Presentation on theme: "Freshman Parent Program 2015"— Presentation transcript:
1Freshman Parent Program 2015 Radnor High School Counselors:Jeri Banta, JJ Lemon, Sarah Mechura,Jeannie Semar, Amy WessAgendaCounselor role & transitioning to high schoolAcademic review and support servicesStandardized tests and testing calendarNaviance overview and registrationCourse selection process
2School Counselors Jeannie Semar (A – Cl) Jeannie.Semar@rtsd.org x 3527Jeri Banta(Co - Gi)x 3526Amy Wess (Go -La)x 3537JJ Lemon (Le – Pl)x 3524Sarah Mechura (Po – Z)x 3523
3The Role of the School Counselor Academic AdvisingSocial and Emotional SupportParent ResourceCollege and Career Planning
4The Role of the School Counselor- grades 9 and 10 Freshman Year:Transition to high schoolSmall group meetings with counselorGuidance Lessons (Health classes)Academic Planning and PSAT overviewIntroduction to NavianceDo What You Are- personality assessmentSophomore Year:Guidance LessonsCareer Interest Profiler (Holland)Course selection and goal settingTesting Overview
5The Role of the Counselor- grades 11 and 12 JuniorYear:Junior College Planning Evening ProgramPost-Secondary Planning Family MeetingSeniorYear:College Application Evening ProgramPost-Secondary Planning (ongoing)
10Grading ScaleFound on Page 12 of Program of Studies
11Academic Supports Academic Success Center Room 115 or Room 230 Math Center Room 203Open all 8 periods for students to drop inWriting Center LibraryOpen all 8 periodsBy appointment only – sign up sheet on Writing Center doorAfter School Peer Tutoring Library Writing CenterMonday-Thursday 2:30 to 3:30TEXT course, level, date desired
12HS Hope Student Assistance Program Students who are struggling with any of the following:BehaviorAttendanceHealthAcademicsMental HealthDrug and AlcoholMembers include school counselors, administrators, school psychologists, school nurse, and outside resourcesSee your school counselor for more information
13What are the college entrance exams? PSAT (new test format October 2015)SAT (new test format March 2016)ACTSAT Subject Test- 20 different tests/5 content areasEnglish History Math Science World LanguagesAP- not part of the admissions requirements
14When should these exams be taken? Freshman yearOCTOBER - PSATJUNE- SAT SubjectSophomore yearJunior yearOCTOBER- PSATSEPTEMBER - JUNE – ACT, SAT, and/or SAT SubjectSenior yearSEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER – ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject
15Frequently Asked Questions Can students with a learning disability who receive accommodations in school qualify for testing accommodations?PSAT, SAT, APACTIs preparation necessary?Refer to PSAT report- My QuickstartFree online practicePrep services & resource materials available for purchaseKHAN Academy does a nice job explaining changes
16What is it?Naviance is a secure web-based college and career planning tool.Each student will create an account in the spring of freshman year.
17NAVIANCE features Resume builder Career Interest Profiler Explore careersPersonality assessment- “Do What You Are”Summer enrichment opportunities
18NAVIANCE for the college research and application process College searchRadnor specific application statisticsRegister for college visits at RHSRequest transcripts (9-12)Research scholarship opportunities
19Course Selection Process After mid-terms teachers will enter core course recommendations into the scheduler(2 week window)Any questions about course recommendations should be directed to the current subject area teacher
202015-2016 Program of Studies will be available on rtsd.org
21Elective Choices Course Selection Timeline Students should review the Program of Studies, talk with teachers, parents, counselors, and classmates to help select 3 electives and 3 back-up choices.Students will be responsible for uploading these choices into HAC in mid-FebruaryBe mindful of prerequisites and graduation requirements. Prerequisites and graduation requirements are both listed in the Program of Studies.
22Counselor Meetings Course Selection Timeline Every student will meet with their counselor during a two week window at the end of February to review all courses selected. Counselors will be out of their offices those two weeks. We will review with students the following criteria:Total number of creditsLeveling of classesElective choicesOverall balance of selections
23Course Changes Course Selection Timeline After the window for students closes, all course changes are processed by the students’ counselor.Core courses changes require an override form.English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World LanguageElective changes do not require an override form.Students can make changes to their schedule anytime on or before June 26th. After this date, no requests will be honored.
24What your child should be doing now Course Selection TimelineWhat your child should be doing nowReviewing the Program of Studies and thinking about what courses they want for next year.Consult individually with teachers regarding course recommendations for next year.Seek out your Guidance Counselor with any questions.Prepare for mid-term exams January 21st through January 23rd .