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1 WELCOME to the MHS Guidance PARENT BREAKFAST 2014-2015

2 WE ARE HERE TO HELP!  College planning is stressful for students and parents, but we are available to help all along the way!  We approach each student as an individual with unique interests and needs.

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4 Junior Parents  Begin to plan for the future now  GPA from end of junior year is on transcript sent to colleges  Plan ahead for standardized testing  Plan ahead for summer  Portfolio development for art/photography/fashion majors

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6 Senior Parents  The time is upon us to apply…Some questions to answer are:  What is the general timeline?  What are the steps in the application process?  What about financial aid?

7 POST HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS  4 year college  2 + 2 college  2 year college / community college  Military academy  Military  Technical / Voc School  Work  Prep school

8 Counselor’s Responsibilities Meet with student during spring of junior year and during fall of senior year Inform student about post high school / college planning process, timelines, expectations, and standardized testing Assist student in determining college readiness, developing a college list, and communicating with parent(s) as appropriate Assist student as necessary with completion of forms and decision making

9 Student’s Responsibilities Plan rigorous senior year schedule Make & keep appointments to speak with counselor about post high school / college plans Involve parents in the conversation about post high school plans Do his / her own research on college choices Put forth the best academic effort possible Begin / continue extracurricular and community service activities Keep track of deadlines / timelines

10 ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS for COLLEGES  4 years of English  4 years of Math (through at least Algebra II or Pre- Calculus for more competitive colleges)  3-4 years Social Studies  3-4 years Science (4 years beginning Class of 2016)  2-4 years of the same foreign language  BEST ADVICE: Take 4 years of all major subjects

11 ADMISSION FACTORS THAT COLLEGES CONSIDER  GPA and Class Rank  SAT / ACT scores  Junior and Senior year performance  Extracurricular activities  College Essay  Recommendations  Interview (maybe) and Campus Visit  “Demonstrated Interest” – especially for more selective schools

12 WHERE TO APPLY  Know thyself: What do you want? How do you see yourself?  Research the schools: Find out what each one has to offer  Create a list of matching schools: Counselors can assist with narrowing search down to about 5-10 schools  Be sure selectivity is balanced to include Statistical Reach, Possible, Probable, and Solid schools; and share with counselor  Can you picture yourself attending and being happy at each college on your list? Answer should be yes!

13 NAVIANCE  Web based software that offers college and career resources and data (MHS data back to 2009)  Counselors use Naviance with students for college searches and the career inventory  Every current junior and senior has created and account already, counselors can help with access if student has any problems  Naviance is also used to send transcripts, recommendations, and the school profile electronically to almost every college and university in the U.S.A. and Canada

14 FACTORS STUDENTS SHOULD CONSIDER Location (perhaps consider applying outside New England or the northeast U.S.) Admission selectivity (from MHS historical data) “Fit” or “match” with student interests and personality (college visit is critically important) Academic programs Size Cost & Financial Aid Offer Other, specific clubs, sports etc.

15 ELEMENTS OF THE COLLEGE APPLICATION  Application itself (sent by student online)  Extracurricular Activities (part of application)  Application supplement if applicable (student completes if required)  Application essay or personal statement (student sends with application)  SAT/ACT Scores ( student requests scores to be sent from testing agency)  Teacher recommendations (student requests from teachers and counselor sends)  Counselor recommendation and School Report (counselor completes and sends)  Student academic transcript (counselor sends)  School Profile (counselor sends)

16 TYPES OF APPLICATIONS  EARLY DECISION: Deadline is Nov 1 st or 15 th & requires a binding commitment from the student if admitted (notification by Dec. 15 th )  EARLY ACTION: Deadline is Nov 1 st or 15 th usually & is not binding; a student can apply to multiple early action schools (notification by Dec. 15 th )  REGULAR: Deadline is usually Jan. 1 st or later & notification is generally by April 1 st  ROLLING: Application can be sent any time, but the sooner the better; notification is on a rolling basis, generally 4-6 weeks after receipt of application

17 DOES APPLYING EARLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?  This is complicated & situational…the answer varies  It could be an advantage if a student shows genuine interest and is a suitable candidate  Colleges are reporting they are now receiving as many early applicants as regular decision applicants

18  One online application (www.commonapp.org) that can be used for many colleges (but NOT all), so it streamlines the process  BUT many schools also require a supplement  Same college essay can be used for all common app schools  Create account, you can partially complete and go back late  Must be linked electronically to Naviance (see counselor)

19  Many colleges, especially competitive colleges, are using the essay to distinguish between applicants  Self-reflection is essential (beliefs, aspirations, values, passions, etc.)  Speak from the heart: colleges want to know about the real you  MUST be the student’s original work  Begin drafting summer before senior year & have counselor and/or English teacher review  Answer question asked by college or by Common App (www.commonapp.org)www.commonapp.org  No more than 650 words or two pages double spaced  With increasing number of applications, the essay is becoming a CRITICALLY IMPORTANT element

20 WHAT NOT TO WRITE  Love life (a.k.a. “Too Much Information”)  Drug use or rap sheet  Be cautious when disclosing health issues  Strong political or religious views, or contempt for individuals or groups (remember you don’t know who will be reading the essay!)  Complaints or excuses, regardless of what they are  Stand up routine (humor is okay, but it needs to be balanced)  Fiction

21 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES  Looking for quality over quantity  More selective the college = higher level of involvement / achievement needed to impress admissions officer  Looking for evidence of leadership  Looking for evidence of perseverance  Community service is important, but particularly sustained involvement over time that shows commitment  It’s important to also show work experience

22 SAT AND ACT EXAMS … similarities & differences  We encourage students to take both, and colleges will accept either  Each student should consult with their counselor during spring of junior year to make a plan for testing  Both exams now require a photo (similar to a passport photo) to be uploaded when registering  SAT Subject Tests – When are they recommended / required?  Scores MUST be sent directly from the testing agency at the student’s request  “Score Choice” Explanation  Growing list of “Test Optional” colleges www.fairtest.org/university/optional www.fairtest.org/university/optional

23 TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS  Usually 1 – 2, BUT check each college website for guidelines  Student should ask teacher(s) IN PERSON in the spring of junior year & provide completed self-assessment form  No more than 4 recommendations total (2 teachers + 1 counselor + 1 supplemental)  Should shed light on intellect, personal qualities, motivation, character, etc.  Ask teachers that will write positive letters

24 DECIDING WHERE TO ATTEND  May 1 is national decision date  Compare financial aid offers  Admitted student campus visits can help to clarify decision  Waitlist or deferral? Consult with your counselor  Fight senioritis! Acceptance conditional on completing senior year at same level of performance  If you receive good news, be thoughtful of fellow students that may not have

25 PAYING FOR COLLEGE $ Attend Financial Aid Night at MHS on Nov. 6 th at 6:30 p.m. $ Complete FAFSA and CSS Profile after Jan 1 st of senior year $ Explore private consultants for advice, but be aware they may charge fees $ Need-based vs. Merit-based aid $ Guidelines often change $ Scholarship Bulletin Board can now be found on Naviance $ www.fastweb.com search engine for scholarshipswww.fastweb.com $ Melrose Permanent Scholarship Fund

26 SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES  Athletes Div I, II, III and the NCAA (if possibly Div. I or II, should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse in grade 11)  Art Students: Begin creating portfolio early and deciding between an arts program and an arts specialty school  Students with learning differences or physical/emotional challenges  International Students

27 COMMUNITY COLLEGE  The price is right  Often students take the same courses as they would at a 4 year college  Do not require SAT/ACT  Students are able to transfer to 4 year colleges after 1 or 2 years  Some community colleges have agreements with the state colleges  Cannot live on campus and student must take initiative  15-20% of MHS graduates go to 2-year colleges

28 Options for Students Not Going to College  Post Grad Year / Prep School  Technical Schools / Trade Schools  Military  GAP Year or Deferred Enrollment  Employment

29 RESOURCES  MHS Guidance Website: http://melroseschools.com/category/guidance- services-department/  Naviance: http://connection.naviance.com/melrosehttp://connection.naviance.com/melrose  Collegeboard: www.collegeboard.orgwww.collegeboard.org  Colleges’ own websites  College Data: www.college-insight.orgwww.college-insight.org  Financial Aid Calculator: www.finaid.org/calculatorswww.finaid.org/calculators  Free Test Prep: http://ineedapencil.ck12.org/ and Khan Academy www.khanacademy.orghttp://ineedapencil.ck12.org/

30 781-979-2210 jbuxton@melroseschools.com flograsso@melroseschools.com jparrillo@melroseschools.com jshackelford@melroseschools.com Follow us on Twitter:@MelroseGuidance


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