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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:


Senior handbook

Senior Handbook


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

English4 years

Mathematics3 years

Social Science3 years

Science2 years

Foreign Language2 years

Fine Arts1 year (or in any of the above)


Eastlake high school junior parent night

3. Sign up for College Entrance Exams

  • 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

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


Test score comparison

Test Score Comparison


Eastlake high school junior parent night

4. Build a list of schools/programs to research


5 plan school visits

5. Plan school visits

  • 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

  • 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

  • Demographic Information/Essays

  • Academic record

  • Test scores (SAT or ACT)

  • School/counselor report

  • Teacher recommendation

Application elements:


Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation

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 factors

College admission factors


College admission decisions

College admission decisions

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


Financial aid and scholarship references

Financial aid and scholarship references


9 plan senior year

9. Plan senior year

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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 & ASession


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