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CLASS of 2012 SENIOR YEAR PLANNING What Will This Year Look Like? Register for ACT/SAT Explore Post-Secondary Options Review Transcript for Accuracy Campus Visits (two days this year) Visit the Career Center Check Out the Internet! Meet with your counselor! CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS English 9-12 12 credits Social Studies 9-12 12 credits Math 9-12 9 credits Science 9, 10, 11-12 9 (inc. Earth Sci.) or 12 credits Phy. Ed 9 2 credits Health 9 1 credit Add’l PE 1 CLASS Add’l Health 1 CLASS Fine Arts 9-12 3 (or 4) CLASSES (Counselor Explanation) 68 TOTAL NEEDED You should have at least 50 NOW, with a full course load all year, to be considered “on track.” If you do not, please see your Counselor. Post-Secondary Planning Military Opportunities-Check Career Center for recruiter visits. Job Opportunities- Check Career Center Job Board MCIS- MN Career Information System College Planning-Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, Universities College Admissions Testing ACT vs. SAT ACT Writing Registration Info. Test Dates/Deadlines Some schools require scores be sent directly to them from ACT—make sure you know this! SAT Info: http://sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-dates ACT Dates 2011-12 ACT TEST DATES Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline** September 10, 2011 August 12, 2011 August 26, 2011 October 22, 2011 September 16, 2011 September 30, 2011 December 10, 2011 November 4, 2011 November 18, 2011 February 11, 2012 January 13, 2012 January 20, 2012 April 14, 2012 March 9, 2012 March 23, 2012 June 9, 2012 May 4, 2012 May 18, 2012 Register On-Line at www.actstudent.org FEE: $34.00 ACT + WRITING TEST FEE: $49.50 **Late registration add $21.00 Senior Year Plan Senior Meeting with Counselor: Meetings will be scheduled at your request! Please stop in to make an appointment. Register for ACT/SAT if needed College Visits (2 days) Gather application information/Visit college web sites so you are aware of what you need to do. Watch deadlines (early decision, etc.) Financial Aid Deadlines, FAFSA Choosing a College First and foremost: THINK ABOUT YOU! Type of school: Private, Tech., State, Religious Affiliation, Size, Cost, Location, Housing, etc. Extracurricular activities? Academic support? 3-5 schools; include a “safety school” Meet with your Counselor as needed College Application Process Meet with Counselor to explore options; make an appointment with your counselor if necessary. Obtain and complete applications; online vs. paper. Neatness counts! Black ink is preferred! No pencils, colored pencils or glittery gel pens! Bring the completed application, the application fee made out to the specific college and a $3.00 transcript fee to the Career Center. Transcript fees can be check or cash. If you are sending several applications at one time, you may submit one check for the total amount. Complete application and pay fee online. After you complete your applications either on paper or online the last thing you do is come to Career Center and complete the salmon-colored form and give it to Mrs. Kes. This is how you let us know where to send your transcript and test scores. College Application Process It is your responsibility to find out if the school has an application fee (it is usually on the application itself)! Please submit a check payable to the school, NOT CASH. Fill out the salmon-colored form indicating relevant information. COUNSELORS NEED ADVANCE NOTICE IF AN APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NEAR! It is YOUR responsibility to know which colleges have counselor/school forms that need to be completed by a counselor. You can expect that your application will be mailed within 5 days of when you turn in ALL needed application material. This will only take longer if you do not have everything you need turned in together. College Application Process If you are applying using the Common App., you still must fill out the salmon-colored form, as Counselors cannot electronically send a transcript. We will attach an official transcript, a copy of any testing report and your year-long schedule to each application We will mail your application for you. Make arrangements with testing organizations (ACT, SAT) to have official score reports sent directly to the school if necessary. Do not forget NCAA if you plan to participate in collegiate athletics. If your application requires a mid-year report, turn that in to Mrs. Kes as well. Teacher Recommendations Make sure they are NEEDED. Ask at least 3 weeks in advance. Ask a teacher who knows you well- preferably one who has had you in class more than one trimester. Respect the teachers right to decline; if a teacher hesitates, it is probably better to ask someone else. Obtain a Personal Information Sheet from the Guidance Office or download off of Career Center website to fill out and give to the teacher writing your letter. Teacher Recommendations Ask your teacher to turn the letter into the Career Center/Mrs. Kes. She keeps a copy on file for you. If you are using the college’s recommendation form, please fill in the required information, give it to the teacher and ask the teacher to turn it in to the Career Center/Mrs. Kes upon completion. If you are applying using the Common App., please have a conversation with the teacher vs. just e- mailing them the request. Remember to thank the teacher for their time and kind words! GOOD LUCK! HAVE A FUN AND SUCCESSFUL SENIOR YEAR!