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Naviance: Is it the best for WHS?

Naviance, a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, was introduced to the WHS student body in October 2012 with the help of Dr. Charmaine Harris, college and career chair and House 8 principal. “I praise [Dr. Harris] for bringing this into our building,” Ms. Wendy Barnes, House 4 assistant principal said.

When students arrived at the computer lab or library back in October, they were supposed to be able to browse Naviance, by using a handout with their login information and basic instruction about what to do, step by step.

Caressa Johnson, a Washington junior, says that handout was very helpful to navigating the site: “I think Naviance is a great opportunity for students at WHS to keep track of their goals so that they can achieve them… It can provide me with guidance to get the things I need in order to go to college.”

Seniors also have opinions about Naviance. “They should’ve introduced this last year,” stated Josephine, a Washington senior.  Kristina, a Brookside senior, claimed she hasn’t even had the time to check it out. “I’m really glad juniors are looking at [Naviance], though, because that’s who should be looking at it,” she said. Because the program was introduced in October, it won’t help seniors very much, according to Kristina.

Every student has been given the chance to explore Naviance during their Gym classes or their JROTC class, according to administration announcements. Many have found it useful, but some seniors like Josephine Jose’ and Kristina Schopper, think otherwise.

A survey of 390 upperclassmen showed that only 38% of 200 seniors feel as though Naviance is helpful. Of 90 juniors, only 35% feel that it’s helpful while just 15% of 100 sophomores say it’s helpful. When the surveys were returned, many seniors had written side notes, again, complaining that Naviance was introduced too late to matter to them. Most had already been accepted into college, and others just said that it seemed like kind of a waste of time. Juniors and sophomores, on the other hand, claimed they didn’t know whether or not Naviance was helpful. Of 90 juniors, 38% claimed to use Naviance for at least 5 minutes a day, but only 16% of 100 sophomores used it for at least 5 minutes a day.

How much does Naviance actually cost? This is a question that some may not pay attention to, but it is a major aspect of getting the program at WHS. Unfortunately Dr. Harris would not disclose the price that WHS paid for Naviance, but Ms. Kelly McCracken, House 7 counselor, indicated that it was costly because: “It [presents] research on about 4,000 schools on its site… It is a premier college and career research too. Naviance is one of the best… It is an expensive investment in our school, but we’re hoping to continue the investment to see more students be able to have college as an option.”

The big question may arise in your mind whether you think the

school should continue to invest in Naviance based on the above information from the survey. Without knowing the cost of Naviance, it’s hard to decide whether it’s truly the best for WHS.

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