Junior College and Career Planning October 24th, 2012 For the Graduating Class of 2014
Agenda for Today Explore your options for the future 4-year College Information 2-year College Information Trade/Technical School Information Testing and Assessments Timeline for Junior/Senior Year Meeting with your School Counselor
Determine Your Path • What is it that you like to do? Work with your hands? Solve math problems? Create artwork? Interested in medicine? • Which subject areas interest you? • Know yourself…. What kind of environment will be best for you?
Choose Your College/Trade or Technical School • Consider your major/minor. • Consider the geographic location. • Consider the cost. (Speak with your parents about financial cost). • Consider sports, intermurals and clubs. • Consider the Teacher/Student ratio.
How Many College Applications Should You Complete? • 1-2 Dream/Reach Colleges: Colleges that are out of your range in GPA and SAT/ACT scores. • 3-4 Realistic Colleges: Colleges that are in your range in GPA and SAT/ACT scores. • 1-2 Back Up Colleges: Like a Community College which has an Open Admission Policy. (Make one a financial aid back-up).
How To Find Colleges • Use the “Resource Guide for Post-Secondary Plans” (in the AnyCollege.com folder) for college search websites (such as MyRoad.com, bigfuture.org and www.Bridges.com). • Visit college websites online • Visit the college/university at an OPEN HOUSE (Check the BHS Website for information or meet with a representative that may visit our school)
College Fairs • Talk to representatives from colleges across the country • Obtain valuable information on the admissions process, financial aid, campus life, course offerings and more. • Attend seminars on financial aid, how to succeed in the college admissions process and athletic recruiting. • Attend the College Symposium in March at BHS
When are the College Fairs • Frederick Community College Fair, October, 2013. • Frederick High School College Fair, October, 2013 • Baltimore National College Fair: fall of 2013 • Washington National College Fair: fall of 2013
What Should You Be Doing RIGHT NOW! • Plan on taking your SAT’s/ACT’s at least twice this Spring. Visit www.collegeboard.com or www.actstudent.org to register. • Visit colleges over spring break. • Attend Open Houses and go on college tours (even if they are “virtual”). • Visit college websites for more information. • Take an SAT prep course at BHS in April or (on-line too!).
Testing and Assessments SAT’s: College-Bound ACT’s: College-Bound SAT II’s: Competitive College-Bound FCC Placement Testing: FCC Bound Students ASVAB: Undecided and Military Bound Students
SAT Reasoning Test • Section 1: Critical Reading: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Completions, Short Reading Passages. • Section 2: Math: Basic arithmetic, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2 • Sections 3: Writing: Grammar and Persuasive Essay (49 questions and 1 essay) • Each section score ranges from 200-800 • TOP SCORE for all 3 sections= 2400 • TOP SCORE using only CR and Math=1600
ACT’s Section 1: English (Sentence structure, grammar & usage, punctuation, rhetorical skills) Section 2: Math (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry) Section 3: Reading (Passages based on prose, fiction, social science, humanities, natural sciences) Section 4 Science (Charts, graphs, experiments, conflicting viewpoints) OPTIONAL ESSAY: Check with the college/university to which you are applying Score range: 1-36 for each section with a TOTAL COMPOSITE SCORE
SAT II’s Subject Tests Most schools DO NOT require that you take any subject area tests. The most competitive schools may require you to take anywhere from 1-3 subject tests. Check with each college/university. Plan accordingly. SAT 1’s and 2’s are given at the same time (except for March/April)
FCC Placement Testing You must take placement tests in Reading, Writing, Math before you enroll in classes. HOWEVER- you will be exempt from placement tests if your SAT scores are 550 or higher, in Reading or Math OR AP Scores (3 or better) in English Lang, English Lit, Calculus, Stats. OR For Math exemption- Alg. 2 or higher-grade A or B, taken in the Jr. or Sr. year
ASVAB ASVAB is test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. This test is free of charge and will be given at BHS on Monday, October 29th Blocks 1 & 2. See Mrs. Wilton in the Counseling Center to sign up.
What’s on the ASVAB? The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests: General Science Arithmetic Reasoning Word Knowledge Paragraph Comprehension Mathematics Knowledge Electronics Information Auto and Shop Information Mechanical Comprehension
More To Do for College-Bound Students • Decide who will write your letters of recommendations • 1-2 teacher recommendations • 1 School Counselor recommendation By the end of the year, a School Counselor will make arrangements for you to pick up the Red/Green folders and complete the Credentials form and the Autobiographical Sketch once your teachers/counselor have agreed to write your letter.
Why FCC is a Good Idea • Consider a 2-year college education before transferring to a 4-year college if: • Finances are an issue • Grades in high school haven’t been the best • You want to stay close to home • You desire a 2-year degree and/or a Certification Program in HVAC, Culinary Arts, Welding, Electrical plus so much more
Scholarships • Research Scholarships • Visit the BHS website email@example.com. and the Counseling Center for Scholarship information. • Refer to the list of financial aid and scholarship websites (like www.fastweb.com) given to you by your guidance counselor. • This information can be found in your AnyCollege.com folder
Over the Summer • Over the summer: Get a hold of any college applications you can and start the process. • Start to work on any college application essays so that you won’t be bogged down in the Fall. • Make sure you have a challenging senior year schedule. Colleges DO care!
More Over The Summer • Volunteer! • Get a summer job. • Read, Read and then Read some more!
Watch For Deadlines! • While looking over your college applications, watch for deadlines. • Early Decision: Binding!! • Early Action: Not Binding • Check with each individual college. They may have their own definitions. • Rolling Admissions: You should still get your application in early.
Interested in the Military or Trade School • You should start to meet with a recruiter this SPRING! Recruiters will be at BHS twice a year during lunch shifts • Visit Technical and Trade School Open Houses. • Research Apprenticeship Programs
Meet with your School Counselor • Beginning in November, School Counselors will meet with each junior to review graduation requirements, discuss post-secondary, review transcript and resource packets.
Timeline: Junior Year Nov-Jan: School Counselor will meet with you. December: Review your PSAT Scores on Dec 19th at 7pm. Jan-June: Sign up and take 2 SAT or ACT tests February: Register for senior classes (strong course load= more options) March: Attend College Night for Juniors at BHS April-Oct: Attend College OPEN HOUSES Jan-May: Meet with Military Recruiters June: Ask teachers for Letters of Recommendation Complete Red and Green Folder Information