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1 Pathway to College “Enjoy the ride. Don't let the stress get you down.” Jonathan E. Lee, Class 2011.

2 What Is The Parents’ Role In The College Process? Allow your child to take ownership of the college discovery process. Listen. Be supportive. College preparation is stressful at times.

3 Career Path for College Preparedness ASE plans to launch 5 Career Pathways starting Fall Students will have an opportunity to choose the pathway that best fits their interests and career goals so that they are well prepared for college. Engineering & Other Applied Technologies (including but not limited to aviation, architecture, computer science, and computer information systems) Criminal Justice & Public Service (including but not limited to police academy, fire academy, forensics, probation officer, etc.)

4 Career Path for College Preparedness Business Administration, Accounting & Mass Communication (any aspect of business and public relations) Graphic Design and Film & Video Production (including but not limited to drawing, interior design, architectural design, and other art forms. Health Occupations (including but not limited to nursing, pre-medical*, dental hygiene, therapeutic services, and psychology) * The pre-medical track includes neuroscience, pre- veterinary medicine, surgery, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, etc.

5 Is There More Than One College For My Child? YES! “There are tons of great schools out there. Do not limit yourself to only the Ivies or to any school just by its reputation. Do your homework.” Jonathan E Lee, Class of Over 3,000 Four-Year Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

6 What Are Colleges Looking At In A College Application? Transcript - Most important part of an application. Testing. Extracurricular activities. Recommendations. Essay(s). – “When you write those essays, be sincere and truthful. Let your voice be heard. Write what is in your heart, not what you think someone would like to read. You'll be better off in the long run.” Jonathan E. Lee, Class 2011.

7 Does 9 th Grade Count? Absolutely! Most admissions offices evaluate applications in a comprehensive review. Everyone transitions to high school differently. Colleges want to see an upward trend.

8 Is It Better To Get an “A” in a Regular Class or a “B” in an Honors Class? Colleges want to see students pursuing the most challenging program of study that she/he can handle. Understand your limitations but don’t be afraid to take a risk beyond your comfort zone

9 College Admissions Tests: Could Anything Be More Confusing? PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests. Take the PSAT for practice in the sophomore year and take it again in the junior year since it is a junior test. Plan to take the ACT or SAT during the spring semester or summer of your junior year SAT subject tests are strongly recommended, if not required, for math, science and engineering majors. English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing Critical Reading, Math, Writing Curriculum Based Critical Thinking Skills ACTSAT Areas Tested Basis for Exam

10 What Are Extracurricular Activities? Any activities students are doing besides going to classes, studying, sleeping, and eating.

11 What Are Extracurricular Activities?  Performing Arts.  Sports/Cadets  Student Government/Clubs  School Newspaper/Yearbook  Community Service.  Summer Programs.  Internships.  Paid Jobs.  Travel

12 How Important Are Extracurricular Activities? Your consistent involvement in activities you are truly interested in provides a lot of insight about you as a person which distinguishes you from other students. Extracurricular activities are only one part of the application but it is a very important factor in the admissions process. Activities Fair for Undergraduates

13 What Should My Child Do During The Summer? Take college classes for enrichment Participate in a Pre-College Summer Program Community Service. Find a job or internship Study for the SAT or ACT. Think about the college process. Credit Recovery (if necessary)

14 West LA College Summer School 2015 Tentative Summer School Dates (Not yet confirmed) June 15 th – July 24 th 2015 Registration generally occurs in May

15 California System of Higher Education Community Colleges (112) California State University (CSU) (23) – Top 30%. – SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. University of California (UC) (10) – Top 9%. – At least 11 of the A-G requirements must be completed at the end of junior year. – SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Private Colleges & Universities (77) – Transcript. – SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. – Some require SAT Subject Tests.

16 A-G College Admission Subject Requirement (UC/CSU System) Minimum eligibility for first time freshmen The intent of the “A-G” Subject requirement is to ensure that students can successfully participate in the first-year program at the university in a wide variety of fields of study.

17 A-G UC & CSU Requirements A. History - 2 yrs. required ( 3 for ASE) B.English - 4 yrs. required C.Math - 3 yrs. required (4 recommended) D.Lab Science – 2 yrs. required (3-4 recommended) E.Foreign Language – 2 yrs. required (3 recommended) F.Visual Performing Arts - 1 year required G.Academic Electives - 1 year required

18 How Do Students Create a College Application List? Students should evaluate who they are and what they are looking for in a college. Consider Size, Location, Single Sex or Coed, Academic Interest/Major, Greek Life, Flexible Curriculum. Students should research colleges that meet their criteria. Meet with their college counselor to discuss their options.

19 When Is The Best Time To Visit Colleges? If you can visit colleges you're interested in, take advantage of the opportunity during the college preview days. You can learn so much from just walking around campus or sitting in the dining hall. Ideally, visit campuses when colleges are in session Attend local college fairs –.

20 Additional Resources Freshman Pathways to UC: English https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/Pathways_English.pdf Spanish https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/Pathways_Spanish.pdf High School Planner https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/files/My_Academic_Planner- EAOP.pdf

21 Additional Resources California State Universities High School Planner English https://secure.csumentor.edu/Freshman_Planner/ Spanish https://secure.csumentor.edu/shared_functions/ change_language.asp?csu_language=s&nex tpage=%2Fplanning%2Fhigh%5Fschool%2F Default%2Easp

22 Additional Resources California Private Colleges/Universities How to Plan Ahead: https://www.aiccu.edu/planning-ahead/how-to- plan/ California Colleges – High School Planning https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/High_School_ Planning/_default.aspx

23 Additional Resources West LA College – JumpStart to College Los Angeles City College /high_school_students.html Los Angeles Trade Tech readiness-academies/

24 Counseling Dept. Contact Information Mrs. Diane Hale, College Counselor Ms. Chanel Labasan, College Advisor Ms. Janet Ho, Coordinator


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