It will be imperative to have consistent and regular communication between students, parents, and guidance. Discuss information which can be found on each of these pages/sites.
During their 10th grade year, student explored MY ROADS and completed interest inventory to help narrow down possible career interests. This program is offered through Collegeboard and can be explored using any internet. Students have their passwords as do their counselors.
This is in addition to all of the vocational / trade programs
See handout from collegeboard for more information
College visits are essential - Gateway gives you 3 days so use them. Helps narrow down if you can see if you will fit. Helps narrow down what you are looking for in a college.
Log onto website at this time to provide quick overview of options.
Course Selection: Challenge yourself GPA trends: keep improving each year Essays: never optional - DO them. Demonstrated Interes: show enthusiasm for college applying (campus visits, interviews, shadowing, etc.) Extracurricular: community involvement, work, volunteering, school related activities…do well with a few…its better than too many you don’t do at all Volunteering - can also sometimes get you a scholarship
Take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year and the fall of your senior year. Review for the SAT /ACT or take a prep course. Scores will improve with practice . Check schools for SAT II requirements . ACT (American College Test) Predominantly used by schools in middle-U.S. states Consists of four tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing Writing component is optional Top composite score is 36 SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Predominantly used by east and west coast schools Consists of three tests: Verbal, Math, Writing Each test is scored on a scale of 200-800
Comparison charts are utilized by colleges. Know what your school requires
GCC onsite allows for priority registration and eliminates application fee.
Some schools will waive fees for application if apply online or by a certain deadline.
Looking for the supplemental college specific forms is essential!
Students need to call colleges within 1 week of all materials being submitted to ensure receipt. Postcards can cross in mail with supporting documentations
We advertise all scholarship information we receive in department with its criteria, description, and award amount. Utilize our books
Have staff members write letters on your behalf to their alumni institutions if possible.
DO NOT request for the counselor to send transcripts and other documentation until you complete your application. If our supporting documentation gets to the college before your application is completed online, it will delay your acceptance.
While the Guidance Department will support you in the process, we cannot discuss your financial situation with a college. It is up to the parent and the student to handle financial aid with the chosen college.
Gateway Guidance The College Search and Application Process
Any student needing accommodations (extended time, computer, etc.) to testing must apply to the testing company for approval. Formal documentation will need to be submitted - (doctor information, CST testing)
Applications must be completed and submitted prior to the deadlines.
Requests can take 7-8 weeks during busier testing times.
Testing accommodations for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT must be approved prior to the test or else there will not be any modifications given within the testing centers.
If a student is enrolled in the following courses, then they are eligible to receive college credits for those courses IF they adhere to the rules set forth by the community college sponsoring their class. If the student does this, they will be considered a dual student of both Gateway and the community college.
AP BIOLOGY AP CALCULUS AP CHEMISTRY
AP ENGLISH IV AP US I AND II AP ART
FRENCH III-V GERMAN III-V SPANISH III-V
CCC courses include: all level 3 and 4 of world languages
Fill out application in October and pay the small fee.
Receive a “B” or better in that class.
After he/she has graduated, ask for a transcript from the sponsoring college (GCC or CCC).
The OTHER way to receive Dual Credit is to take an AP class and then the appropriate AP test in May. They must have a certain score to receive college credit - dependent upon the college.