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presented by wbhs ptsa and wbhs guidance department
Presented by WBHS PTSA and WBHS Guidance Department
  • 75%of jobs will require education beyond high school, by the year 2020 ( U.S. Department of Labor, 2009)

“The current and future health of America’s 21st Century Economy depends directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of literacy- ‘21st Century Literacy’- that includes strong academic skills, thinking, reasoning, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.”

- 21st Century Workforce Commission National Alliance of Business

Conquering the College Chaos

guidance staff
Guidance Staff
  • A-E- Stephanie Browning
  • F-J - Ms. Marsha House,
  • K-R- Mr. Tony Hughes
  • S-Z- Ms. Gayle Patterson
  • Administrative Assistant- Mrs. Vickie Carroll
  • SAP- Mr. Joe Scott
  • Career Center - Mr. Steve Graves
planning your future
Planning Your Future...
  • College testing
  • Finding the right school
  • Applying for college
  • Paying for college
    • Virginia Wizard
making the grade
Making the Grade
  • Top priorities for getting students enrolled in higher education are GRADES and a RIGOROUS COURSE LOAD.
  • Here are some of the GPA requirements for the top 5 schools that our students are applying to:
    • UVA- 3.75 or higher (92% of freshmen)
    • Virginia Tech- 3.5 or higher (72% of freshmen)
    • JMU- 3.5 or higher (56% of freshmen)
    • Roanoke College- 3.0 or higher (28% of freshmen)
    • Radford University- 3.0 or higher (38% of freshmen)
competitive courses
Competitive Courses
  • For students planning to apply to UVA, VT and JMU, the following are suggested competitive courses:
    • Pre-AP and AP English classes
    • Pre-AP Algebra thru Pre-calculus or higher
    • Advanced Earth Science thru Physics or higher
    • Pre-AP WG/WH thru Government, preferably AP or Dual Credit
    • World Languages- 3 years or higher
college planning
College Planning
  • Research colleges that interest you. Each college has a website and most information about that college can be obtained from the website.
  • Attend the College Fair at the Salem Civic Center in Sept 2013 from 2-4pm or 6-8pm
  • Colleges visit WBHS mostly during the fall semester. Check the website and in the Career Center for details.
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College Planning (continued)

When to visit colleges:

  • Visit the colleges that you are interested in attending as soon as possible. Each school usually offers tours and open houses and even weekend visitation programs.
  • Spring of the junior year is an ideal time to visit.
  • Visit during the week while the college/university is in session.
  • You can use two school days to visit colleges with two days prior notice of our Attendance Office.
  • Schedule your visit with the college/university’s admissions office.
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College Planning (continued)

College visits allow you to:

  • Get a firsthand view of the college.
  • Get answers to your questions about different majors offered and other opportunities.
  • Get valuable information which will assist in determining which college is right for you.
preliminary sat national merit scholarship qualifying test
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
  • Standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.
  • All college bound juniors should take the PSAT in order to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program.
  • Measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.
  • Score report and test booklet will be returned in December.
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Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
  • PSAT’s will be given at WBHS Saturday, October 2013
  • Students can register at “Back to School” night in September or in the Guidance Office by the first of October
  • Cost is TBA . Make checks payable to WBHS.
college admissions testing act and sat
College Admissions Testing:ACT and SAT
  • Juniors should take the SAT or ACT at least twice in the Spring and again in the Fall of the senior year, if necessary.
  • SAT Subject tests are required for some colleges. Should be taken May of the junior year.
  • Register for the SAT.
  • Register for the ACT.
college check list
College Check List
  • March: Sign-up for AP exams to possibly earn college credit.
  • April: Talk with teachers about writing letters of recommendation. These will be used for the admissions process and scholarships.
  • May: If colleges require SAT II Subject Tests take them in May.
  • June: Take the SAT I or SAT II or ACT tests if it is needed.

Begin working on essays, audition tapes or portfolios if needed.

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College Check List
  • If you are planning to play on a Division I or Division II sports team you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse:

This should be done the second semester of your junior year.

  • If you need to take SAT’s or ACT’s again in October or November of your senior year, obtain prep materials from a local book store to help you prepare for the tests. There are also test prep materials available in the school library, public library, and Career Center for check-out. Our materials are limited.
  • Students who qualify for testing accommodations (i.e. extended time, small group) see Ms. Patterson in the Fall of their junior year.
finding the right school
Finding the Right School
  • Reach or Dream School
  • “Good Fit” School
  • Safe School
  • Applying to 3-5 schools is recommended.
applying to college
Applying to College
    • Decide if Early Decision or Early Action programs are for you.
    • Fill out and submit the online application
    • Release of information
  • Secondary School Report Form- two weeks prior to application deadline
  • Examples: Common Application and JMU
    • Transcript
    • Test Scores
    • Letters of Recommendation
paying for college
Paying for College
  • FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Super Saturday Program
  • Scholarships/Grants- “Free” money for college.
  • Work-Study programs
  • Student Loans(Stafford Loans-subsidized/un-subsidized) a step by step financial aid process can be accessed at:
wbhs counseling website
WBHS Counseling Website

  • Scholarship information
  • College visit schedule
  • Other important information