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1 Oak Mountain High School Class of 2016
Hello Juniors! Oak Mountain High School Class of 2016

2 In today’s lesson we will gain a thorough understanding of what we need to do THIS YEAR to prepare for college and a career. We will Review graduation requirements Increase knowledge about the PSAT, ACT, and SAT Become aware of local college fairs Become familiar with a plan for college visits Realize the possible need for a resume Review the OMHS College Handbook (BLOG) Look at various internet resources to research college choices, financial aid and scholarships

3 Graduation Requirements
Standard Diploma: Earn 24 Credits Advanced Diploma: Earn 24 Credits Take the ACT =DIPLOMA

4 Credit Requirements 4 English 4 History 4 Math 4 Science
w/ Advanced Academic Endorsement Alabama High School Diploma 4 English 4 History 4 Math 4 Science 1 PE or Equivalent Health Fine Art BTA/Career Prep Electives Similar to Standard Exceptions: Advanced Level Math Advance Level Science 2 Years Same Foreign Language You must earn 18 credits to be classified a SENIOR! Must take a English, Math, Science and Social Studies course each year

5 Grade Point Average: GPA
Letter Grade Regular Honors AP A B C D F The GPA you have at the end of your 11th grade year will be the GPA used for college entrance fall of your senior year! REMEMBER 1 Valedictorian and 1 Salutatorian…all others on ADV Diploma with 4.0 are Honor Graduates

6 Career Planning Testing: PSAT, ACT, SAT (BLOG) NCAA Eligibility (BLOG)
College Fairs College Visits (BLOG) Resume/Portfolio Building

7 Testing: PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
Scores used for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Administered October 15 Sign-up Sept. 3rd - Oct. 3rd in OMHS Counseling Center Cost: $15 Top 10% of class will be paid for by Gifted Education

8 PSAT The PSAT/NMSQT measures: critical reading skills
math problem-solving skills writing skills

9 PSAT The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:
to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11) to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service

10 Testing: ACT/SAT ACT Test Dates College admissions tests
Sept. 13, 2014 Oct. 25, 2014 Dec. 13, 2014 Apr. 18, 2015 Apr. 28, 2015 OMHS) – NO COST June 13, 2015 SAT Test Dates Oct.11, 2014 Nov. 8, 2014 Dec. 6, 2014 Jan. 24, 2015 Mar. 14, 2015 May 2, 2015 June 6, 2015 College admissions tests Can take as many times as offered to improve score Begin taking no later than February Testing packets available in Student Services Which test: Depends on college Most in AL accept ACT Sign-up at or

11 ACT (BLOG) American College Testing
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay…but some colleges do require one time

12 SAT (BLOG) Scholastic Aptitude Test
The SAT Reasoning Test tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school. It tells students how well they use the skills and knowledge they have attained in and outside of the classroom—including how they think, solve problems, and communicate. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of , with two writing subscores for multiple-choice questions and the essay.

13 NCAA Eligibility (BLOG)
Interested in playing college athletics Eligibility requirements: See Coach or Juniors register with NCAA Eligibility Center when take ACT Have ACT scores sent to 9999

14 College Fairs College Visits
National College Fair Date: September 14th Time: 1-4 pm Location: BJCC Colleges from in/out of AL Shelby County College Fair Date: February 13th Time: To be determined Location: University of Montevallo Students will bring permission slips -Only Seniors can visit during regular school days…but talk to Mr. LeBlanc--may give you 1 or 2 College Visit/Principal’s permission -Juniors encouraged to visit during long weekends, Spring Break, & summer. -Call college admissions offices to make appointments. -College Reps will be by in the Winter/Spring to talk to juniors

15 Resume/Portfolio BEGIN NOW:
Making a list of activities in & out of school Keeping important projects/samples of work/awards Volunteering regularly Summer Opportunities -Boys/Girls State -Governors’ School, etc… (BLOG) *Remember: it’s more about quality and depth than quantity

16 Paying for it! (BLOG) Know your options.
Talk to your top college choices to see what they offer. Possibly get a job to start saving. RESEARCH Financial Aid Presentation in Winter/Spring

17 So now what? Review the OMHS College Handbook
Take the PSAT, ACT, and/or SAT Schedule an appointment w/ counselor, if needed Attend college fairs & visit colleges Learn about your financial options VISIT OMHS COUNSELORS’ BLOG REGULARLY Find out where your student stands w/ GPA, Credits, ACT/SAT scores Prepare your resume (Spring)

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