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1 Palm Beach Central High School Presented by the Guidance Department JUNIOR PLANNING INFORMATION

2 Meet Your Counselor A-C : Ms. Russell D-G : Mr. Boettcher H-Ma : Mrs. Mills Mc-R : Mrs. Barrett S-Z : Mr. Colarulli ESOL : Ms. Torres

3 How Can My Counselor Help Me? Review college plans Assist with general questions Clarify application questions Guide you toward resources Complete school report form

4 Graduation Requirements 24 credits required Pass FCAT Reading and Math with 300 each 2.0 GPA on all courses 20 hours of community service

5 FCAT Concordant Scores for 2011 Graduates Reading Mathematics FCAT 300 SAT ACT 1815

6 Course Requirements English – 4 credits Math – 4 credits Science – 3 credits Social Studies – 3 credits Physical Education – 1 credit (includes personal fitness) Fine Arts – 1 full credit Electives – 8 credits ***Alg. I, Geometry,& Alg. II is needed for 4yr.colleges. Bright Futures requires these 3 mathematics + 2 higher level mathematics (not liberal arts).

7 Grade Point Average for Graduation 2.0 GPA in all credits attempted Competitive universities require 3.5 and higher Most recalculate you GPA/HPA including Bright Futures

8 Palm Beach Central High School Code For SAT/ ACT College Applications

9 College Entrance Exams All college bound JUNIORS were advised to take the PSAT last October and should take the SAT and/or ACT between January and June SAT and ACT Spring dates: - SAT: May 1 & June 5 - ACT: Feb. 2,April 10,&June 12

10 College Entrance Examinations Scholastic Achievement Test SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections Maximum Score of 800 in each section Minimum requirement (Excluding Writing) State Universities: 1150 Community College: 890 American College Testing ACT Verbal, Math, Reading, Science Writing Section Maximum Score of 36 Minimum requirement (Excluding Essay) State Universities: 24 Community College: 18-19

11 What are SAT IIs? Subject-area tests – 1 hour length Same registration procedure as SATs Required for entrance at some colleges - Register early! Required for course placement at some colleges ACTs sometimes substitute for SAT IIs Check college application requirements

12 Mandatory During the School Day! You will sign-up through one of your classes. WEDnesday, April 14, 2010 PBCHS

13 SELECTING COLLEGES Safe Schools Match Schools Reach Schools Maximum 5-7 schools total

14 BEST Colleges Individual choices Considerations - Academic needs - Personal needs - Social needs

15 BEST College Tools Websites Guides to Colleges/Universities College/University catalogs Campus visits and interviews College representatives College Nights and Fairs - County-sponsored – usually mid October - Check or for updates

16 College Admissions Criteria Academic achievements - Challenging Courses - Test Scores - Essays Teacher recommendations School/Counselor recommendations Leadership and extracurricular accomplishments Special talents

17 Application Options REGULAR DECISION - Due in January/February - November is recommended! -UF is November 1 EARLY ACTION - Due in November - Response in December EARLY DECISION - Due November 1 - Response in December - Binding decision; You must withdraw other applications Check with College of Choice.

18 Community College Planning Testing Option…………….College Placement Test Fee………………………….$15 Content…………………….Reading, English, Math PROGRAM in Florida: Freshman/Sophomore Year at Community College Junior/Senior Year transfer to University ***Some CC are becoming a 4 year colleges. PBCC Now Palm Beach State College

19 AA Degrees A student with an AA degree is guaranteed admission to the State University System (not necessarily university or degree program of choice) Acceptance of 60 credit hours toward BA/BS degree Junior standing at university 51% of BA/BS degree recipients in state universities are Community College transfers!

20 Continue Planning Make a list of college choices Review your list with your family Review your list with your counselor RESEARCH!!!

21 Campus Visits Set up appointment with Admissions Office Call one week in advance and visit when school is in session Ask to meet with faculty and financial aid, take a campus tour Arrive on time, notify if need to cancel Allow for time to explore

22 Things to Avoid Letting others make the choice for you Procrastination and waiting too long to apply Deciding not to apply because you think you would not be accepted

23 Letters of Recommendation Determine who to ask -Applications may specify -Knows your work and potential Give teachers 3 weeks to prepare letters Give teachers your resume, forms needed, and stamped, addressed envelopes Remember to thank the teacher!!

24 Counselor Recommendations Meet with your counselor Give counselor your resume and the counselor forms with stamped, addressed envelopes Provide counselor with additional information Determine mailing date Counselor will mail to college

25 Meet with your Counselor September – October Discuss post-graduation plans Discuss Financial Aid options Create a plan and timeline

26 IMPORTANT DEADLINE All Counselor Recommendation forms are Due to your Counselor NO LATER than NOVEMBER 15

27 Transcripts Transcripts require 48 hours to process Private and out-of-state universities and scholarship applications require paper transcripts Student provides stamped, addressed envelopes for paper transcripts Electronic transcripts are NOT fast! – 3-5 days for University processing Fees: $1 – electronic and $3 - paper

28 To Request a Transcript Complete a request form Submit the form and payment with stamped, addressed envelope to Ms. Duran The transcript will be mailed to your college Electronic transcripts go directly to the college if a Florida Public College/ University.

29 NCAA Requirements Athletes must apply through the NCAA Clearinghouse Contact the NCAA website Submit transcripts and test scores as required

30 BRIGHT FUTURES Website: Apply online by December 1 senior year Florida Academic Scholars Award - 100% tuition at public universities -3.5 GPA, 1270 SAT or 28 ACT, 75 hours community service Florida Medallion Scholars Award -75% tuition at public universities and 100% at community colleges -3.0 GPA, 970 SAT or 20 ACT Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar Award -3.0 GPA, 880 SAT or 19 ACT or CPT scores -Complete a 3 course vocational program in H.S. o These Requirements are being reviewed by the State.

31 Scholarships University- Honors, Fellowships Federal- National Merit, National Achievement Private- agencies, companies, organizations

32 Types of Financial Aid Grants Loans Scholarships Work Study

33 When Filing the FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid DO NOT file before January 1st senior year. A workshop is usually planned for February.

34 Once again, Palm Beach Central School Code

35 Internet Resources

36 Senior Year September -Meet with counselor -Begin applications -Request teacher recommendations October -Study to maintain grades!! Request transcripts -$1 or $3 fee Write essays -re-write essays Visit colleges Search for Financial Aid

37 Seniors Responsibilities Give counselor forms to counselor - Include stamped envelopes - Addressed to colleges - Use Palm Beach Central return address Give teacher recommendation forms to selected teachers (include stamped, addressed envelopes) Write and revise essays Meet deadlines for college application forms Request transcripts Work hard, have fun, and graduate!!

38 WARNING! Admission directors warn that Senioritis may be hazardous to your educational health. Colleges and universities may rescind their offer of admission if you do not follow through with the expected course work and maintain your grades. It is recommended that you continue to take the most rigorous course work throughout your senior year in order to be the most prepared for college work.

39 Those who FAIL to PLAN, PLAN to FAIL… Good Luck, Plan Wisely!

40 See Your Counselor for Assistance.. Were here to help!

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