3Why Manual? #1 high school in the state for academics One of the top high schools in the nationColleges recognize Manual students97% of our students go to 4-year universities42 National Merit & Achievement Semifinalistsand Hispanic Scholars70% of students have 3.0 GPA or higherAverage ACT composite score of 25.7
4Very competitive environment Heavy, demanding work-load It is a privilege to be a Manual student! But, with this privilege comes great responsibility…Very competitive environmentHeavy, demanding work-loadMust have strong, consistent study habitsCan be a stressful atmosphereMust be organized
5How to handle “Manual”? Time Management Good Attendance Get Organized Know Your Teachers’ RulesAsk for HelpGet to Know Your Teachers and CounselorGet InvolvedMake a Friend in Each ClassUse Your Agenda BookGet a Life! All work and no play is not the answer!
6Get Organized! Separate notebooks/binders/folders for each class 2 backpacksDo homework at homeUse your study skills timeKnow your teacher’s rulesNo late workRequest homework for extended absences
7Top 10 things Seniors wish they had known as Freshman: Don’t procrastinate—get left behindDon’t be afraid to ask questionsIt’s not at all like middle school!Consider taking a study skillsGet involved—extracurricular very importantChoose friends wiselyNever give up!Make friendsGet help immediately—through tutoring or from your teacherStudy Hard! Grades/GPA begin your 9th grade year and do not go away on your transcript
8NHS TUTORING Having Trouble With A Class? *Tutoring is available in the College & Career room in the Guidance Officebefore school 7:00-7:30 T-F &after school M-Th 2:30-3:00.Tutors available for most all 9th & 10th grade content areas.Tutors available for most 11th-12th grade basic content areas.Why Peer Tutoring?In most cases, tutors have successfully completed the course you are taking so they know the teacher and class expectations.Often peer tutors can explain the concepts in a different manner to give you a second “take” on the material. · It’s convenient & it’s free!
9Ways to Get Involved Join a club Try out for a sport Be in a play Check out opportunities at YPAS if you love drama, dance, musicLeadershipVolunteer/community serviceaddress to Guidance Office
11Important Dates October 1: End of 1st grading period. October 12: Report cards go homeOctober 5: No SchoolOctober 8: No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)October 14: UPS College & Career Expo (1-5PM at Kentucky International Convention Center – Hall 2D)October 15-19: Red/White Week (Friday – Pep Rally) Beat Male!November 5-6: No SchoolNovember 21 – 23: Thanksgiving BreakDecember 17-20: Semester FinalsNational College Fair: Coming in February usually held at the Kentucky International Convention Center (221 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202) Watch announcements for more info!
12Individual Learning Plan (ILP) 4-year plan for all studentsCareer interest inventoryInvestigate different careersResearch collegesCompare collegesMake resume100% completion every year for all studentsOn-line access for students and parents
14Everything counts … NOW! Grades are used to determine the GPAEligibility in Sports and Extracurricular and/or Co-curricular activitiesPlacement in honors, advanced, and advanced placement classes and awards that will be listed on the college applicationAll grades, courses, and credits earned will be listed on your TRANSCRIPT at the end of each semester.
15Grades Fall Spring 1st Semester 2nd Semester 1st 6-week progress report 4th 6-week progress report2nd 6-week progress report 5th 6-week progress report3rd 6 week Semester Grade 6th 6-week Semester Grade(final grade on transcript) (final grade on transcript)Stay on top of your gradesGet help if you see that your grades are fallingTurn your assignments in on timeDo all of your homework assignments
16TranscriptList of classes taken: Courses taken and credits earned each semester are on the transcript.The transcript is the report sent to colleges that reflects every semester of high school that you have completed.Provides credit summaryGPA: grade point average (Unweighted & Weighted)Failed classes do not disappearLevels of coursesRegularHonors (Hon)Advanced (Adv)Advanced Placement (AP)
18Graduation Requirements Course:Credits:English4MathScience3Social StudiesHealth/PE1 (.5+.5)Humanities12-3 years of same world language (pre-college only)2-3Magnet requirementsSee program guide in guidance officeComputer proficiencyElectives= 22 or aboveTotal credits23 (minimum)
19Sample 4-Year Plan 9th 10th 11th 12th English 1 Alg 1 HNR Geometry ADV MST Alg 2Integrated ScienceExp. CivicsHuman GeoHealth & PEMagnetorElective10thEnglish 2GeometryAlegbra 2MST GeomBiologyMST ChemistryWorld Civ11thEnglish 3Algebra 2PrecalChemistryMST BiologyUS History12thEnglish 4Pre-CalCalculus AB or BCHistory Arts (Humanities)
20Scheduling Schedule for next year’s classes in January Course Request Form—VERY IMPORTANT!Consider a Study SkillsOnly Seniors can be an aide—except libraryBalance strong GPA with challenging courses (4 AP courses to be most rigorous)Students will request courses during the Semester 1 Finals Week.
21Dual Credit Opportunities With UL or BellarmineMust have taken the ACT in order to participateFee required (at a reduced rate)Excellent opportunity for college level experience and if considering one of the schools
23Advanced ProgramJCPS incentive programStudents make a certain score on the Advanced Program test at the end of the 8th grade yearStudents must maintain at least 3.0 GPA, take 3 yrs of same world language, take minimum of 12 advanced classes, & take Advanced HumanitiesSeal on your diplomaDo not have to be Advanced Program to take Advanced classesAdvanced PlacementMost challenging courses offered at ManualOpportunity for college creditMust take 4 or more AP courses to be considered most rigorousColleges look at the number of AP courses you take along with your GPAAP exam is given at the end o the year
24Monitor Academic Progress Do not assume that someone will contact you if there is a problemKeep in contact with your teachers and your counselorsDevelop strong study skills and time management techniquesWork on building a strong vocabulary.READ, READ, and READ more!Turn all assignments in on time!
25Problems in a Class? Student-Teacher-Parent-Counselor-ASST PRINCIPAL
26What should you be doing now??? Completing your Individual Learning Plan (November 20)Creating a resume’ that lists awards, honors, community service, work experience, leadership, etc.Preparing to take ACT/SAT/SAT2Taking ACT/SAT/SAT2—after Algebra 2Learning who you are & what careers interest you (ILP can help)Volunteering in careers of interestStudying!!! Keep up grades!Getting involved at Manual & communityVisit College/Career Room
27Planning for CollegeReview your schedule to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.Go to college fairs in your area.
28Planning for CollegeLearn about college costs and how financial aid works.Use a College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.Prepare for Tests: Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking ACT & SAT. Take SAT Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
29Planning for CollegeStay Focused: Sign up for college preparatory courses for sophomore year in January.Explore Summer Opportunities: Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.Search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options during the summer. Start with colleges near you.
30What do Colleges want? PASSION!!! Grades in AP courses Grades in all subjectsACT/SAT scoresEssaysCounselor recommendationsTeacher recommendationsInterviews (if required)Community ServiceLeadershipExtracurricular Involvement
31College Entrance Exams Most colleges require the ACT w/ writing OR SAT reasoning testSAT reasoning = ACT w/ writingThe summer after 10th grade is an excellent time to prepare for the SAT/ACT testing.Take test prep courses—many are free!
32Post-Secondary Options University (4-year)Community/Technical College (2-year)MilitaryCOLLEGE PLACEMENTIn addition to all Kentucky postsecondary institutions, recent graduateshave also chosen to attend the following colleges and universities:Art Institute of Chicago Boston University Brandeis University Brigham Young UniversityBrown University Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University Cooper UnionCornell University Dartmouth College Denison University Duke UniversityEarlham College Eastman School of Music Emerson College Emory UniversityGeorgia Institute of Technology Hanover College Harvard University Indiana UniversityThe Juilliard School Johns Hopkins University Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMemphis College of Art Miami University of Ohio Minneapolis College of Art and DesignMorehouse College New England Conservatory of MusicNorth Carolina School for the Arts Northwestern University Pennsylvania State University Princeton UniversityPurdue University Rice University Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologySaint Louis University Spelman College Stanford UniversitySewanee: The University of the South Syracuse University Tulane University U.S. Air Force AcademyU.S. Naval Academy U.S. Military Academy University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, Los Angeles University of Chicago University of Illinois University of MichiganUniversity of Pennsylvania University of Southern California University of VirginiaVanderbilt University Vassar College Washington University Yale University
33Kentucky Colleges – Four Year Public Universities Eastern Kentucky UniversityKentucky State UniversityMorehead State UniversityMurray State UniversityNorthern Kentucky UniversityUniversity of KentuckyUniversity of LouisvilleWestern Kentucky University
34Kentucky Colleges – Four Year Private Nonprofit Colleges and Universities Alice Lloyd CollegeAsbury CollegeBellarmine UniversityBerea CollegeBrescia CollegeCampbellsville Univ.Centre CollegeEmbry-Riddle Univ.Georgetown Univ.Indiana Wesleyan Univ.Kentucky Christian Univ.Kentucky Mountain Bible CollegeKentucky Wesleyan CollegeLincoln Memorial Univ.Lindsey Wilson CollegeMcKendree CollegeMid-Continent Univ.Midway CollegeNorthwood UniversityPikeville CollegeSt. Catherine CollegeSpalding UniversityThomas More CollegeTransylvania UniversityUnion CollegeUniversity of the Cumberlands
35Example: University of Louisville General Admission ( 24 ACT; 2.5 GPA)Honors Program: (28 ACT or 1250 SAT 1250; and 3.5 GPA)Guaranteed Entrance Programs (Requirements to Apply):Medical School (30 ACT and 3.75 GPA)Dentistry (30 ACT and 3.75 GPA)Law School (24 ACT and 3.35 GPA)Nursing (25 ACT and 3.35 GPA)Communication Art & Design (24 ACT and 3.2 GPA)
36Example: Centre College ACT (middle range)SAT (critical reading) and (math)More than 60% of the freshman class were at the top 10% of their class.
37Example: Stanford 68% had a 4.0 GPA or above. 26 % had a 3.7-3.99 GPA. 86% had ACT.76% had SAT (math)71% had SAT (writing)66% had SAT (critical reading)
38Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarships (KEES) The state of Kentucky rewards students for good grades2.5 is the GPA you have to earn in a year to receive KEES money15 is the minimum ACT score to receive additional fundsBetter grades and higher ACT scores earn you more dollarsThe funds can be used at any college in Kentucky
39Helpful TipsWork after school with your teacher or ESS (Extended School Services) work after school with a teacherNHS in library (before/after school)Forming study groups with other students in your classChecking your grades regularly with your teacherUse your agendaStructure study time at homeParticipate in class. Be visible and care about what you’re learning.Maintain healthy lifestyle which includes proper diet, exercise, sleep, and avoid the use of illegal drugs and alcohol
40What your counselor can do for you? Guidance counselingPersonal issuesFamily issuesCollege applicationsLetters of recommendationParent/Student/Teacher ConferencesHelp advise/resolve conflictMuch more!
41How do you see your counselor? Drop by times:Before schoolAfter schoolDuring lunchDuring study skills
42How Can Parents Contact Counselors? Parents may the counselor from Manual’s website.Parents may call the counselor atIf there is a problem with a class, parent should contact the teacher first before contacting the counselor.
43College Readiness Benchmarks The Kentucky standards of college readiness are ACT scores of* 18 English* 20 Reading* 19 Math
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