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2 Set Sail Take a rigorous curriculum and make good grades in 9 th 10 th, 11 th and d12 th grade Take standardized tests and do your best PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT, *SAT II Subject Tests, CLEP Get involved in extracurricular activities Do community service ( 75 hours minimum) Engage in meaningful activities during the summer Research colleges, and apply for admission your senior year Apply for financial aid and scholarships *most selective college/universities may require SAT Subject Tests check the school s s admission requirements th,

3 Stay on Course GPA (Grade Point Average) Matters Test Scores Matter A Strong Résumé Matters A Polished, Well Written Essay Matters Teacher/Counselor Recommendations Matter Interviews (if required) Matter Money Matters

4 YOUR COMPASS Your Parents Your Teachers Your Counselor Your Media Specialist Your Mentors Your Computer Your CAP Advisor Coming soon d.org

5 Message in a Bottle Take Advantage of all the opportunities you have within reach: Free Tutoring Test Prep Courses Course Couse recovery ey 7 th period program Florida Virtual School ( Adult Education (evening courses) Community Service Opportunities Dual Enrollment classes (must have GPA requirements) Free classes at Miami Dade College or FIU (recommended for 11 th & 12 th) Internships (must have GPA requirements) Pre Collegiate Programs Travel Abroad Experiences

6 How am I going to pay for College?

7 Captain s Advice GRANTS! SCHOLARSHIPS! LOANS! Complete the FAFSA application online (January, senior year) Complete BRIGHT FUTURES Some colleges also require the CSS Financial Aid Profile Apply for scholarships (universities and others) Pre-Paid Paid College Program Pell Grant Plus Loan Stafford Loan MAKE SURE TO MEET ALL DEADLINES MAKE SURE TO SUBMIT COMPLETE APPLICATIONS

8 What College is Right For Me?

9 Captain s Advice Visit colleges/universities websites Research colleges/universities online Sign up and attend college ATM Attend college fairs Visit campuses Participate in pre-collegiate programs for high school students at colleges and universities during the summer Take advantage of diversity weekend programs (colleges/universities may invite high achieving minority students to visit their campuses as a recruiting tool) Meet with ME (your CAP Advisor)

10 Athletic Scholarships

11 NCAA Clearinghouse Official website

12 Vocational/Professional Programs Learn For Life! Miami-Dade Technical Centers Centers Programs in: Family & Consumer Science Agribusiness Public Service Health Education Industrial Education

13 Applying to a Military Academy

14 Captain s Advice The US Military Academies are highly selective institutions Accepted students get a first class college education for free. Graduates of the US military academies must commit to serving after graduation. WEST POINT US MILITARY ACADEMY THE US NAVAL ACADEMY High School graduates, may also join a branch of the military immediately after graduation The Citadel is a well known military college in South Carolina

15 Bright Futures Apply during the last year of high school after December 1 st and prior to graduation Submit a complete Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) on-line at org/ssfad/bf/ You must apply during your last year in high school, before graduation, or you will forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.

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18 Bright Futures The GPA for Bright Futures is Calculated differently The weighted/weighted GPA that appears on the student s report card is not the GPA that will qualify the student for Bright Futures

19 Tests Tests AND MORE TESTS!!!

20 PSAT $15.00 SAT $47.00 SAT II Subject Test $ (varies) CLEP Examinations $77.00 (for updated costs refer to the Collegeboard) PLAN $9.50 ACT $33.00 $48.00 (with writing component) (for updated costs refer to the ACT website) CPT (Miami Dade College) NOTE: students on free or reduced lunch may qualify for free test waivers and may also receive college application waivers (not all colleges will accept fee waivers) Complete the lunch application. It has to be completed each school ear

21 The FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (online application) Available as of January 1 st of every year Students file the FAFSA their senior year Colleges/Universities require the FAFSA The FAFSA will determine the EFC (estimated, family, contribution) *Note: Some colleges/universities may also require the CSS Financial Aid Profile

22 Some of the components of a College Application i Common Application or the Individual School Application Supplemental l Materials Special Programs Scholarships Essay(s) Recommendations Transcripts you are responsible for sending them to the school that you are applying to SAT/SAT II Subject tests/act Scores FAFSA CSS Any other materials that the school requires Make sure you check the website (s) of the school(s) you are applying to and submit everything they require on time. DEADLINES are final!!!

23 SILVER KNIGHTS AWARD 3.2 unweighted minimum required GPA Community Service is a key component 15 categories Students t will be nominated early senior year We are currently trying to identify Silver Knight potential in 9 th, 10 th and 11 th grade The Silver Knight committee will make the final selection Contact Ms. Rodriguez or Ms. Hernandez if you want to be considered as a potential Silver Knight candidate

24 Posse Foundation Scholars ATM will identify 15 students to compete for the Posse Foundation Scholarships in the spring of 2011 Students selected will have to go through a competitive process to receive the scholarship If selected as a Posse Foundation Scholar, student will receive a four year free tuition scholarship Currently Posse Foundation in Miami has partnerships with: Univ. of Pennsylvania, Mount Holyoke College and Hamilton College The Posse Foundation Scholars are selected on the basis of outstanding leadership, strong grades, service, and college potential (students do not have to have the highest GPAs or SAT/ACT scores)

25 Acknowledgements The Parents and Students Miami Dade College The PTSA The ATM The Student Services Department Faculty and Staff And anyone I may have forgotten!

26 All Aboard!!! Everyone will reach land and find his/her own path!!! Happy Sailings!

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