SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE
Pay attention to deadlines
Apply to schools as soon as possible. No later than Thanksgiving!!
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) begins OCTOBER 1 (fafsa.ed.gov)
Contact the Financial Aid office if there have been any changes in your family’s financial situation. You will be using your 2016 tax information
You and your parents must each have a Pin Number (pin.ed.gov)
You must be accepted to a school to receive financial aid
Financial aid is given on a first-come first-serve basis
Check college admission requirement and criteria, especially out-of-state schools
Talk with college reps in the Guidance Office
Visit any prospective college/school. Contact the Admissions Office to set up a visit. Keep the name(s) of the people you talk to
Take the last round of ACTs
Trim your list of colleges (Reach, Acceptable, Safety net) However many schools you get accepted to, that’s how many choices you have.
Do not let the cost of a school keep from applying, but it may keep you from attending.
End of the calendar year and first of the year, check your SAR (Student Aid Report) and your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Stay in contact with the Financial Aid Office. Keep the names of the people you talk to
You need to have a plan between now and May 27, 2018
You can register for your ACT at www.actstudent.org
Shadyside HS’s ACT Code – 364-635
Students can register at www.actstudent.org. They will need a credit card to pay for the registration and be able to upload a picture of themselves for security. It is recommended that juniors take the test at least once during their junior year, and any seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year school who have not taken it yet should do so as soon as possible. Anyone who has any questions may call the guidance office at 671-6130.
Test fee per test option
ACT (No Writing)$38.00
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).
ACT Plus Writing$54.50
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $16.50 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.
Students or Parents interested in learning more about the Ohio Graduation test can visit this link.
What you should be doing:
-register for October ACT test
-narrow you college choices to 3-5 schools
-attend college fair and college presentations at SHS
-take ACT test
-ask teachers for recommendations
-start filling out college applications
-complete all of your college applications
What you should be doing:
-start making a plan about what you want to do after HS
-explore interests, careers, college majors on above websites
-register for PSAT test in guidance office
-register for Dec. ACT test
-make list of majors/colleges that you may pursue
The transition to the next phase of your student’s life is eight months away. To assist with this transition,I will be giving the seniors extra attention in the coming weeks. I will verify that your son/daughter will meet the following Shadyside High School graduation requirements:
- 4 cr. of English
- 3 cr. of Social Studies
- 3 cr. of Math
- 3 cr. of Science
- 1/2 cr. of Health
- 1 cr. of Phys. Ed.
- 9 Electives
The requirements change for 9th/10th grade: 4 English, 4 Math, 3 Social Studies, 3 Science, 1 Health/PE, 1 Fine Art, 7 Electives.
The Ohio Department of Education has mandated that all current seniors pass the Ohio Graduation Tests to graduate. Juniors and Seniors who have not passed portions of this test will be given the opportunity to take the OGT the week of October 25th through October 30th.
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
At this time, seniors should begin applying to colleges. As a general rule, applications should be completed by December 1st. If there is a counselor information page, students must bring it to the guidance office for————— to complete. The guidance office will handle all of the mailing of transcripts/ACT scores.
To increase the likelihood of a good college-student match, students along with their parents should visit the college campuses that they are interested in. A poor match may contribute to the dropout rate among college freshmen.
Shadyside High School seniors who would like to visit a college campus during the school day must make arrangements through my office at least 1 week in advance. After the visit is arranged, students must turn it a College Visit Request to the office. Seniors are permitted 2 college visits per year and juniors are permitted 1 visit per year.
QUALIFYING FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION
A college preparatory curriculum should include the following courses for admission:
- English 4 Credits
- Math 3 Credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
- Natural Science 3 CreditsSocial Studies 3 Credits
- Foreign Languge 2 or more Credits
- Art 1 Credit
- Computer Tech 1 or more Credits
- ACT/SAT At least once by spring of junior year.
All students are encouraged to exceed the minimum number of college preparatory credits required for admission. Students who choose a rigorous high school curriculum will more likely be successful in college.
If your student is planning to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, he/she will have to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at ncaaclearinghouse.net. A transcript and ACT scores will be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse at the time the student registers. A final transcript will be sent in June.
To learn more about financial aid and scholarships, visit: www.studentaid.ed.gov.
*Throughout the fall, I will do a list of colleges that will be here at SHS to meet with seniors.
*Throughout the year, I will list available scholarship applications on senior bulletins. Most local scholarship information doesn’t occur until March.
*If you have any questions, please stop in and ask.