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Kathy Mortensen Department Chair Grades 10, 11, 12 A-K School Counselor Grades 10,11,12 L-Z Ext. 119

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Sarah DAnna

Karen Johnson

School Counselor Grade 9

PT Counselor

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Ext. 191 Brenda White

Ext. 118 Gerry Freeman Records Clerk

Ext. 191 Deloris Edwards Filing Clerk/Office Asst.

How Do Guidance Counselors Help in High School?

College and Career Planning financial aid, SAT/ACT,

letters of recommendation, transcripts

Academic Success scheduling, connecting students

and parents with study/tutoring resources, parent/teacher conferences, skill building

Personal/Social Development skill building,

connecting parents/student with resources, crisis/emergency management

Graduation Requirements for students entering grade 9 for the first time in 2007-2008 and thereafter
24 credits
2.0 overall unweighted gpa Pass the reading FCAT and/or state EOCs For student entering grade 9 for the first

time in 2011-2012 and thereafter, students must take one online high school course.

Graduation Requirements Continued

24 credits 4-English 4-Math (taken in middle or high school in 2007-2008 or thereafter) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Additional Math 4-Science (2 physical, one biological, 1 additional) Earth Space, Biology, Chemistry, Additional Science OR Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Science 3-Social Studies World History, American History, Economics, American Government 2-Foreign Language Consecutive courses in same language 1-Practical or Performing Fine Art 1- HOPE 5-Electives

EOC (End of Course Exam) Information

1st Year in 9th Grade Before 20102011 Algebra I EOC 1/18th of Final Grade Geometry EOC 1/18th of Final Grade Biology EOC Algebra II EOC 1/18th of Final Grade


30% of Final Grade

Pass/Fail Pass/Fail

1/18th of Final Grade

30 % of Final Grade Pass/Fail

1/18th of Final Grade

30% of Final Grade Pass/Fail No state EOC. Post CAST Test 20% of 2nd semester gr.

2011-2012 2012-2013

American History- students must take the State US History EOC which counts as 30% of their final grade

Graduation Requirements

What is on the Transcript?

Biographical Information - check for accuracy Official record of high school work Cumulative: 9th - 12th grades (8th grade if HS

course); all courses and final averages count Students schedule Weighted GPA and unweighted GPA ONLY Rank in class Community service hours only Standardized test results Is reviewed by counselors yearly for accuracy Students can obtain copy through guidance

Grade Point Average

State, Unweighted, Graduation GPA

District, Weighted, Ranking GPA (whole quality point

for each honors, AP, DE course)

Re-calculated, Academic GPA (half of a quality point

for each honors course, whole point for AP, DE) State University Schools in Florida
Florida Bright Futures GPA (Florida Bright Futures

GPA (16 core academic credits and up to 2 additional academic credits and/or AP arts credits - half an extra quality point for each honors and AP course)

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Grade Checklist

PSAT in October Study Good year to build GPA FCAT, EOC and AP exams Activities Increase involvement and document Continue Career Development, College Exploration View your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility at
Parent, Student, Counselor Conference! College Ready!!

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Grade Possible Courses

1 English II English II Honors 2 Geometry Algebra II Honors Pre-Calc or AP Calculus Biology I or Biology Honors Chemistry Honors Spanish II French II Italian II German II World History standard or Honors AP World History Arts Area Arts Area Arts Area

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College Ready Know the scores!


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PSAT in October

Grade Checklist

Study Junior year is most important EOC and AP exams Continue Activities SAT/ACT in Spring (register for January test)
College ready!

Continue Career Development/College Exploration

Meet with Counselor

View your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility at

11th Possible Courses


English III English III Honors AP Language Arts Algebra II Analysis of functions replacement Pre-Clac AP Stat or AP Calc AB Chemistry or Chemistry Honors Physics I Honors

American History AP American History

Arts Area Arts Area Arts Area Arts Area

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12th Grade Checklist Fall

Meet with your counselor! Study senior year grades are important View your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility at Take the SAT and ACT, Continue activities /community service and document Prepare college applications - online is preferable. Use, the common application, or school-specific websites
Letters of Recommendation Write Essays Prepare Resume

Request transcripts from guidance office View your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility at Research and apply for scholarships Apply for Bright Futures in December at

12th Grade Checklist Spring

Meet with your counselor! View your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility at Keep grades up, colleges may rescind admission for falling grades Continue to take the SAT/ACT Apply for scholarships and financial aid (students will receive senior newsletters and students should visit the DA guidance webpage and Counselor Corner Blog) Fill out the FAFSA at Attend Beacon financial aid workshop, financial aid night, and senior parent night Follow up with colleges to confirm your attendance

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Grade Possible Courses

English IV AP Literature 2 Probability and Statistics Honors Analysis of Functions replacement AP Stat or DE College Algebra AP Calc AB/BC Physics or Physics Honors Marine Science Honors AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics AP Environmental Science American Government/Economics American Government/Economics Honors AP American Government/Economics Arts Area Arts Area Arts Area Arts Area

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Senior Workshop

Counselors will visit senior English classes in early fall to discuss:

Senior year Diplomas and transcripts College application procedure SAT and ACT Financial aid and scholarships RED days for guidance activities College Fair October 13, Prime Osborn Center


Copy of Transcripts College Application College Entrance Essay Letters of Recommendation Resume College Portfolio Rubric

What can I be doing now?

Work on your GPA every year!
FSU UF UNF UCF 3.7-4.2 4.0-4.4 3.53-3.78 3.4-4.1 Examples of middle range GPAs for fall admission to state universities:

Take the ACT and SAT beginning in your Junior year! Build your resume with ACTIVITIES

Community service is a hot item! Participation in

activities in grades 9 through 12 is most important Make sure you get pre-approval from media center! Submit documentation to the media center by deadline What kind of activities are important? Quality participation in one or few activities Service to the community vs. volunteering Service and involvement in the school Leadership and/or significant contributions

Six Steps to the College Application Process

1) Know yourself and your reasons for attending college 2) List and visit colleges and compare

3) Consider colleges characteristics

4) Apply for admission and observe deadlines 5) Develop a plan to finance your education 6) Review and finalize your plans

General Tips
Establish Notebook with Dividers
Resume Divider for Each School with check list

Create Folder System

Get the name of your Admission Rep and keep it Establish a calendar of deadlines for each school Maintain Senior Year Grades

What is right for me?

A university/four-year college
Private or public
In-state public or out-of-state

A community college
A vocational-technical school

A private technical college

Consider College Characteristics

Majors & educational Location & size Costs & financial aid

programs Type of school & degrees offered Admission policy

College affiliation & accreditation

Campus activities

Support services

List, Compare, and Visit!

Compile information from several resources:

College catalogs, bulletins, videos, and computer-

based services College representatives & college fairs Counselors and teachers Parents, students, and alumni

Prepare a college comparison checklist Weigh advantages & disadvantages Contact the office of admission Schedule appointments for your campus visits

College Visit Procedure

If the visit causes you to miss class(es) at DA, the absence will be excused if the following procedure is followed.

for Juniors and Seniors only Pick up an application in the Deans Office. Turn in the application to the Attendance Office at

least two weeks prior to the college visit. Approval will only be granted for formal invitations and open houses. Upon return to school bring a note signed by both a university representative and your parent/guardian.

Checklist for a Campus Visit

Meet with an Admission Counselor Verify admission requirements

Determine actual college costs

Ask about financial aid opportunities Take a campus tour

Investigate your academic program(s)

Attend a class Talk with students and faculty

Discuss your chances for success:

admission, graduation, placement

When Should I Apply?

The earlier you apply in your senior year the better!
Most Florida State Universities have already accepted a majority of their students by December or their priority deadline has passed.

By February some are still accepting students.

Some colleges have rolling admissions.

Prepare Your Materials

Write Essays Decide on Letters of

Beginning of Senior Year

Request Transcripts from

Recommendation Create a Resume Submit Admissions Applications

Guidance Admission test results Request Letters of Rec Submit Remaining Applications

Apply for Admission and Observe Deadlines

Narrow your choices Review college admission test requirements Know application fees and deadlines

Know scholarship requirements

Apply for Admission and Observe Deadlines

Submit application materials (paper/electronic)
Application for admission High school transcript

Admission test results

Determine college costs Investigate ALL possible resources

Develop a Plan to Finance Your Education

Parents Savings Summer earnings Financial aid: scholarships (merit based and needbased), grants, loans & work-study (needbased) Other sources Secure necessary forms and note deadlines Apply for financial aid as early as possible (for Fafsa must wait until January 1 of senior year unless applying for summer after graduation)

Review and Finalize Your Plans

Show initiative and be assertive
Talk with your parents and counselor Select a college that meets your needs and

preferences Follow up with colleges to which you have applied

Meeting College Expenses

Based on talent or merit
Very competitive - national pool of applicants High GPA and test scores

Artistic Community service

Essay competitions

Meeting College Costs

Students must apply for Bright Futures and other state

scholarships at
Must meet minimum requirements for academic GPA,

SAT/ACT test scores, and community service

Must maintain GPA in college Must complete the FAFSA

Bright Futures Eligibility

Graduation Year SAT 2013-2014 1290

Hours 100 ACT 29 SAT 1170


Hours 75

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Meeting College Expenses

Need-Based Financial Aid
GRANTS, LOANS, and WORK STUDY Many students and families receive need-based financial aid. Federal Government: The Student Guide and Funding Your Education Families complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Do Not Send until after January 1 of senior year (unless applying for summer session after graduation) Determines EFC - Expected Family Contribution or

Important Websites


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