in Akron for supporting students and children

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) –  Volunteers perform actions or functions to protect the best interest of children in our community.
  • Summer Camp / Opportunities  (See also, Employment Resources, below)
    • Wandering Aesthetics offers three different summer camp experiences for those 5-10, 8-13, and 8-14

Resources for joining the military

  • ASVAB Test Preparation – These various sites were found via google. There may be better resources.  We would appreciate any feedback on this site.  Information about branches and ASVAB scores required is available here.

Employment Resources


Other resources can be found on this page.