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March 18, 2014 Mrs. Ah Young Chi, College/Career Counselor Mr. Luke Sferra, HS Counselor (A-K) Mrs. Katie Dahm, HS Counselor (L-Z) 9 th Grade College Guidance.

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1 March 18, 2014 Mrs. Ah Young Chi, College/Career Counselor Mr. Luke Sferra, HS Counselor (A-K) Mrs. Katie Dahm, HS Counselor (L-Z) 9 th Grade College Guidance Night

2 Resources for college planning College/Career Center website  click to connectCollege/Career Center website College/Career Center calendar on the web  click to connectCollege/Career Center calendar on the web MHS eNews mailing list  click to connectMHS eNews mailing list Naviance Family Connection  click to connectNaviance Family Connection MHS College Counseling Guidebook ($15) Counseling team at MHS! March 2014

3 Graduation requirements SubjectMalibu High School (to graduate) University of California (minimum eligibility) California State University (minimum eligibility) English4 years Social Studies3 years  World History or European History  U.S. History  Govt/Economics 2 years  World History or European History  U.S. History 2 years  World History or European History  U.S. History Math3 years  Algebra I  Geometry  Algebra II 3 years minimum, 4 recommended  Algebra I  Geometry  Algebra II 3 years minimum, 4 recommended for some  Algebra I  Geometry  Algebra II Science2 years  Physical Science  Biology 2 years minimum, 3 recommended  Biology  Chemistry 2 years minimum, 3 recommended for some  Biology  Chemistry Foreign LanguageNone2 years minimum, 3-4 recommended2 years minimum, 3-4 recommended for some Visual Art or Performing Art1 year1 year (same genre) Electives60 credits1 year  Must be listed on UC approved A-G course list  Advanced Math, Psychology, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, 2 nd year of VPA 1 year  Must be listed on UC approved A-G course list  Advanced Math, Psychology, Lab Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, 2 nd year of VPA Freshman Seminar1 year Physical Education2 years Community Service80 hours California High School Exit ExamPassing Scores on ELA and Math Sections Passing GradeGrade of “D” is considered passing All courses must be completed with “C-” or higher

4 Postsecondary options 4-year college or university (Bachelor degree) –Public: UC or CSU –Private: over 70 in California –Out of state public or private: over 3,000 2-year college (Associate degree, career training or transfer) Career technical education (varying degrees and certificates) Military Work Gap year (concrete plan with a destination in mind for 2 nd year, usually) March 2014

5 College entrance requirements Subject/A-G courses Standardized tests –SAT or ACT –SAT Subjects Extracurricular activities and/or job experience Essay or personal statement Interview and/or portfolio or audtion Recommendation letters = “holistic” review of application March 2014

6 Subject requirements English – 4 years Social Science – 3 years Mathematics – 3 years (4 years recommended) Lab Science – 2 years (3-4 years recommended) Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language (3-4 years recommended) Visual & Performing Art – 1 year of the same genre UC/CSU minimum eligibility – 15 units UC average for Fall 2011 class (enrolled) – 24.1 units March 2014

7 What are colleges REALLY looking for? Success in challenging curriculum –Have you taken advantage of the opportunities at your school? –This doesn’t mean taking EVERY Honors and AP courses that we offer Meet other entrance requirements Are you and the college a good match for each other? Institutional priority –Legacy –Athletics –Other talents –Diversity –Money –Well rounded class March 2014

8 So many different colleges & universities Private vs. public Research vs. liberal arts (university vs. college) Size Location Selectivity Specialty- academic, gender, culture, faith Services- learning disability, transportation, special housing, dietary restrictions What do you mean by fit? March 2014

9 Extracurricular activities In school: ASB, yearbook, journalism, sports, music, theater, art, clubs, etc Community service Work experience, paid or unpaid Internships, paid or unpaid Summer programs and activities Helpful tips –Quality over quantity; take leadership roles –Start “resume” now –Plan summer activities wisely; do SOMETHING –You don’t have to cure cancer to be admitted to college! March 2014

10 So what should I be doing NOW? ~STUDENT~ Do well in your classes - #1 goal –Your transcript (grades and coursework) is the most important factor in admission decisions –Nothing replaces the importance of your transcript –Make up all D and F grades Challenge yourself by taking H/AP courses Read, read, read! – best way to prep for the SAT & ACT Explore your interests Do something productive over the summer Get familiar with Naviance Family Connection (start resume) Prep for College Checklist for Sophomores March 2014

11 So what should I be doing NOW? ~PARENTS~ Sign up for MHS eNews mailing list to receive CCC sMHS eNews mailing list Stay in touch with your child’s academic progress Encourage your child to explore their interests Coffee with the Counselors Attend other evening presentations with your students Get familiar with Naviance Family Connection March 2014

12 Looking ahead to Sophomore year… PSAT (October) 10 th Grade College Guidance Night (Fall semester) Full length practice SAT and ACT (Fall semester) PSAT Score, Now What? (January) Classroom guidance lessons for students (one each semester) with interest inventory and taking a closer look at post-secondary options and college entrance requirements Spring College Night (Spring) Coffee with the Counselors for parents (monthly) March 2014

13 Looking ahead to Junior year… PSAT (October) 11 th Grade College Guidance Night (Fall semester) Full length practice SAT and ACT (Fall semester) PSAT Score, Now What? (January) Classroom guidance lessons for students (one each semester) to talk about college entrance requirements and the college search process in order to build a good college list Individual appointments for college advisement (starts in January) Spring College Night (Spring) Coffee with the Counselors for parents (monthly) March 2014

14 Looking ahead to Senior year… College rep visits to MHS College counselor visit to classrooms More individual meetings with college counselor Senior Parent College Night College essay review sessions College application workshops (lunch time) Coffee with the Counselors for parents continues Financial Aid Night LOTS of individual attention to the college application process! March 2014

15 Mrs. Ah Young Chi, College/Career Counselor, Mr. Luke Sferra, HS Counselor (A-K), Mrs. Katie Dahm, HS Counselor (L-Z), Questions?


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