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Grade 12 Information Presentation Fall 2012. Ms. Brown and Mr. Gosney Part 1 - Fall Can I Graduate? About Post Secondary How Do I Apply? Part 2 – Winter/Spring How Can I Pay?. Part 1: Fall. Can I Graduate? About Post Secondary How Do I Apply?. GRADE 12 = Potential Grad.

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grade 12 information presentation fall 2012

Grade 12 Information Presentation Fall 2012

Ms. Brown and Mr. Gosney

Part 1 - Fall

Can I Graduate?

About Post Secondary

How Do I Apply?

Part 2 – Winter/Spring

How Can I Pay?

part 1 fall
Part 1: Fall
  • Can I Graduate?
  • About Post Secondary
  • How Do I Apply?
grade 12 potential grad
GRADE 12 = Potential Grad
  • GRADE 12: students who, when the year begins, can graduate during or at the end of this school year.
  • But if a student fails a course the student will ineligible to graduate. You will be dropped from the potential grad list.
credit check and grad list
  • The Counsellors complete credit checks to ensure a student is eligible to graduate.
  • The Potential Grad List is the list of all who are eligible to graduate.
  • The list is meant to show you what we have on record as a student’s legal full name in order to prepare their diploma for graduation.
graduation requirements
  • Maximum 7 Grade 10 credits
  • Minimum 5 Grade 12
  • Must include 13 specific credits listed at the right:
  • 3 English
  • Science #1 & #2
  • 2 Math (10 & 11)
  • 1 Cdn History 11
  • 1 Global Studies 12
  • 1 Physical Education
  • 1 Fine Arts
  • 2 further Math/Sci/Tech
grad requirements continued

NOTE: 2 courses of the same subject and same grade level can only count as 1 credit except Pre Cal Math 12 and Calculus.

Example:MAF11+MAT11+MAD11=just one credit.

be careful
Be Careful!!!!!!!!!!!

You may be meeting graduation requirements BUT your courses might not be suitable for admission into the post-secondary program you aspire to.

career services in the guidance office and online
  • Millwood High Virtual Guidance Office
  • Career Counselling from fully certified Counsellors
  • PUBLICATIONS: Career Options, Booklets, Occupational Monographs
  • “Career Cruising” : a fun computerized occupational search programs – answer about yourself and the computer matches your answers with occupations
  • Career Options Online:
  • JOB ACQUISITION HELP: Help with your resumes and for interviews

Post-secondary means after high school

Training implies hands-on or technical learning,

often relating to a particular occupation.

Education means learning in a more general way,

Such as learning to learn, learning to think, gaining

new knowledge that doesn’t relate to a particular job.

Institution means a school of some kind

Program means a set of courses usually leading to a diploma of some kind or

to a particular occupation.

what are the options after high school post secondary options
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? (“Post-secondary options”)
  • Go directly to full-time work
  • Military Training and Employment
  • Apprenticeship (a formal on-the-job training program) for skilled trades
  • Private Career College: Business, Cosmetology, Computer etc.
  • Community College for trades, technology, business
  • University

Virtual Guidance Office

Contains links to all the institutions

commonly attended by Millwood students.

  • Go on-line (directly such as, or
  • or via links at sites such as
  • or at our on-line Guidance Office which has lists of links
about university
  • Intended to develop thinking, research and general knowledge (to produce an “educated person”), not necessarily to train for a specific occupation, BUT
  • Some programs do train for jobs, such as law, medicine, teaching, nursing, dentistry, etc.
  • Universities range in size from tiny (<100 students) to huge (>30,000) [Dal is 15,000]
  • Tuition averages about $5000 to $8000 per year. Maritimes relatively high. Nfld is cheaper.
university programming
UNIVERSITY Programming
  • Programs are mostly at least three years long
  • The most popular programs are in:
    • Arts (such as English, History, Languages, Sociology, etc),
    • Sciences (such as Physics, Biology, etc),
    • Commerce or Business. These do not usually train you specifically for a particular occupation, but are necessary for entry into many occupations, where you get specific training.
    • Important to explore options available as some programming has become more diverse and job oriented (i.e.: Bachelor of Computer Science – Informatics)

Plan Ahead!!!!!!!!!!

Are you thinking of becoming a lawyer,

a vet, a physician, a dentist, a teacher,

a research scientist, a psychologist, physiotherapist,etc?

All of these require you to:

  • First complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Then go on to further university
  • Education for at least one other degree.
general requirements for university admission atlantic canada
General Requirements for University Admission (Atlantic Canada)
  • English 12 and four other acceptable Grade 12 academiccourses (may have to include Math or Pre-Calculus Math and/or other courses depending on desired program)
  • About 70% in each of the required courses (English and ???) and about a 70% average in the five courses with nomark below 60%
  • Note: these are typical but some cut-off averages can be higher or lower – Tend to be higher in Quebec and Ontario. Small or specific programs like nursing will have higher cutoffs.
        • These can change without notice
general requirements for university admission atlantic canada1
General Requirements for University Admission (Atlantic Canada)
  • Math is not necessarily a requirement for some programs, but at some universities everyone must have at least some high school academic math.
  • Pre Cal Math and a varying number of Gr 12 sciences are usually needed for science and engineering degree programs This can vary outside NS, such as at Memorial in Newfoundland.
other options

Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario:

  • a military university
  • requires high academics for acceptance
  • must be accepted into military
  • free tuition; paid while there
  • military life while there; military training summers
  • must serve for 5+ years after completion
  • Check with Military recruiters about this and

other military options.

Canadian Coast Guard College, Sydney

  • Free, requires high marks, Math, Physics, maybe French
u s universities
  • Should apply as soon as possible.
  • Usually require SAT I (or ACT) scores:

-write at Dalhousie

-apply by late October to write in early December or apply in mid December to write in late January

-SAT’s may also be needed for international scholarships

about community college
About Community College
  • Offer programs that train you for specific occupations. Some of these occupations or trades may pay more than university-oriented jobs and have more likelihood of employment.
  • Skilled trades, computer, business, service, helping occupations
  • Programs take 1 or 2 years (less than university) and are less expensive
  • Some programs require academic high school credits. Many don’t. See your counsellor or contact the college.
community colleges in atlantic canada
Community Colleges in Atlantic Canada
  • NS Community College
  • NB Community College
  • NB College of Forest Technology
  • Holland College (PEI)
  • College of the North Atlantic (Nfld)
  • College de l’Acadie (NS – part of U Ste Anne)
ns community college
  • Business oriented, trades and technical programs – a huge variety
  • One college but 13 campuses (examples are Akerley, Waterfront, Institute of Technology, Centre for Geographic Sciences, Kingstec)
  • Most require minimum Grade 12, sometimes with academic courses.
ns community college1
  • You can apply as soon as you enter your Gr 12 year. “First come – first qualified.”
  • $25 to apply
  • Most programs about $2800/yr plus books
  • A few programs are much more expensive
  • See the calendar, available in Guidance or online, for list of programs and descriptions.
ns community college programming

Electrical – construction and industrial

Furniture & Woodworking

Gas Installation and Service

Graphic Design


Tourism and Hospitality

Radio & TV arts

Sound Recording

Heavy Duty Equipment Repair


Appliance Service

Automotive Service

Automotive Collision Repair

Business Administration


Survey Technician

Outdoor Power Equipment - Motorcycle

NS Community College Programming
about private colleges
  • Also called private trade schools, career colleges, business colleges, etc. These are private businesses operated for profit.
  • Programs are usually 1 or 2 years
  • Train you specifically for a certain occupation
  • There are many right here in the Halifax area.
  • Concentrate on business and human service training programs
private colleges that came to last year s expo
Academy of Cosmetology

Hair Design Ctr

Concepts School of Cosmetology

Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Educ

Ctr for Arts & Technology

ICT Northumberland College (massage)

Success College, Sackville

Cdn College of Massage & Hydrotherapy

Moncton Flight College

Maritime Business College

Private Colleges that came to last year’s EXPO
about apprenticeship training
About Apprenticeship Training
  • This is the best bargain
  • Many skilled trades require you to be an apprentice (on job learner) before you are fully qualified (journeyperson). An apprenticeship is a program in which you learn on thejob under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Involves some in-school time (Some courses at NSCC)
  • Get paid while working as an apprentice
  • Eventually write exams and put in time and become qualified yourself
  • Can take pure apprenticeship without going to community college. This route is basically free, as you are paid while under training.
  • More info at:
apprenticeship training
  • Some trades require apprenticeship: examples: automotive service tech, bricklayer, construction electrician, motor vehicle repair oil burner mechanic, plumber, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, stationary engineer, truck and transport mechanic
  • Some trades are optional: examples are carpenter, boilermaker, cook, millwright, machinist, motor vehicle repair (body), welder, etc.
  • Apprenticeship is a contract between you, your employer/ trainer and the government.
about the military
About the Military
  • For more info call the CF Recruiting Centre at 1 (800) 856-8488 or walk in during business hours (Scotia Square)
  • Recruiters for the forces in general will be here at Education Expo
  • Local reserve units come to the school at various times to recruit
  • Enter ROTP (paid university plus training)
  • Enter CEOTP (military training then subsidized part-time university spread over several years, while working)
  • Join the reserves (part-time work). Get up to $2000 award each year when you finish a year of college or university.





2. GO ON-LINE. Many post-secondary institutions are moving to completely online information and registration formats.


applying to university or college typical procedure
Applying to University or College (typical procedure)
  • Access the online applications
  • Review with Counsellor if you wish; then send to the university
  • There are application fees ($45+)
  • Request transcripts from Guidance (binder on counter), and pick up when ready.
applying to university or college typical procedure cont d
Applying to University or College (typical procedure) Cont’d
  • Mail or take to the institution prior to deadline.
  • Usually all of this is after 1st semester marks are in. You can apply before your marks are available. Some schools (NSCC and some universities) will allow you to apply as early as NOW! For NSCC you should apply ASAP.
  • Procedure may be a little different if you are applying for a scholarship.
check with your counsellor
Check with your Counsellor:
  • Before you apply, check to see if you have the right courses and high enough marks.
  • If borderline, but have extenuating circumstances, your Counsellor can be of great assistance.
  • Do you mention adaptations or learning difficulties?
replies from institutions
Replies from Institutions
  • May take several weeks, especially if you applied early
  • Typical replies:
    • Conditional acceptance(“as long as you keep your marks up, you’re in”)
    • Deferral(“we’re interested but let’s see your marks later – April or June)
    • Placed on waiting list(“acceptable but we’re full” common at Community College)
    • Rejection(“you aren’t taking the courses needed” or “your marks are way too low”)
    • Final acceptance(only when all requirements have been met – rare before graduation)

End Part 1

  • Summary
  • Check credit status (do you have what you need?)
  • Explore post-secondary options (Education Expo Oct 17th)
  • Review the early scholarship handout provided today
  • Complete Graduate Application Form

Planning for Post-Secondary School

Part 2:

How Can I Pay?

Counsellors: Mrs. Brown and Mr. Gosney


Review Part 1

  • Check your credits to ensure you are meeting grad requirements
  • Explore secondary options
  • There are many deadlines for applications and awards. Consult the institutions you are applying to and the Guidance Website under “Post-Secondary”
  • Most applications for post secondary school are online
visit guidance website
Visit Guidance Website
  • From Millwood homepage select:
    • Guidance
      • Post-Secondary
        • Financial Info (info on financing, scholarships and awards)
        • Institution link (will take you to a comprehensive list of links to post-secondary institutions)
costs of post secondary education
Costs of Post-Secondary Education
  • Tuition Fees
  • Other Fees (activities, athletic, health, etc.)
  • Books and supplies
  • Room and board (home and away)
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous and Social (may be different than if not at school)
  • *multiply these costs by number of years in the program


Please pause the presentation for the classroom teacher to record any questions from students for the Guidance department.

paying for post secondary
Paying for Post-Secondary
  • Student Savings
  • Awards (Scholarships and Bursaries)
  • Student’s employment income: summers and during the school year
  • Student Loans
  • RESP’s and other investments
  • Family (pay-as-you-go)
  • Everyone going on to post-secondary should apply for an award. Not all awards are based solely on marks.
  • Local awardsprovided by local service clubs, foundations and businesses (may be based on affinity and/or need as well as marks)
    • Applications usually January to May. (Links online, or consult with your Counsellor)
  • Millwood Awards – several local awards with one application for all
  • Private Scholarships provided by employers and unions to dependents of employees, or to employees themselves.
more on awards
More on Awards
  • Grants for special populations: examples are Education Incentive Fund for African Canadian Students, First Nations Funds, Funds for students with physical and/or learning challenges.
  • Military Reserves Scholarships. Members of reserve units, working part-time are eligible for scholarships to university and community college.
  • Education and Training Planssuch as ROTP, CEOTP (visit:, and Coast Guard College
  • Entrance Scholarships.(automatically applied when applying to the institution).


Please pause the presentation for the classroom teacher to record any questions from students for the Guidance department.

student loans
Student Loans
  • Two types:
      • Government
      • Private
government student loans
Government Student Loans
  • Administered by the NS Dept. of Education.
  • They determine eligibility.
  • There is NO family income cap that disqualifies any student from receiving student loans. Student Assistance Applications are as individual as the students themselves, and many factors are used to determine whether a student qualifies for this program.
government student loans cont d
Government Student Loans, cont’d.
  • There is no repayment of the loan and there is no interest until after studies have been completed.
  • Currently, a portion of the loan may be remitted (does not have to be repaid) if good marks are obtained.
  • Apply beginning in late April (approximately)- apply on-line at:
private student loans
Private Student Loans
  • Provided by financial institutions (like banks)
  • Based on a student budget and on having a co-signer with an acceptable credit rating (usually a parent)
  • Student draws funds as necessary.
  • Interest, at a preferred rate (which can be negotiated), is paid monthly on the amount borrowed. The principal is not required to be paid on until after studies end.
  • Apply anytime once plans are firm.


Please pause the presentation for the classroom teacher to record any questions from students for the Guidance department.

  • Confirm you are a grad
  • Start looking at post-secondary options now
  • Visit your Guidance Counsellor for career help and help with applying
  • Lots of options for financing (check our website)