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  1. Diploma Choice Selections AndAdvisement Preparing Students For the World DeKalb County School System Guidance, Counseling, and Mentoring Department

  2. Who is your Counselor? Lakeside High School • Cheryl Bloom (Sem-Z) Head Counselor • Brian Fenner (A-F) • Dena McTyre (G-Ma) • Yolanda McKinney (Mb_Sel)

  3. Four Year College Two Year College Technical College Full-time Employment Military Service Occupations Postsecondary Schools Financial Aid Military Resume Other Choices for the Future

  4. General Information • Be reminded of the three diploma types and the requirements for each. • Select your courses carefully. Annual registration does not permit changes to be conveniently made. • Seek help when you first discover that you do not understand a topic in your class.

  5. What Are Credits/Units? • A UNIT or CREDIT is successful completion of 2 semesters of a course (subject) of study. • A CORE UNIT includes: • ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND WORLD LANGUAGE. • For PROMOTION to the next grade you will need: • 10TH Grade – 6 UNITS • 11TH Grade – 12 UNITS • 12TH Grade – 17 UNITS • Graduation – 24 UNITS as determined by diploma type

  6. Grade Point Averages • CUMULATIVE GPA • ALL COURSES EARNING CARNEGIE UNIT CREDIT • 4.0 SCALE (General, Advanced, Accelerated) • A= 4 quality points, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0 • 5.0 SCALE (Advanced Placement – AP) • A=5 quality points, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0 • To calculate • Convert letter grades to quality points • Divide by number of courses. (

  7. Grade Point Averages • CORE GPA (HOPE)– Only following courses are included. • ENGLISH • MATH • SCIENCE • SOCIAL STUDIES • WORLD LANGUAGE

  8. General Information • Take classes related to your career choices. • College admissions are usually based on GPA, test scores, course difficulty, and extra-curricular activities. • Plan to take the PSAT in the 9th grade, 10th grade, and the 11th grade. • Plan to take the SAT in both the 11th grade and the 12th grade.

  9. DeKalb’s Diploma Choices Basic Diplomas Diploma with Honors/Distinction College Prep Career Technology Requires 3.5 CUGPA 3.0 Core GPA 3 Years World Language

  10. Requirements Common to all Diplomas? • 4 units each: • English, Math, Science & Social Studies • .5 unit of Health • 1.5 units of PE • 24 total units

  11. Core Academic Requirementsfor All Diploma Types

  12. Diploma with Honors/Distinction Requires a 3.5 Cumulative GPA and a 3.0 Core GPA • ENGLISH - 4 UNITS:Lit./Comp 9, World Lit./Comp 10, American Lit./Comp 11, British Lit./Comp 12 • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS: • SAMPLE SEQUENCES • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra III • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre Calculus • Geometry, Algebra II, PreCal., Calculus* • SCIENCE – 4 UNITS • SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 UNITS *Preferred by most highly competitive colleges and universities. Algebra I credit earned in 8th grade.

  13. Diploma with Honors/Distinction • HEALTH/ PHYSICAL EDUCATION – 2 UNITS • (1 UNIT MAY BE EARNED THROUGH VALIDATED FULL-YEAR PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL SPONSORED ATHLETICS, MARCHING BAND, DANCE AND /OR JROTC) • FINE ARTS ELECTIVE - 1 UNIT • WORLD LANGUAGES – 3 UNITS (the same language) • CAREER TECH - 1 UNIT • GENERAL ELECTIVES – 1 UNIT

  14. Basic College Preparatory Diploma • Fine Arts – 1 unit • World Languages – 2 units • Career Tech – 1 unit • Electives – 2 units

  15. Basic Technology Career Diploma Additional requirements for Technology Career Prep • Fine Arts – 1 unit • World Languages – 1 unit (Four-year colleges require two years) • Career Tech – 4 units

  16. Advisement Form • Review your child’s Career Path • Identify the Best diploma for your Career • Review with the Counselor your four year plan • Sign the form and retain a copy for your records • Refer to this form throughout high school

  17. DUPLICATE COURSES=NO CREDIT Remember

  18. Open A Door To Success • Study at least two hours per day • Plan your courses carefully for the diploma type • Do not procrastinate - meet all deadlines

  19. HOPE Scholarship College Prep Diploma You must have a minimum core G.P.A. of 3.0 Career Prep Diploma You must have a minimum core G.P.A. of 3.2 No Quality Points for 8th Grade Classes For more info please visit www.gacollege411.org

  20. Hope Scholarship Information • Your grade point average will be determined from the core areas only. • These include English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. For more info please visit www.dtae.org/hope.html

  21. HOPE QUALIFICATIONS • Must be a resident of GA for one year prior to graduation • Must have a 3.0 Core GPA and all core subjects count

  22. Other Sources • Internet Searches • www.finaid.org • www.fastweb.com • www.collegeboard.com • www.collegenet.com • www.studygs.net • www.number2.com

  23. Standardized Tests • CRCT • End of Course Tests (EOCT) • Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) • SAT • PSAT • ACT

  24. High School Grade Interests • Career Exploration – www.careercruising.com • GaCollege411.org • Career Achievement Portfolio • Extracurricular Activities • Community Service/Volunteerism • Leadership Positions • Peer Mediation

  25. High School Interests • Extracurricular Activities • Summer Enrichment Activities • Advanced Placement Courses (10-12) • Accel/Joint Enrollment (11-12) • Fernbank Courses (11-12) • Internships/Shadowing • Postsecondary Exploration

  26. Summer School If you fail a class, plan to attend summer school. Each session lasts three weeks and begins at 8 AM and ends at 12:20 PM. Last year’s fees were $250.00 per class. Registration begins in April.

  27. Summer Enrichment Programs • SAT Summer Seminar - DCSS • Enrichment Programs at Colleges • College Visits • Volunteer Programs

  28. Obtain Information about Careers • Obtain information about careers • www.careercruising.com • Set personal, academic and professional goals • Complete a personality assessment • Investigate the match between personal attributes and job requirements

  29. Obtain Information about Careers • Identify different types of educational preparation required for various occupational clusters. • Reevaluate their program of study and current career interests. • Develop listening and speaking skills to enhance communication in daily life.

  30. Reference Materials • You can access many resources to help you with your scholarship search from: • Counselor • Media Center • Local Bookstores • County Libraries • Internet Resources

  31. Tips For Parents • Monitor study time and academic progress with your student. • Encourage involvement in a diverse activities. • Set attainable goals with your student. • Plan meaningful summer activities • Celebrate your student’s successes • Be involved!!

  32. Steps To Success STUDY BE INVOLVED ASK FOR HELP VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY PLAN EARLY KNOW YOUR COUNSELOR