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  • 1. Class of 2012 Senior Meetings September 19-20, 2011 West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Family Connection <ul><li>Log in through Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your 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 your list of “Favorite Colleges” </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the “All About Me” survey </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 5. College Visits in Family Connection West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 6. 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
  • 7. College Fair/Night West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Key Terms to Know <ul><li>Early Decision = binding, fall deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Early Action = non-binding, fall deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Admission = winter deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Admission = no deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Open Admission = no admission criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Deposit Deadline = must notify schools of your decision to enroll by May 1 </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 10. Completing the Application <ul><li>Use your full, legal name on the application and all supporting documents </li></ul><ul><li>Answer all questions to the best of your ability </li></ul><ul><li>Read everything on the application before completing it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not write “USA” when it asks for “county” </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 11. Completing the Application <ul><li>Submit your essay and resume separately by mail, if the college permits </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful to submit the correct essay to each college, especially if you are using the same essay for different schools </li></ul><ul><li>Spell the name of the school correctly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Johns Hopkins ≠ John Hopkins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marist College ≠ Marxist College </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 12. Transcript Request Process <ul><li>Complete the WPHS Release of Records and Transcript Request form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be signed by parent/guardian if you are under 18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No records will be sent without this signed form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Completed form should be turned in to your counselor with the fee at least three weeks before the deadline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First three transcripts are free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$5 per transcript </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 13. Transcript Request Deadlines West Potomac High School – Student Services DEADLINE to turn completed request to Counselor Application Deadline for College/University October 12, 2011 November 1, 2011 National Early Application Deadline October 25, 2011 November 15, 2011 November 9, 2011 December 1, 2011 November 23, 2011 December 15, 2011 December 1, 2011 January 1, 2012 December 14, 2011 January 15, 2012 January 11, 2012 February 1, 2012
  • 14. Transcript Request Form West Potomac High School – Student Services 1. I have applied to ____________________________________ college, university, or scholarship Application Due Date  Early Decision  Early Action  Regular  Rolling Address: ___________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Please send the following to this institution:  Transcript/Profile Note: WPHS does not send SAT or ACT scores  Include current Senior grades  Letter of Recommendation  Secondary School Report (SSR) 7th semester grades will be mailed automatically in February  Other I have attached:  $5.00  Fee Waived  (2) First Class Stamps
  • 15. Requesting Recommendations <ul><li>All forms available in Career Center and online at http://www.fcps.edu/WestPotomacHS/departments/ccctr/collegeinfo.html </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the “All About Me” survey in Family Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Politely ask teachers/counselor to write a letter of recommendation for you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give at least three weeks notice </li></ul></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 16. SUBMIT ALL REQUESTS TO YOUR COUNSELOR IN A FACE-TO-FACE MEETING. West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 17. Financial Aid <ul><li>Submit your FAFSA beginning January 1. This will give you the financial aid package from colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Champion, Dale Schmidt, will be in the Career Center during all lunches beginning in October </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships are posted on Family Connections and in the Career Center </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 18. SAT & ACT <ul><li>Submit your SAT or ACT scores directly to the college </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List colleges when registering for test </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WPHS does not send your scores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Request SAT scores at www.collegeboard.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request ACT scores at www.actstudent.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you are planning to attend NVCC or Pathways, you do not need to take the SAT or the ACT </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 19. SAT & ACT Test Dates <ul><li>SAT </li></ul><ul><li>October 1 </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
  • 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. Keep your grades up! <ul><li>Colleges DO rescind admission if your grades go down during your senior year… </li></ul><ul><li>Students received these </li></ul><ul><li>letters </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 22. COLLEGE ISN'T THE ONLY OPTION… West Potomac High School – Student Services
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. Military Service <ul><li>Take the ASVAB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offered on October 11 and 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
  • 26. Where do we go from here? <ul><li>Individual Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review your transcript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss graduation plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider post-secondary options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research options now! </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for colleges or jobs </li></ul>West Potomac High School – Student Services
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