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WELCOME PARENTS. Menlo-Atherton High School April 17, 2013. Agenda. High School Graduation Requirements - Review College Application Process & Letters of Recommendation Helping your student be successful and avoiding Senioritize Questions and Answers. Graduation Requirements.

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Welcome parents


Menlo-Atherton High School

April 17, 2013


  • High School Graduation Requirements - Review

  • College Application Process & Letters of Recommendation

  • Helping your student be successful and avoiding Senioritize

  • Questions and Answers

Graduation requirements review
Graduation Requirements - REVIEW

  • English

    • 9th grade English 110 credits

    • 10th grade English 210 credits

    • 11th grade English 3 10 credits

    • 12th grade English 4 10 credits

  • Social Studies

    • 9th grade World Studies 1 & 2 5 credits each

    • 10th grade World Studies 3 or

      Western Civilization orAP Euro History10 credits

    • 11th grade US History10 credits

    • 12th grade Gov’t/Econ. 5 credits each

Guidance alert graduation requirements cont
Guidance Alert: Graduation Requirements (cont.)

  • Math (Should be done)

    • 20 credits of math are required, one year must be Algebra1

  • Science (Should be done)

    • 20 credits of science are required, one year must be a Lab Science

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Guidance Alert: Graduation Requirements (cont.)

  • Physical Education

    • 20 credits of PE are required

    • A quarter class is worth 2.5 credits. A semester class is worth 5 credits, and a year long class is worth 10 credits.

    • Freshmen year sports do not count toward PE credits.

    • Each team sport is worth 3.5 ELECTIVE credits. 3 sports/seasons played in 10th-12th grade will satisfy the PE requirement.

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Guidance Alert: Graduation Requirements (cont.)

Fine Art

10 credits of a Fine Art

Career Technical Education (CTE)

10 credits of a CTE

Elective Credits

65 elective credits are required


California High School Exit Exam

(Should have passed by now)

All Students must pass the CAHSEE

Exam in English Language Arts & Math

Deadlines for courses taken outside of m a or sequoia district
DEADLINESFor Courses Taken Outside of M-A or Sequoia District

  • Courses needed for graduation should be done by Thursday, December 5, 2013.

  • Final transcript should be received in Guidance Office by Friday, Dec.13, 2013.

    Example of courses:

    PE (community college)

San Jose State

Santa Clara University



Rice University

Notre Dame de Namur

University of San Francisco

UC Davis

Starting the college application process
Starting the college application process…

  • This isYOUR student’s responsibility, not yours.

  • Your studentshould take SATs/ACTs this spring. If he/she is not satisfied with scores, take tests again in October.

  • Your studentshould use Naviance to explore colleges/universities

  • Your studentcan meet with Alice Kleeman (best if have SAT/ACT scores)

  • Your studentwill need to review college applications and know deadlines

  • Your studentwill receive information about the application process and/or letter of recommendations in the fall from their counselor and Ms. Kleeman. If applying early, can find application process on Naviance

  • You and your student should visit colleges/universities

Spring college fair
Spring College Fair

TOMMORROW, Thursday, 4/18

Mission College, Santa Clara

6:00-8:00 PM

  • Learn about SAT and ACT Testing

  • Find help to Pay for School

  • Meet Face-to-Face with 150+ College and University Representatives.

Various college applications
Various College Applications

  • CSU – California State University (no letter of recommendation needed and no student essay needed)

  • UC – University of California (no letter of recommendation needed, but student must include essays/personal statement)

  • Common Application (letters of recommendation and student essays/personal statement required)

  • University Specific Applications (letters of recommendation and student essays/personal statement may be required)

Letters of recommendation aka secondary school report
Letters of Recommendation(AKA Secondary School Report)

  • YOUR studentneeds to complete letter of recommendation packet which includes:

  • College essay/personal statement

  • Parent statement

  • Peer statement

  • Complete surveys on Naviance Family Connection

  • Students can access the recommendation packet through Naviance.


  • https://connection.naviance.com/mahs

  • Game Plan

  • Do What You Are

  • Resume

  • Test Scores

  • Colleges

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Letters of Recommendation(AKA Secondary School Report) – CONT.


(Counselors will NOT write letters for students who do not meet the deadline)

  • Early Action – Tuesday, 9/24

    (any date prior to 12/15 is considered Early)

  • Regular Decision – Tuesday, 11/7

    (any date on or after 12/16 is regular decision)

Course selection for 2013 14
Course Selection for 2013-14

  • Make sure student is taking classes that are of interest and that can be maintained for the entire school year.

  • Final opportunity to change classes for next year will be May.

  • Students will not be allowed to change electives in August or when school starts. This will be strictly enforced due to new mandates on how courses are balanced.


  • Talk with your students: check in with them, ask how they are doing in their classes, with college application process, etc – BUT DO NOT do the work for them!!

  • Review Progress Grades, Quarter Grades and Semester Grades through Infinite Campus. Quarter and Semester grades count for sports eligibility and college admissions.

  • Communication with your student’s teachers and counselor ONLY if student is struggling (earning a D or below) and graduation and/or college are in jeopardy.

  • Be aware of attendance.

    - Call attendance office whenever student will be out.

    - A class cannot be passed if student has more than 17 unexcused absences.

    - Poor attendance affects participation in school events – Fashion Show, Winter Formal, Prom, etc.

Academic integrity
Academic Integrity

At M-A we expect all students to uphold the highest possible standards of academic integrity; all students read and sign our policy.

Violations include: copying, plagiarizing, sharing work when not permitted, using notes when not permitted

We are finding an increasing number of incidents in AS and AP classes due to stress levels and unreasonable self-imposed expectations.

Please help support your student in selecting a manageable course load so that they do not feel the need to jeopardize their academic integrity.

Once a second offense of cheating occurs, we will be required to report the incident to the colleges.

Resources for school information
Resources for School Information

Student Planner


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