ADDRESS TO THE CLASS OF 2009
Included in your 2008-2009 Senior Bulletin is information to guide you through your journey in preparing
for the future. It contains answers to many of the procedural questions you and your parents may have along the
Please do not wait until May to see what “comes along”. Take control of your future, set goals, and work
towards success. “Your future begins now.”
For assistance, consult your counselor listed below.
E-M…………Leslie Sevin-Lead Counselor
OPTIONS DURING HIGH SCHOOL FOR BEGINNING
POST SECONDARY STUDIES
EARLY START (FORMERLY KNOWN AS DUAL ENROLLMENT)
Any senior who is on track to graduate with the TOPS curriculum, may earn college and high school elective
credit simultaneously during the fall and/or spring semester by participating in a college dual enrollment program.
To participate in dual enrollment, students must take at least one course on the high school campus while taking
college courses. Placement in non-developmental courses, requires a score of 18 or higher on the English and/or
Math components of the PLAN or ACT assessment. There is no maximum number of courses in which a student
may be dually enrolled.
For questions or concerns dealing with credits to be granted, see your high school guidance counselor.
MID TERM GRADUATION WHILE RETAINING RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION
Seniors who complete all graduation requirements in the fall semester may elect to attend college/vocational
school/military enlistment during the spring semester. If you choose this option, you must pay all post secondary
costs for a minimum of two courses.
Grades earned will apply towards your college/vocational training only. Since there is no ceremony at mid term,
you will not receive your diploma until May with your classmates. In order to remain eligible for spring senior
activities, including prom and graduation you must do the following:
1. See your guidance counselor to complete the mid term graduation student/school agreement
2. Provide a copy of your college/vocational school schedule to your counselor by January 31st as stated on the
agreement. If you are enlisting in the military, a letter from your recruiter stating this fact is needed as
3. Upon completion of the semester and at least one week prior to the graduation ceremonies, provide your
counselor with a copy of final grades earned as proof that you have completed two or more courses.
****See your counselor for more information and the needed paperwork.****
****Students who were supposed to graduate in the previous class are considered 5 year seniors and may
participate in ceremonies in May even if they elect to go to work in the spring. This rule applies ONLY to
students who have failed the previous year. ****
MID TERM GRADUATION WITHOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Seniors who complete all graduation requirements in the fall semester may elect to graduate at mid term and
got to work. This option DENIES them the right to all spring activities including prom and graduation
ceremonies. If you choose this option, you may not change your mind after the spring semester has begun. A
mid term authorization agreement is required to be filled out by the student, their parent, their counselor, and
the principal no later than November 30th of their graduation year.
OPTIONS AFTER GRADUATION
If you choose to go straight to the workforce after graduation, these activities may help:
Visit the Louisiana Employment Service at 7528 Main Street (857-3640). No fees are
charged for their service.
Visit the Louisiana Department of Labor website located at http://www.ldol.state.la.us/
for a list of job openings in the Houma area.
Write a resume’. The guidance office has books to assist with this task.
Visit potential places of employment. Some employers may let you volunteer or job shadow
to see what their company has to offer.
Look through the classified ads in the local newspaper.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System was created with the goal of improving the quality of life of the
citizens of the state of Louisiana. They provide a program of skills based training to enable students to be better prepared
for the workforce.
The Louisiana and Community Technical College System serves many purposes:
1. They offer degrees to help people move directly into the world of work.
2. They retrain people who are changing jobs or have lost their jobs and desire a new skill.
3. They provide a multitude of learning resources for students.
4. They prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university.
5. They offer courses, which focus on people’s interests.
There are currently ten institutions, which make up the LCTCS system.
Baton Rouge Community College Louisiana Technical College (40 campuses)
Bossier Parish Community College Elaine P. Nunez Community College
Delgado Community College River Parishes Community College
L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College South Louisiana Community College
Louisiana Delta Community College SOWELA Technical Community College
For more information visit the Louisiana Community and Technical College System website at
The United State Military offers a number of opportunities to both male and females to further their education and obtain
vocational skills. The military uses the ASVAB test to determine your aptitude and abilities to determine your future
Recruiters for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard make regular visits to South Terrebonne
High during the lunch period to discuss military options with students. They are usually stationed in front of the snack
The location and phone numbers of the United States Military offices in our area are as follows:
Air Force Recruiting Office 209 Bayou Gardens Blvd. 851-3416
Army Recruiting Office 209 Bayou Gardens Blvd. 851-5556
Navy Recruiting Office 209 Bayou Gardens Blvd. 872-2041
Marines Recruiting Office 209 Bayou Gardens Blvd. 851-3308
LA National Guard Recruiting Office 100 Williams Blvd. 868-5809
US Coast Guard Recruiting Office New Orleans, LA 589-6264
BOARD OF REGENTS
Seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher through their seventh semester of high
school and who have taken the TOPS core curriculum are recognized as Regents Scholars at the academic awards
ceremony. A seal signifying this accomplishment will be placed on the student’s final transcript. A student may earn the
certificate but not be an honor graduate if their cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.5 after completing the
eighth semester of high school.
HONOR GRADUATE GUIDELINES
Students who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above at the completion of
eight semesters of high school are recognized as honor graduates at the graduation ceremony. These students
are seated in rank order at the ceremony and are seated at the head of the class. The valedictorian is the student
or students who maintain the highest cumulative grade point average in their graduating class. The salutatorian
is the student or students with the second highest cumulative grade point average. Completion of the
Regents/TOPS Core Curriculum is necessary to be named as valedictorian or salutatorian.
LOUISIANA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY MINIMUM ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
NOTE: The requirements listed below are the Board of Regents minimum requirements. Some institutions have adopted or may choose to adopt additional
requirements. Please check with the specific institution(s) for additional admissions requirements.
All four-year public * Completion of Regents High School Core
LSU-Shreveport * High school GPA of 2.0 or greater OR
McNeese State University * ACT composite score of 20 or greater OR
G Nicholls State University * High school graduation rank top 50% of class AND
I Northwestern State University *Require no more than one developmental course
O Southeastern La. Univ.
N University of La.-Monroe
A Southern Univ. A & M
L Grambling University (effective Fall 2010)
Southern University-NO (effective Fall 2010)
T Louisiana Tech Univ. * High School GPA of 2.5* or greater OR
A Univ. of La.-Lafayette *ACT composite of 23 or greater OR
T Univ. of New Orleans *High school graduation rank top 25% of class AND
E * Require no more than one developmental course
F LSU and A & M College (effective Fall 2005)* *Complete Regents High School Core Curriculum and
L additional high school core course required by LSU AND
A *Meet the minimum high school GPA8 and/or ACT
G composite score and/or high school graduation rank in
S class required by LSU AND
H * Require no developmental courses
I *Student must have minimum 2.0 GPA
These two-year institutions will remain open admissions:
Baton Rouge Community College *Diploma from a BESE-approved high school OR
Bossier Parish Community College * GED or its equivalent
Delgado Community College * Appropriate score on an Ability to Benefit test
L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College
P Louisiana Delta Community College
N Louisiana Technical College
Nunez Community College
River Parishes Community College
South Louisiana Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College
Visit www.regents.state.la.us for links to college/universities websites
PLANNING FOR COLLEGE
The guidance office has applications for admissions and catalogs for most Louisiana State Universities
as well as some out-of-state universities. Also, all colleges have online applications available on their
prospective websites. .
The following is a list of the major Louisiana universities and their prospective websites, housing deadlines, and
scholarship deadline dates(subject to change):
College Web Address Housing Scholarship
Delgado Community College www.dcc.edu N/A Feb. 15
Dillard www.dillard.edu Contact School Dec. 1
Grambling State www.gram.edu July 15 Feb. 1
Louisiana College www.lacollege.edu August 15 Dec. 7
Louisiana State Baton Rouge www.lsu.edu April 15 Nov. 15
Louisiana State Alexandria www.lsua.edu Contact School Feb. 1
Louisiana State Eunice www.lsue.edu Contact School Feb. 1
Louisiana State Shreveport www.lsus.edu N/A Dec. 1
Louisiana Tech Ruston www.latech.edu July 15 Dec. 1
Louisiana Tech College www.theltc.net N/A March 31
Loyola www.loyno.edu Contact School Jan. 15
McNeese www.mcneese.edu Contact School Dec. 1
Nicholls State www.nicholls.edu Contact School Jan. 1
Northwestern www.nsula.edu March 1 Dec. 1
Nunez Community College www.nunez.edu N/A Contact Sch.
Our Lady of Holy Cross www.olhcc.edu Contact School Dec. 1
River Parishes Community College www.rpcc.cc.la.us N/A April 15
South La. Community College www.slcc.cc.la.us N/A Contact Sch.
Southeastern www.selu.edu July 15 Dec. 1
Southern A&M www.subr.edu March 15 Dec. 1
Southern New Orleans www.suno.edu Contact School March 15
Southern Shreveport www.susla.edu Contact School Contact Sch.
Tulane www.tulane.edu/~admiss May 1 Dec. 1
University of Louisiana at Lafayette www.louisiana.edu July 31 Jan. 31
University of Louisiana at Monroe www.ulm.edu Contact School Dec. 1
University of New Orleans www.uno.edu May 1 Jan. 15
Xavier www.xula.edu Contact School March 1
ACT NATIONAL TEST DATES
REGULAR REGISTRATION LATE REGISTRATION
TEST DATE POSTMARK DEADLINE PERIOD
October 25,2008 August 12, 2008 September 20-October 3, 2008
December 13, 2008 November 7, 2008 November 8-20, 2008
February 7, 2009 January 6, 2009 January 7-16, 2009
April 4, 2009 February 27, 2009 February 28-March 13, 2009
June 13, 2009 May 8, 2009 May 9-22, 2009
The ACT costs $31.00 for regular registration. Late registration is an additional charge of $20.00.
ACT Plus Writing is $46.00 and is optional for most colleges. LSU requires students take the writing portion at least
It is highly recommended that students begin taking the ACT during their Junior year. This allows for multiple testing
opportunities to improve their score.
In order to qualify for TOPS students must obtain the required composite score of a 20 by the April testing of their Senior
year. Students who qualify for TOPS on the June test date after graduation will be awarded one semester penalty of
eligibility for TOPS.
It is imperative when registering for the ACT that you place South Terrebonne High Schools code (also known as the
CEEB number) on your application. South Terrebonne High Schools code is 191-245. This code should only be used by
current South Terrebonne High students. If you take the ACT after graduation the code for past graduates is 800-000.
In section O college and scholarship code choices, if you are working on TOPS, you should include the TOPS code 1595
in order to assure that your scores reach the LOFSA office.
Additional practice materials for the ACT can be found on the web at www.act.org
There are also various study guides and computer programs available at your local bookstore for ACT practice questions.
**ACT fee waivers are available in the guidance office to students who receive free or reduced lunch. Students on
free/reduced lunch may take the test twice utilizing a fee waiver. **
THE TOPS CORE CURRICULUM
4 ENGLISH I, II, III, IV
1 ALBEBRA I (1 UNIT)OR APPLIED ALGEBRA IA AND IB (2 UNITS)
1 ALGEBRA II
1 GEOMETRY, TRIGONOMETRY, CALCULUS, OR AN APPROVED
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS SUBSTITUTE
1 EARTH SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, PHYSICAL SCIENCE,
BIOLOGY II, CHEMISTRY II, PHYSICS, PHYSICS II, OR
PHYSICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
1 AMERICAN HISTORY
1 CIVICS AND FREE ENTERPRISE OR CIVICS (1 UNIT)
1 FINE ARTS SURVEY (OR SUBSTITUTE 2 UNITS OF BAND, CHOIR,
DANCE, THEATER, OR ART; OR SUBSTITUTE 1 UNIT OF AN ELECTIVE
FROM AMONG THE OTHER CORE SUBJECTS)
2 FOREIGN LANGUAGE (2 IN THE SAME LANGUAGE)
1 ADVANCED MATH OR ADVANCED SCIENCE
½ COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTER LITERARCY, OR BUSINESS
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (OR SUBSTITUE ½ UNIT FROM AMONG
THE OTHER CORE SUBJECTS)
17.5 TOTAL CORE CURRICULUM UNITS
TOPS TECH CORE CURRICULA
3 ENGLISH I, II, AND III
1 ENGLISH IV OR BUSINESS ENGLISH
1 ALGEBRA I, OR ALGEBRA I PARTS 1 AND 2 (2 UNITS); OR
APPLIED MATHEMATICS I AND II (2 UNITS)
2 GEOMETRY, APPLIED MATHEMATICS III, ALGEBRA II,
FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS, ADVANCED MATH I, ADVANCED MATH II,
DISCRETE MATH, OR PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
1 CHEMISTRY OR APPLIED CHEMISTRY
1 EARTH SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, PHYSICAL
SCIENCE, INTEGRATED SCIENCE, BIOLOGY II, CHEMISTRY II, PHYSICS,
PHYSICS II, OR PHYSICS FOR TECHNOLOGY
1 AMERICAN HISTORY
1 WORLD HISTORY, WESTERN CIVILIZATION, OR WORLD
1 CIVICS AND FREE ENTERPRISE (1 UNIT COMBINED) OR
CIVICS (1 UNIT NON-PUBLIC)
THE REMAINING COURSES MUST BE SELECTED FROM ONE OF THE TWO FOLLOWING OPTIONS:
1 FINE ARTS SURVEY(OR SUBSTITUTE 2 UNITS OF MUSIC,
DANCE OR THEATER, OR 2 UNITS OF VISUAL ART, OR 2 UNITS OF STUDIO ART,
OR A CAREER/TECHNICAL STUDEIS COURSE APPROVED BY BESE; OR
SUBSTITUE 1 UNIT OF AN ELECTIVE FROM AMONG THE CORE)
2 FOREIGN LANGUAGES, TECHNICAL WRITING, SPEECH I OR
1 COMPUTER EDUCATION PROGRAM OF STUDIES APPROVED
17 TOTAL CORE CURRICULUM UNITS
3 A CAREER MAJOR COMPRISED OF A SEQUENCE OF
RELATED SPECIALITY COURSES AND APPROVED FOR THE SCHOOL BY BESE
1 RELATED OR TECHNICAL FIELD COURSE
1 BASIC COMPUTER COURSE
19 TOTAL CORE CURRICULUM UNIT
TOPS: WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY
In order to qualify for a TOPS scholarship, without penalty, a student must maintain a 2.5 or higher
cumulative grade point average on the 17.5 core curriculum units. Students must earn a 20 or higher on the
ACT by the April test date of their senior year. If a student earns the 20 on the ACT on the June test date
following graduation, he/she will still be eligible for TOPS but will only qualify for seven semesters of
eligibility instead of the eight normally awarded. Any test taken after June of the graduation year is not
considered for the purposes of TOPS awards.
A student who earns the grade point average and ACT for TOPS must submit the Free Application for
Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1st of their graduation year. FAFSA forms are available online only at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a free application. Be careful to go to this website only to fill out FAFSA there are
other applications online for FAFSA but these may require you to pay a fee.
DON’T BLOW YOUR
Graduating in 2009? To qualify for TOPS, you need to know
Complete ALL courses in the TOPS core curriculum (17.5 units). Exceptions will not be
granted even if a course is not offered at your school.
Upon graduation from high school, you must have attained a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade
point average on TOPS core curriculum courses, computed in accordance with program
ACT and SAT Test
For 2009 high school graduates, the minimum ACT score to qualify for the TOPS Opportunity
Award is a 20 (or 940 SAT). The minimum ACT score to qualify for the TOPS Tech Award is
a17 (or 810 SAT). The highest composite score achieved on a single exam of either the ACT
or SAT will be used to determine the eligibility. TOPS DOES NOT CONSIDER THE ESSAY
PORTION OF THE ACT OR SAT IN CALCULATING THE COMPOSITE SCORE NEEDED
For 2009 high school graduates, a qualifying ACT or SAT score must be achieved by the ACT
National Test Date: April 4, 2009. An initial qualifying ACT score earned on the June 13, 2009
National Test Date or an initial qualifying SAT score earned on the May 2 or June 6, 2009
exams will be accepted, but you will be penalized one semester (or two quarters) of eligibility.
Special tests taken before July 1, 2009 for students with disabilities will be accepted.
When registering for the ACT or SAT, verify that your correct social security number is
entered. For an ACT or SAT score to be considered, the student must enter code 1595 on the
ACT registration form or code 9019 on the SAT registration form.
Graduates of 2009 - You must have an application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) or TOPS On-line) receipt date no later than July 1, 2009 to receive your TOPS
award funding beginning with the upcoming college academic year, 2009-2010.
Initial applications received after July 1, 2009 will not be funded until the subsequent college
academic year, 2010-2011.
INITIAL APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE RECEIVES TOPS FUNDING FOR:
Jan. 1 - July 1, 2009 8 semesters (12 Quarters)
Beginning with Academic Year 2009-2010
July 2, 2009 - July 1, 2010 8 semesters (12 Quarters)
Beginning with Academic Year 2010-2011
July 1 - Aug. 30 , 2010 7 Semesters (10 quarters)
Beginning with Academic Year 2010-2011
Aug. 31 - Oct. 29, 2010 6 Semesters (9 quarters)
Beginning with Academic Year 2010-2011
Initial Applications Received after Oct. 29, 2010 Ineligible for TOPS Award
FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID AND TOPS: 2009-2010 FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal Student Aid programs include Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant, SMART grant, Stafford Loans
(subsidized and unsubsidized) Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), the Federal
Work Study program and Perkins Loans.
To apply for TOPS and all the programs listed above, you must complete all questions on the
FAFSA for the school year 2009-2010. Be sure to PRINT and RETAIN your dated FAFSA
confirmation page (with confirmation number) in case verification of timely filing is
FOR TOPS ONLY: TOPS On-line Application: www.osfa.la.gov
In order to apply for TOPS only, using the LOSFA on-line TOPS application, families must be
able to demonstrate that the student does not qualify for federal grant aid. To make that
determination, use Finaid’s Financial Estimator Calculator available on the internet at
Students who use the LOSFA on-line TOPS application in lieu of the FAFSA will be the
FIRST denied a TOPS award in the event of a budget shortfall.
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA)
P.O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202
(800) 259-5626, Ext. 1012
www.osfa.la.gov or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID
1. TOPS- pays the average cost of tuition to a public college/university. The minimum ACT score to
qualify is a 20. The minimum GPA is a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on the TOPS core curriculum listed on the
previous page. There are four levels of the TOPS award:
A. TOPS Opportunity- Minimum criteria: 2.5 GPA on the TOPS core curriculum and a
B. TOPS Performance- Minimum criteria: 3.5 GPA on the TOPS core curriculum and a
23 ACT (award includes an $400.00 per year additional stipend)
C. TOPS Honors- Minimum criteria: 3.5 GPA on the TOPS core curriculum and a
27 ACT (award includes an $800.00 per year additional stipend)
D. TOPS Tech- To be used at two year colleges or technical institutes. Minimum criteria
2.5 GPA on the TOPS Tech core curriculum and a 17 or higher on the ACT.
2. Scholarship Grants – awards on the basis of academic ability and financial need. They are outright
gifts of money and need not be paid back. Qualification determined upon filing of FAFSA.
3. The PELL Grant- Is a federal program and is always part of a financial aid package. The amount
is determined on the basis of your own and your family’s financial resources. The grant does not
have to be repaid and the limit of the aid is set by the federal government. The Free Application for
Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for this grant. There is no fee for applying.
4. Work Study Scholarships- Students may secure part-time work on campus in offices, labs, library,
etc., and be paid on an hourly scale. This employment is not necessarily based on financial need.
5. Academic Scholarships- Every state college in Louisiana offers scholarships which are specific to
their university. These are competitive awards and are based on class rank, ACT scores, high school
courses taken and/or community service. There are also numerous scholarships offered on the web.
Visit www.fastweb.com for one of the most popular online scholarship searches.
Scholarship applications are available in the guidance office, on the Internet, and through local agencies.
All applications that are received in guidance are advertised on the scroll, the South Terrebonne High website,
the parent e-mail , and the scholarship board located outside of the guidance office. The procedures for
applying for local scholarships is as follows:
1. Pick up an application from Mrs. Falgout in guidance. Sign the sheet on the front of the folder.
2. Fill out the application completely. Make sure to include all signatures, letters of recommendation,
transcripts, and any other documentation requested by the agency offering the award.
3. Return the application to Mrs. Falgout no later than one week prior to the deadline date listed on the
application. Guidance will mail the applications for the students. If your application is late, you
will have to mail it yourself.
Develop a resume’ that includes all activities (both school and community), all honors and awards, and work experience. If
you need a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or employer, provide them with a copy of your resume’. This will
make writing your letter of recommendation a lot easier. Please do not wait until the day the application is due to ask for letters of
recommendation. If you give the teacher or employer time, the letter will be more reflective of your capabilities and
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN GUIDANCE
Students should check the scroll and the board outside of the guidance office weekly
beginning in August. Flyers with a list of available scholarships will also be sent to seniors in
homeroom periodically. Dates when scholarships arrive vary each school year. Available scholarships
also vary from year to year based on the financial situation of the awarding business/organization.