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Welcome to Colonial Beach’s Junior information Night!. 11/27. Hosted by: Michelle Wells – School Counselor. Agenda. Graduation Requirements College Decision Process (condensed ) Junior Year Tasks Dual Enrollment Opportunities SAT and ACT: 10 Important Differences

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Welcome to Colonial Beach’s

Junior information Night!


Hosted by:

Michelle Wells – School Counselor


  • Graduation Requirements

  • College Decision Process (condensed)

  • Junior Year Tasks

  • Dual Enrollment Opportunities

  • SAT and ACT: 10 Important Differences

  • Early Action and Early Decision

  • Regular and Rolling Admissions

  • Scholarship Information

  • The Best Summer Activities

  • Presentation Evaluation



Standard Diploma

English – 4

Mathematics –3

Science –3

Social Studies –3

PE/Health –2

Foreign Language/Fine Art/Career or Technical


Economics –1

Electives –4

TOTAL = 22 Credits

English – 2

Mathematics –1

Science –1

Social Studies –1

Student Choice –1

English – 4

Mathematics –4

Science –4

Social Studies –4

PE/Health –2

Foreign Lang.–3


Electives –3

TOTAL = 26 Credits

Advanced Studies Diploma



English – 2

Mathematics –2

Science –2

Social Studies –2

Student Choice –1

The College Decision Process

  • Explore options

  • Gather information (consider academics, interests, clubs, sports, etc. of each school)

  • Select prospective schools (long list), visit if possible, make pro/con list to decide.

  • Decide which schools to apply to (short list).

  • Send COMPLETE applications by due date. Wait for responses…

  • Make the Final Decision and respond to schools.

Helpful Websites

  • (virtual tours of campuses, given by students)


    (college search website)

  • (college search website)

  • (college search website)

Junior Year Tasks

  • Make your classes your priority; it’s never too late to improve!

  • Start to compare your options; 2-year college, 4-year college, military, work force, trade school.

  • Make your college long list (a list of prospective schools based on majors offered, size, location, cost, programs, etc.)

  • Gather information: visit schools, talk with recruiters who visit our school, talk with current students/cadets, go to college fairs, and visit school websites.

  • Register for, study for, and take standardized exams (SAT, ACT, ASVAB)

  • Stay involved with extra-curricular activities

  • Volunteer

Course requires more work; assignments, homework, papers, projects

Course is worth more to your GPA (4.5 points)

A = 4.5

B = 3.5

C = 2.5

D = 1.5

Weighted Courses


Dual Enrollment (RCC)

Advanced Placement

College level courses

Course requires much more work; assignments, homework, papers, projects

Course is worth more to your GPA (5 points)

Course may be counted as high school AND college credit.

SAT, ACT, & ASVAB Testing Information

Test dates and registration forms can be found online: (SAT) (ACT) (ASVAB)– December 6th

Colonial Beach School Code: 470577

SATvs. ACT: 10 differences


  • Ambiguous questions

  • Multiple choice & fill in blank

  • Guessing penalty

  • Vocabulary heavy

  • No science

  • Algebra & Geometry

  • 25 minute essay

  • 10 separate sections

  • Section scores more important than overall score

  • Experimental section*


  • Straightforward questions

  • Multiple choice

  • Less vocabulary, more grammar

  • No guessing penalty

  • Science section

  • Algebra to Trigonometry

  • Essay is optional

  • Each subject is one section

  • Overall score more important than sections

  • No experimental section


  • What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?

  • Solve: 2x-60y=120

  • In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?

  • What is the value of x when 2x-60y=120?





What’s a “good” score?

  • Three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

  • The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800; the best possible total score is 2400.

  • The average score for each section is roughly 500; average total score is about 1500.

  • For the 1.65 million test-takers in the class of 2011, the mean scores were 497 critical reading, 514 math, and 489 writing.

  • Four parts: English Language, Reading, Mathematics, and Science. Each category receives a score between 1 and 36. Those four scores are then averaged to generate the composite score used by most colleges.

  • The writing section is scored on a 12-point scale. The average score is between 7 and 8.

  • The average composite score is roughly a 21. That is, about 50% of test-takers score below a 21.

Early Action vs. Early Decision

Early Action

  • Application is usually due in November, student hears back about acceptance before January. (only one EA school per student)

  • The decision is not binding.

Early Decision

  • Student still applies early and college replies before the end of the year but the agreement is binding. (only one ED school per student)

  • Applicants who are accepted from an Early Decision pool have signed an agreement in their applications promising to enroll at that school if accepted.

Regular vs. Rolling Admissions

Regular Admission

  • Usually due between January 1st and February 15th.

  • Acceptances selected from total applicant pool, AFTER early decision and early action students have been selected.

Rolling Admission

  • Usually no deadline; the EARLIER THE BETTER!

  • Students accepted, wait listed, or rejected on first-come, first-served basis.


Scholarship Websites





  • Merit Based: based on achievements

  • Need Based: based on financial need

  • Contests: submissions

  • Awards: usually nominated

  • Grants: government awarded based on specific criteria


Spend Your Summer Break Wisely


  • Count the number of books you read; set a goal

  • Take a community college class

  • Coach or assistant coach for local sports

  • Volunteer regularly (shelters, retirement homes, local events, etc.)

  • Get a part-time job or work at a summer camp (or both!)

  • Learn a new skill; instrument, sport, computer, foreign language

  • Join an organization (Colonial Beach Foundation)

  • Cook a full meal for your family once a week (GREAT practice)

  • Study for the SAT/ACT: take timed practice tests, try to raise your score

  • Volunteer at the school

  • Visit colleges in groups, write your own reviews

Thanks for coming!

I will be reviewing all junior graduation requirements and progress during January.

If you have additional questions, please call 224-0040 to schedule a meeting.

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