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  1. Senior Night Presentation

  2. Guidance Counselors • Deanna Stephenson (A-G) x-235 • Suzanne Hamar (H-N) x-266 • April Langston (O-Z) x-246 • Nancy Hutek x-241 (Department Head, Impact, Special Diploma) • College & Career Counselor • David Elkins x-244

  3. Graduation Requirements • 2.0 un-weighted (State) G.P.A. • Minimum of 24 credits in specific areas.

  4. Graduation Requirements • 4 English Credits • English I, II, III, IV • 4 Math Credits • Must include Algebra 1 (EOC 30% of final grade) or equivalent & Geometry • 3 Science Credits • Two credits must have a lab component • 3 Social Studies Credits • 1 World History, 1 American History (EOC 30% of final grade,½ Economics, ½ American Government

  5. Graduation Requirements • 1 Credit Fine Arts • Fine or performing arts, speech, debate, or an approved practical arts course. • 1 Credit in HOPE • 2 credits in ROTC can substitute for the HOPE and Fine Arts requirements. • ½ Credit in Reading • 7.5 Credits of Elective Coursework.

  6. Graduation Requirements • Passing score on Grade 10 FCAT 2.0 Reading, (or concordant scores on the ACT/SAT) and Writing. • Concordant SAT score • Reading 430 • Concordant ACT score • Reading 19

  7. What about Foreign Language? • Foreign language is not required for high school graduation. • 2 credits of the same foreign language are required for admission into four-year colleges and universities. • Bright Futures Scholarships: Both Florida Medallion and Florida Academic Scholars programs require 2 credits of the same foreign language.

  8. Making up Classes • Florida Virtual School • Offered through the internet for free. • 9-18 weeks per ½ credit. • Students sign up online at FLVS.net. • Credit Recovery • Offered after school in computer lab at AHS. • Completion time varies for each student. • Students sign up with guidance counselor.

  9. Making up Classes • Night School • Offered at various schools throughout the county from approximately 6-9 pm two days per week. • Three closest: Brandon, TBT, Plant City • Minimum 9 weeks per ½ credit. • Students sign up with guidance counselor.

  10. What Do Colleges Look For?

  11. What Do Colleges Look For? • Rigor of courses taken • Extracurricular activities • Class rank • Application essays • Recommendations • Beware Senioritis!!!!! • Current tuition and fees for Florida residents averaged $205 a credit hour or $6,155 for 30 hours (2 semesters).

  12. Applying to College • Apply EARLY! (Meaning Now) • Easiest way to apply is online through each school’s website. • Proofread your information for typos and errors. • Send your application even without test scores.

  13. Applying to College • Sign up to retake or take SAT/ACT. • Students on free/reduced lunch qualify for 2 fee waivers for SAT and 2 for ACT. • Also qualify for up to 8 college application fee waiver requests if given SAT & ACT waivers. • Prepare a resume of activities and awards from grades 9-12.

  14. Applying to College • Sending Transcripts • Request forms are available in the Guidance Office and on Edsby. • Transcripts sent electronically or for scholarships are free. • Paper copies of transcripts are $2 each. • Transcripts for students on free/reduced lunch are free. • It can take several days for colleges to receive transcripts (even electronically), so send them early.

  15. Florida College System • 28 Public Community Colleges and State Colleges • The average cost of tuition is much lower in the Florida College System compared to private institutions and public universities.

  16. Florida College System • Open door enrollment policy • High school diploma • High school equivalency diploma (GED) • Certificate of completion • College ready test scores • SAT (440 Reading, 440 Math) • ACT (17 English, 18 Reading, 19 Math) • PERT (104 Reading, 99 Writing, 113 Math)

  17. Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida • Adventist University of Health Sciences • Ave Maria University • Barry University • Beacon College • Bethune-Cookman University • Clearwater Christian College • Eckerd College • Edward Waters College • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • Everglades University • Flagler College Florida College • Florida Institute of Technology • Florida Memorial University • Florida Southern College • Hodges University • Jacksonville University • Keiser University • Lynn University • Nova Southeastern University • Palm Beach Atlantic University • Ringling College of Art and Design • Rollins College • Saint Leo University • Southeastern University • St. Thomas University • Stetson University • The University of Tampa • University of Miami • Warner University • Webber International University Private, not-for-profit & accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS).

  18. Which college to apply to? • Bigfuture.org https://

  19. Which college to apply to? • Cappex.com

  20. Which college to apply to? • Petersons.com

  21. I don’t know what I want to do after high school. • Florida Choices Planner • FLChoices.org • Occupational Outlook Handbook • Bls.gov/ooh

  22. Career & Technical Schools • Erwin Technical Center • Aparacio-Levy Technical Center • Brewster Technical Center • Leary Technical Center • Tampa Bay Tech Adult School

  23. Military Opportunities ASVAB November 15th at Armwood

  24. Paying for College

  25. FAFSAFREE Application for Federal Student Aid • FAFSA.ed.gov • Determines if students qualify for federal grants, loans, and work study programs. • Some colleges require the FAFSA to be considered for scholarships. • Can be filled out starting January 1st.

  26. Other Financial Aid Sites • Floridastudentfinancialaid.org • Apply for state scholarships and grants, including the Bright Futures scholarship program. • Application opens December 1st. • Studentaid.ed.gov • Resources and information on financial aid.

  27. District Financial Aid Nights

  28. Scholarships • Fill out college applications early. • Automatically considered for some scholarships. • Other scholarships will require that you apply for each one individually. • Beware of scams! • If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam.

  29. Paying for College

  30. Scholarship Search Sites • Fastweb.com • BigFuture.org • Finaid.org • Cappex.com • GoCollege.com • CollegeData.com • CollegeAnswer.com • CollegeScholarships.org

  31. Bright Futures Scholarships • Application opens December 1st. • Students will need to know their SS #. • Twenty-two state programs on BF application! • ALL students should apply even if they plan to go out of state, join the military or haven’t met the requirements yet. • Cannot be completed after graduation.

  32. Bright Futures Scholarships • Community service hours/logs are due to Mr. Elkins before graduation. • If you want the hours to appear on the initial evaluation…. • Turn in the forms before the end of the first semester.

  33. Community Service

  34. Florida Academic Scholars • 16 core classes • 3.5 recalculated GPA • 100 hours community service • 1290 SAT (Between Reading and Math sections only) or 29 ACT composite. • Currently pays $103 per credit hour at a 4-year university.

  35. Florida Medallion Scholar • 16 core classes • 3.0 recalculated GPA • 75 hours community service • 1170 SAT (Between Reading and Math sections only) or 26 ACT composite. • Currently pays $77 per credit hour at a 4-year university.

  36. Florida Gold Seal • 3.0 recalculated GPA • 3 credits in a vocational area • 3.5 GPA in vocational area • 16 core Classes • 30 hours community service • SAT (440 Reading, 440 Math) or ACT (17 English, 18 Reading, 19 Math) or PERT (104 Reading, 99 Writing, 113 Math) • Pays between $39-48 per credit hour • Only covers A.S, A.A.S, Applied Technology Diplomas, and Career Certificate Programs.

  37. College Athletics • Division 1 & 2 Athletes must register and qualify with NCAA Clearinghouse to compete in college. • EligibilityCenter.org • NAIA • Naia.org

  38. Questions?