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Junior Parent College Night Herron High School Thursday, October 2 nd , 2014. 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Katie Dorsey Academic Advisor 10 th Grade, A-K 11 th Grade, All email@example.com 317-231-0010 ext.1114. Junior Parent College Night AGENDA. Junior Year
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Junior Parent College NightHerron High SchoolThursday, October 2nd, 2014 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Katie Dorsey Academic Advisor 10th Grade, A-K 11th Grade, All firstname.lastname@example.org 317-231-0010 ext.1114
Junior Parent College Night AGENDA • Junior Year • College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT • The College Search • College Application Preparation • Financial Aid Basics • Senior Year • Insider Tips • Q + A Throughout
Junior Year: Graduation Progress Core 40 vs. Core 40 with Academic Honors
Junior Year: Strong Academics • When students apply to college in the fall of senior year, the last grades that will be present on the transcript are from junior year. • Colleges look at grade trends – hopefully upward trends! How a student does in 11th grade is more important than how a student did in 9th. • A’s and B’s are very important for getting in to college.
Junior Year: What if my student is struggling? • - Regular, pro-active Office Hours • Students should show up with a plan • Organization and goal setting • Negotiated PowerSchool monitoring • Connection with Advisory Teacher • Using Remediation and Late Passes • Distraction-free studying every night – even if ‘no homework’
Junior Year: Get involved! • - We encourage students to be meaningfully involved – and develop leadership roles – in at least one extracurricular. • Herron clubs and sports • Community organizations • Community service • Faith-based groups • Consider part-time employment for students who have the time. • - Balance and joy!
College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT, and ACT
College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT and ACT PSAT/NMSQT: October 15th! Practice test THIS Saturday at 8:00 a.m. • The PSAT scores are not sent to colleges, but the test in important as practice SAT and to qualify juniors for the National Merit Scholarship competition. • Students should carefully investigate their PSAT scores (sent in the mail in December) using the log-in code!
College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT • Nearly all colleges require the SAT or ACT • Most colleges accept either the SAT and ACT • Register online at least 6 weeks in advance • Tests administered on Saturday mornings • Fee ($51 SAT; $52.50 ACT) or waiver from Advising Office • Score reporting: 4 free – approx. $12.00 additional • Resource students – Accommodations available
College Admissions Tests: SAT- Scholastic Aptitude Test www.collegeboard.org The SAT consists of three parts: • 1.Critical Reading • 2. Mathematics • 3.Writing Each section is scored from 200-800. Perfect score = 2400 **New test format released spring 2016 – won’t impact current 11th graders.
SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test www.collegeboard.com
College Admissions Tests: ACT – American College Test The ACT consists of five parts: 1. English 2. Mathematics 3. Reading 4. Science 5. Writing The entire ACT test is scored from 16 to 36. • Perfect score = 36
ACT American College Test www.act.org
College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT 11th graders should plan to test in late winter or early spring – allowing them to best utilize PSAT scores. Some have already tested / will test in the coming months – great!
College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT The SAT/ACT Testing Plan for Students Plan A: Take bothtests Junior year; compare; study; retake strongest test Plan B: Take SAT or ACT Junior year; review scores; study; retake (double check test preference for colleges/universities of choice) **All students MUST take the SAT or ACT in their 11th grade year! **Students sign up with their parents / guardians online for a date and location most convenient
College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT Why take the test again? *Broaden the scope of college acceptances *Possible higher scholarship category *Most colleges will superscore the SAT Apr CR 430 Math 580 Writing 370  Oct CR 440 Math 560 Writing 390  Superscorewill be 1410
College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT How to Prepare • CollegeBoard.org and Act.org: practice tests, questions of the day • Online prep: Khan Academy, number2.com, testive.com • Paper practice tests: available at Advising Office • Comprehensive prep books: Advising, Library, Half-Price Books • Classes / tutors for a fee – Princeton Review; Kaplan; local agencies and private companies ; online webinars • Naviance– new website with customized study plan
The College Search: Making “the long list” • In the Junior Year, it is time for students to compile the long list of schools to which they might apply. This is not a final application list. The more options, the better! • To find schools to add to their lists, students should explore their own preferences, make-or-break criteria, and their academic data.
The College Search: Make-or-Break Criteria to Consider • Anticipated College Major/Minor • Career Assessments in English 11 or AP Lang in October/November • Online research • Job Shadowing • Favorite classes / subject areas / hobbies / passions / talents • Mymajors.com • *It is okay to be an ‘undeclared’ applicant – but there may be scholarship money tied to specific programs. • *50% of college students change their majors 1-3 times.
The College Search: Make-or-Break Criteria to Consider • 2) College Type • - Public / Private • - Not-for-profit / For profit • - Liberal Arts and Sciences • - Technical or Vocational • - 4-year or 2-year • 3) Location • - In-state / Out-of-state ($$) • - Urban / Suburban / Rural • - Distance from home
The College Search: Make-or-Break Criteria to Consider • 4) Size • - Small schools: 1,000 – 5,000 • Wabash, Earlham, St. Mary’s, Butler • - Medium schools: 5,000 – 15,000 University of Indianapolis, IU extension campuses, Notre Dame, Indiana State • - Large schools: 15,000+ • Ball State, IUPUI, Purdue, IU
The College Search: Make-or-Break Criteria to Consider • 5) Cost • - In-state / Out-of-state • - Scholarships • - Grants • - Loans • 6) Campus Characteristics • - Class size • - Professors / TAs • - Research focus • - Campus activities / extracurriculars / athletics
The College Search: Make-or-Break Criteria to Consider • 7) Demographics • - Religious Affiliation • - Diversity • - Gender ratios • 8) Housing Options • - On campus / commuter • - Dorms • - Fraternities / Sororities
The College Search How to Find Colleges That Meet Your Criteria • - Online searches • ACT – www.act.org/collegesearch • Petersons College Search – www.Petersons.com • College Prowler – www.collegeprowler.com • CollegeBoard – www.collegeboard.org • (Click on College Search – BigFuture) • College websites – video tours • College visits (2 per year!) • College fairs and college representatives at HHS • Books in the Herron HS Advising office • Colleges that Change Lives: http://www.ctcl.org/colleges/list • US News & World Report rankings • Peer mentors
The College Search • Planning College Visits • Schedule with Admissions Office • Take a tour (even if you student has been to the campus before) • Attend a ‘Junior Preview Day’ • Treat the day like an interview – both for you and for the school! • Your student should send a thank-you if he/she met with an Admissions Rep or had an interview • Overnight options / activities • Consider ‘demonstrated interest’ if a competitive school
The College Search Decide on a Group of Colleges Student: SAT 1200 / GPA 3.98 1) SAFETY - Schools to which you will get accepted and should have strong scholarship options. Ball State: Average SAT 1060 (CR and M Only) / GPA 3.5 2) TARGET - Schools to which you should get accepted but there are no guarantees. Indiana University: Average SAT 1170 / GPA 3.67 3) REACH – Schools to which you might get accepted but it is going to be difficult. University of Notre Dame: Average SAT 1425 / GPA 3.94
College Application Preparation • Applications don’t go ‘live’ until August 1 of a student’s senior year • There are several pieces of the application – allowing for a ‘holistic review’. • Transcript / Diploma (Parchment Account) • GPA • Test Scores • Honors / Awards • Extra-curricular activities • Leadership roles • Community involvement / service • Summer experiences • Jobs / Internships • Disciplinary / Attendance Concerns • Letters of Recommendation • Secondary School Report • Essay (1st Writing assignment of senior year English)
College Application Preparation The Application – 3 ways to submit it to the college Use the Common Application for over 500 (!) colleges Complete the application online at the college website Download the application from the college website, fill it out and mail it back to them (RARE!)
Financial Aid Basics • Merit-Based Scholarships and Grants • - Colleges and outside sources; do not have to repay • - Largest sums of money come directly from colleges and universities. • - Other scholarships can be identified through community connections, Herron’s newsletter, websites like www.fastweb.com • Need-Based Grants and Loans • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid • EFC – Estimated Family Contribution • Grants, i.e. Pell – do not have to repay • Federally subsidized student loans • Unsubsidized student loans • Work-study • Private parent loans
Financial Aid Basics • FAFSA Night in January of 11th and 12th grade • File FAFSA by March 1 of your student’s Senior Year • Must have taxes completed to file • Colleges will then issue a final Financial Aid Package in the spring of senior year, including: • Scholarships • Grants • Loans • Work-Study • Out-of-pocket Costs • Compare ‘apples to apples’ • http://www.indianacollegecosts.org/ • http://netpricecalculator.collegeboard.org/
Senior Year • All Herron students take all 5 cores - all 8 semesters of high school. HHS does not have early graduation. • English 12 or AP Lit • Next Math class (Alg II, PreCal, AP Calc AB or BC / AP Stats / Finite Math) • Cell Bio and Forensics / Chem / AP Chem / AP Physics / AP Environmental • AP Human Geography / European History • Next Latin class / Greek • Two electives: capstone classes in content areas (French IV, AP Studio, Adv Choir), double-up in core classes, explore new interests • Internships via application: 1 or 2 class periods. Apply in spring of 2015.
Insider Tips (from Herron staff/faculty who have recently had children in the 11th grade!)
“It’s important to prepare for the SAT / ACT. Plan on re-taking the tests!”
“It was very helpful to visit some colleges during Spring Break last year. It got his brain started thinking about where he could see himself.”
“The college application process takes time. It can’t happen over night.”