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

2 Agenda Junior Parent Night Goals Balancing the Senior Year
10 Steps To Good College Planning Q&A Session Tonight 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 year Understand the post-secondary planning 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 Provide resources for parent questions The 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 now Understand that social connections are more important than ever Anticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming change Reassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide support As 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 support Plan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning process Survive and thrive throughout the senior year To 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 Specialist Use Career Cruising - Explore college search websites Write a resume Look 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 path It 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 interest Career planning involves 3 elements: 1)learning about yourself - strengths, weaknesses, values and goals 2)learning about careers (education required career ladders, salaries, working conditions 3) learning to make decisions Career 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 courses Coursework beyond minimum college entrance requirements Advanced classes/course studies Elective classes in areas of interest College 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 years Mathematics 3 years (req. math senior year) Social Science 3 years Science 2 years (incl. 1 yr Alg. based lab) World Language 2 years Fine Arts 1 year Typical amount of academic coursework required for 4-year college admissions Western WA – req. a lab science of specifically Chemistry or Physics Univ. of CA system - req. one year of the same fine art For 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 readiness Recommended Spring of Junior year Last testing opportunity Fall of Senior year

10 College Entrance Exams
ACT 25% English 25% Mathematics 25% Reading 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% Mathematics 33% Writing Subtest range from Sum of 3 test scores ( ) Score adjusted for wrong answers ACT – achievement test of subject matter learned in school ACT slide info SAT – aptitude based which measures predicted reasoning and writing abilities SAT slide info

11 Test Score Comparison 36…1600 2400 35…1580 2340 34…1520 2260
Old New ACT SAT SAT 36… 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: Location Size Admissions Requirements – typical test scores/GPA Academic Offerings – majors/programs Expenses – tuition, travel to/from school Financial Aid Housing Campus Visits use 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 officers Spend a night in the dorm Talk with other university students Use campus comparison form as a tool Emphasize the importance of school visits Walking around campus, sleeping in a dorm, asking students real questions Spending time on a college campus is the best way to determine how students live Does 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 others 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 Build a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for application Important 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/Essays Academic record Test scores (SAT or ACT) School/counselor report Teacher recommendation App – 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 ability Academic record – transcript of courses and grades Test Scores – SAT and ACT School/Counselor report – GPA, class rank, course schedule rigor, level of school involvement and character Teacher 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 well 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 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 Students 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 characteristics Colleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scores Holistic review process Academic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisions Schools seeking applicants that meet admissions requirements and provide a good match for the needs of the college in terms of student contribution and diversity The 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 interests Small setting to solidify academic record or learn a trade Admissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalency Exist 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 profile Factors that determine a families financial strength Schools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packages Research independent sources of scholarship funding Athletes should register with the NCAA EHS Financial Aid Night in December FAFSA (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 time Schools 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 following use community ties and the career center to do scholarship research; scholarships do not require fees for application prospective 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) *bookmark Scholarship 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 Fair Application deadlines EHS finals, AP tests, senior project Sports, activities, community service, social events National College Decision Day May 1 Graduation work 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 notes And 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 process Discuss elements of the Common Application Reminder of Fall National College Fair Answer student questions Senior Seminars take place in the senior English courses with Counselors The 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 process Do discuss restrictions up front Don’t limit choices based on fees Do remind your child of deadlines Do listen and offer advice when asked Don’t make decisions for your son or daughter Do encourage and celebrate The National Association for College Admission Counseling has provided the following tips for parents Restrictions –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 transition Encourage 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 Board The National Association for College Admission Counseling

26 Q & A Session

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