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Junior Parent Information Night. September 29, 2014. Tonight’s Agenda. Senior year courses Overview of college admissions ACT and SAT testing Test Preparation Career Planning Options after high school College Admissions NCAA Eligibility Center Resources

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Tonight s agenda
Tonight’s Agenda

  • Senior year courses

  • Overview of college admissions

  • ACT and SAT testing

  • Test Preparation

  • Career Planning

  • Options after high school

  • College Admissions

  • NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Resources

  • College visits and representatives

  • Financial Aid

  • Family Connection/Naviance

  • Summary

General timeline
General Timeline

  • Strong Interest Inventory

  • Optional PSAT – October 15th

  • December-March: Junior Parent Conferences

  • December - June: College Entrance Exam testing

  • Ongoing: Research and visit institutions

  • September 2015: Senior meetings to outline college application process

  • September to Thanksgiving Break 2015: Applications due in the Counseling Department

Senior year courses
Senior Year Courses

  • Online course registration (2nd semester)

  • Two credits English

  • American Govt.

  • Strong emphasis on academic units and interests

Overview of college admissions
Overview of College Admissions

  • Steady Growth of Students/Changing Demographics

  • Economic Factors – More Adult Students Returning to College

  • Early Decision/Early Action Programs

  • Common Application/Online Applications/Increase in Applications

Lottery Effect

US News and World Report Rankings

Marketing and Business Approach

Use of Social Media

Institutions Becoming More Competitive

The search for the right fit getting into a college that is good for me
The Search for the Right Fit Regarding College Planning“Getting into a college that is good for me”

Factors determining college admission
Factors Determining College Admission Regarding College Planning

  • Rigor of the Curriculum

  • Grade Point Average

  • Test Scores

  • Student Essay

  • Extra-curricular Activities

  • Letters of Recommendation

Act sat testing 2014 2015
ACT & SAT Testing 2014 - 2015 Regarding College Planning

ACT Testing Dates

  • Writing optional

  • Dec 13

  • Feb 7

  • March 3 – State ACT required at Bay on a school day

  • April 18

  • June 13

    SAT and SAT Subject Testing Dates

  • Writing required

  • January 24

  • March 14 (SAT Subject tests not offered on this date)

  • May 2

  • June 6

2015 Advanced Placement Exams Regarding College Planning

  • May 4 – May 14

  • Bay Shore Lutheran Church

Test preparation
Test Preparation Regarding College Planning

  • High school curriculum

  • Preparation materials in Counseling Department such as sample tests & questions

  • View Counseling Department website for various resources (under college entrance test preparation tab)

  • Classes

  • ACT & College

    Board websites

Career components
Career Components Regarding College Planning

EXPLORE – Freshman year

PLAN – Sophomore year

Career Interest Inventory (Naviance), ACT – Junior year

Career fest
Career Fest Regarding College Planning

  • November 5th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Concordia University R. John Buuck Fieldhouse

  • This annual event is sponsored by several southeastern high school counseling departments, including WFB.

  • Over 100 careers will be represented and all students, regardless of grade level, and parents are invited to attend. Come when you wish; leave when you wish.

  • Here is an opportunity to investigate careers, employment outlook, salary, training and education requirements.

Options after high school
Options After High School Regarding College Planning

  • Four and Two Year Colleges and Universities

  • Technical Training

  • Specialty Schools

  • “Gap” Year

  • Military

College admissions
College Admissions Regarding College Planning

  • Rolling Admissions

  • Early Decision (binding)

  • Early Action (non binding)

  • Date Specific Admissions

Eligibility center
Eligibility Center Regarding College Planning

  • Division I Schools

  • Division II Schools

Resources Regarding College Planning

  • College reference books

  • College/Career fairs

  • College rep visits to the Counseling Dept.

  • Evening college visits at nearby hotels

  • Counseling Dept. website

  • Counseling Dept. computer terminals

  • Students and alumni

  • Naviance/Family Connection

College visits college representatives
College Visits & Regarding College PlanningCollege Representatives

Why should a student visit with a college representative
Why should a student visit with a Regarding College Planningcollege representative?

To learn more about:

  • various academic programs

  • scholarships

  • study abroad opportunities

  • campus organizations

  • clubs

  • campus life

  • tuition, financial aid, academic requirements

  • other extracurricular activities

Students are being notified of college visits in a number of ways:

  • Daily morning announcements

  • Message board posted on Family Access

  • Messages through Naviance/Family Connection

How to meet with college reps
How to Meet with College Reps ways:

Students should obtain a pass from the

Counseling Department a day before the

college representative visit and obtain teacher

permission from the class(es) they might miss.

Good times to visit schools
Good times to visit schools ways:

Students are encouraged to visit colleges


  • End of October break

  • Spring break

  • Summer

  • Campus preview days (varies by college)

Types of financial aid
Types of Financial Aid ways:

  • Grants

  • Work Study

  • Loans

  • Scholarships

Scholarships ways:

  • Institutional

  • Generic

  • Whitefish Bay

    Helpful websites:

    *Check Naviance/Family Connection (senior year)




Net price calculator
Net Price Calculator ways:

All post-secondary institutions now have a net price calculator on their websites to help families estimate the cost of attendance.

North shore financial aid night
North Shore Financial Aid Night ways:

  • Monday, December 8 – Homestead High School

  • Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium

  • Open to both students and parents

  • Presenter will be a financial aid representative from the Milwaukee area

  • Great opportunity to learn more about financial aid

Counselor s role
Counselor’s Role ways:

  • Assist with the exploration of postsecondary options

  • Clarification of college admission requirements

  • Monitor and process application information

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Communicate with College Admissions Offices

  • Members of the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counseling and the National Association of College Admission Counseling

Introduction to naviance family connection
Introduction to Naviance/Family Connection ways:

  • What is Family Connection?

  • What can I do with it?

  • How does it help with post-secondary and career planning?

  • How do I access it?

  • Family Connection Tips

What is family connection
What is Family Connection? ways:

  • Web-based resource that supports post-secondary and career planning.

  • Linked with Naviance Succeed, a service that the counseling office uses.

  • Specific to WFB students.

How does it help
How does it help? ways:

  • On-line tool for communication among students, teachers, counselors, and parents.

  • Updated GPA & test scores from WFB graduates.

  • Assessments of your chances of admission at colleges where prior graduates have applied.

What can i do with it
What can I do with it? ways:

  • Explore careers & majors.

  • Complete career and personality surveys.

  • Search & compare colleges.

  • Produce scattergrams of past WFB acceptances… denials…waitlists.

  • Show WFB college visits.

    …..and much more!!

How do i access it
How do I access it? ways:

  • Last year, students were given instructions and registration codes to create their own accounts, including registration codes for their parents.

  • If a student lost their code or forgot their password, please have them see their counselor.

  • Students must use their own account because it has additional features/utilities that parent accounts do not have.

Student parent brag sheet
Student/Parent Brag Sheet ways:

  • They help teachers and counselors write thorough recommendations on behalf of the student.

  • The brag sheet can be found under the “About Me” tab in the student’s Family Connection account.

  • Students must complete a brag sheet for a staff member to write a letter of recommendation.

  • Students should take time to start filling out the brag sheet this year.

Naviance family connection tips
Naviance/Family Connection Tips ways:

  • Visit the website often!

  • Explore on your own and with your child.

  • Always keep a current email address.

    *We hope you will find this resource helpful and if you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.

So what should you students parents be doing this year
So, what should you (students & parents) be doing this year? ways:

To sum it all up, here’s what we encourage students and parents to do this year:

  • Familiarize yourself with Naviance

  • Visit colleges/meet with reps

  • Meet with your counselor for the junior conference—an invitation will be sent (December thru March).

  • Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT

  • Keep track of dates and deadlines

  • Research and consider all options

  • Keep working hard at school