Class of 2008 – The Road To Graduation… September 27, 2007 Agenda For Today… 1. Grade 12 Survival Guide 2. Course Challenge 3. Grad Requirements 4. Applying to Post Secondary 5. Dinner / Dance / Aftergrad 6. Commencement 7. Questions? Survival Guide: Advice From Previous Grade 12’s Read the Informer everyday Visit the Career Centre often Attend post-secondary info sessions on November 8th Have a back up plan – apply to more than 1 institution Write the LPI exam at Best on November 29th Apply for scholarships: First Scholarship Meeting Oct 10 th in the library at 3:15 Attend Transitions Class – without it you won‟t graduate! Be very organized – use your agenda LPI – Language Proficiency Index Cost $53 paid online at www.lpi.ubc.ca Deadline for registration is midnight Sunday November 11th. No walk ins permitted. Written at Best on Thursday November 29th from 1:50-4:30 PM How is it used? If you do not meet the English Language entrance requirements based on the Final Gr. 12 English mark the LPI score can be used as a substitute to meet that requirement. For example Douglas College - student must must have a min. C in English 12 or B in Communications 12 or an LPI score of 4 or greater SFU - students must have a min. 75% or higher as their English 12 final mark, or 60-74% in English 12 plus a score of 4 or greater on the essay section of the LPI and a 50% average on the remaining areas. UBC-student must have min. 80% or higher as their English 12 final mark, all students who do not reach this requirement must take the LPI and achieve a minimum score of level 5 (30/40) on the essay section of the examination before enrolling in any English class at UBC Survival Guide: Timeline & Internet Sites Follow the timeline as outlined in the survival guide Use the recommended websites to help with your plan (see attached page) Timeline - October Read the Informer every day Check with your counsellor to ensure courses meet ministry graduation requirements Arrange an informal meeting with your counsellor or Mrs. Ahooja-Anderson to begin post-secondary/career planning Register on-line for the SAT EXAM; school code: 821063 (required for USA schools) see http://www.collegeboard.com ESL students: register to write the TOEFL EXAM if you have been in an English speaking country for less than 5 years; check each post-secondary institution for their English language requirements and second language requirements. BCIT applications varying deadlines; check carefully for additional requirements: e.g. Resume, references, statement of intent, interim transcript Douglas College – open for applications as of October 15th for fall 2008 go to www.douglas.bc.ca Apply for a social insurance number if you do not already have one Timeline – October continued… Attend Scholarship/Awards meeting-Oct 10th at 3:15 in the library Ask about admission dates, courses, programs, scholarships, housing, deadline dates, open-houses, presentation visits etc. Begin your personal file: reference letters, personal letters, resume, copies of all documents, etc. (note: students new to Canada require certified copies of immigration papers for post-secondary applications) Book an appointment with Career Resource Facilitator, Mrs. Ahooja-Anderson DO NOT give misinformation on an application form Register with the Ms. John for Language Challenge Exams. Timeline – November / December NOVEMBER Attend post secondary day on November 8th from 1-3 PM Register on-line for the LPI exam at www.lpi.ubc.ca (November 29th at Best – Almost all post- secondary use it. Visit their site for a complete list) Review your transcript verification form with your counsellor Complete your BRAG sheet Request any reference letters you may need; supply the referee with detailed information about yourself (see attached Brag Sheet) Attend the Canadian Universities Event on November 27th, 2007 (three locations: Heritage Woods from 9-11am, Terry Fox Secondary from 2-4 pm or Pitt Meadows Secondary from 6:30-9pm) Write the LPI exam from 1:45 PM – 4:20 PM on Thurs Nov 29th, 2007 See your counsellor or Mrs. Ahooja-Anderson to finalize your plans for „life after BEST‟ DECEMBER Grad photos December 9, 10, 11 at Artona Studio Prepare for January exams Eastern university applications usually due by now Timeline – Jan / Feb JANUARY Record the exact time and date of your government examinations; get photo identification for the exams (if you miss the exam your next chance to write will be June) Major scholarships arrive at the school; check with Mrs. Ahooja-Anderson/Ms. Blakeway If you receive a scholarship application form through your teacher please let Mrs. Ahooja-Anderson know which scholarship you have applied for Plan for a spring visit to your post-secondary institution Review post secondary application process in advisory FEBRUARY Due date for applications to BC universities If necessary, register now for housing at post-secondary institution Timeline – March / April MARCH Attend scholarship meeting regarding the application process for local awards and scholarships Date TBA Complete the PSI form. This form authorizes the Ministry of Education to send your transcript of grades to any institution you request; also, students check their courses on the ministry document to ensure graduation. Ensure you have everything in order for Transition (DO NOT leave it until the last minute!!!) APRIL Attend the District Career Fair at Centennial Secondary on April 3, 2008 (640-936-7205) Let the office know of any changes in your address Semester 2 midterm marks and semester 1 final marks are electronically transferred to post-secondary institutions; offers of admission are made in May Grade 12 assembly during advisory on grad, scholarships and valedictorian info Complete local scholarships/awards applications; Monday, April 21st deadline Timeline – May / June MAY / JUNE Prepare for June exams Student Loan applications Advisors visit from post-secondary institutions Valedictorian speeches and election during advisory assembly Dinner/Dance, Saturday, May 31st ,2008 Year-end Awards Night (June 12, 2008 at 7pm) Acceptance or regrets to post-secondary institutions Record the exact time and date of your government examinations Mandatory assembly for commencement rehearsal: June 6 th, 2008 Commencement Ceremony, Sunday June 8th, 7PM at Orpheum JULY Transcript and Dogwood Diploma mailed to your home at the end of July Exam marks available on website: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams Survival Guide: Financial Aid Grade 11 & 12 marks are often considered You may get money for many reasons: grades, involvement in school, volunteer work, financial need, parent association with organizations… You must APPLY to be eligible Make sure you have a Social Insurance Number Survival Guide: Scholarships Grade 12‟s should attend the scholarship meeting in the library October 10th at 3:15. Info provided on: External Scholarships University Entrance Scholarships Provincial Scholarships Local Scholarships District Scholarships Passport to Education Government Sponsored Scholarships 1. Passport to Education Grade 10 $250 Grade 11 $250 Grade 12 $500 2.Provincial Scholarships Students can earn amounts of $1000 or $2000 based on the scores they receive on their grade 12 provincially examinable courses. Student must write a minimum of 3 provincially examinable courses to qualify. District Scholarships To earn a district scholarship a student must demonstrate outstanding achievement in a non-academic specialty area. Students who are awarded a provincial scholarship are not eligible for a district scholarship Post-Secondary Institution and Entrance Scholarships –University and Colleges These scholarships are administered by the individual Post-Secondary Institutions. To be eligible students should have achieved high averages in grade 11 and 12. Scholarships Sponsored by Private Organizations Businesses, Banks, and Unions etc. sponsor many awards. Students will be given information on those available through the school but they should also research other opportunities through the Internet. Locally Sponsored Scholarships/Bursaries The school administers many of these awards. Local businesses and organizations have contributed fund for students in the district and funds are rotated between schools yearly. Reference Letters Use the attached brag sheet in details, and then ask the staff member who Fill knows you best to write the letter Please give as much notice as possible Survival Guide: Transitions See Mr. Hyde or Ms. Skye in room 309 and get started. If you have transitions next semester, you can start now in your off block Complete a transition plan through advisory to guide you with your path after Charles Best Course Challenge Ifyou would like to challenge a language course, you need to see Mrs. John between Oct 10th – Oct 31st to register (deadline is Nov. 9th, 2007) $50 Refundable Deposit Required Languages: French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish Graduation Program: 80 Credits Required To Graduate 1. Required 48 credits: Language Arts 10, 11, 12 12 credits Social Studies 10 4 credits Social Studies 11 or 12 4 credits Science 10 4 credits Science 11 or 12 4 credits Mathematics 10 4 credits Mathematics 11 or 12 4 credits Physical Education 10 4 credits FNA or ASK 10, 11 or 12 4 credits Planning 10 4 credits 2. Transitions 4 credits ------------------------------- 3. Electives (Grade 10, 11 and 12) 28 credits TOTAL 80 credits A minimum of 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level. This includes 4 credits for a Language Arts 12 course, but does not include the 4 credits for Transitions. Post Secondary Day Thursday November 8th 1:00 – 3:00 For grade 11/ 12 students – visit 3 post secondary institutions of your choice Post Secondary Education: Local Choices UNIVERSITY: degrees SFU,UBC,UBC Okanagan, UVIC,UNBC,TRINITY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE:degree & career programs UCFV,ECIAD,UCC,UCO COLLEGE: career & university transfer DOUGLAS, CAPILANO, KWANTLEN, VCC TECHNOLOGY: diplomas that may lead to degrees BCIT and some colleges TRADES/APPRENTICESHIPS: BCIT, VCC, etc. Education and job training= hands on work PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS & OLA How to Apply www.bccampus.ca Create an account You must have your PEN # and your SIN# ready Online demo… Post Secondary Education: Simon Fraser University – New.. New Requirements! English 12 + 3 Other Provincially Examinable Subjects Specific Faculties have additional requirements that must be met For Fall 2008 only, admission will be based on either the new requirements OR the old requirements – which ever is most advantageous to the individual student Post Secondary Education: Simon Fraser University - OLD General Admission: Entrance Averages: Graduation Based on 5 Grade 12 Courses English 11 & 12 English 12 *see chart on next Socials 11 slide Principles of Math 11 **see 4 other academic 12‟s (all do chart on next slide not have to be provincially Languages 11 (beg language or examinable) higher) Science 11 See the list at www.sfu.ca SFU Quantitative Requirements 70% in Principles Math 11 or 12 OR 60-69% in Principles Math 11 or 12 plus a score of 70% on a diagnostic skills test at SFU before beginning their quantitative courses OR 60-69% in Principles Math 11 or 12 plus completion of a Foundations of Academic Numeracy course with a grade of C or better before beginning quantitative courses at SFU SFU English Language Skills Requirements 75% or higher in English 12 OR A grade of 60-74% in Eng 12 plus a score of 4 on the essay section of the LPI and a minimum score of 50% on all other parts of the LPI or completion of a Foundations in Academic Literacy course with a C or higher before beginning any (W) courses at SFU Post Secondary Education: UBC Vancouver / Okanogan UBC Vancouver UBC Okanogan Grade 11 Course Requirements: Grade 11 Course Requirements are specific to English 11, Social Studies 11, Pr. Math 11, a the program you are applying to. Language 11 (Beginner‟s is not accepted, Grade 12 Course Requirements: External Lang 11 is accepted), an Academic English 12, Three Provinically examinable Gr. Science 11 (Bi 11, Ch 11, E. Sc 11, Ph 11) 12 courses from Bi 12, Ch 12, Eng Lit 12, Fr. Grade 12 Course Requirements: 12, Geog 12, Geology 12, Hi 12, Jpn 12, Pr. English 12, Three Provincially Math 12, Ph 12, Sp 12, examinable Gr. 12 courses from Bi 12, Ch 12, Entrance is based on average of Eng 12 and Eng Lit 12, Fr. 12, Geog 12, Geology 12, Hi three additional Provincially examinable Gr. 12, Jpn 12, Pr. Math 12, Ph 12, Sp 12, 12 courses Entrance is based on average of Eng 12 and three additional Provincially examinable Gr. 12 courses Post Secondary Education: University of Victoria Admission based on English 12 and three additional academic grade 12 level subjects, only one of which may be non-provincially examinable. Grade 11 requirements English 11, Social Studies 11, Pr. Math 11, a Language 11 (Beginner‟s level is not accepted, External Lang 11 is accepted), an Academic Science 11 (Bi 11, Ch 11, E. Sc 11, Ph 11) Grade 12 requirements English 12, Three Gr. 12 level academic courses, two of which must be provincially examinable, from Bi 12, Ch 12, Eng Lit 12, Fr. 12, Geog 12, Geology 12, Hi 12, Jpn 12, Pr. Math 12, Ph 12, Sp 12, Comp. Civ 12, Info Tech 12 Students who have not had four years of full-time education in English should check UVIC‟s calendar for TOEFL requirements Students need to write the LPI if they do not meet the English proficiency requirements. Refer to the website. Post Secondary Education: UNBC – Prince George Graduation from high school- 65% or better average calculated on: English 12 3 best 12‟s from Biology, Calc, Chem, Comp Civ, Eng Lit, French, Geog, History, Japanese Law, Pr Math, Physics, Spanish, Writing 12 A 5th Grade 12 Course (Can be any grade 12 course offered by the school) No specific grade 11 courses Post Secondary Education: BCIT Grants degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates Programs in : Business, Computers, Trades & Technical Studies, Health Science, Engineering Technology, High Tech Professional Programs, Apprenticeship, Pacific Marine Training Post Secondary Education: Douglas College Career Programs, Associate Degrees, University Transfer Child, Family & Community Studies Commerce & Business Administration Health Sciences Humanities & Social Sciences Language, Literature & Performing Arts Science & Technology Department of Student Development University Transfer Programs Post Secondary Education: Douglas College General Admission: Eligible if you: Completed BC secondary school En 12- “C” or Communications 12 – “B” or see www.douglas.bc.ca Registration date now based on GPA lack one course for graduation are 19 years of age or older on the first day of attendance are at least 17 years of age and have not been in school for at least one year special needs student; completed 12 years of school Post Secondary Education: Douglas College Priority Registration for Open Enrolment Programs: The students registration appointment time will be assigned based on their high school interim grades and by calculating a GPA using English 12, PR Math 11 and one other (highest grade) provincially examinable grade 12 course. This means that students with higher interim grades will receive earlier Douglas College registration appointment times. See website www.douglas.bc.ca Registration for Douglas for September is already open! Begin applying now! Preferential Admission for Closed Enrollment Programs: Douglas College will be choosing the best candidates from those who applied by the deadline for all our closed enrolment programs. In the past they offered seats to all applicants who met the minimum requirements based on their order of application. Now, students who are not successful will not be held on a wait-list but will have to reapply for future entry Post Secondary Education: Other Facilities Trinity Western University University of Victoria Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design Capilano College Kwantlen University College Vancouver Community College Langara College University College of the Fraser Valley Applying To Post Secondary Becareful – each institution has different math, language, English and other course pre-requisites. Checkwith your counsellor or in the Career Centre. Dinner & Dance Saturday May 31st, 2008 Waterfront Hotel Join the Grad Council – see Ms. Blakeway Email pictures to Ms. Blakeway for the grad slideshow. They should be of school related activities! Aftergrad Saturday May 31st 2008 following grad Parent committee – needs your help – parent meeting set for October 3rd at 7 in the small gym Student volunteers are needed to raise money – watch the informer for information Commencement Sunday June 8th, 2008 7 PM Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver! Your cap & gown order form should be in by now! 4 tickets each and then a waitlist Other Important Dates December 9th, 10th or 11th – Grad Photo Days at Artona Studios in Vancouver March – assembly with grade 12‟s to discuss: District ScholarshipInfo Details of the Dinner and Dance Commencement After grad Valedictorian Nominations Guest forms for Grad Useful Internet Addresses www.bccampus.ca www.openingdoorsbc.com www.schoolfinder.com www.bcitt.bc.ca www.capcollege.ca www.douglas.bc.ca www.eciad.bc.ca (Emily Carr) www.jibc.ca (Justice Institute) www.kwantlen.bc.ca www.langara.bc.ca www.sfu.ca www.ubc.ca www.ucfv.bc.ca (University College of the Fraser Valley) www.unbc.ca (University of Northern BC) www.uvic.ca www.vcc.bc.ca Useful Internet Addresses cont‟d www.collegeboundmag.com (Plan to attend a US college?) www.collegeview.com (Find a US college) www.ualberta.ca www.ucalgary.ca www.mcgill.ca www.hobsons.com/education.shtml (Study around the world) http://compass.ouac.on.ca (Ontario University/College applications) www.aucc.ca/en/aucindex.html (directory of Canadian Universities) www.pas.bc.ca (BC Universities and other applications) www.careercruising.com (user id: best; password: careers) www.lpi.ubc.ca Questions? Please visit the Career Centre or the Counselling Department.