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  1. 2. <ul><li>Counselors 2011-12 </li></ul><ul><li>A-B Mr. Stahl LI-M Mrs. Marcheski </li></ul><ul><li>C-D Mrs. Vink N-RO Mrs. Sokolove </li></ul><ul><li>E-HI Mr. Peterson RU-TE Ms. Julian </li></ul><ul><li>HO-LE Mrs. O’Brien TH-Z Mrs. Bermudez </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Student Services: Ms. Ferrara </li></ul><ul><li>Registrar: Mrs. Halfhill </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript Secretary: Mrs. Kurth </li></ul><ul><li>School Psychologist: Mrs. Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>School Social Worker: Mrs. Orens </li></ul><ul><li>ADS Counselor: Mr. Lawton </li></ul><ul><li>Career Center Specialist: Mrs. Hurlburt </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Coach: Ms. Peterson </li></ul><ul><li>School Nurse: Mrs. Sparks </li></ul><ul><li>Clinic Aide: Mrs. Settles </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Standard Diploma (22 credits) Advanced Diploma (24 Credits) </li></ul><ul><li>English 9, 10, 11, 12 English 9, 10, 11, 12 </li></ul><ul><li>World History 1 & 2 World History 1 & 2 </li></ul><ul><li>US/VA History US/VA History </li></ul><ul><li>US Government US Government </li></ul><ul><li>3 Mathematics credits 4 Mathematics credits </li></ul><ul><li>(Alg 1 Part 1, Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2) (Alg 1 Part 1, Alg 1, Geometry, Alg 2, </li></ul><ul><li> PreCalculus, Prob/Stat, AP Calc) </li></ul><ul><li>3 Science Credits 4 Science Credits </li></ul><ul><li>(Active Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, (Active Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems) Physics, Geosystems, Science Elective) </li></ul><ul><li>Health/PE 9 Health/PE 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Health/PE 10 Health/PE 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Fine/Practical Arts Credit Foreign Language (3 years or 2/2 years) </li></ul><ul><li>5 Elective Credits (including sequential elective) Fine/Practical Arts Credit </li></ul><ul><li>2 Elective Credits </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>4 year college/university </li></ul><ul><li>2 year college/Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Technical School </li></ul><ul><li>Armed Services </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeship Training </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Work </li></ul><ul><li>Gap Year </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is for every graduating Senior to have a plan! Your choice should be based on career goals, abilities, interests, and the education needed. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Where are YOU in this process? <ul><li>Identify preferences and possible options </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with your counselor and talk to your parents </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a college search in the Career Center </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow choices and make a definitive list of schools </li></ul><ul><li>Research deadlines/admissions policies & requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Visit colleges/Meet with representatives </li></ul><ul><li>Complete applications & request transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with college to be sure all applications have been received </li></ul><ul><li>Research financial aid and scholarship opportunities </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Identify the decision to be made – what do you want to do after graduation? What are your short term and long term goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Know Yourself – what are your skills, strengths, and weaknesses? What are your interests? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the options – what is most practical? </li></ul><ul><li>Gather Information! </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the pros and cons of each alternative </li></ul><ul><li>Select the best option for you! </li></ul><ul><li>Design a course of action to implement your decision </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Identify your reach schools, safety schools, and good fit. Look on Family Connection for info about average GPA, SAT scores, etc. Do you meet the admissions criteria? </li></ul><ul><li>Size of school/Campus life/Housing & dining options </li></ul><ul><li>Distance from home? Geographic location? </li></ul><ul><li>Financial concerns – discuss with your parents. How much is 4 years of college going to cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Majors – what do you want to study? Is there flexibility if you change your mind? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you visited the campus? Looked at the dorms and facilities? Met with any admissions representatives? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research! If you are going to spend 4 years there, you want to make sure you are choosing wisely! </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who will be academically successful at their institutions. They establish certain criteria for admission. No single factor really determines acceptance or rejection. Many schools are interested in more than just the academic record and are looking for challenging courses, good grades, accomplishments, commitment to activities, etc. Many colleges are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic record/GPA Strength of curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership/awards Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Athletic involvement Student Essay </li></ul><ul><li>HS and community service Special talents </li></ul><ul><li>Test scores Summer experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-curricular activities Employment </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Complete online college application on a college or university’s website. When creating your username and password, write it down and remember it!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Request transcripts through the transcript secretary (Mrs. Kurth) using the WSHS transcript request form. </li></ul><ul><li>Send SAT/ACT scores directly from the or . </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange for letters of recommendation (if required) from teachers. Provide them with envelopes addressed to the college Admission Office. Allow plenty of time for letters to be completed and sent! </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with colleges to be sure that all materials have been received and that your application is complete! </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Check college websites to review the requirements! </li></ul><ul><li>APPLICATION (Completed online by student) </li></ul><ul><li>TRANSCRIPTS (Requested by student, sent by school) </li></ul><ul><li>TEST SCORES (Requested by student to be sent directly from testing agency) </li></ul><ul><li>RECOMMENDATIONS (Counselor rec sent with transcript if requested, teacher recs usually sent separately) </li></ul><ul><li>All of your application “pieces” do not have to be mailed at the same time! As materials are received, the colleges will create a file for you. After submitting applications and supplementary materials, you will want to follow up with colleges to make sure they have received all of your application materials so they can begin to review your application. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Regular Decision : Students are required to apply for a fixed date. Applications are evaluated and then decision letters are mailed to students by Spring. </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling Admission : The college will review each student’s application as soon as all the required materials have been received. Applicants are usually notified of decision within 4-6 weeks. Space may be limited, so it is advised to send in your application in a timely manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Early Decision : Students submit the application to a college early, usually by November 1 st and are notified in December. The student is agreeing, by contract, to enter that college if accepted and withdraw all other applications. This option is most appropriate for students who have a strong academic profile and have a definitive first choice of schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Early Action : Early action is a process in which students apply and receive a decision by mid-December, but it is non-binding. It is similar to Early Decision, but if accepted the student is not required to accept admission or withdraw other applications. </li></ul><ul><li>REMINDERS: Financial Aid can play a role in the type of admission decisions! Discuss with your counselor! If you apply early, you could either be accepted, be denied, or be moved into the regular decision pool. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Complete the information on the WSHS Transcript Request form. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an addressed stamped letter size envelope for each college/scholarship application. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach Secondary School Report or Counselor Recommendation forms, if required by school. Sign and complete student forms. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit payment. The first three transcripts are free of charge, and all transcripts after that are $5.00. No records will be sent until the fee is paid! If a transcript request is made after the deadline, there will be an additional late fee of $5.00 per transcript. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn in the request form, stamped/addressed envelopes, payment, and other forms to MRS. KURTH in the Student Services Office. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow at least three weeks for processing and mailing to colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>MID-YEAR GRADES WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE SENT TO ANY COLLEGES FOR WHICH TRANSCRIPTS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TURN IN ADDITIONAL REQUESTS! </li></ul>
  12. 13. Must be signed by parent and student!!!! Waive your right! New this year! You must provide envelopes!
  13. 14. Please put the date of request. Neatly print name and address of Admissions Office. If multiple campuses, please specify which one you are applying to! PLEASE specify application type. We need to know this so we are aware of the deadlines. Include due date! NOT ASAP!!! If requested will be sent in with transcript. Check application to see if there is a Secondary School Report. If so, please print out and submit to counselor with transcript request.
  14. 15. <ul><li>Request Deadline Transcript Due at College </li></ul><ul><li>October 3 November 1 </li></ul><ul><li>October 17 November 15 </li></ul><ul><li>November 4 December 1 </li></ul><ul><li>November 15 January 1 </li></ul><ul><li>December 2 January 15 </li></ul><ul><li>January 13 February 1 </li></ul><ul><li>For rolling admissions, please allow 3 weeks </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Register online to sign up for fall tests! </li></ul><ul><li>SAT: </li></ul><ul><li>ACT: </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming SAT Dates: November 5, December 3 rd </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming ACT Dates: October 22 nd , December 10 th </li></ul><ul><li>SAT SUBJECT TESTS. Some highly selective colleges may require some subject tests. They are usually offered the same day as the SAT. Check with your college to see if these are required! </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Interested in the military? Sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). This is a timed test that determines how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want! </li></ul><ul><li>The ASVAB will be offered here at West Springfield on the following dates: </li></ul><ul><li>November 4 th and March 22 nd </li></ul><ul><li>See Ms. Hurlburt to sign up!!!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Army: Marine Corps: </li></ul><ul><li>Navy: Coast Guard: </li></ul><ul><li>Air Force: National Guard: </li></ul><ul><li>For additional information, go to </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Apprenticeship – employers training program that combines on the job training with related instruction. Sponsored by an employer and receive a state apprenticeship certificate. Some examples of fields that offer apprenticeship opportunities are carpentry, cosmetology, electricity, plumbing, optical, and surveying. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Go directly into the workforce! Find out what kind of jobs are available through the Virginia Employment Commission: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? See Mrs. Hurlburt in Career Center! </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Community Colleges (NOVA) – 2 year programs usually lead to an Associate’s Degree, license, or certificate in a particular field. Many community colleges offer academic courses as well as technical/occupational training in a variety of fields. After two years, it is usually possible to transfer to a four year university and earn a Bachelor’s degree in a particular field. </li></ul><ul><li>Technical/Trade Schools – Privately owned schools that offer technical training. Be sure to know what type of degree you can get and what opportunities are available upon completion. Check to see if school is licensed and ask questions regarding job opportunities available after graduation. Areas of specialization include fashion, cosmetology, medical and tech training, broadcasting etc. </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>A strong senior year makes a strong application! Stay organized, use good time management, and demonstrate responsibility and advocacy! Be organized and knowledgeable about the college process and what you are responsible for! </li></ul><ul><li>Semester grades are important! We will automatically send a copy of your 1 st semester grades to any college you have requested transcripts for. </li></ul><ul><li>An upward trend can help when applying to colleges. Many times they will wait to make a decision until they see your Senior year grades! </li></ul><ul><li>You grades count all year! Work hard each quarter even after you get accepted into college.  Colleges can (and will) revoke their acceptance if your grades decline. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your requirements for graduation, including the diploma type you are working towards. If you are not sure, ask your school counselor. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>YOU take ownership of this process. Do NOT have your parents do things for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Research deadlines on college websites and in Family Connection. Call Admissions offices if you have any questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Request standardized test scores directly from SAT/ACT websites. WE DO NOT SEND SAT/ACT SCORES! YOU DO!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Be familiar with the WSHS processing policy for transcripts. </li></ul><ul><li>Research individual college requirements in Family Connection. Know what needs to be submitted for your application. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide counselors with copies of Secondary School Reports when required. Be sure to fill out the student portion. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with the colleges to ensure that all materials have been received. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate regularly with your school counselor and with Ms. Hurlburt in the Career Center. </li></ul><ul><li>Check your email on a regular basis! </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>The WSHS Student Services Department sends out a lot of information for Seniors through student email. Since we no longer have school based email, you MUST update your email in Blackboard! </li></ul><ul><li>We have many college representatives visiting in the fall. Take advantage of these visits! They are a great opportunity to make connections! </li></ul><ul><li>You MUST complete your Junior Packet in order to receive a recommendation from your counselor. With the change in counselors this year, it really helps us write an effective letter for you! </li></ul><ul><li>If you are interested in playing college athletics, you must be registered through the NCAA Clearinghouse. See Mr. Stahl in Student Services if you have questions regarding this process and to get information. </li></ul><ul><li>The West Springfield CEEB code is 472140 . You may need this on various college applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a list of all colleges you are applying to! Know the deadlines and be aware of the requirements! If you need any assistance, see your school counselor or Ms. Hurlburt in the Career Center. If you are not sure, ASK!!!! </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>September </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for SAT/ACT tests or possibly SAT II subject tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that Junior Self-Assessment has been completed and submitted to your counselor. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit colleges and universities that interest you with your parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with your counselor/Ms. H to discuss your college choices and review the transcript request process. </li></ul><ul><li>Check Career Center websites and sign up for college visits! </li></ul><ul><li>October </li></ul><ul><li>Approach teachers regarding letters of recommendation. Provide teachers ample time to write and send out letters. Provide teachers with a resume and addressed, stamped enveloped for colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin drafts of college essays. Review them with parent, teacher, or counselor for feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend College Fair and College Night! Make your final list of colleges and begin applications! </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain good academic grades during the 1 st quarter!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>If you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, submit applications and transcript requests! </li></ul><ul><li>November </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with teachers to be sure that recommendations were sent. </li></ul><ul><li>Take SAT/ACT/SAT Subject tests if applicable. </li></ul><ul><li>December </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Financial Aid Night with your parents at WSHS </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor applications and deadlines. Submit applications before holiday break! </li></ul><ul><li>Check to be sure all materials have been received by colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin filling out financial aid and scholarship applications. </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>October 3 rd : November 1 st Transcript Deadline </li></ul><ul><li>October 9 th : SAT (Not at WSHS) </li></ul><ul><li>October 17 th : November 15 th Transcript Deadline </li></ul><ul><li>October 17 th : College Fair (Fair Oaks Mall) 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm </li></ul><ul><li>October 18 th : College Night (Hayfield Secondary) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm </li></ul><ul><li>November 4 th : Transcript Deadline for December 1 st </li></ul><ul><li>November 5 th : 1 st Quarter Report Cards Distributed </li></ul><ul><li>November 6 th : SAT (Not at WSHS) </li></ul><ul><li>November 15 th : Transcript Deadline for January 1 st </li></ul><ul><li>December 2 nd : Transcript Deadline for January 15 th </li></ul><ul><li>December 4 th : SAT at WSHS </li></ul><ul><li>December 8 th : Financial Aid Night (WSHS Cafeteria) 7:00 pm </li></ul><ul><li>ANY QUESTIONS??? </li></ul>