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Presented by wbhs ptsa and wbhs guidance department

Presented by WBHS PTSA and WBHS Guidance Department

  • 75%of jobs will require education beyond high school, by the year 2020 ( U.S. Department of Labor, 2009)

“The current and future health of America’s 21st Century Economy depends directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of literacy- ‘21st Century Literacy’- that includes strong academic skills, thinking, reasoning, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.”

- 21st Century Workforce Commission National Alliance of Business

Conquering the College Chaos


Guidance staff

Guidance Staff

  • A-E- Stephanie Browning

  • F-J - Ms. Marsha House,

  • K-R- Mr. Tony Hughes

  • S-Z- Ms. Gayle Patterson

  • Administrative Assistant- Mrs. Vickie Carroll

  • SAP- Mr. Joe Scott

  • Career Center - Mr. Steve Graves


Planning your future

Planning Your Future...

  • College testing

  • Finding the right school

  • Applying for college

  • Paying for college

    • Virginia Wizard


Making the grade

Making the Grade

  • Top priorities for getting students enrolled in higher education are GRADES and a RIGOROUS COURSE LOAD.

  • Here are some of the GPA requirements for the top 5 schools that our students are applying to:

    • UVA- 3.75 or higher (92% of freshmen)

    • Virginia Tech- 3.5 or higher (72% of freshmen)

    • JMU- 3.5 or higher (56% of freshmen)

    • Roanoke College- 3.0 or higher (28% of freshmen)

    • Radford University- 3.0 or higher (38% of freshmen)


Competitive courses

Competitive Courses

  • For students planning to apply to UVA, VT and JMU, the following are suggested competitive courses:

    • Pre-AP and AP English classes

    • Pre-AP Algebra thru Pre-calculus or higher

    • Advanced Earth Science thru Physics or higher

    • Pre-AP WG/WH thru Government, preferably AP or Dual Credit

    • World Languages- 3 years or higher


College planning

College Planning

  • Research colleges that interest you. Each college has a website and most information about that college can be obtained from the website.

  • Attend the College Fair at the Salem Civic Center in Sept 2013 from 2-4pm or 6-8pm

  • Colleges visit WBHS mostly during the fall semester. Check the website and in the Career Center for details.


College planning continued

College Planning (continued)

When to visit colleges:

  • Visit the colleges that you are interested in attending as soon as possible. Each school usually offers tours and open houses and even weekend visitation programs.

  • Spring of the junior year is an ideal time to visit.

  • Visit during the week while the college/university is in session.

  • You can use two school days to visit colleges with two days prior notice of our Attendance Office.

  • Schedule your visit with the college/university’s admissions office.


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College Planning (continued)

College visits allow you to:

  • Get a firsthand view of the college.

  • Get answers to your questions about different majors offered and other opportunities.

  • Get valuable information which will assist in determining which college is right for you.


Preliminary sat national merit scholarship qualifying test

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

  • Standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.

  • All college bound juniors should take the PSAT in order to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program.

  • Measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.

  • Score report and test booklet will be returned in December.


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Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

  • PSAT’s will be given at WBHS Saturday, October 2013

  • Students can register at “Back to School” night in September or in the Guidance Office by the first of October

  • Cost is TBA . Make checks payable to WBHS.


College admissions testing act and sat

College Admissions Testing:ACT and SAT

  • Juniors should take the SAT or ACT at least twice in the Spring and again in the Fall of the senior year, if necessary.

  • SAT Subject tests are required for some colleges. Should be taken May of the junior year.

  • Register for the SAT.

  • Register for the ACT.


College check list

College Check List

  • March: Sign-up for AP exams to possibly earn college credit.

  • April: Talk with teachers about writing letters of recommendation. These will be used for the admissions process and scholarships.

  • May: If colleges require SAT II Subject Tests take them in May.

  • June: Take the SAT I or SAT II or ACT tests if it is needed.

    Begin working on essays, audition tapes or portfolios if needed.


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College Check List

  • If you are planning to play on a Division I or Division II sports team you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse: http://eligibilitycenter.org.

    This should be done the second semester of your junior year.

  • If you need to take SAT’s or ACT’s again in October or November of your senior year, obtain prep materials from a local book store to help you prepare for the tests. There are also test prep materials available in the school library, public library, and Career Center for check-out. Our materials are limited.

  • Students who qualify for testing accommodations (i.e. extended time, small group) see Ms. Patterson in the Fall of their junior year.


Finding the right school

Finding the Right School

  • Reach or Dream School

  • “Good Fit” School

  • Safe School

  • Applying to 3-5 schools is recommended.


Applying to college

Applying to College

  • Decide if Early Decision or Early Action programs are for you.

  • Fill out and submit the online application

  • Release of information

  • Secondary School Report Form- two weeks prior to application deadline

  • Examples: Common Application and JMU

    • Transcript

    • Test Scores

    • Letters of Recommendation


  • Paying for college

    Paying for College

    • FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    • Super Saturday Program

    • Scholarships/Grants- “Free” money for college.

    • Work-Study programs

    • Student Loans(Stafford Loans-subsidized/un-subsidized) a step by step financial aid process can be accessed at: www.wellsfargo.com/resourceguide.


    Wbhs counseling website

    WBHS Counseling Website

    www.rcs.k12.va.us/wbhs

    • Scholarship information

    • College visit schedule

    • Other important information


    Conquering the college chaos

    Conquering the College Chaos

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