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Title: Welcome to Post-High School Planning Night for Freshmen

Welcome to Post-High School Planning Night
forFreshmen Sophomores

Tonights Agenda
  • Remembering what its like
  • An introduction to post-high school options.
  • A peek into the college admission process.
  • Tips for helping your student be successful.

Oh to be 15 again? No thank you!
  • The physical and hormonal changes
  • Boys! Girls! Friends! The Commons! Parties!
  • Blossoming independence I can handle it myself!
  • Can you take care of it for me please?
  • S-T-R-E-S-S
  • What happened to recess?

Prepping for Success
  • Exploring and developing relationships
  • Self-understanding, self-exploration and
  • Working with different styles of
  • Learning accountability and developing a sense of
  • Developing academic skills
  • Developing organizational skills
  • Learning how to problem solve or troubleshoot
  • Learning how to recover from mistakes -

We want your kids to have
  • A well-rounded high school experience
  • Co-curriculars and outside involvements that
    bring confidence joy to their lives
  • A solid group of friends 2-3 people they like,
    trust and feel uplifted by.
  • Challenges growth happens with struggles
  • Doors to their goals opened wide
  • Individualized and personalized success

Pathways to Success
  • There are several post-high school options and
  • all are pathways to success!
  • 4-year College or University
  • 2-year College (Madison College, Guaranteed
  • Specialty/Technical School (ex. Culinary Arts)
  • Military Service
  • Volunteer Service (ex. AmeriCorps)
  • Work/Travel Opportunities (ex. Outward Bound)

Four Year Colleges
  • 5000 colleges universities in U.S.
  • Thousands of programs majors.
  • Wide range of campus environments (location,
    size, clubs) student body demographics.
  • Wide range of extracurricular offerings (arts,
    athletics, music, clubs)
  • Best resource taught in Group Guidance

Two Year Colleges Technical Programs
  • UW Colleges
  • 13 campuses, 2 offer housing
  • Small classes, lower tuition
  • Guaranteed Transfer Program
  • Madison College (MATC)
  • Low tuition rates
  • Excellent placement rates/earning power
  • 1 2 year degree programs
  • Liberal Studies Transfer Program Transfer

Specialty Schools
  • One/Two Year Programs in
  • Art/Design
  • Cosmetology
  • Media/Broadcasting
  • Electronics
  • Check specific entrance criteria.

Military Options
  • Training Education benefits in return for your
    paid service.
  • Wide variety of programs.
  • Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard,
    Coast Guard
  • Enlist, ROTC, Academies

Volunteer/GAP Year
  • Provide valuable service to a community
  • Gain practical work experience explore careers
    of interest
  • Develop new skills
  • Expand your global awareness/travel
  • Some programs (ex. Americorps) pay a stipend an
    educational award

Work Opportunities
  • Education and Training Requirements vary.
  • Availability varies by field.
  • Important prep includes
  • Preparing a resume.
  • Practicing interviewing techniques.
  • Job shadowing experiences.
  • Networking to find potential job openings.

Ways to Explore Options
  • Talk with your student about your experiences
  • Meet with your counselor to talk about interests
  • Consider options and plans B/C/D
  • Shadow or talk with a professional learn about
  • Reach out to schools now -
  • Request information online
  • Attend college representative visits here at EHS
  • Attend college fairs (WEF/NCF October)
  • Attend a summer program on a college campus.

  • The College Catalog A Closer Look

Facts, Figures and Crystal Balls
  • Schools use a holistic review
  • Admissions Requirements vary
  • GPA
  • Curriculum rigor
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, SAT-Subject Tests)
  • Some schools within a college have their own
  • Also considered
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essays/statements
  • Auditions Portfolios

Extremely Selective
  • Stanford 5.69 acceptance rate
  • 38,828 applicants
  • 2,210 admitted
  • 92 had 3.75
  • 31-34 ACT score (middle 50)
  • Significant leadership, focused service, unique
    experiences, etc.

UW Madison Highly Competitive 55 acceptance
  • Credits
  • English 4
  • Social Studies 4
  • Math 4
  • Science 4
  • Language 2
  • Fine Arts/Elecs 2
  • Upper ¼ of their schools class
  • ACT 27 / GPA 3.75
  • All but 7 EHS applicants were admitted!

GeneralAdmission Requirements
  • Minimum 17 credits
  • English 4
  • Social Studies 3
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Academics/
  • Fine Arts/Language 4
  • Foreign Language highly recommended
  • GPA and ACT
  • Rigor within available curriculum

Madison College Guaranteed Transfer
  • Approx. 24 credits of study at Madison College
    focused on GenEd requirements.
  • GPA 2.80
  • Access to many UW benefits
  • Automatically accepted to UW Madison

Visit campus if and when you can
  • Virtual tours, preview days overnight visits
  • Wisconsin Private College Week July 8 -13.
  • Application fee waivers offered at each private
  • Make the most of your visit.
  • Attend a class
  • Have lunch with a student
  • Participate in an admissions review with a
  • Meet with special interest departments (i.e.
    Disability services)

Alphabet Soup of Testing
  • PLAN
  • Official testing in Sophomore year/Freshman
    allowed for experience.
  • Practice for the ACT
  • Benchmarks for preparation at 10th grade level
  • PSAT
  • Official testing in Junior year/Sophomores
    allowed for experience.
  • Preparation for the SAT
  • Determination for National Merit Status

  • Plan to take during Junior Year
  • ACT Traditionally taken February, March, April
    and/or June
  • SAT Offered at West High School
  • Most colleges accept either ACT or SAT
  • Register at www.actstudent.org or
  • Take ACT w/writing many colleges now
    require/prefer both parts.
  • Selective colleges also require the SAT II
    Subject Tests (Check in advance!).
  • Consider free/low-cost practice tests
  • Students w/ disabilities consult with counselor
    about requesting accommodations specific
    documentation and application is required 8 weeks
    prior to testing.

EHS Graduation Requirements
  • 29 total credits
  • English 4
  • Social Studies 3
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Religion 4
  • Computers 1
  • Fine Arts 1
  • Public Speaking .5
  • PE/Health 3
  • Electives 6.5

EHS 4-Year Plan
  • Consider interests, strengths and weaknesses
  • Balance rigor with exploratory options
  • Plan ahead but be open to changes
  • Be aware of specific requirements
  • Track classes for your own verification

Outline/Action Plan
  • Freshman Year
  • Group Guidance curriculum
  • Academic foundation
  • Explore and research
  • Option to take PLAN test for practice
  • Sophomore Year
  • Build on academic level
  • Co-curricular/leadership development
  • Option to take PSAT for practice

Outline/Action Plan
  • Junior Year
  • Academic challenges
  • PSAT/ACT exams
  • Strong Career Interest Inventory
  • College Planning Meeting (February-April)
  • College Visits
  • Senior Year
  • Applications
  • Additional testing as needed
  • Initial or secondary visits

Tips For Success - Continued
  • Be your students consultant
  • Discuss expectations, goals, successes and
  • Teach them how to navigate challenges
  • Encourage them to Get Involved and Stay
  • Sports, music, clubs, volunteer work, part-time
    jobskeep active in your extracurricular
    activities not only are they great experiences
    to help you explore your career-related interests
    they are also important for applications for
    schools, scholarships and life.

Tips for Success - Continued
  • Make a Plan for Summers
  • Perfect time to explore interests, build skills
    and develop confidence
  • Look for a job (paid or volunteer) in a career
    area that interests you. Ex. Interested in
    teaching? Work at a camp.
  • Participate in a summer program on a college
    campus or through an organization (see the binder
    in our office/online list).
  • Get involved in a community service activities.
  • Challenge, support and
  • reassure every step along the way!

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