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1 Information for Juniors and Their Parents JUNIOR ADVISEMENTInformation for Juniors and Their Parents
2 Topics for Discussion Counselors - Junior Status Meeting Graduation Requirements- Credits and Honor Points- Numeric Average- Senior Schedule- APDual EnrollmentMove 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 CaseloadSamiah 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 discussGraduation Requirements12th grade classesPost Secondary PlansPlease 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 2011Samiah Garcia A-De Nov-FebJamie Brown Dh-Ka Jan-FebRenee Ferrerio Ke-Mc Oct-JanAllison Leja Me-Sc Oct-FebSteve 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 plansStudent must bring to meeting1) List of colleges of interests2) Questions to ask your counselor pertaining to the information presented todayNHS 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 CreditsLanguage Arts4MathematicsSocial Studies3ScienceHealth/Personal Fitness1W Lang and/or Fine Art and/or CTAEElectivesStudents 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 yearIf 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 PointsWhich 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 AverageFulton 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 100All 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 semesterResearch classes carefullyBe aware of the schedule change policy (announced when scheduling begins for 11/12)SemesterEnglishMathEconomicsElectiveWorld Language or another electiveWorld Language or another electiveScience
11 Advanced Placement - AP Program of college-level coursesReceive 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 scoresRequired to take the AP exam in May if passing courseAP/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 schoolStudents 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 requirementsTuition, materials and mandatory fees are paid through local systemfundsStudents can live on campus or commute but are responsible forthese expenses- All high school End of Course Tests and Georgia High SchoolGraduation Testing requirements must be met- Classes do not count against the HOPE Scholarship or Grant hours
14 College CalculusCurrently taught through Distance Learning on the campus ofNorthview High School by faculty from GA TechAdmission 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 neededTest ScheduleSept WritingMarch English/Lang. ArtsMarch MathMarch 23 ScienceMarch Social Studies*The only exceptions to this rule would need to be granted by theGeorgia Department of Education. Exceptions are granted via avariance or a waiver from the Georgia DOE and are difficult toobtain 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 IGiven to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade studentsNational 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 averageExtracurricular Activities – Leadership and participation in clubs, service and sports can be particularly important to competitive collegesCollege 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 errorsLetters of Recommendation – Request teacher recommendation two weeks before needed and counselor recommendation at least two weeks prior to the school’s deadlineResumes – 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 AverageStudent should contact college to find how they calculate GPAMost colleges use this scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, F = 0.0Most colleges only consider academic courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language)Some colleges may give additional points for Honors, AP, and College coursesSome colleges may take off the additional 7 points added for Honors, AP and college courses
19 Research Colleges Use the Internet GAcollege411 www.gacollege411.org Georgia Career Information Service (GCIS)User ID: nviewhs Password: gcis1890Visit college websites and note admission requirements and deadlinesResearch 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 advanceVisit 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 CollegesUse 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 FairsProbe FairNorth Point MallSeptember 29th pm – 9pm-NSS Scholarship Program College FairGA World Congress CenterOctober 5-6 8:30 am - 12:00 pmNACAC Atlanta National College FairGA International Convention CenterFebruary 13th 12 pm – 4 pmNorthview High School 7th Annual College FairNHS Food CourtFebruary 14th 6:30 – 8:30 pm
21 Focus / Target Your List Narrow your list of colleges – List should be balancedView 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 homeApply 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 ICollege admission test that measures students’ mathematical ability, critical reading knowledge, and writing skill.SAT Subject TestsOne-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 RegistrationSATACTHigh School CodeIt 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 thinkingand problem solvingACTContent-based testTest DatesOctober 9November 6December 4January 22March 12May 7June 4October 23December 11February 12April 9June 11Score600 to 24001 to 36Penalty for wrong answersYesNoStructureCritical ReadingMath (through Algebra 2)WritingEnglishMath (through trigonometry)ReadingScience ReasoningWriting (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 allowanceQualifications- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen- Legal resident of Georgia- Graduate of an eligible GA high school3.0 GPA in core-curriculum subjectsvalid SS#Selective ServiceMales must register with the Selective Service no later than 30 days before their 18th birthdayHOPE eligibility will be delayed until this requirement is met
27 HOPE GPAA 3.0 GPA is required by averaging core coursework, including failing grades, on a 4.0 scaleCore Courses ConversionEnglishMathScienceSocial ScienceWorld LanguageHonors points are removed and a 0.50 weighting is added back in for AP courses only, not to exceed 4.0Middle school credit is not calculated in the HOPE GPAAll calculations are done by the Georgia Student Finance CommissionA90 to 1004.0 PointsB80 to 893.0 PointsC70 to 792.0 PointsF0 to 690 PointsCounselors are not responsible for calculating the HOPE GPAA 2.99 GPA does NOT qualify you for HOPE
28 HOPEApply for the HOPEApply for the HOPE - Complete starting January, senior year:Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -orGeorgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS) -View your HOPE averageGo to and create an account.For Additional Information on HOPEContact 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 ClearinghouseAccess the registration materials by visiting the NCAA websiteWhen taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAAStudents and parents are responsible for determiningNCAA eligibility to Division I and Division II schoolsCounselor’s are neither responsible nor allowedto determine eligibilityBe 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
31 CommunicationOur 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&AIt 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.