Junior Night Class of 2016 Topics • • • • • • • • • • • Graduation Requirements Guidmii Bright Futures Post-Secondary Options Selecting a College Gaining Admission to College School Counseling Website Dates to Remember Next Steps Tips for Students Tips for Parents Class of 2016 Graduation Requirements • 4 Credits English • 4 Credits Mathematics including Algebra I and Geometry • 3 credits Science including Biology 1; 2 credits must have laboratory component • 3 credits Social Studies-World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Economics • 1 credit in Fine or Performing Arts • 1 credit HOPE • 7.5 credits electives • One virtual course credit • Minimum graduation credit requirement is 24 Additional Requirements • Students must pass Grade 10 FCAT Reading or earn concordant ACT/SAT test score. • Students must pass Algebra 1 End of Course Exam or earn concordant PERT test score • Grade Point Average must be at least 2.0(unweighted State GPA) • Two years of JROTC can substitute for HOPE and Performing/Fine Arts Guidmii • Track various graduation requirements • View GPAs-District, State, SUS, Bright Futures • Review Bright Future Information and Scholarships • College admissions information • Sign in via mySPOT. Bright Futures • Three level: Florida Academic Scholar, Florida Medallion Scholars, and Gold Seal Vocational Scholars • Minimum 3.5(FAS) or 3.0(FMS) GPA in core classes + 2 years of foreign language • Community Service required!- 100 hours for FAS, 75 for FMS, 30-GSV • SAT/ACT requirements:FAS-1290 SAT/29ACT; FMS-1170 SAT/26ACT • https://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org Post-Secondary Options Four–Year College •Bachelors Degree + •Public and Private •Selective Admissions Gap Year • Study Abroad • Community Service • Work Experience Two-Year College •Associates Degree •Open Admissions • Credit Transferable Military • Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines/Coast Guard • ASVAB October 23rd • ROTC programs Technical School •Increase in enrollment •Certification and degree programs Selecting a College Gaining Admission to College • High school record • Strength of Course Selections • SAT or • ACT scores • Activities • Recommendations • • • • Essay Interest Level Special Talents Interview School Counseling Website School Counseling Calendars PSAT/SAT School Day Information Scholarship Information Forms for Students & Parents College Representative Visits Graduation requirements Links to NCAA, Guidmii, SAT/ACT information, Edsby, etc. • Community Service-Proposals MUST be approved before hours are completed! • • • • • • • Upcoming Dates • • • • • • • • • • • • SAT-October 11th PSAT-October 15th ASVAB-October 23rd ACT-October 25th Field Trip-University of Miami/Florida International UniversityOctober 28th Strides for Education-November 1st Field Trip-University of Florida/Sante Fe College-November 5th SAT-November 8th Field Trip-Florida State University-November 10th Non-Profit Fair-November 12th Erwin Tech Field Trip-November 19th Great American Teach In-November 20th Next Steps • • • • • • • • • • • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes. Continue extra curricular activities. Maintain strong academic performance and an excellent attendance record. Attend NACAC College Fair in January. Talk with parents about college needs, interests, etc. Take School Day SAT-February 25th. Register for SAT-June administration. Meet with counselor to discuss college needs, interests etc. List college choices with counselor. Schedule interviews and college visits for Spring, Summer and/or Fall. Continue to explore career options. Tips for Parents Understand that it’s a Process Be realistic and non-judgmental Don’t compare your child with classmates Encourage your child to do the work – be in the ‘back seat’ and not the ‘driver’ • Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions • Help your child keep deadlines • Help your child initiate contact with colleges, gap year programs, military offices, and career opportunities • • • • Tips for Students • Self-reflect; know yourself • What do you value? • Future Goals/Interests • Academic Strengths • Personal Achievements/Standout Talents • Keep an open mind • Explore all of your options • Don’t procrastinate • Keep your parents in the loop; communicate! • Take ownership of the process • Visit your counselor often Questions?