At Hope International School, our guidance department seeks to provide smooth transitions for our students as they reach specific milestones such as entering middle school, taking classes for credit in high school for the first time, and preparing for college. We offer training sessions for parents and provide academic advice timelines for our high school students. We meet one-on-one with juniors and their parents and with seniors to ensure that they are on track for graduation and have laid the plans necessary to apply to university. We also provide counseling services for students and make referrals as needed.

About our Guidance Counselor

Hello! My name is Hallie Treadway Whitmore (Dartmouth College ’10), and I’m delighted to be the Guidance Counselor at Hope. Prior to joining Hope, I worked for five years in the college consulting industry.  I love coaching students as they grow in self-understanding and develop a vision of their future. If you have any questions about your child’s course of study at HIS, please do not hesitate to email me.

In HIS Service,

Hallie Whitmore



Below are some links that contain information about the standardized testing that happens at HIS as well as timelines that would be useful for juniors/seniors in their preparations and applications to colleges and universities.

MAP tests comprises subtests in Reading, Mathmatics, and Language Usage held twice annually. Results are not included in school report cards but are used as an external measure of student achievement as well as an evaluative tool of the school program. HIS is an official test site for MAP.

The PSAT/NMSQT is held every October. This measures cricital reading, math problem solving and writing skills. It also provides a practice for the SAT and is the only way Grade 11, American citizens can enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. All Grade 10 and 11 students at HIS are required to take the PSAT. No registration is required for HIS students. HIS is an official test site for PSAT.

The SAT (US college entrance examination) is held 6 times each year. HIS is an official test site for SAT.

Advanced Placement (AP) are offered, whereby students who earn excellent scores on the exams can receive advanced placement in university/college courses. The universities/colleges view AP exams as equivalent to university/college level courses. HIS is an official test site for AP.

ACT (American College Testing) is a curriculum and standards based tool that assesses readiness for college. HIS is an official test site for ACT.

Common App is a college admission application that students may use to apply to any of 517 member colleges and universities in 47 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

College Board is an organization that prepares and administers standardized tests that are used in college admission and placement.  Use this website to sign up for SAT or find out more about AP or PSAT.

Purdue OWL is an online writing lab offering over 200 free resources on grammar, punctuation & other mechanics of writing, style guides, and more.  Be sure to go here if you need help as you write and edit essays.