Which one do your need?
1. Formal Counselor Letter of Recommendation
This is the most common form of recommendation. In order to receive a formal counselor letter of recommendation, the student must complete the Teacher Evaluation and required questions in Naviance (see Steps A, B & C below).
2. Informal Teacher Evaluation
Counselors use evaluations from teachers to help them write the formal counselor letter of recommendation (see Step A below).
3. Formal Teacher Letter of Recommendation
Though this is not required by all colleges and universities, if your college requires a formal teacher letter of recommendation, the student must complete the "DGS Formal Teacher Recommendation Request Form" (see Step C below) and the required questions in Naviance (see Step B below).
Naviance Instructions for Informal Teacher Evaluations
For colleges and/or scholarships that ONLY need recommendations from Counselors, it is your responsibility to check and verify if needed.
You will need to gather information "About Yourself" and from the "Teachers" in order for your counselor to write a formal counselor recommendation letter for colleges that ONLY require a letter. (See Steps A, B & C below)
**Allow three weeks for this process to be completed. Check the "DGS App Deadlines" on the Home Page. **
Step A. To request Informal Teacher Evaluations thru Naviance only
Select the tab: "Colleges"
Select: "Colleges I'm Applying To"
In Naviance under Teacher Recommendations, select: "Add/cancel Requests". Send an e-mail message to your teacher. Check your e-mail periodically because your teacher might want to speak with you.
Select three junior year teachers only. After selecting your teachers, the status will show "In Progress". Once the teacher has completed the evaluation, the status column will change to "Completed".
Your counselor will use this information to write a formal letter of recommendation. It is your responsibility to touch base with the teachers to complete the "Informal Teacher Evaluations". Your counselor will be unable to write a FORMAL Letter of Recommendation without these teacher evaluations. DO NOT request a FORMAL Letter of Recommendation from your counselor until you have three teacher evaluations COMPLETED.
Step B. Required Questions for College and/or Scholarship Recommendations
Select: "About Me" (this part is all about you)
Under "Surveys to take", select: "Required questions for college recommendations". Answer all the questions.
When done, select: "Save and I am Finished". Have his part finalized your senior year.
If you have any questions regarding this procedure, you can ask your counselor.
Step C. To request FORMAL Counselor and/or Teacher Recommendation Letter
Though this is not required by all colleges and universities, it is your responsibility to check and verify if needed. If your college requires a formal counselor or teacher letter of recommendation, the student must request the information below.
Select: "Formal Counselor/Teacher Recommendation" located on the left side of the "Home Page" of Naviance under "Links".
Student will need to fill out the "DGS Formal Counselor and/or Teacher Recommendation Request Form".
Request your counselor and/or teacher to write a FORMAL letter of recommendation.
Complete and submit.
Make sure Steps A & B are complete in order for your counselor to write a formal recommendation letter.