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Senior Post Graduate Planning Unit. Freedom High School. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?. Senior Planning Meetings 30 minute one-on-one meetings to discuss post-secondary plans Parents are welcome to attend

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Senior Post Graduate Planning Unit

Freedom High School


  • Senior Planning Meetings

    • 30 minute one-on-one meetings to discuss post-secondary plans

    • Parents are welcome to attend

    • Students sign up outside their school counselor’s office for an appointment (not during an academic course)

    • Meetings will take place from September 10 – September 28

    • Students are given a packet of forms and information to help them through the college process: Transcript Request Form, Senior Worksheet, Teacher Rec. Form, Checklist, Planner, Essay Writing Info, VA colleges spreadsheet/college visits

The Student Role: A Checklist

  • ____Talk with your parents about your plans

  • ____Research and explore colleges on Family Connections

  • ____Meet with your school counselor to discuss future plans

  • ____Get organized!

  • ____Attend college visits and college fairs

  • ____Ask teacher for a recommendation and complete Teacher Recommendation Form, if needed.Give 15 school days before 1st application deadline

  • ____Ask school counselor for a recommendation, if needed

  • ____Complete Senior Worksheet and Transcript Request Formand turn in to school counselor. Give 10 school days before 1st deadline!

  • ____Complete all parts of college application and submit before deadline.

  • Request College Board/ACT to send test scores to colleges.

The Parent Role: A Checklist

  • ____Have “THE” conversation

  • ____Complete your part of the Senior Worksheet

  • ____Get your student to college fairs and college visits

  • ____Assist your student with getting organized

  • ____Help them finalize their list of potential schools

  • ____Look over applications and essays—DON’T DO IT FOR THEM!

  • ____Remind your student of the importance of meeting deadlines

  • ____Financial Aid Night-December 11 7:00 pm

  • ____ Complete the FAFSA in January (get Pin now)

Choosing the right school







Family Connection/Naviance

  • What is important to YOUR student in searching for a college?

  • It’s not about the “name” of the school, but about the right “fit” for your student

  • Family Connections for college search:

    • Freedom HomepageGuidanceFamily Connection


Types of Applications

Early Action - NOT BINDING. The decisionis received earlier than April.

EarlyDecision– BINDING

A contractual agreement to attend if accepted**

**You can apply to only ONE Early Decision School!!!

Regular Decision– Standard application deadline. Decision is usually received in April

Rolling Admission- Applications are received and processed as the year ROLLS on.

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

  • Designed for students who:

    • Are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s (4 year/college) degree

    • May need assistance with the process and

    • Are interested in starting at NOVA and transferring to George Mason or another 4 year college/university

    • Will graduate no later than August of that year

    • Have a strong desire for academic success

      • No minimum GPA is required to apply

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

  • Pathway Benefits in High School

    • Individual meetings with Pathway counselors in the high schools (meet about college transition issues, major/career planning, etc.)

    • Workshops on the application process

    • Preparation for placement tests

    • Assistance with financial planning – including help with applying for financial aid, scholarships and NOVA payment plan

    • Early placement testing and priority course registration

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

  • Pathway benefits at NOVA

    • Continued academic and career counseling by a Pathway counselor

    • Pathway Counselor now also at GMU

    • Guaranteed admission agreements between NOVA and VA State institutions; special Pathway agreement with George Mason Univ. with necessary GPA and NOVA AA/AS degree

    • Special Pathway sections of your college success skills course

    • Regular academic and social activities and early access to activities and athletic events at GMU

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

  • Important points:

    • Applying for and participating in the Pathway program does not bind you to NOVA – you can still apply/go to a 4 year school

    • Pathway students can transfer to ANY 4 year school, does not have to be GMU

    • You can still go to NOVA and take advantage of the GAAs without being a Pathway student

    • NOVA application and the Pathway application are different

Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

  • What do I do now?

    • Notify your counselor that you are thinking about the Pathway Program

    • Obtain and fill out a Pathway application in the fall

    • Return the application to your guidance counselor by the deadline – November 16th!

    • Acceptance decisions will be mailed out prior to winter break

FINANCIAL SEASON(After Winter Break for most opportunities)

Attend Financial Aid Night, December 11 7:00

Apply for FAFSA pin now

In January fill out FAFSA application

Check out scholarship opportunities

Make sure Mrs. Ong has your e-mail address!!!


LCPS College Fair

Stone Bridge HS

Sun, Sept. 30

4-5:30 pm &


FHS Financial Aid Night

December 11

7:00 pm

We are here to help!!!!

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