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Eastlake High School Junior Parent Night. Preparing parents and students for senior year and post-secondary planning. Kirsten Keller Counselor. Agenda. Junior Parent Night Goals Balancing the Senior Year Senior Handbook Introduction 10 Steps To Good College Planning Q&A Session.

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Eastlake high school junior parent night

Eastlake High SchoolJunior Parent Night

Preparing parents and students for

senior year and post-secondary planning

Kirsten Keller

Counselor


Agenda
Agenda

  • Junior Parent Night Goals

  • Balancing the Senior Year

  • Senior Handbook Introduction

  • 10 Steps To Good College Planning

  • Q&A Session


Junior parent night goals
Junior Parent Night Goals

  • Identify the challenges seniors face in balancing the senior year

  • Understand the post-secondary planning process

  • Simplify college search and application process

  • Assist parents in becoming an informed support for your son or daughter in planning for the senior year and the year following graduation

  • Provide resources for parent questions


A well balanced senior year
A Well-balanced Senior year

  • Help your student plan for next year’s commitments now

  • Understand that social connections are more important than ever

  • Anticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming change

  • Reassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide support

Student responsibilities are split between planning their futures and working on high school demands:



10 steps to good college planning
10 Steps To Good College Planning

  • Begin the college search process with parent support

  • Learn how to make the resources in the senior handbook work for you

  • Plan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning process

  • Survive and thrive throughout the senior year

The following 10 steps will help your student:


1 match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs
1. Match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs

  • Visit the EHS Career Center Andrea Wehner, EHS Career Specialist

  • Explore college search websites

  • Write a resume

  • Look for schools with a good range of programs in an area of interest


2 register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule
2. Register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule

  • Core academic courses

  • Coursework beyond minimum college entrance requirements

  • Advanced classes/course studies

  • Elective classes in areas of interest


Washington four year college entrance requirements
Washington Four-year College Entrance Requirements schedule

English 4 years

Mathematics 3 years

Social Science 3 years

Science 2 years

Foreign Language 2 years

Fine Arts 1 year (or in any of the above)


3. Sign up for College Entrance Exams schedule

  • SAT Reasoning Test

  • ACT with optional writing test

  • Both are tests of college readiness

  • Recommended Spring of Junior year

  • Last testing opportunity Fall of Senior year


College entrance exams

ACT schedule

25% English

25% Mathematics

25% Reading

25% Science

Optional Writing Test

Subtests range from 1-36

Composite of 4 test scores

(1-36)

No penalty for guessing

SAT

33% Critical Reading

33% Mathematics

33% Writing

Subtest range from 300-800

Sum of 3 test scores

(600-2400)

Score adjusted for wrong answers

College Entrance Exams




5 plan school visits
5. Plan school visits schedule

  • Walk around campus

  • Attend a class

  • Interview admissions officers

  • Spend a night in the dorm

  • Talk with other university students

  • Use campus checklist as a guide


6 build a list of schools for application
6. Build a list of schools for application schedule

  • Discuss the college comparison data and get feedback from others

  • Students should talk with parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, and friends

  • Help your son or daughter examine their goals, thoughts and feelings so that they may choose schools for application

  • Build a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for application


7 submit applications
7. Submit applications schedule

  • Demographic Information/Essays

  • Academic record

  • Test scores (SAT or ACT)

  • School/counselor report

  • Teacher recommendation

Application elements:


Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation schedule

To receive letters that add depth and excitement to an application students should:

  • Ask someone who knows them well

  • Choose teachers of classes where they were most engaged intellectually, showed creativity, or completed a special project or independent work

  • Tell the writer how their experience in the classroom or learning style relates to the college of application

  • Talk to the writer about their dreams for college and a career

  • Remember to write thank you notes to letter writers including exciting news of acceptance



College admission decisions
College admission decisions schedule

  • Match between college needs and student characteristics

  • Colleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scores

  • Holistic review process

  • Academic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisions


Community and technical colleges
Community and Technical Colleges schedule

  • Opportunity for lower tuition costs while exploring academic interests

  • Small setting to solidify academic record or learn a trade

  • Admissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalency


8 financial aid and scholarship
8. Financial aid and scholarship schedule

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS profile

  • Factors that determine a families financial strength

  • Schools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packages

  • Research independent sources of scholarship funding

  • Athletes should register with the NCAA

  • EHS Financial Aid Night in December



9 plan senior year
9. Plan senior year schedule

  • SAT/ACT

  • Fall National College Fair

  • Application deadlines

  • EHS finals, AP tests, senior project

  • Sports, activities, community service, social events

  • Graduation preparation

Use a calendar to plan for:


10 fall senior seminar for students
10. Fall Senior Seminar for students schedule

  • Covers Senior Handbook in detail

  • Review college search process

  • Reminder of Fall National College Fair

  • Answer student questions


Nacac tips for parents dos and don ts for college admissions
NACAC tips for parents: Dos and don’ts for college admissions

  • Do learn about the college admission process

  • Do discuss restrictions up front

  • Don’t limit choices based on fees

  • Do remind your child of deadlines

  • Do listen and offer advice when asked

  • Don’t make decisions for your son or daughter

  • Do encourage and celebrate


Books and resources
Books and Resources admissions

  • “The College Guide For Parents”by C. Shield (Published by the College Board)

  • “Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years”by K. Coburn and M. Treeger

  • “When Your Kid Goes To College”by C. Barkin

  • “Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College”by P. Pasick

*References provided by: The National Association for College Admission Counseling


Q a session

Q & A admissionsSession


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