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Title: Preparing Gifted Students for the College Application Process or When Do I begin to Panic? Preparing your student for the College Application Process


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A Night to Explore the Possibilities
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Empowerment
  • Students must become responsible for their own
    success, their own grades, rigorous class
    schedule, and progress with the support of
    parents and teachers.
  • Organization-Try different organizational tools,
    expect to try and discard multiple personal
    organization devices.
  • Students must become involved.

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Empowerment-Preparation
  • Take the Most Rigorous courses available in your
    school and through your school.
  • AP Courses
  • Advanced Courses
  • Dual Credit Courses

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Empowerment-Preparation
  • Create a Resume, update it 2 times a year.
  • Consider the resume audience to be any individual
    writing a letter of recommendation.
  • Include volunteer and extracurricular activities.
  • Include any leadership roles.

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Empowerment-Preparation
  • Mock Interviews.
  • Practice selling yourself.
  • Work with a guidance counselor, teacher, youth
    group leader.
  • Research college interview questions.
  • Research colleges. College Board has a terrific
    College Search
  • Utilize the ILP.

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Involvement-Extracurricular
Become involved in a sport, drama, a club, a
musical instrument, and/or a community of faith
based organization.
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Involvement-Community Service
  • Volunteer-Develop a sustained relationship with
    some non-profit organization based upon the
    students interest.
  • Non-Profit participation allows you to practice
    leadership skills.
  • You have the opportunity to give back to your
    community. Colleges expect this.

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Involvement-Internships
  • Look for internships or opportunities to develop
    a mentor-mentee relationship with professionals
    in your field(s) of interest.
  • Business and Technical professionals are
    interested in working with Gifted Students. Most
    are complimented by becoming mentors.
  • Many colleges encourage professors to mentor
    potential students.
  • Many colleges actively recruit students to join
    research teams.

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Involvement-Summer
  • Be active.
  • Participant in summer community programs.
    Learning a new sport (golf, tennis), learning a
    new skill (photography, etc.), writing workshops.
  • Participate in WKU Gifted Studies programs, NKU
    gifted summer programs, UK engineering summer
    programs.
  • Summer camps, CIT programs.
  • Reading Clubs.

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Involvement-Summer
  • Sophomores-Juniors can apply to the Kentucky
    Governors School for the Arts.
  • Juniors can apply for the Governors Scholars
    Program.
  • 9th, 10th, 11th can apply for Governors School
    for Entrepreneurs.
  • Juniors can apply for the Murray University
    Commonwealth Honors Academy a 3 week residential
    program.
  • Work. Volunteer.

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GSP, GSA, GSE
  • GSP-Juniors, Application available now, Need test
    score, PSAT, ACT (Oct.), SAT (Oct. or Nov.) 5
    weeks, Bellarmine, Murrary, Morehead
  • GSA-Sophomores or Juniors. Apps go live early
    Oct. Due 13/31, 3 weeks, Centre
  • GSE-freshmen, sophomores, juniors. Apps available
    Dec., make own video, app, recommendations. 3
    weeks.

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Involvement-Be Original
  • Be creative, develop solutions to community
    problems. Become involved in community
    organizations, city-county government.
  • National school based organizations FFA and/or
    FBLA offer great scholarship possibilities.
  • Kids Guide to Service Projects by Barbara Lewis
  • Original research, original major projects make a
    major difference in acceptance into the most
    selective schools.

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Curriculum-Scheduling
  • Work with your school counselor taking the most
    challenging, rigorous curriculum that your school
    offers.
  • Carefully craft a four year high school course
    schedule.
  • Encourage AP courses.
  • Dual Credit-Be careful
  • College Courses

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Boyle County High School
  • AP- How many is considered to be rigorous?
  • 18 AP Courses available
  • Dual Credit courses offered from 5 different
    colleges and universities

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Testing-Freshmen
  • Freshman should take the Preliminary Scholastic
    Attitude Test in October. The PSAT is shorter
    and cheaper than other college type tests. When
    taken as a freshmen it is practice. When taken
    as a junior it is the qualifying exam for the
    National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    Scholarships.
  • Wait to take ACT and SAT tests, unless you
  • missed taking the PSAT.

PSAT/NMSQT
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Testing-Sophomores
  • Kentucky sophomores take the PLAN test in
    September, accurate predictor of ACT scores.
  • Take the PSAT in October as practice.
  • If you cannot wait, consider taking the ACT
    and/or SAT in May or June, do not send scores to
    schools, colleges do not consider these scores
    for admission.
  • www.number2.com free test prep site.

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Testing Juniors
  • Prepare for and take the PSAT test in October.
  • Prepare for and take the ACT in March, required
    of all KY juniors.
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT in April or June. Avoid
    May-concentrate on AP tests in May.
  • Take 2-3 SAT Subject tests in June, based upon
    which AP tests student is prepared for in May.
    The most selective colleges require 2-3 SAT
    Subject Tests.
  • A 30 ACT opens most doors, a 32 opens major
    scholarships.

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Testing-Seniors
  • Review ACT and/or SAT with a school counselor.
  • Design a plan to prepare to retake ACT and/or
    SAT.
  • All colleges accept either the ACT or SAT.
  • Most selective and highly selective schools
    require a score from either the ACT or SAT essay.
  • Three times is the max anyone should take a test.
  • Take any needed SAT Subject tests.
  • Colleges require scores to be sent from the
    testing agency.

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Boyle County High School
  • Helpful Links
  • ACT Student SiteCollege Board KHEAAFast
    WebGoHigher KentuckySelective Service
    SystemFAFSAKentucky Department of
    EducationOccupational Outlook Handbook
  • Contact Us
  • Amy. Rhinehart_at_boyle.kyschools.usDana.Stigall_at_boy
    le.kyschools.us

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College Visits-Freshmen and Sophomores
  • College Drive Bys
  • Drive by campus
  • Walk into the Student Center
  • Eat at a restaurant near campus
  • Take few pictures as a memory jogger
  • Formal visits to with the Admissions Office is
    not necessary

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College Visits-Juniors
  • Make appointment with Admissions Staff-meet the
    individual responsible for your geographical
    area.
  • Research College. Come prepared with questions,
    if considering a specific major asked about the
    course of study.
  • Avoid organized tour days.
  • Sit in on a class.
  • Take a copy of your resume and/or transcript.
  • Try to visit during the school term.
  • Follow up visit with a thank you note to
    admissions.

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College Visits-Seniors
  • Make an appointment with the Admissions Office
  • Consider an overnight stay to 2-3 college.
  • Trim the college application list to 6-8 schools.
  • Try to visit the 6-8 schools on the list.

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College Fairs
  • Attend. Regional College Fairs are held in
    Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, and Nashville
    during October.
  • Go Prepared.
  • Attend during the freshman, sophomore and junior
    years.

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Applying for College
  • Most colleges accept the Common Application. It
    is available on-line August 1. Some school
    supplements will go on-line at a later date.
  • Begin working on the Common Application as soon
    as it is available, August 1.
  • Between the Common App essays and the supplement
    essays, seniors will write more essays during
    their senior year than they will write in any HS
    class.

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Applying for College
  • UL, Western, Murray, Eastern, Northern Kentucky
    are not part of the Common Application.
  • Each public university and community colleges in
    Kentucky have their own application.
  • UK, Centre and Transylvania are the only KY
    Common Application members.
  • Campbellsville, KY Wesleyan, Brescia,
    Williamsburg, Berea, Asbury, Bellarmine, Union,
    Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Georgetown and more
    have their own applications

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State University ACT Requirements
  • 50 between
  • University of Kentucky 23-28
  • University of Louisville 22-28
  • Murray State University 21-25
  • Morehead State University 19-25
  • Northern KY University 19-25
  • Eastern State University 19-24
  • Western State University 18-25

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Kentucky Private College and University ACT
Requirements
  • Centre College 26-30
  • Transylvania University 24-30

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Selective College and Universities
  • Harvard
    32-35
  • Yale 32-35
  • Princeton 31-35
  • Stanford 31-34
  • Vanderbilt 31-34
  • Duke 30-34
  • University of Pennsylvania 30-34

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Minimum ACT-Compass Scores
  • If your ACT scores are below 19 in Math,
  • 18 in English, or
  • below 20 in Reading,
  • youll need to take the COMPASS test.
  • Compass test is part of ACT Family of tests-Go to
    www.act.org/compass for test practice
  • KY seniors without a qualifying ACT will have the
    opportunity to take the COMPASS

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Application Requirements
  • Example
  • Brown University- Providence , Rhode Island
  • 11/01-Early Decision Date
  • 01/01-Regular Decision Date
  • 75 Application Fee
  • Supplement-Additional information and essay
  • SAT w/Writing and 2 SAT Subject Tests or ACT
    w/Writing-tests
  • Teacher recommendations-Two teacher recs
  • School report-Counselor completes, rec,
    transcript

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Applying for College
  • Apply to 6-8 colleges, more than that, students
    are delaying decisions.
  • 2 reach schools, 2 realistic, 2 safety
  • Make every application count.
  • The Perfect School does not exist.

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Applying for College-Recommendations
  • The Common Application requires one school
    counselor recommendation and two teacher
    recommendations.
  • Ask recommenders early. Give a minimum of two
    weeks.
  • Provide recommenders a resume.
  • Remind recommender of due dates.
  • For non-Common Application schools, recommenders
    will need addressed, stamped envelopes if
    application is a hard copy.

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Applying for College-Due Dates
  • Due Dates-Watch Due Dates, design a format to
    organize required paperwork and due dates.
  • Most colleges-January 1
  • Early Action-Early Decision-November 1
    Research and know the difference
  • Most schools notify students of acceptance on
    April 1, April Fools Day!
  • Rolling admission-Notified usually within 2 weeks
    of application
  • Must accept by May 1.

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Scholarships
  • Most scholarships are awarded by the colleges,
    gt10 come from private sources.
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    rch This is free!
  • Make a game out of scholarship applications, but
    be organized, diligent, and intentional.
  • Kentucky and county Farm Bureaus and Rural Area
    Electric Cooperatives offer scholarships.

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Financial Aid Packages
  • Parents are welcome to ask the Colleges
    Financial Office to reevaluate their students
    financial aid package. No money is ever removed
    from the package, most time the school adds
    500-1500 a year to the package.
  • Parents should always let the Financial Aid
    Office know if there are extenuating situations
    within the family that warrants substantial
    additional financial aid.
  • Parents need to complete the FAFSA beginning 1\1.

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Beyond High School
  • Honors Programs
  • External Scholarships-Gates, Fulbright,
    Rhodes,Truman, Roosevelt, etc.
  • Semesters Abroad
  • Internships
  • Explore all options

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Student Support
  • October 2 330-430 PM
  • GSP parent-student information session
  • October 15 All day support for Juniors
  • October 28-29 All day support for Senior College
    Applications
  • November 5 Visit Junior classes
  • March 25 1200-500 PM Support for Juniors

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Contact Information
  • Peggy Workman
  • 321 Lakeshore Drive
  • Lexington, KY 40502
  • 859-269-2443
  • Pegrw_at_aol.com
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