CHS College and Career Counseling Corner
Tests required for Higher Education
Texas Success Initiative Assessment
Cotulla High School is now a certified TSIA test center!
Test date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Test time: 8:00 am
Location: Learning Center Computer Lab
Register with Mrs. Maldonado, CHS Counselor.
Please click below to access the
TSIA Pre-Assessment Link.
What Is the TSI Assessment?
The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.
Which students must take the TSI Assessment?
Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry- level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in the entry-level college courses. In certain cases exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area such as reading but not in another area like mathematics or writing. You may be exempt if you meet one or more of the following:
Texas Success Initiative Assessment Passing Scores
Placement score of less than 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and essay score of 5
Success Initiative Exemptions
If you think you may be exempt, please contact an advisor at your college. For a complete list of TSI exemptions, visit www.thecb.state.tx.us/TSI.
Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity
Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. The college or university where you take your test is required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation. It is a requirement that you complete this activity before you take the test. The activity varies by institution but must include at least the following:
What happens if you do not pass one or all parts of the TSI Assessment?
If you do not pass one or all parts (reading, writing and math) of the TSI Assessment, you may be required to enroll in developmental education coursework or accelerated intervention before you can enroll in a college credit course for the subject in which you did not pass. In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time. The TSI Assessment is an on-demand test, and you may retake it at any time to determine your college readiness. Remember, developmental education courses and interventions often cost the same as a college-level course but do not count towards a certificate or degree program and do not transfer. It is best to avoid developmental education all together by becoming college ready in high school or before enrolling in at a college or university.
ACT with Writing
The ACT with Writing will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, April 13th at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Juniors and Seniors who receive a free or reduced lunch plan are eligible for up to 2 fee waivers. All Juniors and Seniors who need to register for the ACT can visit the Counseling Center on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Visit the following website to access information about the ACT with Writing.
SAT with Essay
The next SAT with Essay will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, June 1st at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium.
Please be sure to bring your SAT ticket, Photo ID, and a sweater or jacket as the Cafetorium may be cool.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Maldonado in the Counseling Center.
Register for the June 1st SAT with Essay at Cotulla High School by May 3, 2019.
Visit the following website to access more information about the SAT with Essay:
The ASVAB will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 for all CHS Juniors.
The ASVAB Interpretation will be held on Friday. February 23, 2019.
Information about the ASVAB can be found at:
Cotulla High School offers dual-credit courses. Students take courses at the Learning Center.
Dr. Oscar Garcia, Counselor, is the Dual-Credit Facilitator.
Students can take the following courses.
The Texas Department of Transportation TxDOT Conditional Grant Program Scholarship is due March 1, 2019. It is for students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or department-approved operational business discipline. Visit https://www.txdot.gov/government/funding/program-calls/conditional.html
American Chemical Society Scholarship Program Scholarship is due March 1, 2019 for Seniors who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the chemical sciences, including 2-year chemical technology programs. Visit www.acs.org/scholars for the application.
Catholic Life Insurance All American Scholar Award Program is due March 1, 2019. https://www.cliu.com/member-benefits/scholarship/
Irene S. Wisher Foundation Scholarship is due March 1, 2019. The scholarship applicatio9ns can be found at https://www.frostbank.com/scholarships/wischer
Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (TAAIS) Memorial Foundation Scholarship is due March 1, 2019. Visit https://taais.org/2019-taais-memorial-foundation/
Texas Farm Bureau District Scholarship, TFB Young Farmer and Rancher High School Scholarship, and the TFB Mitchell Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors are all due March 1, 2019. Visit to login with your Texas Farm Bureau membership number. http://texasfarmbureau.org/youth/youth-opportunities/
Medina Electric Scholarship for Seniors who are pursuing higher education is due March 1, 2019. The applicant’s parents must be Medina Electric members. Visit https://www.medinaec.org/scholarships
Valley Telephone Cooperative Scholarship Program for children of Valley Telephone Cooperative members is due March 16, 2019. Applications are in the Counselor’s Office.
Texas Construction Career Initiative, Inc. Scholarship for Seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry is due March 18, 2019. Applications are in the Counselor’s Office.
Ben and Ida Alexander Memorial Scholarship is due March 22, 2019. Student must be a graduating high school senior of Cotulla ISD and/or resident of La Salle County. Visit http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/ApplyforaScholarship.aspx#1278826-individual-applications
The Coastal Bend College Foundation Scholarship is available for Seniors who will be attending Coastal Bend College in the Fall 2019. Visit http://www.coastalbend.edu/foundationscholarships/
Texas Telephone Association Foundation Scholarship is due to the Counselor by March 29, 2019. Each High School Counselor may submit two applications. The application is available at https://files.constantcontact.com/e9bdb2ca601/c1dd87af-4c61-4b91-96cd-b82be188ffcd.pdf
The FIDM National Scholarship Competition Poster is awarded to students interested in the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media and Entertainment. The deadline is March 29, 2019.
The STARS (South Texas Academic Rising Scholars) Scholarship is due March 29, 2019. Visit https://www.starsscholarship.org/
The Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarship is for Seniors who will be attending Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, St. Philip’s College or Northeast Lake College in the Fall 2019. The priority deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit https://www.alamo.edu/foundation/scholarships/
The Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship is due May 15, 2019. Visit https://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program
The Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarship for state Qualifiers in UIL Academic Contests is due May 10, 2019. Online applications can be found at http://www.tilfoundation.org/scholarships/eligibility-requirements/
Below is a listing of some individual scholarships that you can research and apply for. Most of these scholarships have deadlines or time frames of when you can apply, so make sure that you have plenty of time to submit the application and/or requirements.
NEW! Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award | January 7
NEW! Ron Brown Scholar Program | January 9
NEW! SimpleTexting Scholarship | January 11
NEW! Diversity Advancement Scholarship | January 16
NEW! Profile in Courage Essay Contest | January 18
NEW! C-SPAN’s Student Documentary Competition | January 20
NEW! Coolidge Scholarship | January 23
NEW! 40th Anniversary Fiesta Medal Design Contest|February 1
NEW! Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship | February 6
NEW! Live Mas Scholarship |February 21
NEW! The Alamo College Foundation Scholarship|March 31
NEW! Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship|March 31
Please the control button over the scholarship name for the link
Scroll to the bottom of the CHS High School webpage to access the College and Career Counseling Corner Webpage!
Students are classified and promoted each year based on the number of credits.
Freshmen 0 - 6.5 credits
Sophomores 7 - 13.5 credits
Juniors 14 - 20.5 credits
Seniors 21+ credits