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1 Tenth and Eleventh Grade Parent Night

2 This presentation is available on Click on Counselors Corner Click on Parent Nights

3 New and Improved Counseling Services Torrance Juvenile Diversion Counseling Torrance Juvenile Diversion Counseling College and Career Center College and Career Center Brown Bag College Workshops Brown Bag College Workshops PSAT Parent Night PSAT Parent Night Naviance Naviance

4 Naviance Means of communicating with students and families s regarding events, deadlines, college visits, workshops, etc. Planning for future beyond high school Personality and career interest inventories Transcript requests Scholarships Access to college information from past graduates, such as acceptance and attendance rates Scattergrams that compare your academic history to that of other students to determine likelihood for college acceptance Surveys, Resume, Voting

5 Sophomore and Junior Checklist Continue to take challenging courses. Review requirements for graduation, college admission and collegiate athletics (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) Continue to take challenging courses. Review requirements for graduation, college admission and collegiate athletics (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) Get good grades. Get good grades. Continue to be involved in activities, volunteer, and seek out leadership roles. Continue to be involved in activities, volunteer, and seek out leadership roles. Continue documenting your activities, honors and awards on Naviance Continue documenting your activities, honors and awards on Naviance Use College and Career Center to investigate post- secondary opportunities Use College and Career Center to investigate post- secondary opportunities Consider taking enrichment courses at a Community College in the summer. Consider taking enrichment courses at a Community College in the summer.

6 Sophomore Calendar

7 Sophomores Sign up to hear college representative visits. Take the PSAT. If you are enrolled in advanced courses, consider taking a SAT Subject Test in those subjects. Complete the Personality Inventory on Naviance which generates a list of potential careers.

8 Junior Calendar

9 Juniors October – December Take the PSAT. Take the PSAT. Attend college representative visits. Sign up on Naviance. Attend college representative visits. Sign up on Naviance. Start to make a list of colleges you are interested in learning about. Start to make a list of colleges you are interested in learning about. Focus on your college search by looking through any or all of the college guidebooks and/or search engines. Focus on your college search by looking through any or all of the college guidebooks and/or search engines.

10 October – December (cont.) Involve yourself in clubs and activities that interest you and continue to assume leadership positions. Involve yourself in clubs and activities that interest you and continue to assume leadership positions. Schedule college visits over Winter Break. Schedule college visits over Winter Break.

11 January – March Attend College Financial Planning Night at Torrance High School on January 6 th. Attend College Financial Planning Night at Torrance High School on January 6 th. Attend the PSAT Parent Night – January 13 th. Attend the PSAT Parent Night – January 13 th. Consider taking the SAT/ACT. Consider taking the SAT/ACT. Take the Mock SAT/ACT at West High. Take the Mock SAT/ACT at West High. Use your research of colleges, standardized test scores, and your GPA to come up with a tentative list of schools. Use your research of colleges, standardized test scores, and your GPA to come up with a tentative list of schools. Attend the TUSD College Fair on February 27 th at South High School from 11 am – 2 pm. Attend the TUSD College Fair on February 27 th at South High School from 11 am – 2 pm. Research valuable summer opportunities. Research valuable summer opportunities.

12 April – June Prepare for standardized tests. Prepare for standardized tests. Register for and take the May/June SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT. Register for and take the May/June SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT. Attend Brown Bag College Workshops. Attend Brown Bag College Workshops. Begin working on your Senior Brag Sheet. Begin working on your Senior Brag Sheet. Begin looking for scholarships. If you are interested in playing Division I or II sports in college, register with the NCAA at Begin looking for scholarships. If you are interested in playing Division I or II sports in college, register with the NCAA at

13 Summer 2010 Visit colleges. Visit colleges. Start working on college essay(s). Start working on college essay(s). Start to develop your performing or visual arts portfolio. Start to develop your performing or visual arts portfolio. Research additional scholarships. Research additional scholarships. Spend time preparing for the SAT/ACT. Spend time preparing for the SAT/ACT.

14 Summer Opportunities So Cal ROC… elective credits So Cal ROC… elective credits TUSD… no fees (?) TUSD… no fees (?) students who have failed a course students needing to pass CAHSEE South Bay Enrichment Academy students who want to advance South Bay Enrichment Academy students who want to advancetuition-based Online and Community College classes Online and Community College classes Check with your counselor before registering to ensure you are taking the appropriate course. Check with your counselor before registering to ensure you are taking the appropriate course.

15 Academic Resources for Students and Parents Tutorial Center (Mon – Thurs at Lunch in Media Center in Library, after school from 3-4 pm in Main Library) Tutorial Center (Mon – Thurs at Lunch in Media Center in Library, after school from 3-4 pm in Main Library) Parent Connect (www.parentconnect.tusd.org) Parent Connect (www.parentconnect.tusd.org) Teacher Communication Teacher Communication

16 Career Resources Naviance El Camino College and Career Center So Cal ROC Summer Internships Volunteer Work

17 SELECTING A COLLEGE

18 Qualities to consider when deciding which colleges to apply to…. Size Size Academic offerings Academic offerings Coed or single sex Coed or single sex Religious/ethnic orientation Religious/ethnic orientation Academic environment Academic environment Activities available Activities available

19 More qualities to consider when deciding which colleges to apply to…. Big name or best fit school? Cost/availability of financial aid Admission difficulty Location Misc. considerations (i.e., campus safety, special facilities, housing, etc.)

20 Resources People sources of information 1. Counselors 2. College representatives 3. Alumni 4. Currently enrolled students 5. Parents 6. Friends 7. Educational consultants

21 Resources Paper and internet sources 1. Objective guidebooks 2. Subjective guidebooks 3. Printed materials for colleges 4. College websites 5. General internet resources (www.collegeboard.com) (www.collegeboard.com)www.collegeboard.com 6. Naviance

22 Resources Events 1. College fairs (TUSD Fair, NACAC Fairs, etc.) 2. College events (Open houses, receptions) (Open houses, receptions) 3. Campus tours

23 Thank you for coming. Please proceed to the Gym, where College Night will begin momentarily.


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