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Title: duPont Manual High School

duPont Manual High School
Class of 2011
Presenter Christy Teague, Manual Counselor (H-O)
Get to know your COUNSELOR...
A-G Mrs. Johnston H-O Ms. Teague P-Z
Mrs. Medley YPAS Mr. Robinson
Graduation Requirements (Pre-College Curriculum)
4 English English 1, 2, 3/AP, 4/AP
3 Math Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry or higher math
3 Science E/S Science, life science, physical science (w/ lab)
3 Social Studies World, US, and one more
2 World Language 2 yrs of same
0.5 / 0.5 Health / PE ½ credit of H/PE or 1 credit of FOB ½ credit of health
1 Humanities Optional if 3 yrs VA or 4 yrs YPAS
Greater than or to 22 Electives Magnet courses
Complete ILP Must have completed ILPupdated each yr
Apprentice or higher Portfolio CATS assessment
Missing Graduation Requirements???
  • Talk to your counselor
  • if you think you are missing any required courses
    for graduation they are NOT in your schedule !!!

Senior Stats Report
  • You will get your Seniors Stats Report and a
    copy of your unofficial transcript during your
    Senior Meeting with Mrs. Medley.
  • It shows classes still needed for graduation.
  • See your counselor if there are mistakes on this
  • If you know you are missing graduation credits,
    you need to see your counselor immediately!!! Do
    not wait to get your Stats Report.
  • Complete all independent study and E-school
    credits by Spring Break
  • Check transcript for mistakes on your transcript.
  • Check to make sure all summer school/E-school
    credits are showing on your transcript

Senior Year
  • August-September-October
  • all tests should be taken (ACT/SAT/Subject SAT)
  • updated resume your letter of
    recommendationget these items to your counselor
  • list of colleges that you plan on applying
    toknow their deadline dates, admissions
    requirements, etc
  • line up your recommendationsteachers,
    counselors, community leaders, etcget your
    resume and letter to them at least 3 weeks prior
    to deadline
  • start on applications, especially the essay
    portion and recommendations
  • November
  • Work on college apps and scholarship apps over
    Fall and Winter breaks
  • December
  • send off your final college apps
  • write thank you notes to those who gave you a
  • notification on Early Decision apps will be
    this month
  • January
  • Do the FAFSA
  • February

  • March-April
  • Take a look at your acceptances and financial aid
    packages. In most cases, you have until May 1 to
    decide. Visit your top choices, weigh out
    options, and send in the deposit!
  • May-June
  • Graduation
  • Congratulationsyouve been accepted to college!

Manual High School Commonwealth Advanced Program
Pre-College Curriculum Diploma Minimum of 22 credits 4 English 3 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 1 Health/PE 1 Humanities 2 World Languages (same) Completed ILP Portfolio/CATS Highest level diploma in Kentucky AP English AP math or science AP world language AP elective Take 3 of the above AP exam score 3 or higher Manual Diploma w/ a gold Advanced Program sticker Colleges do not know about this programJCPS initiative 12 advanced courses Advanced Humanities 3 World Languages (same)
NCAA Clearinghouse
Considering playing college sports?
  • Must complete the NCAA Clearinghouse at the end
    of your junior yearbefore you go on an official
    college visit for a sport
  • Make sure you have taken the ACT or SAT and
    reported your scores to the Clearinghouse
  • Register online at
  • The fee is 50.00
  • Contact Mrs. Marti JohnstonNCAA questions

College Admissions Criteria by Importance
  • 1. Academic Rigor, Talent, and/or Mastery of
  • 2. Cumulative GPA
  • 3. Grades in Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • 4. Grades in College Prep Courses
  • 5. Grades in All Subjects
  • 6. ACT SAT Test Scores
  • 7. Essay or Writing Samples
  • 8. Honors, Awards, etc.
  • 9. Counselor Recommendations
  • 10. Teacher Recommendations
  • 11. Interviews (if required)
  • 12. Community Service
  • 13. Work and Extra Curricular Activities

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores
  • A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on
    an ACT subject area test to indicate a 50 chance
    of obtaining a B or higher, or, a 75 chance of
    obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding
    credit bearing college course
  • College English Composition 18 on ACT English
  • College Algebra 22 on ACT Math Test
  • College Social Sciences 21 on ACT Reading Test
  • College Biology 24 on ACT Science Test
  • Overall College Readiness 21 on ACT Composite
  • These are the minimum scores you need to indicate
    to the average college you are ready for
    postsecondary work More competitive colleges
    will require higher benchmark scores

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To???
  • For most it will be a list of about three to six
  • Aim for one or more reach colleges that are
    highly desired and highly selective. If you
    dont, youll always wonder, what if?
  • It is wise to include one or two schools where
    the odds are 50/50 that you will be accepted.
  • Include at least one or two colleges where
    admission is highly likely and a college where
    you can afford to attend if you receive very
    little financial aid
  • The easy part is finding your dream and reach
  • The hard part is finding your safety schools that
    are also a really good match keep an open mind
    about the many fine colleges that are not
    intensely competitive in admission
  • Two safety schools are preferable to guarantee a
    choice between two offers
  • The potential for heartache in April can be
    drastically reduced by a few good decisions in
    October and November

Academic Common Market
  • If the program you are interested in studying is
    not offered at a college in Kentucky, you may be
    able to pay in-state tuition at an out-of-state
    school through the Academic Common Market
  • Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky,
    Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South
    Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
    participate at the undergraduate and graduate
  • Florida, North Carolina, and Texas participate at
    the graduate level

How To Use Your Red Folder
  • During your senior class meeting, each
  • student will receive a red folder with a
  • cover sheet and additional information inside
  • You will use this folder all year to request
  • recommendations, transcripts, and secondary
  • school reports that are to be sent to the
  • you will be applying to
  • Please write on the cover sheet the date that
  • you turn the folder into your counselor
  • You must submit this folder to your counselor at
    least 10 school days in advance of your first
    application deadline in order to give us time to
    process your applications
  • The earlier you turn in the folder the better -
    it gives us more time to produce meaningful and
    high quality letters and reports
  • Send the actual application and fees separately
    (online or through the mail). Do not submit
    money or checks to the guidance office

Red Folder Front Cover
  • Complete all information requested on the front
  • When listing what is inside your folder, only
    list what is actually being turned in that day
    and not all of the colleges you are applying to
    for the whole year
  • The order colleges are listed on front cover
    needs to be the order they are inside the folder
    from earliest due date to the latest

Red Folder INSIDE
  • Letter to your counselor stating information
    about you we may not be aware of and is not on
    your resume
  • An up to date resume
  • Any information that will help us write a rich
    and substantial letter of recommendation
  • If you wish, you can even write your own letter
    of recommendation and we will refine it and add
    our own thoughts about you
  • Secondary School Report, Counselor Form, or
    Curriculum Verification Form, Scholarship
  • Addressed, stamped envelope
  • Small - 2-3 stamps
  • Large - 4-5 stamps
  • Paper-clip forms to envelope
  • Place forms and envelopes in the order they are
    listed on the front cover page

Red FolderLetter to Your Counselor
  • Include additional information that is not on
    your resume
  • You should include more personal information
  • Explain what is unique about you
  • Describe your strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe any hardships you have overcome
  • Describe how the university would benefit from
    accepting you - what special traits do you have
    that will benefit the school
  • Who has been your greatest influence in life and
    how have they have helped shape the kind of
    person you are
  • What are you passionate about and why?

Red Folder Common Applications
  • If you are submitting the Common Application to
    several schools, only one copy of the secondary
    school report is needed for your red folder - we
    will photocopy for each school
  • Make sure you indicate which schools need the
    common application
  • The common application usually requests
    counselors to submit on line - take note that we
    are not processing any online applications -
    please provide us with a hard copy we can fill
    out and send in

Mid-Year Reports Final Transcripts
  • Some colleges (and all that use the common
    application) require a mid-year report and all
    colleges require a final transcript
  • Mid-year reports are not sent automatically - you
    must remind your counselor during the 2nd week in
    January to send a mid-year report if your college
    requires it
  • Fill out the mid-year report of the common
    application and give it to your counselor
  • We will send final transcripts two weeks after
    school is out in June to the one school you tell
    us you will be attending for 2011-2012

Applications Via Download
  • Application software that comes via download from
    a website that allows students to generate
    applications on their own computer
  • Students generally print and send the application
    via the post office

Applications Through the Web
  • To use these, students access a website that
    houses the software rather than downloading
  • Generally, a username and password will be
    provided that will allow you to save your work
    from multiple sessions
  • The final copy is either transmitted through the
    Web or printed and sent via snail mail

Take Precautions!!!
  • Resist the temptation to impulsively hit the
    send button until you have thoroughly proofread
    your application have at least one other person
    also check for typos
  • It is advised that you compose essays and short
    answer questions offline and transfer them to
    your application after you have refined those
  • Review a printed copy of your work whenever
    possible before sending and keep it for your
  • Electronic filers should receive an
    acknowledgement via return mail
  • Dont forget you may need to print and mail a
    signature page with a check for the application
  • Other parts of the application (recommendation
    page, counselor page, secondary school report,
    etc.) must be printed and given to your teacher
    or guidance counselor
  • If you print your application, make sure you sign
    it and enclose your check

Old Fashioned Way
  • If you plan to stick with paper applications,
    make at least two photocopies of the original
  • Practice on them and get all the typos and coffee
    or pizza stains out of your system
  • A sloppy application is the quickest way to get a
    rejection letter
  • Proofread for spelling, spacing, word choice, and
    anything else you can think of
  • Type the final copy yourself dont worry about
    a few neatly corrected errors, but avoid a
    sloppy appearance
  • If you print instead of type (less professional
    looking), make sure your penmanship is neat and
    easily readable

Common Application
  • Available online at
  • Approximately 300 schools, including the most
    selective liberal arts colleges, accept the
    Common Application
  • You can either download the software or transmit
    through the web
  • Use the colleges own application form if they
    have one but many have adopted the common
    application as their own

Get It In Early
  • Keep on top of deadlines - there will be
    different ones for each college and for each part
    of the application process
  • Some deadlines are as early as Oct. 1st
  • If the college offers rolling admissions they
    admit the first good applicants that come along
    leaving fewer slots for later applicants
  • If the college evaluates in one big pool,
    applying early shows you are interested and they
    know that stronger applicants tend to file early
    waiting later risks getting less consideration
    because of the flood of applications pouring in
    all at once

Early Decision vs. Early Action
  • Both require students to apply by an early
    deadline - usually between October 15th and
    December 1st
  • Decisions are usually rendered between December
    15 and February 1
  • Borderline students are usually deferred and
    considered with the regular applicant pool at a
    later date

Early Decision
  • Early decision involves a BINDING DECISION to
    enroll if accepted - you have to attend that
    school regardless of other offers and without
    knowing any financial aid package that may or may
    not be offered
  • You may only apply to one school through Early
    Decision and if accepted, you must withdraw your
    applications to all other schools
  • Early Decision offers a slight advantage of
    acceptance - colleges usually accept a higher
    percentage of applicants than those that apply
    for regular decision - colleges desire students
    that really want to attend their school
  • Early Decision is a good option for borderline
    students with LOW financial need who have a clear
    first choice school - others should be very

Early Action
  • Entails no commitment to enroll and therefore
    offers little advantage for admission
  • Early Action students, however, are often first
    in line for merit scholarships and housing
  • Competition in Early Action pools at highly
    selective schools is generally tougher than in
    the regular pool
  • Some Early Action colleges now ask that students
    apply early only to their institution, however,
    you may still apply regular decision to any other

  • Try to relax
  • Dress nicely
  • Be on time
  • Be prepared to discuss 2 or 3 topics at length
    (your school, favorite subject, extracurriculars,
    current events, favorite book)
  • Do not misrepresent yourself - dont tell them
    you like current events and then go blank when
    they ask you about the Supreme Courts latest
  • Keep your cool and be yourself

Expect Probing Questions
  • What books have you read lately?
  • Why do you want to enroll here?
  • What are your most important activities and why
    are they valuable?
  • What would you add to the life at this college?
  • What other colleges are you considering?

Good Questions to Ask an Interviewer
  • What is distinctive about your school?
  • What sets students here apart from those at
    similar schools?
  • What percentage of entering students graduate
    within five years?
  • What are the most common career paths for your
  • What is the average time a student gains
    employment after graduation?

Your College Essay Can Make the Difference!!!
  • Admissions officers are looking for spark,
    vitality, wit, sensitivity, originality, and
    signs of a lively mind
  • They want to know how well you can express
    yourself in writing
  • Try to be as concise and specific as possible
  • Dont waste words that arent essential to your
  • Reread the essay several times for word choice
    and typos
  • If you have time - put your essay aside for a few
    weeks and reread again to see if it still makes
  • When talent, GPA, and test scores are equal - the
    essay will often determine who is chosen for

Question Who should apply for
financial aid?
F A F S AFree Application for Student Financial
  • Why?
  • Completing the FAFSA makes you eligible for
    financial awards from state/federal programs and
    even some scholarships.
  • Financial aid is awarded based on financial need,
    as well as on academic, athletic, or other
  • Most financial aid is need-based but is often
    awarded in combination with merit-based awards.
  • When?
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after the
    first of the yearafter your guardians have
    completed their income taxes
  • Apply for your pin number after Thanksgiving at
  • Where?
  • On-line at is the simplest, most
    time-efficient, most accurate way to complete the

F A F S A processing
  • The colleges financial aid office will process
    your FAFSA information to determine your
    financial aid eligibility. If you are eligible
    for need-based aid, they will determine how much
    and what type.
  • The college will create a financial aid package
    for you.
  • Each college you list on your FAFSA will consider
    you for financial aid and will notify you of its
    decision in late spring or early summer.
  • The sooner you complete your FAFSA (after January
    1), the sooner the colleges can notify you of
    your financial eligibility.

  • 95 of all scholarship money is available through
    the colleges themselves - search their financial
    aid site
  • Alumni Groups, National Corporations,
    Associations, your local high school, local
    businesses, community service organizations,
    fraternities and sororities, banks, and churches
    all offer scholarships
  • When scholarships become available that we know
    about you will receive an email announcing the
    specifics on eligibility requirements
  • - click on counselors, then
    click on scholarships
  • Check out Manuals College Career Room for
    Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Scams
  • Warning signs of scholarship scams
  • Application fees
  • Other fees
  • Guaranteed Winnings
  • Unsolicited Opportunities
  • Mail Drop Box Number or Residence for a return

Internet Searches for Financial Aid and
  • Financial Aid http//
  • Includes a top-quality homepage of links to
    many financial aid and related sites.
  • The expected family contribution estimator
    is a highlight of this site
  • FastWeb http//
  • Free scholarship search database that saves your
    profile and emails new sources of private merit
    aid to your mailbox online
  • Loan Repayment Estimator http//www.student-loan
  • Estimates monthly payments for various college
    loan programs
  • Sallie Mae http//
  • Nellie Mae http//
  • Information on Sallie Mae and Nellie Mae college

For Specific Information Regarding
  • National Merit Finalists Governors Scholars
    Program - contact Amy Medley at
  • ILP NCAA Clearinghouse - contact Marti Johnston
  • Advanced Placement - contact Christy Teague at
  • Scholarships Governors School for the Arts
    Awards Programs - contact Dennis Robinson at

  • Listen for announcements
  • Watch for information on the TV
  • Check College Room for upcoming college visits
  • Manuals website at for
    scholarship up-to-date listing

Some Thoughts for Parents
  • Communicate - be available to talk
  • Set Financial Parameters - as a family, set an
    understanding early on about how much you can pay
    out of pocket
  • Be Realistic - know the colleges standards and
    expectations and your own qualifications
  • Think Broadly - some of the best colleges may be
    ones neither of you has ever heard of
  • Let the Student Take Center Stage - dont try to
    manipulate the system - let them stand on their
    own merits
  • Dont Live Through Your Child - allow them to
    follow his or her own dreams instead of your own
  • Be Supportive - remind them they will be accepted
    to a good school - one where they will make
    friends, have fun, be challenged, and get the
    education they deserve
  • Redouble your efforts - when the rejection (thin
    envelope) and acceptance letters (thick envelope)
    arrive, be there for them

  1. Print your legal name this will be the name
    that goes onto your high school diploma
  2. Print students email address phone number
  3. Print parents email address phone number
  4. Write ADVANCED PROGRAM if you are
  5. Write COMMONWEALTH if you are
  6. Return Index Cards to Ms. Teague before you leave