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Be in the Know!. Check out SCHS Counseling Connection –for calendars, events, career searches, ACT/SAT info, etc. Come to the Academic Resource Fair at SCHS, Oct 14 Follow us on Twitter @ schsbulldogs Remind 101 Text @ mrswrona to 703-687-9233 Text @2016schs to 786-766-7525.

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be in the know
Be in the Know!
  • Check out SCHS Counseling Connection –for calendars, events, career searches, ACT/SAT info, etc.
  • Come to the Academic Resource Fair at SCHS, Oct 14
  • Follow us on Twitter @schsbulldogs
  • Remind 101
    • Text @mrswrona to 703-687-9233
    • Text @2016schs to 786-766-7525
junior night best practices for students and parents

Junior Night: Best Practices for Students and Parents

Presented by the SCHS Guidance Department Counselors

what will we cover today
What Will We Cover Today?
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Testing
  • Credit/GPA Recovery Opportunities
  • Bright Futures
  • Four-Year University Admissions Criteria
  • Post-Secondary Education Costs
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • The Junior-Senior Timeline
  • Resources

Do You Know These VIPs?

Nate Fancher


Jeff Schwartz

Asst. Principal

Michael Hague

Asst. Principal

Jennifer Wrona

Asst. Principal

who is your counselor
Who is Your Counselor?

College and Career








Do You Know These Good People?

Ms. Williams

Data Entry Clerk

Ms. Buehler

Guidance Assistant

how do you meet with your counselor
How Do You Meet With Your Counselor?
  • Parents: Call /email the Guidance Office to make an appointment
  • Students: Come before school/during lunch/fill out appointment request form.
  • Remember, Ms. Tattoli is also available in the College and Career Center!
  • Students--Best practice: Meet with your counselor at least twice this year, and during senior year as needed!
do you know the graduation requirements
Do You Know the Graduation Requirements?
  • 4 credits of English
  • 4 credits of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, and above)
    • Alg I EOC (Level 3) Geometry EOC
  • 3 credits of Science (including 2 with labs)
      • including biology (EOC 30% final grade)
  • 3 credits of Social Studies
    • World History
    • American History (EOC 30% of final grade)
    • .5 credit of U.S. Government
    • .5 credit of Economics
  • 1 credit of phys ed with integration of health
  • 1 Performing Fine Arts Credit
  • 8 Electives
  • 1 Online Course

Other Requirements

Pass FCAT 2.0:

Level 3 (245+)

Pass Alg 1 EOC-Level 3

2.0 Unweighted GPA

EQ 1: What are the benefits of a postsecondary education for your career goals?

EQ 2: What are key college admission terms?

what about diploma designations
What about Diploma Designations?

Scholar and Merit Diploma Designations are now available per SB 1076.

Scholar Designation:

  • Students must pass EOCs with a Level 3 or higher.
  • Students must take coursework designated by SB 1076

Merit Designation:

  • Students must receive industry certification to receive this designation
online course requirement
Online Course Requirement


  • Driver Education/Traffic Safety
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Elective coursework

Not Recommended

  • Core coursework (English, Math, Science, Social Studies coursework)
ready for senior year
Ready for Senior Year?
  • 18 credits to be a Senior.
  • a 2.0 unweighted GPA recommended

Problems during 9th and 10th grade?

  • Impact Lab open from 2:30-4:30 Tues. and Th
  • Online credit recovery-FLVS/Osceola Virtual School
  • PAWS, Study, Agendas---NOW
  • Track grades weekly --FOCUS, Parent /Student PORTALS

To be on classified as a Junior, students need 11 credits

testing cat astrophe
Testing Cat-astrophe?
  • FCAT Retakes: mid-October and April. Level 3 (Scale Score of 245 or higher) to pass or
    • ACT Reading -- 19 concordant score or
    • SAT --Critical Reading-- 430.
  • Algebra 1 EOC Retakes in December and May. Level 3 (399 Scale score) or
    • PERT-Math 97 concordant score

Worst-case scenario

  • May be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • May take classes at community college towards AA degree (must obtain college-ready test scores on the PERT)
  • Earn a GED
  • Attend a technical school which doesn’t require a diploma

EQ 1: What are the benefits of a postsecondary education for your career goals? EQ 2: What are key college admission terms?

more tests in a word yes
More Tests? In a word… yes.
  • ACT/SAT college admissions tests– take in Spring of Junior year; may also take for concordant FCAT Read 2.0 score
  • Take ACT with writing if applying to 4-year universities
  • PERT– This spring, students with FCAT Reading 2 or 3 or Alg I EOC 2, 3, 4 will take the PERT.
  • PSAT will be administered October 15thfor juniors with 3.0 weighted GPA.
and more
And More……...
  • FSA-ELA-Florida Standards Assessment –writing component—March
  • FSA-ELA-Florida Standards Assessment-English Language Arts component-March
  • End of Course Exams (EOC): All courses will now have an EOC.

Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2 (new) Biology US History

plan for the future




Plan for the Future


Tech School


  • Investigate jobs of interest
  • Research all branches for those jobs
  • Take the ASVAB
  • Talk to recruiters
  • Investigate an ROTC Scholarship
  • West Point/Naval/Air Force Academies?

--Start now

teco what s the big deal

TECO– What’s the Big Deal?
  • Automotive
  • Refrigeration and Heating
  • Electricity
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drafting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Emergency Services
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Administrative Office Specialist
  • Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Web Design
  • Digital Design
  • Business Computer Programming
  • Web Programming
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • LPN
  • CNA
  • Medical Assisting
  • Home Health Aide


Licensed Practical Nursing Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Tech

Visit for more programs and information!

  • AA– Honors College
  • AA– 2+2 program
  • BA in Radiological and Imaging Sciences; Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
  • AS/AAS/Tech Certification, and MORE!
what it takes to get in
What it takes to get in….
  • Mid-range GPA’s and test scores for Fall Admission:

GPAACT(w/ Writing) SAT(3 sections)

  • FAU 3.38-3.98 22-26 1490-1770
  • FSU 3.8-4.3 26-30 1730-2010
  • UCF 3.5-4.2 25-29 1700-1960
  • UF 4.1-4.5 28-32 1820-2120
  • FGCU 3.07-3.73 20-24 1410-1680
  • FIU 3.5-4.2 23-26 1600-1850

Information from 2013 FL SUS Matrix

EQ 1: What are the benefits of a postsecondary education for your career goals? EQ 2: What are key college admission terms?

what else do colleges want
What Else Do Colleges Want?

If students have AA

Apply as a transfer student

Apply also to major program

Complete prerequisites prior to completion of the AA

  • Two plus consecutive years of foreign language
  • Algebra II and above
  • English, Math, Science, and Social Studies credit each year
  • Academically rigorous schedule
  • Good citizenship
paying for college
Paying for college?
  • Florida Prepaid College Program?
  • Scholarships?
    • Bridges and Honors College (Valencia), SCHS Counseling Connection
    • Planning on playing a sport in college? Register with NCAA Eligibility Center online in summer before senior year.
  • FAFSA– complete January of Senior Year
    • Student Loans, Pell Grant, Work Study
    • Only accept what is modest, but adequate

Let’s not forget….

bright futures
Bright Futures

Florida Academic Scholar

  • 3.5 BF GPA
  • 1290 SAT*/29 ACT
  • 100 hours of community service
  • $ per credit hour –see chart

Florida Medallion Scholar

  • 3.0 BF GPA
  • 1170 SAT*/26 ACT
  • 75 hours of community service
  • $ per credit hour-see chart

*Critical Reading and Math

Gold Seal Vocational (GSV)

  • 3.0 BF GPA
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA in three consecutive technical credits
  • ACT: 17 English/18 Reading/ 19 Math or SAT 440 /Critical Reading/440 Math or PERT 104 Reading/99 Writing/113 Math
  • 30 hours of community service
  • Good towards AS, AAS, technical certificate, etc-- NOT towards Bachelors at university or AA at community college
  • $ per hour-see chart

Application window opens December 2015.

how to earn college credit while attending schs
How to Earn College Credit While Attending SCHS

DE/AP Night is 2/3/15!

Advanced Placement

9th– AP Human Geography

10th– AP World History

11th– AP U.S. History

And more…

Students must take AP Exam and

earn a 3 to earn college credit.

Credit does not count towards college GPA.

Dual Enrollment

Students must have a 3.0 GPA and college-ready test scores by end of 10th grade to apply. (May also apply in 11th grade.)

Courses currently offered at SCHS are Freshman Comp I and II, U.S. Gov’t, and New Student Experience.

Students may also take classes at Valencia either full-time or part time

Books are included

DE begins college GPA.

AP Central

what to do now
What To Do NOW?
  • October 7– Attend Valencia’s College Night as a family and talk with university admissions reps about their schools
  • October 15– Be ready for PSAT! Knock it out of the park and use My College Quickstart to help you prepare for the SAT!
  • Start planning your options as a family. Big Future from College Board is a great resource for this.
  • Begin your campus visits– they make great day trips on the weekend! Also, students get up to 3 excused absences for college visits.

(Of course, no matter what course of action is planned, keeping grades up is a MUST!)

what to do in the spring
What to Do in the Spring?
  • PERT @SCHS for students registering for fall semester Dual Enrollment classes (must have a 3.0 GPA & Valencia application on file)
  • Register to take the SAT &/or ACT
  • Meet with your counselor to review your options for senior year
  • Sign up for an FLVS class to make up credits or raise GPA – Impact Lab may be an option during summer.
  • Arrange for college visits over spring break or summer vacation
  • Narrow your college choices to 5
  • Do research on scholarships (SCHS Counseling Connection)
class rings stuff
Class Rings & Stuff
  • Thurs, Sept 25—Herff Jones junior class meeting
  • Wed, Oct 1 & Thurs, Oct 2: Herff Jones here at lunch for class ring orders
  • Tues, Sept 30 & Wed, Oct 1: Herff Jones here from 5-7 PM
  • Sat, Sept 27 & Oct 4: Herff Jones here from 10 am-12 noon
  • Minimum deposit $60
  • Cash, check, money order or credit cards accepted
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