Presentation on theme: "THE ROAD TO COLLEGE STARTS HERE"— Presentation transcript:
1 THE ROAD TO COLLEGE STARTS HERE SOAPStudent Opportunity and Access ProgramServing Students Since 1979SAN DIEGO & IMPERIAL COUNTIESCaliforniaTHE ROAD TO COLLEGE STARTS HEREA College: Making It Happen presentation for students and their parents, sponsored by Cal-SOAP.
2 Subjects to be discussed The student roleThe parent/guardian roleSupport and resourcesThe five systems of higher education in CaliforniaChoosing a college that is right for youSDUSD Message –New Graduation RequirementsMaking middle school coursework countThe transition to high schoolFinancial aid resourcesSKIP slide for timing.
3 THE ROAD TO COLLEGE…Important Things You Need to Know
4 1. Know why you go to college Greater and more diverse career optionsPersonal and educational growthIt pays off…
5 2. Know the student’s role 1. Crack the booksStrong grades and a competitive GPA are habits that must begin in middle school.2. Set your goalsWhich colleges interest you?What majors will you consider?Do you have any career objectives in mind?3. Make a planHow will you reach your goals?What kind of GPA do you need?What classes will you take in high school?What kind of extracurricular activities will you pursue?
6 The student’s role (con’t.) 4. Do your researchExplore possible college and career choices:Online research: (to be discussed)Support at school: counselors, teachers, outreach organizationsAdvice at home: parents, siblings, extended family5. Stay motivatedIt’s never too early to prepare for college. It will keep you motivated!Choose friends that share the same goals.6. Talk to your parentsDiscuss your goals and plans with your parents– they can help!Consider possible high school, college, and career choices together.
8 3. Know the parent’s/guardian’s role 1. Prioritize your child’s educationCreate a family calendar in order to schedule homework, study, extracurricular, and recreational times.Be aware of school deadlines in order to keep your child on track.2. Celebrate achievementsRegularly check report cards and discuss progress with your child’s teachers so you can celebrate good grades and consistent effort.Remember, your child’s motivation is the most important guide on the road to college.3. Be involvedHelp choose and plan your child’s extracurricular activities.Be aware of your child’s circle of friends.
9 The parent’s/guardian’s/ role (con’t.) 4. Encourage good habitsCalendars, planners, schedulesA designated study time…everydayExtracurricular activities5. TalkNOW is the time for the college talk.Remember, colleges will consider your child’s work from day one of high school to graduation day.Ask questions:What are your child’s career interests? Favorite subjects? Weakest subjects?Seek resourcesLook for school and community resources in order to build a support network for your child’s success…
10 5. Know the college talk We will now take a 30 second break… PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Turn to your students and ask them one or all of the following questions:1) Where do you want to go to college (i.e. possible campuses, cities, states)?2) What careers are you interested in?3) What are your strongest and weakest subjects in school?IF necessary, skip slide for timing.
11 6. Know how to build a support network The College Team: Who’s in it?The student, of course!Family matters: parents/guardians, siblings, extended familyGood friends– with shared goalsSchool staff: teachers, counselorsLocal outreach organizations…like Cal-SOAP!EXPLAIN what an outreach organization is. Give examples: Cal-SOAP, GEAR-UP, TRIO, EAOP, UPWARD BOUND
12 7. Know how to seek resources Encourage your child to join an after school program that supports a college-going culture.Finding a program:School: talk to teachers, counselors, and principalsCommunity organizations– i.e. libraries, recreational centers, religious institutionsResearch programs and advice online with the After School Alliance: (Click on “After School in My Community”)Seek the services of educational outreach organizations that may be present in your middle schools or high schools.Cal-SOAP, TRIO, UPWARD BOUND, GEAR-UP, EAOP, etc.
13 8. Know the college readiness lingo GPA- Grade Point AverageColleges will ask for either the student’s weighted (extra points for honors/AP courses) or unweighted GPAAP- Advanced PlacementOptional courses in high school that offer college credit, if students pass a final examination“A-G”A curriculum of University of California (UC) approved general education courses, listed A-G, that must be completed in high school for college entranceStandardized Tests:SAT- Scholastic Aptitude Test (a.k.a. SAT Reasoning Exam)ACT- American College TestMost universities require scores from either the SAT or ACTWhat’s the difference?SAT SubjectSubject-specific exams that some private universities may require or recommend (i.e. Spanish, US History, Literature, etc.)
14 DISCLAIMER: The times, they are a-changin’ The most important tip of all for students and parents:Do your research and remain up-to-date with college requirements.Recent changes have affected:The UC testing requirementThe UC Eligibility in the Local Context GPA rangeThe impaction of majors in select CSU campusesThe Transfer Agreement Guarantee programTuition fees at all California public campuses, including community collegesDisclaimer: All requirements discussed today, apply only today. It is your responsibility to remain aware.Let’s learn about some colleges…Briefly describe the 2009 changes to CA public schools. Emphasize that these changes only apply today. Families must remain actively aware.
15 THE 5 SYSTEMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS
16 University of California Stats:10 campusesResearch-basedApproximately $31,100 per year for cost of attendanceBasic admission requirements:A-G coursework3.0 GPASAT or ACTSAT Subject Update: The SAT Subject exams are no longer required for the UC“Comprehensive/Holistic Review”Points assigned for extracurricular activities, leadership roles, community service, etc.Transfer Agreement Guarantee for CA Community College studentsExplain the following: What is a public campus? What are the SATs, ACTs, and SAT Subject Exams?
17 California State University Stats:23 campusesTraditional university settingApproximately $24,000 per year for total cost of attendanceBasic admission requirements:A-G courseworkMeet minimum eligibility index (a number derived from an equation that considers both GPA and SAT/ACT scores)SAT or ACTTransfer Agreement Guarantee for CA Community College students-Explain the difference between UCs and CSUs.-In 2009: Minimum eligibility index for CSU bound California residents: 2900 using the SAT and 694 using the ACT
18 California Community College Stats:110 campusesTransfer, Associate’s Degree, vocational, and certificate programs availableApproximately $2,000 per year for total feesBasic admission requirements:High school diploma or GED or18 years old(Note: High school students can enroll in community college classes with principal approval.)Explain what each degree means.
19 Private Colleges Stats: Basic admission requirements: Many, many campuses (i.e. University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, Stanford University, National University)Campus settings/focuses vary widelyCosts vary widelyBasic admission requirements:Vary, but generally accept courses covered by the A-G curriculumGPA varies, but generally selectiveTesting requirements vary, but generally require SAT or ACT(SAT Subject exams may be required or recommended, depending on campus and major)Transfer requirements and programs varyGenerally practice Holistic ReviewExtracurricular activities, leadership roles, and community service consideredExplain what a private institution is.
20 Vocational/Technical Institutions Stats:Many campuses, depending on field of study (i.e. Art Institute of San Diego, FIDM, Paul Mitchell School, Universal Technical Institute, Concorde Career Institute)Degrees and/or certificates availableCosts vary widelyBasic admission requirements:Admission requirements vary widely. Research application procedures at each program of interest.(Note: Many vocational programs are available at community colleges for a much lesser cost.)
21 CHOOSING A COLLEGE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU… IF necessary, skip this entire section for timing.COLLEGE EXPLORATION BEGINS TODAY
22 Make-or-break criteria A few, basic factors to consider when researching college campuses…Institution type (public, private, vocational)Majors/minors offeredCampus/enrollment size (large vs. small classes)Campus reputationGeography (urban/rural; in-state/out-of-state)Distance from homeHousing (available/guaranteed?)Campus resources (libraries, computers)Costs (tuition, books, room and board)Financial aid offered
23 Make-or-break criteria Some more factors to consider…Religious affiliationGender-specific vs. co-edStudent body diversityExtracurricular activities offeredSocial life (sororities, fraternities, clubs)Tips for successful research:Begin to visit campuses as early as possible.Don’t rely on name recognition/hype. Find your best fit!Don’t pick campuses just because your friends are applying. Make your own decisions!Don’t rule out colleges because of cost. Financial aid is available.Online research: College Board “Profiles” and “Matchmaker”:
24 MAKING MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNT: PREPARING EARLY FOR COLLEGE
25 A Message from San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) New Graduation Requirements with class of 2016
26 Did you know?There are two courses that middle school students can take for A-G credit NOW:Algebra 1Foreign LanguageSpanish, French, Cantonese, etc.…BUT, you must earn at least an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in order to prevent repeating the course in high school.Grades count in all subjects as a sign of preparation
27 Middle School Checklist 6th Grade:Take challenging classes to help prepare yourself for high schoolBegin the college talk with your parentsStart a calendar of homework and activitiesTeach yourself good study habits now!Encourage your parents to start saving for your college education7th Grade:Enroll in Algebra and a foreign language– they count for A-G credit!Perform well on standardized tests– they’re good practice for the CAHSEE and SAT/ACTIf you need help, seek a counselor/teacher/tutor NOW– don’t wait!8th Grade:Ask your parent/guardian to help you research colleges and careers:Research financial aid options with your parents:Talk to your parents about choosing a high schoolBecome involved in school or community activities that will let you explore career interests
28 THE WONDERFUL TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING YOUR NEXT FOUR YEARS
29 The notorious “A-G”2 yearsa) History and Social Science4 yearsb) English3 years(4 years rec.)c) Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and algebra II)(3 years rec.)d) Laboratory Science (1 year of biological science and 1 year of physical science)e) Foreign language (both years must be in the same language)1 yearf) Visual and performing arts (art, dance, theatre/drama, or music)g) Elective chosen from the subject areas listed aboveor other college preparatory course (2 semestersor 1 year-long course)In order to find a unique list of A-G courses approved for your high school, visit the UCOP Pathways website: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/
30 Five tips for high school success 1. Make sure you take a healthy number of A-G courses every year– in addition to your high school requirements and electives.2. Show progress and diversity in your coursework.If you excel in a subject, take its Honors/AP level.3. Talk to your counselor every semester!The big question to ask: “Am I on track to apply for ____ college(s)?”4. Work on your “application builders”:Extracurricular activities: clubs, sports, student governmentLeadership rolesCommunity service5. Balance your school work and social life with college preparation, i.e.:SAT/ACT preparation and examinationCollege researchScholarship searches and applications
31 FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES (PARENTS: LISTEN CLOSELY!)
32 College Costs Books and supplies Room and board Fees/ Tuition TransportationMiscellaneous
33 Paying for Education Savings or 529 Plans Student Grants Loans Student ScholarshipsExplain each in your own words to the studentsStudent Federal Aid
34 Money, money, money Government grants/loans: Google FAFSA Forecaster for estimated college costsCampus-based grants and scholarships:Apply with your admission application and/or once enrolled in collegeScholarships: You should begin applying in middle school and not stop till you have a college degree!Online search engines: ; ; ; ;School/community resources: counselors, teachers, peers, career centers, public libraries, community organizations, etc.Financial aid is available for everyone! Undocumented students, foster youth, and veterans’ dependents should talk to a counselor or Cal-SOAP representative in high school.
35 Money, money, money Tips for scholarship success: Apply for as many scholarships as possibleDon’t neglect smaller, local scholarshipsBridge multiple applicationsRecycle, recycle, recyclePaint a strong self-portrait in scholarship essaysKeep a written personal inventoryPrioritize school work and class timeStick with it
36 The road to college… starts here, today SOAPStudent Opportunity and Access ProgramServing Students Since 1979SAN DIEGO & IMPERIAL COUNTIESCaliforniaThe road to college… starts here, todayWhen you need directions, contact Cal-SOAP:Online:Phone: (858)