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1 Information for Juniors and Their Parents
JUNIOR ADVISEMENT Information for Juniors and Their Parents

2 Topics for Discussion Counselors - Junior Status Meeting
Graduation Requirements - Credits and Honor Points - Numeric Average - Senior Schedule - AP Dual Enrollment Move on When Ready -GHSGT and PSAT -College Admission Standards - GPA - Researching colleges - Narrowing List of Colleges - Honor Code - SAT/ACT - Scholarships/Financial Aid - HOPE - NCAA

3 Northview High School – Counselors
Students are assigned to counselors according to their last name: Counselor Student Caseload Samiah Garcia (A – De) Jamie D. Brown (Dh – Ka) Renee Ferrerio, Dept Chair (Ke – Mc) Allison Leja (Me- Sc) Steve Creel (Se – Z)

4 Junior Status Meeting- Purpose…
Students meet individually with their counselor to discuss Graduation Requirements 12th grade classes Post Secondary Plans Please do not be concerned if you do not receive an appointment letter until the latter part of this timeframe - the process takes time and is planned so each student will have a quality meeting prior to the end of February. Parent attendance is optional and the majority of the information we discuss will focus on the information presented here. October 2010 – February 2011 Samiah Garcia A-De Nov-Feb Jamie Brown Dh-Ka Jan-Feb Renee Ferrerio Ke-Mc Oct-Jan Allison Leja Me-Sc Oct-Feb Steve Creel Se-Z Oct-Feb

5 Junior Status Meeting- Students Bring…
Whether you are attending college, technical school, military, or work, come to the junior status meeting prepared to discuss your senior year and your post-secondary plans Student must bring to meeting 1) List of colleges of interests 2) Questions to ask your counselor pertaining to the information presented today NHS counselors will mail and hand-deliver appointment letters to students approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled appointment. 

6 Tips -Take out a pen or pencil- take notes on this presentation if needed -Review this presentation prior to junior status meeting -Start a college planning binder and include this presentation

7 Graduation Requirements
Credits Language Arts 4 Mathematics Social Studies 3 Science Health/Personal Fitness 1 W Lang and/or Fine Art and/or CTAE Electives Students planning to enter/transfer into a 4 year college/university must take a minimum of two units of the same world language.

8 Credits and Honor Points
How many credits are required to be in the 12th grade? 17 credits earned by the start of the 2011/2012 school year If a student does not have 17 credits then the student is placed in an 11th grade homeroom and cannot attend any senior activities. Student can be promoted to 12th grade when proper credit is earned. Honor Points Which courses receive honor points? 7 additional points are added at the end of each semester to passing grades in honors, AP, and joint enrollment / college courses.

9 Numeric Average Fulton County calculates numeric averages by adding up all grades in classes and dividing by the total number of classes taken. The numeric average is on a 100 point scale i.e. 87 out of 100 All grades included in this calculation – failed grades, summer grades, online grades… Fulton County adds 7 points to the final passing grade for each Honors, AP, and college course taken; shown on transcript

10 Sample Senior Schedule
Students should take 4-5 academic courses per semester Research classes carefully Be aware of the schedule change policy (announced when scheduling begins for 11/12) Semester English Math Economics Elective World Language or another elective World Language or another elective Science

11 Advanced Placement - AP
Program of college-level courses Receive recognition from more than 3,600 colleges and universities that annually receive AP Exam scores. Over 90% of 4-year colleges in the U.S. provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores Required to take the AP exam in May if passing course AP/Joint Enrollment Option Night – Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:00 pm, NHS Theater

12 Dual Enrollment – ACCEL
Program that provides 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. Tuition Paid for by student or by the ACCEL Program, which is funded by HOPE Only pays for core courses (Students will have to pay for college electives) These hours will count against their total of 127 total HOPE hours. Interested students must meet the college admission requirements of the postsecondary institution and apply to the Dual Enrollment Program at the college. More information to come during 2nd semester on admission requirements, classes offered, and application deadlines for classes offered on the Northview campus.

13 Move on When Ready - MOWR Move on When Ready
A new dual enrollment opportunity for students to attend a postsecondary institution full-time during their junior and/or senior year of high school Students will receive high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending college classes on the college campus fulltime. Approved college on-line courses can also be taken that meet high school graduation requirements Tuition, materials and mandatory fees are paid through local system funds Students can live on campus or commute but are responsible for these expenses - All high school End of Course Tests and Georgia High School Graduation Testing requirements must be met - Classes do not count against the HOPE Scholarship or Grant hours

14 College Calculus Currently taught through Distance Learning on the campus of Northview High School by faculty from GA Tech Admission requirements and application due dates will be announced during 2nd semester

15 Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)
MUST PASS all five (5) sections in order to graduate and participate in the graduation ceremony* Students will have five opportunities to test, if needed Test Schedule Sept Writing March English/Lang. Arts March Math March 23 Science March Social Studies *The only exceptions to this rule would need to be granted by the Georgia Department of Education. Exceptions are granted via a variance or a waiver from the Georgia DOE and are difficult to obtain due to a long checklist of requirements

16 PSAT- October 13th Abbreviated form of the SAT I
Designed to give students an opportunity to practice taking a test which is similar but shorter than the SAT I Given to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) – In the junior year, scores from the PSAT’s are used to determine if a student qualifies for a National Merit Scholarship

17 College Admission Standards
GPA – Typically average in academic core on a 4.0 scale (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language) Course Selection (rigor; difficulty level) – Selective colleges are looking at the strength or rigor of your courses throughout high school, including your senior year. We highly recommend seniors take a minimum of 4 academics each semester- for highly selective colleges, a minimum of 5 each semester. Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT) Class Rank – Based on overall numeric weighted average Extracurricular Activities – Leadership and participation in clubs, service and sports can be particularly important to competitive colleges College Application Essays – Required essays on the college application are important because they demonstrate your writing ability and give the college more information about you. Please seek advice when writing an essay and make sure to proofread for errors Letters of Recommendation – Request teacher recommendation two weeks before needed and counselor recommendation at least two weeks prior to the school’s deadline Resumes – Contains academic info., honors & awards, extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, etc. Interviews

18 A Word on Grade Point Average (GPA)
High School GPA is calculated by the postsecondary institution not the high school (Fulton County does not calculate) College GPA is different than the Fulton County Numeric Average Student should contact college to find how they calculate GPA Most colleges use this scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, F = 0.0 Most colleges only consider academic courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language) Some colleges may give additional points for Honors, AP, and College courses Some colleges may take off the additional 7 points added for Honors, AP and college courses

19 Research Colleges Use the Internet GAcollege411
Georgia Career Information Service (GCIS) User ID: nviewhs Password: gcis1890 Visit college websites and note admission requirements and deadlines Research admission requirements, e.g., The University of South Carolina requires 1.0 unit of fine art. Visit with College Representatives at Northview High School -Pre-register in the Counseling Office by signing a list and receiving a permission slip 24 hours in advance Visit College Campuses -Request up to 6 days of pre approved absences each year to visit colleges -Start visits junior year and complete them by early fall of your senior year -Meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid and from your area of interest and ask questions during your visit

20 Research Colleges Use the College Career Room to research colleges and scholarships - Trained parent volunteers are available for assistance to parents and students during the lunch periods. Attend College Fairs Probe Fair North Point Mall September 29th pm – 9pm -NSS Scholarship Program College Fair GA World Congress Center October 5-6 8:30 am - 12:00 pm NACAC Atlanta National College Fair GA International Convention Center February 13th 12 pm – 4 pm Northview High School 7th Annual College Fair NHS Food Court February 14th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

21 Focus / Target Your List
Narrow your list of colleges – List should be balanced View the school profiles, and compare the admissions data to your own academic record and test scores. - Dream/Reach school (less than 30% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test scores are below average - For highly selective schools, your scores may meet or be above avg - Good Fit/Target school (30%-60% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are in line with average - Safety school (greater than 60% chance of admission) - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are above average - You need at least one safety school - Highly selective school should never be considered safety - Close to home (more affordable) - Consider location and the cost of traveling home Apply to schools that are a good match for your personality, interests, and career goals

22 Honor Code and 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.

23 College Entrance Exams
SAT I College admission test that measures students’ mathematical ability, critical reading knowledge, and writing skill. SAT Subject Tests One-hour tests offered in subjects such as English, foreign language, science, history, and mathematics. Some colleges require the SAT II test(s) & students should check with each college to determine whether it is necessary to take the SAT II(s). American College Testing Program (ACT) College admission test which measures aptitude and skill in English, math, reading, natural sciences, and writing. Test Registration SAT ACT High School Code It is recommended students take the SAT and/or ACT at least twice during the 2nd semester of their junior year and once at the beginning of their senior year

24 SAT Versus ACT SAT ACT Type of Test Test Dates Score
Test of critical thinking and problem solving ACT Content-based test Test Dates October 9 November 6 December 4 January 22 March 12 May 7 June 4 October 23 December 11 February 12 April 9 June 11 Score 600 to 2400 1 to 36 Penalty for wrong answers Yes No Structure Critical Reading Math (through Algebra 2) Writing English Math (through trigonometry) Reading Science Reasoning Writing (Optional)

25 Scholarships/Financial Aid
Scholarships will be posted on the NHS Counseling Website - Research scholarships on the internet - Contact colleges directly about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Colleges award many renewable scholarships. Ask about criteria, procedures and deadlines

26 Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship
Eligible students receive financial assistance covering tuition, HOPE- approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance Qualifications - U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen - Legal resident of Georgia - Graduate of an eligible GA high school 3.0 GPA in core-curriculum subjects valid SS# Selective Service Males must register with the Selective Service no later than 30 days before their 18th birthday HOPE eligibility will be delayed until this requirement is met

27 HOPE GPA A 3.0 GPA is required by averaging core coursework, including failing grades, on a 4.0 scale Core Courses Conversion English Math Science Social Science World Language Honors points are removed and a 0.50 weighting is added back in for AP courses only, not to exceed 4.0 Middle school credit is not calculated in the HOPE GPA All calculations are done by the Georgia Student Finance Commission A 90 to 100 4.0 Points B 80 to 89 3.0 Points C 70 to 79 2.0 Points F 0 to 69 0 Points Counselors are not responsible for calculating the HOPE GPA A 2.99 GPA does NOT qualify you for HOPE

28 HOPE Apply for the HOPE Apply for the HOPE - Complete starting January, senior year: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - or Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS) - View your HOPE average Go to and create an account. For Additional Information on HOPE Contact Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) or

29 NCAA 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 Clearinghouse Access the registration materials by visiting the NCAA website When taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAA Students and parents are responsible for determining NCAA eligibility to Division I and Division II schools Counselor’s are neither responsible nor allowed to determine eligibility Be aware that the NCAA may or may not approve courses taken through a non-traditional format such as online, distance learning, correspondence, credit recovery, etc. Counselors and Graduation Coaches are not responsible for researching or advising NCAA policies. It is up to the student and family to investigate NCAA regulations as they pertain to non-traditional courses

30 Freshman Profile UGA Middle 50% GPA 3.68-4.00 Middle 50% SAT 1800-2080
Middle 50% Act 27-31 GA Tech Middle 50% GPA Middle 50% SAT Middle 50% Act 27-32

31 Communication Our main source of communication this year will be via . If you have not received our past s, we do not have your address . Please send Renee Ferrerio your address if we do not have one on record for you.

32 NHS Counseling Website
Posted online at between now and the start of Junior Status Meetings: -Junior Advisement PowerPoint Presentation -Video -College Profile Summary -Helpful Websites -GPA Calculation Sheet -College Organization Worksheet -Junior Advisement Sheet

33 Q&A It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity or service.

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