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Title: Leland Academic Counseling Team Presents:

Leland Academic Counseling Team Presents
  • Junior Night
  • Go, Chargers!

Leland Academic Counseling Team
  • Deepa Mukherjee
  • Assistant Principal (Guidance)
  • Senior Class Adviser
  • Mark McClure
  • Academic Counselor
  • Joan Albers
  • Career Center Technician

  • 630 650 A-G Requirements
  • CSU UC Requirements
  • Community College Requirements
  • 655 722 College Application Guidelines
  • College Application Timeline
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Career Center Resources
  • 730 800 PSAT Result Analysis
  • Testing Timeline

How to Become 4-year College Eligible ?
  • A-G Eligibility
  • The intent of the a-g subject requirements is
    to ensure that students can participate fully in
    the first-year program at the University in a
    wide variety of fields of study.
  • UC faculty consider the Subject Requirement to be
    effective preparation, on many levels, for
    undergraduate work at the University.
  • This pattern of study assures the faculty that
    the student has attained a body of general
    knowledge that will provide breadth and
    perspective to new, more advanced study.
  • Fulfillment of the "a-g" pattern also
    demonstrates that the student has attained
    essential critical thinking and study skills

What are the A-G Requirements?
  • History/Social Science 2 years
  • English 4 years
  • Mathematics 3 years (required)/4 years
  • Lab Science 2 years (required)/3 years
  • Language Other than English 2 years of the same
    language/3 years (recommended)
  • Visual Performing Arts 1 year
  • Electives 1 year

How do SJUSD graduation requirements compare to
A-G requirements?
  • A-G
  • History/Social Science - 2 years
  • English - 4 years
  • Mathematics - 3 years (required)/4 years
  • Lab Science - 2 years (required)/3 years
  • Language Other than English - 2 years of the same
    language/3 years (recommended)
  • Visual Performing Arts - 1 year
  • Electives - 1 year
  • Social Sciences - 3.5 years
  • English - 4 years
  • Mathematics - 3 years
  • Science - 3 years
  • Language other than English - 2 years
  • Electives 4.5 years
  • Visual Performing Arts - 2 years
  • PE - 2 years

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • A History/Social Science 2 years required
  • Two years of history/social science, including
    one year of World History, Cultures or Geography
    and one year of US History or one-half year of US
    History and one-half year of American
  • World Cultures 1-2
  • World Cultures 3-4
  • Accelerated World Cultures 3-4
  • US History
  • Accelerated US History
  • AP US History
  • American Government
  • Honors American Govt.

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • b - English - 4 years required
  • Four years of college preparatory English.
    Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD, SDAIE,
    or Sheltered English.
  • English 1-2
  • English 3-4
  • Accelerated English 3-4
  • English 5-6
  • Honors English 5-6
  • AP English Language
  • English 7-8
  • AP English Literature
  • ELD 5-6

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • c - Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years
  • Three years of college preparatory mathematics
    that includes the topics covered in Elementary
    Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra,
    Algebra 2.
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra II with Trig.
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus AP AB
  • Calculus AP BC
  • AP Statistics

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • d - Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3
    years recommended
  • Two years of laboratory science, including two
    of the three fundamental disciplines of Biology,
    Chemistry and Physics.
  • Biology 1-2 Conceptual Physics
  • Biology Honors
  • AP Biology Physics 1-2
  • Chemistry 1-2 Honors Physics 1-2
  • Honors Chemistry AP Physics
  • Chemistry in the Community
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Zoology
  • Physiology

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • e - Language Other than English - 2 years
    required, 3 years recommended. Two years of the
    same language other than English.
  • Spanish 1-2 AP French
  • Spanish 3-4 Japanese 1-2
  • Spanish 5-6 Japanese 3-4
  • Spanish 7-8 ASL 1-2
  • AP Spanish ASL 3-4
  • French 1-2
  • French 3-4
  • French 5-6
  • French 7-8

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • f - Visual Performing Arts - 1 year required
  • Wind Ensemble Drawing/Painting 1-2
  • Jazz Band Sculpture 1-2, Advanced Sculpture
  • Orchestra Photography 1-2, 3-4
  • Electronic Music Media Arts 1-2, 3-4
  • Choir Animation 1-2, 3-4
  • Chamber Choir Drama
  • AP Music Theory Speech Debate
  • Film Studies Introduction to Engineering

What classes count as an A-G requirement at
  • g - Elective - 1 year required. One year (two
    semesters), in addition to those required in
    "a-f, for example a 3rd year of Spanish.
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Computers
  • Multimedia Production 1-2, 3-4
  • Spirit

Who Uses the A-G requirements?
  • California State Universities (CSU)
  • University of California (UC) www.universityofcal
  • (Only public, state schools use the a-g
    requirements. Private colleges and universities
    each have their own admission requirements.)

General Application Requirements
  • 2.0 minimum GPA for California State University
  • 3.0 minimum GPA for University of California
  • SAT or ACT Test
  • Private Colleges require letter of recommendation
    from teachers/counselors

What Do Colleges/Universities Consider While
Making Decisions?
  • Considered Top Three at most schools
  • Grades in academic classes
  • How challenging your courses are
  • Test Scores SAT ACT

Some colleges MAY consider
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors and awards
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer work/community service (commitment)
  • Special talents
  • Hardships
  • Athletic Talent
  • Clubs
  • Creativity

What if I have a D in an A-G course?
  • For all courses in Mathematics (area C), all
    courses in Foreign Language (Area E), if you
    receive a grade of D in the first semester and
    a grade of C or higher in the second semester,
    you will receive two semesters of credit.
  • Completion of an advanced course in the same
    subject (Math Foreign Language) presupposes
    knowledge of the previous course(s). For
    example, satisfactory completion of a second year
    of foreign language will validate the first year.
    The second year of Algebra will validate the
    first-year algebra but will not validate
  • SAT tests can validate some subjects depending on
  • Retaking the course through community college,
    online courses, private summer schools.
  • Check with Mr. McClure or Mrs. Albers before
    making any plans.

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Community College
  • A good next step

Reasons to go
  • 1/3 of all UC and 2/3 of all CSU graduates
    started at a community college.
  • Community college transfer students get admission
    priority to UC and CSU campuses.
  • Community college transfers are just as
    successful academically as first-time freshmen in
    terms of graduation versus drop-out rates.

Transfer Certificates
  • Articulation and Transfer Admission Agreements
    with many universities
  • Transfer Centers facilitate students transfer to
    their targeted university.
  • Vocational training, certificates and 2-year

  • Money Fees average 1/3 the cost of public
    universities, and 1/10 the cost of private
  • Add to that the potential savings of living at
    home for two additional years.

Admission Requirements
  • One of the following
  • A high school diploma
  • A General Education Diploma
  • A Proficiency Certificate
  • At least 18 years old with evidence of being
    able to benefit from the instruction offered by
    the college.

Concurrent Enrollment Form
  • High school students are also admissible provided
    they have a High School Concurrent Enrollment
    (R-40) form signed by their high school principal
    or designee and by a parent or guardian.

Community College Resources
  • Application, Assessment dates, majors/Programs,
    Financial Aid, Transfer Programs all vary by
    campus. Further information available at the
    following websites
  • www.deanza.edu
  • www.foothill.edu
  • www.westvalley.edu
  • www.missioncollege.edu
  • www.sjcc.edu

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Choosing a College That is the Best Match for You
  • Step One Know your personal and academic
  • Personal Career goals, hobbies, special
    interests, talents, personal attitudes, traits
    and needs.
  • Academics academic record, grades, GPA, test
    scores, activities related to academics, awards
    and recognition, academic learning/study skills,
    self motivation and discipline, communication

Choosing a College That is the Best Match for You
  • Step Two What are you looking for in a college?
  • Type Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering,
  • Curriculum What is your tentative choice major?
    Special programs Honors, research, internship,
    study abroad
  • Where do I want the college to be?
  • How far?
  • Size? 50-40,000
  • How much will it cost?
  • Coeducational or single-sex institution
  • Campus life/social life/extracurricular
  • Special Services Available (tutoringspecial
  • Selectivity How difficult? Be realistic!

  • Remember your final college choices should
    include schools that are realistic (safe),
    reasonable (good fit) and some reaches (long
    shots). You should have 2-3 of each.
  • Colleges expect you to challenge yourself! Take
    as challenging of a course load that you can and
    receive good grades. Take care of yourself. Any
    D can affect your admissions decisions. Avoid
  • Take advantage of summer academic opportunities.

More Reminders
  • Choose as challenging of a senior course load as
    you can handle but remember you must be able to
    do well in the classes.
  • Any D in your senior year can make you ineligible
    even if it is for an AP class.
  • Must have grades of C or higher to meet college
  • You also need to take care of yourself!

Career Center Resources
  • College, Major, and Career Library
  • Bridges Choices Programs and Get In 2 College
  • College Rep Visits for all students
  • College Application Workshops for Seniors in the
  • Scholarship Bulletin
  • Financial Aid Materials
  • SAT and ACT Testing Info (registration, free
    booklets, books)
  • Testing and application fee waivers
  • Test Prep Info and Resources, Revolution Test
    Prep offers Mock ACTs and SATs

College Rep. Visits
  • College Rep Visits are for ALL Leland Students
  • Students obtain a pass and have teacher sign it
    in advance
  • Almost all visits are in the fall
  • Excellent opportunity

College Application Workshops for Seniors
  • CSU Presentation for all CSUs given by SJSU
  • CSU Application Workshop
  • UC
  • Independent
  • UC Personal Statement
  • College Essays
  • College Application Workshops

Career Center Web Site
  • Accessed from Leland High Web Site
  • http//www.sjusd.org/leland/career_center/index.ht

College Application Workshops (contd.)
  • Letter of Recommendation Workshops
  • CSU/UC Fall Update of changes for seniors
  • Financial Aid Night Seniors their Parents -
  • Community College Night in the spring

College Application Timeline
  • Research and visit possible schools NOW.
    Consider all options.
  • Use online resources (Choices Planner, Get in 2
    College, californiacolleges.edu, books, talk to
  • Talk to seniors this semester about the college
    application process
  • CSU applications submitted between 10/1 11/30

College Application Timeline
  • UC applications submitted 11/1 11/30
  • Independents Earlys vary starting on 11/1
    Regulars 12/1 rolling (most during the month of
  • Public Out of State vary most similar to CSU
    and UC some later or rolling

Letter of Recommendation Process for Independents
  • (CSU and UC will not accept letter of rec)
  • Junior year Ask academic teachers if they are
    willing to write your letter of rec.
  • Students are required to complete the College and
    Scholarship Recommendation Form (CSRF).

Letter of Recommendation Process for Independents
  • Four pages of information plus Senior
    Questionnaire, Parent Assessment and unofficial
  • Seniors are encouraged to work on this packet
    during the summer.
  • Administrators write the Counselor or Secondary
    School Report.
  • Completed packets are due to all recommenders for
    any EARLY APP (due before 12/1) by third week in
    September. All regulars (due 12/1 or after
    )second week in October.
  • Mid-Year Reports in January.

Testing Information
  • Colleges will accept either the SAT Reasoning or
    the ACT (UC requires the ACT Optional Writing if
    you take the ACT).
  • UC will no longer require Subject Tests effective
    for Fall 2012 freshman applicants. However, some
    independents and some majors at UC may recommend
    or require SAT Subjects.
  • We encourage you to take both SAT and ACT because
    colleges will take the best score and the tests
    are different.

Testing Information
  • All juniors should plan to take at least one ACT
    and/or SAT Reasoning Test by June. Refer to 1
    if you need to take SAT Subject Tests.
  • Most schools will not consider test scores past
    December of your senior year.
  • Keep in mind that these deadlines may change.

Testing Information
  • Some CSUs have October and November deadlines.
  • Refer to Testing Schedule for addl info.
  • Students must send official test scores by the
    testing companies by testing deadlines.
  • Revolution will present a testing timeline.
  • Application deadlines and testing deadlines are
    different. All deadlines are FIRM.

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