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Fort Walton Beach High School Guidance Departmentpresents… Navigating Through High School
Guidance Office Staff Professional School Counselors Linda Dugan, students A-F Christy Simms, students G-L Susan Ver Steeg, all freshmen, and students M-O Lori Lipnicky, students P-Z Secretaries Kristi Evans and Cindy Lemasters Assistant Principal Merchelle Hixson-Wells
Earn a passing score on the FSA ELA assessment Earn a passing score on the Algebra 1 EOC exam Community service hours not required for graduation, but are for Bright Futures 2.0 unweighted GPA Foreign language not required for graduation, but is for Bright Futures
Honors Graduation Configured at the end of the seventh semester of the senior year based on the CUMULATIVE WEIGHTED GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Do you know that by using floridashines.org you can monitor your transcript? Florida Shines also gives you access to: • career choices and development • graduation requirements • college entrance requirements • Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program • academic planning • graduation status • help with how to pay for college
Assessments for Juniors & Seniors to Consider • ACT – www.actstudent.org • SAT – https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat • PERT (Post Secondary Education Readiness Test) http://www.nwfsc.edu/Students/Enrollment/TestingCenter/PERT/
Let’s take a look at a few of the universities and colleges Vikings choose to attend.
freshman profile: University of West Florida • Average GPA: 3.8 • Average ACT score: 25 • Average SAT score:1170 • Deadline to apply – rolling admissions uwf.edu
freshman profile: Florida State University • Average GPA: 4.3 • Average ACT score: 30 • Average SAT score:1345 • Deadline to apply: November 1 fsu.edu
freshman profile: University of Florida • Average GPA: 4.4 • Average ACT score: 30 • Average SAT score:1360 • Deadline to apply: November 1 uf.edu
freshman profile: University of Central Florida • Average GPA: 4.0 • Average ACT score: 28 • Average SAT score:1320 • Deadline to apply: May 1 ucf.edu
Northwest Florida State College www.nwfsc.edu Offers A.A. degrees, A.S. degrees, Certificates and Bachelor’s degrees Admission requirements: High school diploma A test score – either PERT, ACT or SAT The main campus is in Niceville, with satellite campuses located in FWB, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, South Walton, and on both military bases.
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Bright Futures Scholarships Award Categories • Florida Academic Scholars • Florida Medallion Scholars • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
FAS = Florida Academic Scholar FMS = Florida Medallion Scholar ***GPA for Bright Futures is based solely on core classes.
Gold Seal Requirements • Take at least three courses in the same Career and Technical Education program • Earn a 3.5 gpa in the career/tech classes • Earn a 3.0 gpa in the non-elective high school courses • Complete a minimum of 30 community service hours • Earn a minimum score on the ACT, SAT or PERT
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS • Forms available in the Guidance office • All Hours must be documented and signed • Return forms to Guidance office so hours are posted to transcript • Keep record of hours for scholarships • Community Service hours are REQUIRED for Bright Futures
Scholarship Opportunities • Ms. Julie Smith runs the College and Career Center. Seniors should be visiting her NOW for important scholarship information. Visit the FWBHS scholarship page at • http://www.okaloosaschools.com/fwb/scholarship • Other websites for scholarship opportunities: • www.fastweb.com • www.scholarships.com • www.cappex.com • www.raise.me
Start researching colleges and post- secondary options • Start developing your Resume/Brag sheet • Know your graduation requirements and talk with teachers and your counselor about best courses to take each year • Plan college visits • Start preparing for ACT/SAT tests • Continue working on grades for college entrance/athletic/extra-curricular activities • Get involved with extra-curricular activities/athletics Freshmen and Sophomores
What should SENIORS do now? • Continue to work hard. Grades are important! • Get the scores you want or need. Take and retake the ACT or SAT . • Create an admissions calendar. Mark down all the important deadlines in your college application process. • Build your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) if necessary. • Apply for admission to your college(s) of choice on time. • Apply for Bright Futures. The application window opens on October 1 of each year. • Apply for financial aid. The FAFSA application opens on October 1 of each year. • Take care of business. Register for previews and orientations. Apply for housing. Pay deposits. • What should JUNIORS do now? • Grades are key. Don’t lose your academic focus. • Get the scores you want or need. Take the ACT or SAT . • Narrow down your choices. Pick your favorites colleges and do your research. • Think about your senior schedule. Make sure you are on track to graduate. • Summer visitations. Visit as many of your top colleges as you can.
IMPORTANT! • If a student has taken or will take an AICE or AP class or an ACT or SAT test,it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the college of your choice receives the test score. • How is this done? • AICE has a special transcript request form that the student must mail directly to AICE. A transcript request form may be picked up in the guidance office. • AP and SAT test score requests can be made through collegeboard.com. • ACT test score requests can be made through www.actstudent.org
Know your deadlines! • Apply early • FWBHS is CLOSED for the WINTER and SPRING BREAK HOLIDAYS. Make all transcript requests early to meet your DEADLINES.