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1 POST-SECONDARY PLANNING for JUNIORS CLASS OF 2013

2 Outline of Presentation Post-Secondary Options Post-Secondary Options Academic Concerns Academic Concerns Scheduling for school year/Junior conference Scheduling for school year/Junior conference Extracurricular Activities Extracurricular Activities Community Service Community Service PSAT/SAT I & II PSAT/SAT I & II Exploring College options Exploring College options Naviance-How to use it? Naviance-How to use it? Campus Visitations Campus Visitations Financial Aid/Scholarships Financial Aid/Scholarships Student/Athlete Student/Athlete

3 Post-Secondary Options College-Two or Four Year College-Two or Four Year Vocational/Trade Schools Vocational/Trade Schools Military Service Military Service Employment Employment

4 Academic Concerns Transcript-what have I taken for the past three years? Transcript-what have I taken for the past three years? Have I made my best effort in my classes? Have I made my best effort in my classes? Have I challenged myself to take advanced levels such as AP, IB and Honors Courses? Have I challenged myself to take advanced levels such as AP, IB and Honors Courses?

5 Scheduling for Junior Conference Junior Conferences will begin on January 17th, 2012; each will last approximately 30 minutes Junior Conferences will begin on January 17th, 2012; each will last approximately 30 minutes Parents are invited to attend with their son/daughter Parents are invited to attend with their son/daughter Course of Study Guide is now available on the website (Guidance page) Course of Study Guide is now available on the website (Guidance page)

6 Extracurricular Activities Clubs Clubs Sports Sports Religious groups Religious groups Leadership in activities is an added bonus! Leadership in activities is an added bonus!

7 Community Service Work without compensation Work without compensation Examples of Community Service: Examples of Community Service: Hospital volunteering, religious service, Hospital volunteering, religious service, EMT, schools (peer tutoring), child care Soup kitchens, food pantries, etc.

8 PSAT/SAT I & II/ACT PSAT-taken in October-met in large group instruction with counselors and me to discuss results and what to do next PSAT-taken in October-met in large group instruction with counselors and me to discuss results and what to do next SAT I-Reasoning Test-Three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing SAT I-Reasoning Test-Three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing 800/each section of the test 800/each section of the test Used by most colleges/universities for admission Used by most colleges/universities for admission

9 PSAT/SAT I & II/ACT cont’d SAT II-Subject area tests-one hour-subject SAT II-Subject area tests-one hour-subject examples: biology, French, History, math, etc. examples: biology, French, History, math, etc. Most competitive colleges/universities require at least 2 since now the writing section is part of the SAT I Most competitive colleges/universities require at least 2 since now the writing section is part of the SAT I ACT-alternate option to the SAT-Consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Reading, Math and Science; optional writing test but is not part of composite score; possible score of 36 ACT-alternate option to the SAT-Consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Reading, Math and Science; optional writing test but is not part of composite score; possible score of 36

10 When to register? Both the SAT and ACT are given in the Spring of each year. It is recommended that you take either both or one of them in March, April, May or June of the junior year. Both the SAT and ACT are given in the Spring of each year. It is recommended that you take either both or one of them in March, April, May or June of the junior year. Registration for ACT can be done online at Registration for ACT can be done online at Registration for the SAT can be done online at

11 Explore College Options Over 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the US Over 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the US Location Location Campus Size Campus Size Reputation Reputation Majors/Programs/Activities Majors/Programs/Activities Cost/Financial Aid Cost/Financial Aid Admission Requirements Admission Requirements Environment Environment Use Naviance, My College Quickstart, College Confidential, your counselor and Guidance resources to explore the possibilities

12 How to use the Naviance Website You must have internet access at home in order to use this site. Go to the school website at rbrhs.org—click “Naviance” under “Quicklinks”rbrhs.org—click Use the website to explore colleges as well as to track college applications and data, complete a self-assessment regarding personality type, establish a game plan, investigate scholarship opportunities, and much more!

13 Campus Visitations Prepare for your visit by learning about the college/university Prepare for your visit by learning about the college/university Take a tour Take a tour Meet admissions counselors and if possible attend group information sessions Meet admissions counselors and if possible attend group information sessions Sit in on a class Sit in on a class Talk to someone from the department of the major in which you are interested Talk to someone from the department of the major in which you are interested

14 Campus Visitations cont’d Is there an Honors Program? Is there an Honors Program? Visit a dormitory Visit a dormitory Sample the dining hall food Sample the dining hall food Talk about cost of college and financial aid available to the student Talk about cost of college and financial aid available to the student Ask about the freshman retention and 4-5 year graduation rate Ask about the freshman retention and 4-5 year graduation rate Double check entrance requirements for admission-Am I suited for this school academically? Double check entrance requirements for admission-Am I suited for this school academically?

15 Financial Aid/Scholarships Attend Financial Aid Workshop in the fall of senior year Attend Financial Aid Workshop in the fall of senior year Check Naviance for scholarship opportunites Check Naviance for scholarship opportunites Discuss the “real costs” of college-can we afford this school? Discuss the “real costs” of college-can we afford this school? Investigate internet sites for scholarship options Investigate internet sites for scholarship options

16 Student-Athletes Sign up with the NCAA Clearinghouse now if you plan to play intercollegiate sports either Division I or II Sign up with the NCAA Clearinghouse now if you plan to play intercollegiate sports either Division I or II In order to sign up for the NCAA, you must register online at eligibilitycenter.org In order to sign up for the NCAA, you must register online at eligibilitycenter.org (directions for this site are included in your informational packet) (directions for this site are included in your informational packet)

17 TIMELINE Before spring, 2012-Register for SAT/ACT & ask for teacher recommendations before the end of school year. Before spring, 2012-Register for SAT/ACT & ask for teacher recommendations before the end of school year. Summer, 2012-begin online applications. Summer, 2012-begin online applications. Work on college essay over the summer. Work on college essay over the summer. September,2012-Meet with counselor to review college application process and discuss your progress September,2012-Meet with counselor to review college application process and discuss your progress October, 2012-complete applications/Early Action/Early Decision-check deadlines October, 2012-complete applications/Early Action/Early Decision-check deadlines November, 2012-submit applications November, 2012-submit applications January, 2013—submit financial aid forms (FAFSA and CSS Profile—if required ) January, 2013—submit financial aid forms (FAFSA and CSS Profile—if required )

18 QUESTIONS????

19 Thank you for attention! If you have any further questions or concerns, discuss them with your school counselor during your junior conference!


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