2 What do colleges look for in an applicant? Challenging curriculumGradesStandardized Test ScoresExtracurricular Activities
3 Challenging Curriculum “Rigorous curriculum is a greater factor in determining college graduation rates than class standing, standardized test scores, or grade point average.”by Clifford Adelman, Sr. Research Analyst, U.S. Dept of Education
4 Choose classes carefully!! College gatekeepers say that the applicants whom they value most have taken college-prep classes in high school and have performed well in these courses. The latest annual admission survey from the National Association of College Admission Counselors indicates that 84 percent of admission directors at state and private schools say grades in college-prep classes are of "considerable importance." (MoneyWatch CBS NEWS, 2012)
7 SAT VS. ACTAll schools will accept either! Always check the colleges’ website to see how they use SAT & ACT test scores.Most colleges will use your highest composite score for the SAT. This practice is called super scoring.Most colleges do not super score the ACT, however this is changing. UF does not super score, but FSU, UM, FAU, USF, as well as some elite schools such as MIT, Penn State, Brown, do.Most students test more than once – average 2 to 3 times!SAT – Aptitude Test-Reading, Math, & WritingACT – Achievement Test – English, Reading, Math, Science, & Writing
8 PSATIt’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.The PSAT/NMSQT measures:Critical reading skillsMath problem-solving skillsWriting skillsThe most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:Receive feedback on your strengths and skills necessary for college study.You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to collegeEnter the competition for scholarships from NMSC(grade 11)Help prepare for the SAT by becoming familiar with the kinds of questions and exact directions you will see on the SAT.Receive information for colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.
13 Profile of student who was accepted into competitive university- senior schedule ADV PL BIOADV PL US GOVT/POLADV PL MICROECONADV PL PHYS BADV PL CALCULUS BCDUAL-ENROLLMENTA DV PL PSYCH
14 Profile of Student- Academic Units,GPA and Test scores CUM HPA:CUM GPA:Academic Units: over 34 academic unitsTest scores: SAT Reading: 680, Math: 730, Writing: 750Accepted: University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Brown University,University of Miami, state univesities
20 The Bright Futures Program The Bright Futures Program offers 3 levels of scholarship awards:The Florida Academic Scholar – FASThe Florida Medallion Scholar – FMSThe Florida Gold Seal Vocational ScholarshipIt is your students’ job to know and meet the requirements of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program! (per the FDOE website)The program and award amounts can change yearly and are dependent on the state legislature!
21 Florida Academic Scholar Grade Point Average: 3.5 weighted GPA using the credits listed below, combined with the test scores and community service hours listed below.Public Institution-an amount approximately equal to 100% of tuition (actually less)Required Credits: Courses must include 16 credits of college preparatory academic classes4 English (3 with substantial writing)4 Mathematics (Algebra I and above – must also have a math beyond Algebra II)3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab)3 Social Science2 Foreign Language (in the same language)Total of 16 Credits May use up to two additional credits from courses in the academic listed above and/or AP, IB or AICE fine arts course to raise GPACommunity Service- 100 hoursTest Scores: SAT I (based on the combined Critical Reading and Math Sections only) or 29 ACT (excluding the writing section)
22 Florida Medallion Scholarship Required Credits: Courses must include 16 credits of college preparatory academic classes 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra I and above- math beyond Algebra2) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 Foreign Language (in the same language) Total of 16 Credits May use up to two additional credits from courses in the academic listed above and/or AP, IB or AICE fine arts course to raise GPA Community Service- 75 hours Test scores: Combined score of 1170 SAT Reasoning Test (Critical Reading and Math sections only) or a composite score of 26 on the ACT (excluding the writing section)
23 Gold Seal VocationalAward Level - *Amounts will differ at quarter or clock hour institutionsPublic Institution For a Career Certificate Program (PSAV), Applied Technology Diploma Program (ATD)s) or Technical Degree Educaion Program (AS,AAS, CCC)Grade Point Average (GPA) – (Note: GPAs are not rounded.)3.0 weighted GPA using the 16 core credits required for high school graduation with a 4-year diploma (listed below), and a 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of three vocational credits in one vocational program, and test scores listed below.Required CreditsSee the Comprehensive Course Table to identify courses that count toward each award levelCredits must be in the 16 core credits required for high school graduation with a 4-year diploma.4 English4 Mathematics3 Natural Science3 Social Science (Am. History, World History, Am. Govt. and Economics)1 Practical Arts; OR 1 Performing Arts; OR .5 credit in each.5 Personal Fitness.5 Physical Education Total of 16 CreditsPlus a minimum of three Vocational Job-Preparatory or Technology Education Program credits in one vocational programCommunity Service – 30 hoursTest ScoresSAT or ACT. Composite scores are not accepted. A student must qualify on the ACT alone, the SAT alone or the CPT alone. Test types cannot be combined.CPT: Reading 83, Sentence Skills 83, Algebra 72; SAT Critical Reading 440, Math 440; ACT English 17, Reading 18 Math 19
30 COFFEE TALKSThe College Application Process/Scholarships –Thurs., October 2High School 101 – Thurs., Nov. 6Testing Workshop – Thurs., Dec. 4The Registration Process – Thurs., Feb.5Dual Enrollment – Thurs., March 12Online Learning Opportunities - Thurs., April 2How to Search for Colleges & How to Apply – Thurs., May 7
31 College Visits at Park Vista The following colleges will be visiting Park Vista High School:Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL Thursday September 11th at 9:00amRice University, Houston, TX Tuesday September 16th at 8:00am MCRNova Southeastern Univ. Ft. Lauderdale, FL Tuesday September 16th at 10:00am MCRFlorida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL Wednesday September 17th at 9:00am MCThe University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Thursday September 18th at 11:00am (LTM) CFlorida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL Tuesday September 30th at 11:30am AJohnson & Wales University, Miami, FL Friday October 3rd at 11:00am MCRThe University of Miami, Miami, FL Friday October 17th at 10:00am AThe University of Georgia, Athens, GA October 22 at 10:00am MCROhio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH Wednesday October 22 at 11:00amMercer University, Macon, GA Thursday October 23rd at 8:30am MCRWells College, Aurora, NY Thursday October 23rd at 11:00am MCRStevenson University, Stevenson, MD Friday October 24th at 9:30am MCRInterested students may sign up in guidance during lunch or see Mr. Tarini for further details.
32 College FairsThe Palm Beach County College/Career Fair When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 pm-8:00 pmWhere: Palm Beach County Convention CenterFt. Lauderdale National College FairWhen: Wednesday, October 21, 20149:00 am-12:00 am, 5:30pm-8:30 pmWhere: Ft.Lauderdale/Broward County ConventionCenter*Register online at
33 Know your student’s Guidance Counselor: A- Co – Peter TariniCr- E (&504) – Theresa VaranoF-K – Megen StairL-O – Mary TurnerP- Sq – Rick DewaltSt-Z- Betsy Lyon