Presentation on theme: "To Graduation and Beyond!"— Presentation transcript:
1To Graduation and Beyond! Junior Parent Night Class of 2014To Graduation and Beyond!
2Class of 2014 Graduation Requirements 23 Credits to Graduate4 Credits English4 Credits Math4 Credits Science (Biology, Physics/Phys. Sci., and 2 selective Sciences)3 Credits Social Studies (Am. Gov’t, World Hist., US Hist., Economics)3 Credits Foreign Language (4 year college)** Or Fine Art or Career Technology (2 year college)4 Credits Electives.5 Health.5 Personal Fitness
3Ways to Make-Up Classes Regular scheduleSummer schoolFulton County Virtual SchoolOnline through GA Virtual SchoolPLATOOnline through schools outside of Fulton County*Private School*STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE PRE-APPROVAL FROM THEIR COUNSELOR AND THEN FINAL APPROVAL FROM DOWNTOWN
4Class of 2014 Graduation Requirements Pass all 5 sections of the Georgia High School Graduation TestWriting - Fall 2012 (Juniors took this test on October 3rd)4 Content Areas - March 18th – 22ndScienceMathEnglish/Language ArtsSocial StudiesUp to 4 additional opportunities to pass before May 2014
5EOCT and GHSGTStudents who entered a Fulton County high school in years , have the option of not having to pass the subject areas of GHSGT (all students must still pass the writing GHSGT).If they pass all sections of GHSGT, they meet that part of the graduation requirements. But if they failed some subjects they have options – instead of passing all of the subjects in GHSGT, they can instead graduate if they pass one of the EOCTs from those particular subjects. It can be an EOCT they had before or one they will take in the future.(Caution: If a student failed GHSGT subject test this March, and has failed EOCTs from that subject, these students should be encouraged to continue taking GHSGT in that subject NOT HOPE that they will pass an EOCT in that subject in future. Example: student failed SS GHSGT, fails US History EOCT also. Student should continue taking SS GHSGT and not wait until he/she takes Economics EOCT to find out if he/she passes it or not – if he/she fails Economics EOCT, it may be too late to then take GHSGT SS test again in time to graduate.
6Graduation Accolades Magna Cum Laude Overall Numeric Average - 96 or aboveHonor cord (white)Cum LaudeOverall Numeric Average - 88 or aboveHonor cord (gold)Determined after 1st semester of student’s senior year
7Exploring the Different Types of Postsecondary Options Four year Colleges and UniversitiesMany majors offeredleading to undergraduatedegreesTwo year CollegesOffer freshman and sophomore level classes toward an Associate degree and/or transfer to a 4 year collegeTechnical CollegesCertificate, diploma and 2-year degree programs leading directly to employment upon completion of specialized trainingSpecial Purpose SchoolsFocus on specific fields such as the arts or medical specialties
8College Entrance Exams and Important Standardized Tests PSATSATACTSAT Subject TestsAP exams
9PSAT – October 17th Why Prepare? Test Facts 2 hours, 10 minutes long Practice for the real thingBecome eligible to earn a National Merit Scholarship and other awardsTest Facts2 hours, 10 minutes longSubjects include Critical Reading, Math and WritingTotal score between , per subject-1/4 point wrong answer penalty (except for student-produced response questions)No registration required. All 9th, 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT.
10SAT Why Prepare? Test Facts 3 hours, 45 minutes long Gain admission to collegeEarn scholarship moneyTest Facts3 hours, 45 minutes longSubjects include Critical Reading, Math and WritingTotal score between , per subject-1/4 point wrong answer penalty (except for student-produced response questions)You have the option to decide which total score is sentAdministered 7 times throughout the school yearRegister at:
11ACT Why Prepare? Test Facts 3 hours, 25 minutes long Gain admission to collegeEarn scholarship moneyTest Facts3 hours, 25 minutes longSubjects include English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing (optional)Composite score between 1-36 (based on average of scores from 4 subjects)No wrong answer penaltyYou decide which composite score is sent to collegesAdministered 6 times throughout the school yearRegister at:
12Compare the differences and see which one is right for you!* SAT vs. ACTCompare the differences and see which one is right for you!*The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.The ACT includes a science reasoning test; the SAT does not.The ACT math section includes trigonometry.The SAT tests vocabulary much more than the ACT.The SAT is not entirely multiple choice.The SAT has a guessing penalty; the ACT does not.*While the SAT and ACT are very different tests, they both fulfill the same role in the admissions process.
13SAT Subject Test Why Prepare? Test Facts 1 hour long Gain admission to collegeDemonstrate Academic AchievementTest Facts1 hour longOffered in over 20 different subject areasTotal score betweenScoring above a 600 is considered an impressive scoreAdministered each time the SAT is offered (except in March)Register at:
14AP Why Prepare? Test Facts Tests vary in length Earn college credit and advanced placementStand out in admissions processTest FactsTests vary in lengthOffered in over 30 different subject areasScoring is on a 5-point scaleScoring a 3 or above could earn college creditAdministered each year during the first two weeks of MayNo registration required. Must be enrolled in the AP course at AHS
15AHS Class of 2012 Statistics COLLEGEAVERAGE C.N.A.AVERAGE SAT(3 sections, max score 2400)AVERAGE ACT(all sections taken, max score 36)AVERAGE # HONORS COURSESAVERAGE # AP COURSESHOPE GPAUGA94.2194130873.57GA PERIMETER83.414602412.74GEORGIA STATE88.7171125522.72GA TECH95.620403293.66GA SOUTHERN85.315952.9KENNESAW85.71607232.93AUBURN90.3117512763.28GA COL & STATE8917582643.17UN OF ALABAMA89.317163.23
16Importance of Academic Rigor Admissions DecisionCumulative Numeric AverageSAT# of Honors Courses# of AP CoursesUGAStudent ADENIED87.73318003Student BACCEPTED87.698166075Georgia Tech91.4091920891.1361830106
17HOPE Programs Hope Scholarship Hope Grant 3.0 Core GPA (Math, English, Science, SS and Foreign Lang.)4.0 Conversion scale (A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0 F=0)Middle school courses not counted7pts removed from honors, AP and college level coursesAdditional .5 granted for all AP and IB courses onlyNot calculated until senior year (Prelim. in Feb, Final in May)HOPE GPA not listed on the transcriptCalculation done by GA Student Finance CommissionHope GrantUsed for Technical SchoolsTuition, fees, & $300 book allowanceNo GPA requirement*We will offer a Financial Aid/HOPE presentation on December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS auditorium
18HOPE Programs (cont’d) Zell Miller ScholarshipZell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:3.7 Core GPA (Math, English, Science, SS and Foreign Lang.)Score 1200 on Math & Critical Reading of the SAT in one sittingor score a 26 composite score on the ACTORGraduate as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian from H.S.If awarded:Covers full standard-rate tuition at a public college or universityCovers $4,000 per academic year at a private college or universityFor additional information on HOPE, please visit*We will offer a Financial Aid/HOPE presentation on December 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the AHS auditorium
19NCAA ClearinghouseJuniors who intend to play division 1 and division 2 college level sports should register this year with the NCAAThe website is There is a link for prospective student athletes – with frequently asked questionsReview the “Eligibility Standards”Registration fee is $60.00SAT/ACT scores must be sent directly to the clearinghouse – the code is 9999Submit a transcript request form to Mrs. Edmiston in Counseling Suite 1310
20Junior Timeline PSAT– National Merit Qualifications October 17th Junior Classroom Guidance – October 22nd – 26th15 Minute One-on-Ones – October – DecemberSign up for SAT / ACT Prep Classes – DecemberPre-Registration for Senior Year – January/FebruaryTake 1st SAT or ACT - SpringInitial College List - SpringCollege Visits - Spring Break & SummerFinal College List - SummerStart College Applications – Early Fall (Senior Year)Submit Applications - Fall & Winter (Senior Year)Research & Apply to Scholarships - Winter & Spring (Senior Year)
21Junior Classroom Guidance October 22nd – 26thDuring U.S. History ClassesDiscuss post secondary optionsHelp students learn how to create a priority listDiscuss the importance of a competitive senior class scheduleIntroduce resources including college handbooks, college websites, college fairsInstruct students how to diversify college selection processDiscuss college entrance exams (SAT vs. ACT, When to take, How Many times)Go over timeline to graduation
22Junior Advisement Individual Meeting Graduation Status ReportCredits (23 needed)GHSGT (must pass all 5 parts or the EOCT)Courses required (specified by GA Dept of Ed)Check transcript for accurate credits and SSN#Senior ScheduleCourses needed for GraduationRecommended: 4 academic classesIndividual Questions from Classroom GuidanceAfter having time to process information
23Class of 2014 www.gacollege411org. Junior Assignment JUNIORS MUST COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT LISTED IN THE COLLEGE HANDBOOK. PRINT OUT PROOF AND BRING WITH YOU TO YOUR JUNIOR ADVISEMENT MEETING WITH YOUR COUNSELOR.
24Counseling Department At AHS Dee WebbA – COLKeisha ItonCOM– HINCLexi NguyenHIND - MEASusan ChamberlinMEB - RKaren BoltS - ZMaggie EdmistonRecords ClerkContact Information:OfficeFax**Your students’ Guidance Counselor is available, by appointment, to discuss everything mentioned this evening as well as to answer any other questions and concerns you may have.
25College and Career Cove The College and Career Cove is where parents and students can find:Resource books, CDs, applications, scholarship informationSAT/ACT Testing information and study guidesPost-secondary timelines and guidesHardcopies of Scholarship ApplicationsStudents can access before school, after school and during their lunch periodLocated outside Counseling Suite 1310
26Helpful College and Career websites: Helpful WebsitesAHS HomepageHelpful College and Career websites: