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College readiness at wca

CollegeReadinessat WCA


My philosophy
My Philosophy

It would be immoral of me to preach one thing to my children and another thing to someone else’s children. The goal for my children is to go straight to a 4-year public university, preferably a UC school, and complete a bachelor’s degree. This isn’t simply my opinion, this is based on a variety of data.


The data
The Data

Why I want my kids to get a 4-year degree

http://census.org


The data1
The Data

Why I want my kids to get a 4-year degree

Given an average 42 years of employment before retirement, what is the differencein salary over a lifetime between an associate’s degree ($39,506) and a bachelor’s degree ($58,613)?

$802,000

*Note: The difference between B.A. and HS is $1,150,000

http://census.org


The data2
The Data

Why I want my kids to get a 4-year degree pt. 2

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb, 2012 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t04.htm


The data3
TheData

Why I want my kids to go to a 4-year college

What is the 6-year bachelor’s degree completion rate for students beginning at a 2-year college?

10%

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_341.asp


The data4
The Data

Why I want my kids to go to a 4-year college

What is the 6-year bachelor’s degree completion rate for students beginning at a 4-year public university?

53%

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_341.asp


The data5
The Data

Why my kids won’t go to a for-profit school (ITT, DeVry, National, Four-D, Summit, Everest, etc.)

Completion rates for 4-year universities:

Public: 53.3%

Private (not for profit): 68.9%

Private (for profit*): 20.0%

http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_341.asp


The data6
The Data

Why I prefer UC schools for my kids

6-year completion rates:

University of California: 81%

California State University: 47%

Private Schools: 61%

(UCR: 66%, CSUSB: 38%, LaVerne: 58%)

http://www.cpec.ca.gov/StudentData/GradRates.asp


What are uc schools looking for
What are UC Schools Looking For?

UCSD’s Comprehensive Review Calculation

“Holistic Review Process”


What are uc schools looking for1
What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 1: Uncapped GPA

This is the most highly weighted item on the UC’s review process.

GPA is calculated on only 10th and 11th grades for only a-g courses.

Dual Enrollment and AP courses are weighted A=5, B=4, C=3

94% of UCLA’s freshman class had greater than a 4.0 weighted GPA.

WCA offers AP Biology, College Guidance, AP European History in 10th grade

WCA plans to offer College Spanish, College History, and College English in 11th.

WCA also has an agreement with MSJC to allow our students to take college courses over the summer.

Maximum GPA possible at WCA

10th 11th

4.454.9


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 2: SAT/ACT test scores

This is the second most highly weighted item on the UC’s review process

The average UCLA freshman SAT combined score was 2034 out of 2,400.

The average score in the Hemet district is 1,429.

WCA will be offering rigorous courses to prepare students for the SAT, we are offering the PSAT, and we will have opportunities for SAT prep.


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 3: “a-g” classes beyond minimum

UC schools want to see 40 or more semesters of a-g approved courses.

WCA students will have the opportunity to take:

History- 2 years

Math- 4 years

English 5 years

Science 6 years

Lang. other than English 2 years*

Visual/Performing Arts 1 year

Electives STEM/Econ/Govt/Hist/Guidance/

Plus additional options in 11th/12th grades and summer college courses.


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 4: Eligibility in the Local Context

ELC is an alternative way to qualify for UC schools by being ranked in the top 9% of the school’s or state’s graduating class. Because of WCA’s small senior class, the school ELC will be a very small group, so students will aim for the state ELC. The state ELC depends upon weighted GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

The plethora of weighted courses offered at WCA will give our students the advantage in GPA and ELC.

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/freshman/california-residents/admissions-index/index.html


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 5: Educational Environment

WCA is not a low-performing school, so students will automatically lose these points.

Factor 6: Low Income

Students earn points for being low income. This is measured by free and reduced-price lunch status.

This is one reason we ask you to fill out an application for free lunch even though we don’t offer lunch. You will also need to fill out the FAFSA in 12th grade (more to come on that).


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 7: Parent Education Level

There are bonus points for being first-in-the-family to graduate from college.

Factor 8: Leadership

Students earn points for being president or vice president of at least two leadership positions.

WCA will offer numerous clubs, each with multiple opportunities for leadership. Computer programming, Raspberry Pi, Leadership, CSF, News Crew, Nature Photography, Writing Club, STEM Studio projects, Chess Club, Yearbook, and more on the way.


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 9: Special Achievement

UC wants to see 1st to 3rd place victories in regional academic events.

These include:

Science Fair

History Day

Science Olympiad

Academic Decathlon

Mock Trial

Solar Cup

Envirothon


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Factor 10: Community Service

To get full credit, students need to complete more than 200 hours of community service.

WCA often has opportunities for community service through the school, the museum, the visitor center, the community, clubs, as well as school clubs and STEM Studio projects.


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

If a WCA student doesn’t have access to special UC summer school programs, hasn’t had a trauma in their family, has a parent that went to college, and doesn’t qualify for free lunch, they’ve already lost 2,000 points. In 2009, a student could only lose 3,400 points and still qualify to attend. If a student has a 4.0 GPA and average SAT scores, they drop another 1,500 points and will no longer qualify for a UC school. It is important to get every single one of these points possible.


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What are UC Schools Looking For?

Additional information on “holistic review”

In addition to the factors used in the “comprehensive review” process displayed above, the holistic review also puts a great deal of weight (up to 25%) on the student’s Personal Statement that is part of their application.

WCA will offer lessons, peer editing, and review of personal statements beginning as early as 11th grade.


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