Presentation on theme: "Welcome to Junior Parent Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to Junior Parent Night Sponsored byGreen Hope High SchoolStudent Services
2 Student Services Staff Shernita Telfair, Dean of Students Anne Miller, Counselor A-Di Jerry Goodpasture, Counselor Do-Ja Justin McIntyre, Counselor Je-Mi Hamilton Freeman, Counselor Mo-Se Allison Tibbetts, Counselor Sh-Z Nicole Bates-Leto, SAP Counselor Angie Murrane, Receptionist Cathy Dillon, Registrar *The PowerPoint presentation will be available on the Student Services Web site
3 Program Overview Review Graduation Requirements Provide a guideline to assist with college planningProvide resources to assist with post-secondary planningProvide information on post-secondary options
4 Graduation Requirements Class of 2015 Future-Ready CoreEnglishEnglish I, II, III, IV4 CreditsMathematicsAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II & one math course beyond Algebra IIScienceEarth/Environmental Science, Biology, & a Physical Science3 CreditsSocial StudiesWorld History, Civics & Economics, US HistoryElectives (2) + Concentration (4)Two electives must be courses in CTE, Arts or World Language;Four electives recommended in a concentrated area: CTE, Arts, or any other subject area.6 CreditsHealthful Living1 CreditElectives5 CreditsTotal26 Credits
5 NC Academic ScholarsGPA: 3.5 UnweightedFuture Ready Core Requirements which must include the following:English I, II, III, IVScience: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or PhysicsSocial Studies: World History, Civics and Economics, US HistoryFour (4) elective credits in a concentrationMath: Algebra I or Common Core I, Geometry or Common Core II, Algebra II or Common Core III, 4th math beyond Algebra II or Common Core IIIHealthful LivingWorld Language: 2 CreditsLevel I & Level II of the same language3 Higher Level courses (having 5 or 6 quality points) taken during junior and/or senior years (honors or AP)
6 TESTS… PSAT/NMSQT Provides preparation for the SAT Qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program & the National Merit Achievement Scholarship ProgramSchool-based test given each October for Sophomores (Juniors must sign-up for PSAT)To utilize results in preparation for the SAT, go to to access My College QuickStart, a free personalized planning kit based on their test results.
7 TESTS… SAT I Reasoning Test Measures the skills students need for academic success in college in three sections: Critical Reading, Math, & WritingScore Scale: 800 on each section; 2400 totalAverage score is 500 on each sectionRecommend taking at least once (or twice) in the spring of junior year and again at the beginning of the senior year if needed to increase scores.The College Board reports that most students improve their score the second time around, though beyond twice, scores don’t significantly change.Register online at collegeboard.orgImportant to prepare for the SAT: sign up for SAT prep classes, utilize free practice websites (such as collegeboard.org), and practice SAT books
8 TESTS…ACT AssessmentCurriculum-based test designed to measure students’ college readiness and academic achievement in four skill areas: English, Math, Reading, & ScienceThe writing test is optional but required for admission to UNC system schoolsScore Scale is 1-36 on each section; 1-36 compositeRecommend taking at least once (or twice) in spring of junior year and again at beginning of senior year if needed to increase scores.Register and prepare online at actstudent.org
9 And more TESTS… SAT II Subject Tests AP Exams ASVAB Required by some selective colleges for admission and/or for placement purposes once a student enrollsCheck college Web sites to determine requirementsStudents can take up to 3 subject tests on one test dateRecommend taking Subject Tests near the end of a course when the information is still fresh in their mindRegister at collegeboard.orgAP ExamsTaken in May by students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and used by colleges for credit or placementASVABAptitude test offered by the Armed Services
10 College Planning Timeline FallTake the PSATVolunteer or campaign for leadership positions in extracurricular activitiesBegin list of colleges & researchResearch admissions criteria, tuition estimates, & academic requirementsGet organized! Create a college file & a college calendar to write down deadlinesBegin researching Enrichment OpportunitiesIf you are applying to military academies or ROTC scholarships, the process should begin in the junior year
11 College Planning Timeline WinterBegin visiting college campuses, start SAT PrepBegin researching scholarshipsMeet with counselors in small groupsSpringContinue visiting potential schools on listAttend Spring College Fair-Greater Raleigh National College Fair,Tuesday, March 11, 2014 , Raleigh Convention CenterTake the SAT/ACTResearch college majorsStart talking with teachers about recommendation letters
12 College Planning Timeline SummerGet involved in a summer internship, enrichment program, volunteer, or work a part-time jobMark your calendar for important Fall dates and deadlines (early scholarships and early action/decision deadlines)Continue to visit college campusesContinue to narrow your list of collegesReview college applications and begin working on essays if availableThe more you can do before the senior year, the easier things will be!
13 The College SearchREMEMBER you are seeking a college where the goals and personality of the student are well matched with those of the college. Consider what is important to you: cost, location, size, residential life, major, etc… EVALUATE & EXPLORE interests, majors, and careers by taking interest inventories and assessments (CFNC.org and princetonreview.com) LIST abilities, preferences, personal qualities, and potential college majors RESEARCH COLLEGES by searching college websites, CFNC.org, collegeboard.com, collegeview.org, and college guidebooks available in student services
14 The College Search cont… ATTEND local college fairs and meetwith college representatives when theyvisit your school (listen to announcements for dates)VISIT colleges and take college tours when they are in session to get a feel for the campus and regular activity.TALK to friends, family, teachers, and recent grads about their careers & college experiencesDEVELOP a list of colleges and determine factors to use in comparing themREVIEW admission requirements and application deadlines for potential colleges
15 The College Search cont… FINALIZE your college list early in the senior year. Consider the following guide:One or two safety colleges: colleges to which they will almost certainly be admittedSome realistic or “probables”: college where their GPA, test scores, and other features look very similar to those of recent entering classesA reach (or two): colleges where they meet the criteria for admission but may not have the stellar qualifications of most first year students
16 What are colleges looking for? Academic Achievement (GPA)SAT/ACT scoresRigor of classesClass RankExtracurricular ActivitiesCommunity ServiceEssayRecommendation Letter(s)Interview
17 Résumé Create or update your resume including a record of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences from high school.Choose a format that best highlights your experience, education, and interests.Add your summer employment, volunteer work, job shadowing and internships, college applications, and scholarship applications to your résumé.Your school counselor will ask for a copy of your résumé at your senior meeting.To create an online résumé, visit CFNC.org and click on the Student Planner.
18 College Planning Resources Junior Planning Guide available on the student services websiteThe College Foundation of North Carolina-www.cfnc.orgThe College Board-collegeboard.orgThe Princeton Review-princetonreview.comPrint publications & guidebooksStudent ServicesSchool counselor
19 CFNC.org Track and Plan High School Courses Explore and Compare CollegesCareer Assessments & Interest InventoriesInformation on Careers and College MajorsScholarships and Financial Aid InformationSAT/ACT Test PrepApply to NC Colleges
20 NCAA Clearinghouse & Student Athletes The clearinghouse certifies youreligibility to compete as a studentathlete, but your college must accept you as a student.The clearinghouse evaluates your academic record to determine if you are eligible to participate at a Division I or II college as a freshmen.You can review the eligibility requirements and register atStudent athletes should register after the completion of the junior year.
21 Summer Opportunities-Get Involved! Enrichment/College Preparation Opportunities are available through colleges to explore career interests & develop leadership skillsCheck individual college websites for opportunitiesVisit CFNC.org and click on “College Preparation Opportunities” for a searchable listReview listed opportunities on the Student Services website under “Enrichment Opportunities”Talk with your counselorVolunteer in your communityApply for a summer jobDiscuss internship & job shadowing opportunities with Catherine Barone, Career Development Coordinator, to gain experience and explore career interests
22 Financial Aid-Grants, Loans & Work-Study The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that is needed to apply for aid in the form of grants or loans. You can obtain a FAFSA application atThe CSS/Financial Aid Profile establisheseligibility for institutional aid. Theapplication is available atA Financial Aid Counselor will be available for appointments beginning in October of the senior year to assist with the process.
23 Financial Aid-Scholarships Most scholarships are available beginning in the senior year; however there are a few scholarships available in the junior year.Begin researching scholarships during the junior year (many scholarships have early deadlines in senior year)Create a file for scholarships in which you qualify and would like to apply for during the senior year.Scholarship resources include:College and University websitesScholarship Newsletter (Student Services website)
24 Additional Post-Secondary Options Community colleges offer a vast array of Associate Degree and Certificate programsFor students that may not have the grades right away or want to save money, community colleges offer College Transfer programs wherein you can transfer to a 4 year university within 2 years (Ex: UNC C-STEP)What about the Military? Get in touch with a recruiter and sign up to take the ASVAB.Maybe it’s right to work! Contact Catherine Barone, Career Development Coordinator , for more information
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