Getting ready to take
the next step
A program for students & parents
Many decisions are neccesary when
planning for college
The world beyond high school is full of opportunities
Two year or four college?
Stay at home or go away?
What do I want to major in?
How will I afford college?
Where do I want to end up?
What kind of career am I thinking about?
How much money do I want to make?
How do you sort it all out?
Careful planning is the key
What are colleges looking for?
GPA and class rank
Strength of transcript
Community service, clubs and activities
Involvement in athletics, arts, music, etc
Standardized test scores (SAT, SAT II, ACT)
Letters of recommendation
Grade Point Average
Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated during
Sept/Oct of senior year. The GPA includes all
grades for any high school class the student
took in grades 8 – 11.
Courses of higher levels (AP, Honors,
Articulated) carry weighting with them for the
purpose of computing GPA. AP = 1.10, Honors
= 1.05, Regents = 1.0
Students receive GPA in fall of their Senior
GPA’s are ordered numerically, and class rank
Students are grouped according to percentiles.
This rank will indicate to admissions
counselors how well the student did in relation
to their peers.
Strength of transcript
Colleges have “suggested” minimum academic
requirements for applicants
Look at college website.
They typically have a page outlining these
academic or admissions requirements
Students are always encouraged to achieve more than the
minimum of the suggested requirements.
We recommend challenging yourself as much
as possible in order to stay competitive.
Other advanced courses or independent studies
These all help strengthen your transcript
Register for SAT and/or ACT tests
SAT – To register: www.collegeboard.com
ACT – To register: www.act.org
**If you are a special education student planning
to take either of these tests, you MUST see your
IEP teacher and counselor before you register
Four parts to the test: English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning.
There is also an optional writing section
Each section is scored separately,
with a total composite score of 36.
The cost of the ACT is $34, with writing section is $49.50. Both
include sending scores to 4 schools at no additional cost.
Upcoming test date: December 10, 2011
Registration deadline: November 4, 2011
More dates in the spring
Three parts to the test: math, critical reading and writing. The
writing section is not optional
Each section is 800 points, with a total possible score of 2400
The cost of the SAT is $49.00 (this includes sending scores to 4
schools at no additional cost)
Dates & deadlines:
Test date: November 5 Deadline: October 7
Test date: December 3 @ KE Deadline: November 8
Certain schools will require SAT II scores
These are subject tests offered in the following areas: US History,
World History, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French,
Spanish, Latin, Italian, German and modern Hebrew
Recommend that students take these in June of junior year after
preparing for AP exams
Please check with college of interest to see
if these are required.
SAT/ACT Test Prep
Students can prepare for these tests
in a variety of ways.
For a full list of test prep opportunities,
see the KW Guidance website.
Gather Information about Careers
Use online resources such as:
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
NY Career Zone
Naviance – website for career and college searches
Naviance Family Connection
Naviance is a website used by KW for all students to research
college information & careers, manage applications, create a
resume, and more
Students log in by using their KW Novell username and
All current 12th graders are registered on Naviance.
All 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be registered during this
Gather information from Career Center and websites on
colleges of your interest.
Look online at colleges and universities.
Attend college fairs and visit colleges
of your interest this fall.
Meet with college representatives in Career Center this
fall (see website for complete listing)
Senior Presentations & Review
Counselors will present college information to
students in their English 12 classes.
Your school counselor will make an appointment
for you to discuss your Senior Review in October.
During the Senior Review, students will review all credits
earned and those that are required to graduate.
Students will also review post-high school plans with
their counselor and review the college application
Majority of applications can now be
Students can go to individual college website to begin
application process or use the Common Application or
SUNY website. These sites can be used to fill out one
application and have it sent to more than one school.
Online application is secure, fast, easy and available
whenever you want to apply. You can start the
process, save your work, add campus choices at any
time and come back to complete your application at
a later date.
The Common Application is used by over 400 colleges and
Complete one Common Application online, and it can be sent
to numerous schools that participate.
A college application fee is still required for each school you
Once a student submits a college
application online, it is the student’s
responsibility to tell their counselor so
transcripts can be sent.
Colleges do not notify us when an
application is submitted. This is
crucial to whether or not you will be
Recommendation and Essay
Some colleges may require letters of recommendation
and an essay.
Ask 1-3 people to write a recommendation for college
applications or scholarships and begin working on
college application essay.
Make sure to give your teachers enough time so it can
get to the colleges on time. Give teachers your resume
or brag sheet so that they can write a quality letter.
Some schools are require a Supplemental or Part
This is an application that is in addition to the
Each individual school has it’s own procedures
about additional requirements.
Mid Year Reports
Some schools may require a mid year report to
check on your 12th grade classes and grades.
Mid year reports from the college can be turned
into your counselor at any time.
KW will sent a copy of your 2nd marking period
report card, if the college requires this.
Other application materials:
Some schools may require additional materials.
Check websites or contact admissions offices
for more information.
Some schools will mail a letter to the student
asking for additional or missing information.
If you are interested in participating in
athletics during college, you must register
Check the Scholarship file on a regular basis in the
Career Center. The Scholarship Bulletin is also
available on the Kenmore West Career Center website
Talk to friends and relatives about scholarship
opportunities through employers
Look online for Scholarship opportunities. Obtain
scholarship information through www.fastweb.com
Pay attention to deadlines
Attend Financial Aid Night
Kenmore West Aud
December 1st at 6:30 pm
File FAFSA Form after January 1st
You may create a username and password
prior to January 1 on the FAFSA website
Student should know whether they have been accepted by early
(every college has a different timeline)
Applicants may either be accepted, wait listed or denied admission
Once all offers are on the table,
weigh the pros and cons of each school,
together with the financial packages offered
and make the best decision for you
Please feel free to call or email us
at any time with questions or concerns
Mrs. Gourlay: A-Ci
Mr.Sedita: Cj – Go
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Mrs. Handley: Pas-Si
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