Sophomore Parent College Night Herron High School Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:00 – 7:30 PM AGENDA Sophomore Parent College Night 1) Junior Year 2) College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT and ACT 3) Preparing for College Applications 6) Q & A 1) Junior Year 2) College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT and ACT 3) Preparing for College Applications 4) Q & A Junior Year: Core 40 Diploma vs. Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma Core 40 - 8 credits of English 6 credits of Math 6 credits of Science 6 credits of Social Studies 5 credits of Directed Electives (Languages, Fine Arts) - 2 credits of PE - 1 credit of Health - 6 credits of other Elective credits Core 40 with AD - Meet all Core 40 requirements - 6 World Language credits (6 in 1 language or 4 credits each in 2 languages) - 2 additional Math Credits (Pre-Cal) - 2 Fine Arts Credits - 1 of the following: • 4 AP credits • 2 Dual credits • 2 AP / 1 Dual credits • High test scores - GPA of 2.7 or higher at graduation Academic Honors Diploma - An Academic Honors Diploma is a sign that a student has successfully completed a rigorous high school curriculum. It is the preferred diploma for schools like IU and Purdue. - Some schools award automatic scholarships for AHD recipients; others rank these students higher for scholarship consideration. - In Indiana, only students with an AHD will receive 100% of the financial aid grants (Frank O’Bannon Award) for which they qualify; students who earn a Core 40 Diploma will receive 80% of the grant funding. Typical Junior Year Schedule - English 11 or AP Language and Composition - Next math class (Alg II, Pre Cal, PreAP Pre Cal, AP Calc, etc.) - Biology (unless transfer student) - Next Latin class - Government / AP Gov’t and Econ *If taking AP Gov, take Econ this summer! - 2 Electives - Seminar **All HHS students take 5 core classes every year Summer Academe this Summer if… - NG in English or Math in 10th grade (mandatory) - Not yet completed PE / Health credits (mandatory) - Taking AP Gov in 11th grade and want to get Econ out of the way - Want to get ahead in Government - Student Help Desk Junior Year Grades, Grades, Grades! - When students apply to college in the fall of their senior year, the last grades that will be present on their transcript are from junior year. - Colleges look at grade trends – hopefully upward trends! How a student does in 11th grade is more important than how a student did in 9th. - The main focus of a Junior student should be to earn as high of grades as possible! Scheduling for Junior Year - Students will begin the scheduling process in their Advisories the week of April 22nd. All students will meet with an Academic Advisor or Administrator to finalize schedule the week of April 28th. 1) Junior Year 2) College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT and ACT 3) Preparing for College Applications 4) Q & A PSAT – take in 10th and 11th Grade Next PSAT/NMSQT: October 15, 2014 The PSAT scores are not sent to colleges, but the test is important as practice SAT and to qualify juniors for the National Merit Scholarship competition. HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #1: Write the results of your student’s test below and add a zero to each category. Add them together for the total. Critical Reading Math Writing Combined Critical Reading and Math Combined Critical Reading, Math, Writing Using PSAT Scores to Prepare - Go to www.collegeboard.org/quickstart - Use the ‘access code’ listed on the bottom of your student’s PSAT score report. - https://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownlo ad/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdf - Review scores, go over answers, identify areas of strength and weakness, etc. *Students will receive their test booklets back in Seminar College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT •Nearly all colleges require the SAT or ACT •Most colleges accept either test •Register at least one month in advance •Tests administered on Saturday mornings •Fee – approx. $51 SAT; $52.50 ACT; or waiver • Late registration available for an increased fee •Score reporting - 4 free – approx. $12.00 additional •Resource students – Accommodations available College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test www.collegeboard.org The SAT consists of three parts: 1. Critical Reading 2. Mathematics 3. Writing Each section is scored from 200-800. Perfect score = 2400 SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test www.collegeboard.com College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT ACT – American College Test www.act.org The ACT consists of five parts: 1. English 2. Mathematics 3. Reading 4. Science 5. Writing The entire ACT test is scored from 16 to 30. Perfect score = 30 ACT American College Test www.act.org College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT The SAT/ACT Testing Plan for Students Plan A: Take both Junior year; compare; study; retake strongest test Plan B: Take SAT Junior year; review scores; study; retake **All students MUST take the SAT or ACT in their 11th grade year! **Students sign up with their parents / guardians online for a date and location most convenient College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT Why take the test again? *Broaden the scope of college acceptances *It will put you in a higher scholarship category *Most colleges will superscore the SAT Apr CR 430 Math 580 Writing 370  Oct CR 440 Math 560 Writing 390  Superscore will be 1410 College Admissions Tests: SAT and ACT How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT •Online prep; number2.com or CollegeBoard •Questions of the day •Paper practice tests-available at Advising Office •Classes for a fee – Princeton Review; Kaplan •Review book with CDs •Naviance – new website rolling out this spring with customized study plan HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #2: Sign up for the following Sign up for the Question of the Day at www.collegeboard.org Sign up for the Question of the Day at www.act.org Register at www.number2.com and take a practice SAT or ACT 1) Junior Year 2) College Admissions Tests: PSAT, SAT and ACT 3) Preparing for College Application Process 4) Q & A College Application Components • • • • • • • • • • • • Transcript GPA Test Scores Honors / Awards Extra-curricular activities Leadership roles Community involvement Summer experiences Jobs / Internships Disciplinary / Attendance Concerns Letters of Recommendation Essay Begin the College Search now! • Herron sponsored College Visits this spring • Begin discussion about desired college characteristics Size Location Area / Major of focus Campus environment Distance from home (in-state vs. out-of-state) Private / Public • Plan campus visits as a family • Use websites with search functions: Petersons College Search – www. Petersons.com College Prowler – www.collegeprowler.com Cappex – www.cappex.com CollegeBoard Big Future– https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ The College Search and Narrowing Down Your Choices Begin a list of Desired Colleges SAFETY/FALLBACK - Schools to which you will get accepted. Hanover College 1620- 1780 You 2260 & 4.37 TARGET - Schools to which you should get accepted but there are no guarantees. REACH – Schools to which you might get accepted but it is going to be difficult. Indiana University 1640-1890 & 3.67 University of Notre Dame 1950-2250 You 1490 & 3.12 GPA You 1240 & 2.3 GPA www.cappex.com/colleges Financial Aid Basics Merit-Based Scholarship and Grants Direct from college / university Needs-Based Grants and Loans - FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid EFC – Estimated Family Contribution Grants, i.e. Pell Federally subsidized student loans Unsubsidized student loans Work-study Parent loans Outside Scholarships – fastweb.com In Summary… Talk with your students about: - Junior Year - SAT / ACT - Preparing for College . Sophomore Parent College Night Herron High School Thank you for your participation this evening.