IMPORTANT Senior Information


Topics for Discussion Today

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Important Dates for Senior Year Graduation Requirements A timeline for all post high-school plans Options for after graduation and how do you get there

Sending applications, letters of recommendation & transcripts

Financial Aid

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Graduation Requirements

Total of 25 credits

4 credits of English - .5 cr of Composition or Writing for Publishing, .5 cr of Eng 12 Lit, OR AP English 12 3 credits of Math – Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II 3 credits of Science - Biology, Chemistry, Physics 3.5 credits of Social Science - Government as a senior, possibly Economics

1.5 credits of Phy Ed: PE 9, PE 10, elective in 11 th or 12 th grade or PE Waiver exception

.5 Health

View your transcript on Infinite Campus

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Senior Planning Night for you and your parent/guardian College Fairs – September 10 th Oct. 6, 8, 9 & 10 (local)

- check for more info Deadline for Youth Options October 1 st Financial Aid Information Night at Waukesha North December 3 rd , 6:30 8:30 pm Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Breakfast June 5 th , 8 a.m.

Baccalaureate June 7 th , 7:00 p.m. in the West Auditorium Graduation June 13 th , 2015 - 2:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse

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Overall Timeline as a Senior

Apply to any type of school between September 1st and January 1 st - Technical College: October 1 st , UW System: September 1 st are the earliest dates to apply.

Send transcripts at the time of application by going to

Send letters of recommendation, if necessary, at time of application Schedule campus tours for fall of 2014 if you have not visited your top schools Apply for financial aid at

January 1 st beginning Make final decisions by May 1 st , send in deposit Schedule and take placement tests in May-June Attend on-campus registration in the summer of 2015

Cap and Gown information

• • January 8 th , Josten’s is in the auditorium to distribute cap and gown information @ 9:15 10:15.

January 14-15 th , Josten’s will be collecting orders for caps and gowns during

lunches .

Minimum of $60.00 is due at ordering. If order is $60.00 or less, payment in full is required.

Pick-up will be late April - TBD


For example: Carpentry, Concrete Finishing, Cosmetology, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Roofing, Tool & Die

WCTC has apprenticeship options - look under School of Applied Technologies

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Do you have a connection at a company? Do you have skills that employers are looking for?

Waukesha County is looking for skilled workers and employers are willing to train you on the job Where do you start? The Workforce Development Center at WCTC is a great place for resources. See your counselor for an appointment to discuss your options!

• • • • • Recruiters are available for every branch of the armed services for the students at West Schedule of lunch hour visits will be posted Individual meetings can be set up to take place in Student Services or at your home See your counselor to help arrange a meeting and for options Consider ROTC or NROTC programs vs enlisting

• • • Be sure to watch for program deadlines.

Applications can be submitted October 1st Application costs: $30

To learn more about the UW system schools, click the above picture. To apply, click here: https://apply.wisconsin

.edu/ Applications can be submitted from September 1 st on, and the review of the applications begins SEPTEMBER 15 th ! The sooner you apply, the better.

Take the ACT at

Registration Deadline is September 27th for the October 26th test date

Milwaukee National College Fair

• • • • • • • • • • Sunday September 28 th Wisconsin Center Hall A 440 W. Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203 Admission: Free Students can register by Smartphone

No smart phone:

37 states represented, hundreds of colleges and many breakout sessions available

To learn about each private college, click on the above picture, or use this link: http://www.privatecolleges To apply to each private college, you should go to the school’s website. Some of the private colleges are on the Common Application Beloit, Carroll, Marquette, Lawrence, Northland, Ripon, St. Norbert Go to the Common Application at


Not sure where to start in your college search process especially if you want to go out of state?

How do you afford college?

Apply for financial aid through the federal government starting on January 1 st , 2015

Average Costs Per Year Technical College: $4000 Two Year College: $5000 4 year Public university: $18,000 Scholarships can help!

• Keep watch on the West Student Services webpage for updates on • • available scholarships.

Look on the individual college financial aid page for scholarships Use a general scholarship search engine like

4 year Private university: $35,000

Visit the Waukesha West website to browse both national and local scholarships.


(formerly WISCareers)

• • • • • • • • CareerLocker is a comprehensive post-high school planning site College searches Career searches Assessments (interest, skills, values, study skills) Job searches Budgeting Planning ACT, SAT, ASVAB test prep ( student login: user: knelson000 Pass: ID # 12345 )

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