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Freshmen: Welcome to High School
Mr. Arendse, Principal Ms. Christi Farish, Dean of Curriculum/Instruction Mr. Tarvin, Assistant Principal Ms. Tate, Assistant Principal Ms. Fox, Assistant Principal Mr. Lewis Robinson, Assistant Principal Mr. Benny Reed, Assistant Principal
*Texas A & M University* Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Sociology Provides assistance with the following: Financial aid application College application assistance Scholarship searches College/Universities searches Registering for the ACT/SAT Assistance with college essays (editing, etc)
All the relevant data supports that the transition from middle school to high school is the single most challenging academic transition a young person will experience.
If the 9th grade year is successful chances are greater that the student will successfully complete high school and will have options available upon graduation.
Attendance and Punctuality Realization that the High School program requires effort and responsibility on the part of the student.
All students are expected to attend regularly in accordance with public school laws. Students must be in attendance for 90% of the number of days scheduled in a semester in order to receive credit for each class.
When a student’s attendance drops below 90 percent but remains at 75 percent of the days the class is offered, the student may earn credit for the class by completing a plan approved by the principal – usually attendance school and there may be a small fee. Denial of credit may be considered if attendance requirements are not met.
Being in school every day raises your student’s chances for scoring well on tests, and securing college admission and scholarship opportunities. Helping your child make regular attendance at school a habit now, can carry over when they seek employment. Students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. Parents who make school attendance a priority are also helping their children learn to accept responsibility. That is an important lesson for a successful life.
There are natural consequences for lateness to school and lateness to classes. Detention and calls to parents are examples of consequences. Students can also receive ISS (in-school suspension) for chronic tardiness.
Post-Secondary Education, College Readiness Preparation, and Planning
Education Beyond High School What are Your Options? 4-Year Universities Community Colleges/2 Year College Trade Schools Professional Schools
College readiness means that a student can enter a college classroom, without remediation, and successfully complete entry-level college requirements. Students that are enrolled in remediation courses in their first year of college have only a 17-39% graduation rate (College Board 2004).
Research colleges and universities Create a college research file Visit college campuses Meet with college representatives Go to to build a college listwww.bigfuture.org/college-search Go to to find out how much money you will need to support your future lifestyle and to determine what kind of career you will needhttp://www.texasrealitycheck.com/
Planning and Preparing for College Take the PSAT Know your G.P.A and Rank Considering postsecondary education Attend college/career fairs Deciding to attend college Selecting high school courses to prepare for postsecondary training (Pre-AP/AP) Maintaining good grades Discussing educational and career goals with counselors, teachers, and parents Obtaining information about colleges and academic programs Obtaining information about financial aid opportunities (loans, grants, scholarships) Exploring college majors and career interests Community service Student organizations (Student Council)
Size Location Academic Programs Campus Life Cost Diversity Other Activities
What do I want to achieve in the future? What kind of career am I interested in? What are my strengths and interests? How can I find which careers are best for me? If I go to college, where will I go? Should I stay close to home or should I go far away?
What are the pros and cons of staying close to home and going far away? Should I go to a university, community college, technical school, or military? What will it cost? How can I afford college? Will I have to work and go to school? Is there financial aid available if I don’t get a scholarship?
ACT, SAT, and TSI
ACT ◦ ◦ Fee waiver available for qualified students ◦ Needed for 4 year universities SAT ◦ ◦ Fee waiver available for qualified students ◦ Needed for 4 year universities TSI ◦ Needed for 2 year universities only
Talk to your school counselor Take the PSAT Take more challenging courses Attend college/career fairs Research colleges/universities Plan college visits Research scholarships and other financial aid Research the school of choice