Presentation on theme: "Junior/Parent College Night"— Presentation transcript:
1 Junior/Parent College Night “Preparing you and your student for life after high school”Presented by:BMHS Guidance Department
2 Graduation Requirements Minimum of 20 credits4 credits of English 3 credits of Math 3 credits of Science including: one credit of lab Science 3 credits of Social Studies including: 1 credit of US History .5 credit Civics 1 credit of the Various Arts 1 credit of PE .5 credit of Health .5 credit of Computer Literacy 4 credits of Electives
3 The College Process: Naviance A comprehensive tool that can be used to help students and parents through college and career planning.Take surveys on learning style and career interestsConduct a college searchCompare collegesTrack deadlinesSchedule visits with college reps at BMHSRequest TranscriptsSearch for scholarshipsCommunications from Guidance Department
4 The College Process: Naviance A comprehensive tool that can be used to help students and parents through college and career planning.
5 The College Process Making a list Attend The College Fair April 9th at BMHS from 6:00pm-8:00pmFigure out who you are. Look for colleges that interest youThe most selective college may not always be the best fitInclude interest of school (high, medium, and low). Categorize into likely, target, and reachKnow why you are applying to each schoolBe realistic about the academic requirements for admissionVisit schools and attend open house meetingsAttend college rep visits in the fall at BMHSThink about costConsider Sports
6 The College Process. The Student’s Role The College Process The Student’s Role Take ownership of college processConduct college searches and research specific schoolsCreate “Colleges I’m Thinking About” listTake College Entrance ExamsBegin your College EssayFamiliarize yourself with the Common ApplicationCheck to see when supporting documents need to be sentBe sure you have envelopes and stamps on handAsk 2 teachers to write formal recommendationsView which college representatives are visiting BMHSSchedule Meetings with your School CounselorArrange to have official test scores sent directly to schoolsKNOW YOUR DEADLINES! Sent by? Received by?
7 The College Process Common App The Common ApplicationOnline only-no more paper version availableAccepted by more than 450 schools including UCONN.ESSAYLength remains the same: words (WORD LIMIT ENFORCED)Text-entry only - no uploads of Microsoft Word documentsNew essay prompts announced every year in March (Topic of choice eliminated)Supplements will be streamlined so they are accessible online earlierComplete application will not be available until AUGUST 1, Do not register until the application is released
8 The College Process Required Information in Addition to the Application Transcript:Course selection , level of rigor and gradesThree-year GPA/RankFirst quarter senior gradesMid-Year senior grades (Often required and sent by student request)Counselor Recommendation (by request)Teacher Recommendations (by request)SAT/ACT scores*AP Scores/Subject Tests*Types of Applications:Early DecisionBindingEarly Action IEarly Action IIRegular DecisionRolling*Sent to colleges by student
9 College Entrance Exams SATScholastic Aptitude TestMeasures : Critical Reading, Writing, and MathScoring Out of 2400Maximum 800 per section Minimum 200 per sectionACTAmerican College Testing Measures: English, Science, Reading, Math and Writing (optional) Scoring Out of 36 Maximum and Minimum per section variesSAT IIScholastic Aptitude Test Subject Areas
10 College Entrance Exams: SAT www.sat.collegeboard.org
12 Financial Aid/ Scholarships FAFSA (WEB Based)Free Application for Federal Student AidJanuary 1st – March 1Parents and Students must apply for FAFSA pinMrs. BlackwellCSS Profile (WEB Based)Not necessary for all colleges/universitiesFee associated
13 Financial Aid/Scholarships Get Motivated. Research early.Check the Scholarship list and the BMHS Scholarship on NAVIANCE!Some web sites on the BMHS Guidance Page:Adventures In Education — Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator-Adventures In Education — Scholarship Search-College Answer-College Board — Scholarship Databaseapps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp -College Goal Sunday-CollegeToolkit.com-FAFSA Made Easy-FAFSA on the Web-FastWeb — Scholarship Search-Federal Trade Commission — Scholarship Scams-Financial Aid Information-Hispanic Scholarship Fund-…. ……………………………many more!