Beginning the Home Stretch. A guide to college planning for junior year. Over View . Review Requirements : SMHS Graduation TOPS Louisiana Public University Minimum Admissions Criteria as set forth by the Louisiana Board of Regents College Readiness PSAT Scores LSU Representative.
A guide to college planning for junior year
Louisiana Public University Minimum Admissions Criteria as set forth by the Louisiana Board of Regents
Total of 24 Credits Required
Religion 4 Credits-I,II,III,IV
English 4 Credits-I,II,III,IV
Mathematics 4 Credits-Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and 1 unit from Adv. Math, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, or Financial Math
Science 4 Credits-Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and 1 units from Environmental Science, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II
Social Studies 4 Credits-1 unit of Civics, World History, American History, and 1 unit from Religion I,II,III,IV
Foreign Language 2 Credits-2 units of same, Foreign Language or of Speech Courses
Art 1 Credit-Art, Band, Choir, Fine Arts Survey
Health and Physical Education 2 Credits-PE I/Health, PE II
These are the minimum courses necessary to graduate from SMHS. College entrance standards have changed. Most major universities require their incoming freshmen to have two (2) credits in the same foreign language as well as a fine arts course.
The Board of Regents and TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) require completion of a specific high school curriculum. Detailed information about each of the programs is available at www.smhsbr.org and is reviewed with the students during the course selection process each year.
SMHS Graduation Requirements, Board of Regents, and TOPS have a few differences. It is important to meet the requirements for ALL entities that are included in your goals.
Example 1: 1 unit of Financial Math meets the requirement for SMHS graduation, Board of Regents, but not for TOPS. Probability and Statistics, Advanced Math, and Calculus meet all 3 entity requirements.
Example 2: An additional course to take note of is Foreign Language. While SMHS provides the option to take 2 units of Foreign Language or 2 units of Speech to meet graduation requirements, and the minimum requirements set by the Board of Regents will allow Speech I and II in lou of Foreign Language, TOPS requires 2 units of Foreign Language. If you are interested in receiving TOPS your student must complete 2 units of the same Foreign Language.
Example 3: 1 unit of Fine Arts or 1 unit of a performance course meets graduation requirements, Board of Regents and TOPS; however, some universities, like LSU requires 2 units of a performance art or 1 unit of Fine Art Survey.
Even though the Board of Regents establishes minimum standards for admission to Flagship, Statewide, and Regional universities, institutions still establish their own admission requirements
Each post-secondary institution is different. It is the responsibility of the student to research the requirements for schools that he/she is interested.
Refer to Websites.
Minimum Admission Standards. http://regents.louisiana.gov/
TOPS Core Curriculum. http://www.smhsbr.org/topsinformation.cfm
TOPS Standard Eligibility Requirements. http://www.smhsbr.org/topsinformation.cfm
The ACT and SAT are two very different college entrance exams. Both are nationally administered and are used to help colleges evaluate applicants.
The ACT is an achievement test with four core sections (English, Math, Reading and Science).
The SAT is essentially a three-part aptitude test (Reading, Math, and Writing).
Late February scheduling will take place.
Maintaining a rigorous schedule and competitive GPA.
Students should establish an email account for college admission purposes prior to senior year.
Colleges and universities send periodic updates on the application process and the student’s admission status.
Visit the Campus
Contact admissions office in advance to schedule a tour of the campus.
Prepare a list of questions.
Bring a notebook to record thoughts and impressions.
Schedule an appointment with an undergraduate admissions counselor.
Senior Meeting in September
FAFSA Information (Deadlines to Apply)
College Application Information
Read the Newsletter
(2012). College Planning Checklist.
Retrieved December 10, 2012 from NACAC website.
(2012). Minimum Admission Standards for First-time Freshmen.
Retrieved December 10, 2012 from the Louisiana Board of Regents Website:
(2012). TOPS Core Curriculum.
Retrieve December 10, 2012 from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Website: