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1 CLASS OF 2016 WELCOME TO PART 2 JUNIOR CLASS INFORMATION NIGHT

2 What do I need to know as a Junior? Am I on track for graduation? How many credits do I have? You need 22 minimum to graduate How many Regents have I taken? 5 for Regents Diploma English, Global, US History, Liv Environment or Earth Science, Algebra or Geometry 9 for Regents for Advanced Designation English, Global, US History, Liv Environment and 1 of ES/Chem/Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Alg2/Trig, 3-years of LOTE OR 5-credit sequence in Art/Music, Technology, or Business Honors 90% or better on an individual regents exam Mastery in Science and/or Math 85% or better on 3 science regents 85% or better on 3 math regents *Please note that you can t combine or substitute a math or science regents score to obtain mastery

3 What Does my activity sheet look like? What are my activities and/or sports? Have I volunteered? What awards have I received? Do I have a resume?

4 What does DCS require you to take as a senior? Seniors need 22 credits to graduate and a 65% or above on a minimum of 5 Regents exams Seniors are required to carry 6.0 credits Required: English, Economics/Participation in Government, PE Seniors are encouraged to take four years of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and take AP/Honors/UHS classes when available Seniors should continue to challenge themselves and take electives that provide them with exposure in multiple areas Senior year should not be easy! A question on college applications asks: How challenging is this student s schedule in comparison with his/her peers? Consider what diploma you are earning Regents (5 exams), Advanced Regents (9 exams), Honors (90% or better on each individual regents exam), Mastery in Science and/or Math (85% or better on three Regents exams in

5 What do I do now? Research Colleges Naviance: Gives you career/college information based upon interests Other websites What is your major Where do you want to go geographically What are you looking for in a college

6 What do I do now? Attend College Caravan Monday May 18 th from 11:15 to 11:45am Volunteer Update your resume on Naviance Visit Colleges Visit the colleges you are interested in Visit local schools to get a feel for different atmospheres

7 What to see on a college visit? Ask to see the campus and facilities, classrooms included Ask to see where professors offices are Ask to see the café and to eat the food Ask to visit the bookstore Ask to see the laundry facilities Ask to see the sports complex Ask to see where security is located Ask to see the dorms, (freshmen dorms) While in the neighborhood, don t forget to visit the local town; students will not always only be on campus. Find the closest grocery store and gas station.

8 What to ask on a college visit? Everything and anything! Ask for a fee waiver for an application for a senior year application. Ask about the application process. Should a student request an interview? How long after a student applies will a determination be made? Does the college have early action or early decision? Is there a freshmen orientation? Ask how advisers are assigned and how often he/she meets with students. Ask about return rate for a freshmen class. Ask about job placement. Ask about safety.

9 Testing Info Sign up for SAT Question of the Day Sat.org/register Take the SAT and/or ACT CEEB School Code is SAT registration: sat.org/register Some test dates will be offered at DCS ACT registration: Test is not offered at DCS

10 TESTING: SAT VS. ACT SAT Verbal, math, writing Test of aptitude and abstract reasoning Multiple choice & freeresponse $51, writing included 1 point for each correct answer, 1/3 point deducted for answers incorrect with 4 choices, 1/4 point deducted for answers with 5 choices. 0 is deducted for those left blank ACT English, math, reading, science, writing-(optional) Tests what students learn in school All multiple choice $36.50 or w/writing $ point for each correct answer, 0 deducted for any incorrect. 0 is deducted for those left blank

11 Additional Testing SAT IIs Subject tests cost $24.50 for the first and $13 for each additional test SAT IIs are taken separately from SAT Is Some colleges require 2 most only recommend Students can take up to 3 in one day US & World History, Literature, Math Level I & II, Bio, Chem & Physics, Foreign Languages Given all months as SAT I except March Advanced Placement (AP) Affiliated with the CollegeBoard National curriculum Any student enrolled in an AP course will take the AP exam Testing is first two weeks in May Students receive a score between 1 and 5 For students receiving 3 and above individual colleges will determine eligibility for college credit

12 COLLEGE 4 YEAR- Bachelor s Degree Take the SATs or ACTs Two + years of a foreign language Meet with counselor Request letters of recommendation Review your transcript Write your essays Visit the college Transfer Students can transfer after a semester or 1, 2, 3 years Caution: not all credits will necessarily transfer 2 YEAR- Associates Degree Community College or Technical College Meet with your counselor Request letters of recommendation Review your transcript Visit the college Articulation Agreement Students take their 1 st two years at a community college and then spend their last two years at a 4- year school to earn a Bachelor s degree Certain schools have articulation agreements for certain degrees Viewed as a transfer

13 What are colleges interested in? Courses taken Have you taken challenging courses? Are you continuing to take your 4 core class subjects? How many years of a foreign language have you taken? Have you taken classes relevant to your major? Have you explored multiple subject areas? Grades GPA- final grade in all courses, multiplied by the credit each is individually worth, added together and divided by the total number of credits. AP Courses = 1.05, UHS/Honors=1.025 SAT/ACT scores Students will take SAT/ACTs in the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year Community Service Activities/Sports

14 What do I need to do first senior year? Ask teachers for letters of recommendation 2 teachers minimum Ask teachers to turn in hard copies or electric copies of letters to guidance. For the Common App teachers can upload letters directly If you need a counselor letter you must tell us Take the SAT and/or ACT Review your transcript Make sure all course, Regents, SAT/ACT scores are listed and correct Continue researching and visiting College/Universities Narrow down your list Gather the information needed to complete applications Start College Applications Determine if your are applying early action, early decision or regular admission Watch your deadlines Turn in Transcript Request Form to Miss Hayen

15 WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY Application Paper form On-line Application fee Common Application colleges and universities accept this application SUNY Application Apply to all SUNY branches using the same application Individual Application Colleges and Universities not part of the SUNY system and who do not accept the common app Letters of Recommendation Minimum of two (Teachers, Counselor, Coaches, Employers) College Essay Resume

16 WHAT WE PROVIDE Counseling Office Transcript Academic information and GPA/Class Rank SAT/ACT scores, SAT IIs, AP scores School Profile Our school Profile explains to colleges that we do not weight, it also allows colleges to see how many and in what subjects we offer AP and Honor courses. Therefore colleges can do a fair comparison of students transcripts.

17 FINANCIAL AID Free Application for Federal Student Aid Create your FAFSA pin This is your electronic signature when filing the FAFSA Both student and parent need a PIN New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Financial Aid Night, Late November/Early December

18 Financial Aid/Scholarships Financial Aid/Scholarships: List of websites Naviance Students should let counseling office know their fields of interest and check the scholarship board in the counseling office When applying to colleges ask what scholarships the school offers to freshmen

19 NCAA Eligibility Application needed for eligibility to play DI or DII collegiate sports All applications must be done on-line Prospective Student-Athlete Registration for US students School Code:

20 Questions??? Thank you for attending this evening!

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