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Eastlake High School Junior Parent Night. Preparing parents and students for senior year and post-secondary planning. Kirsten Keller Counselor. Agenda. Junior Parent Night Goals Balancing the Senior Year Senior Handbook Introduction 10 Steps To Good College Planning Q&A Session.

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eastlake high school junior parent night

Eastlake High SchoolJunior Parent Night

Preparing parents and students for

senior year and post-secondary planning

Kirsten Keller


  • Junior Parent Night Goals
  • Balancing the Senior Year
  • Senior Handbook Introduction
  • 10 Steps To Good College Planning
  • Q&A Session
junior parent night goals
Junior Parent Night Goals
  • Identify the challenges seniors face in balancing the senior year
  • Understand the post-secondary planning process
  • Simplify college search and application process
  • Assist parents in becoming an informed support for your son or daughter in planning for the senior year and the year following graduation
  • Provide resources for parent questions
a well balanced senior year
A Well-balanced Senior year
  • Help your student plan for next year’s commitments now
  • Understand that social connections are more important than ever
  • Anticipate conflicting emotions with upcoming change
  • Reassure students that parents, advisors, counselors, and teachers are there to help provide support

Student responsibilities are split between planning their futures and working on high school demands:

10 steps to good college planning
10 Steps To Good College Planning
  • Begin the college search process with parent support
  • Learn how to make the resources in the senior handbook work for you
  • Plan for deadlines in the post-secondary planning process
  • Survive and thrive throughout the senior year

The following 10 steps will help your student:

1 match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs
1. Match aptitudes and career goals with schools and programs
  • Visit the EHS Career Center Andrea Wehner, EHS Career Specialist
  • Explore college search websites
  • Write a resume
  • Look for schools with a good range of programs in an area of interest
2 register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule
2. Register for a rigorous and balanced senior course schedule
  • Core academic courses
  • Coursework beyond minimum college entrance requirements
  • Advanced classes/course studies
  • Elective classes in areas of interest
washington four year college entrance requirements
Washington Four-year College Entrance Requirements

English 4 years

Mathematics 3 years

Social Science 3 years

Science 2 years

Foreign Language 2 years

Fine Arts 1 year (or in any of the above)


3. Sign up for College Entrance Exams

  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • ACT with optional writing test
  • Both are tests of college readiness
  • Recommended Spring of Junior year
  • Last testing opportunity Fall of Senior year
college entrance exams

25% English

25% Mathematics

25% Reading

25% Science

Optional Writing Test

Subtests range from 1-36

Composite of 4 test scores


No penalty for guessing


33% Critical Reading

33% Mathematics

33% Writing

Subtest range from 300-800

Sum of 3 test scores


Score adjusted for wrong answers

College Entrance Exams
5 plan school visits
5. Plan school visits
  • Walk around campus
  • Attend a class
  • Interview admissions officers
  • Spend a night in the dorm
  • Talk with other university students
  • Use campus checklist as a guide
6 build a list of schools for application
6. Build a list of schools for application
  • Discuss the college comparison data and get feedback from others
  • Students should talk with parents, counselors, advisors, teachers, and friends
  • Help your son or daughter examine their goals, thoughts and feelings so that they may choose schools for application
  • Build a well-considered, reasonable list of schools for application
7 submit applications
7. Submit applications
  • Demographic Information/Essays
  • Academic record
  • Test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • School/counselor report
  • Teacher recommendation

Application elements:

letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation

To receive letters that add depth and excitement to an application students should:

  • Ask someone who knows them well
  • Choose teachers of classes where they were most engaged intellectually, showed creativity, or completed a special project or independent work
  • Tell the writer how their experience in the classroom or learning style relates to the college of application
  • Talk to the writer about their dreams for college and a career
  • Remember to write thank you notes to letter writers including exciting news of acceptance
college admission decisions
College admission decisions
  • Match between college needs and student characteristics
  • Colleges provide admissions statistics range of GPA and test scores
  • Holistic review process
  • Academic Index less frequently used as a sole determinant in admissions decisions
community and technical colleges
Community and Technical Colleges
  • Opportunity for lower tuition costs while exploring academic interests
  • Small setting to solidify academic record or learn a trade
  • Admissions consist primarily of biographical information and proof of high school equivalency
8 financial aid and scholarship
8. Financial aid and scholarship
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS profile
  • Factors that determine a families financial strength
  • Schools determine distribution of funds as financial aid packages
  • Research independent sources of scholarship funding
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA
  • EHS Financial Aid Night in December
9 plan senior year
9. Plan senior year
  • Fall National College Fair
  • Application deadlines
  • EHS finals, AP tests, senior project
  • Sports, activities, community service, social events
  • Graduation preparation

Use a calendar to plan for:

10 fall senior seminar for students
10. Fall Senior Seminar for students
  • Covers Senior Handbook in detail
  • Review college search process
  • Reminder of Fall National College Fair
  • Answer student questions
nacac tips for parents dos and don ts for college admissions
NACAC tips for parents: Dos and don’ts for college admissions
  • Do learn about the college admission process
  • Do discuss restrictions up front
  • Don’t limit choices based on fees
  • Do remind your child of deadlines
  • Do listen and offer advice when asked
  • Don’t make decisions for your son or daughter
  • Do encourage and celebrate
books and resources
Books and Resources
  • “The College Guide For Parents”by C. Shield (Published by the College Board)
  • “Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years”by K. Coburn and M. Treeger
  • “When Your Kid Goes To College”by C. Barkin
  • “Almost Grown: Launching Your Child From High School to College”by P. Pasick

*References provided by: The National Association for College Admission Counseling