College Bound Student Night


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College Bound Student Night

  1. 1. COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS What to Do Year by Year Presented by the Guidance Departments of Cactus, Centennial, Ironwood, Liberty, Peoria, Raymond Kellis, and Sunrise Mountain High Schools
  2. 2. Topics for Discussion  College Requirements  9th Grade  10th Grade  11th Grade  12 Grade  Financing College  Resources
  3. 3. Courses Required for Universities  4 credits of English  4 credits of Math  3 credits of Lab Science  2 credits of Social Studies  2 credits of Foreign Language  1 credit of Fine Arts
  4. 4. Unconditional Admission  Students who rank in the top 25% of their graduating class and have no deficiencies in the 16 core classes required for admission are assured admission to Arizona state universities  Students who rank in the top 50% are not automatically admitted, but are admitted on a case-by-case basis  More specific criteria on the college websites: or the ABOR website
  5. 5. 9th Grade: Now It Counts!  Monitor your son or daughter’s academic progress. Do not assume someone will contact you if there is a problem  Encourage your student to become involved in a wide variety of activities  In the spring, review your student’s proposed classes for the following year.
  6. 6. 9th Grade Continued  Help your student plan meaningful activities for the summer  START A COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT!
  7. 7. 10th Grade: Now Your Feet Are Wet  Continue to monitor academic progress.  Continue to encourage activities.  Have your student sign up for and take the PLAN test. Honors students may also consider taking the PSAT.  Start exploring college options.  Review your student’s plan for the next year.
  8. 8. 10th Grade Continued  Have your student do some college and career searches during the summer  CONTINUE TO ADD TO THE COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT!
  9. 9. 11th Grade- It’s Time to Get Serious  Continue to monitor academic progress.  Have your student take the PSAT in October  Talk about college options.  Have your student sign up for and take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring.  Make some college visits.
  10. 10. 11th Grade-Continued  Carefully select senior classes.  Start doing scholarship research.  Begin narrowing college choices.  KEEP ADDING TO THE COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT!
  11. 11. 12th Grade- Hard Work and Planning Pay Off  Continue to monitor academic progress.  Help your student set up a calendar for the year.  Repeat ACT/SAT if necessary  Obtain and fill out college applications in the fall.  Apply for financial aid and scholarships.
  12. 12. 12th Grade Continued  Make a decision about college in the spring  Graduation and YES, KEEP ADDING TO THAT COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT!
  13. 13. Money for College  Scholarships: Merit Based (Criteria Vary)  Financial Aid: Need Based (Grants, Work- Study, Loans)
  14. 14. The “AIMS Scholarship”  The feasibillty of continuing this scholarship is under review by the Board of Regents. For up to date information see
  15. 15. Resources  The Peoria District Guidance Website:   The Ironwood Guidance Website:  Bridges:  Testing: ACT and SAT  Scholarships:  College Search:  Career Search: Do What You Are ,