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2011 junior night

  1. 1. Junior Night October 12, 2011 West Potomac High School – Student Services
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>College and Career Resources </li></ul><ul><li>College Admissions </li></ul><ul><li>SAT and ACT </li></ul><ul><li>Career Information </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Class Sponsor </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  3. 3. Survey Results <ul><li>98% of students plan on attending college </li></ul><ul><li>24% would like to attend a community college </li></ul><ul><li>42% of students feel like they don’t understand the college admissions process </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  4. 4. Standard Diploma Credit & SOL Requirements <ul><li>4 English </li></ul><ul><li>3 Math </li></ul><ul><li>3 Science </li></ul><ul><li>4 Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>2 Health/PE </li></ul><ul><li>1 Fine/Practical Art </li></ul><ul><li>5 Electives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 sequential electives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6 SOL Tests: </li></ul><ul><li>2 English </li></ul><ul><li>1 Math </li></ul><ul><li>1 Science </li></ul><ul><li>1 Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>1 Other </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  5. 5. Advanced Studies Diploma Credit & SOL Requirements <ul><li>4 English </li></ul><ul><li>4 Math </li></ul><ul><li>4 Science </li></ul><ul><li>4 Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>3 World Language (or 2/2) </li></ul><ul><li>2 Health/PE </li></ul><ul><li>1 Fine/Practical Art </li></ul><ul><li>2 Electives </li></ul><ul><li>9 SOL Tests: </li></ul><ul><li>2 English </li></ul><ul><li>2 Math </li></ul><ul><li>2 Science </li></ul><ul><li>2 Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>1 Other </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  6. 6. College & Career Center Resources <ul><li>College Information </li></ul><ul><li>College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Information </li></ul><ul><li>Test Prep Info </li></ul><ul><li>Career Information </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services Room 332
  7. 7. Family Connection <ul><li>Log in through Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Students Should </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure e-mail address is current </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “About Me” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete “Game Plan” </li></ul><ul><li>Create “Resume” </li></ul><ul><li>Update list of “Favorite Colleges” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the “All About Me” survey </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  8. 8. College Tab West Potomac High School – Student Services
  9. 9. Scattergrams West Potomac High School – Student Services
  10. 10. College Visits in Family Connection West Potomac High School – Student Services
  11. 11. Colleges I’m Thinking About West Potomac High School – Student Services
  12. 12. About Me West Potomac High School – Student Services
  13. 13. Resume West Potomac High School – Student Services Scholarship Nominations Job interviews College activity sheets Letters of recommendation
  14. 14. Career Exploration West Potomac High School – Student Services
  15. 15. Factors to Consider When Selecting Your College <ul><li>Academic Programs / Majors </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Type of School </li></ul><ul><li>Student Life </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Special Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study abroad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ESOL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ROTC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  16. 16. College Fair/Night West Potomac High School – Student Services
  17. 17. Military Academies or ROTC Path <ul><li>Request pre-candidate application for each service academy or ROTC this spring </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters advise to take both SAT and ACT </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the service academy in the summer (some have great summer programs) </li></ul><ul><li>Get in top physical shape </li></ul><ul><li>Military Night at South County Secondary is March 7 </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  18. 18. Two-Year College <ul><li>Open Admissions with placement test </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer to a four-year college or prepare for employment </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate of completion or associate degree </li></ul><ul><li>Have honors, college prep, remedial and ESOL options </li></ul><ul><li>Offer lower tuition and no expense for room and board </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  19. 19. APPLYING TO SCHOOLS <ul><li>Community colleges or 2-year schools </li></ul><ul><li>4-year colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Technical or trade schools </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  20. 20. Admission Considerations <ul><li>Grade Point Average (GPA) – grades 9-11 </li></ul><ul><li>Strength of schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing courses appropriate for the student’s abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SAT or ACT scores </li></ul><ul><li>Essay or personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Resume or extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of involvement is more important than quantity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Portfolio or other supplemental materials </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  21. 21. SAT & ACT West Potomac High School – Student Services <ul><li>SAT Reasoning Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three hour and 45 minutes test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three sections with a maximum score of 2400 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Reading (200-800) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math (200–800) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple Choice (200-800) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essay (2-12) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ACT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievement test more closely tied to high school curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 hour test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Composite score (1-36) is an average of the 4 sub-scores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional essay (2-12) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TOEFL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test for students who are not native English speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially important for those who don’t score well on SAT reading/writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test is completely online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register on TOEFL web site </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Which test should my student take? <ul><li>Most colleges accept either SAT or ACT </li></ul><ul><li>Check requirements of individual schools </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Virginia Community College administers own placement test </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between SAT and ACT tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure different skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may perform better on one test than the other </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We encourage students to take both tests </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  23. 23. SAT & ACT Test Dates <ul><li>SAT </li></ul><ul><li>November 5 </li></ul><ul><li>December 3 </li></ul><ul><li>January 28 </li></ul><ul><li>March 10 </li></ul><ul><li>May 5 </li></ul><ul><li>June 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ACT </li></ul><ul><li>October 22 </li></ul><ul><li>December 10 </li></ul><ul><li>February 11 </li></ul><ul><li>April 14 </li></ul><ul><li>June 9 </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  24. 24. SAT Subject Test <ul><li>Some schools will require Subject tests </li></ul><ul><li>Test knowledge of particular academic discipline (history, math, sciences, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>Scores used for placement in classes and sometimes for admissions </li></ul><ul><li>Take immediately after the course in high school (US History in spring) </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  25. 25. Financial Aid <ul><li>Dale Schmidt </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships available through various sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College & Career Center Files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastweb.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill out online January of senior year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualify students for grants/loans/work studies </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  26. 26. COLLEGE ISN'T THE ONLY OPTION… West Potomac High School – Student Services
  27. 27. Apprenticeships <ul><li>Do the “Career Interest Profiler” survey in Family Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Paid on-the-job training </li></ul><ul><li>Related classroom instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Application required </li></ul><ul><li>Available in more than 400 fields, such as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpentry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmetology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plumbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heating ,Ventilation, Air Conditioning,& Refrigeration </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  28. 28. Entering the Workforce <ul><li>Do the “Career Interest Profiler” survey in Family Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Build a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Research occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Practice interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Attend job fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Job Center at the South County Government Building </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  29. 29. Military Service <ul><li>Take the ASVAB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February 14 @ WPHS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register in Career Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk to a recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>Earn money for college </li></ul><ul><li>Provides classroom and on-the-job training </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  30. 30. College Success Program <ul><li>Early Identification Program </li></ul><ul><li>College Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>AVID </li></ul><ul><li>Project Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to the Baccalaureate </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  31. 31. Pathways to the Baccalaureate <ul><li>Co-sponsored by FCPS, NVCC and GMU </li></ul><ul><li>Provides assistance to students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition to college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing a major </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placement testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial aid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transferring to a 4-year college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register at NVCC before high school graduation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guaranteed admission to GMU with a 2.5 GPA and a NVCC AA/AS degree </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  32. 32. Junior Class Sponsor West Potomac High School – Student Services
  33. 33. Counselor Breakout Rooms <ul><li>Rodriguez (A-Bas)-501 </li></ul><ul><li>Moore (Basa-Cob)-502 </li></ul><ul><li>Levine (Coba-For)-504 </li></ul><ul><li>Allison (Fora-Jab)-Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Otoyo (Jaba-Mam)-Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>McMahon (Mama-Ny)-528 </li></ul><ul><li>Watlington (Nya-Robe)-518 </li></ul><ul><li>Turner (Robf-Ten)-503 </li></ul><ul><li>Jefferson Dixon (Tena-Z)-524 </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services

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