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1 Parent Night Advisement Current 9-11 Students Counselor Webpage: l l

2 AHS Graduation Requirements Subject Requirements Subject Requirements –4 years English Can be a combination of English, ELD and Read 180 Can be a combination of English, ELD and Read 180 –3 years Mathematics 1 year must be Algebra 1 1 year must be Algebra 1 –2 years Science 1 year of life science and 1 year of physical science 1 year of life science and 1 year of physical science –3 years Social Studies Modern World, US History, Civics / Economics Modern World, US History, Civics / Economics –Foreign Language or Fine Arts 1 year (taken in either area) 1 year (taken in either area) –Health/Communications Technology 1 semester of each subject 1 semester of each subject No longer required starting with the class of No longer required starting with the class of –2 years Physical Education One must be PE 9 One must be PE 9

3 AHS Graduation Requirements Continued Credit Requirements Credit Requirements –Starting with the class of 2013 and beyond, 230 credits is the minimum –240 credits is the minimum for the classes of 2012 and 2011 –These credits are composed of required subjects and elective subjects. Once students have met the minimum subject requirements additional classes will count as electives. –A student must be enrolled in 6 classes (60 credits) per year –Senior who have proof of DVC classes and/or a job and are on track to be able to take five classes may do so. California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) –These tests are taken in 10 th grade and students must pass both the English and Math portions. –If a student does not pass either or both of the test sections they will have additional opportunities to pass. –Once a student has passed one or both of the test sections they will not have to take it again.

4 What are The UC A-G requirements anyway? (College Prep/College Entrance Requirements) a l History/Social Science – 2 YEARS REQUIRED a l History/Social Science – 2 YEARS REQUIRED –Modern World History –U.S. History b l English – 4 YEARS REQUIRED b l English – 4 YEARS REQUIRED –English 9, 10, 11, 12 –One year of ELD can be used c l Mathematics – 3 YEARS REQUIRED, 4 YEARS RECOMMENDED c l Mathematics – 3 YEARS REQUIRED, 4 YEARS RECOMMENDED –Algebra 1 –Geometry –Algebra 2/Trigonometry d l Laboratory Science – 2 YEARS REQUIRED, 3 YEARS RECOMMENDED d l Laboratory Science – 2 YEARS REQUIRED, 3 YEARS RECOMMENDED –Biology –Chemistry –UC’s Recommend Physics e l Language Other than English – 2 YEARS REQUIRED, 3 YEARS RECOMMENDED e l Language Other than English – 2 YEARS REQUIRED, 3 YEARS RECOMMENDED –Spanish –French –American Sign Language f l Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 YEAR REQUIRED f l Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) – 1 YEAR REQUIRED –Art, Ceramics, Photography, Concert Band, Drama, etc. g l College-Preparatory Electives – 1 YEAR REQUIRED g l College-Preparatory Electives – 1 YEAR REQUIRED –Any additional A-F Requirement as well as other college prep classes offered at AHS.

5 Putting Graduation And College Eligibility Together In order to graduate AND be A-G eligible students just have to make sure they do the following: In order to graduate AND be A-G eligible students just have to make sure they do the following: –Make sure that ALL of the subject requirements meet the A-G list. In other words, they are college prep classes. –Make sure to take 1 year of a college prep Visual/Performing Art (VPA) AND at least 2 years of a language other than English. –Take three years of math up to Algebra 2/Trigonometry –Take at least 1 additional year of a college prep elective. –Earn all C- or better. A’s and B’s are best. CSU’s require a minimum 2.0 academic GPA. CSU’s require a minimum 2.0 academic GPA. UC’s require a minimum 3.0 academic GPA. UC’s require a minimum 3.0 academic GPA. –In order to be competitive, take the most challenging classes your student is capable of while still earning a high GPA. Honors, Pre-AP, Advance Placement-AP and/or DVC classes are all examples of possible challenging classes. Honors, Pre-AP, Advance Placement-AP and/or DVC classes are all examples of possible challenging classes.

6 College Entrance Tests PSAT PSAT –Take October Sophomore year –Take again in Junior year/Qualify for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) possibilities –Test sections: Critical reading, Math, Writing Skills –Check YES-Student search services ACT with Writing ACT with Writing –Take spring Junior year –Retake Fall Senior year if needed –Test sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing –Measures “What you know” SAT SAT –Take spring Junior year –Retake Fall Senior year if needed –Test sections: Critical reading, Math, Writing –Measures “How you know it” SAT Subject tests SAT Subject tests –2 required for UC’s and many private schools –Starting with the fall class of 2012 the UC’s will no longer be requiring SAT subject tests. However, some private colleges do require SAT subject tests –If student needs them, take spring Junior year –Retake Fall Senior year if needed –Offered in a variety of subject areas: history, literature, mathematics (Level 2 only), science or language other than English.

7 College Search Research Research –AHS counselor website: –By the end of Junior year students should have a List of 2-3 Dream/Reach, 2-3 Good/Probable, 2-3 Safe/Acceptable Schools –Students should narrow their choices by the fall of their senior year to the 3-5 schools that they will be applying to which cover dream/good/safe schools. Continue to Visit Campuses Continue to Visit Campuses –In session –Take tours –Talk to students on campus –Schedule interviews with admissions counselors for those school they are serious about Visit college fairs Visit college fairs –In April, St. Mary’s College offers one of the bay areas biggest college fairs. Look for the right “fit” Look for the right “fit” –Size –Location –Type and price –Major –Activities available –Your academic match (GPA, test scores, course pattern, etc)

8 DVC/Community College AHS would like every student to be A-G eligible and able to apply to 4-year schools at the time of graduation regardless of their post secondary choice. AHS would like every student to be A-G eligible and able to apply to 4-year schools at the time of graduation regardless of their post secondary choice. Diablo Valley College Diablo Valley College –Degree in arts/science (AA/AS) –Career/Technical Certificate Over 30 career/technical programs offered Over 30 career/technical programs offered –Transfer to a UC/CSU or private school Know your Major/School Know your Major/School Open Major is okay Open Major is okay –Spring assessment tests Math Math English English SAT/ACT are NOT required SAT/ACT are NOT required –Counseling 095 (DVC) Meet with DVC counselor to plan course of study Meet with DVC counselor to plan course of study Priority registration next Fall Priority registration next Fall –Counseling 096 (DVC) For students who have in interest in playing sports in college For students who have in interest in playing sports in college

9 Vocational/Technical Schools Military Service/Other Options Vocational or Technical Schools Vocational or Technical Schools –Contact school directly Find out what is required for enrollment Find out what is required for enrollment Ask about financial aid Ask about financial aid Military Service Military Service –Contact your recruiter Job/Station choice Job/Station choice Sign up for the Education GI Bill Sign up for the Education GI Bill Other Options Other Options –Job Corps: –Americorps: –California Conservation Corps: –Apprenticeship Programs/Building Trades Council:

10 College Preparation For Senior Year Attend AHS college night/Financial Aid night Attend AHS college night/Financial Aid night –Do not rule out any colleges at this time because of money. –Start searching for scholarships –FAFSA/Cal Grant Winter of your students Senior year Get a Social Security Card Get a Social Security Card –Students will need it for college and financial aid applications Applications Applications –Applications open October 1 st CSU’s/November 1 st UC’s/ –UC/CSU applications are due November 30 th/ Private school deadlines vary. –DVC applications are completed in the Spring Personal statements Personal statements –UC’s/Private Schools require, it is not to early to get started Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation –Private Schools require, now is the time to start thinking about who you want to write them.

11 Prospective College Athletes Check out Counselor Student Athlete Website Check out Counselor Student Athlete Website –4 year plan Check out NCAA Web site Check out NCAA Web site –www.ncaa.org or –Print the “Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.” –Register at the end of Junior year –NCAA Core course requirements 16 for Division 1 16 for Division 1 14 for Division 2 14 for Division 2 Other Options Other Options –National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics –National Christian College Athletic Association –National Junior College Athletic Association Start Athletic resume/video of skills. Start Athletic resume/video of skills. Students should talk with their Coach about their potential. Students should talk with their Coach about their potential. Contact coaches at prospective colleges. Contact coaches at prospective colleges. Participate in tournaments/events where potential college scouts may be. Participate in tournaments/events where potential college scouts may be. Continue college search, make lists of abilities, preferences, personal qualities. Continue college search, make lists of abilities, preferences, personal qualities.

12 Online Scheduling for School Year March 15 to March 26 You will need: You will need: –A Copy of your students transcript –Online scheduling Handout also found in the course catalog –Web Address: AHS Home Page: –User Name: 10 Digit Identification Number---Found on transcript/Report Card –Password: Your birthday is your password (MMDDYY) –Course Catalog for which is only available online –A completed course selection planning guide handout also found in the course catalog –It is recommended to complete the 4-year course planning guide found in the online course catalog –Parent/Guardian for Advice/Review Changes To Locked Classes Changes To Locked Classes –Pre-AP/AP Classes: Sign up as an additional class. We will remove the non-AP class from your students schedule once the recommendation has been confirmed –Alternate Electives: Be sure to provide alternate choice for each elective class you student chooses. If you do not we will. Problems? Come to the Counseling Office or the Writing Center for help before the March 26 deadline. Problems? Come to the Counseling Office or the Writing Center for help before the March 26 deadline. Computers are available for student use at the Writing Center and the Library Media Center during school hours and immediately after school each day. Computers are available for student use at the Writing Center and the Library Media Center during school hours and immediately after school each day.

13 Websites of interest AHS Counseling Web page AHS Counseling Web page –http://www1.martinez.k12.ca.us/schools/ahs/counseling.html AHS Webstore AHS Webstore –http://alhambrahs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp Career interest inventory Career interest inventory –http://www.cacareerzone.org/index.html College search/SAT/AP Exam Prep College search/SAT/AP Exam Prep –www.collegeboard.com ACT ACT –www.act.org Financial Aid Financial Aid –Fast Web: –FAFSA: –Cal Grant:


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