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Post High School Planning. Guilford High School School Counseling Department Tammy Lizotte - Director of Guidance Jennifer Fitting Diane Hall Nicole Rasmussen Dean Cornelio Laura Samperi Administrative Assistants: Nancy Cunningham & Toni Fermo. Agenda for the night:.

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post high school planning
Post High School Planning

Guilford High School

School Counseling Department

Tammy Lizotte-Director of Guidance

Jennifer Fitting Diane Hall Nicole Rasmussen Dean Cornelio

Laura Samperi

Administrative Assistants:

Nancy Cunningham & Toni Fermo

agenda for the night
Agenda for the night:

Tammy Lizotte – Guidance Director – Introduction and factors to consider in planning post high school planning process

Laurie Saunders – UConn admissions – Factors to consider in college research

Tammy Lizotte – Discuss the counselor role in this process and questions

post high school options
Post High School Options
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Armed Forces
    • Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard
  • 2 year College
  • 4 year College
  • Technical/Vocational School
  • Post Graduate High School Year
  • Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.
student success plans ssps
Student Success Plans (SSPs)
  • State Mandate beginning July 1, 2012
  • Encompasses Academic, career, and personal / social goals
  • Student centered and student driven
  • Intentional support for goals
  • Guaranteed for all students
  • Monitor progress – self assessment, exemplar work
factors to consider when planning life after high school
Factors to consider when planning life after high school:
  • What does your academic record say about you?
  • What do your standardized test scores say about you?
  • What do your activities outside of school say about you?
  • Who knows you?
  • Most important piece to the college admission requirements.
  • Your official academic record.
  • Shows the level, credit and final averages of every class that you have taken for grades 9 – 11.
  • Weighted CPA and class decile are noted on your transcript.
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements

22 Total Credits:

  • 4.0 English
  • 3.0 Mathematics
  • 3.0 Science
  • 3.0 Social Studies

- inc. 1.0 of US History and 0.5 of Civics

  • 2.0 Physical Education/Health
  • 1.0 Arts/Vocational Education
  • 20 hours documented of Community Service
  • Must attain proficiency (level 3) in all four areas of the CAPT
build a strong senior year schedule as part of your plan of study
Build a Strong Senior Year Schedule as part of your Plan of Study
  • Competitive College Prep Schedule:
    • 4th year of all the major subjects including foreign language
    • At the highest level the student can handle.
    • Attaining the strongest grades possible
    • Your CPA is not updated for senior year, but they see your first quarter/midyear and final grades!!! Senioritis is not okay!
    • There is no such thing as an easy senior year schedule if you are going on to a post secondary institution.
class decile and cpa
Class Decile and CPA
  • A student’s decile and CPA are based on Sophomore & Junior year grades only.
  • Senior year grades will be sent during the application process but are not included in the Decile or CPA.
  • Your CPA will not be recalculated until the end of 3rd quarter senior year.
cpa scale effective july 2013

AP Honors level 1 level 2

A+ 4.83 4.58 4.33 3.83

A 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.50

A- 4.17 3.92 3.67 3.17

B+ 3.83 3.58 3.33 2.83

B3.50 3.25 3.00 2.50

B-3.17 2.92 2.67 2.17

C+ 2.83 2.58 2.33 1.83

C 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.50

C- 2.17 1.92 1.67 1.17

D+ 1.83 1.58 1.33 0.83

D 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.50

D- 1.17 0.92 0.67 0.17

F 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

other cpa information
Other CPA information

Each student will receive a cumulative point average (CPA) using the chart above. Only grades earned at Guilford High School during sophomore, junior and senior years will be used to calculate the CPA. Grades earned at other secondary schools and through outplacement programs may be counted toward graduation credit requirements but will not be used in determining the CPA. Total quality points earned will be divided by the number of credits attempted. Thus, if a course is failed or credit is withheld, the course will still be counted in determining the cumulative point average. For transcript purposes, the student’s CPA and decile rank will be reported. In that way, colleges and employers will be able to assess the student’s record in comparison to the high and low averages for the class.

The cumulative point average will be used to determine honors for graduation. Students achieving a minimum of a 4.00 CPA will graduate with high honors; those achieving a minimum of a 3.50 CPA will graduate with honors. Cumulative point averages will be calculated to the hundredths place; averages will not be rounded.

Students may repeat any course at any time in order to raise the mark in a course. However, the course will receive credit only once and will be taken for level zero on subsequent attempts.

standardized testing sat
Standardized Testing - SAT
  • SAT I:Measures Critical Reading, Writing and Math reasoning skills developed over time both in and outside the classroom.
    • 70 minutes critical reading, 70 minutes math, 60 minutes writing.
    • 2400 scale (200 – 800 each category).
  • SAT II: Measures knowledge and skills in particular subject areas.
    • Required by many of the most selective colleges.
    • Recommended to be taken after the completion of an Honors/AP course.
    • Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the SAT Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.
standardized testing act
Standardized Testing - ACT

Students should take the ACT with a writing test option to make it comparable to the SAT.

Four 35 – 50 minute tests in the areas of English usage, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Science readings.

Receive 4 separate scores plus a composite score averaging the four tests.

Scale is 1 – 36.


sat and act frequently asked questions
SAT and ACT – Frequently Asked Questions

Registration is completed by the student (generally online through the SAT and/or ACT website).

GHS is now a test center for the SAT for most dates.

GHS is not a test center for the ACT. The sooner you register, the better the chance to get a close test center.

The school counselors have a list of test prep options.

Through Collegeboard/ACT, you sign up to send your SAT and/or ACT scores directly to the schools. They are not sent by guidance.

Some schools do not look at the writing test. They compare critical reading and math on the 1600 scale.

A few schools do not require SAT scores. They are asking for a graded writing sample instead ( ).

Students typically 3 different test opportunities (1 SAT / 1 ACT / additional test depending on what suits you best).

standardized testing dates
Standardized Testing Dates
  • SAT/SAT II Test Date RegDeadline Late Reg Deadline

January 25 December 27 January 10

March 8 February 7 February 21

May 3 April 4 April 18 June 7 May 9 May 23

  • ACT Test Dates Reg Deadline Late Reg Deadline

February 8 January 10 January 24

April 12 March 7 March 21

June 14 May 9 May 23


What do your activities outside of

the classroom

say about you?

what do you do outside the classroom
What do you do outside the classroom??


  • Leadership
  • Musical or Theater Involvement
  • Community Service
  • Extracurricular Clubs & Activities
  • Athletics
  • Employment
  • Summer Experiences, Internships, Travel
references recommendations
References & Recommendations:



  • School counselor recommendations
  • Most colleges are looking for 1 – 2 teacher


  • Typically look for one math or science teacher and one English or social studies teacher
  • Most students ask the teacher at the start of senior year
college search process

College Search Process

What school is right for you?

please welcome

Laurie Saunders,

Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment, UConn

from a college admissions counselor perspective
From a college admissions counselor perspective

Impact of CPA

Factors to consider in college research

- Location: state, city vs. rural

- Major

- Social opportunities and activities

- Size

Importance of the college visit

ncaa requirements
NCAA Requirements

Core Courses

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses. Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013.

NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below). These 10 courses become "locked in" at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.

Grade Point Average

Test Scores

reach realistic safety schools
Reach/Realistic/Safety Schools

Reach - A reach school is a college that you have a chance of getting into, but your test scores, class rank and / or high school grades are a bit on the low side when you look at the school's profile

Realistic - A realistic school is a college that you are pretty likely to get into because your test scores, class rank and / or high school grades fall right into the middle range when you look at the school's profile

Safety - A safety school is a college that you will almost certainly get into because your test scores, class rank and / or high school grades are well above average when you look at the school's profile.

the role of the school counselor
The Role of the School Counselor
  • Support student involvement
  • Help refine list of schools to 6-8 to which to apply
    • Student Success Plans support
  • Communicate –
    • Naviance tool
    • Appointments with Student / Family
ghs is on twitter

The Guilford High School Guidance Department is on Twitter! For the latest happenings from GHS guidance, follow us:


Or, click on the link:

  • College research/communication tool.
  • Use to compare CPA, standardized tests of specific colleges to your own statistics.
  • Parents, students and counselors can assess the same information.
  • Transcript, midyear grades and Letters of recommendation can be sent to colleges electronically.
  • Website:
class of 2015
Class of 2015