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Welcome to Freshmen/Sophomore/Junior Parent Night Kim Halket- Head Counselor, A-H Caroline Rubio- I-N, AVID Talvin Sodhi- O-Z, ELD Gloria DaSilva- At-Risk.

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1 Welcome to Freshmen/Sophomore/Junior Parent Night Kim Halket- Head Counselor, A-H Caroline Rubio- I-N, AVID Talvin Sodhi- O-Z, ELD Gloria DaSilva- At-Risk Counselor

2 Graduation Requirements Please see handout on three diploma options and their requirements

3 CA High School Exit Exam Taken in March of Sophomore Year Tests Math and Language Arts Once a section is passed, it does not need to be repeated If they fail a section, the student has five more opportunities to pass before June of senior year We offer a CHSEE English support class for juniors who do not pass this section

4 Life after graduation… Community College 4-year College/University Trade/Specialty School Military Full-time Work Apprenticeship …or any combination of the above! If in doubt, prepare for a 4-year college

5 CSU/UC Minimum Requirements “a-g” English-4 years History/Social Science-2 years Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II) -3 years *Colleges expect all students to take math in the senior year. Foreign Language-2 years *3 years of the same foreign language is preferred.

6 “a-g” College Reqs. Continued Laboratory Science -2 years *One year of Biology and one year of Chemistry is expected. Visual/Performing Art-1 year College Prep Elective-1 year SAT or ACT in spring of Junior and Senior year (through November)

7 “D” grades do not count for college! If you plan to go directly to a 4-year college from DHS, all grades in “a-g” classes must be at least a “C” (avoid C- grades). If students pass all classes at DHS, they will graduate with 240 credits so may repeat one class for no credit See your counselor about options for making up D/F grades; C grades may not be improved

8 UC System: Serves top 1/8 of high school graduate MINIMUM GPA of 3.0 to apply Comprehensive Review includes: Grades in “a–g” courses in grades 10 – 11 Number of “a-g” and AP/Honors classes Quality of the senior year schedule Extra-curricular activities, special talents SAT or ACT scores Personal statement Make sure that you are involved in “life”

9 UC System: Class of 2012 Average GPA was 3.80 with 24 “a-g” courses Average cost $31,000/yr living on campus Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) at seven UC campuses -earn an average of a 3.0-3.5 GPA in UC transferable courses from a CA CC (depends on campus and major)

10 UC Admission Requirements Students must complete 11 of the 15 “a-g” requirements by the end of 11 th grade and achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in those courses. Plus, the top 9% of the graduating class who meet the above eligibility will be guaranteed admission to at least one UC campus. You will be notified in Spring of the Junior year.

11 CSU System: Serves top 1/3 of high school graduates CSU Eligibility Index= GPA + SAT or ACT- that’s all! Calculated from grades 10 and 11 only. Make sure you do not earn D/F grades in grades 9 and 12! Minimum 3.0 automatically qualifies for non- impacted campuses Requires SAT or ACT w/o writing Average cost $23-25,000/year living on-campus TAG – work with transfer counselor at CCC

12 CSU System 16 of the 23 campuses are impacted, as are many majors throughout the system Best bet is our two local CSU campuses- East Bay and San Francisco- which serve Alameda County residents

13 CA Private Colleges: 75 Independents in California alone 9 out of 10 receive financial assistance More students graduate in 4 years Every admission file is personally reviewed Classes are smaller with actual professors Personal attention to succeed in college/life 85% of students attending private schools have college costs reduced through student aid

14 Out of State/Western Undergrad. Exch. Students who are residents of WICHE states may enroll at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state at a reduced tuition rate. WICHE states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Website: Note: Majors may be restricted and there may be specific GPA and SAT/ACT score requirements

15 CA Community Colleges: All students should take “a-g” requirements, especially MATH if they wish to be in a Transfer Program DUSD Concurrent Enrollment Program for 10-12 graders-earn HS and College credit Transfer Programs/AA & AS/Certificates Average tuition cost $1100/year No SAT or ACT testing required TAG

16 Prepare for college early!!! Research your options throughout high school, don’t wait until senior year Set realistic goals using data Take the PLAN and PSAT for test practice You cannot change your GPA, but you can change your test scores, take test-prep classes or “bootcamps” as needed Use your resources-get to know your counselor-create a 4-year plan

17 Explore Your Options Career Pathways at DHS: -Engineering -Culinary Arts -Fashion/Interior Design -Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences Tri-Valley ROP Classes: -Visual Communications/Graphic Design -Medical Careers -Automotive Technology -Cosmetology and many more classes….

18 Career Center Highlights ROP Classes College Speakers Job Shadowing/Apprenticeships Career Interest Inventories/Assessments Scholarships “Get Set” Program for girls interested in math, science, technology, engineering Field Trips

19 Counselor Specialties Student athletes/register with the NCAA Clearinghouse-see Mr. Sodhi AP Testing Information- see Mrs. Rubio Test-prep and National Merit Information- see Mrs. Halket Referrals for mental health counseling-see Mrs. DaSilva

20 If your student is having trouble… Student should speak with teacher first about issues/problems with the class Next, parent should contact teacher If no resolution, student should speak with counselor, and may then schedule a conference with all parties All teachers have office hours Use tutoring resources

21 Questions Thanks for coming tonight Call Maryann Campisi at 833-3300 ext. 7050 for an appointment with your counselor

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