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1 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PARENT COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 2015

2 College and Career Academy

3 Purpose Provide a launching pad for our students into the college and career of their choice

4 How do we do this? Provide flexible spaces where opportunities to collaborate on learning are made easier Classroom Design Flexible Study Spaces

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6 Curriculum Provide additional curriculum and scheduling opportunities We have many dual credit and AP opportunities We continue to work with IU, Purdue, Ball State, Ivy Tech to bring more dual credit opportunities

7 Senior Flex Schedule Provide an opportunity to students who challenge themselves academically Four AP or dual credit courses may constitute a full day This needs to be a carefully planned decision May not be in the student s best interest

8 Planning with Pathways

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10 Other Pathway Possibilities Business Communication Technology Engineering Agriculture Law and Government Undecided

11 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PARENT COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 2015

12 Testing & Assessment for Career & College ACT PLAN ACT College Board PSAT SAT AP Subject Tests

13 Student Success Begins With Strong academic curriculum Core 40 minimum Support for student on campus School, family, peers, etc. Belief in positive results of additional education Researching future options

14 Postsecondary Planning Making The Pieces Fit

15 Researching Colleges College Websites Campus Visits Online College Match Services College Board s College Matchmaker Naviance

16 Researching Colleges Resource Books (a sampling) College Board s Book of Majors College Board s College Handbook Fiske Guide to College Princeton Review s Best 373 Colleges Regional College Fairs National College Fair

17 College Visits Make appointment Know what you need Talk with admissions Tour campus Financial aid Sit in on class Visit a dorm Eat on campus Prepare questions Research school before appointment Parents should accompany student Record impressions & important facts Discuss visit If unable to visit, take a virtual tour

18 Common Application File online: Complete once & send to multiple schools Supplemental forms for some schools In-depth application

19 The College Essay Not all colleges require Respond to prompt Write what you are passionate about Opportunity to share something about self & demonstrate writing ability Narrow focus a moment in time Give vivid, clear picture Use standard written English; no slang

20 Recommendations Teacher Recs Not always required Student responsibility to request Student should provide teacher with: Resume or list of activities, honors, etc. Date needed (allow at least 2 weeks) Any specifics student wants included

21 Survival Tips for Students Visit colleges early Explain special circumstances Prepare a resume Talk w/ counselor Follow timelines Take process seriously Send official test results Request electronic transcript Be honest on your application! Sing your praises Investigate financial aid & scholarships continuously Don t listen to peers Ask questions!!!

22 4 Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Scores Your Skills Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Answers Next Steps Critical Reading 3 Test Sections Mathematics Writing Skills

23 Your Scores Score You can see your projected SAT score online in My College QuickStart (www.collegeboard.org/quickstart). Score Range Percentile If you are a junior, your scores are compared to those of other juniors. If you are a sophomore or younger student, your scores are compared to those of sophomores.

24 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Information The Selection Index is the sum of your critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores. If it has an asterisk, you do not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the competition. The Percentile compares your performance to that of other college-bound juniors. The Entry Requirements section displays information you provided on your answer sheet.

25 Your Skills See how you did on each skill. The same skills are tested on the SAT. You can try hundreds of practice questions, organized by skill, online in My College QuickStart (www.collegeboard.org/quickstart).

26 Your Answers You will get your test book back with your PSAT/NMSQT results, so that you can review the questions. You can also review each test question in My College QuickStart.

27 Your Answers: Student-Produced Responses Some of the math problems required you to grid in answers instead of selecting an option. For these questions, you will see the correct answer(s) written out.

28 What s next? Next Steps Use the access code on your report to log in to My College QuickStart, a personalized college and career planning kit. There you can: Search for colleges Get a personalized SAT study plan Take a personality test to find majors and careers that fit you

29 My College QuickStart

30 My College QuickStart My Online Score Report Projected SAT score ranges State percentiles You can filter questions Questions and answer explanations

31 My College QuickStart My SAT Study Plan Personalized skills to improve SAT practice questions An official SAT practice test

32 My College QuickStart My Personality Personality test Description of your type Tips for success Majors and careers that might be a good fit for you

33 My College QuickStart My College Matches Starter list of colleges Criteria to customize search Ability to save searches

34 My College QuickStart My Majors & Career Matches Major you chose Related majors Related careers

35 My College QuickStart Log in to your personalized account at

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