Presentation on theme: "Eastlake High School Junior Parent Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Eastlake High School Junior Parent Night Preparing parents and students forsenior year and post-secondary planningWelcome to Junior Parent Night. I am very excited to see you all here this evening.I look forward to guiding you through the post-secondary planning activities that take place during the senior year of high school in preparation for the year following high school.Kirsten KellerCounselor
2 Agenda Junior Parent Night Goals Balancing the Senior Year 10 Steps To Good College PlanningQ&A SessionTonight we will cover the program goals, challenges facing the senior class, and 10 Steps to Good College Planning.Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions to be answered in the commons.
3 Junior Parent Night Goals Identify the challenges seniors face in balancing the senior yearUnderstand the post-secondary planning processSimplify college search and application processAssist parents in becoming an informed support for your son or daughter in planning for the senior year and the year following graduationProvide resources for parent questionsThe goal of the Junior Parent Night is to help you understand the post-secondary planning process so that you may best support your son or daughter in preparing for their senior year and the year following graduation.The focus of tonight’s discussion will be on balancing a challenging senior year of high school while completing the college search and application process.When you leave here tonight, I want you to feel you have all the information and resources available to support your son or daughter with his or her educational decision making in the upcoming year and beyond.
4 A Well-balanced Senior year Student responsibilities are split between planning their futures and working on high school demands:Help your student plan for next year’s commitments nowUnderstand that social connections are more important than everAnticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming changeReassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide supportAs seniors begin to complete the first step in a lifelong journey of learning by reaching graduation. A large part of their responsibility this year is also to plan for the future.The application process to post-secondary programs is a will be your son and daughter’s responsibility to manage. Admission into collegiate and vocational programs is often competitive and depends upon timely planning.
5 10 Steps To Good College Planning The following 10 steps will help your student:Begin the college search process with parent supportPlan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning processSurvive and thrive throughout the senior yearTo help your student get started with the sometimes overwhelming task of college planning, I have broken the process down into 10 easy to follow steps.These steps aim to help student learn to access the handbook resources with ease so that they can plan for next year take steps toward moving where they would like to be.
6 1. Match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs Visit the EHS Career Center Andrea Wehner, EHS Career SpecialistUse Career Cruising -Explore college search websitesWrite a resumeLook for schools with a good range of programs in an area of interest“What do you want to do when you grow up? This question requires forethought as the college one attends often influences their future career pathIt is true that most college students change majors; however, trends and tendencies often remain constant ex. Interests in humanities or language versus math and science;Look for a school with a good range of programs within an area of interestCareer planning involves 3 elements: 1)learning about yourself - strengths, weaknesses, values and goals2)learning about careers (education required career ladders, salaries, working conditions 3) learning to make decisionsCareer Cruising is an online assessment for students to discover their preferences, aptitudes and programs of study. It is a wealth of information that Eastlake students will be introduced to as part of their high school and beyond graduation requirements.To access:USERNAME: ehs (where is your full 7 digit student number, located on your student ID/ASB card)PASSWORD: s# (where is the last six digits of your student number, located on your student ID/ASB card)
7 2. Register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule Core academic coursesCoursework beyond minimum college entrance requirementsAdvanced classes/course studiesElective classes in areas of interestCollege admissions officers look for advanced classes in academic core areas and elective choices that show an interest in their future studies; students should take a reasonable amount of AP classes if appropriate; and minimize early dismissal/late arrival and TA choices
8 Washington Four-year College Entrance Requirements English 4 yearsMathematics 3 years (req. math senior year)Social Science 3 yearsScience 2 years (incl. 1 yr Alg. based lab)World Language 2 yearsFine Arts 1 yearTypical amount of academic coursework required for 4-year college admissionsWestern WA – req. a lab science of specifically Chemistry or PhysicsUniv. of CA system - req. one year of the same fine artFor the Class of 2012 – Math is a req. CADR for the senior year; math-based science or alternate career/technical course
9 3. Sign up for College Entrance Exams SAT Reasoning Test -ACT with optional writing test -Both are tests of college readinessRecommended Spring of Junior yearLast testing opportunity Fall of Senior year
10 College Entrance Exams ACT25% English25% Mathematics25% Reading25% ScienceOptional Writing TestSubtests range from 1-36Composite of 4 test scores(1-36)No penalty for guessingSAT33% Critical Reading33% Mathematics33% WritingSubtest range fromSum of 3 test scores( )Score adjusted for wrong answersACT – achievement test of subject matter learned in schoolACT slide infoSAT – aptitude based which measures predicted reasoning and writing abilitiesSAT slide info
11 Test Score Comparison 36…1600 2400 35…1580 2340 34…1520 2260 Old NewACT SAT SAT36…35…34…33…32…31…30…29…28…27…26…25…24…23…22…21…20…19…18…17…16…15…14…13…12…11…Here is a relative test comparison to help you understand the scoring of the ACT in comparison to the SAT.Test prep – LWPTSA-Wolf tracks;we do not promote a specific test prep – choose one that fits the student’s learning style
12 4. Build a list of schools/programs to research Gather information about:LocationSizeAdmissions Requirements – typical test scores/GPAAcademic Offerings – majors/programsExpenses – tuition, travel to/from schoolFinancial AidHousingCampus Visitsuse a college comparison worksheet to identify demographics, admissions requirements and deadlines, academic programs, expenses, campus amenities, and dates for campus visit opportunities
13 5. Plan school visits Walk around campus Attend a class Interview admissions officersSpend a night in the dormTalk with other university studentsUse campus comparison form as a toolEmphasize the importance of school visitsWalking around campus, sleeping in a dorm, asking students real questionsSpending time on a college campus is the best way to determine how students liveDoes it fit for me?Use the campus checklist
14 6. Build a list of schools for application Discuss the college comparison data and get feedback from othersStudents should talk with parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, and friendsHelp your son or daughter examine their goals, thoughts and feelings so that they may choose schools for applicationBuild a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for applicationImportant for students to discuss school impressions with their parents, advisors, counselors and trusted friends.Build a list of schools that they would be happy to attend.Good rule of thumb: apply to schools which include an academic stretch, a relative sure thing, and several reasonable choices for admission
15 7. Submit applications Application elements: Demographic Information/EssaysAcademic recordTest scores (SAT or ACT)School/counselor reportTeacher recommendationApp – Biographical info and essay; Essays are a unique opportunity to show admissions the individual behind the numbers; level of activity, individuality, overcoming adversity, community involvement and writing abilityAcademic record – transcript of courses and gradesTest Scores – SAT and ACTSchool/Counselor report – GPA, class rank, course schedule rigor, level of school involvement and characterTeacher recommendation – letter including written and oral skills, contribution to class, development of study skills
16 Letters of recommendation To receive letters that add depth and excitement to an application students should:Ask someone who knows them wellChoose teachers of classes where they were most engaged intellectually, showed creativity, or completed a special project or independent workTell the writer how their experience in the classroom or learning style relates to the college of applicationTalk to the writer about their dreams for college and a careerRemember to write thank you notes to letter writers including exciting news of acceptanceStudents should complete a pink “Letter of Recommendation” brochure (EHS career center); photocopy to give to writer; give writer at least 4 weeks before application deadline
17 College admission factors NACAC - Grades in advanced college prep classes and test admission scores most heavily weighted followed by class rank and recommendations
18 College admission decisions Match between college needs and student characteristicsColleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scoresHolistic review processAcademic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisionsSchools seeking applicants that meet admissions requirements and provide a good match for the needs of the college in terms of student contribution and diversityThe more qualified applicants that apply, the greater the need to examine subjective factors including activities, leadership, individuality, good writing skills.Use information regarding academic index with caution – provided only as a guide to practices previously set in place – WA public colleges now using a holistic review process and not guaranteeing admission or denial based upon any particular index score
19 Community and Technical Colleges Opportunity for lower tuition costs while exploring academic interestsSmall setting to solidify academic record or learn a tradeAdmissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalencyExist to serve the needs of the entire community as the name suggests, thus admissions are simple and primarily consist of providing biographical information and proof of high school diploma or equivalency
20 8. Financial aid and scholarship Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS profileFactors that determine a families financial strengthSchools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packagesResearch independent sources of scholarship fundingAthletes should register with the NCAAEHS Financial Aid Night in DecemberFAFSA (CSS Profile) – submit beginning January 1 with income estimates;Factors that determine a family’s financial strength – assets, liabilities, family size, number of students in college at one timeSchools determine the distribution of funds in financial aid packages - may include loan, scholarship, grant or work-study; this information is typically relayed at the time of admission or followinguse community ties and the career center to do scholarship research; scholarships do not require fees for applicationprospective college athletes may access NCAA clearing house on the web
21 Financial aid and scholarship references For financial aid questions you may refer to The Financial Aid booklet written by the US Dept of Ed. (available on the web or in the EHS career center) *bookmarkScholarship opportunities are also sent out to the advisors in the EHS weekly bulletin under the heading “News from the Career Center” (also available in the career center)
22 9. Plan senior year Use a calendar to plan for: SAT/ACT Fall National College FairApplication deadlinesEHS finals, AP tests, senior projectSports, activities, community service, social eventsNational College Decision Day May 1Graduationwork backwards to plan for the completion of applications including: essays, transcript requests, request for letters of recommendation and school reports; financial aid filing, scholarship applications, and thank you notesAnd don’t forget EHS Senior responsibilities such as finals, AP tests, Level 5, senior project deadlines
23 10. Fall Senior Seminar for students Review college application processDiscuss elements of the Common ApplicationReminder of Fall National College FairAnswer student questionsSenior Seminars take place in the senior English courses with CounselorsThe Eastlake counselors and career specialist welcome students to come and discuss college planning.
24 NACAC tips for parents: Dos and don’ts for college admissions Do learn about the college admission processDo discuss restrictions up frontDon’t limit choices based on feesDo remind your child of deadlinesDo listen and offer advice when askedDon’t make decisions for your son or daughterDo encourage and celebrateThe National Association for College Admission Counseling has provided the following tips for parentsRestrictions –distance and finance; can be difficult to anticipate financial aid offers;Be a sounding board to help your son or daughter walk through their own thought process, you can be a huge support to them during a really stressful transitionEncourage the smaller meeting of deadlines as well as the acceptance letters – it is a long process; work together and help your student thrive and survive their senior year
25 Books and Resources “Parents' Guide to College Life” by Robin Raskin “The Thinking Parents Guide to College Admissions” by Eva Ostrum“Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent's Operational Manual” by Marie Pinak Carr and her daughters, Katharine Carr, Ann Carr and Elizabeth Carr– Steps to College Newsletter and College Preparation Calendar-Parent of Junior Newsletter and Alerts Help your junior make the most of high school and stay on top of important deadlines and requirements. It includes links to the student version of the newsletter.*References provided by: The College BoardThe National Association for College Admission Counseling