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Mabank High School Counseling Center

Welcome to the MHS Counseling Center

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive counseling program to assist students in maximizing their potential. We have college and career resources on this website and also have materials available for students and parents in our office.

Please call if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. We welcome any opportunity to assist you.

Phone:   903-880-1600 Ext. 1610

Fax:        903-880-1611

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GEAR UP is all about helping Texas students like you get ready to be successful in college—and way beyond.

Explore resources to answer all your burning college questions, watch videos of kids who've overcome some of the same challenges you may be facing, get the full scoop on your dream career, and so much more. Just think of it all as an extra boost on the way to making the rest of your life seriously awesome.


Senior Course Selection Meetings: February 20-March 2

Junior Course Selection Meetings: March 5-23

Sophomore Course Selection Meetings: March 26-April 6

Freshmen Parent Meeting: April 16

MHS CTE Expo: April 17

Freshmen Course Selection Meetings: April 18-25

SAT (during school day): April 24

MHS Athletic Ceremony: May 7

Senior Awards Ceremony: May 14

TSI Testing: May 15

Senior Assembly Practice: May 17

Senior Assembly: May 18

Baccalaureate Practice: May 18

Baccalaureate: May 20

Senior Walk, Practice and Graduation: May 25

SAT Testing: June 2

ACT Testing: June 9

CBE Testing: June 13-14


Want to know more about CTE classes? Check out the new orientation video!
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It is the goal of Mabank High School to build positive, lasting relationships with all students, parents, and community members. One way to foster such relations is through our advisory program.

Each student at MHS is assigned an advisor. The role of the advisor is one of communication with the parents regarding the child’s grades, attendance, discipline concerns, or any other area that the parent, teacher, or student feels need to be discussed.

Your child’s advisor should contact you  to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have. The advisor will have every teacher’s email address, phone extension, and conference times in order to assist you in contacting the appropriate instructor with specific questions.

Furthermore, our feeling is that schools should focus, in conjunction with academic preparedness, on the development of our student’s character and decision making skills in order to cope with the pressures of today’s ever changing global society. Therefore, we will teach a character lesson during each advisory period focusing on issues ranging from student interests to the effects of drinking and driving.

Please understand that your child’s advisor is not someone that knows the answers to every question and they are not your child’s counselor, but are a personal contact that can refer you to the appropriate office.




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Career Pathways

Planning Ahead for Your Future

Six year plans, or career pathways, have been developed for a variety of careers within the sixteen career clusters. These plans contain recommended electives in a coherent sequence which will provide the student with skills needed to pursue his/her desired career. Many of these pathways lead to certifications recognized by industry, and some allow students to take licensing exams upon successful completion of the course of study outlined in the Six Year Plan. Other course sequences are articulated with local community colleges and students will receive college credit if all criteria are met. For Additional Career Resources see the following links: O*Net | Occupational Outlook Handbook



College Applications

About ApplyTexas

ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and many colleges and universities in Texas. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:

  • Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.
  • Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
  • Copy a submitted application to another institution.
  • Submit your application essays online.
  • Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
  • Search for and view both general and university specific information.

Click to access: ApplyTexas

About The Common Application

With more than 600 Member colleges and only one application, The Common Application is comprised of a rich and diverse membership – colleges that are public, private, large, small, secular, and religious. No other college application system matches the diversity of institutions accessible through The Common Application, which is why more than 1 million students, counselors and teachers rely on us every year.

Click to access: The Common Application

What Can I Learn From Community Service?

Did you know that prospective colleges look at more than your academic performance when is comes to admissions? Community service is one of the top four most important factors that colleges consider along with GPA/Class Rank, SAT/ACT tests and other extra-curricular activities. See your counselor for a service log and please participate in all of the service project opportunities that MHS offers during the school year. You can make a difference!

Volunteering teaches:

  • a sense of responsibility.By volunteering, you learn what it means to make and keep a commitment.You learn how to be on time for a job, do your best, and be proud of the results.But you also learn that, ultimately, we are responsible for the well-being of our entire community.
  • the knowledge that one person can make a difference.A wonderful, empowering message for a person is that you are important enough to have an impact on someone or something else.
  • the benefit of sacrifice.Helping with a task tells us that there are important things other than ourselves and our immediate needs.
  • tolerance.Working in community service can bring you in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels.You will likely find that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.
  • job skills.Community service can help you decide on your future careers.Learning to work as a team member, taking on leadership roles, setting project goals – these are all skills that can be gained by volunteering and will serve you well in any future career.
  • how to fill idle time wisely.If you aren’t involved in traditional after-school activities, community service can be a wonderful alternative.


Top 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

            1.  Meet new like-minded people

            2.  Change someone else’s life as well as your own.

            3.  Feel a sense of accomplishment and self fulfillment.

                                                                                         (United Way)

Organizations in our Area that have Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. The Senior Center at the Ballpark, Mabank  (903) 887-0067
  2. Tri-County Library, Mabank  (903) 887-9622
  3. Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points  (903) 432-4185
  4. Special Olympics (903) 880-7236 Jay Arnold
  5. Mabank Area Good Samaritans (903) 887-0547
  6. Mabank Nursing Home (903) 887-2436
  7. Cedarview House Senior Living, GBC (903) 887-0236
  8. Family Resource Center, GBC  (903) 887-4711
  9. The Genesis Center, Kaufman  (972) 932-4351

Click here for a community service volunteer log

Credit by Examination


DATE: JUNE 13 & 14
TIME: 8:00 AM

(903) 880-1610


Students may use credit by examination to earn credit in any academic course at

the secondary level, with the prior approval of their counselor.

Such examinations shall assess the student’s mastery of the essential knowledge and skills

and shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee.

Without Prior Instruction

A student will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course

for which the student has no prior instruction. To receive credit, a student must score at

least 80 on the examination. There will be no charge for examinations for acceleration.

With Prior Instruction

A student who has received prior instruction in a course or subject, but failed the course

or subject may earn credit by passing an examination on the essential knowledge and

skills defined for the course or subject. To receive credit, a student must score at least 70

on the examination. A student may not use this examination to retain eligibility to participate in

extracurricular activities. There is a charge for examinations for credit recovery. A student

planning to take an examination for acceleration (or the student’s parent) must register with

the counselor no later than May 1. The examinations are scheduled for June and by special 

request during the school year at principal approval.

MHS Dual Credit Courses





E-Cashier is available for payments. If you don’t pay for your courses using the TVCC online E-Cashier system, you will need to deliver your payment to the TVCC Business Office by the payment deadline. TVCC will drop you from classes for non-payment if you don’t meet the payment deadline.


Go to
  • Click on Quick Links Tab
  • Click on Cardinal Connection
  • Click on Students
  • Follow Instructions to Log on
  • Select "Pay Your Tuition/Fees"  (It will link to E-CASHIER)

Dual Credit Enrollment for College and High School Credit
Students in the 11th or 12th grades may wish to take courses on the college level at Trinity Valley Community College that would also receive high school credit. Each student must have permission prior to TVCC registration deadlines from his/her high school counselor before enrolling in a course for dual credit. Courses are offered each fall, spring, and summer I and summer II semesters. In most cases, these hours are transferable to other colleges; however, you should check with the college of your choice for its policy.
Students must pay for books and fees that are required each semester for dual credit course(s). Students must also meet and comply with the colleges rules, regulations and requirements. High school students must either be exempt from the TSI or take the TSI prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university.

Mabank High School will accept the following college courses for dual credit toward high school graduation requirement.
(NOTE: courses available and prerequisites may vary by semester).

College Course No High School Course Credit

Gov. 2305 or 2306
Economics 2301
Psychology 2301
English 1301
English 1302
English 2322
English 2323
History 1301
History 1302
College Algebra (Math 1314) 
Psychology 2314
MDCA 1313 
Math 2413
Math 1342
Biology 1406
Biology 1407
Criminal Justice
Environmental Science 1401 & 1402
Art Appreciation 1301
Spanish 1411
Spanish 1412
BCIS 1305
Orientation to Nail Tech 1430
Welding 1521, 1323
ITSC 1305, 1325, 1391
ITNW 1358, 1325, 1392

US Government 1/2 credit
Economics 1/2 Credit
Psychology 1/2 credit
English III (1st Semester) 1/2 credit 
English III (2nd Semester) 1/2 credit 
English IV (1st Semester) 1/2 credit
English IV (2nd Semester) 1/2 credit
US History (1st Semester) 1/2 credit 
US History (2nd Semester) 1/2 credit 
College Algebra 1 local credit
Child Development 1/2 credit 
Medical Terminology 1/2 credit 
Calculus 1 credit
Statistics 1 credit
Biology (senior year, 1st semester) 
Biology (senior year, 2nd semester)
Criminal Justice
Environmental Systems (1/2 credit each Semester)
Fine Art Credit
Spanish I
Spanish II
Nail Tech
Op Systems, Computer Hardware, Sp. Topics
Networking Tech, Sp. Topics

Other courses can be approved through the counseling center.

Reminders for Dual-Credit Students

1. All fall/spring/summer registration will be handled at MHS.  You must meet deadlines and requirements to participate in the dual credit program.

2. TVCC must receive your application supplement, copy of transcript and proof of TSI exemption. If you were enrolled in a dual credit course(s) in fall/spring, you will not need to provide the transcript or TSI exemption.

3. You will be waived from the tuition, but you will pay any fees (usually from $130 to $160 per class) & purchase/rent any required textbooks. 

4. See your counselor for additional questions.

Confused about what to do after you have registered for your dual credit college course?

1. How can I acquire a copy of the syllabus for the dual credit course I am registering to take before the first day of class? 


Go to the following link to view/print dual credit course syllabus for courses offered in Mabank.
You can change the semesters/locations in the drop down box located at top of page.

2. Where can I get the required texts/books for my dual credit college course(s)?

Option #1: TVCC Book Store – Phone: (903) 675-6223
(To find the correct books for your class, you need to have the name and section number of the course in which you are registered. This can be found on your dual credit paperwork or registration receipt)

Option #2: Buy Used Book(s) from a MHS student that has already had the course. 

Option #3: Rent the book(s). The following site has been recommended by a teacher of dual credit course: or
(Remember to check with the teacher or syllabus to ensure you are renting the correct books)

Option #4: Buy the books new or used from an online book store.
Examples: or
(Again- remember to check with teacher or syllabus for correct titles)

Option #5: Borrow/Trade book(s) with a classmate or friend that has already had the college course.

Financial Aid Resources

Funding Your Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid

Provides basic information on federal student aid programs from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. This booklet tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
Click here for more information

Federal Student Aid at a Glance
Briefly explains the federal student aid process & federal aid programs students may qualify for. 
Click here for more information

Federal Student Aid - Grant Programs Fact Sheet
The federal government provides grant funds for students attending colleges, career schools, and universities. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. The major federal student aid grant programs & award limits are briefly described on this fact sheet. 
Click here for more information

Federal Student Aid - Loan Program Fact Sheets
Will you need a loan to attend college? If so, think federal aid/FAFSA first. Federal student loans usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment terms and options than private student loans.  This fact sheet lists all types of federal student loans including explanations and award limits.
Click here for more information

If you are taking college classes, be sure to request an IRS Form 1098-T for college expenses from your college account
You can get this information from the college student's account.  Use the student's college login and password to retrieve this form which could possibly save you money on your IRS Income Taxes.
Click Here for more information

IRS Education Tax Credits can possibly save you money from your college class expenses
Use the IRS From 1098-T to see if you can qualify for IRS Tax Credits when you file your IRS Income Taxes.
Click here for more information

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