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1 December 10, 2014 Class of 2017

2 Mr. Craig Alessio and Mr. Thom Hughart School Counselors

3 Guest Speaker (HOBY) Sophomore Year Dual Enrollment West-Mec Navigating the College Search College Testing Slimming the Costs of College Guest Speaker (Costa Rica) Questions and Answers

4 Please welcome Aryka Hall to discuss her experience at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference!



7  To provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program which focuses on the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. Counselors work in conjunction with staff, parents and the community to ensure that all students maximize their potential and are prepared to take their place as productively contributing members of society.

8  Students should do their personal best in their classes  Classes are more difficult, students are expected to read more, have an increased ability to synthesize information, and think critically

9  Students are testing boundaries, they want to be more independent  Students need to prioritize — academic, social, extra-curricular balance – stay healthy  Keep a list of extra activities/honors, etc.  Take SAT II - Subject Tests in June (if applicable)  Summer School - programs for credit recovery, remediation, or enrichment  Volunteer or work to explore interests

10  Keep the lines of communication open  Help your student find an academic and social balance  Help your student make thoughtful class choices  Go with your parenting instincts: children need emotional support, parental supervision, adequate sleep, healthy eating habits, physical and intellectual challenges, resilience, and time to reflect and plan  Set aside family time – dinner, weekend activities


12 Dual enrollment classes are taken at your local high school and taught by high school instructors. Students will take placement exams for Dual enrollment classes (if necessary) before coursework begins. Teachers are specially qualified to teach college course.

13 Why Dual Enrollment: Earn college and high school credit at the same time! Finish college faster and save money on college tuition and text books! Your college credits earned while in high school, will transfer to the college or university of your choice* *Verification with your academic counselor is recommended

14 How Much Does It Cost: Rio Salado $84 per credit hour or approx. $250 for a 3 credit college course. Tuition Assistance Program Grand Canyon University $50 per credit hour (with some courses being 4 credits) or approx $150-$200 per college course. Trine University $20 per credit hour (with some courses being 4 credits) or approx. $60-$80 per college course.

15 Courses Offered at PHHS (Currently): College Biology College Math Introduction to Literature First Year Composition 101 Technical and Professional Writing First Year Composition 102 Psychology Sociology Spanish III United States History


17 “Preparing Students Today for Tomorrow’s Careers”


19  Step 1: Talk to your counselor to confirm all program requirements are met.  Step 2: Select a 2015-16 program from the Central Program webpage.  Step 3: Fill out the West-MEC online application.  Step 4: Give a hard copy of the application to your counselor (typically due by the end of January).  For more information, please visit www.west-

20  Time commitment  May need to enroll in and pay for online classes beyond the normal school day.  Athletics and extracurricular activities will likely come to an end.  Subsequent year schedules cannot be guaranteed.  Student should be selecting West-Mec program as a realistic pathway leading to potential career.


22  There is no one path for life after high school  Four and two-year colleges  Vocational & Art schools  Gap year, military  Students feel pressured about “good colleges and majors” – about following the pack – avoid the “good college and major” trap  The fit is so important, look for “good fits” – What is a good fit for your student?


24  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology?  University of Chicago?  Duquense University?  Washington and Jefferson College?  Case Western Reserve University?  Johnson and Wales University?  Tufts University?  Johns Hopkins University?  Trinity University?  University of North Dakota?

25  Cereal aisle analogy  Many factors should go into a college choice- academic fit, location, size, programs…  Don’t be too quick to judge!  Work backwards  Progressive thinking saves time and money down the road

26  10th grade: Explore the Plan (AzCIS)  11th grade: Research and Develop the Plan  12th grade: Execute the Plan  Accomplished at PHHS through classroom presentations and individual meetings concentrating on helping develop student plan and identify different tools (internet, College/Career Center, etc.) to complete research.  Books- Ruggs, Book of Majors, Guide to Colleges and Universities

27  There is room in the colleges of this state and this nation, students need to look broadly at their choices  Colleges have various degrees of selectivity – from admitting all eligible applicants to less than1 in 10 applicants  Look beyond the most popular, most selective schools  Over 3,800 colleges in U.S. and 2,100 4-year colleges in U.S.  There are more schools in the U.S. that accept over 75% of the students that apply than those do not

28  AZCIS is a free and useful tool that can help you with your education and career planning. Use AZCIS to create your own electronic portfolio, research colleges, search for scholarships, take career interest inventories, create a resume and more! - Visit - Sign in: School user name: Honorshs Password: 4azcis02 - Create your own user account - Create and update your portfolio



31  Administered once a year in October  Preparation for the SAT  Measures verbal and math abilities and gives students practice for taking the SAT  Enter National Merit Scholarship competition for recognition and scholarships as a junior  Access My College QuickStart  Request information from colleges  Receive specific suggestions on how to improve your score


33  College Entrance Exams for four year universities  Measure college readiness  Each college will require a certain SAT or ACT score for college admission accompanied with class rank and GPA  Should be taken Spring or Summer of Junior Year  You do not have to take both tests

34  20 different one-hour tests designed to measure knowledge in a specific subject  Required by some private colleges and optional at others  Tests should be taken upon the completion of a specific subject


36  Students should begin search early in high school to maximize the amount of money obtained.  Moving forward, scholarships will be critical in determining which university a student attends….especially in California.  Can anyone answer this question… “what percentage has college tuition increased in the last 30 years?”  We love NAU and “The Lumberjack”…buuuut  Know your tuition costs for all 4 years of college before you enroll.

37  Community service and the University of Oklahoma…time to change our mentality!  Impact of SAT’s and ACT’s  If you start researching now, you can position yourself for major scholarships at universities throughout the country.  Our goal is to have the best scholarship website in the state!

38  Everybody should become familiar with WUE…allows student to attend select out-of-state universities for a fraction of the cost!  Can combine WUE rates with all other scholarships awarded to student.  Please visit for more information.  Utah- can earn Utah residency as a student.  New Mexico- allows Arizona students to attend New Mexico universities for in-state tuition.

39 Advantages  Low cost  Choose any of the community colleges in Arizona for the same cost  Small classes  Variety of educational goals can be met  Transfer to a university is based on college work  Most university transfers do not include high school work or SAT/ACT  Scholarship opportunities are available for incoming and outgoing students  Caution—students need to know if transfer into a four-year program will be an option in order to plan accordingly (Nursing at GCU)

40  Counseling Website  NCAA Eligibility  Scholarships  Community Service  Counselor’s Corner (Counseling Newsletter)  Summer Enrichment Programs


42 Arizona Christian University Point Loma Nazarene University Arizona State University San Diego State University Baylor University Scottsdale Community College Colorado Christian University Tennessee State University Colorado State University United States Air Force Academy DeVry University United States Coast Guard Academy Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University University of California- Berkeley Estrella Mountain Community College University of California- Los Angeles Fisk University University of California-San Diego Fort Lewis College University of California-Santa Barbara Glendale Community College University of Missouri-Kansas City Grand Canyon University University of the Philippines Harvard University University of Washington Massachusetts Institute of Technology Western Carolina University North Central College West Virginia University Oregon State University Wittenberg University

43 Academy of Art University Amherst College Arizona State University Aurora University Azuza Pacific University Baylor University Benedictine College Boise State University Boston College Boston University California Lutheran University California Polytechnic State University, Pomona California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University, Bakersfield California State University, Channel Islands California State University, Chico California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, East Bay California State University, Fresno California State University, Fullerton California State University, Humboldt California State University, Long Beach California State University, Los Angeles California State University, Monterey Bay California State University, Northridge California State University, Sacramento California State University, San Jose California State University, San Marcos California State University, Stanislaus Canisius College Carroll College Chaminade University of Honolulu Chapman University College of the Holy Cross Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University Concordia University Creighton University Dominican University of California Florida State University Fordham University Gonzaga University Grand Canyon University Indiana University at Bloomington Lindenwood University Loyola Marymount University Marist College Marquette University Marymount California University New Jersey Institute of Technology

44 Northern Arizona University Northwestern University Ohio University Penn State University Point Loma Nazarene University Purdue University Regis University Saint Louis University Saint Martin’s University San Diego State University San Francisco State University Santa Clara University Seattle University Seton Hall University Seton Hill University Sonoma State University St. John’s University St. Mary’s College of California Southern Methodist University Syracuse University Texas Christian University The Catholic University The George Washington University The Ohio State University Tulane University University of Arizona University of British Columbia University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Colorado at Boulder University of Conneticut University of Dayton University of Florida University of Kansas University of LaVerne University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Oklahoma University of Oregon University of the Pacific University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Tehran University of Utah University of Washington U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Military Academy U.S. Naval Academy Villanova University Washington State University Whittier College

45 Presented by Lisa Ramirez and Katie Moore



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