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  1. Planning For Your Senior Year A Guide to Tests and Post Graduation Plans

  2. Planning For Senior Year What do I need to do for my senior year? How do I get started? What are my options when I graduate? Military Two-Year Colleges Technical School Job Market Four-Year Universities

  3. These are questions you should be thinking about your junior year so that you are prepared for next year. Options Two-Year Junior College Full-time job Technical or Trade School Four-Year University Military

  4. Military Service

  5. Military • Compensation Pay increases with rank advancements, initial bonus for enlisting Seniors, and competitive pay. • TuitionSupportSince the GI Bill was enacted during WWII, money for college has been an important part of military benefits. • TrainingProfessional training – from class work to field exercises – is available for hundreds of military jobs, many with civilian equivalents. • World TravelWith installations all over the world, the Military provides many chances to explore new regions and cultures. • DiscountsFrom the stores on base to movie theaters and airlines, service members receive discounts on all kinds of products and services.

  6. Two-Year Colleges

  7. Two Year Colleges Associate Degree Programs North Central Texas College’s Division of Health Sciences includes the following courses of study: • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - for students wishing to qualify for licensure as Registered Nurses (RNs). • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) – for students wishing to qualify for certification as Paramedics and EMTs. • Law Enforcement - for students wishing to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement. • Radiological Technology - for students wishing to qualify for registry as Radiological Technologists. • Surgical Technology - for students wishing to qualify for certification as Surgical Technologists. • Vocational Nursing (LVN) - for students wishing to qualify for licensure as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs).

  8. Four-Year Universities

  9. Four-Year Universities University Core Requirements for 2008-2009, 2009-2010 Catalog Years UNIVERSITY CORE REQUIREMENTS A. ENGLISH COMPOSITION & RHETORIC (6 hrs): B. MATHEMATICS (3 hrs): C. NATURAL SCIENCES (6-8 hrs all courses have labs): D. VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (3 hrs): E. HUMANITIES (3 hrs): F. UNITED STATES HISTORY (6 hrs): G. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (6 hrs): H. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 hrs): I. UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN COMMUNITY (6 hrs):

  10. What’s Next ? What you need to do your Junior Year

  11. Schedule a Senior Meeting with your Academic Advisor in April or May A-D…… Mrs. Buxton E-K…… Mrs. Tipton L-S…… Mrs. Cantrell T-Z…… Mrs. Coley * Things to talk about: • Check your graduation requirements • G.P.A. • Class Rank • College Readiness Tests • SAT • March 13, 2010 • ACT • April 10, 2010 • ASVAB • Coming in Fall 2010

  12. Lake Dallas High School Four-Year / Post-Secondary Plan Name: (Last) __________________________ (First) _______________________ (Middle) ____________________ Current Grade___________ Date ___________________ This is a tentative plan to help give you, your parents, and your school some direction as you progress through high school. As you fill in your plan, remember that it is only a plan and should be revisited as needed to ensure your educational success throughout your four years at high school. Plan carefully and select academic courses and electives that will support your interests, career goals, and post-secondary plans. Career Clusters: (Select your top choices by placing a 1, 2, or 3 in the blanks) Principles of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Principles of Health Science Principles of Human Services Principles of Education & Training Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Principles of Business, Marketing & Finance • High School Graduation Plan: (check one) • Recommended (27 credits) • Distinguished Achievement (27 credits) Post-Secondary Plans: (check as many as apply) • Certificate / Licensure • Technical Training • Full-time Employment • 2 year degree / Community College • 4 year degree / College / University • Military • Other_____________________________________ • LDHS Classification Credits: • Sophomore (10th) 6 credits • Junior (11th) 12 credits • Senior (12th) 19 credits

  13. Registration & the Course Guide Please use the LDHS Course Guide to help you choose your classes, which may be found at Lake Dallas Independent School Districtand find the LDHS Course Guide 2010-11 on the right column. Factors to be considered in selecting courses include the: • requirements for graduation • significance of the course to the student's overall program and educational/career goals • purpose of the course; and/or • possible prerequisite for other courses

  14. Requirements for Graduation Grade Classification Students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward graduation. Freshman 9th grade 0 – 5.5 credits Sophomore 10th grade 6 credits Junior 11th grade 12 credits Senior 12th grade 19 credits Classification will be made only at the beginning of the fall semester and will remain the same throughout the school year.

  15. Graduation Requirements

  16. Graduation Requirements, cont. pages 17-19 • In the LDHS Course Guide 2010-11, refer to for a complete list of course titles that meet graduation requirements for each diploma type, Recommended or Distinguished. • Distinguished Achievement Diploma explanation, page 20. • GPA and Class Rank are explained on page 4.

  17. Educational Goals pages 21-25 pages 26-79 • A complete list of courses offered at LDHS is found on of the Course Guide. • Course descriptions for each class are found on of the Course Guide. • Course descriptions may explain the purpose of the course and how it relates to higher education and post-graduate planning • Course descriptions may also specify mandatory prerequisites • Pre-AP and AP information and course lists are found on • Pre-AP and AP classes require a teacher’s signature on your Pre-registration form for enrollment • Grades received in these classes are only weighted when figuring GPA and class rank and not reflected on report cards or transcripts pages 8-12

  18. Dual Credit Classes • You must have earned 12 credits. • Take the THEA and make a 270 on Math and/or a 230 on reading/220 Writing. • THEA exemptions may be earned by scoring 2200 on the Math/ELA with a writing score of 3 or above. • Must apply and be admitted at NCTC, as well as register and pay for the class and any required textbooks/materials. • For more information, see in the LDHS Course Guide. pages 5-6

  19. LDHS Dual Credits Offerings for 2010-11 Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Government US History- pre 1865 Public Speaking College Algebra Composition 1 (Eng 4) Psychology Government US History- post 1865 Public Speaking College Algebra Composition 2 (Eng 4) Sociology

  20. Career Goals • Career & Technology Classes offer students the opportunity to pursue a pre-planned, coherent sequence of courses leading to a “career pathway” • For more information on Career and Technical Education, refer to pages 6-7 and pages 26-48 in the LDHS Course Guide

  21. Career & Technology Classes- Old Courses, New Names

  22. Advanced Technology Complex • The ATC offers practicum classes for students interested in specific careers or technical education • Participants must meet requirements and complete an application process • Participants must provide their own transportation

  23. ATC Programs Available • Career and Life Enhancement • Architecture and Construction • Arts, Audiovisual Technology & Communication • Finance • Health Science (CNA, Job Shadowing, Pharmacology) • Hospitality & Tourism (Culinary Arts, Hotel Restaurant Management) • Human Services (Cosmetology, Nail Tech) • Information Technology (Computer Maintenance, Biomedical Tech, GIS) • Law, Public Safety, Security • Manufacturing (Computer Numeric Control, Welding) • Marketing, Sales and Service (E-Marketing, Web Design) • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (Electronics, Pre-Engineering) • Automotive Tech (Transportation, Distribution & Logistics)

  24. Student Signature_______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature­­­___________________________ Due Monday, February 22nd

  25. Most Importantly… • Make A Plan… • Pick at least three options to consider. • Investigate Your Plan… • Check all requirements • Check your deadlines. • Applications • Applications • Enrollment • Enrollment • Housing • Housing • Scholarships • Scholarships • Financial Aid • Financial Aid • Schedule campus tours. • Follow Through With Your Plan… • Double check Requirements, Applications, Financial Aid, • Scholarships and Housing.