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2 Transitioning from Middle School to High School

3 Words that describe High school exciting lots of great activities stressful more homework more responsibilities growing up finding my place being overwhelmed

4 Here are some things you can you do to help your student have the best possible, most successful experience in high school

5 Plan for success - physically Make sure that your student is in good health – have their vision and hearing checked along with a good physical exam

6 Plan for success – learning readiness If they have previously struggled in school in a particular area you might consider tutoring or evaluation for learning discrepancies and identifying any “gaps” in their learning that need to be bridged (these services can be found through Sylvan or Tanya Goldbeck) Consider a summer reading or speed reading program (Public library reading programs, St. Anne’s has hosted a speed reading program for the last several years –this program is designed for readers at all )

7 Plan for success - organizationally High school take more effort and organization than middle school so:  help your student get organized at home – pen, pencils, map colors, card stock, poster board, note book paper, printer paper...  help your student get their binders, locker and backpack organized  help your student develop good study habits  make sure you and your student knows how to use Ren Web

8 High School

9 Plan for success – the high school degree plan - There are two 8 th grade courses that count as high school credit -foreign language, Algebra I - You and your student should talk with Mrs. Cregor to arrive at the best mix of classes to fulfill their degree plan. Both of our degree plans are college prep. Students who complete the required number of honors and AP classes may graduate with an Honors Diploma.

10 - Understand what honors and AP classes are, when they can be taken, how they impact their GPA and what they require from your student. - Understand that ninth grade students tend to over schedule and over commit to extracurricular activities and academic endeavors– help them choose wisely and keep in mind all their other non-school activities (church youth group, Scouts, dance, city league sports …..).

11 -Each student is different so their mix of athletics And other activities will be different academics,

12 Additionally, you need to encourage your student to build a good grade base early on so that they have “breathing room” later on in their high school career.

13 Plan for success – an eye toward college College is four years away, but what your student does now will have an impact on college admissions and scholarships You should keep track of the following for college and scholarship applications – keep track by year and by category Community service/volunteer hours (travel time counts as part of the volunteer time) - you need a description of the type of service done and the name and number or e-mail of the person in charge.

14 Work experience of any type – description of the work done, the name of the company or person worked for, the phone number, the address or e- mail address Also keep track of:

15 Award/certification or recognition received in or out of school –you will need the name of the award, the reason it was given/earned, person or institution giving the award, phone number or e-mail address Classes taken GPA (un-weighted and weighted) Class rank and percentile/quartile Test scores (PSAT, then later SAT and ACT) Also keep track of:

16 Plan for success – Standardized Testing in High School Most colleges require a standardized test score to be reported. We work to prepare your student to be familiar with taking these tests and to help you understand and track your student’s academic progress.

17 PSAT and RediStep – The RediStep and PSAT are scaled down versions of the SAT and are given each fall. The RediStep will be given to the middle school students starting next year The PSAT is given to the 9 th -11 th graders. These test help prepare your student to take the SAT as well as give you indicators of your student’s academic standings based on national standards. Please encourage your student to do their best on these tests

18 PSAT/NMSQT scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. The national average score for eleventh graders was 47 in Critical Reading, 49 in Mathematics, and 45 in Writing Skills. The national average score for tenth graders was 43 in Critical Reading, 44 in Mathematics, and 40 in Writing Skills”. If you are unsure of what your student’s scores mean, contact Mrs. Cregor In 2010

19 After you receive your student’s PSAT scores: Read the score information and understand what your student’s score means at each grade level Go to the following web address to get score information scores.html scores.html

20 Using their PSAT identification number your student will be able to log into the College Board web site and use their college prep tools My College Quick Start/ My Roads Interest Inventory Scholarship search

21 Personality Profile College Search and Comparison Vs.

22 College Entrance Exams The two test options are the SAT and the ACT Information about each are available on their web sites (see “Useful Web Sites”) We recommend that students take these test in the spring of their junior year and then again as necessary to achieve the desired score (the goal is to have testing completed and scores submitted by December of their senior year)

23 After students take the PSAT they will receive the SAT question of the Day from College Board if they have supplied College Board with an e-mail address. Your student can use these questions to help prepare themselves for the next PSAT and the SAT Have your student take the one semester SAT Prep class as an elective their junior or senior year

24 End of program for 8 th graders Thank you for coming today. Please let us know how else we can help you help your student.

25 Choosing a College

26 In 2010 Legacy’s SAT scores were above the state and national averages. M+V+W1640Legacy M+V+W1509National M+V+W1467State * Legacy is an official ACT testing site.

27 Majors Your student may not have a clue as to what they want to major in when they get to college – That’s okay; many students go to college undecided or change majors after they are in college. If your student does have an idea about a college major, help them explore colleges that offer that major.

28 College Choice There several things to do and consider when helping your student choose a college.

29 Know that there are many good colleges, but finding the one that meet the following criteria is important. Where do they (the student) feel they belong Where does God want them to go They will be spending four very important years of their lives at college – do what you can to help them be good years What can you afford start planning now. Many colleges have scholarships and financial aid available as well as coops and internships.odo The decision of where to send your student is a matter of much prayer.

30 Consider the natural gifting, talents and interest your student has (academic, athletic, artistic, and other skills) as well as their personality, comfort zone, and outlook. Then help them find a college that fits their unique combination of attributes.

31 Consider what your student wants to do and help them explore possibilities. Ultimately they need to find a college with a major that lead to a degree that opens doors to a job they enjoy and will allow them to be financially self- sufficient.

32 We suggest that students pick three to five colleges that have their intended major and that they would like to attend. Then, you and your student can explore these using the college’s web site and making a college visit.

33 The College Visit Visit the web site of colleges your student is interested in. Google the name of the college/university to find their web page – if necessary add the state and city along with the name of the school. (City College will get lots of listings). The virtual visit:

34  CLEP, AP or SAT subject tests credit policy  entrance requirements (GPA, rank, SAT/ACT score)  deadlines for applications and fees  special entrance requirements for your student’s major While on a college’s web site look for the following information  Cost involved (tuition, fees, books, room and board, travel expenses, and personal expenses What are the:

35 The campus visit: Campus visits can be made any time during high school, but are most often done during the junior and senior year. Juniors are allowed two college days and seniors are allowed three college days per school year. (See the hand book for more details).

36 Go to the various departments your student is interested in. This usually requires a scheduled appointment. Some schools will schedule these for you; others will require your student (or you) to make an appointment. Some colleges let you schedule appointments online. Ask to meet with the department’s student liaison (it may be a department head, faculty member, secretary, or recruiter – just let them know that your student is a perspective student). During the campus visit:

37 Additionally, visit the dorms And find out: – where are they located, - what condition are they in, - what is the room/bathroom arrangement, - do they have computer/internet access, - how are the boys and girls housed, - what are the visiting hours - are students required to live on campus, if so, for how long

38 Chapel or faith based centers Public colleges usually have faith based “houses” on or near campus (If there is not a chapel or faith “house”, then ask about the location of nearby churches) Recreation center or activity center What types of equipment do they have What activities are available Cafeteria Is it conveniently located What are the hours of operation What are the meal plan options Are there other food options available And then visit the:

39 And when you visit ask about : Academic help such as: Free tutoring services or labs Meeting with the professor who teaches the class Other academic services

40 What student/extracurricular activities are available Service organizations/clubs Academic organizations/clubs Intramural sports organizations/clubs

41 Bookstore What type of purchase plans do they have for text books (rental and return, buy back) Do they have prepay purchase and bundle services What other supplies do they have What are the hours of operation Library/resource center What types of media available What other types of services are available What are the study room policies Laundry facilities Coin or card operated Location Also visit the: Restrooms are they clean, do they have unnecessary extras

42  The size of the school (students enrolled at that campus) Ask about  Each school has its own policy about which students are allowed to have cars so be sure and ask about that too.  The academic environment of the school  The reputation of the school (you might ask students you meet why they are there)

43 how easy is it to get them to and from school, what is the cost involved in getting them to and from school How large/small is the town the school is located in – does it have easily available grocery stores, shopping centers, food places … How cold/ Is your student mature enough to live away from home Consider also the location of the school - warm does it get there

44 DO NOT let your student choose a college based solely on: It’s where their friends are going. It has the “cutest” coeds. Because everyone in the family has gone there. They have a winning sports team. Location - Its as far away from home as they can get and still be in the US.

45 Scholarships

46 Scholarship search By grade level (high school and college) By gender By family origin By unusual/unique characteristics: height, left-handed, eye color … By academic/athletic ability By GPA By class rank - There are college scholarship opportunities available to student at ALL levels of high school and with all types of abilities, interest and uniqueness. Search for scholarships using the following criteria:

47 By hobbies/interest By clubs/organizations/affiliations of student or family By religion/faith By military affiliation By volunteer work By college By major Family status or make up Survivors of ….. Health conditions Additional search criteria

48 Legacy is not responsible for the content or reliability of any of the following websites. Testing PSAT: SAT: ACT home page: Useful websites

49 College/career Finder web sites Private schools College and careers College finders

50 College rankings Athletics

51 Scholarship web sites and Financial Aid Scams – If you have to pay for a service, it is probably a scam. index.shtml aid/408.html

52 Co llege Board ACT FAFSA Other

53 Mixed Information College Board: ACT planning for college:

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