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JUNIOR INFORMATION NIGHT. Palm Beach Central High School February 15, 2011 Presented by the Guidance Department. Meet Your Counselor. A-C : Ms. Russell D-I : Mr. Boettcher J-Mi : Mrs. Mills Mo-R : Mrs. Barrett S-Z :Mr. Colarulli

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junior information night


Palm Beach Central High School

February 15, 2011

Presented by the Guidance Department

meet your counselor
Meet Your Counselor

A-C : Ms. Russell

D-I : Mr. Boettcher

J-Mi : Mrs. Mills

Mo-R : Mrs. Barrett

S-Z :Mr. Colarulli

ESOL/ESE : Mrs. Torres

how can my counselor help me
How Can My Counselor Help Me?
  • Review college plans
  • Assist with general questions
  • Clarify application questions
  • Guide you toward resources
  • Complete school report form
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements
  • 24 credits required
  • Pass FCAT Reading and Math with 300 each
  • 2.0 GPA on all courses
  • 20 hours of community service
course requirements
Course Requirements
  • English – 4 credits
  • Math – 4 credits
  • Science – 3 credits (Physical, Biology, Elective)
  • Social Studies – 3 credits (World History, American History, Government/Economics)
  • Personal fitness / P.E. Elective – 1 credit
  • Fine Arts – 1 credit
  • Electives – 8 credits

Universities require 2 consecutive years of a Foreign Language.

grade point average for graduation
Grade Point Average for Graduation
  • 2.0 GPA in all credits attempted
  • Competitive universities require 3.5 and higher
  • Most recalculate you GPA/HPA
college entrance exams
College Entrance Exams
  • All college bound JUNIORS were advised to take the PSAT last October and should take the SAT and/or ACT between January and June 2011.
  • SAT and ACT Spring dates:

- SAT: March 12, May 7, June 4

- ACT: Feb. 12, April 9, June 11

college entrance examinations
College Entrance Examinations
  • Scholastic Achievement Test SAT

Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections

Maximum Score of 800 in each section

Minimum requirement (Excluding Writing)

State Universities: 1150

Community College: 890

  • American College Testing ACT

Verbal, Math, Reading, Science

“Optional” Writing Section

Maximum Score of 36

Minimum requirement (Excluding Essay)

State Universities: 24

Community College: 18-19

what are sat ii s
What are SAT II’s?
  • Subject-area tests – 1 hour length
  • Same registration procedure as SAT’s
  • Required for entrance at some colleges

- Register early!

  • Required for course placement at some colleges
  • ACT’s sometimes substitute for SAT II’s
  • Check college application requirements
selecting colleges
  • Safe Schools
  • Match Schools
  • Reach Schools
  • Maximum 5-7 schools total
best colleges
“BEST” Colleges
  • Individual choices
  • Considerations

- Academic needs

- Personal needs

- Social needs

best college tools
“BEST” College Tools
  • Websites
  • Guides to Colleges/Universities
  • College/University catalogs
  • Campus visits and interviews
  • College representatives
  • College Nights and Fairs

- County-sponsored – usually mid October

- Check www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us or www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/palmbeachcentralhs

for updates

college admissions criteria
College Admissions Criteria
  • Academic achievements

- Challenging Courses

- Weighted GPA

- Test Scores

- Essays

  • Teacher recommendations
  • School/Counselor recommendations
  • Leadership and extracurricular accomplishments
  • “Special” talents
application options
Application Options

- Due in January/February

-November is recommended!

-UF is November 1


- Due in November

- Response in December


- Due November 1

- Response in December

- Binding decision; You must withdraw other applications

community college planning
Community College Planning

Testing Option…………….College Placement Test


Content…………………….Reading, English, Math

2 + 2 PROGRAM in Florida:

Freshman/Sophomore Year at Community College

Junior/Senior Year transfer to University

aa degrees
AA Degrees
  • A student with an AA degree is guaranteed admission to the State University System (not necessarily university or degree program of choice)
  • Acceptance of 60 credit hours toward BA/BS degree
  • Junior standing at university
  • 51% of BA/BS degree recipients in state universities are Community College transfers!
continue planning
Continue Planning
  • FACTS.org
  • Make a list of college choices
  • Review your list with your family
  • Review your list with your counselor
campus visits
Campus Visits
  • Set up appointment with Admissions Office
  • Call one week in advance and visit when school is in session
  • Ask to meet with faculty and financial aid, take a campus tour
  • Arrive on time, notify if need to cancel
  • Allow for time to explore
things to avoid
Things to Avoid
  • Letting others make the choice for you
  • Procrastination and waiting too long to apply
  • Deciding not to apply because you think you would not be accepted
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • Determine who to ask

-Applications may specify

-Knows your work and potential

  • Give teachers 3 weeks to prepare letters
  • Give teachers your resume, forms needed, and stamped, addressed envelopes
  • Remember to thank the teacher!!
counselor recommendations
Counselor Recommendations
  • Meet with your counselor
  • Give counselor your resume and the counselor forms with stamped, addressed envelopes
  • Provide counselor with additional information
  • Determine mailing date
  • Counselor will mail to college
meet with your counselor
Meet with your Counselor
  • September – October 2011
  • Discuss post-graduation plans
  • Discuss Financial Aid options
  • Create a plan and timeline
important deadline

All Counselor

Recommendation forms are

Due to your Counselor




  • Transcripts require 48 hours to process
  • Private and out-of-state universities and scholarship applications require paper transcripts
  • Must provide complete address for all out of Florida College/University
  • Electronic transcripts are NOT fast!
    • 3-5 days for University processing
  • Fees: In County (hard copy) - $1

Out of County (hard copy) - $3

Electronic - $1

to request a transcript
To Request a Transcript
  • Complete a request form
  • Submit the form and payment to

Ms. Zaretsky

  • The transcript will be mailed to your college
  • Electronic transcripts go directly to the college
ncaa requirements
NCAA Requirements
  • Athletes must apply through the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Contact the NCAA website
  • www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
  • Submit transcripts and test scores as required
bright futures
  • Apply online after December 1 senior year
  • Florida Academic Scholars Award

-3.5 GPA, 1270 SAT or 28 ACT, 75 hours community service

  • Florida Medallion Scholars Award

-3.0 GPA, 980 SAT or 21 ACT

  • Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar Award

-3.0 GPA, 880 SAT or 19 ACT or CPT scores

-Complete a 3 course vocational program in H.S.

  • University- Honors, Fellowships
  • Federal- National Merit, National Achievement
  • Private- agencies, companies, organizations
types of financial aid
Types of Financial Aid
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Work Study
when filing the fafsa free application for federal student aid
When Filing the FAFSA“Free Application for Federal Student Aid”
  • DO NOT file before January 1st senior year
  • A workshop is held in January/February of senior year
once again
Once again…………

Palm Beach Central

School Code for SAT/ACT


internet resources
Internet Resources
  • www.fastweb.com
senior year

-Meet with counselor

-Begin applications

-Request teacher recommendations


-Study to maintain grades!!

Request transcripts

-$1 or $3 fee

Write essays

-re-write essays

Visit colleges

Search for Financial Aid

Senior Year
seniors responsibilities
Seniors’ Responsibilities
  • Give counselor forms to counselor

- Include stamped envelopes

- Addressed to colleges

- Use Palm Beach Central return address

  • Give teacher recommendation forms to selected teachers (include stamped, addressed envelopes)
  • Write and revise essays
  • Meet deadlines for college application forms
  • Request transcripts
  • Work hard, have fun, and graduate!! 
  • Admission directors warn that “Senioritis” may be hazardous to your educational health. Colleges and universities may rescind their offer of admission if you do not follow through with the expected course work and maintain your grades. It is recommended that you continue to take the most rigorous course work throughout your senior year in order to be the most prepared for college work.
Those who FAIL to PLAN,


Good Luck, Class of 2012!!!!!!