Mr. Gonzales/Mrs. Calonge Prepare For College As a parent your expectations have a huge influence on what your child expects of himself or herself. Take an active interest in your child’s planning and preparation for college. Furthering your child’s education should be an expectation and discussed often. Encourage your child to take college prep courses in high school and to work hard to earn good grades. Reading daily is an important habit for students. College TimeLine Middle School Establish strong study habits and get good grades Take challenging courses including honors and advanced math Do your best on your CST’s so you are able to enroll in college preparatory classes Begin exploring the CSU Mentor website Think about possible career choices at www.whodouwant2b.com Read, read, read College TimeLine 9th Grade Work hard to get good grades Get involved in school and community activities 10th Grade Take college prep courses Be involved in activities Take the PSAT and PLAN 11th Grade Research and consider your college options Take the PSAT in October Take the ACT and SAT in the spring Meet with your APA to discuss college plans College TimeLine 12th Grade Take the ACT and SAT in the fall if necessary Complete college applications To apply for financial aid, submit a FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible: www.fafsa.ed.gov In the spring, compare college offers and make a decision, submit your letter of intent Apply for scholarships Maintaining and Increasing Your GPA In High School Even though you are applying for College in October and November, a campus can rescind your admission if your senior GPA falls dramatically. Ask about tutoring services: It’s never too late! Work with your teachers at lunch or after school – especially for those classes that challenge you. Don’t become lazy with an all‐electives course load. Mix it up! Take Honors, AP, and Community College courses in addition to fun electives. Note: CC classes not only offer an opportunity for early college credit, but help prepare you for the college mindset. Preparing for College: A‐G Requirements A: 2 yrs History and Social Science B: 4 yrs English C: 3 yrs (4 yrs. Rec. for both) Mathematics (algebra, geometry, and algebra II) D: 2 yrs: (3 yrs. rec. for UC) Laboratory Science (1 year of biological science and 1 year of physical science) E: 2 yrs: (3 yrs. rec. for UC) Foreign language (both years must be in the same language) F:1 yr: Visual and performing arts: art, dance, theatre/ drama, or music G:1 yr: Elective chosen from the subject areas listed above or other college preparatory course (2 semesters or 1 year-long course) SAT/ACT Registration SAT Registration: www.collegeboard.org ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org Know Your High School CEEB Code Choosing The Right College Type of College 2 Year Community Colleges offer affordable career programs. Students can also start at a 2 yr. college and then transfer to a 4 yr. college 4 Year Colleges are either public or private. Public colleges are generally larger and less expensive Size and Location Colleges vary in size-small colleges are more personal; larger colleges offer more programs and majors. Big city or small town, you choose Academic Programs All colleges offer a variety of majors, however you must find a college that offers the major you are interested in Cost College costs vary greatly! Must complete the A – G requirements Must take the SAT or ACT exams Accepts the top 9% of high school graduates Apply Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th of senior year Requires a personal statement There are 10 UC campuses Cost of tuition is $13,200 per year Examples of UC campuses: UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, CAL or UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Riverside Where is that UC? Must complete the A-G requirements Must take the SAT/ACT Accepts the top 33% of high school graduates Apply Oct 1-Nov 30 of senior year. There are 23 CSU campuses Tuition is between $6,593 – $7,207 a year 4 year degrees (BA, BS) as well as graduate degrees Examples of campuses: CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, CSULA, CSU Fullerton, San Jose State University, CSU East Bay Private Colleges/Universities Must complete the A-G requirements Must take the SAT/ACT Many are very competitive Must check with individual schools to see application deadlines Many campuses to choose from Cost of tuition varies but is usually anywhere from $35,000 to $44,000 per year 4 year degrees (BS, BA) and graduate degrees Examples of campuses: La Verne University, USC, Harvard, Redlands University Community Colleges Must be 18 years old for full time admission You DO NOT need to take the SAT/ACT Must take an English and Math placement test upon admission Apply in March of senior year Cost of tuition is about $980.00 per year Two year degree’s (AA) Certificate programs Examples of campuses: Chaffey College, San Bernardino Valley College, Mt Sac Community College Vocational / Trade Schools Typically open to anyone who wants to attend You do not need to take the SAT/ACT Rolling admissions Cost of tuition is usually quite expensive anywhere from $22,000.00 per year to $35,000.00 Most schools offer certificate programs not Degree programs Examples of campuses: ITT Technical Institute, UTI, FIDM National Collegiate Athletic Association If you are a high school athlete who plans on pursing college athletics, please visit: www.eligibilitycenter.org If you want to participate in athletics or receive an athletic scholarship during your first year, you must: Graduate from high school Complete 16 core courses NCAA 16 Core Courses SUBJECT DIVISION I & II English 4 years Mathematics (Algebra 1 or higher) 3 years Natural/Physical Science 2 years (1 year lab) Additional English, Math or Natural /Physical Science 1 year Social Science 2 years Additional Courses from Above 4 years College Admissions Criteria GPA (Grade Point Average)/Class Rank Colleges consider a student’s GPA in college prep courses to be the most important admissions criteria. Strength of Subjects Colleges examine high school transcripts and look for advanced and honors courses. Test Scores Most 4-year colleges require students to submit ACT or SAT scores. The more selective the school, the more important the test scores are. Extracurricular Activities Colleges are interested in seeing meaningful involvement, focus and commitment, evidence of leadership and unique interests or talents. Recommendations Colleges often ask for letters of recommendation from counselors and teachers, scholarships also generally require them. Financial Aid Grant – money given, usually because of financial need. Scholarship – money awarded for academic achievement or an outstanding talent or skill. Work Study – money earned by working at a parttime job provided by the college. Loan – money that must be repaid CSU Mentor: A Useful Tool Career Get a Reality Check on living in the Real World! This site allows you to choose your lifestyle and total up living expenses. It's also a great resource to find out about careers. http://californiarealitycheck.com/ Career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics-check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the BLS.gov homepage for a full listing of the occupations. http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm Parenting Resources Parent Institute. The Parent Institute-publishes a variety of materials and provides ways to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. http://www.parent-institute.com California Association for the Gifted. Lots of great resources for parents, students, and teachers. http://www.cagifted.org/ Test Taking/College Prep Test taking strategies. Here's a great test taking skills website. It has many tips and strategies to help students and adults with dealing with tests and test anxiety. http://www.studygs.net/ High School California Department of Education. This is the official website for education in California. Check the site’s DataQuest pages for statewide data, including the latest STAR, Academic Performance Index (API), and Advanced Placement (AP) results. www.cde.ca.gov California High School Exit Exam. These California Department of Education pages provide resources to help teachers prepare students for the California High School Exit Exam. Released exam items and exam results are included. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/ College Information College Board. This site offers information on over 3500 colleges and universities. http://www.collegeboard.com College Planning Network College Planning Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college information. College Planning Network, a Seattle based non-profit organization, maintains this site, which includes college selection and admissions information, financial information, a quarterly newsletter for parents and students, and links to college planning sites like CollegeView. http://www.collegeplan.org/ CollegePrep-101 CollegePrep-101 is an excellent place to learn about going to college from people who are there: faculty, staff, and students. There are two dozen lessons including college terminology, transition to college, and choosing a major. Great stuff! http://collegeprep.okstate.edu/ College Continued California Colleges. Find and compare colleges within California. http://www.californiacolleges.edu UC schools. University of California system website-offers valuable resources and information about the UC system. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/welcome.html Cal State schools. California State University system website- offers valuable resources and information about the CSU system. http://www.calstate.edu/ Black Collegian. The Black Collegian Online-the electronic version of the 26-year-old national career opportunities magazine. http://www.black-collegian.com/ Financial Aid Find College Scholarships NOW! This site can help you get scholarships for college. Check it out! Start NOW!! www.fastweb.com FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. http://www.finaid.org Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has developed one of the most complete and concise collections of Hispanicspecific financial aid information currently available. http://www.ma.iup.edu:80/Pueblo/financial_forum/chci.html Financial Aid Continued Federal Student Aid. Federal Student Aid-the largest source of student aid in America. Find help for every stage of the financial aid process. http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/ Student Loan Reform. Coalition for Student Loan Reform-increase student access to loans. http://www.cslr.org/ http://www.Scholarships.com Math/Science Math site for practice, games, and more. http://www.math.com Our science book has a website for you to explore the various concepts covered this year. There is a list of codes in the front of the science book once you log on. http://www.scilinks.org More math fun, lessons, practice, games, and more. Grade levels K-8. http://www.aaamath.com Math/Science Continued The Yuckiest Site on the Internet. This site uses bugs, worms, belches, and blackheads to teach science concepts. http://yucky.com National Geographic for Kids http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ NASA for middle-school students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/58/features/index.html Middle School Activities. http://www.education.com/activity/middle-school/ Questions?