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1 Fuquay-Varina High School Junior & Senior Information Night September 23, 2008 Presented by FVHS Student Services

2 Tonights Agenda Welcome Introduction of Counselors Course of Study Requirements Transcripts Graduation Project Post-Secondary Planning SAT, ACT, & Testing NCAA Scholarships Financial Aid

3 Program Overview Briefly review Graduation Requirements Provide resources and a guideline to assist with college planning and the application process Provide information on post-secondary options

4 Student Services Please visit our web site: Under Student Services you will find: forms, application procedures, a listing of scholarships …

5 Student Services Student Services Phyllis McLeod, Dean of Student Services Guidance Counselors Mr. Eric Kostecki 9 th Grade Mrs. Xana Harrington th A-G Mrs. Tricia Myers th H-M Mrs. Jill Kreacic th N-Z Mr. Stephen Moore SAP 9 th Grade Mrs. Kara Morgan Test Coordinator Mr. Randy Swann CDC Mrs. Pat Lyle Registrar Mrs. Fonda Phillips Secretary

6 Graduation Requirements Minimum of 26 credits Pass NC Math and Reading Competency Exams Pass Computer Proficiency Exams Complete Requirements for at least one Course of Study: College/University Prep, College Tech Prep, Career Prep or Occupational

7 Courses of Study Career Prep Minimum graduation requirements Prepares for entry-level career choice Admission to a community college College Tech Prep Higher academic standards Prepares for highly technical fields of study in community college College/University Prep Highest level of academic standards Course requirements for UNC Institutions Occupational Appropriate for certain students in special education

8 Career Prep Course Number of credits English I, II, III, IV4 Mathematics Three courses to include Algebra I 3 Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, Physical 3 Social Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. History 3 Healthful Living Education1 Arts Education or Career-Technical Education- Four courses in one pathway with one class at an advanced level 4 Electives8 Total26

9 College Tech Prep Course Number of credits English I, II, III, IV4 Mathematics Algebra I, Geometry & Algebra II or Algebra I & Technical Math I & II 3 Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, Physical 3 Social Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. History 3 Healthful Living Education1 Career-Technical Education- Four courses in one pathway with one class at an advanced level 4 Electives8 Total26

10 Career Pathways at FVHS Agricultural & Natural Resources Business Technologies Engineering Technologies Commercial & Artistic Production Construction Technologies Health Sciences Public Service Arts Education (Career Prep Course of Study only)

11 College University Prep Course Number of credits English I, II, III, IV4 Mathematics Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II & a higher level course (Stats AP, Trig, Pre cal…) 4 Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, Physical 3 Social Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. History 3 Second Language Two credits in the same language 2 Healthful Living Education1 Electives9 Total26

12 Occupational Credits # of credits English I, II, III, IV4 Occupational Mathematics I, II, III3 Occupational Life Skills Science I & II2 Occupational Social Studies I & II2 Healthful Living Education1 Career-Technical Education Electives4 Occupational Preparation I, II, III, & IV Completion of 300 hours school based training, 240 hours community based training, & 360 hours paid employment 6 Total22

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15 Requesting Transcripts Each school requires an official transcript sent directly from FVHS to the college. Student must fill out and turn in a transcript request form available on Ms. Lyles door (Registrar). If the student is under 18, the request must be signed by a parent. Any counselor recommendation forms must be turned in with the transcript request. Transcripts are free!!! Starting May 1 st final transcript requests must be sent to the college of your choice. Forms will be available on Mrs. Lyles door (Registrar).

16 NC Academic Scholars GPA 3.5 unweighted English: 4 Credits Math: 4 Credits Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher math course with Algebra II as a prerequisite Science: 3 Credits Chemistry or Physics, Earth/Environmental Science, and Biology Social Studies: 3 Credits World History, Civics & Economics, and US History Second Language other than English: 2 Credits Level I and Level II Health Living: 1 Credits Career Technical Education: 1 Credits Art Education: 1 Credits Electives: 5 Credits (Elective credits to include at least two second level or advanced classes)

17 North Carolina Graduation Project North Carolina Graduation Project Class of 2010 The GP is a statewide graduation requirement that provides students with experience in: Public Speaking Presentation Community Involvement Personal Responsibility Personal Growth Written Language Technology *more information available on school website

18 GP Timeline GP Timeline for current juniors Junior Year Students need to: finalize topic write essential question complete research paper requirement secure a mentor for product options & begin consultation to log hours practice oral presentation skills finalize product ideas work on portfolio completion Senior Year ( ) Students need to: complete the Product, Presentation, and Portfolio components present their entire GP to a panel of judges projects will be scored using state-endorsed rubrics Students will have gained useful skills for transitioning into college/university & workplace

19 Career Information Our Career Development Coordinator is Randy Swann Career Assessment/Planning Career Options To contact Mr. Swann, call or at

20 Post-Secondary Options 2 – Year University Community College Junior College 4 – Year University 16 Public Universities Independent Colleges and Universities Military Work

21 Making Choices About College Know yourself and your reasons for wanting to go to college Consider College Characteristics List, compare, and visit colleges Apply for admission and adhere to deadlines

22 College Visits Juniors are allowed 1 excused absence for college visits. Seniors are allowed 2 excused absences for college visits.

23 Applying to College Admissions look at: (In no particular order) Course work Grade Point Average (GPA) Class rank SAT and or ACT scores Extracurricular activities Recommendations, essays, and interviews (if required)

24 Application Tips Read all instructions before beginning Know deadlines Students should fill out applications Fill out in black/blue ink – Make them NEAT! Fill out transcript request two weeks prior to the date you need the transcript to arrive.

25 Wake Tech (Example of the Benefits of a Community College) The only requirement for entrance to Wake Tech is a high school diploma. Many students choose to go to Wake Tech to get a 2- year associates degree. Some will enroll in the College Transfer Program with plans to transfer to a 4-year university after two years. Wake Tech is a great option for students who would like to start over academically. It is also a very affordable option at a cost of only $42.00 per credit hour. (The cheapest in the US!)

26 UNC Minimum Admissions Requirements 4 units of English 4 units of Math, 1 unit for which Algebra II is a prerequisite 2 units of History, 1 unit of US History Biology, Physical Science, 1 lab Science 2 units of a language other than English SAT/ACT It is recommended that students take a math during their senior year. GPA 2.0, SAT Minimum 700, ACT Minimum 15

27 Independent Colleges and Universities Private and independent colleges sometimes have more flexible entrance requirements. Check with individual schools for specifics. Dont let cost deter you from considering a private or independent college. They usually give great financial aid packages!!!

28 College Admission Options Early Action-is an admissions procedure to notify student of early admissions to the college. Students are not obligated to accept the colleges offer of admission and may file applications at other universities. Early Decision-is a plan under which candidates may submit credentials early to one college, usually by Oct. 15 th of senior year. Applicants are notified of their status by December. As part of the early decision plan, students may be required to sign an agreement to withdraw other applicants if accepted.

29 College Admissions Options cont… Regular admission-is the plan under which candidates submit credentials during November to February, depending on school deadlines. Check the deadlines for each individual school. Rolling admission-is the plan under which candidates submit the credentials at their convenience through a certain date, usually late in the year. They receive an offer of acceptance or denial within four to six weeks. Onsite admission-is an admissions option in which colleges visit students at the high school and make an admissions determination during a scheduled appointment with the student. East Carolina University is planning onsite admissions this year they will require electronic application.

30 Benefits of the Brag Sheet The Brag sheet is an extremely helpful tool in comprehensively completing the Counselor Recommendation Form Answering Brag topics allows each student to express her or himself as individuals Any unique circumstances in a students life can be explained through the Brag Sheet Completed Brag Sheets may be given to the teachers that are asked to write letters of recommendation. PLEASE ALLOW TWO WEEKS TO COMPLETE YOUR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION!!!

31 SAT & ACT Testing SAT October 4, 2008 November 1, 2008 December 6, 2008 January 24, 2009, March 14, 2009 May 2, 2009 June 6, 2009 Cost $45 ACT October 25, 2008 December 13, 2008 February 7, 2009 April 4, 2009 June 13, 2009 Cost $48 (including the writing portion)

32 SAT I Reasoning Test Measures the skills students need for academic success in college in three areas: Critical Reading, Math, & Writing Score Scale: 800 on each section; 2400 total Average score is 500 on each section The College Board reports that 55% of juniors improve their scores as seniors; 35% decrease; 10% no change Register online at Prepare for the SAT: sign up for SAT prep classes, utilize free practice Web sites (such as ), and resource books

33 SAT/ACT Conversion ACTMath & Critical Reading only SAT combined for NCAA purposes NEW SAT

34 Conversion cont

35 ACT Assessment Curriculum-based test designed to measure students college readiness and academic achievement in four skill areas: English, Math, Reading, & Science The writing test is optional but required for admission to UNC system schools Score Scale is 1-36 on each section; 1-36 composite Register and prepare online at

36 SAT II Subject Tests Required by some selective colleges for admission and/or for placement purposes once a student enrolls Check college Web sites to determine requirements Students can take up to 3 subject tests on one test date Recommend taking Subject Tests near the end of a course when the information is still fresh in their mind Register at

37 Advanced Placement Exams Taken in May 4-15, 2009 by students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses Gain an edge in college preparation Stand out in college admissions Broaden intellectual horizpns Used by most colleges and universities, plus colleges and universities in 24 other countries grant students admission credit and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades

38 AP courses offered at FVHS AP English Literature 12 AP English Language 11 AP US History AP European History AP US Government AP Environmental Science AP Chemistry AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Statistics AP Spanish Literature AP Spanish Language AP Art History AP Visual Art – Drawing AP Music Theory AP Human Geography AP Psychology AP Biology

39 Practice SAT On October 15, 2008, the PSAT (practice SAT) will be given to all Juniors and Sophomores that have passed Algebra I or both Algebra I part 1 and part 2. Students that have not taken or not passed Algebra I can take the PSAT for $13.

40 ASVAB November 6, 2008 Aptitude test offered by the Armed Services Offered in high school for career exploration purposes and is free of charge with no military obligation Test given in the Media Center Sign up with Mr. Swann, CDC

41 College Foundation of North Carolina College Foundation of North Carolina Career Center Student Planner College Fair Online Applications Paying for College

42 CFNC & College Application Week All seniors need to register on before November 1 stwww.cfnc.org College Application Week is November 10 th -14 th College Application Day for FVHS is Thursday, November 13 th from 8 am -5 pm On the 13 th students and parents are welcome to come get assistance in the process

43 CFNC Redirection Pool Available from April 1 st to August 31 st Purpose: to make available every possible avenue for a student to pursue a post secondary education Matches students who werent accepted to colleges with colleges still accepting students 900 students in 2008 were accepted through this program.

44 NCAA Clearinghouse & Student Athletes The clearinghouse certifies your eligibility to compete as a student athlete, 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 at

45 Scholarships The Scholarship Bulletin is available online monthly on the FVHS website The Scholarship Bulletin may be ed to parents and students if you provide your information.

46 FVHS Scholarship Night Date: September 30, 2008 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: FVHS Auditorium Learn the FVHS procedures for acquiring scholarship information. Gain knowledge of the different types of scholarship available. Know helpful tips for interviewing

47 Teaching Fellows Scholarship (Sample of a scholarship) Provides $6500 per year, for a minimum of 4 years of college, to 500 high school seniors who agree to teach for 4 years in North Carolinas public schools after graduation from college. Application deadline: October 17, 2008

48 Financial Aid Financial Aid Night is in January Mrs. Tori Sharpe, a Financial Aid Counselor, will be available for appointments beginning in October to assist with the process. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filled out after Jan. 1 st when tax information is available. You can obtain a FAFSA application at The CSS/Financial Aid Profile establishes eligibility for institutional aid The application is available at

49 FAFSA Day FAFSA Day is February 21, 2009 High School seniors and their families will have the opportunity to get help completing and electronically submitting their FAFSA form. Go to for detailswww.cfnc.org/FAFSADay *Students must register through for this event.

50 What Can Parents Do? Encourage your child to challenge themselves Dont let your child opt out of classes when the going gets tough Talk to your child about college costs & how much your family will be able to pay Investigate and then tour colleges when possible

51 What can Students Do? Start Planning Now! Discuss expectations and financial aid with your parents MEET DEADLINES!!! Make sure applications are sent in a least at week before deadline to ensure prompt arrival and make copies of all applications. Teacher/counselor should get at least two weeks to complete any recommendations.

52 Helpful Websites FVHSwww.//fvhs.wcpss.net College Foundation of North Carolinawww.cfnc.org Wake County Public School Systemwww.wcpss.net SAT & AP Testing Informationwww.collegeboard.com ACT Testing Informationwww.actstudent.org Free Application for Federal & State Aidwww.fafsa.ed.gov Scholarship searchwww.Fastweb.com College Admissionswww.Collegenet.com College Admissionswww.Collegeview.com/collegesearch/

53 Upcoming Events September 30 – Scholarship Night October 6 – College Fair October 15 – PSAT November 6 - ASVAB November 13 – College Application Day May 4-15 – AP Testing June 8 – Graduation Rehearsal June 13 - Graduation

54 We are looking forward to working with you and your child this school year. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way. This presentation will be available on the website Go Bengals!


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