Antelope Valley School District

Junior Guide

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

A.        WHAT’S THE CEEB CODE?

        The College Entrance Exam Board (CEEB) code (also known as the “school code”) for KHS is 052491. Please remember to use this number when registering for college admissions tests.

 

B.         GRADES

      Your college application GPA is based on 10th and 11th grades only.  This year will account for 50% of that GPA.    

        Stay focused and make up any D’s or F’s before your senior year.

 

C.        TRANSCRIPTS

        The Antelope Valley Union High School District is now using Naviance to send transcripts to colleges         and a few scholarship programs.  At this time, you are not able to print a transcript from Naviance for            your personal reference.  If you need an unofficial copy of your transcript, please see your counselor or          if you need an official one, see the Registrar.  If it is for a scholarship application, please see              Mrs. Pflieger. (Note: progress/quarter grades are not recorded to transcripts, only semester grades).

 

D.        JUNIOR YEAR

 

1.       Make sure you are taking the correct courses for the college and major of your choice. For          example, pre-med students should take physics, chemistry, and biology. UC applicants must take 11 of the 15 required units prior to senior year.

2.       Take a strong academic program each semester. A minimum of four academic subjects should be           taken each year. This could include courses at the community college or a CSU to get a head start on college general education requirements. Colleges expect your junior year to be academically            challenging and that you will take the most rigorous course work that you are capable of doing.

3.       Listen for announcements in the morning and/or look for the daily Bulletin on the KHS website.       Announcements regarding college representatives who will be visiting our school will be posted there.   Stop by the College/Career Center weekly to sign-up to meet with those that interest you.

4.       Visit the College/Career Center frequently to get information and handouts to help you prepare for       college and learn about scholarships and to research financial aid/scholarships. 

5.       Visit a college. You don’t have to go far to get a good idea of what a small liberal arts college is like. Go to UCLA or USC for a taste of a big university. Visit Cal Tech, CSUN, Pepperdine or Pierce. Even if you plan to go far away for college, visiting local colleges will help you decide      what it is you want for a college or university. Take advantage of ‘Junior Days’ or ‘Open House    Programs’.  The “College Information Wall” in the College/Career Center will have postings of            local college events, campus tours and Open Houses.

6.       Make list of the colleges that you are considering. Do comparisons.

7.       Focus on career goals.  Having an idea of what you want to do in life will help you make decisions         on what type of higher education you will need and what type of major to choose.   Take           advantage of the College/Career Center and its resources.  Ask your counselor for advice and            take an assessment of your interests, abilities and values using career assessment programs such            as: cacareerzone.com, Naviance, or the ASVAB.

8.       When registering for tests or submitting applications, remember to use your name as it appears on          your Birth Certificate/Social Security Card. Also be sure that your school records match those      documents.  If you have been registered at school as John Doe, but your real name is Johnathon            Doe-Garcia on other legal records, it will cause problems.  Please see Mrs. Pflieger with a copy           of your birth certificate to get your records corrected as soon as possible! When it comes to      applications and test scores that do not exactly match your school records, delays/denials in the   processing of those documents will occur!

 

TEST INFORMATION

 

 

A.        WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL

 

1.       AP (Advanced Placement)  

      AP tests are given in May for college level courses taken at high school or equivalent in certain subject areas.  College credit and grades can be earned.  This is at the discretion of the college or university.  Information can be found at www.collegeboard.org/ap/students/

 

2.       ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) – Though the military uses the results of this to test to help decide where to place recruits, it is not a requirement of the test to join the military.  Students are encouraged to take the ASVAB as a personal assessment, to see what fields they have an ‘aptitude’ for.

 

3.       PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) – The PSAT is a national test given in mid-October each year.  At Knight High School, we opt to test on the Wednesday date which is done during school hours, but some schools may test on the following Saturday.  The PSAT will not only help you in preparation for the college entrance exam SAT, but when taken in your Junior year, a high score may qualify you for National Merit Scholarships, so it should be taken seriously!

 

 

B.         COLLEGE ENTRANCE/PLACEMENT TESTS

  

        The ACT or SAT I (Reasoning Test) are required for admission to almost all four-year colleges        and universities. Some schools (including UC’s) require a number of SAT Subject Tests for certain majors.  Be sure to check their website for all required exams.  Community Colleges usually          require an         English and math assessment, which is given at the college prior to enrollment.

 

         CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES –

              Colleges vary in their testing requirements.  Most require new students to take math and         

              English placement tests before enrolling.  Tests are usually given April through August for                              

              entrance.  For info on all California Community Colleges, log on to: www.cccco.edu                     

               

      

         CAL STATE UNIVERSITIES, UNIVERSITIES OF CALIFORNIA and PRIVATE SCHOOLS  

 

            SAT I: Reasoning Test

                 

             The SAT I (Reasoning Test) is a multiple-choice test that measures the student’s verbal and                          mathematical aptitudes. The scores for each section range from 200 to 800. There is also                                   an optional essay portion of this exam, but we HIGHLY suggest you take the essay portion.  Most                  California schools require/recommend it for admission consideration. Colleges want to know not                          only how well you write, but also how well you express and then back up a point of view. You will                 have 35 minutes for the writing portion of the exam, which will count for approximately 30 percent                   of the score for the writing section.  The essay will be scored as a first draft, not as a polished piece                    of writing. You are given 50 minutes to write the ‘optional’ essay portion.  There are 58 student-                          produced responses in the Math Sections of the SAT I. The SAT I can be taken as many times as                       the student wants. It is recommended that student take the SAT I no more than 3 times. Some                            private colleges average scores from multiple test seatings. Unless the student does something to                       improve their scores (such as a prep class, preparation books, study group or computer software),                      research shows that scores do not change significantly.

 

             For most students, the SAT I should be taken in the spring semester of the 11th grade. The SAT I                  can be taken again in the August, October, November, or December testings during the senior year.                The student should prepare prior to taking or retaking the SAT I.

            SAT SUBJECT TESTS 

         

             The SAT Subject Tests are administered separately and are given in six of the same dates as the

             SAT I.  The SAT Subject Tests is not given in March. Since testing is only scheduled for the                         morning, it is not possible to take both the SAT I and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. The tests                measure student’s achievement in single academic areas: Literature, American History and Social                      Studies, World History, Mathematics (Levels I and II - II being the only one accepted for entrance                     at a UC), Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics, *Chinese, English Proficiency, *French, *German,                            Hebrew, Italian, *Japanese, *Korean, Latin and Spanish)Scores range       from 200 to 800 for each                test. Students generally take two tests at a seating, however, up to three tests may be taken per                           seating. Juniors often select the American History Exam as their 3rd exam because they are just                          completing the course. Juniors who plan to apply to UC campuses for certain majors or selective                       private schools should verify if SAT Subject Tests are required by the school and/or major (check                   online at the university websites) and if so, take those exams at the end of your Junior year.                               Additionally, subject exams still may be used to satisfy "a-g" subject requirements.  It is possible

             To take the SAT Subject Tests prior to the SAT I. Therefore, students might opt to take the Foreign               Language SAT Subject Tests after completion of the 3rd year of language in the 10th grade at the                        June testing. It is not mandatory to take both SAT Subject Tests at one sitting. The SAT Subject                        Tests can be taken again in October, November or December of the senior year.

 

             *Listening versions of these Subject Tests are only available for the November test at some                           centers. Please check before you register.

 

             Note: Score choice is an option that allows students to review their SAT Subject Tests scores before              deciding whether to make any or all of them a part of the student’s score record. When you become                a senior, it is not recommended that you use score choice due to a possible delay in the reporting of                   your scores to the college.

 

 

       ACT

             The ACT consists of tests in four academic areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science      Reasoning. It is highly recommended to take the ACT with the ‘Writing’ component. Scores are reported on a scale 1-36 for each area, plus a composite of all scores. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. (There is a penalty for incorrect answers on the SAT I and SAT Subject Tests). Students should utilize preparation materials before taking the ACT. The ACT should be taken in the spring semester of the 11th grade and can be taken again in September, October, or December during the senior year. Most East Coast schools prefer the ACT over the SAT, but may accept either as an entrance criterion.  Since most California schools accept either, students are recommended to take both exams. It is always a good idea to check the specific test requirements for admission to the particular college(s) you are considering. Check the College/Career Center for the college’s catalog (or visit the college’s website) under ‘Admissions’ for that information.

       

             

 

 

 

C.        TEST PREPARATION

          The College/Career Center has computer software, preparation books, and lists of websites (like       Shmoop.com) to help students prepare for the PSAT, SAT I, ACT, SAT SUBJECT TESTS, and      ASVAB. It also has information on outside organizations who tutor (for a fee) for the test.  Studies indicate that students who take rigorous academic programs perform the best on college admissions     test.  You can also link your PSAT scores to the Khan Academy in your CollegeBoard account.  Khan         Academy will then customize a SAT Prep based upon those scores to help you prepare for the SAT!

 

 

 

D.        HOW MUCH DO THEY COST (APPROXIMATELY)?

        ACT (No Writing)          $50.50 if application is postmarked by the regular deadline.

        ACT (Plus Writing)        $67.00 if application is postmarked by the regular deadline.

                                              $30.00 additional if application is postmarked by the late deadline.

 

        SAT I (No Essay)           $47.50 if application is postmarked by the regular deadline.

                         (Essay)          $64.50 if application is postmarked by the regular deadline. RECOMMENDED

                                             $29.00 additional if application is postmarked by the late deadline.

                                              $51.00 additional if registering to be on the “waitlist”.                                                                    You must register for the waitlist online and print out your ticket                                                       no later than two weeks prior to the test date.

 

        SAT SUBJECT TESTS

 

            $26.00 Registration fee if postmarked by the regular deadline PLUS one of the following:

 

                         $26.00 Language Test with Listening

                        $22.00 All other additional subject tests.

                        $29.00 additional if application is postmarked by the late deadline.

                        $51.00 if registering to be on the “waitlist”. 

                            You must register for the waitlist online and print out your ticket no later than two                            weeks prior to the test date.  No waitlist is available for Language with Listening                              Subject Tests. 

 

 

 

E.         HOW AND WHEN DO I SIGN UP?

      Online registration is preferred by both the ACT and SAT testing agencies. Go to     sat.collegeboard.org or ACTstudent.org to register.  Be sure to print out your admission ticket         and take it with you on test day, as well as a school or government photo I.D.  Paper      registration       (by mail) is necessary if you need to pay with a check (or money order) or cannot upload a     digital photo. An admission ticket for the SAT I or SAT Subject Tests (if application is         postmarked by the regular deadline) will be mailed to you before the test. Remember, the CEEB        code for KHS is 052491Testing materials and exact dates can be found in the KHS    College/Career Center.

 

        The months for SAT I and SAT Subject Tests are as follows:

 

 

        Test Months        Tests

        August              SAT I & SAT Subject Tests           October         SAT I & SAT Subject Tests           November         SAT I & SAT Subject Tests

        December          SAT I & SAT Subject Tests

               

   Test Months        Tests

   March               SAT Only

   May                   SAT I & SAT Subject Tests

   June                   SAT I & SAT Subject Tests

 

 

 

                    Log on to www.collegeboard.org for the closest test sites and exact dates (or go to the KHS College/                           Career Center for the list of test sites for SAT Program. You are entitled to four prepaid reports of your           scores. List four colleges that you are interested in, e.g.: CSUN, UCSB. Each time that you have your                test score sent, the college receives your most recent score and all previous scores to six SAT I and six               SAT Subject tests administrations. If you don’t request that copies of your scores are sent to colleges at              the time you take your last SAT I or SAT Tests, you will have to pay $11.25 for each score report that               is sent at a later date.

 

 

                       

            The ACT months for testing are as follows:

    

                              September           October           December           February           April           June           July

 

                        Test prep materials and exact dates can be found in the KHS College/Career Center.

 

F.         SENDING YOUR SCORES TO COLLEGES

                     When registering for the SAT/ACT, you are asked to send your official scores directly to colleges.  It is                      advisable to have the scores sent to colleges you are considering applying to.  This gets you on their                               ‘radar’ and is included in the cost of the exam.  When sending your scores to CSU schools, use CSU                         Mentor 3594.  This will send your scores to all 23 CSU schools (so you won’t have to send a score report                             to each CSU you want to apply).  When you want scores sent to UC schools, sending a report to just one                               (1) UC school will automatically send the scores to all 9 UC’s.  If you take the ACT, release your scores                                to at least one CSU at the time you register to take the test, then use the ACT ‘score manager’ through                       CSU Mentor to send ACT scores to any of the other CSU’s to which you plan on applying.

 

 

         

G.        FEE WAIVERS

        Fee Waivers for eligible students may be obtained from College/Career Center.  Fee Waivers are limited.  Students may receive up to two SAT I, two SAT Subject Tests, and two ACT Fee Waivers during their Junior or Senior years. On-line registration for the SAT’s and ACT will ask for a fee waiver code (found on the issued fee waiver obtained in the College/Career Center). Proof of financial eligibility for waivers is required. Bring a copy of your current “Free or Reduced Lunch” acceptance letter as verification when requesting a waiver.

 

 

H.    LEGAL NAME

        Be sure to use your FULL LEGAL NAME (as on your birth certificate/Social Security Card) on all educationally related applications.  If your records show your last name(s) as hyphenated, be sure to use both names as it appears on your records.  This applies to all applications (i.e., AP exams, PSAT, SAT, ACT, FAFSA, colleges, etc.)  If the names do not match on all documents, your applications may be denied.

 

 

 

 

COLLEGE INFORMATION

 

     A.   GENERAL TIPS

1.       College applications are to be completed beginning in the fall of your Senior year.

2.       You may submit your college applications even if you have not completed all your SAT I or SAT      Subject Tests or ACT tests. However, waiting until November or December to test may delay your      acceptance to a UC or CSU, pending the receipt of those scores.

3.       If you plan to apply to a competitive four-year college, it is suggested that you apply to at least three      (but no more than 5) colleges.

4.       Use Naviance to do college research and create a list of colleges that interest you.

5.       A $55 + application fee is required for most colleges to which you apply. CSU’s charge $55 each      campus and UC’s charge $70 each. Both systems offer students an opportunity to apply for a fee      waiver during the application processBe sure to enter the correct information, as these universities      determine eligibility based on what is entered at that time and do not offer a ‘second’ chance!      Application fee waivers for colleges/universities (other than the CSU’s or UC’s) are available to      eligible students in the College/Career Center of your high school.

6.       Remember that meeting or exceeding minimum admissions requirements will not guarantee      admission to a campus or major/program. Students should try to “back up” their college choices by      also applying to less competitive campuses.

7.       Keep a file with photocopies of all correspondence sent to a college, (application, letter of      recommendation, etc.) and received from the college.

8.       Almost all college applications these days are to be completed online.  You may want to print out a      copy of what you’ve submitted before actually submitting.  And be sure to record your user      names and passwords so you don’t get locked out!

 

 

 B.   HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION/FEES? (Approximate)

     1.   University of California:  $13,900 per year.

     2.   California State Universities:  $6,500 per year.

     3.   Community Colleges $46.00 per unit.

     4.   Private Colleges and Out-of State Colleges: $10,000 - $60,000 per year.

     5.   Books cost and supplies: $1,500 - $2,455 a year.

 

 

C.    HOUSING

        Colleges and Universities often offer housing options to students. Community Colleges rarely offer on campus housing, but often have apartments near-by.  Become familiar with the housing options for the colleges to which you wish apply.  Keep in mind that housing deposits can range from $100 to $1,000 and must be paid before financial aid kicks in, so be prepared!

 

 

  D.  FINANCIAL AID

          Grants and scholarships are free – they need not be repaid. Loans are the only form of financial aid that must be repaid, mostly after graduation from college depending on the type of loan. Financial aid is also available for students for vocational education. The College/Career Center has computer software programs, list of websites, and reference books on scholarship and financial aid.

    

 

 

COMPARISON OF ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLEGE

 

 

        VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOLS

 

            These schools generally offer trade or technical skills and do not offer degrees beyond the associates                 (although there are some exceptions).  Instead, they award certificates upon program completion.  The               focus is not on achieving a broad bachelor’s degree, but is more on skills required to obtain a vocational/          technical position.  These institutions of higher education offer a great payback for a minimal time                    investment.  Often, students return to school later in life after being in their careers at a voc-tech school.

 

                Admissions Criteria:  Generally not competitive

 

 

        Community Colleges

 

            These institutions are designed to provide the first two years of college.  They can award the associate’s            degree, have very low tuition, and are generally located within most urban areas of the state.  They also             provide a substantial amount of vocational training.  Classes are small and tuition costs are low. 

  

             Admissions Criteria:  High School diploma or 18 years old.

 

 

 

        PRIVATE COLLEGES

 

            These requirements can be quite variable. Usually, the more prestigious private schools have rigid and high            standard requirements similar to The University of California system.  Some of the smaller colleges are more              flexible.

                             

            Admissions Criteria:  Vary

 

 

 

        University of CALifornia and California State University

 

   Subject Requirements –

 

        UC and CSUs require first-time freshman applicants to complete, with a grade of C or better in each course, the      following comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units.  A “unit” is one-year            study in high school. (Remember – only a-g approved courses count!)  For a list of your school’s “a-g”          courses, go to www.ucop.edu/doorways/  (Be sure to include every school you have attended since 9th grade)

 

a)    History/Social Science -   2 years required.  Two years of history/social science, including one year of U.S.     

     history, or one-half year of U.S. history & one-half years of civics or American government, and one year of          World history cultures, and geography.

 

b)   English – 4 year required.  Four years of college prep. English that includes frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature.  Not more than 2 semesters of 9th grade English can be used to meet this requirement.

 

c)    Math – 3 years required. 4 years recommended. 3 years of college preparatory math that include topics          covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two and three-dimensional geometry. Approved integrated          math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement, as may math courses taken in the 6th & 8th          grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own courses.

 

d)   Laboratory Science - 2 years required; 3 recommended.  Two years of laboratory science providing          fundamental     knowledge in at least 2 of these 3 disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics.                

   

e)    Language other than English - 2 years required; 3 years recommended.  Two years of the same language   other than English.  Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in           composition, vocabulary, reading, and grammar.  Courses in language other than English taken in the 7th and 8th grade may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its    own courses.  It may also be met by exam.

 

f)    Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year, including dance, drama/theater, music, and/or visual art.

 

g)   College Preparatory Elective - 1 year from additional “a–f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the          requirement above, or courses that have been approved solely for the use as “g” electives.


 

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO DECIDE ON A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

 

Use this list of five factors, which are important in the college decision

and also form the acronym: REACH

 

 

Region, Estimated costs, Academics, Campus life and Housing

 

Region:  Figure out what type of college you want — big, little or somewhere in between?  Consider how you want to spend your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

     spare time. Does the region offer the beach scene, mountain climbing, hiking or ice-skating?

 

Estimated costs:  First of all, can you afford the school? Although you will apply for all the scholarships you can that will award     

     you for your community service and SAT or ACT scores, look beyond your freshman year award potential.

     Do the colleges you’re considering offer scholarships for your major? What are the requirements? Do you qualify for work-  

     study?  Are there other jobs, such as being a tour guide or resident advisor that can help you offset the cost of college?

 

Academics:  Be prepared and have an idea of what you would like major in and what type of career you are looking     

     toward.  Ask your guidance counselor or admissions counselor if the department you’re considering majoring in is   

     accredited. Also ask who teaches the courses, what the student-teacher ratio is and the average class size.    

     Remember, not every college is equal, and it is your job to find out which colleges pass your test.

 

Campus life:  One of the best ways to get the feel of a campus is to attend an event. Most colleges offer a preview day

     of some type to give prospective students a taste of what they offer. Also, consider taking a campus tour.   Don’t be

     afraid to ask questions about your tour guide’s experiences, what types of student organizations are present on

     campus and the main events the campus hosts each year.

 

Housing: Some colleges require all freshmen to live on campus; others don’t. You may want to ask if the university 

     offers any freshmen-only housing. Living on a freshmen floor helps ease anxiety and is a great way to make friends.

     You will also want to know when the dorms close, what’s included in the room cost and if the halls are co-ed. Lot of

     people tell you how important this decision is and they throw tons of information at you, but that really doesn’t

     answer the question for you. So, instead, try this checklist as a starting point to narrow down your search.  

 

                                                                                        Excerpted from “How to pick a college” by Abby Tennant and NextStepU

 

To search for campus information, check out these websites:

 

cappex.com   bigfuture.org   collegedata.com   collegegreenlight.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A CAREER THAT’S BEST FOR YOU

 

Since we all have different skills, interests, experiences and expectations,

here’s what you should consider when thinking through this important decision.

 

Of course, since we all have different skills, interests, experiences and expectations, there’s no one career that’s best for everyone. So how do you choose the career that’s best for you?  Here’s what you should consider when thinking through this important decision…

What are your natural talents?

We all have natural talents, certain tasks that come easy to us. When we use our natural talents, time moves fast and we tend to receive compliments for our abilities. Knowing where your natural talents lie is key to choosing the right career. Of course we’re capable of doing other things, but those other tasks usually feel more like work. What do you always enjoy doing, and how can those skills be applied to a job?

 

What’s your work style?

Each of us has a preferred work style, even if we don’t realize it. That style can sometime conflict with a career choice. For example, a flexible work environment might allow you to deliver projects on various dates, while a structured environment would require specific deadlines and strict guidelines. What works better for you? In which environment do you tend to thrive?

 

Where do you like to work?

What’s your preferred work location? Your preference could vary from a small regional office to corporate headquarters to a home office, an airport hotel in Buffalo or a beach suite in South Florida. How often do like to work away from home? Do you mind traveling for your job? If living out of a suitcase makes you cringe and you need a consistency in your workplace, avoid careers that require a lot of moving around.

 

Do you enjoy social interaction?

Do you like working with others or as part of a team? Are you motivated by the needs of others and your ability to provide a solution? This is critical because some people shy away from that connection and would rather deliver value behind the scenes—without the complications of interacting with colleagues and clients. Know your social needs so you can choose a career that matches them.

 

How important to you is work-life balance?

Do you value a short commute and a home-cooked meal every night? Do you live for weekends out at the soccer field watching your kids play? If you need those creature comforts on a regular basis, pick a career that will give you the time to enjoy them. Look for jobs with regular hours and little to no requirements to work overtime or on weekends.

 

Are you looking to give back?

Some careers have a component of giving back, where the beneficiary of your hard work is not a corporation’s bottom line but rather a sick child, an endangered species or the planet’s air quality. If it’s important to know that your hard work makes a difference in the world, this could be a significant driver in your career choice.

 

Are you comfortable in the public eye?

Certain careers encourage or even require employees to have a public persona. You may become known in your local community. If you’re a spokesperson, that recognition could extend to a nation level. Or if you serve as your company’s representative at trade shows or special events, you may become known in that niche community. How does this strike you—as an opportunity or an obligation? If you thrive on recognition and the chance to build a personal brand while promoting your company’s work, look for careers that allow you to stand out front.

 

Do you deal well with stress?

Some of us thrive on big deadlines, or being on the hook for important projects. We like being the glue that holds everything together. In this role, people trust you and expect that you’ll suck it up and deal well with the pressure. Of course, we all have different stress thresholds. If you thrive under the gun, you may do well in a high-stress career. But if stress makes you want to run the other way, look for jobs that are more laid-back.

 

How much money do you want to make?

As you look forward in life, what are your expectations for money? You might be single now, but maybe you hope to become your future family’s breadwinner. Or maybe you’re part of a successful two-income family and need to decide whether you’re comfortable living on less or compromising on other career aspects, like work-life balance, to earn a better income. If money is the reward you seek, there are careers to match.

 

If choosing a career feels like too much pressure, here’s another option: Pick a path that feels right today by making the best decision you can, and know that you can change your mind in the future. In today’s workplace, choosing a career doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stick with that line of work for your entire life. Make a smart decision, and plan to re-evaluate down the line based on your long-term objectives.  Recognize that you’ll change as time rolls on. Your needs for money, freedom, balance, and recognition will change with you. But for now, think through each of these ideas, and you’ll be well on your way to choosing a career that’s best for you.

                                                                                                                         Credit: Tim Tyrell-Smith Dec. 6, 2010  U.S. World News

 

 

CALIFORNIA’S PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 

         California has a three-tiered system of state-financed universities and colleges.  Many consider this system to               

         be the nation’s best public higher education network.  Here’s a snapshot:

 

 

Text Box: University of California (UC)	   California State University (CSU)	Community Colleges (CC)
www.universityofcalifornia.edu		  www.csumentor.edu		         www.cccco.edu

Top 9% of high school graduates	      Top 33% of high school graduates		Top 100% of high school graduates

Background:  The UC system combines    Background:  The CSU system emphasizes	Background:  Colleges offer a wide
The education of undergraduates with a       undergraduate education, leading to a 	range of academic and vocational
strong emphasis on graduate programs	      bachelor’s, master’s, and a limited number	programs leading to an occupational 
and world-class research in the sciences      of doctor’s degrees.			certificate, a two-year associate of arts
and humanities.								degree, or a transfer program.

Students:  Over 238,000		      Students:  Over 474,571		                Students:  Over 2.1 million

Campuses:  9			      Campuses:  23				Campuses:  114

Costs:  About $13,900 in fees and an	      Costs:  About $7,216 in fees and an		Costs:  A unit costs $46, add about
additional $20,200 for room, board,	      additional $17,300 for room, board,		$16,578 for books, fees, transportation,
books, and transportation.		      books, and transportation.			food, and housing.  If no cost for living	
Approximately $33,600/year.		     Approximately $27,972/year.		at home, then about $11,052.

Entrance Requirements: A candidate	     Entrance Requirements: A candidate	Entrance Requirements: These
must be in the top eighth academically       must be in the top third academically	colleges are open to all California 
of high school graduates statewide,	     of high school graduates statewide,		residents, including those without
have completed 15 prescribed courses	     have completed 15 prescribed courses	a high school diploma.  A California	
and have taken the appropriate	     and have taken the appropriate		resident may attend a community
admission tests.			     admission tests.				college anywhere in the state.

Campus Locations:  Berkeley, 	     Campus Locations:  Bakersfield, Chico,	Campus Locations:  59 in southern
Santa Cruz, Davis, Santa Barbara,	     Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills,		California and 55 in central and
Los Angeles, Irvine, Merced, Riverside,     East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt,	northern parts of the state.
and San Diego.  The San Francisco	     Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime
campus specializes in upper division	     Academy, Monterey Bay, Northridge,
and graduate health sciences.		     Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, 
				     San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, 
				     San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma,
			   	     and Stanislaus campuses.

 

www.californiacolleges.edu

 

This site showcases California’s independent and public colleges and universities.  More importantly, it can help you with college planning, financial aid and career exploration.  It even provides answers with an “Ask an Expert” service.  Use this site as a gateway to colleges in California and as your personal assistant.  Visit www.californiacolleges.edu/home/hs/ for free, secure help.  Click on “tools”.  Set up your account to track your coursework, admission requirements, career interests and deadlines.  This site will even send you e-mail reminders and alerts.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                             

 

INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO A MILITARY ACADEMY?

 

 (Note:  These points relate specifically to West Point, however, other military academies have very similar  

                       procedures and similar criteria.  Admission to all academies are highly competitive).

 

    Juniors and their parents should attend a general meeting hosted by a local Congressman called a    

    “Service Academy Orientation Night” usually held at Wm. S. Hart High School.  Representatives from

      all the Service Academies, as well as representatives from the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC

     Scholarship Programs will be in attendance.

 

    Students who apply to be eligible for a Service Academy must receive a Congressional nomination to

    receive an appointment.  Application packets must be submitted. 

     

                  For further information, contact Senator Dianne Feinstein by logging on to:                                                                                    www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/service-academy-nominations

                                                     

                                                          or to apply for a nomination:

 

 http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=9B742A64-FD4F-4AD5-A9A7-CFF29E9843F3-24K

                                                                                        

                                             (Applications are due by October 1)

 

                or you can contact Congressman Steven Knight’s office by logging on to:                                                                                          www.Knight.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations

 

                                                     or call: (661) 441-0320 and speak to:

                                                    Isaac Barcelona, District Liaison Officer

                       

     The application process begins in April

 

     Take the SAT/ACT in May/June (and again in fall as seniors, no later than October)

1.    Begin the process (use the postcard pre-candidate questionnaire) 

2.    Receive application Packet (requires: SAT’s, transcript, letters of recommendation (3), essay).

3.    In June/Summer of junior year send letters requesting a nomination. 

          Apply through all:  Congressman, 2 Senators and Vice President (same letter to each office).

 

Admissions Criteria:

 

     60% Academics – 50% SAT / ACT (very competitive – higher the better) Minimum scores are:

                 SAT – 500 verbal and 500 Math                               

                 ACT (21 English, 19 Social Studies, 24 Mathematics, and 24 Natural Sciences)

                 and 50% GPA, etc.

 

           30% Community/school activities, athletics, etc.  (Are you a leader?)

           10% Physical fitness test.

 

  Senior Year: Submit completed packet

                                   Early action – all papers due by December 1st

                                   Interviews in early January.  Decisions known by February.

 

                                   Send in copies of certificates/honors earned to Admissions (with cover letter) as

                                   soon as they are covered.

                      

                                   Four main reasons to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point 

                                   (or other Military academies):

1.          Academies – 18:1 and below student/teacher ratio; available professors, etc.

2.          Leadership potential/desire

3.          Career in the military

4.          Tuition-free education                               

 

*After graduation, owe minimum of 5 years as an officer (total 8 years) then 3 years can be in the reserves.

 

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

        Many people who dream of attending college are very concerned about costs.  The fact is, college is         not cheap.  Paying for college can be a challenge, but there are financial aid opportunities for         everyone.  Don’t disqualify yourself by not applying for aid.  Almost everyone who attends college         needs some form of financial assistance. 

 

Types of Aid

 

      1.  Gift Aid - No need to be repaid:

                    a.  Grants (e.g. Pell Grant, Cal Grants)

                                All GPA verifications will be submitted electronically to the California Student Aid                                         Commission (CSAC) on your behalf in October.  If you do not wish your GPA verification                          be submitted to CSAC for consideration of Cal Grants, you must “Opt out” of that process.                                     Forms will be available on the school’s website or in the College/Career Center.

                    b.  Scholarships for merit and/or need

                    c.  Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) - California residents may apply for a California                              Community College Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW), which waives the per unit                               enrollment fee and also exempts students from the health fee.

 

        2.  Self-help Aid - Must be repaid or earned

                    a.  Loans (e.g. Stafford - Unsubsidized for non-need based/Subsidized for need based, Perkins, Plus)

                                                                              b.  Work (e.g. Federal Work Study)

 

TIPS FOR STUDENTS

 

ü  Start early by talking to your parents about going to college

ü  Identify the key person at your school for scholarship information and CSF (Calif. Scholarship Federation)

ü  Access services offered by your school and District

ü  Get organized to meet deadlines.  Set up a calendar

ü  Pursue every lead; meet every deadline – get things done early!   

 

 

TIPS FOR PARENTS

 

Planning and timely action can make a difference in how much money you and your student have to    pay for a college education.  Here are three basic tips for parents, guardians, or anyone who wants to help a student attend college:

 

1.  Start Early 

            One of the first things to do is to open a tax-free “college savings account” (529 Plan) to which                you and your student contribute.  It can start with birthday gifts or even recycled can money.  In            

             a “credit mad world”, a savings habit will be invaluable for your student.  Check out California’s             saving plan at www.scholarshare.com and the Upromise program at www.upromise.com.

 

2.  Get Help

            Financing a college education is a complicated task.  Contact the high school scholarship advisor             to identify who can help you.  Investigate the resources in the College/Career Center.  Talk with               friends who have students in college.  Attend financial aid meetings and college fairs.

 

3.  Meet Deadlines

            Staying ahead of schedule gives you more options, especially in looking for financial information             on loans and scholarships.  Missing a deadline eliminates any chance of getting a grant or             scholarship.

 

Scholarships!!!

     Think of looking for scholarships as having a part-time job. Juniors and Seniors might spend

     an hour a day or half a day on weekends conducting searches and putting together applications.

 

  Where to Find Them?  (You have to ask)

            Local and regional organizations

            Parent’s or student’s work

            Religious, service, cultural or community organizations

            Family

            Intended college or university

 

  On the Internet?   (You have to search)

            Do not pay someone to find a scholarship for you.  Internet searches are free.  See www.finaid.org   and             click on “Scholarships” to read information about scholarship scams.

 

            Scholarship directories (or search engines) will help you find scholarships that fit you.  Simply complete a             profile and enter your e-mail address.  They will e-mail you with scholarships that fall within your profile.              As long as you continue to respond by reading the e-mails, you’ll be kept on their database to receive future scholarships, even into college!  (There are some scholarships only available to certain levels of education,             like “graduating high school senior” or “first year college student”).

 

            Try these directories:

www.fastweb.com     www.scholarshipexperts.com      www.mycollegedollars.com

 

                        Or, in search engines such as Firefox.com, Google.com or Yahoo.com...

 

                        In the “Search” box, type: “Scholarships, _______________”.

 

            On the line, insert, one at a time, all the things that describe you – interests, family structure, background,     heritage, religion, activities, course of study, hobbies, anything unusual such as a disability in the family, very short, very tall, etc.

 

  What to Submit?  (You need to STAND OUT)

            Everything requested for the scholarship and, unless specifically instructed not to include any             “extras”, you may also want to include:

·         Color photo of student on first page

·         Table of contents – number pages and list them all on the table of contents page

·         Application form

·         Essay

·         Letters of recommendation

·         Transcripts (highlight all the A’s and B’s)

 

  How to Submit?  (Again, you NEED to stand out) 

·         Use some soft color (color digital photo, colored paper for table of contents, etc.

·         Submit originals whenever you can or only first generation Xerox

·         Bind materials into brightly colored report folder so it won’t come apart

·         Mail flat (not folded) in a large envelope

                       

 

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE

           

Service clubs, companies, and charities give out about $2 billion in private scholarships each year.       Roughly 1 million students receive these monies—meaning 1 out of 13 students wins a scholarship.                          The average of these scholarships is $2,000. So are you ready to start looking?

Athletic Scholarships. Granted, this is only going to apply to a select few, but athletic scholarships don’t require a whole lot of brains. Rather, the importance lies in physical talent and drive.

Artistic Scholarships. There are plenty of art-specific scholarships available for students who do the research. Additionally, artists can use their skills to apply for non-artistic scholarships. Oftentimes, judges are looking for creatively convincing applications for “average Joe” scholarships—think film, dance, song lyrics, paintings, etc.

Minority Scholarships. These scholarships are typically reserved for students from financially unprivileged backgrounds and ethnicities. Though these scholarships are not necessarily based on grades, they do require community service or athleticism—anything that sets you apart from the crowd.

Employee Scholarships. If you think your summer job is just a way to finance your love for video games or fashion, you’re wrong. Many employers, whether yours or your parents, offer scholarships to students just because of the relationship that exists between the two.

Wacky Scholarships. There are scholarships out there that are wacky enough for any high school student. Think Duck Calling and Duct Tape Prom Dresses. It just requires a little legwork in finding these scholarships. And by legwork, we mean typing “wacky scholarships” into a search engine.

There is no reason that any student should pay full tuition for college. It just takes time and work to find ways to pay up. So get on it!

 

SCHOLARSHIP MYTHS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 Think you don’t qualify for a Scholarship?  Think again.  Here are five common myths that discourage students from applying for scholarships:

1.  “Only students with high academic achievement win merit scholarships” - While grades may be                               important in selecting scholarship winners, your academic performance is not the end-all and be-all.    Scholarship donors understand that your grades are not all there is to you.

2.  “Scholarship applicants should seek to compile the longest list of extracurricular activities” -    What good is having a long list of activities if all you did was attend a bunch of meetings?  Concentrate on a   few activities and take a leadership role!

3.  “Scholarship contests are conducted on a level playing field” - Each scholarship sponsor has its own idea of who would make an ideal candidate.

4.  “Applying for scholarships is just like applying to college” - Most colleges compare you to a standard, whereas most scholarships are simply measuring applicants against one another.  If you creatively stand out, you’ll have an advantage.

5.  “The track record you’ve already accumulated determines whether you’ll win scholarships” - What you do after you decide to apply to awards is just as important as what you’ve already done.  It’s never too late   to improve on your academic record and your involvement in extracurricular activities. 

                                                                                                                          Source:Fastweb.com

                Stop by the College/Career Center for more useful information on scholarships!

These are only suggestions for scholarship searches, not a guarantee of awards.            

 

 

COLLEGE ATHLETICS

NCAA – Division I & II

 

Every college bound student athlete who is attending an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time, must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.  There is no deadline to register with the clearinghouse, however, college bound student athletes must be certified as an amateur before they may receive an athletics scholarship or practice or compete at a Division I or II institution.  Below is a list of steps and general information that will assist you in the process of becoming eligible.

 

1.       Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.  Go to www.eligibilitycenter.com and complete the       Student Release Form, the amateurism questionnaire, and pay the registration fee ($75). 

      You can only register online with the Clearinghouse!

 

2.       Request that your six semester (end of junior year) transcript be sent to the NCAA       Clearinghouse.

 

3.       Request from ACT/SAT that your test scores be sent to the Clearinghouse.  The NCAA no       longer accepts ACT/SAT scores from your transcript.

 

4.       After April 1st of your senior year, you must log on to complete the amateurism certification       questionnaire.  You will also need to request that a final transcript be sent to the NCAA.

 

5.       Fee waivers are available to those who qualify.  You must be eligible for an ACT and/or SAT       fee waiver in order to receive an NCAA registration fee waiver.  Set up your NCAA account       first, then see Mr. Hart in the Guidance office.

 

      Academic eligibility must be met in order to qualify for NCAA.  For a list of the requirements       and/or more information on NCAA eligibility, see 2point3.ncaa.org

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER IN YOUR JUNIOR YEAR

 

In October:

q  Review your high school courses to make sure you are meeting a-g requirements

q  Make arrangements to fix D’s and F’s through 2nd semester credit retrieval or summer school.  Remember – colleges base their admissions on your G.P.A. from 10th and 11th grade.  Making up

a grade in the 12th grade year won’t be reflected in your G.P.A. for college applications!

q  Take the PSAT.

q  If unsure of you career goals, take the ASVAB

 

In December:

q  Review your PSAT results and begin to study and prepare for the SAT.

 

In January/February:

q  Register to take the SAT in March and/or the ACT in April or June.

q  If you are a high-achieving and low-income student, consider applying for a QuestBridge Scholarship.

 

Post-Junior/            Pre-Senior

             

 

                                           Pre-College Summer     

                              Calendar & Checklist

 

May

 

q  Be aware of test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, and ACT Test exams for       when you return to school in the Fall.  You may take them during your senior year in high school, however the       scores need to be entered on your college applications, which are due (for a majority of colleges) by Nov. 30th.

q  Register for a scholarship search engine (i.e. www.FastWeb.com or www.BrokeScholar.com )

q  Compile information to find out which organizations award scholarships to graduating seniors. 

      (You may have to begin applying for outside funding this summer.)  

Study hard for those finals!  (Remember – the higher your GPA, the better it looks on those college and       scholarship applications).

 

June

 

q  Take the SAT (Reasoning or Subjects) and/or ACT exams if you registered for them last month.  Check out       www.collegeboard.com or call 866-756-7346 for details.  (The next SAT test will be in Oct!)

q  Obtain a summer job that might be related to your career interests.

q  If possible, save some money from your summer job to pay for college costs.

q  If traveling this summer, consider scheduling a college visit to check out potential schools.

q  Volunteer!!  Get involved in a community service project.

 

July

 

q  Read a variety of books and magazines and review your math skills over the summer.  This will help you to       prepare for the SAT, if you plan to take it in the fall.

q  Review your career plans and decide which type of school is right for you.  (Small, large, big city, suburban,       private, public, 4 year, 2 year, out-of-state, etc.)

q  Still need to take the SAT?  Sign up for the August test!

q  Apply for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program via the web at avuhsd.schoollunchapp.com.  If there is even a slight       possibility that you may qualify, apply for the program even if you don’t think you’ll use it.  It will come in       handy for college test and application fees.   Call 575-1050 for their hours or if you have any questions.

q  Watch for a mailing from O’Connor Photography regarding your Senior Portrait appointment.

q  Have your parent log on to their PowerSchool account and update your information in Infosnap. Bring the       signed Parent Confirmation Letter when picking up your list of courses.  Pick up your list of courses,       books,     and I.D. on your assigned date.  Watch for a mailing in mid-July or check the school website for date/time.

August­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  (School usually begins the second week of August!)                                                   

 

q  Visit some college campuses.

q  Narrow your college list to no more than five schools.

q  Pick up course list at school on the assigned dates. (Watch for mailing in late July/early August)

q  Research college catalogs and admissions information.  (Check out the College/Career Center!)

q  If you have not received an appointment for your Senior Portraits from O’Connor’s, call 940-5657.

q  Pick up registration materials and test dates for the SAT/ACT in the College/Career Center.  

      Fee waivers will be available for students on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. (See Mrs. Pflieger

      in the College/Career Center for waivers - bring a copy of the approval letter from Food Services).         

q  Practice the SAT on the computers in the College/Career Center or on the web. 

q  Pick up a list of useful web sites from the College/Career Center.

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget Your Log-in Information and Passwords!

 

My SSID ID # __________________________  (located on your transcript)

 

Naviance Family Connection (for transcripts/colleges/scholarships/letters of recommendation requests)   

             https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=wjpkhs

           

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

                                             (Same as your PowerSchool log-in)

 

CollegeBoard (www.collegeboard.org)

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

 

American College Testing (www.actstudent.org)

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

 

Shmoop.com  _____________________________

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

            Classroom/Teacher ______________________

 

NCAA Account _____________________________

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

 

College _____________________________

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________

 

College _____________________________

 

            User name: ____________________________    Password: ___________________