Upcoming Events Counselor Introductions GCH Student Services Web Site Parent Access to Grades Graduation Requirements Community Service Dual Enrollment SAT / ACT Calculating Grade Point Averages What are Colleges / Universities looking for? State Community Colleges/ State University System Application Process Bright Futures Scholarships Financial Aid Process - FAFSA Local and State/National Scholarships NCAA – College Athletics Cindy Giles (Dept. Chair) Do- F Lyndsey Dombroski A- Di Heather Minsker G–L Connie Perrin M-Re Deb Wessman Ri– Z PSAT October 15th, 2014 District College Night ◦ September 22, 2014 @ Golden Gate HS ◦ 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. College Visits @ GCHS ◦ Concentration mid – late September ASVAB ◦ 11/6/2014 • • • ‘Pre’ – SAT National Merit Scholarship Program for 11th graders Will be given to all 10th and to 11th graders who sign up in the Student Services Department by September 30, 2014. SCHOOL / LOCATION DATE Time 9/9/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 9/11/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MRS. SOULARD'S ROOM 4-111 HOPE College: Holland, MI 9/17/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB Florida Institute of Technology: Melbourne, FL 9/22/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB University of Tampa: Tampa, FL 9/22/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB 9/24/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB 10/9/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB 10/21/2014 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB Florida Southwestern State College (Formally Edison State College): Ft. Myers 10/22/2014 and Naples, FL 11:40 (LUNCH) MEDIA CENTER - SEMINOLE LAB University Of Florida: Gainesville, FL Samford University: Birmingham, AL Miami University Ohio: Miami, Ohio Florida Southern College: Lakeland, FL GCH LOCATION Essay Topic We often hear the phrase "the good life." In fact, the University of Florida's common course required of all undergraduate students is titled "What is the Good Life?". The concept of "the good life" can be interpreted in many different ways depending upon the experiences, values and aspirations of each individual. In a concise narrative, describe your notion of "the good life." How will your undergraduate experience at the University of Florida prepare you to live "the good life"? Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Exam (ENLISTED MILITARY ENTRANCE EXAM – career interest inventory) November 6, 2014 @ GCHS Open to Juniors and Seniors Only MUST SIGN UP IN ROTC 6-176 BY OCTOBER 24, 2014 www.gulfcoastsharks.com Check your student’s grades on-line: 1. Set up your own account online with ID and Password ◦ Parent Access to Gradebook or 2. Access through your son/daughter ◦ Username: 6 digit student number ◦ Password: Birth Month and Day June 7, (0607) Contact Teachers: www.gulfcoastsharks.com Click ‘Faculty’ for email addresses Required Credits: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ English Math Science Social Science Practical/Performing Art 1.0 HOPE 24 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 Pass the 10th Grade FCAT (Reading) Pass Algebra 1 EOC On line course Take Biology & Geometry EOC’s for 10% of final course grade Earn a 2.0 unweighted GPA ◦ Elective Credits 8.0 Note: Additional courses are required for SUS admissions Required Credits: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ English Math (Algebra & Geometry) Science (Biology) Social Science Practical/Performing Art HOPE 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 Pass the 10th Grade (English Language Arts Test ) Must pass Algebra 1 END of COURSE EXAM One online course (Government/Economics) Earn a 2.0 unweighted GPA ◦ Elective Credits 24 8.0 Note: Additional courses are required for SUS admissions Not required for graduation Requirements for Bright Futures Cannot be affiliated with religious or political organizations Must obtain prior approval during lunch on Thursdays and Fridays in the Student Services Department Forms available on the web page or in the Student Services Office FGCU Edison Application Deadline February 13, 2015 April 10, 2015 SAT/ACT deadlines ( last test dates for FGCU is February 7th and ESC is March 14th) Please see website for requirements Application deadlines and requirements are set by FGCU & ESC – and may change. If you choose to do dual enrollment you will start your college transcript and grade point average the minute you earn your first credit. SAT & ACT When Offered – registration deadlines Handout /GCHS Student Services Website Next Test Date for the Year SAT October 11, 2014 ACT. October 25, 2014 See purple handout for more dates this school year SAT focuses on college success skills: writing, critical reading, and mathematics Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes ACT is curriculum based in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science (must take writing) Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes Students should take one or both in the winter of their junior year (It is recommended that all students take a prep course or independent study work) A+ Skills Tutoring Club Z MathWorks Sylvan Learning Center www.ACT.ORG www.COLLEGEBOARD.com KAHN Academy Princeton Review Books The College Board Real SAT’s Barron’s SAT Prep Up Your Score-the Underground Guide to the SAT Calculation ◦ State unweighted for graduation ◦ County weighted for class ranking ◦ Recalculated “academic core” Bright Futures Honors add .02 points to each semester with grade of “C” or better Ex. English 1 Hon. A= 4.04 (entire full credit course) Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment/AICE add .04 points to each semester with grade of “C” or better Ex. AP Biology Grade “A” = 4.08 (entire full credit course) ◦ The strength of your high school academic program (including the senior year) ◦ GPA ◦ Difficulty of classes ◦ Highest level of classes (honors, AP) ◦ Improvement ◦ Consistency Strong Performance in a Challenging Curriculum Standardized Tests Extracurricular Activities ◦ Special Talents/Interests ◦ Athletics ◦ Community Service (not a laundry list-depth& breadth) ◦ Leadership ◦ Employment 28 State (Community) Colleges in Florida ◦ 61 Campuses ◦ Serve over 900,000 students ◦ 67% enrolled in AA transfer Program ◦ 33% enrolled in AS & certificate program UWF FSU FAMU Florida State University 37 University of Florida 17 University of South Florida 21 Florida Atlantic University 5 University of Central Florida 29 Florida International University 3 University of North Florida 1 Florida Gulf Coast University 82 Community Colleges in Florida 118 TOTAL= 313 56% 4 year university 31% 2 year university UNF UF UCF USF NCF FGCU FAU FIU FSU has 1 admissions deadline: 10/16/14 ◦ (12/16/14 notification) ◦ Applications after are on a space available basis UF has 1 admission deadline: 11/1/14 (2/14/15 notification) Applications after are on a space available basis 99% admitted from November applicant pool ◦ FGCU, FAMU, FAU,USF, UWF, and UCF have rolling admissions with a Feb 15th priority deadline Note: Generally to be considered for university scholarships, students must apply by the first deadline. Minimum Admission Requirements ◦ Graduation From an Accredited High School ◦ 18 Core Academic Credits ◦ SAT or ACT Scores (With Writing) Specific Requirements (GPA, Test Scores & Essays) vary From College to College Minimum SAT Reading: 460 Math: 460 Minimum ACT Reading: 19 English:18 Math 19 College MR GPA MR SAT MR ACT FGCU FSU UF USF 1450-1680 1760-1980 1870-2100 1680-1900 20-23 24-28 24-29 21-25 3.07-3.73 3.8 -4.3 4.1- 4.5 3.75-4.3 No letters of recommendation required Select up to 5 colleges and visit their websites to obtain their application procedures-most colleges require/prefer online applications. Get Started Now if you are a senior- APPLY EARLY! Update your resume. All applications are online – visit individual school websites - look under ‘admissions’. Recommendations: Most colleges do not require recommendation letters-some scholarships do. Once you apply to college, NO SCHEDULES WILL BE CHANGED Some colleges are using Send.edu applications Common Applications ◦ The “Common App” (CommonApp.org) is currently accepted by over 450 colleges and universities; many of these are private schools. The idea was to make the admissions process more uniform and save students time in entering the same information over and over. ◦ Boston University, University of Michigan etc. Student Self-Reported Academic Record The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is FSU and UF's new self-reported transcript. It is an online form where you enter your high school and dual-enrollment courses and grades from 9th-11th and your courses in progress for grade 12. It is recommended that you get a hard-copy transcript from your guidance counselor in order to complete the SSAR. Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance ◦ www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org ◦ Florida Financial Aid Applications ◦ Florida Bright Futures Scholarships ◦ Talented 20 Program ◦ State Grant and Scholarship Programs Class of 2014 & After GOLD SEAL VOCATIONAL SCHOLARS AWARD FLORIDA MEDALLION SCHOLARS ACADEMIC SCHOLARS AWARD SAT Verbal:440 Math:440 ACT Reading: 18 English: 17 Math: 19 Community Hours 30 1170 Combined (excludes Writing) 26 Composite 75 1290 Combined (excludes Writing) 29 Composite 100 PLEASE NOTE: Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars graduating in 2011-12 and after may receive an award for 100% of the number of hours required to complete only one of the following programs at a Florida public or eligible Florida private postsecondary institution: Applied Technology Diploma, up to 60 credit hours or equivalent clock hours. A course of study that is part of a technical degree program, is less than 60 credit hours, and leads to employment in a specific occupation. Technical Degree Education Program, not to exceed 72 credit hours or equivalent clock hours. A course of study that leads to an associate in applied science degree or an associate in science degree. Career Certificate Program, not to exceed 72 credit hours or equivalent clock hours. A course of study that leads to at least one occupational completion point. The term is interchangeable with the term “certificate career education program.” The application/registration process begins December 1st of the senior year Counselors will call seniors to a computer lab for Bright Futures Registration in Dec/Jan Registration Instructions are also available on the GCHS Counselor Website under Scholarships/Bright Futures Registration Instructions The application must be completed in order to be eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships Free Application for Federal Student Aid WWW.FAFSA.ED.GOV ◦ Application available January 1st. GCHS Financial Aid Night: Tuesday, January 21, 2016:30pm September 24 6pm-7pm October 15 6pm-7pm There will be 4 other workshops also. Bright Futures Scholarships Total: $1,740,120 Community Scholarships Total: $135,400 College/University Scholarships Total: $2,388,755 Grand Total: $4,124,415 www.gulfcoastsharks.com State/National List is now available and has weekly updates Local Scholarship List will be available in February of 2014 ◦Senior Scholarship Assembly on 2/25/15 at 9 AM www.scholarships.com www.fastweb.com www.collegenet.com www.collegeanswer.com www.fastaid.com www.schoolsoup.com See GCHS Web Site for additional search engines and information. In order to play college sports, students must register with NCAA http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.com/ (online registration) the fee is $70.00 Athletes must be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet academic and athletic requirements A copy of the NCAA release must be given to Data Entry Clerk in Student Services for transcripts to be released to colleges and coaches Check School Website for Daily Announcements and Upcoming Events Check Student Services and District Website for College, Dual Enrolment and Scholarship Information. College Bound Students – Attend Financial Aid Night Check w/ the Admissions Offices of the Schools you wish to attend to make sure you are meeting all deadlines and requirements. Thank you for attending!