College Planning Central bucks high school EAST Class of 2014 Walt Sandstrom(A-K) Melanie jones(l-Z) 01.24.13 Part one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BckCGLPcsc0&sns=em
OVERVIEW CB East Guidance Website Junior Year Timeline Standardized Test options (SAT, ACT, AP) Admissions Factors Naviance - Career & College Search Process Counselor letter of recommendation Program Planning Process
CB East Guidance Website Guidance Homepage http://www.cbsd.org/schools/cbeast/guidance/Pages/default.aspx We will post PowerPoint presentations, videos, updates and useful information to the Guidance Website. There are also links to Naviance, Portal, E-Prep, Resources and Counselor contact information.
SAT’s www.collegeboard.com SAT Reasoning Test: Math, Reading, & Writing SAT Subject Tests: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATII.html One hour tests; can take up to 3 on one test date; scored 200-800 point scale Some Selective Colleges may require 2 or more for admission (Some will consider ACT w/Writing in lieu of Subject tests) English History Mathematics Literature US History & World History Levels 1 and 2 Science Biology E and/or M, Chemistry, & Physics Languages Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, Japanese, Korean
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Check individual college policies on credit awards: www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy Can be used for college credit and course level placement. May help students “place out” of college courses. May allow students to achieve advanced standing. Expensive test, but far less expensive than a college course. Administered first 2 weeks of May @ East during school day. 18 AP’s offered at CB East
Standardized Testing Preparation • www.collegeboard.org (SAT) • SAT question of the day • Free practice tests • Familiarize yourself with test content • www.actstudent.org (ACT) • E-Prep- see counselor or librarian if you need password • Private SAT prep through individual and group tutoring • Plenty of other online sites that provide free SAT/ACT practice • PSAT- utilize the results to focus your preparation for SAT • SAT prep books
When to Test? SAT’s:Once or twice during Spring of junior year Fall of senior if necessary ACT’s: Spring of junior year is recommended AP’s:First 2 weeks of May SAT Subject Tests:Immediately following related coursework
Test Dates ACT’s September 8th, 2012 October 27th, 2012 December 8, 2012 April 13th, 2013 June 8th, 2013 SAT’s October 6th, 2012 * November 3rd, 2012* December 1st, 2o12 January 26th, 2013* March 9th, 2013* May 4th, 2013* June 1st, 2o13* East CEEB code is 390-488 CB East is a test center for these dates noted with an (*) East test center code is 39162
There are HOW many colleges in the US? 4,700 colleges in the US Consider all options Narrow down the list to 1o-15 by end of 11th grade Apply to approximately 4-8 in senior year
Types of Post-Secondary Schools PA State Colleges/Universities Private Colleges/Universities “Ivy League” Schools Military Academies Specialized Institutions (art, music, culinary arts, technical/trade, etc.) Community Colleges (Transfer Programs) Two-Year Private Colleges
Decision Factors https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/CollegePlanning/media/video/expert/Susan_8195.mp4 Entrance Requirements Selectivity Public vs. Private Majors Available Specialized programs Final Cost and Expenses
More Decision Factors Finding the perfect match…. Size of school/classes Geographic location Distance from home Type of campus Surrounding community Campus personality Diversity Athletics/Extracurricular Activities Facilities and housing
Campus Visits… What makes their college unique? Campus Tour Open Houses- spring or next fall. Overnight stay with sibling/friend Visit an actual classin session Interview, if requested or required “Chat” with current students Facebook, other social media Visit before applying, and again after acceptance.
Top College Admission Factors Grades/GPA in college prep classes and rigor of course selection. Standardized test scores (some schools are SAT/ACT Optional – see list at http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional Class rank (CBSD does not provide rank for admissions purposes; only for scholarships) Application essay Teacher and/or Counselor Recommendations
Other Admission Factors • Interview • Extracurriculars • Demonstrated Interest • Online presence • http://bit.ly/QVehvs
Beginning the College Search Process Finding a college that everyone can agree upon!
Resources for the College Search • Naviance (Counselor can re-set password) • Internet; see Guidance Website • https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started • Individual college websites • Traditional guidebooks and college brochures • Meet with college admissions representatives who visit East each fall (schedule/receive passes on Naviance or in the guidance office). • College Fair- March 20, 2013, 6:30p.m. at CB South https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/CollegePlanning/media/video/expert/Marty_8202.mp4
Naviance Meets all your needs throughout the entire process: Career Plan Surveys (Graduation Project) Career and College Search Tools Analyze Data- scattergram Visit Websites Application links Scholarship list
Counselor Letter of Recommendation • “Counselor Recommendation Questionnaire” survey on Naviance • Optional “Parent Recommendation Questionnaire” • Print survey and submit to guidance office in spring of Junior year • Add potential major if known under “Game Plan” • Sent with transcript and standardized scores • Request made as part of the Transcript Request Form • Allow at least 15 school days for processing
Program Planning for 12th Grade Enter courses in portal January 10 – February 10. Counselor classroom visits and 1-1 meetings. Make sure you and your student can access portal. Maintain rigor and/or add challenge. Early Release/Late Arrival privileges & provisions.
Join us again…. March 13th, 2013 Summer activities, introduction to transcript/application process, looking ahead to senior year. Fall 2013 Senior timeline, transcript request process, sending teacher/counselor recommendations, financial aid & scholarships, final decisions.