2Quick Survey!Please go to the South Forsyth High School Webpage.Student ServicesCounseling11th GradePlease complete the Parent Survey
3SFHS Counseling Staff Dr. Jamie D. Brown, Chair A – B Eddy Fernandez C-GAHCorinna SpurlockGAI– KOTStacye Fickle,Kou – Nor
4SFHS Counseling Staff Michele Vargas Nos – Smi Shari Frankel Smj – Z Kristi HallCounseling Secretary
5Junior Status Meetings What will we do during your 30 minute meeting? (*Meetings will start in October and run through January)Review all completed credits and discuss what is left to meet graduation requirements.Introduce Career Cruising as a resource to identify post secondary options and financial aid.Discuss any questions you have that involve senior year and life after SFHS. (This presentation should generate several individual questions to explore during meetings)
6meeting? Junior Status Meetings Loose ends…Invitations were mail out, please let your counselor know if you have not received your student’s by this weekend.Typo: 1am – 4am is really a PM afternoon time.Please communicate this date to your student, so that they are prepared.To assist meetings in starting promptly, students will receive a pass the day of.
7Graduation Requirements 4 English credits (9th Lit and Amer. Lit)4 Math credits4 Science credits (Biology, Physical Sci. or Physics)3 Social Studies (W. Hist., US Hist., Gov/Econ)3 Career/Fine Arts/For. Lang.1 Health/Per. Fit4 additional electives**23 Total CreditsIf you are planning to enter/transfer into a 4 year college/university you must take a minimum of 2 credits in the same world language
8Graduation Test Requirements TESTING REQURIEMENTS:Must pass the GHSGWT to be eligible for a diploma.
9Dual Enrollment Options ACCELPrograms that provide qualified Georgia high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to earn college credit while jointly enrolled in a Georgia public high school and a college, university or technical institution. A high school student cannot receive assistance from the Accel Program for postsecondary courses that are part of a technical Certificate or Diploma program of study.Move on When Ready -MOWRMOWR provides high school students the opportunity to “jump start” postsecondary education during the high school years. Once a student meets the admission requirements and is accepted to a technical college, 2-year college, or 4-year university, the high school student will be free to “move on” earlier to the next educational level.
10Dual Enrollment Options ACCELCan take all classes on college campusCan take classes at SFHS and on college campusACCEL credit hours do not count toward HOPE totals.MOWRStudent cannot attend classes at SFHSStudents have to take a total of 12 semester hours each semesterMOWR credit hours do not count toward HOPE totals.
12SAT / ACT TEST PREPSAT/ACT/PSAT PREP CLASSES SFHS Sycamore Learning Tree ACT Mar 23 & :30 pm SFHS (Media Center) $75 SAT Apr 20/21 4 – 6:30pm SFHS (Media Center) $75 or call
13SAT / ACT TEST PREP C2education 770-292-9000 Offering free practice test for new SATKaplan Test PrepNovember 15th ACT/SAT ComboAcademic Assistance & Tutoring Tab (Counseling Website)Prep BooksComputer SoftwareStudent’s Classes
14Included in Reading section The New SAT!Goes live Spring 2016 (At this time we do not have a specific month that the redesigned SAT launches)No penalties for wrong answersScoring will go back to the 1600 baseFewer questions, but more in debt analysisEssay is optional4 vs. 5 multiple choice answersPortions of the Math section prohibit calculator usePre-Calc is the max vs. Algebra IINewSATTestsOld1 (1hr 40mins)3 Reading1 (1hr 20mins)3 Math1 (50mins)Optional1 EssayIncluded in Reading section3 Writing
15SAT/ACT RemindersResearch to find out if you need the SAT II’s – Subject Tests. This will be based on how selective the college is (i.e. Ivy League)Use your free score reports to send scores to colleges. Saves you $’s and schools are going to use the scores meet your best interest.SAT –ACT –SFHS code =
16Ready? Set? Gooooo!!! What do I need to do, and how do I start? Start your post-secondary research! You should do this prior to your junior status meetingUnderstand the difference between being able to get into a college and being able to AFFORD a collegeUnderstand the difference between high school graduation requirements and post-secondary entrance requirementsResearch scholarships and financial aidWork on your class schedule for senior year
17Do Your ResearchPlan a visit to tour campuses that are of interest. (4 approved days)Attend College/Career/Military fairsMeet with college/military representatives when they come to visit SFHSCalculate your academic GPA (most colleges only consider academic courses) where 90 + = 4, = 3, = 2, and 0-69 = 0**Always contact the college to verify how they actually recalculate your GPA
21Well How Do I Choose? What am I looking for? Size, location, cost, majors, clubs/groups, etc.How do the BIG 3 affect my admissions? GPA, SAT/ACT, curriculum strength.Have I narrowed my list down to 5 – 7 schools? 1-2 Dream/Reach, 2-3 Moderate level, 2-3 Safety/Fall Back.
22Curriculum Difficulty Chart CourseAverage(1 pt)Above Average (2pt)Advanced(3 pt)Most Difficult(4pt)EnglishOn-level2 Honors2 Honors/1 AP2 Honors/2 APMath(Math I, 2, 3, AMDM)(Math 1, 2, 3, 4)Accel Math I, 2, 3, AP Calc or AP StatsAccel Math 2, 3, AP Calc AB/BC, DL CalcSocial Studies1 Honors1 Honors/1 AP2 or more APScience1 APForeign Language2 years3 years4 years1 or more AP
24Other 4-year Georgia Schools Kennesaw State University2.5 GPA min avg. on college prep work, 950 SAT (CR/MA) CR 490/MA 460, 20 ACT English 20/Math 19University of North Georgia3.62 avg. GPASAT: 1120ACT: 24Georgia State University2.8 GPA min., 3.2 – 3.7 avg. GPA, 1120 SAT (CR/MA), 24 ACTGeorgia Southern UniversityEIP Program 2.0 GPA min avg. GPA, SAT 920 – 1000, Reading 430, Math 400, ACT 20, English 17, Math 17Valdosta StateSAT: 900 Reading 430, Math 400, ACT: 19, English 17, Math 17Columbus State University2.5 GPA min., SAT: Reading 440, Math 410, ACT: Math 17, English 17
252-year Schools in Georgia Oxford College Of Emory University, Oxford, GAAVG GPA is 3.69 – 3.98, SAT – 2250, ACTGeorgia Military College,Milledgeville , GA2.39 GPA min., SAT 920, ACT 19Georgia Perimeter College, Alpharetta, GA 2.0 GPA min, accepting SAT/ACT or COMPASSUniversity of North Georgia College – Oconee Campus, Watkinsville, GA SAT: Math 310, Reading 330, ACT: Math 14, English 12, FI 1640 or higher
26Technical Colleges in Georgia Lanier Technical College, Cumming, GAaccepting COMPASS if you do not meet the min. SAT/ACTGwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, Dawsonville, Gainesville, campuses accepting COMPASS if you do not meet the min. SAT/ACTAtlanta Technical College, Atlanta, GA SAT: Math 410, Reading 410, ACT 18Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, GA ACT: Math, Reading, English 19, SAT: Reading 460, Math 440, or COMPASS
27Military Options in Georgia Georgia Army National GuardSSG WYCHENAVYKeith BostickEM1US ARMYJohn C. HughesSergeant First ClassMARINESSSGT Darren McAllister
28Apprenticeships and Careers US Dept. of Labor – Employment and training administration Offers guidance on finding registered apprenticeship programs.Forsyth County Schools Job Board:
29Start to Building Your Resume! Gather high school information on:Awards and HonorsSAT/ACT ScoresWeighted/Unweighted GPAExtracurricular ActivitiesWork ExperienceVolunteer/Community ServiceHobbies/Interests
30Honor Code/Discipline If a college or scholarship program inquires about honor code violations or discipline, we are obligated to report this information.Also, inquiries on a student's integrity may also be affected if the student has a documented out of school suspension or honor code violation.Acceptance to college is provisional and the colleges hold all of the rights.Colleges reserve the right to rescind admission or put you on immediate probation.
31HOPE ScholarshipHOPE covers a percentage% of college tuition. Award amounts depend on the type of institution (Public or Private) a student attends.To earn HOPE:Graduate from a HOPE-eligible high schoolBe registered for Selective Service (males only)Meet Georgia residency requirements3.0 CORE GPA (all academic courses only, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Lang.)Meet Academic Rigor requirements: (Class of 2016)Must receive credit in at least THREE advanced courses: Advanced Algebra or higher, Chemistry, Physics or higher, AP/IB courses in core subjects, ACCEL, and Advanced World Language. *The complete list of classes are listed on
32HOPE Key Points All AP/IB/DE classes are unweighted AP/IB/DE have .50 quality points added (nothing above a 4.0)Middle school credit is not calculated in the HOPE GPAAll calculations are done by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, and not by SFHS or Forsyth Co. Schools. (www.gsfc.org)HOPE GPA is not rounded up, so 2.99 does not qualify.
33Zell Miller Scholarship Covers 100% of tuition (based on Lottery Funds)Requirements:Must meet all the requirements to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, plus:Core GPA of 3.70+1,200 SAT (CR+MA) on a single test administration or a 26 composite on the ACT*A student named the valedictorian or salutatorian of his or her eligible high school is also eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, as long as the student has a minimum 3.0 HOPE GPA and meets all other requirements.
34All HOPE is Not Lost!**Did you know that if your student graduates from high school with less than a 3.0 GPA, they can still earn HOPE once they enroll in college?At 30, 60, or 90 hours, if a once ineligible student earns a 3.0+, they become HOPE eligible.**This does not apply to Zell Miller. Students have to be eligible for Zell Miller upon graduating from high school, to receive the award at any point in college.
35HOPE GrantPays a percentage of tuition at all Georgia Technical CollegesGraduate from a Hope-eligible high schoolNO GPA requirementMust maintain a 2.0 after enrolling in college.
36Private Schools and HOPE HOPE Scholarship (Enrolled Full-Time)$3,820 per year awardZELL MILLER (Enrolled Full-Time)$4,000 per year award
37More Information on HOPE View your HOPE average and Rigor RequirementsHOPE Rigor Requirements (listed on GA College411)Go to and login to your account. Click on “Your HOPE GPA”*We will be distributing this information during junior status meetings.For Additional Information on HOPEContact Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC)or
38Other Scholarship Options? **Always visit the financial aid page of the colleges of interest.For other scholarship opportunities please visit the SFHS Counseling Scholarship Website, and other sites like:freescholarship.com/
39NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse If you are planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution you must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility ClearinghouseAccess the registration materials by visiting the NCAA websiteWhen taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAAStudents and parents are responsible for determiningNCAA eligibility to Division I and Division II schoolsCounselor’s are neither responsible nor allowedto determine eligibility
40Anticipate Your Senior Schedule Figure out you senior scheduleResearch classes by talking to teachers and other students to find out expectationsDon’t bite off more than you can chewResearch college admissions requirements to find out if you need to add a class to your senior scheduleConsider extracurricular and work activitiesConsider Dual EnrollementConsider HOPE!Consider “Senioritis” (This disease is real!)**Remember, once we return in August there will be no schedule changes
41Things to Remember Visit the Counseling Web Pages often! Use 4 college visits during junior & senior year (College Visitation Form)Students interested in playing college athletics must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse once your junior year courses & grades are available.Register for the SAT/ACTCome to your junior status meeting prepared!The more we get to know you, the more we can help you with your future!
42QuestionsPlease go to the South Forsyth High School Webpage.Student ServicesCounseling11th GradePlease complete the Parent Survey