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Making the Best High School Choices to Meet Your College-Going Goals Lisa Meyer Director of Social Studies and Advanced Academic Programs
Recommended High School Program vs. Distinguished Achievement Program Pre-Advanced Placement Advanced Placement Dual Credit Auditing Classes Making the top 10% -- and what to do if you don’t The College Admissions Game Improving your chances for scholarships PSAT/SAT/ACT Tests
Find the DPHS Program of Studies at the Deer Park ISD website (www.dpisd. org under Parent Quick Linkswww.dpisd. org
*Subject to change during the current legislative session…stay tuned!
26 credits The default curriculum for Texas high school students Includes a “4x4” of core area class: 4 English; 4 Social Studies, 4 Math and 4 Science courses Offers courses that give you the best opportunity to succeed in technical school, community college or a four-year university in Texas.
The State of Texas seeks to recognize those students with exceptional achievement in high school. The DAP is for those students whose accomplishments are of such caliber as to be acknowledged on a national level.
Goes beyond the RHSP by requiring advanced schoolwork that reflects college- or professional-level skills by completing any combination of four advanced measures: 1.Score 3 or above on a College Board Advanced Placement Exam. Each exam counts as 1 measure. 2.Complete original research or project under the direction of mentor(s), judged by qualified professionals and reported to a qualified audience. 3.Earn a PSAT score that qualifies you as an award recipient in a variety of College Board or NMSQT programs. 4.Earn a grade of 3.0 or higher on dual-credit courses.
Other requirements include an additional year of foreign language (3 rather than 2) and more stringent requirements as to course choices in math and science. This also drops the required number of elective courses from 4 to 3 (the foreign language replaces an elective).
PAP English I PAP World Geography AP Human Geography* PAP Geometry PAP Algebra II PAP Biology PAP Spanish/French/German *AP Human Geography is a college-level course Courses available at North Campus for 9 th Graders
A more rigorous course offering, which moves more quickly, covers content at a greater depth, and builds critical-thinking and reading skills. Pre-AP courses provide excellent preparation for later Advanced Placement® courses Honors and Pre-AP courses (and dual-credit and AP courses) receive a weighted GPA.
AP classes offer unique learning experiences that will help you succeed in college. Through AP courses and exams, you can earn college credit and stand out in the admissions process. AP classrooms engage students in intense discussions, collaborative problem-solving, and learning to write clearly and persuasively.
AP courses help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. Students improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. Most four-year colleges in the US and in more than 60 other countries give students credit on the basis of AP Exam scores.
English Literature English Language World History U.S. History Government Economics Calculus AB/BC Statistics Biology Chemistry Physics C Studio Art French Language Spanish Language German Language Computer Science
Open to juniors and seniors Taught by San Jacinto College professors at SJC Students who receive a 70 or better receive high school and college credit* Deer Park ISD pays the tuition for selected courses taken during the regular school year Students must meet SJC entrance requirements
U.S. History Sociology Psychology English IV Government Economics Automotive Technology Cosmetology Geology BCIS Math (College Algebra and Trigonometry) if Pre- Calculus completed at DPHS – Dual enrollment but not credit Other CATE courses as approved
When a student audits a course, they receive a pass/fail rather than a grade. This is of benefit to students who are in the race to the top 10%. Only Juniors and Seniors who have a GPA of 4.9 or better can participate. Maximum of 2 courses/year. No core academic courses or foreign language courses may be audited.
Start strong Grades matter Number of weighted GPA courses matters (PAP/AP/Dual Credit/Honors) Auditing courses may make a difference In general, juniors at large begin to “kick it in” – that means that those who started strong have an advantage, but only if they stay on track.
Average 15 weighted courses per student Are 42% identified gifted & talented students Are 61% female Include students from a wide variety of backgrounds
Average 20 weighted credits Ranges between 16-23 weighted credits Is 70% female
Don’t give up hope Check the admissions criteria (know those websites!) for your colleges of choice Have all of the other ducks in a row ◦ Rigorous coursework ◦ SAT/ACT Scores ◦ GPA ◦ Volunteer Hours ◦ Extra-curricular Activities
Taking your best shot at getting into your first choice
1. Grades in AP Courses 2. Difficulty of student’s course curriculum 3. Admission tests scores (SAT and/or ACT) 4. Overall grade point average 5. Essay or writing sample 6. Student’s demonstrated interest in attending a particular college
7. Class rank 8. Counselor recommendation 9. Teacher recommendations 10. AP subject test scores 11. Interview 12. Extracurricular activities 13. SAT Subject Test Scores
2012 was the hardest year to get in to College The average public university accepts 65% of its applicants The average private institution accepts 63% of its applicants
73% of colleges and universities experienced an increase in applications in 2010 The typical school accepted 65.5% of its applicants 48% of schools use a wait list – more selective schools are most likely to use them
The acceptance rate for students who applied early-decision was 57% versus 50% for regular applicants. 100% of colleges and universities are using social media sites to recruit students\ Many schools check applicants on-line presence. Heed the warning! Post CAREFULLY!
Public schools are accepting more out-of- state students Approximately 20.4 million students are enrolled in college 56% of enrolled college freshmen are female The average application fee is $40
Keep a journal of your awards, volunteer hours, etc… Start researching scholarships now Don’t start applying until your senior year If you qualify, absolutely make sure you are on the free/reduced lunch records
Take the PSAT in 9 th, 10 th, and 11 th grades ◦ Currently DPISD pays for all 10 th graders to take the PSAT Nationwide, students who take the PSAT perform better on the SAT test than students who did not, and each subsequent testing tends to improve students’ SAT scores. Juniors who take the PSAT are entered into the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Most Texas colleges and universities will use SAT scores as a college-entrance exam The SAT is a timed test made up of 3 sections ◦ Critical Reading ◦ Mathematics ◦ Critical Writing Students who take the SAT more than once tend to improve their scores The SAT is offered multiple times each year
Most Texas colleges and universities will use ACT scores as a college-entrance exam. The ACT is a timed exam made up of 4 sections ◦ English ◦ Mathematics ◦ Reading ◦ Science The ACT is also offered several times each year.