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1 Navigating Bishop O Dowd Course Planning for Grades 9 to11 January 8, 2015

2 Bishop O Dowd Counseling Seven Full-time Counselors Academic Support Services Assigned by last name: Ms. Janet Huff Mr. Marc Dominguez Ms. Meredith Parry Ms. Patricia Cross Ms. Fran Warmerdam Ms. Juliet Arechiga

3 Counseling continued! International Counselor & Coordinator Ms. Robin Lau Counselors: Provide personal and academic counseling Serve as college specialists Provide support throughout the entire four years

4 Academic Counseling We provide the following services: Assistance to students in the selection of appropriate courses for each school year. Meetings with parents, students and teachers when appropriate to discuss academic issues. Referrals to educational therapists, tutors, support services and outside testing agencies when necessary. Scheduling conferences with students who are in academic jeopardy.

5 Academic Counseling We provide information about: Courses and graduation requirements for Bishop O'Dowd High School. PSAT/Sat/ACT and Subject tests and results. Summer school, accelerated or special talent programs for students, on-line junior college courses Appropriate study strategies and techniques. College search and application process.

6 Course Selection Important Dates Jan. 6 Course Worksheets Distributed Jan. 21 Course Information Collected Jan. 22 February Counselors meet with each student to discuss course selections and register for classes Feb 2 AP Applications due to Ms. Promes in Room 11

7 Course Requirements English: 4 years Religious Studies: 4 years Mathematics: 3 years Social Studies: 3 years Fine Arts: 1 year Foreign Language: 2 years Physical Education: 2 years Science: years

8 Honors Courses Grade Point Averages (GPAs) An extra honor point is added to GPAs for the following courses: AP courses Honors English 3 Honors Pre-Calculus Honors Chemistry Honors Physics Honors third-year & fourth-year languages

9 Advanced Placement (AP) Partnership between high schools and colleges Students may earn college credit Course guidelines developed by the College Board 90% of the nation's colleges grant credit Students apply for admission into individual courses

10 Advanced Placement Courses AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science AP Calculus BC AP Statistics AP Computer Science AP English Literature AP French, Spanish AP Studio Art AP Psychology AP Human Geography AP American Government AP Comparative Government AP Macro-Economics AP U.S. History

11 10 th grade courses English 1 year Religion 2 semesters Christian Scriptures/Catholic Experience Mathematics 1 year Mathematics course options vary Science 1 year Biology, Chemistry or Earth Science World Language 1 year Physical Education 1 year Electives 1 year; could include study

12 11 th grade courses English 1 year Religion 2 semesters Christian Morality/Religion Elective Mathematics 1 year Mathematics course options vary Science 1 year Chemistry, Earth Science, Engineering Physics, Electives World Language 1 year U.S. History 1 year Electives 1 year; could include study

13 12th grade courses English - 1 year Religion - 2 semesters Social Studies - Amer. Govt/Econ or AP Government Electives - 4 years (should consider college requirements); could include study or TA

14 Is Online for You? AP Computer Science Christian Morality Expository Writing Science Fiction AP Art History (CSC) Immigrant Experience (CSC) Sociology, Anthropology, Humanities (College of the Siskyous) (college credit only) The Possibilities Limited to one class per semester 11 th & 12 th Grade

15 Summer Advancement Possibilities: Why? Alg 2/Trigonometry Chemistry Christian Morality Online Science Fiction Online Geometry Expository Writing Online

16 What to expect Freshmen ü September - Meet w/ Counselor Register on Naviance, complete Learning Styles inventory ü January Apply for Honors Courses ü January Complete Scheduling Worksheet ü February Meet w/ Counselor ü Ongoing - Self-refer as appropriate

17 What to expect Sophomores ü October Complete PSAT test ü January Discuss PSAT results ü January Apply for Honors/AP Courses ü January Complete Scheduling Worksheet ü Ongoing - Self-refer as appropriate ü Ongoing Visit Career Resource Center

18 What to expect Juniors ü October Complete PSAT test ü January Receive PSAT results; compare to PLAN results ü January Apply for Honors/AP ü January Complete Scheduling Worksheet ü Ongoing Visit Career Resource Center

19 What to expect Juniors ü Ongoing Schedule Initial College Appt. ü Ongoing Conduct College Visits ü Ongoing Register for College Admissions Tests (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject) ü Ongoing Enroll in Test Prep as appropriate ü Ongoing - Self-refer as appropriate

20 What to expect Seniors ü August - College Boot Camp ü August Turn in Senior Questionnaire ü Ongoing Meet with counselor, determine final college list ü Ongoing Bring counselor applications/essay for review

21 What to expect Seniors ü Ongoing Check often ü Jan - March Fill in financial aid forms ü Jan April Wait for acceptance letters!!! ü May 1 st National Student Intent to Register deadline

22 Resources for All Course Catalogue - Academic page at website Naviance - college & career planning Counselor - requirements Teachers ask about placement

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