Parent Information Session. What Parents of Top 10% students Should Know. Melba Luciano , District Superintendent Michael Akes , Assistant Superintendent (HS C&I) Gladys Justiniano , District College Specialist
Parent Information Session
What Parents of Top 10% students Should Know
Melba Luciano, District Superintendent
Michael Akes, Assistant Superintendent (HS C&I)
Gladys Justiniano, District College Specialist
Robert Airasian, Graduate of Brown, Cornell & Harvard Universities (Orlando Area); Chair of Brown University Admissions
Non-Restrictive Application Plans: (All Non-Binding)
***Note: Students are not restricted from applying to other institutions and have until May 1 to consider their options and confirm enrollment.
Restrictive Application Plans:
***Note: Students are responsible for determining and following restrictions
*** not-for-profit membership organization, founded over 35 years ago
The Common Application is an online college application used by over 500 colleges. Just one application can be sent, but first you should know how it works:
- Member Colleges Must Take a "Holistic" Approach
Participating colleges must evaluate students using a "holistic" selection process that considers recommendation letters, at least one essay, and diversity, among other factors. The idea is that the college considers the whole applicant, and doesn't admit students based only on data such as GPA and test scores.
- The Common Application Essay
The Common Application requires an essay of 650 words or less. You must choose one of five broad topics designed to help demonstrate your ability to write clearly and grow from your personal experiences. You can view the most recent essay topics here. It's a good idea to start your essay as soon as possible so you have plenty of time to get feedback and make revisions.
- Colleges Have Additional Requirements
Most colleges using the Common Application will ask you to answer additional questions and write an additional essay. All will ask for at least one recommendation letter and information from your high school. The Common Application supplies grade report and evaluation forms. Counselors and teachers complete these forms only once and send copies to the schools you apply to. Colleges may also require additional materials such as resumes. These requests will be included in the Common Application for that school.
- Making Changes to Your Application
You can revise and save your application as many times as you like before submitting it to colleges. Once you have sent a Common Application to your first college, you may create different versions of it for other colleges. However, you can only upload a revision of your Common Application essay twice after initially submitting it.
- How to Access the Common Application
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& help them send their scores to the colleges
Go to the financial aid night near you.
Help them start applying for out of state colleges
Start on scholarship applications
Make sure they have completed their out of state applications by the end of the month
Help them acquire any missing paperwork the FL colleges say is missing.
Get ready for the FAFSA
Remind students to check for scholarships
Complete the FAFSA – you should do this
Save your SAR and know your EFC
Senioritis may set in – check FOCUS & stay on top of them!
Keep reminding students to look for scholarships
Early decision letters will be coming this month or before.
Talk to your child about acceptances and rejections
You will have to help with housing applications and deposits
You will have to help with acceptance deposits
Continue to remind about scholarships
Work together to make the final decision on the college based on the financial aid package they offer
Last reminder about scholarships
- October 14th at CHS, 6:30pm-8pm
- October 15th at SCHS, 6:30pm-8pm
**Check with your HS Counselor / Career Specialist for Financial Aid Information Nights Coming Soon
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