JUNIOR ADVISEMENT - Northview High School

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					                                        JUNIOR ADVISEMENT
Counselors are assigned to a student based on the student’s last name:
Caseload        Counselor
A-De            Samiah Garcia
Dh-Ka           Jamie D. Brown
Ke-Mc           Renee Ferrerio (Department Chair of Counseling)
Me-Sc           Allison Leja
Se-Z            Steve Creel
                                  GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                                                    UNITS
                                     Language Arts                                                              4
                                      Mathematics                                                               4
                                        Science                                                                 4
                                     Social Studies                                                             3
                             World Language/Fine Art/CTAE                                                       3
                                Health/Personal Fitness                                                         1
                                       Electives                                                                4
                                         Total                                                               23 Units

Students must earn 17 credits by the start of the 2011/2012 school year to be in 12th grade. If a student does not have 17 credits
then the student is placed in an 11th grade homeroom and cannot attend any senior activities. Student can be promoted to 12th
grade when proper credit is earned.
                                                         HONOR POINTS
7 additional points are added at the end of each semester to passing grades in honors, AP, and joint enrollment / college courses.
                                                     NUMERIC AVERAGE
Fulton County calculates numeric averages by adding up all grades in classes and dividing by the total number of classes taken.
The numeric average is on a 100 point scale i.e. 87 out of 100. All grades included in this calculation – failed grades, summer
grades, online grades.
                                            ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING-AP
AP/Joint Enrollment Option Night – Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:00 pm, NHS Theater
AP courses allow students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Most U.S. colleges and universities, and
institutions in more than 20 other countries, grant credit, advanced placement, or both, to students whose AP Exams meet their
requirements. To investigate a college’s AP Policy, visit www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy AP Exams are College Entrance
Examination Board (CEEB) sponsored tests, which many colleges give advanced standing and/or credit.
                                                    DUAL ENROLLMENT/ACCEL
Program that provides qualified Georgia high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to earn college credit while jointly
enrolled in a Georgia public high school and a college, university or technical institution. Tuition paid for by student or by the
ACCEL Program, which is funded by HOPE. Open to degree seeking students only. Only pays for core courses (Students will
have to pay for college electives). These hours will count against their total of 127 total HOPE hours. Interested students must
meet the college admission requirements/deadline of the postsecondary institution and apply to the Dual Enrollment Program at the
                                              MOVE ON WHEN READY MOWR
MOWR is a new dual enrollment opportunity for students to attend a postsecondary institution full-time during their junior and/or
senior year of high school. Students will receive high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending college
classes on the college campus fulltime. Tuition, materials and mandatory fees are paid through local system funds. Students can
live on campus or commute but are responsible for these expenses. All high school End of Course Tests and Georgia High School
Graduation Testing requirements must be met. Classes do not count against the HOPE Scholarship or grant hours.
Information provided 2nd semester.
                                        GEORGIA’S HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Eligible students receive financial assistance covering tuition, HOPE-approved mandatory fees, and a book allowance at any
eligible Georgia public or private college, university, or public technical institute.
      U.S. Citizen or an eligible non citizen
      High school graduate
      Legal resident of Georgia
      Valid Social Security Number
The 3.0 cumulative GPA is determined by averaging ALL core curriculum coursework (English, Math, Science, Social Science,
and World Language), including failing grades on a 4.0 scale (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, and F = 0). In addition, all honors
points are removed before the calculation and 0.50 weighting is added back in for AP and IB courses only, not to exceed 4.0.
Grades from high school courses taken in middle school are not calculated in the HOPE GPA. A 2.99 GPA does NOT qualify you
for HOPE. All calculations are done by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), (770) 724-9000 or www.gsfc.org It is
not the counselor’s responsibility to determine eligibility. Go to www.gacollege411.org and create an account to view your
HOPE average.
Apply for the HOPE - Complete the following January, 2012 senior year:
                   Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - www.fafsa.ed.gov
                   Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS) - www.GAcollege411.org
HOPE Eligibility -The following will delay receipt of your HOPE scholarship:
      Missing or invalid Social Security Numbers will have their HOPE scholarship award delayed.
      Use of a nickname instead of your legal name
      A male student not registering with the Selective Service www.sss.gov 30 days before his 18th birthday

                                                       TEST INFORMATION

Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) www.doe.k12.ga.us
Students must pass all portions in order to graduate from a Georgia high school and participate in the graduation ceremony*.
GHSGT Test Schedule:
September 29 Writing                      March 21 Eng/Language Arts               March 23 Science
February 23 Writing Retest                March 22 Mathematics                     March 24 Social Studies
*The only exception to the rule would be granted by the Georgia DOE via a variance or a waiver and are difficult to obtain due to a
long checklist of requirements.
End of Course Tests (EOCTs) http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/curriculum/testing/eoct.asp
The Georgia Department of Education requires that students in certain courses to take an End of Course Test (EOCT):

Ninth Grade Literature and Composition            Biology                              Integ Adv Geometry              Economics
Amer Literature and Composition                   Physical Science                     Integ Adv Alg                   U.S. History

The EOCT score counts as the final exam, which is 15% of a student’s grade in the course for the semester in which the course is taken
(EOCT is 15% of the grade so after it is averaged in, the grade must be 70 or above to receive credit for the course).
PSAT/NMSQT – October 13th
The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) measures the verbal reasoning, math problem-
solving, and writing skills that students have developed over the course of their education. Students in Fulton County take the PSAT in
grades 9-11. It is important that JUNIORS take the test so that they have the potential to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.
                                              COLLEGE ADMISSION STANDARDS
GPA – Typically average in academic core on a 4.0 scale (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, & World Language)
Course Selection (rigor; difficulty level) – Selective colleges are looking at the strength or rigor of your courses throughout high
school, including your senior year. We highly recommend seniors take a minimum of 4 academics each semester. (For highly
selective colleges, a minimum of 5 each semester)
Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT)
Class Rank – Based on overall numeric weighted numeric average
Extracurricular Activities – Leadership and participation in clubs, service and sports can be particularly important to competitive
College Application Essays – Required essays on the college application are important because they demonstrate your writing
ability and give the college more information about you. Please seek advice when writing an essay and make sure to proofread for
Letters of Recommendation – Request teacher recommendation two weeks before needed and counselor recommendation at least
two weeks prior to the school’s deadline
Resumes – Contains academic info., honors & awards, extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, etc.
                                                          A WORD ON GPA
Student should contact college to find how they calculate GPA
      Most colleges use this scale: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, F = 0.0
      Most colleges only consider academic courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language)
      Some colleges may give additional points for Honors, AP, and College courses
      Some colleges may take off or leave on the additional 7 points added for Honors, AP and college courses
      High School GPA is calculated by the postsecondary institution not the high school (Fulton County does not
                                                      RESEARCH COLLEGES
Use the Internet
      GAcollege411- www.gacollege411.org
      Georgia Career Information Service (GCIS)- www.gcic.peachnet.edu               User ID: nviewhs Password: gcis1890
      www.collegeboard.com
Visit college websites, note admission requirements and deadlines Students should check to see if they have the minimum
requirements for admission. Be certain to pay close attention to out of state college requirements, e.g., University of South Carolina
requires 1.0 unit of fine art credit.
 Visit with College Representatives at Northview High School
      Pre-register in the Counseling Office by signing a list and receiving a permission slip
Visit College Campuses
      Request up to 6 days of pre approved absences each year to visit colleges
      Start visits junior year and complete them by early fall of your senior year
      Meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid and from your area of interest and ask questions during your visit
      Use the College Career Room to research colleges and scholarships
Trained parent volunteers are available for assistance to parents and students during the lunch periods
Attend College Fairs
      Probe Fair North Point Mall September 29th                 6pm – 9pm
      NSSFNS           GA World Congress Center , Exhibit Hall A2              October 5-6         8:30am - 12:00 pm
      NACAC Atlanta National College Fair GA International Convention Center www.gicc.com or
          www.nacac.com/fairs.html          February 13th        12pm – 4 pm
      Northview High School 7th Annual College Fair NHS Food Court                  February 14th     6:30pm– 8:30 pm
                                                   FOCUS YOUR TARGET LIST
Narrow your list colleges – List should be balanced- Bring list to your Junior Advisement Meeting
View the school profiles, and compare the admissions data to your own academic record and test scores.
      Dream/Reach school (less than 30% chance of admission)
          - Your Academic Record/Test scores are below average
          - For highly selective schools, your scores may meet or be above average
      Good Fit/Target school (30%-60% chance of admission)
          - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are in line with average
      Safety school (greater than 60% chance of admission)
          - Your Academic Record/Test Scores are above average
          - You need one at least one safety school
          - Highly selective school should never be considered safety
      Consider location and the cost of traveling home
                                                 HONOR CODE AND DISCIPLINE
If a college or scholarship program inquires about honor code violations or discipline, we are obligated to report this information.
Also, inquiries on a student's integrity may also be affected if the student has a documented out of school suspension or honor
code violation. Acceptance to college is provisional and the colleges hold all of the rights. Colleges reserve the right to rescind
admission or put you on immediate probation.

                    SAT /SAT SUBJECT TEST                                ACT ASSESMENT
SAT I – a college admission test that measures mathematical ability,     American College
critical reading knowledge, and writing skill.                           Testing Program (ACT) –
SAT Subject Tests – one-hour tests offered in subjects such as           a test which measures
English, foreign language, science, history, and mathematics             aptitude and skill in English,
(measure a student’s knowledge of particular subject areas). Some        math, reading, natural sciences, and writing
colleges require the SAT II test(s) & students should check with each    Test Dates        Regular Registration Deadline
college to determine whether it is necessary to take the SAT II(s).      September 11                August 6
Test Dates                         Regular Registration Deadline        October 23                September 17
October 9                               September 10                    December 11               November 5
November 6                              October 8                       February 12               January 7
December 4                              November 5                      April 9                   March 4
January 22                              December 23                     June 11                   May 6
March 12 (SAT only)                     February 11                     ACT Assessment Fee: $33.00
May 7                                   April 8                         ACT Assessment Plus Writing Test: $48.00
June 4                                  May 6                           Late Fee: add $21.00
Test Fee (includes Writing): $47.00                                     Register for the ACT online at www.act.org
Late Registration: $71.00
Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com

It is recommended that students take the SAT and/or ACT at least twice during the 2nd semester of their junior year and
once at the beginning of their senior year.
A test used to evaluate the English proficiency of those students whose first language is not English. For students who have been in
the US for less than 5 years, this test may be used to replace or compliment an SAT Critical Reading or ACT English score.
                                             COLLEGE-BOUND ATHLETES- NCAA
Students planning on participating in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution must register with the NCAA
Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net Submit the transcript request forms to Mrs. Boatwright in the
Counseling Office. When taking the SAT/ACT, enter 9999 for scores to be sent to the NCAA. Students and parents are responsible
for determining NCAA eligibility to Division I and Division II schools. It is not the counselor’s responsibility to determine
eligibility. ***Be Aware that the NCAA may or may not approve courses taken through a non-traditional format such
as online, distance learning, correspondence, credit recovery, etc. Counselors and Graduation Coaches are not
responsible for researching or advising NCAA policies. It is up to the student and family to investigate NCAA
regulations as they pertain to non-traditional courses.
                                             YOUR JUNIOR STATUS CONFERENCE
Students meet individually with their counselor to discuss graduation requirements, postsecondary plans, and senior year.
Appointments are made according to individual counselor’s schedules:
Counselor                   Caseload         Appointment Timeframe
Samiah Garcia               A-De             November - February
Jamie Brown                 Dh-Ka            January - February
Renee Ferrerio              Ke-Mc            October - January
Allison Leja                Me-Sc            October - February
Steve Creel                 Se-Z             October - February

Please do not be concerned if your student does not receive an appointment letter until the latter part of this timeframe -
the process takes time and is planned so each student will have a quality meeting prior to the end of February. Parent
attendance is optional.

BRING TO THE MEETING: List of colleges of interests and questions

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