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1 Eastlake High School Junior Parent Night Preparing parents and students for senior year and post-secondary planning senior year and post-secondary planning Kirsten Keller Counselor

2 Agenda Junior Parent Night Goals Junior Parent Night Goals Balancing the Senior Year Balancing the Senior Year 10 Steps To Good College Planning 10 Steps To Good College Planning Q&A Session Q&A Session

3 Junior Parent Night Goals Identify the challenges seniors face in balancing the senior year Identify the challenges seniors face in balancing the senior year Understand the post-secondary planning process Understand the post-secondary planning process Simplify college search and application process Simplify college search and application process Assist parents in becoming an informed support for your son or daughter in planning for the senior year and the year following graduation Assist parents in becoming an informed support for your son or daughter in planning for the senior year and the year following graduation Provide resources for parent questions Provide resources for parent questions

4 A Well-balanced Senior year Help your student plan for next year’s commitments now Help your student plan for next year’s commitments now Understand that social connections are more important than ever Understand that social connections are more important than ever Anticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming change Anticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming change Reassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide support Reassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide support Student responsibilities are split between planning their futures and working on high school demands:

5 10 Steps To Good College Planning Begin the college search process with parent support Begin the college search process with parent support Plan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning process Plan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning process Survive and thrive throughout the senior year Survive and thrive throughout the senior year The following 10 steps will help your student:

6 1. Match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs Visit the EHS Career Center Andrea Wehner, EHS Career Specialist Visit the EHS Career Center Andrea Wehner, EHS Career Specialist Use Career Cruising - Use Career Cruising - Explore college search websites Explore college search websites Write a resume Write a resume Look for schools with a good range of programs in an area of interest Look for schools with a good range of programs in an area of interest

7 2. Register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule Core academic courses Core academic courses Coursework beyond minimum college entrance requirements Coursework beyond minimum college entrance requirements Advanced classes/course studies Advanced classes/course studies Elective classes in areas of interest Elective classes in areas of interest

8 Washington Four-year College Entrance Requirements English4 years Mathematics3 years (req. math senior year) Social Science3 years Science2 years (incl. 1 yr Alg. based lab) World Language2 years Fine Arts1 year

9 SAT Reasoning Test - SAT Reasoning Test - ACT with optional writing test - ACT with optional writing test - Both are tests of college readiness Both are tests of college readiness Recommended Spring of Junior year Recommended Spring of Junior year Last testing opportunity Fall of Senior year Last testing opportunity Fall of Senior year 3. Sign up for College Entrance Exams

10 College Entrance Exams ACT 25% English 25% English 25% Mathematics 25% Mathematics 25% Reading 25% Reading 25% Science 25% Science Optional Writing Test Subtests range from 1-36 Composite of 4 test scores (1-36) No penalty for guessing SAT 33% Critical Reading 33% Critical Reading 33% Mathematics 33% Mathematics 33% Writing 33% Writing Subtest range from Sum of 3 test scores ( ) Score adjusted for wrong answers

11 Test Score Comparison Old New ACT SAT SAT 36… … … … … … … … … Old New ACT SAT SAT 27… … … … … … … … … Old New ACT SAT SAT 18… … … … … … … …

12 4. Build a list of schools/programs to research Gather information about: Location Size Admissions Requirements – typical test scores/GPA Academic Offerings – majors/programs Expenses – tuition, travel to/from school Financial Aid Housing Campus Visits

13 5. Plan school visits Walk around campus Walk around campus Attend a class Attend a class Interview admissions officers Interview admissions officers Spend a night in the dorm Spend a night in the dorm Talk with other university students Talk with other university students Use campus comparison form as a tool Use campus comparison form as a tool

14 6. Build a list of schools for application Discuss the college comparison data and get feedback from others Discuss the college comparison data and get feedback from others Students should talk with parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, and friends Students should talk with parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, and friends Help your son or daughter examine their goals, thoughts and feelings so that they may choose schools for application Help your son or daughter examine their goals, thoughts and feelings so that they may choose schools for application Build a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for application Build a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for application

15 7. Submit applications Demographic Information/Essays Demographic Information/Essays Academic record Academic record Test scores (SAT or ACT) Test scores (SAT or ACT) School/counselor report School/counselor report Teacher recommendation Teacher recommendation Application elements:

16 Letters of recommendation Ask someone who knows them well Ask someone who knows them well Choose teachers of classes where they were most engaged intellectually, showed creativity, or completed a special project or independent work Choose teachers of classes where they were most engaged intellectually, showed creativity, or completed a special project or independent work Tell the writer how their experience in the classroom or learning style relates to the college of application Tell the writer how their experience in the classroom or learning style relates to the college of application Talk to the writer about their dreams for college and a career Talk to the writer about their dreams for college and a career Remember to write thank you notes to letter writers including exciting news of acceptance Remember to write thank you notes to letter writers including exciting news of acceptance To receive letters that add depth and excitement to an application students should:

17 College admission factors

18 College admission decisions Match between college needs and student characteristics Match between college needs and student characteristics Colleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scores Colleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scores Holistic review process Holistic review process Academic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisions Academic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisions

19 Community and Technical Colleges Opportunity for lower tuition costs while exploring academic interests Opportunity for lower tuition costs while exploring academic interests Small setting to solidify academic record or learn a trade Small setting to solidify academic record or learn a trade Admissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalency Admissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalency

20 8. Financial aid and scholarship Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS profile Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS profile Factors that determine a families financial strength Factors that determine a families financial strength Schools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packages Schools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packages Research independent sources of scholarship funding Research independent sources of scholarship funding Athletes should register with the NCAA Athletes should register with the NCAA EHS Financial Aid Night in December EHS Financial Aid Night in December

21 Financial aid and scholarship references

22 9. Plan senior year SAT/ACT SAT/ACT Fall National College Fair Fall National College Fair Application deadlines Application deadlines EHS finals, AP tests, senior project EHS finals, AP tests, senior project Sports, activities, community service, social events Sports, activities, community service, social events National College Decision Day May 1 National College Decision Day May 1 Graduation Graduation Use a calendar to plan for:

23 10. Fall Senior Seminar for students Review college application process Review college application process Discuss elements of the Common Application Discuss elements of the Common Application Reminder of Fall National College Fair Reminder of Fall National College Fair Answer student questions Answer student questions

24 NACAC tips for parents: Dos and don’ts for college admissions Do learn about the college admission process Do learn about the college admission process Do discuss restrictions up front Do discuss restrictions up front Don’t limit choices based on fees Don’t limit choices based on fees Do remind your child of deadlines Do remind your child of deadlines Do listen and offer advice when asked Do listen and offer advice when asked Don’t make decisions for your son or daughter Don’t make decisions for your son or daughter Do encourage and celebrate Do encourage and celebrate

25 Books and Resources “Parents' Guide to College Life” by Robin Raskin “Parents' Guide to College Life” by Robin Raskin “The Thinking Parents Guide to College Admissions” by Eva Ostrum “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 “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 – 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: *References provided by: The College Board The National Association for College Admission Counseling The National Association for College Admission Counseling

26 Q & A Session


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