Toni Ponich

Phone: 702-799-8000 ext. 4049

Location: Room 505

Hours: 7:00am - 2:00pm


Additional information regarding Scholarships, Financial Aid and Colleges can also be found using the "Counseling" menu in our site's primary navigation bar. You may also use the following links: College Info | Scholarship Info


Many college and univerisities will be visiting our campus this year. Students need to remember that they MUST sign up with Mrs. Houser in the Counseling Office to attend any college speaker presentation. REMINDER! Only junior and senior students may participate in college visits.


There are many online resources available to help students prepare for the various college entrance exams and other post high-school tests. Here is a list of the more common resources:

  • SAT Prep

  • ACT Prep


  • Study Skills

  • Learning Express provides pretests to determine strengths and weaknesses then provides targeted reviews and tutorials in English, Math, Reading and Science.

  • SOPHIA provides college readiness and ACT test preparation for English, Writing, Reading, Science and Math. Create a free student account.

  • HippoCampus provides instruction and refresher information in Math, Science, Social Sciences and English. Create a free account.

  • Prep Factory is a free tool to study for all subjects of the ACT test.


The following is a list of Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes available at Basic Academy this year. The classes with an asterisk indicate those courses that may earn college credits, if certain requirements are completed.


Auto Technology* | Early Childhood Education*

Entrepreneurship* | Fashion Design & Construction | Foods & Nutrition

Forensic Science* | Theatre Technology* | Video Production*


CTE College Credit provides an opportunity for secondary students who complete state-approved programs in career and technical education (CTE) to earn postsecondary credit at no cost to the student. CTE College Credit is articulated credit, the high school coursework aligns to postsecondary courses and the teacher of record is a high school CTE teacher. To qualify for the CTE College Credit, students must:


  1. Earn a 3.0 grade point average in their CTE course sequence;

  2. Pass the state End-Of-Program Technical Content assessment;

  3. Pass the state Workplace Readiness Assessment for Employability Skills.


Students who complete a CTE program of study according to the criteria are eligible to earn the CTE College Credit within three years of graduating from high school and upon admission to the post-secondary institution. The amount of credit is dependent upon the state standards for each high school CTE program and how the standards align to the college courses for a certificate or degree in a related career pathway.


Visit for more details. Also, can help with the Workplace Readiness Skills test.


Work Experience functions as an elective course and is a wonderful opportunity to earn ½ credit per semester. No seat time is required and it may be repeated for a second semester. Students who participate in Work Experience are required to fill out a Training Agreement Sheet.


Process to earn school credit:

  1. You submit your check pay stub to document the hours worked during each pay period (e.g. weekly,  bi-weekly, monthly, etc.)

  2. You submit a signed Work Experience Training Agreement

  3. You report any and all changes in job duties or loss of your job

  4. You work on the job a total of 270 hours during the semester.

A student will NOT receive credit for the following types of employment:

  • Door-to-door solicitation

  • Commission work

  • Unlicensed businesses

  • Normal family duties at the student’s home

  • Babysitting (unless it is a licensed, child-care facility)

  • Telephone solicitations

  • Getting paid cash (“under the table” work)

  • Jobs which do not comply with federal, state, and local health, safety and legal requirements.

Advantages for participating in Work Experience:

  • Looks terrific on your Transcript

  • Raises your grade point average

  • Gain invaluable work experience

  • Learn to manage your money and make decisions

  • Learn to manage and prioritize your time with school and homework, enhances multi-tasking

  • Appears striking on your resume

  • Improve your interpersonal and social skills by working with people (e.g. a boss, co-workers and customers)

  • Potential promotions

  • Possible letters of referrals for college or another job

  • Supports our local business community

  • Helps you make monumental decisions about your career path.

Students who are interested in signing up for Work Experience should contact

Ms. Ponich in the Career Center (room 505) to get more details and the necessary paperwork.


Job Corps is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 - 24. Perspective participants must meet a set of low-income criteria. Students interested in this program can visit the national Job Corps website, contact the local chapter of Job Corps at 702-382-2702 or can stop by to see Ms.Ponich in the Career Center for more information.


Please visit the Career Center (room 505) for a list of 16 different fields of study.