Chattahoochee High School Senior Parent Night Counseling Department Lauren Corbett Julie Gracey* Deborah Blount Ebony Payno Rebbie Lichliter Alicia McClung Christina Kim Jan Turner Rita Jensen Rose Moro *Department Chair A-Fe Fi-Ko Kr-Rh Ri-Z Graduation Coach Social Worker Bilingual Parent Liaison Records Coordinator Professional Assistant Cluster Nurse Assistant Principals Assistant Principals are also assigned to students based on the first letter of the student’s last name. Please take a moment to identify your Assistant Principal. A-Fe Mrs. Debra Bryant Fi-Ko Dr. Gladys Peoples Kr-Rh Ms. Camille Carmen Ri-Z Mr. Tim Corrigan Stay Connected! 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Home Access Center • Home Access Center is a web-based home-to-school information resource that allows parents/guardians to view up-to-date information on their student’s grades, attendance, homework assignments, and more through a secure online link to school records. • Parents can pick up their Home Access Center log-in ID and password by showing a photo ID in the main office. • More information visit the Parent Portal at www.fultonschools.org Review of Graduation Requirements • Graduation Status Reports • Mailed home 2nd semester of Junior year • Update the graduation status report with the last report card and summer course(s) (if applicable) • Use it as a tool to double check enrollment in the appropriate courses necessary for graduation • Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) • Students may exempt the LA, MA, SS, SC portions of the GHSGT if they have passed one corresponding content area EOCT • All students must pass the GHSGT Writing Test • Senior Failure Letters • Mailed home when the 6 and 12 week progress report are issues to students GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Class of 2014 English Mathematics Science Social Studies Health/Personal Fitness Foreign Language/Fine Art/Career Tech Electives 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits 3 credits 1 credit 3 credits 4 credits Semester-Long Class= 0.5 Credits; Year-Long Class= 1.0 Credit **23 Total Credits Required to Graduate** What are colleges looking for? • GPA (Academic Core) • Average in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Language on a 4.0 scale • A = 4.0 C = 2.0 B = 3.0 F = 0.0 • • • • • • • Course Selection (Rigor) Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT) Class Rank Extracurricular/Leadership Activities College Application Essays Letters of Recommendations Resumes, Interviews, Portfolios Freshman Class Statistics School # Applications Received # Applicants Admitted Mid 50% GPA Mid 50% SAT Mid 50% ACT University of Georgia* 18,954 10,454 3.73-4.03 1790-2040 27-31 Georgia Tech 17,678 Admit Rate: 41.05% 3.85 – 4.11 2000-2210 29-33 Emory University* 17,500 4,550 3.76-4.0 2020-2240 30-33 GA State University* 19,698 11,232 3.2-3.7 1030-1200 22-27 GA College & State University* 3,885 2,566 3.25-3.71 1090-1210 23-27 * Class of 2016 Stats College Grade Point Average • The High School GPA used for admission is calculated by the postsecondary institution, NOT by the high school or Fulton County • Most use this scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, F = 0.0 • Most only consider core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies & World Language) • To calculate, assign a 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0 for each core course grade. Add them together and divide by the total number of core courses (estimated GPA) • Some colleges may award additional points for Honors, AP, and College courses • Some colleges may subtract the additional 7 points added by Fulton County for Honors, AP and College courses (if so, subtract the 7 points before assigning the 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, or 0.0) • Contact colleges to find how they recalculate GPAs or visit their websites • There is a GPA Mystery Form available on Counseling Department’s website Numeric Averages • Fulton County calculates numeric averages by adding all grades earned and dividing by the total number of grades • 100 point scale i.e. 87.963 out of 100 • ALL grades are included in this calculation (middle school, failed, summer school, online, core and non-core) • Fulton County adds 7 points to the final passing grade for each Honors, AP, and College course taken. • Fulton County numeric averages are cumulative and weighted HOPE Program Grade Point Average • HOPE Scholarship Program GPA’s are calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission • Preliminary HOPE GPAs are released late January • Final HOPE GPA calculations are submitted after graduation • Core (MA, SC, LA, SS, WL) classes are used in the calculation • Middle School courses are not used in the calculation • Conversion: • Remove all honors points from honors and AP courses • Convert raw numeric grades to the 4.0 scale • 90 – 100 = 4.0 • 80 – 89 = 3.0 • 70 – 79 = 2.0 • 0 – 69 = 0.0 (failing grades are included in calculation) • Add 0.5 to only AP courses (up to 4.0) • Divide by the total number of grades Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program Eligible students receive financial assistance covering tuition and HOPE-approved mandatory fees. Qualifications: • Meet HOPE’s citizenship requirements • Be a legal resident of Georgia • Be a graduate of an eligible high school • Be registered for selective service Types of Scholarships: • HOPE • Zell Miller • HOPE Grant HOPE Scholarship Requirements • Must earn a 3.0 GPA in high school. • The HOPE award amount varies for each school and is a percentage amount of the standard tuition charges from the previous year (view the chart on GAcollege411 to find award amounts). • Mandatory fees are covered. • Book allowances no longer exist. *HOPE Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout college. Zell Miller Scholarship Requirements (1) Graduate as the valedictorian or salutatorian - OR - (2) Earn a 3.7 GPA in high school, AND either • Earn a 1200 combined score of Reading and Math on a single administration of the SAT, or • Earn a composite score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT by your graduation date. • At an eligible public postsecondary institution, 100% of the standard tuition charges (view chart on the GACollege 411 to find award amounts). *Zell Miller Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.3 GPA throughout college. HOPE Grant Program • The HOPE Grant program is for students seeking a technical certification or diploma, regardless of the student's high school grade point average. • Full-time enrollment is not required. • HOPE Grant award amount will cover a portion of a student's tuition. (view chart on the GACollege 411 to find award amounts). * HOPE Grant recipients must attain & maintain a 3.0 GPA at certain checkpoints, in order to maintain eligibility. More HOPE Scholarship Program Info • GPAs are not rounded (2.9999 is not a 3.0) • Missing or incorrect Social Security numbers and nicknames will delay HOPE funds • Males must register with the Selective Service no later than 30 days before their 18th birthday. HOPE eligibility will be delayed until this requirement is met. Log on to www.sss.gov • Apply for the HOPE: (1) by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or (2) by completing the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS www.GAcollege411.org) online. • Additional Information Contact GA Student Finance Commission (GSFC): 770-724-9000 or www.gsfc.org Scholarship Information • Counseling Department Website • College & Career Center • Employer Scholarships • Professional and/or religious organizations, banks, and insurance companies • Financial Aid office at each individual college • Attend CHS’ Financial Aid Night Tuesday, September 17th @7:00 • Online Search Engines: www.scholarship.com www.fastweb.com www.gacollege411.com Great sites for free scholarship searches. Large database of scholarship information, awards available for academic achievement, special skills and talents, and/or financial need. Senior Year • What students should do… • Should have a revised list of schools to which they will apply • Should have taken at least one SAT or ACT test • Should be ready to begin working on their applications • Attend Senior Advisement • There is still time… • Don’t panic…just get started! • Research colleges – research online, college visits, talking to alumni, etc. Match colleges with your personality and goals in life. Make sure that you go to the college’s website now to find out which high school courses, GPA, SAT/ACT, etc. are required for admission so that you don’t fall short. Narrow your college choices to 5 to 7. Be realistic! • Attend CHS College Visits • Sign up for the next standardized test SAT/ACT • To register and view upcoming test dates for the SAT visit www.collegeboard.org • To register and view upcoming test dates for the ACT visit www.actstudent.org • SAT & ACT Fee Waivers for eligible students are located in the Counseling Office Application Process • Collect and Review Application Details • Look for checklists for each school • Test requirements (SAT II or TOEFL?) • Course requirements • Start a calendar for deadlines • Know the fees (fee waivers) • Complete Senior Profile Sheet/Update Resume • • • • Academic Information Honors & Awards Extracurricular Activities Work/Volunteer Experience • Write essays and make sure to have them proofread by parents, English teachers, etc. • Submit Application - online applications are preferred by colleges Transcript Request Process • Paper transcripts requests include an addressed envelope and cost $3.00. • Electronic and NCAA transcripts are free 2013-2014 Transcript Request Process • Transcript Request Card Transcript Request Card • Students must submit a request in writing on their Transcript Request Card for ALL transcripts (College & Scholarships) – even Common Application and other institutions that use their own online portals for submission Transcript Request Process • It is important for students to hold their requests until after Labor Day to ensure all pertinent information is available. • • • • • transcripts that reflect summer courses school profile accurate class ranking senior class schedules The majority of early application deadlines are in October so this should not adversely impact any student's application. • If the application deadline is before Labor Day, please have your student speak with their Counselor • End of the Year Transcript Request Procedures Recommendations and Test Scores • If required by the college, acquire Teacher and/or Counselor recommendations • Give Teachers/Counselors at least two weeks notice • Be mindful of Holidays – Winter Break and Jan 1 deadlines • If appropriate, provide an addressed stamped envelope for them to mail accompanied by any forms from the college • Some forms are now electronic! • Provide Teacher/Counselor with a resume or copy of Senior Profile Form (located in counseling office or counseling website). • Standardized Tests • Students must request scores directly through the testing agencies: www.Collegeboard.com www.Act.org • Colleges will not accept scores sent from the high school College-Bound Student Athletes NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse • Are you planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution? You must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. • To register, prospective student-athletes should: • Access the registration materials by visiting their website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net • When taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to NCAA Clearing House. • Reviewing the NCAA requirements as they might differ from graduation requirements! • Contact Karen Lange with any questions concerning NCAA eligibility - [email protected] What is Available in the College & Career Center? • • • • • • Scholarship List Summer Opportunities College Info Career Info SAT/ACT Info Computers for College, Career & Scholarship Searching Additional Resources Available Princeton Review Materials for Your Student to Checkout in the CHS Media Center • College Essays that Made a Difference • The Best Value Colleges- The 150 best-buy schools and what it takes to get in. • Cracking the ACT • Cracking the SAT • The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD • Portable Guidance Counselor- Answers to the 284 most important questions about getting into college CHS College Visits Procedures • Students can sign up for college visits in the binder at the front desk in the Counseling Office (dates are posted on the Counseling Website and outside of the College & Career Center) • After signing up for the visit, ask Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. Turner or the Office Aide for a pass to give your teacher • Your teacher will sign your pass to excuse you from class that period • Students should arrive on time and initial the sign-in sheet to record attendance College Fairs • • • • • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Georgia World Congress Center Probe Atlanta North College Fair Tuesday, September 10th, 2013, North Point Mall 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Probe Gwinnett North College Fair Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, Gwinnett Center 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm 100 Black Men of Atlanta 2013 College Fair Saturday, October 5th, 2013, Georgia World Congress Center (Bldg C-4) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm KIPP Through College National College Fair Saturday, September 7th, 3013, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Thank You for Coming! QUESTIONS? You may also contact your student’s counselor with any questions or concerns.