Presentation on theme: "Fuquay-Varina High School Junior & Senior Information Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Fuquay-Varina High School Junior & Senior Information Night September 23, 2008Presented byFVHS Student Services
2 Tonight’s Agenda Welcome Introduction of Counselors Course of Study RequirementsTranscriptsGraduation ProjectPost-Secondary PlanningSAT, ACT, & TestingNCAAScholarshipsFinancial Aid
3 Program Overview Briefly review Graduation Requirements Provide resources and a guideline to assist with college planning and the application processProvide information on post-secondary options
4 Student Services Please visit our web site: www.fvhs.wcpss.net Under Student Services you will find: forms, application procedures, a listing of scholarships …
5 Student Services Phyllis McLeod, Dean of Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org 557-2526 Guidance CounselorsMr. Eric Kostecki th GradeMrs. Xana Harrington th A-GMrs. Tricia Myers th H-MMrs. Jill Kreacic th N-ZMr. Stephen Moore SAP 9th GradeMrs. Kara Morgan Test CoordinatorMr. Randy Swann CDCMrs. Pat Lyle RegistrarMrs. Fonda Phillips Secretary
6 Graduation Requirements Minimum of 26 creditsPass NC Math and Reading Competency ExamsPass Computer Proficiency ExamsComplete Requirements for at least one Course of Study: College/University Prep, College Tech Prep, Career Prep or Occupational
7 Courses of Study Career Prep College Tech Prep College/University Prep Minimum graduation requirementsPrepares for entry-level career choiceAdmission to a community collegeCollege Tech PrepHigher academic standardsPrepares for highly technical fields of study in community collegeCollege/University PrepHighest level of academic standardsCourse requirements for UNC InstitutionsOccupationalAppropriate for certain students in special education
8 Mathematics Three courses to include Algebra I 3 Career PrepCourseNumber of creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4Mathematics Three courses to include Algebra I3Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, PhysicalSocial Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. HistoryHealthful Living Education1Arts Education or Career-Technical Education-Four courses in one pathway with one class at an advanced levelElectives8Total26
9 Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, Physical College Tech PrepCourseNumber of creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4Mathematics Algebra I, Geometry & Algebra II or Algebra I & Technical Math I & II3Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, PhysicalSocial Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. HistoryHealthful Living Education1Career-Technical Education-Four courses in one pathway with one class at an advanced levelElectives8Total26
10 Career Pathways at FVHS Agricultural & Natural ResourcesBusiness TechnologiesEngineering TechnologiesCommercial & Artistic ProductionConstruction TechnologiesHealth SciencesPublic ServiceArts Education (Career Prep Course of Study only)
11 College University Prep CourseNumber of creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4Mathematics Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II & a higher level course (Stats AP, Trig, Pre cal…)Science Biology, Earth/Environmental, Physical3Social Studies World History, Civics & Econ, U.S. HistorySecond Language Two credits in the same language2Healthful Living Education1Electives9Total26
12 Occupational English I, II, III, IV 4 Credits# of creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4Occupational Mathematics I, II, III3Occupational Life Skills Science I & II2Occupational Social Studies I & IIHealthful Living Education1Career-Technical Education ElectivesOccupational Preparation I, II, III, & IV Completion of 300 hours school based training, 240 hours community based training, & 360 hours paid employment6Total22
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. Lyle’s 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 1st final transcript requests must be sent to the college of your choice. Forms will be available on Mrs. Lyle’s door (Registrar).
16 NC Academic Scholars GPA 3.5 unweighted English: 4 Credits Math: 4 CreditsAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher math course with Algebra II as a prerequisiteScience: 3 CreditsChemistry or Physics, Earth/Environmental Science, and BiologySocial Studies: 3 CreditsWorld History, Civics & Economics, and US HistorySecond Language other than English: 2 CreditsLevel I and Level IIHealth Living: 1 CreditsCareer Technical Education: 1 CreditsArt Education: 1 CreditsElectives: 5 Credits(Elective credits to include at least two second level or advanced classes)
17 North Carolina Graduation Project Class of 2010 The GP is a statewide graduation requirement that provides students with experience in:Public SpeakingPresentationCommunity InvolvementPersonal ResponsibilityPersonal GrowthWritten LanguageTechnology*more information available on school website
18 GP Timeline for current juniors Junior YearStudents need to:finalize topicwrite essential questioncomplete research paper requirementsecure a mentor for product options & begin consultation to log hourspractice oral presentation skillsfinalize product ideaswork on portfolio completionSenior Year ( )Students need to:complete the Product, Presentation, and Portfolio componentspresent their entire GP to a panel of judgesprojects will be scored using state-endorsed rubricsStudents will have gained useful skills for transitioning into college/university & workplace18
19 Career Information Our Career Development Coordinator is Randy Swann Career Assessment/PlanningCareer OptionsTo contact Mr. Swann, call orat
20 Post-Secondary Options 2 – Year UniversityCommunity CollegeJunior College4 – Year University16 Public UniversitiesIndependent Colleges and UniversitiesMilitaryWork
21 Making Choices About College Know yourself and your reasons for wanting to go to collegeConsider College CharacteristicsList, compare, and visit collegesApply for admission and adhere to deadlines
22 College VisitsJuniors are allowed 1 excused absence for college visits.Seniors are allowed 2 excused absences for college visits.
23 (In no particular order) Applying to CollegeAdmissions look at:(In no particular order)Course workGrade Point Average (GPA)Class rankSAT and or ACT scoresExtracurricular activitiesRecommendations, essays, and interviews (if required)
24 Application Tips Read all instructions before beginning Know deadlines Students should fill out applicationsFill 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 (Example of the Benefits of a Community College) 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 English4 units of Math, 1 unit for which Algebra II is a prerequisite2 units of History, 1 unit of US HistoryBiology, Physical Science, 1 lab Science2 units of a language other than EnglishSAT/ACTIt 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.Don’t 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 college’s 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. 15th 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 FormAnswering ‘Brag’ topics allows each student to express her or himself as individualsAny unique circumstances in a student’s life can be explained through the ‘Brag’ SheetCompleted ‘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 ACT October 4, 2008 October 25, 2008 November 1, 2008December 6, 2008January 24, 2009,March 14, 2009May 2, 2009June 6, 2009Cost $45ACTOctober 25, 2008December 13, 2008February 7, 2009April 4, 2009June 13, 2009Cost $48(including the writing portion)
32 SAT I Reasoning TestMeasures the skills students need for academic success in college in three areas: Critical Reading, Math, & WritingScore Scale: 800 on each section; 2400 totalAverage score is 500 on each sectionThe College Board reports that 55% of juniors improve their scores as seniors; 35% decrease; 10% no changeRegister online atPrepare for the SAT: sign up for SAT prep classes, utilize free practice Web sites (such as ), and resource books
33 Math & Critical Reading only SAT combined for NCAA purposes SAT/ACT ConversionACTMath & Critical Reading only SAT combined for NCAA purposesNEW SAT3616002400352340342260332190322130312040301980291920281860271820261760251700
35 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 compositeRegister and prepare online at
36 SAT II Subject TestsRequired 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
37 Advanced Placement Exams Taken in May 4-15, 2009 by students enrolled in Advanced Placement coursesGain an edge in college preparationStand out in college admissionsBroaden intellectual horizpnsUsed 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 12AP English Language 11AP US HistoryAP European HistoryAP US GovernmentAP Environmental ScienceAP ChemistryAP Calculus ABAP Calculus BCAP StatisticsAP Spanish LiteratureAP Spanish LanguageAP Art HistoryAP Visual Art – DrawingAP Music TheoryAP Human GeographyAP PsychologyAP Biology
39 Practice SATOn 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 obligationTest given in the Media CenterSign up with Mr. Swann, CDC
41 College Foundation of North Carolina www.cfnc.org Career CenterStudent PlannerCollege FairOnline ApplicationsPaying for College
42 CFNC & College Application Week All seniors need to register on before November 1stCollege Application Week is November 10th-14thCollege Application Day for FVHS isThursday, November 13th from 8am-5pmOn the 13th students and parents are welcome to come get assistance in the process
43 CFNC Redirection Pool Available from April 1st to August 31st Purpose: to make available every possible avenue for a student to pursue a post secondary educationMatches students who weren’t accepted to colleges with colleges still accepting students900 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 ScholarshipsThe Scholarship Bulletin is available online monthly on the FVHS websiteThe 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 Carolina’s 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. 1st when tax information is available. You can obtain a FAFSA application atThe CSS/Financial Aid Profile establishes eligibility for institutional aid The application is available at
49 Go to www.cfnc.org/FAFSADay for details FAFSA Day is February 21, 2009High School seniors and their families will have the opportunity to get help completing and electronically submitting their FAFSA form.Go to for details*Students must register through for this event.
50 What Can Parents Do? Encourage your child to challenge themselves Don’t let your child opt out of classes when the going gets toughTalk to your child about college costs & how much your family will be able to payInvestigate and then tour colleges when possible
51 What can Students Do? Start Planning Now! Discuss expectations and financial aid with your parentsMEET 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 www.//fvhs.wcpss.net FVHS College Foundation of North CarolinaWake County Public School SystemSAT & AP Testing InformationACT Testing InformationFree Application for Federal & State AidScholarship searchCollege AdmissionsCollege Admissions
53 Upcoming Events September 30 – Scholarship Night October 6 – College FairOctober 15 – PSATNovember 6 - ASVABNovember 13 – College Application DayMay 4-15 – AP TestingJune 8 – Graduation RehearsalJune 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 websiteGo Bengals!