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Diploma Choice Selections And Advisement. Preparing Students. For the World. DeKalb County School System Guidance, Counseling, and Mentoring Department. Who is your Counselor?. Lakeside High School Cheryl Bloom (Sem-Z) Head Counselor Brian Fenner (A-F) Dena McTyre (G-Ma)

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diploma choice selections and advisement

Diploma Choice Selections AndAdvisement

Preparing Students

For the World

DeKalb County School System

Guidance, Counseling, and Mentoring Department

who is your counselor
Who is your Counselor?

Lakeside High School

  • Cheryl Bloom (Sem-Z)

Head Counselor

  • Brian Fenner (A-F)
  • Dena McTyre (G-Ma)
  • Yolanda McKinney (Mb_Sel)
choices for the future
Four Year College

Two Year College

Technical College

Full-time Employment

Military Service

Occupations

Postsecondary Schools

Financial Aid

Military

Resume

Other

Choices for the Future
general information
General Information
  • Be reminded of the three diploma types and the requirements for each.
  • Select your courses carefully. Annual registration does not permit changes to be conveniently made.
  • Seek help when you first discover that you do not understand a topic in your class.
what are credits units
What Are Credits/Units?
  • A UNIT or CREDIT is successful completion of 2 semesters of a course (subject) of study.
  • A CORE UNIT includes:
    • ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND WORLD LANGUAGE.
  • For PROMOTION to the next grade you will need:
    • 10TH Grade – 6 UNITS
    • 11TH Grade – 12 UNITS
    • 12TH Grade – 17 UNITS
    • Graduation – 24 UNITS as determined by diploma type
grade point averages
Grade Point Averages
  • CUMULATIVE GPA
    • ALL COURSES EARNING CARNEGIE UNIT CREDIT
    • 4.0 SCALE (General, Advanced, Accelerated)
      • A= 4 quality points, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
    • 5.0 SCALE (Advanced Placement – AP)
      • A=5 quality points, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0
  • To calculate
      • Convert letter grades to quality points
      • Divide by number of courses.

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grade point averages7
Grade Point Averages
  • CORE GPA (HOPE)– Only following courses are included.
    • ENGLISH
    • MATH
    • SCIENCE
    • SOCIAL STUDIES
    • WORLD LANGUAGE
general information8
General Information
  • Take classes related to your career choices.
  • College admissions are usually based on GPA, test scores, course difficulty, and extra-curricular activities.
  • Plan to take the PSAT in the 9th grade, 10th grade, and the 11th grade.
  • Plan to take the SAT in both the 11th grade and the 12th grade.
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DeKalb’s Diploma Choices

Basic Diplomas

Diploma with

Honors/Distinction

College Prep

Career Technology

Requires

3.5 CUGPA

3.0 Core GPA

3 Years

World Language

requirements common to all diplomas
Requirements Common to all Diplomas?
  • 4 units each:
    • English, Math, Science & Social Studies
  • .5 unit of Health
  • 1.5 units of PE
  • 24 total units
diploma with honors distinction
Diploma with Honors/Distinction

Requires a 3.5 Cumulative GPA and a 3.0 Core GPA

  • ENGLISH - 4 UNITS:Lit./Comp 9, World Lit./Comp 10, American Lit./Comp 11, British Lit./Comp 12
  • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS:
    • SAMPLE SEQUENCES
    • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra III
    • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre Calculus
    • Geometry, Algebra II, PreCal., Calculus*
  • SCIENCE – 4 UNITS
  • SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 UNITS

*Preferred by most highly competitive colleges and universities. Algebra I credit earned in 8th grade.

diploma with honors distinction13
Diploma with Honors/Distinction
  • HEALTH/ PHYSICAL EDUCATION – 2 UNITS
  • (1 UNIT MAY BE EARNED THROUGH VALIDATED FULL-YEAR PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL SPONSORED ATHLETICS, MARCHING BAND, DANCE AND /OR JROTC)
  • FINE ARTS ELECTIVE - 1 UNIT
  • WORLD LANGUAGES – 3 UNITS (the same language)
  • CAREER TECH - 1 UNIT
  • GENERAL ELECTIVES – 1 UNIT
basic college preparatory diploma
Basic College Preparatory Diploma
  • Fine Arts – 1 unit
  • World Languages – 2 units
  • Career Tech – 1 unit
  • Electives – 2 units
basic technology career diploma
Basic Technology Career Diploma

Additional requirements for Technology Career Prep

  • Fine Arts – 1 unit
  • World Languages – 1 unit (Four-year colleges require two years)
  • Career Tech – 4 units
advisement form
Advisement Form
  • Review your child’s Career Path
  • Identify the Best diploma for your Career
  • Review with the Counselor your four year plan
  • Sign the form and retain a copy for your records
  • Refer to this form throughout high school
open a door to success
Open A Door To Success
  • Study at least two hours per day
  • Plan your courses carefully for the diploma type
  • Do not procrastinate - meet all deadlines
hope scholarship
HOPE Scholarship

College Prep Diploma

You must have a minimum core G.P.A. of 3.0

Career Prep Diploma

You must have a minimum core G.P.A. of 3.2

No Quality Points for 8th Grade Classes

For more info please visit www.gacollege411.org

hope scholarship information
Hope Scholarship Information
  • Your grade point average will be determined from the core areas only.
  • These include English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.

For more info please visit www.dtae.org/hope.html

hope qualifications
HOPE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Must be a resident of GA for one year prior to graduation
  • Must have a 3.0 Core GPA and all core subjects count
other sources
Other Sources
  • Internet Searches
      • www.finaid.org
      • www.fastweb.com
      • www.collegeboard.com
      • www.collegenet.com
      • www.studygs.net
      • www.number2.com
standardized tests
Standardized Tests
  • CRCT
  • End of Course Tests (EOCT)
  • Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)
  • SAT
  • PSAT
  • ACT
high school grade interests
High School Grade Interests
  • Career Exploration – www.careercruising.com
  • GaCollege411.org
  • Career Achievement Portfolio
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Community Service/Volunteerism
  • Leadership Positions
  • Peer Mediation
high school interests
High School Interests
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Summer Enrichment Activities
  • Advanced Placement Courses (10-12)
  • Accel/Joint Enrollment (11-12)
  • Fernbank Courses (11-12)
  • Internships/Shadowing
  • Postsecondary Exploration
summer school
Summer School

If you fail a class, plan to attend summer school. Each session lasts three weeks and begins at 8 AM and ends at 12:20 PM.

Last year’s fees were $250.00 per class.

Registration begins in April.

summer enrichment programs
Summer Enrichment Programs
  • SAT Summer Seminar - DCSS
  • Enrichment Programs at Colleges
  • College Visits
  • Volunteer Programs
obtain information about careers
Obtain Information about Careers
  • Obtain information about careers
    • www.careercruising.com
  • Set personal, academic and professional goals
  • Complete a personality assessment
  • Investigate the match between personal attributes and job requirements
obtain information about careers29
Obtain Information about Careers
  • Identify different types of educational preparation required for various occupational clusters.
  • Reevaluate their program of study and current career interests.
  • Develop listening and speaking skills to enhance communication in daily life.
reference materials
Reference Materials
  • You can access many resources to help you with your scholarship search from:
    • Counselor
    • Media Center
    • Local Bookstores
    • County Libraries
    • Internet Resources
tips for parents
Tips For Parents
  • Monitor study time and academic progress with your student.
  • Encourage involvement in a diverse activities.
  • Set attainable goals with your student.
  • Plan meaningful summer activities
  • Celebrate your student’s successes
  • Be involved!!
steps to success
Steps To Success

STUDY

BE INVOLVED

ASK FOR HELP

VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY

PLAN EARLY

KNOW YOUR COUNSELOR

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