Seniors are allowed two college visit days. These visits will be marked as school business.
These visits can be arranged through most college/universities official websites.
In order to use these days, we require that a parent/guardian call in their student and excuse him/her for that day. Your senior needs to get official documentation from the college that they were in attendance. That documentation needs to be turned into the attendance office, where the absence will be changed the school business.
The FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid ) is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell grant, student loans, and college work-study.
In addition, most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid.
The ACT is a national college admission examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, math, reading & science.
The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests and a 30-minute Writing Test.
ACT results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities.
The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks (or just over four hours if you are taking the Writing Test). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the Writing Test).
In an effort to ensure that all students have the tools necessary to continue their education beyond high school, the staff of Algonac High School has developed a strategy to assist all seniors with post- secondary education planning.
Beginning with the class of 2009, all seniors will have a post-secondary plan on file with their guidance counselor prior to graduation. The individualized plans will be developed collaboratively with the student and will include as much information as possible to prepare the student for their education after high school.
This post-secondary education plan may include any of the following:
A plan for post-graduate study at a college or university
Post-graduate study at a trade or technical school
Involvement with or acceptance to any branch of the United States Armed Forces
For students planning to transition directly from high school to the work place, assistance will also be provided in resume writing and interviewing skills.
All seniors will attend a presentation in the counseling center. If your student has additional questions, he or she should meet with the counselor.
The student should get started on applications right away especially if they plan to apply through an Early Decision or Early Action programs. Deadlines for early applications tend to fall in October or November.
Students should start working on college essays. They should write essays that focus on experiences and make them stand out from the crowd.
Student should update their "resume" -- list accomplishments, involvements, and work experiences -- with the senior year activities. The resume will help the student complete the applications and essays.
Gather letters of recommendation. Student should ask counselor, teachers, and coaches, or employers for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to meet the deadlines and be sure to give them a list of your activities & accomplishments.
Take ACT/SAT tests.
If you are applying under an Early Decision or Early Action program, be sure to get all forms in as soon as possible. Applying online might be the right option for you.
Look for scholarships – Counseling Center, with search engines like Fast Web, through community and parental involvement.