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  1. Cary High School CLASS OF 2020!!!!

  2. Counselors • Ms. Strader (A-D)

  3. Counselors • Mrs. Peasley (E-J)

  4. Counselors • Mrs. O’Riordan (K-N)

  5. Counselors • Mr. Moore (O-S)

  6. Counselors • Mr. Johnson (T-Z)

  7. Counselors • Mrs. Parker (SAP Counselor)

  8. Counseling Intern • Rasheedah Fletcher (NC State University)

  9. Cary High School John Evans – Career Development Coordinator Room 2332 @CaryHSCDC 919 460-3549 ext. 21832 John Evans Career Development Coordinator 919 460-3549 ext. 21832

  10. Cary High School Career Development - Services Internships – Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 Course Credit – Honors Credit Available Resume Writing Workshops / Help Interviewing Workshops / Tips Mock Interviews and Networking Online Presence / Brand LinkedIn Profile Social Media Career / Job Outlook / ASVAB – 10/22/19 Apprenticeship – Get Paid / Learn / Earn College Credit. John Evans Career Development Coordinator 919 460-3549 ext. 21832

  11. STAY INFORMED! Daily Announcements NOTE: Remind101 is no longer available!

  12. WCPSS College Fair (p.7) • Sunday, September 15, 2019 • 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. • NC State University: McKimmon Center • Over 100 colleges will be available to discuss college admission with local high school juniors and seniors • Information Sessions Also Included (~25 mins. each) • Financial Aid Sessions • Times: 2:45 & 3:45 • Preparing for College Sessions • Times: 2:30 & 3:30 • Admission and parking are free

  13. Senior Conferences • Sign up online for a senior conference! Register at • It is your responsibility to remember your appointment! Pick up pass if needed. • Conferences will begin September 16th. • Check your high school graduation credits and transcript • Discuss postsecondary plans (college, military, etc.) • Finalize course schedule for Spring 2020 • Receive your recommendation packet

  14. Makeup Senior Portraits • Monday, October 21stat CHS • You should receive a postcard in the mail with your specific appointment time • Contact Ms. Love, Yearbook Advisor, in Room 1018 with any questions

  15. College Application Help • Week of September 16th: each day during lunch in the Career Center • Counselors will be available to answer questions • Laptops will be provided • Other sessions will be offered during the week of October 21st

  16. College Essay Tips • Wednesday, 9/25, from 2:30-3:30pm in Room 1015 • Ms. Young, CHS English teacher, will share some tips on how to strengthen your college essay • This is an informational session only, not a work session.

  17. CFNC College Application Week • October 21-25, 2019 • Apply to some NC colleges for free this week (by using • CHS counselors will offer application work sessions during this week • For list of participating NC colleges, go to

  18. How many credits are needed for GRADUATION???

  19. TOTAL = • 26 credits to graduate from Cary High School

  20. Graduation Requirements Future Ready Core Course of study • 4 Math (Math I, Math II, Math III, Advanced Math Course) • 4 English • 4 Social Studies: World History, Civics & Economics, American History I, American History II • 3 Science: Earth or an Environmental Science, Biology, and a Physical Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics) • 1 Healthful Living • 2 Elective credits (World Languages, CTE, or Fine Arts) • 8 Electives

  21. NC Academic Scholars Program • Recognition at graduation and Senior Awards Night • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 • Includes third quarter grades from senior year • Must have earned credit in Chemistry or Physics • Must have taken at least three Honors or AP elective courses

  22. Honor Graduates • Will be recognized at graduation and awards night • Will receive a special tassel and stole • Must earn a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher • Includes third quarter grades

  23. (p.4) • Send your transcript to ALL North Carolina colleges and universities • Submit online applications for some colleges • Explore careers • Take a virtual tour of NC colleges • Research all North Carolina schools • Free test prep

  24. See p. 3 in packet for SAT test dates • • Register for the SAT • Create a My College Quick Start account for free individualized SAT practice • Use Big Future to find colleges, explore majors, and plan how to pay • Request additional score reports

  25. See p.3 in packet for test dates • • Register for the ACT • Free practice for the ACT • Receive and send your ACT scores online

  26. Fee Waivers • If student is eligible, fee waivers are available for both SAT and ACT. • Eligibility form can be picked up in Student Services. • If waiver is used during senior year, student also qualifies for up to 4 college application fee waivers.

  27. Wake Tech (p.4) • Earn an Associate Degree or Certificate or enroll in their College Transfer Program • RISE Placement Program: Placement in some courses will be based upon unweighted HS GPA. Testing may be required in some situations. Visit more info. • Remember to apply early to secure a spot! For Fall 2020, apply immediately after first semester.

  28. Career and College Promise • Free college classes at local community colleges • Dual enrollment: receive both HS and college credit • College transfer and career-technical education courses • Must attend information session before you can register for classes • Check eligibility criteria •

  29. Military (p.3) • Recruiters visit CHS throughout the year • ASVAB Test: Given on October 22; registration info will be announced soon • Military offers many educational opportunities

  30. Scholarships & Financial Aid (pp. 6-7) • Daily announcements • Cary HS Student Services website • WCPSS Scholarship Plus ( • Individual college/university financial aid websites • Financial Aid Counselor: Ms. Waters • Weekly starting in mid-September • Students and parents can sign up for appointments in Student Services • October 1stis the first day to complete the FAFSA • October 26th: FAFSA Day; free FAFSA assistance at various locations. See for info • November 7th: Financial Aid Info Night, 6pm

  31. Transcript Requests (p.1) • See senior packet for instructions on requesting transcripts for in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. • You (not your counselor) are responsible for sending your transcript electronically. • Do not send transcripts until senior rank is finalized; wait for announcement. • Please don’t wait until the application deadline to submit your request! • Some colleges may require students to upload a copy of their transcript.

  32. General Tips for College Admission(p.5) • If applying to NC colleges, complete the NC Residency Determination application first • Check academic requirements for admission • Minimum GPA? • Required courses? (fine arts, world language, etc.) • Determine if additional materials are needed (teacher recommendation form, counselor form, etc.)

  33. General Tips, continued • Make sure your course schedule is finalized for the ENTIRE YEAR before you submit your application. • Plan to submit your application several days prior to the application deadline. • Make sure YOU (the student) complete the application (not the parent) • Ask multiple people (peers, parents, teachers) to review your application.

  34. To how many colleges should you apply? The College Board recommends applying to four colleges. Use your best judgement.

  35. When To Apply • Check college admissions deadlines • Some colleges may give preference to early applicants; check with your colleges of interest • Many colleges will consider students for certain merit scholarships if they apply by the first or second deadline • Receiving a decision before March is ideal for most students

  36. www.commonapp.orgOnline Application Service Participating NC Colleges and Universities: • Appalachian State University • Barton College • Catawba College • Davidson College • Duke University • East Carolina University • Elon University • Gardner-Webb University • Guilford College • High Point University • Johnson and Wales University • Meredith College • NC A&T State University • NC State University • Queens University • Salem College • UNC Asheville • UNC Chapel Hill • UNC Charlotte • UNC Greensboro • UNC Wilmington • Wake Forest University • Warren Wilson College

  37. Recommendations Recommendation Packet (given at senior conference) • Student Info Sheet • Parent Response Form (optional) • Updated resume • Honors, Activities, and Community Service *Counselors will NOT begin your recommendation until they receive these forms! *Give recommenders at least two weeks’ notice!

  38. Admissions Terminology • Early Decision: usually binding (you must attend the college if you are admitted) • Early Admission: allows you to receive a decision more quickly • Rolling Admission: the college accepts applications throughout the year • Deferral: the college needs more information (first semester grades, test scores, etc.) before an admissions decision can be made • Wait List: the student will be admitted IF there is room remaining in the freshman class • Denial

  39. College Visits • Many college representatives visit CHS during lunch in the gym lobby. Stay informed! • Seniors are allowed one college visit per semester. See attendance office for additional information. Advance paperwork must be completed. • College Fair

  40. Contacting Your Counselor • Email • Students are encouraged to see us during SMART Lunch, before or after school, or during class WITH a pass.

  41. Best of luck!We look forward to working with you!Don’t forget to sign up for your senior conference!