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  1. Getting the Most Out of High School September 12, 2012 Bremen High School Guidance Department

  2. Education Acronyms HOW MANY OF THESE DO YOU KNOW? • FAQ • AYP • NHS • FFA • FCS • QAR • BPS • STUCO • FAFSA • SAR • SAT • ACT • PSAT • EFC • ECA • GQE • SSACI • ASVAB • GPA • DOE • ENL • NCAA • NCLB • NWEA • RTI • IHSAA

  3. PLANNING PREPARING

  4. Seven Habits of Highly Defective Teens #1 – React (rather than be proactive) #2 – Begin with no end in mind #3 – Put first things last #4 – Think Win-Lose #5 – Seek first to talk, then pretend to listen #6 – Don’t cooperate #7 – Wear yourself out

  5. Which Paycheck Do You Want? Source: US Bureau of Labor and Statistics

  6. What is “College”? Some people think of college as a four-year bachelor’s degree, but college also includes two-year associates degrees and apprenticeship programs – in-demand skills that lead to great jobs that pay well!

  7. Why Do I Need a Diploma? • 82% of Today’s jobs require more than a high school diploma • 20% require professional degrees (Bachelor’s or more) • 62% require skilled labor (more than high school, less than four years) GET YOURS NOW!

  8. Don’t Drop Out! • People who drop out of school almost ALWAYS regret it later! Here’s why: • High school dropouts earn • $10,000 LESS than a high school graduate • $16,000 LESS than someone with a 2yr degree • $28,000 LESS than someone with a 4yr degree • High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested in their lifetime • 80% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts

  9. Steps to Prepare for Life After High School • Know Yourself • Know your Academics/Grad. Requirements • Know how to use test results • Know what post-secondary options are out there and how to find them • Know how to pay for school • HAVE A PLAN!

  10. Step 1: KNOW YOURSELF • Do you want to go to college? Why? • Do you know what your options are? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • What are your interests and values? • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10? • Set a personal goal • Start preparing for SOMETHING! • Get / stay involved

  11. Step 2: KNOW YOUR ACADEMICS • Know graduation requirements • Understand what your test scores mean • Regularly check your transcript, schedule, GPA, class rank, etc. • Keep an updated Academic Resume • Ask for help if needed – be an advocate! • Take challenging courses

  12. Graduation Requirements • Three Diploma Types • Core 40 (47) • Core 40 w/Technical Honors (47) • Core 40 w/Academic Honors (50-52)

  13. Class of 2014Core 40 Diploma – 47 Credits • English – 8 Credits • Math – 6 Credits (Alg I, Geo, Alg II) • Science – 6 Credits (Bio, Chem/Phys, +2) • Social Studies – 8 Credits (Geog/Civics, World History, US History, Gov., Econ) • Fine Arts – 2 Credits • Practical Arts – 2 Credits • Electives – 15 Credits

  14. Class of 2015Core 40 Diploma – 47 Credits • English – 8 Credits • Math – 6 Credits (Alg I, Geo, Alg II) • Science – 6 Credits (Bio, Chem/Phys, +2) • Social Studies – 6 Credits (World History, US History, Gov., Econ) • Fine Arts – 2 Credits • Practical Arts Required – 2 credits (College and Careers, Financial Responsibility) • Practical Arts Electives– 2 Credits • Electives – 15 Credits

  15. Opt Out Process • Student will receive a General Diploma – still 47 credits required • Parent, student, counselor, and administrator must meet to sign paperwork • Student will not be able to attend a 4-year college • Decision not usually considered until junior year – we want everyone to shoot for Core 40 • Main difference is the number of math and science credits needed

  16. w/ Technical Honors 47 Credits • For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must: • Complete all requirements for Core 40. • Complete a career-technical program (8 or more related credits) • Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma. • Have a grade point average of a “B” or better. • Recommended: Earn 2 additional credits in mathematics and 4-8 credits in World Languages for four year college admission. • Complete two of the following, one must be A or B: • Score at or above the following levels on WorkKeys: Reading for Information - Level 6; Applied Mathematics - Level 6; Locating Information - Level 5 • Complete dual high school/college credit courses in a technical area (6 college credits) • Complete a Professional Career Internship course or Cooperative Education course (2 credits) • Complete an industry-based work experience as part of a two-year career-technical education program (minimum 140 hours) • Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification

  17. WorkKeys Test • One of the ways to earn a Technical Honors Diploma • http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/foundational.html • Testing on Foundational Skills: • Reading for Information • Examples: memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations. • Applied Mathematics • Examples: apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems • Locating information • Examples: find information in a graphic, insert information into a graphic, compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics.

  18. w/Academic Honors 50 – 52 Credits • For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must: • Complete all requirements for Core 40. • Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits • Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages). • Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits. • Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma. • Have a grade point average of a “B” or better. • Complete one of the following: • Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams • Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and mathematics • Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT • Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits) • Complete a combination of an AP course (2 credits and corresponding exam) or an IB Standard Level course (2 credits and corresponding exam) and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)

  19. Course Re-Take Policy • Students can re-take a course to maintain Honors Diploma status • Only for grades C- and below • Once per year / maximum of 2 in high school • Students who retake a course are not eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian • Other stipulations apply; see Handbook pg. 54

  20. Admissibility

  21. Dual Credit • Earn college credits while in High School • One of the requirements to earn an Academic Honors Diploma or Technical Honors Diploma • ACP (Advance College Project) • Ivy Tech • Courses transfer better if they are on CTL (Core Transfer Library) • Visit www.TransferIN.net for more detailed info.

  22. ACP Information • ACP (Advance College Project) • Dual Credit (High School and College) • ACP vs. AP • Benefits of ACP • MUST have an SAT score • Other criteria • Courses : Comp (3cr), Lit (3cr) Speech (3cr), Calc (5cr), Bus (3cr)

  23. ACP Tidbits • ACP and Academic Honors • There are several options for Acad. Honors • ONE of them is 2 Dual Credit classes • To meet this requirement, the DC classes must RESULT in SIX TRANSFERABLE college credits • This means you have to pay IUSB for the credits • Students CAN take an ACP class without paying for the credits, but not to qualify for Acad. Honors • Check out colleges before you pay – some colleges exempt students out of Comp. based on SAT score

  24. Understand Your Academic Record • Transcript • GPA / Class Rank • 4 Year Plan • Test scores

  25. Junior College Prep Unit • English 11 – Regular and Honors • College Application • College Essay • Academic Resume

  26. Step 3: Know what to do with test results • ECA results • PSAT results • PLAN results • EXPLORE results • ASVAB results • SAT results • ACT results

  27. Indiana’s GQE • GQE – Graduation Qualifying Exam • ECA – End of Course Assessment • Replaces old “ISTEP” • Must pass English 10 and Algebra I ECA to graduate • Biology I ECA – No Child Left Behind

  28. PSAT or ASVAB??? • BOTH will be given on October 17, 2012 • College Bound Students and ALL Sophomores will take PSAT • Take PSAT even if you took it last year (Juniors) • Will register soon - $14.00 for Juniors only (State pays for sophomores) • Voc / Tech students – take ASVAB • No Cost • Receive comprehensive Career Exploration tools

  29. ASVAB Information • Given by Military / DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL BE RECRUITED! • Score results include an interest inventory • Use the results (abilities) and the interest inventory (interests) to research possible career matches • Go to www.asvabprogram.com • Click on “Career Planning Tools” link under “Plan for your Future” • You will need your OCCU-Find access code found at the bottom of the Summary Results Sheet

  30. After you take the PSAT… • Go to www.collegeboard.org/psatextra • Access your account (or create one) • Enter the access code on PSAT score report (we have them in the office too) • View the comprehensive college planning package called MyCollegeQuickStart

  31. MyCollegeQuickStart • View all the PSAT answers and explanations • Get a personalized SAT study plan • Research colleges • Research careers and majors using MyRoad • Take a personality profile • Much More!!!!

  32. My College QuickStartTM A Guided Tour

  33. ACT Testing This Year @ Bremen • 9th Grade Explore – 25 (perfect score) • 10th Grade PLAN – 32 (perfect score) • Explore and PLAN April 24, 2012 • 11th Grade ACT – 36 (perfect score) • ACT April 23, 2012 • Part of College and Career Readiness Initiative • Results can/will be used for placement purposes

  34. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks

  35. World of Work Map - ACT

  36. Registering for SAT / ACT • We don’t have any paper/pencil registration forms in the Guidance Office anymore – it’s all online! • Register for SAT at www.sat.collegeboard.org/register • Register for ACT online at www.actstudent.org • WRITE DOWN YOUR USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! • Be sure to send scores to Bremen – school code is 150290 • Be sure to send scores to colleges • Ask about fee waivers

  37. 2012-13 ACT Dates Test Dates • September 6 • October 27 • December 8 • February 9 • April 13 • June 8 Registration Deadlines • August 17 • September 21 • November 2 • January 11 • March 8 • May 3 $57.00 $35.00 $50.50 plus writing $72.50 plus writing

  38. 2012-2013 SAT Dates Test Dates • October 6 • November 3 • December 1 • January 26 • March 9 • May 4 • June 1 Registration Deadline • September 7 • October 4 • November 1 • December 28 • February 8 • April 5 • May 2 $77.00 Late $50.00

  39. NEW!!!!SAT Test Security • Effective with October 2012 Test • Must provide acceptable photo during registration • Clear, focused, and correctly exposed • Full face view, directly facing the camera • Must match how you look on test day and in photo ID • Photo will appear on Admission Ticket • Must present Admission Ticket WITH an acceptable Photo ID • No TICKET, No ID, NO ADMISSION! • Standby test takers no longer admitted

  40. Other College Board Resources • MyCollegeQuickstart • Official SAT Question of the Day • Take a practice SAT for free • See how you score and get detailed answer explanations to see how to improve • Use SAT Skills Insight (www.collegeboard.org/satskillsinsight • Helps you discover what skills you need to improve your score to the next level • SAT Online Score Report – copy of essay, explanation of answers, and much more (www.collegeboard.org/scorereport-demo)

  41. SAT Resources • SAT Online Course • www.satonlinecourse.org • $69.95 / year Individually • Includes practice tests, auto essay scoring, guided self study, and more! • Also many FREE online resources • My College Quickstart, SAT Skills Insight, Official SAT Question of Day, Online Score Report feature, and more!

  42. SAT Class w/ Mrs. Heiter • Who: Juniors & Seniors who want to take SAT • When: Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 AM Sept 12 – Nov 14 (Fridays optional) • Where: Room 314 • Cost: $60 to Mrs. Heiter by Sept. 12, 2012 • Space is limited! Started Sept. 12th!

  43. Another SAT / ACT Prep Course • Janet Farias, BS Ed MS Counseling • www.Jemaacademics.com – check out website • Local – 13700 Layton Rd, Mishawaka (2 miles south of Grissom Middle School) • Four week courses • Saturdays 10am – 12pm or individual as needed • Group $150 book included; individual sessions are $30 / hour • Contact at 574-229-4851 or EandJFarias@aol.com

  44. Should I take an SAT Subject Test? • SAT Subject Tests are college admission tests that allow you to differentiate yourself on your college application and showcase your achievements in specific subject areas like math, science, literature, foreign languages or history. • 1 hour long / approx $22 • Not required / check w/individual schools • Can be useful for placement purposes • More information available in Guidance Office

  45. SAT / ACT Average Scores • SAT (3 components – 800 each - 2400 possible) • CR (496) -MATH (514) -WR (488) *Average score is 1050 (not including Writing) • ACT (36 possible) *Average score is 22 composite CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS FOR SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

  46. ACT vs. SAT SAT ACT 4 Sections: English, Math, Reading, Science Writing is Optional (more schools are requiring) Tests what you have learned in school No penalty for missing questions All multiple choice (except for optional essay) Scaled Score Students score in same percentiles Shorter (3 hrs + 30 min optional essay) Equally difficult More questions Accepts fee waivers • 3 Sections: Critical Reading, Math, Writing • Essay is mandatory • More of an aptitude test / problem-solving • ¼ for missing questions • Mostly Multiple choice / has 10 grid ins and a 25 minute essay • Scaled Score • Students score in same percentiles • Longer (4 hours +) • Equally difficult • Less questions • Accepts fee waivers If in doubt, take them both! 

  47. “Get Real” Quiz • The college admission process is stressing you out. In fact, you’re blowing off an advanced math class to write an essay – colleges look at which three criteria when deciding whether to accept a student: A. College essay, GPA, Letters of recommendation B. GPA and grade trends, SAT / ACT scores, rigor of high school courses C. GPA, SAT / ACT, number of science courses

  48. “Get Real” Quiz • The college admission process is stressing you out. In fact, you’re blowing off an advanced math class to write an essay – colleges look at which three criteria when deciding whether to accept a student: • B. GPA and grade trends, SAT / ACT scores, rigor of high school courses

  49. Algebra II Greatest predictor of college success Any math past Algebra II increases a student’s chances of college graduation by 73%