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SENIOR PLANNING NIGHT. POTOMAC FALLS HS Class of 2014. SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPT. Director : Rae Ann Paolozzi Counselors Deb Brom 9 th Grade Teresa Bennett A- C and ELL Rich Bader D- I and Campus Michele Havener J- RA (Interim) Amy Burgess Re - Z. SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPT.

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senior planning night
SENIOR PLANNING NIGHT

POTOMAC FALLS HS

Class of 2014

school counseling dept
SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPT
  • Director: Rae Ann Paolozzi
  • Counselors

Deb Brom 9th Grade

Teresa Bennett A- C and ELL

Rich Bader D- I and Campus

Michele Havener J- RA

(Interim)

Amy Burgess Re - Z

school counseling dept1
SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPT
  • Support Staff

CAREER CENTER ASST: Stacey Thomas

SECRETARIES:

Lisa Torick

Toni Cicirelli

Contact Us: 571-434-3204

PFH School Counseling Web Site

agenda
AGENDA
  • Post High School Options
  • Creating your college list
  • Naviance/ Family connection
  • The college application
  • Process for requesting transcripts and recommendation letters
  • Paying for college
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SO WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

TRADE SCHOOLS

APPRENTICESHIPS

MILITARY/ROTC PROGRAMS

ASSOCIATE DEGREE:

2 YR COLLEGE

BACHELOR’S DEGREE: 4 YR COLLEGES

EMPLOYMENT

GAP YEAR

finding the right match
FINDING THE RIGHT MATCH
  • Log on to Family Connection

http://connection.naviance.com/pfhs

  • Make a list of colleges of interest.
  • Identify your priorities
  • Research the characteristics of a range of schools
  • Match the priorities with characteristics
characteristics to consider is this the right fit for me
CHARACTERISTICS TO CONSIDER: Is this the right fit for me?
  • Academic Programs and Strengths
  • Type of College (public, private, religious, etc.)
  • Location
  • Size
  • Cost and Financial Aid Offer
  • Retention and Graduation Rates, Grad School Placement
  • Difficulty of Admission
  • Campus Life and Diversity
  • Resources
  • Study Abroad
lcps college fair
LCPS COLLEGE FAIR

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stone Bridge High School

43100 Hay Road

Ashburn, VA

Two Sessions:

4 – 5:30 pm and 6:30 to 8 pm

Shuttle parking available at Sanders Corner Elementary School

family connection
Family Connection
  • Access through PFH Counseling Dept Web page
    • Click on Family Connection
    • Parents have access to a Family Connection account
  • Seniors should complete the:
    • Career Cluster Finder and/or College Search to conduct college searches and narrow choices
    • List colleges they are planning to apply to
    • Update E-MAIL address
  • Scattergrams to compare colleges
  • College Visit Schedule can be accessed by clicking on the “Colleges” tab and looking for “Upcoming college visits”
community college
COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • INCREASINGLY POPULAR DUE TO AFFORDABLE TUITION
  • Students can complete the first one or two years of a bachelor’s degree
  • Community colleges in Virginia offer guaranteed admission to 4yr colleges in Virginia
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Who should apply?

Seniors who will graduate by August and who want to earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • For more information contact your:
  • Pathway Counselor – Jill Lawson, jclawson@nvcc.edu
  • School Counselor
applying to college
APPLYING TO COLLEGE
  • Don’t focus on either too few or too many schools: 5 -7 is the average
  • Consider colleges that are high, moderate, and low likelihood of admission
  • Do your research on admissions requirements
  • Understand your deadlines
  • Know what is required as part of your completed application
  • Communication with your parents and counselor is key!
components of your application
Components of your Application
  • The Application itself
  • Essay(s)/ Personal Statement or Specific Prompt
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Payment
  • Supplemental Forms
the essay personal statement
The Essay/ Personal Statement
  • Write to the prompt
  • Write in your voice – be yourself
  • Check for accuracy
  • Work with parent or teacher to review
  • Be creative – remember admissions counselors read a lot of essays
  • Very important in admissions consideration as this is their way to get to know you
  • Show versus Tell
recommendation letters
Recommendation Letters
  • Know your specific college requirement – this information varies depending on the college
  • If recommendations are required, be sure to understand the requirements and follow the procedure as determined by each specific college
  • Things to keep in mind:

Deadline

Procedure for Teacher

Ask Early

recommendation letters how to ask
Recommendation Letters:How to ask
  • Ask early and provide a copy of resume or activities list
  • Inform your recommender about manner of submission

Mail directly

Give to counselor

Upload directly to college via e-mail link

  • Inform your counselor if a counselor recommendation is required. Counselors do not automatically write a recommendation.
  • Remember to write a “Thank You”
the transcript
The Transcript
  • Remember to complete PFHS Transcript Request Form for each college to which you intend to apply
  • A signature is required from both student and parent
  • Cost: One time payment of $3
test scores
Test Scores
  • Students must have College Board or ACT forward scores to their colleges and NCAA
    • www.collegeboard.org
    • www.actstudent.org
    • www.ncaa.org
    • www.eligibilitycenter.org
summary of student responsibilities
Summary of Student Responsibilities
  • Complete and Submit Application
  • Payment to college
  • Submit Test Scores to colleges
  • Request Recommendation Letter
  • Transcript request: To your School Counselor

Fill in forms completely to include:

    • Full name of college/university, city/state.
    • Complete address for overseas universities.
    • Indicate Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Admission and specific date
    • Signed by both parent and student
    • One time fee if not already submitted
student responsibilities cont d
Student Responsibilities Cont’d
  • Meet or beat transcript deadlines – submit to counselor 2 weeks prior to deadline. If it falls around a holiday, sooner is better!
  • Keep communication open with your counselor
  • Check with counselor or through Family Connection for processing status
  • Monitor your application status with each college to ensure materials are received
items the school counselor submits
Items the School Counselor submits
  • Official Transcript: Final grades through 11th grade including cumulative GPA & Rank
  • Current schedule
  • PFH Secondary School Report form
  • Recommendation letter from counselor, if required,

*Teacher Letter(s) of Recommendation,

as required

other transcript information
Other Transcript Information
  • Official transcript for each application uploaded through NTC or mailed to colleges
  • 1st semester grades sent automatically to ALL colleges on your transcript request form – mailed mid-Feb
    • Some colleges require students to self report grades, check the requirements of your particular college.
  • Final transcripts are mailed aftergraduation based on senior survey responses
ncaa eligiblity center process
NCAA ELIGIBLITY CENTER PROCESS
  • Only for athletes participating in Div I/Div II collegiate-sports (contact Div III schools directly for eligibility requirements)
  • Register online with NCAA Eligibility Center ASAP
    • www.eligibilitycenter.org
  • Use unofficial transcript for visits w/ coaches
  • Send SAT/ACT scores directly to NCAA (9999)
  • List NCAA on transcript request form
  • Final transcripts automatically sent to NCAA after graduation (approx. mid July)
  • After April 1 – update profile
paying for college
PAYING FOR COLLEGE
  • Financial aid can increase your ability to attend your 1st choice school and improve your options in the future
  • Help is available: college offices, FAFSA help line, Super Saturdays, Net Price Calculators
  • Financial Aid Night at PFH!
    • December 16 @ 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • FAFSA – Submitted after January 1, 2013

-- Create your PIN now and try FAFSA4caster

  • Verify your specific college’s financial aid process
  • CSS Profile

-- only some require, verify college requirements

scholarships
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Check Career Center web page for updated information
  • Follow instructions on how to apply or be considered for nomination
  • LCPSScholarship Handbook available in early February
  • Check all your family’s groups and affiliations
summary
Summary
  • Know your post high school options
  • Update your e-mail in Family Connections to stay informed
  • Communicate with your school counselor to keep him/her informed of your plans
  • College Bound – develop college list; begin application process; and research scholarships
  • Manage your deadlines
  • Know your resources and where to go to get your questions answered
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Thank you for coming!

We wish you all the best as you begin your post-secondary planning and college admissions process!