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1 JUNIOR AUDITS For CLASS of 2010 The Rest of High School and Beyond


3 You can find almost all answers to your questions on our website at and then click on “Counseling”

4 Read the Counseling Connection for information about: Career Exploration College Testing Scholarships (for all grade levels) Visit Nadine in our College and Career Center room 41 Log on to www.access.bridges for: Career, college and scholarship searches www.access.bridges

5 High School Graduation Requirements  English 40 credits  Math30 credits (Alg I)  Science20 credits  Social Science30 credits  Health 5 credits  PE 20 credits  Practical Arts 5 credits  Visual/Performing Arts10 credits  Pass English and math CAHSEE  Earn 230 credits

6 POST SECONDARY OPTIONS ENTRY LEVEL JOB OR APPRENTICESHIP/ROP BUSINESS/TECHNICAL/CAREER SCHOOL Certificate, Associate’s, Bachelor’s Degrees MILITARY Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy COMMUNITY COLLEGE Certificate, Associate’s Degree, Transfer Program to 4 year colleges UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate Degrees CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate Degrees PRIVATE/ OUT OF STATE COLLEGES Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate Degrees

7 Community College  Combined SDA/LCC Community College Night: February 10, 6PM at LCC Theatre  100 campuses in California; many with housing  Admission requirements: High School Graduate or age 18  SAT and ACT are not required  Placement Tests in math and English: SDA Field Trip to Mira Costa your senior year.  Mira Costa Ambassador, Billy Buster (SDA alumni) is here Tuesdays from 9-noon in the CCC.

8 California State University System  23 campuses; Cal State San Marcos is SDA’s affiliate campus  Transfer partners with California Community Colleges  Admission Requirements: –High grades –UC/CSU a-g subject requirements –SAT Reasoning Test or ACT + Writing

9 University of California System  10 campuses  Transfer partners with California Community Colleges  Admissions Requirements: –High Grades –SAT Reasoning Test or ACT + Writing –2 SAT Subject Tests –Essay –Extra-curricular activities are helpful

10 Private Colleges  75 campuses in California  Admission Requirements vary, but most recommend: –High Grades in college prep classes; Honors and AP classes are helpful –SAT Reasoning Test or ACT + Writing; highly selective colleges require 2 or 3 SAT Subject Tests –Essay –Letters of recommendation –Extra-curricular activities are helpful

11 Student Athletes  Be sure to register after your junior year with the NCAA to determine your eligibility to play sports at any Division I or II colleges.  Be sure to register after your junior year with the NCAA to determine your eligibility to play sports at any Division I or II colleges.   See the following websites if you are interested in playing at the community college or NAIA (small colleges) or Division III colleges

12 UC/CSU a-g Subject Requirements  a. History/Social Science 2 years required  b. English 4 years required  c. Mathematics 3 years required (AlgI, geom, Alg. II) 4 recommended  d. Laboratory Science 2 years required (1 yr. biological & 1 yr. physical; 3 recommended  e. World Languages 2 years required, 3 recommended  f. Visual/Performing Art 1 year required (10 credit courses only) only)  g. College Preparatory Electives 1 year required  Must earn a “C” or better in each quarter of the courses  These “minimum” requirements allow a student to apply to college. More than the minimum requirements will create a better opportunity to be accepted by the college of your choice. UC’s and CSU’s count only these a-g classes in determining their grade point averages, with a weighted point for all AP classes and Honors Pre-Calculus

13 TESTING SAT and ACT  Almost all 4 year colleges require and accept either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT + Writing  Selective colleges also require (2 or 3) SAT Subject Tests  SAT: Critical Reading, Math and Writing each worth 800 points for a possible total SAT score of 2400 (1500 is the national average)  ACT: English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning each worth 36 points. A Composite Score is the average of the four tests. (21 is the national average)  Register now for spring testing! Continued on next page

14 Placement Tests: to determine eligibility for classes  Required from the college you will be attending.  Mira Costa field trip senior year  UC Placement Exam: May, senior year (if not exempt)  CSU: EAP with STAR test and essay at SDA, junior year, to determine possible exemption

15 Financial Aid  Money is available for almost every student through scholarships, grants, work study and/or loans.  Start applying for scholarships now and continue through your senior year. (see SDA Counseling Connection)

16 WHAT DO COLLEGES WANT?  Rigorous courses (more than the minimum UC/CSU a-g requirements), especially junior and senior years  High grades  High SAT/ACT test scores  Extra-curricular activities (quality over quantity)  Good essay

17 WHAT DO YOU WANT? “Good fit” or “good college”? Personal inventory:  What are your strengths and weaknesses?  What are your positive/negative high school experiences?  What is your learning style? Continued on next page

18  Why do you want to go to college?  What do you expect to get out of college?  What type of college do you want to attend?

19 What is important to you?:  Distance from home  Size of school  Urban/suburban/rural  Weather  Academic challenge  Diverse student body  Interaction with professor Continued on next page

20 Continued from previous page  Major  Class size  Big name school  Dorm life  Social opportunities  Sports/clubs/activities  Cost

21 Do you have the qualities that employers and colleges are looking for?  Promptness  Responsibility to perform well  Initiative to do more than asked  Resiliency to do what you have to do whether you want to or not Continued on next page

22 Continued from previous page  Demonstrate open-mindedness  Act with integrity  Respect yourself and others  Feel comfortable and confident in meeting and conversing with adults

23 What You Can Do…  Take the most rigorous courses you can in senior year.  Earn the highest grades you can this term and senior year.  Continue extra-curricular activities  Take the practice Kaplan ACT/SAT tests on February 28. (sign up at the SDA Finance Office)  Take the ACT and/or SAT this spring (and Subject Tests if applying to selective colleges). Register online now) continued on next page

24 continued from previous page What You Can Do…  Visit college campuses this summer.  Attend College Visits at SDA this spring and next fall.  Attend the National College Fair April 14 5:30- 8:30, at the San Diego Convention Center.  Read our Counseling Connection every two weeks.  Organize your college search process. Document everything!  Check out our Counseling website often.

25  I will be glad to help you with anything.  You can drop in to see me before or after school or during lunch without an appointment.  If your questions will take longer than a few minutes, come in during the above mentioned times to make an appointment.

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