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College Planning. Central bucks high school south Class of 2015 Taryn barrett (A-K) Laura ladley (L-Z ) 2.20.14 Part Two. OVERVIEW. Program Planning Process Junior & Senior Year Timelines Standardized Testing Finding the “best fit”

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College planning

College Planning

Central bucks high school south

Class of 2015

Taryn barrett (A-K)

Laura ladley (L-Z)

2.20.14 Part Two


  • Program Planning Process

  • Junior & Senior Year Timelines

  • Standardized Testing

  • Finding the “best fit”

  • Upcoming College Planning and Financial Aid Sessions

Program planning timeline
Program Planning Timeline

Currently Counselors meeting with juniors:

*reviewing course selections

*answering questions

*Scholars Diploma

Early March Verification report on Portal &

Deadline for all changes

August Schedules posted Student Portal

Standardized tests
Standardized Tests

ACT/SATSpring of Junior Year

Fall of Senior Year

*If testing in Fall of Senior Year- scores should be sent directly to colleges from ACT and/or CollegeBoard.*

APFirst 2 weeks of May; same year as AP course

SAT Subject TestsImmediately following related coursework

When is south a testing site
When is South a testing site?


April 12, 2014 Spring Junior Year

October 25, 2014 Fall Senior Year


March 8, 2014 Spring Junior Year

May 3, 2014 Spring Junior Year

June 7, 2014 Spring Junior Year

October & November 2014 / Fall Senior Year

South CEEB code is 394992

Other High Schools/districts may host SAT/ACT on additional test dates

Top factors in college admission
Top Factors in College Admission

Grades/GPA in college prep classes.

Rigor of transcript/course selection.

Standardized test scores.

Demonstrated interest in attending.

Application essay.

Teacher and/or Counselor Recommendations.

Resources the college search
Resources: The College Search

Internet, Naviance, PASSHE, CollegeBoard, etc,

Specific college websites

College brochures and view books

  • Meet with college representatives who visit South each fall; sign up on Naviance next fall.

  • College Fairs

Types of post secondary schools
Types of Post-Secondary Schools

In-State Colleges & Universities

Private Colleges & Universities

“Ivy League” Schools

Military Academies

Specialized Institutions:

art, music, culinary arts, technical & trade, etc.

Community Colleges / Transfer Programs

Two-Year Private Colleges

Decision factors
Decision Factors

Entrance Requirements


Majors Available

Specialized Programs

Final Cost and Expenses

More decision factors
More Decision Factors

Finding the perfect match….

Size of school/classes

Geographic location

Distance from home

Surrounding community

Campus personality


Athletics/Extracurricular Activities

Facilities and housing

Campus visits it s really all about fit
Campus VisitsIt’s really all about FIT…

Campus Tour

Open Houses- spring or next fall.

Overnight stay with sibling/friend

Visit an actual classin session

Interview, if requested or required

“Chat” with current students

Visit before applying,

and again after acceptance!

Types of applications
Types of Applications

The Common

*Over 300 Colleges/Universities currently use the Common App

PA State System of Higher

School Specific Application

Types of application deadlines
Types of Application Deadlines

Regular Decision

Rolling Admissions

Early Action

Early Decision

Counselor letter of recommendation
Counselor Letter of Recommendation

  • Request made as part of the Transcript Request Form

  • “Request for Counselor Recommendation” survey on Naviance – will be available this spring

  • Add potential major if known under “Game Plan”

  • Sent with transcript and standardized scores

  • Allow 15 school days when requesting recommendation

Wrapping up junior year
Wrapping up Junior Year

Develop/update your Resume in Navianceand indicate what your potentialmajor might be under “game plan”.

Review application essay from Career Plan 11.

From your research, develop a list of 7-10 schools and do extensive research.

Trim the list of 10 colleges to 3-7 by September of senior year…be sure to consider varying degrees of competitiveness.

Consider and contact teachers for letters of recommendation!!!

Complete “Counselor Recommendation Request” form on Naviance. (Only some schools require a letter from counselors.)

Upcoming college planning and financial aid sessions
Upcoming College Planning and Financial Aid Sessions

College Fair- March 19th- CB South

College Planning Session 3- May 14th- CB South

College Planning Session 4- Sept 2014- CB South

Financial Aid Night- November 2014- CB South

FAFSA Workshop- Winter 2015- CB East

Guidance website
Guidance website

Guidance Homepage

Class of 2015 Guidance Updates

We will post PowerPoint presentations and updates to both sites.

There are also links to Naviance, Portal, E-Prep, Resources and Counselor contact information.

College planning

Please join us again…

MAY 14, 2014