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Maximize College Outcomes - Secrets  to High School Success Presented by: Apply Yourself Educational Consulting, LLC
Florida State University avg. GPA (weighted) for Fall 2010 class?  <ul><li>A) 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 3.5 </li></ul><ul><...
Florida State University avg. GPA (weighted) for Fall 2010 class? <ul><li>A) 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 3.5 </li></ul><ul><l...
True or False? <ul><li>A long list of activities will increase a student’s chance of being acceptance to their first choic...
True or False? <ul><li>A long list of activities will increase a student’s chance of being acceptance to their first choic...
True or False? <ul><li>SATs and ACTs are the most important factors in college admissions? </li></ul>
True or False? <ul><li>SATs and ACTs are the most important factors in college admissions? </li></ul><ul><li>FALSE </li></ul>
What is the overall percentage of applicants offered admissions at 4-year colleges and universities in the US? <ul><li>A) ...
What is the overall percentage of applicants offered admissions at 4-year colleges and universities in the US? <ul><li>A) ...
What is the national student-to-counselor ratio in public K-12 schools in HS with >2000 students? <ul><li>A) 608:1 </li></...
What is the national student-to-counselor ratio in public K-12 schools? <ul><li>A) 608:1 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 412:1 </li><...
What Does all this Mean to you as Parents of Middle School Children? <ul><li>Do Not Let HS just happen  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Factors that are Most Important in  Admissions Decisions <ul><li>Strength of high school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Grad...
Secondary Factors in  Admissions Decisions <ul><li>Class Rank </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher/Counselor Recommendations </li></u...
What can you do now? <ul><li>Contact high school to get a handle on/finalize 9 th  grade curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Plan...
What can you do now? <ul><li>Develop a 4 year extracurricular plan </li></ul><ul><li>Designate a folder to collect informa...
AYEC Consulting <ul><li>Customized, one-on-one college advising services for students and their families </li></ul><ul><li...
Where Are AYEC Students today? <ul><li>•  American University • Bentley College • Boston College • Boston University • Cal...
Questions? <ul><li>What would you like to know? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Thank You  </li></ul><ul><li>Apply Yourself Educational Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>561-241-4266 </li></ul>
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  • You are here because you have student getting ready for high school or maybe already have a student in high school. We want to set the stage, help you understand the trends in college admissions and what you can do to prepare yourself and your student to leverage the high school experience for maximum success in the college admissions process. Introductions… - Naomi - Andrea
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  • False – Colleges are looking for students who are passionate about something in the hope that they will pursue that activity in college. Putting together a colorful mural – each student fills a specific slot, not students who fit a range of spots. Look for commitment, passion, consistency
  • False – Colleges are looking for students who are passionate about something in the hope that they will pursue that activity in college. Putting together a colorful mural – each student fills a specific slot, not students who fit a range of spots. Look for commitment, passion, consistency
  • False – important, but not as important as your transcript. Rigor of curriculum and the performance is the most important factor and should be student’s priority
  • False – important, but not as important as your transcript. Rigor of curriculum and the performance is the most important factor and should be student’s priority
  • 70% - there is a college for everyone; must look beyond the 50 to 100 most selective
  • 70% - there is a college for everyone; must look beyond the 50 to 100 most selective
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  • Don’t wait to begin to plan for high school, now really is the time. We will present you with a list of concepts and specific ideas of what you can and should do know and over the next four years. Must do: Plan – but realize that by the end of 11 th grade, the majority of your academic picture is set in stone. In fact, some colleges, including a number of the public universities in Florida, will not see your child’s senior year grades from the first semester until after they have made a decision to accept or reject. Evaluate annually Focus on YOUR child – not everyone else’s child Know your child’s strengths and interests – exploit them Be realistic about your child’s weaknesses – and manage around them Work smart; every day in HS does count. It is hard to recover - Help you student understand that 9 th grade really does count – remember what we said a moment ago, some colleges won’t include 12 th grade performance in the admissions decision so 9 th grade may carry even more “weight”
  • So now you understand the importance of planning – what are the criteria/components that you should base your plan on? Well, let’s take a look at what factors are most important in admissions decisions Rigor balanced with performance ACT, SAT, subject tests and possibly AP and/or IB test results Overall GPA and the GPA trend - weighted vs. unweighted
  • Class Rank – You may know how much of a focus this gets in high school for better or for worse. Your kids will focus on this if you school reports it and it can have an impact on the college decision outcome, particularly in state university decisions. Teacher/Counselor Recs – While this is not something that you will have to arrange until the end of Junior year or early Senior year, it is advisable for your student to seek out and nurture relationships with your school’s faculty. Encourage them to distinguish themselves in and out of the classroom – in a positive way, of course. Demonstrated interest is relevant to some but not all colleges. This is a way for colleges to measure a student’s actual interest in the college based on appropriate contact including visits, attendance at college fairs, web site registration, alumni contact, contact with coaches, and appropriate communication with the admissions office. Essays - Here’s where the application gets fun! This is really the one and only place ON THE APPLICATION that the student can individualize the application and infuse it with his or her personality, world view, unique accomplishments, and vision for their future. Aside from list development, plan to put the greatest amount of time, energy and mental resources into the essay piece of the process Extracurriculars – experiment early and look for opportunities to specialize and commit. Think “deep dive” rather than a wide and shallow list of involvement. End results – leadership, organizational transformation, new initiatives, significant project expansion
  • to focus on commitment, responsibility, growth, leadership report cards, awards, summaries of extracurricular involvement, recommendations, etc.
  • MS Douglas, Spanish River High School, Cypress Bay, Atlantic High School, Deerfield Beach High School, Pine Crest, NBPS, St. Andrews
  • Colleges that have accepted AYEC clients: Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Central Florida, George Washington University, University of Georgia, Florida State University, University of Miami…
  • Transcript of "Maximizing high school success april 2010"

    1. 1. Maximize College Outcomes - Secrets to High School Success Presented by: Apply Yourself Educational Consulting, LLC
    2. 2. Florida State University avg. GPA (weighted) for Fall 2010 class? <ul><li>A) 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 3.5 </li></ul><ul><li>C) 4.0 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Florida State University avg. GPA (weighted) for Fall 2010 class? <ul><li>A) 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 3.5 </li></ul><ul><li>C) 4.0 </li></ul>
    4. 4. True or False? <ul><li>A long list of activities will increase a student’s chance of being acceptance to their first choice college? </li></ul>
    5. 5. True or False? <ul><li>A long list of activities will increase a student’s chance of being acceptance to their first choice college? </li></ul><ul><li>FALSE </li></ul>
    6. 6. True or False? <ul><li>SATs and ACTs are the most important factors in college admissions? </li></ul>
    7. 7. True or False? <ul><li>SATs and ACTs are the most important factors in college admissions? </li></ul><ul><li>FALSE </li></ul>
    8. 8. What is the overall percentage of applicants offered admissions at 4-year colleges and universities in the US? <ul><li>A) 70% </li></ul><ul><li>B) 85% </li></ul><ul><li>C) 50% </li></ul><ul><li>D) 42% </li></ul>
    9. 9. What is the overall percentage of applicants offered admissions at 4-year colleges and universities in the US? <ul><li>A) 70% </li></ul><ul><li>B) 85% </li></ul><ul><li>C) 50% </li></ul><ul><li>D) 42% </li></ul>
    10. 10. What is the national student-to-counselor ratio in public K-12 schools in HS with >2000 students? <ul><li>A) 608:1 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 412:1 </li></ul><ul><li>C) 202:1 </li></ul><ul><li>D) 85:1 </li></ul>
    11. 11. What is the national student-to-counselor ratio in public K-12 schools? <ul><li>A) 608:1 </li></ul><ul><li>B) 412:1 </li></ul><ul><li>C) 202:1 </li></ul><ul><li>D) 85:1 </li></ul>
    12. 12. What Does all this Mean to you as Parents of Middle School Children? <ul><li>Do Not Let HS just happen </li></ul><ul><li>Make a Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reevaluate the plan annually </li></ul><ul><li>Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you can impact in this process and what you cannot </li></ul><ul><li>Work Smart </li></ul><ul><li>Build a plan that reflects what colleges consider important! </li></ul>
    13. 13. Factors that are Most Important in Admissions Decisions <ul><li>Strength of high school curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Standardized admission test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Overall GPA </li></ul><ul><li>More than half of all colleges and universities rated each of these factors as “considerably important.” </li></ul><ul><li>Source NACAC, 2010 </li></ul>
    14. 14. Secondary Factors in Admissions Decisions <ul><li>Class Rank </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher/Counselor Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s Demonstrated Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul><ul><li>Extracurricular Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Can be real “tip” factors </li></ul><ul><li>Source NACAC, 2010 </li></ul>
    15. 15. What can you do now? <ul><li>Contact high school to get a handle on/finalize 9 th grade curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Plan all 4 years of coursework – at least on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to thing about your child’s strengths, inherent interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider personality/strengths assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How might these results impact curriculum planning? Extracurricular activities? Summer? </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. What can you do now? <ul><li>Develop a 4 year extracurricular plan </li></ul><ul><li>Designate a folder to collect information that captures the highlights of each year </li></ul><ul><li>Visit colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Read – anything! </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your HS guidance counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Get help if you need it </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t blow off your summers </li></ul>
    17. 17. AYEC Consulting <ul><li>Customized, one-on-one college advising services for students and their families </li></ul><ul><li>“ Best fit” philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Intimate, highly personalized practice </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on students’ individual strengths; maximizing these interests and abilities for success </li></ul><ul><li>Work with students of all academic abilities in high schools </li></ul>
    18. 18. Where Are AYEC Students today? <ul><li>• American University • Bentley College • Boston College • Boston University • California Institute of Technology • Clemson University • Cornell University • Duke University • Elon University • Florida Atlantic University • Florida State University • George Washington University • Georgetown University • Georgia Institute of Technology • Harvard University • Indiana University • James Madison University • Lehigh University • Miami University of Ohio • Michigan State University • Northwestern University • Pennsylvania State University •Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Rice University • Saint Leo’s College • Syracuse University • Towson University • Tulane University • University of Central Florida • University of Chicago • University of Connecticut • University of Denver • University of Florida • University of Miami • University of Maryland • University of Massachusetts - Amherst • University of Michigan • University of Pittsburgh • University of Southern California • University of South Florida • University of Southern Maine • University of Pennsylvania • University of Tampa • University of Wisconsin • University of Vermont • Worcester Polytechnic Institute </li></ul>
    19. 19. Questions? <ul><li>What would you like to know? </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>Apply Yourself Educational Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>561-241-4266 </li></ul>
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