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  1. Finding the Perfect College:Where to ApplyandHow to Get In Parkway North High School 2013

  2. Agenda Welcome Jenny Marquart First Generation & Minority Students Jenny Marquart Which School is Best for Me? Dave Zuckerman Yes, But… Lois Zuckerman PNHS College Mentoring Program Dave Zuckerman So What Now? Dave Zuckerman

  3. College Planning RequiresIndividual Student Trajectories Highly Selective College Large State University Local Junior College Art, Performance, Trade School Sept 2012 3

  4. There are 4,000 Schools Out ThereWhich School is Best for Me? • Trade schools • State schools • In state/out of state • Private schools • Technical schools • Arts/Music • Health care • Location • Size • Student body • Prestige • Specialty • Culture • Special needs • Final price

  5. Start Your Inquiries Now • Make a list of potential schools • Learn the vocabulary of college admissions • Talk to department chairs • Understand the importance of social/emotional environment • Visit when students are on campus

  6. Yes, But… Planes, trains & automobiles (going more than 2 hours away) Risking rejection Can I fit in? Ca-Ching! (how do I pay for this?)

  7. Annual Cost of College in 2009 $50,000 4-year 2-year “Sticker” Price $40,000 $30,000 For Profit Schools $20,000 Price paid by family with $35,000 income $10,000 Most Competitive 4-year Non Competitive 4-year Source: Missing the “One-Offs”, CM Hoxby, C Avery, NBER Working Paper 18586, Dec 2012

  8. When Does U Miami Cost Less Than U Illinois? Typical College Costs

  9. When Does U Miami Cost Less Than U Illinois? Approximate Freshman Costs for Recent PNHS Graduate

  10. So What Now?

  11. Enroll in PNHS College Mentor Program • Contact Dr Marquart, MsWills or Dave Zuckerman • Use the College Prep Guide • Do an Extracurricular Deep Dive • Dabble • Immerse • Excel • Lead • Reduce your choices to about 6 schools • 2 safety • 2 achievable • 2 reach • Make sure the schools know you want to go there • Work the finances, don’t assume defeat • MO MOST • College-based scholarships • External scholarships

  12. The PNHS College Mentor Program • PNHS Program since 2011 • PNHS parents, community volunteers and PNHS alums • Wide range of college, educational, ethnic and career backgrounds • Trained in coaching students about the college selection journey • Each interested PNHS student is paired with a mentor

  13. The PNHS College Mentor Program • Mentor’s Job is to Support and Guide Student & Parents • Motivate students to take the journey • Guide students in their journey • Help students (and parents) find the “right” school • Academics • Social • Emotional • Financial • Geographic • Work with colleges to get students accepted (future) 13

  14. The College Mentoring Process Prepare (11-12) Apply (12) Discover (9-11) Students Who am I? What’s important to me? Where am I headed? Parents Who is my kid? Where is (s)he headed? What do we think is important to him/her? What is important to us? Combined What educational path is best? What schools are best fit? What can we afford? School visits College selection Testing preparation Curriculum evaluation Extracurriculars School visits Application Essay Recommendations Scholarships Financial Aid

  15. The PNHS College Mentor Program To Get Started with a Mentor, Contact: Dr Marquart • jmarquart@pkwy.k12.mo.us, 314-415-7601 Ms Wills • cwills@pkwy.k12.mo.us, 314-415-7621 Dave Zuckerman • dave@rx-business.com, 314-434-3232 Lois Zuckerman • lois@rx-business.com, 314-576-3011 15

  16. Year-by-Year Student Academic Checklist (Rev 11/03/11)