We counsel students on social/personal issues, academic issues, and planning for their future after high school We meet individually, in small groups and in the classroom with students in grades 9-12 We consult with parents, teachers, administrators & various community agencies/resources Students are divided alphabetically by grade and assigned a counselor
Counseling Students Freshman meetings: large and small group Individual counseling: specific concerns about schedule/classes, social issues*, specific conversations about career/post secondary planning Monitoring grades: conference with teachers, teams, administrators and parents Resources: extra help from teachers, National Honor Society students/peer tutors, Upward bound tutors
Requirements for Graduation 2015: 23.25 Student must pass 6 credits each year to be promoted to the next grade. Freshman must pass 6 credits to be promoted to grade 10 Must pass 6 credits every year after for promotion to next grade *Program Summary handout
Course Selection Process Course selection: January Teacher recommendations Student grades Students sign up for required and elective courses Electives allow students to explore different interests * Students are always encouraged to take a full academic course load Changes in course schedules can be made up until July 1 st Course changes will be considered after the first 2 weeks of school, after the first four weeks for Accelerated/AP courses.
Academic and Accelerated Courses Accelerated: College preparatory courses requiring exceptional ability and motivation Academic: College and other post- secondary educational preparatory courses Plan on at least 3 years of foreign language.
Advanced Placement Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses are offered to prepare students to take A.P. exams at the end of the school year. If a student scores a 3 or better (out of 5) they can be considered by some colleges for COLLEGE CREDIT. Each college has different score expectations: a student is not guaranteed college credit just by taking the exam. Check college requirements.
A.P.Exams A.P. classes are more rigorous than Honors courses because of the potential to earn college credit after taking the A.P. exam. * Student enrolled in AP course must take exam Honors and A.P. courses both highly strengthen a student’s transcript.
Post Secondary Planning 4 year College/University Technical/Vocational Schools Apprenticeships 2 year Community Colleges Military
What Are Colleges Looking For? Strong transcript-challenging academic classes throughout all four years Transcript is the most important document viewed by admissions officers Other considerations for admission are SAT/ACT scores, college essay, counselor and teacher recommendations and extra curricular activities
TESTING CAPT (Connecticut Academic Performance Test) is a state requirement PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT Reasoning required for admission into most 4 year colleges and universities www.collegeboard.com ACT www.actstudent.org SAT subject tests: Who, When, Why?
SAT PREP MHS offers a ½ credit SAT prep classes in the spring for juniors and in the fall for Seniors (if enough interest) Online prep questions and tests at www.collegeboard.com www.collegeboard.com Books for purchase or borrow at library
Preparing for College Never too early to begin talking about college Come to College Planning Night on 11/30/11 at 6pm! Visiting college campuses is very important Peruse the internet and take virtual campus tours Talk to other parents and their children who have attended college www.careercruising.com (See handout) www.careercruising.com
Community Service Hours 20 hours required for graduation=.25 credit Must be done in the community at a non- profit organization 10 hours can be completed through school based activities All 20 hours can be done in the community Scholarships*
Examples of Community Service Sites Meriden Humane Society Meriden Public Library American Cancer Society Salvation Army Thrift Stores American Red Cross Hospital/Nursing homes United Way Relay for Life See handout
Examples of School Community Service Key Club activities Student Council activities Breakfast with Santa Must fill out community service form and have it signed by supervisor of service. Return to School Counselor
Thank You! Thank you for wanting to be involved as parents -we encourage you to stay involved and call your student’s school counselor with questions or concerns.