Senior Parent Night Class of 2012. A nderson C ounty H igh S chool Mrs. Bridget Wells, Associate Principal Ms. Cindy Miracle, Guidance Counselor Mrs. Krystal Lewis, Guidance Counselor Ms. Tara Lowder, College Coach. ACT Matters!. ACT testing dates here at ACHS :
Anderson County High School
Mrs. Bridget Wells, Associate Principal
Ms. Cindy Miracle, Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Krystal Lewis, Guidance Counselor
Ms. Tara Lowder, College Coach
KNOW THE ADMISSION CRITERIA & SCHOLARSHIP STANDARDS FOR YOUR COLLEGE CHOICE!
Early decision plans are binding. You agree to attend the college if it accepts you and offers an adequate financial aid package. Although you can apply to only one college for early decision, you may apply to other colleges through the regular admission process. If you're accepted by your first-choice college early, you must withdraw all other applications.
Early action plans are similar to early decision plans, but are not binding. If you’ve been accepted, you can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring. Under these plans, you may also apply early action to other colleges. Usually, you have until the late spring to let the college know your decision.
1. Be Responsible
Ultimately, you want to go to a college that’s a good fit for you. Take charge of the application process. Find out your school’s process, know your deadlines, keep in contact with your counselor and perform the legwork necessary to get the job done.
Make a chart to keep track of different colleges' requirements, and mark a calendar with your application deadlines. Have a separate folder for each application so you can keep materials organized and easy to access. Know your school’s process and schedule for asking for recommendations, and write your essays well ahead of the deadlines.
In the case of college applications, on time might not be good enough. Essays, recommendations and transcript request forms should all be completed and submitted at least two weeks before the application deadline. Counselors and support staff members usually fill these requests on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in line as early as possible.
Even when you apply to a college online, some parts of the application must be sent by mail. Leave time for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your application and for the college's internal mail service to process it. And don’t wait until the last minute to submit online — the website could have technical problems if too many students are trying to use it at the same time. Finally, factor in some additional time for unanticipated errors and delays.
The college application process, although time-consuming, is a good chance for you to discover yourself, what you are interested in and your opportunities for the future. This may be one of the most complex tasks you’ve ever taken on, but it’s a good introduction to the multifaceted projects you’ll be handling in college and in life. Organization, communication, patience and reasonable expectations are the keys to making it a manageable and successful experience.
College Day Form -Must fill out and turn into Ms. Miracle
the top page before you go on visit (to prevent being counted absent)
validation sheet upon returning to school after college visit
Transcript request form -must have parent sign form if under 18
Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards shall be given to the two students in the graduating class with a class rank of 1 and 2 respectively.
To be eligible for Valedictorian/Salutatorian consideration, a student must have at least 30 credits.
If we have two or more students who have earned above a 4.0 GPA, we will use the total number of quality points to determine Rank 1 and 2.
Quality points will not be added for student aide or work-based learning.
Transfer students’ transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the counseling office and the administration.
Beginning with the Class of 2005, the class rank awards of Valedictorian and Salutatorian shall be determined using this method.
All ACHS students must complete 26 credits to be eligible for graduation.
Advanced College Prep Certificates will be awarded to students who complete the following course of study. No yearly grades below a “C will be accepted toward credit and a student must have at least a final 2.5 grade point average. On rare occasions, a substitution may be made. Students earning the Commonwealth Diploma or taking 4 A.P. courses (as well as completing 4 AP exams) will qualify for the College Prep Certificate.
English: 4 Credits
Social Studies: 4 Credits – Geography, U.S. History, World Civilization, Government & Economics (required), and one upper level class
Mathematics: 4.5 credits – Algebra I, Geometry, Data & Measurement, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Introduction to College Math, or AP Statistics
Science: 4 credits – Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, and a choice of AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics. Students may also use any other science elective.
Health & PE: 1 credit
Foreign Language: 2 credits – 2 courses of the same language
Humanities: Art and Drama ½ credit & Music and Dance ½ credit
Electives: 5.5 credits
Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Kays and Ms. Miracle will be doing senior credit checks this year
Make sure you know exactly what you need to graduate in May!!
Keep up with your grades, you can view Parent Portal with your parents
Academic: Grades & ACT/SAT Scores
Athletics: NCAA or NAIA divisions.
Health/Disability: Physical/mental/learning disabled.
Church/Faith Based: Specific religion/belief
Essay: Most likely to not focus on academics.
Institutional: Specific to the particular College/University
Transfer: Institutional specific and varies
Please review the scholarship applications for eligibility!!
Creating a Zip Access Account to view KEES money and to do the College Cost and Planning Report.
An online college and career planning tool used to help students prepare for post secondary decisions.
Search for colleges in all states; compare tuition rates, available majors, by-college scholarship opportunities, student demographics and housing plans.
Research different careers; find out the level of education required, expected salary and job outlook
Record their extracurricular activities, awards, work/volunteer experiences, etc.
Create a professional resume
Receive notifications about scholarships and program opportunities that you may qualify for.
Annual ILP Review
Annual Student Survey
Careers that Interest Me
Schools that Interest Me
Career and Life Goals
Career Cluster Interests
Career Planning Activities
Organizations and Activities
Course of Study-Grade 12
View the work your child has entered in his or her ILP.
Learn more about the careers and schools that your child is interested in.
Keep track of your child’s ILP completion status.
The Counselor’s Website
The Senior Newsletter
Ms. Miracle’s Weekly E-mail
On the ACHS homepage, click Academics click Counselor’s Office
Here you will find 12th Grade News You Can Use, ILP Information, Scholarship Listings and the Daily Announcements
A Planning for College Checklist
What you should be doing each month to prepare for college
Info. for athletes
ACT & SAT Schedule
Info about fee waivers
AP Test Schedule
ACHS Graduation Requirements
Requirements for the College Prep Certificate, Pre-College Curriculum, Commonwealth Diploma
How to apply for college and for Financial Aid
Types of Financial Aid
College Visit Policy
Every Friday, Ms. Miracle sends out an e-mail with information about important events, deadlines and activities relating to ACHS students.
Call or e-mail Ms. Miracle to give her your e-mail address if you would like to be added to her distribution list.