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Governing Board Members and Guidance Department Staff              2

Graduation, AZ Universities, and AZ Scholars Course Requirements   3

Post-Secondary Planning and Options                                4

Arizona Universities: Entrance Requirements                        5

Community College Admission Information                            6

Vocational Schools and Apprenticeship Programs                     6

Military Programs and Employment                                   7

Financial Aid                                                      7, 8

ACT and SAT Testing Information                                    8

Career Development                                                 9

General Information About Scholarships                             10

Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship           11

Timetable for Your Scholarship Search                              12

Student Planner – By Grade Level                                   13, 14

Important Dates                                                    15
                            Peoria Unified School District
        6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306 | www.peoriaud.k12.az.us

                             Governing Board Members
                                Diane Douglas, President
                                   Kathy Knecht, Clerk
                                      Hal Borhauer
                                      Joe McCord
                                      Rick Murphy


                         Counseling Offices & Career Centers


Administrator: John Mulcahy 623-412-5333       Lead Counselor: Wade Myers 623-412-5336


Cactus High School                             Centennial High School
Guidance: 623-412-5007                         Guidance: 623-412-4407
Career: 623-412-5037                           Career: 623-412-4443


Ironwood High School                           Kellis High School
Guidance: 623-486-6407                         Guidance: 623-412-5432
Career: 623-486-6422                           Career: 623-412-5456


Liberty High School                            Peoria High School
Guidance: 623-773-6534                         Guidance: 623-486-6307
Career: 623-773-6552                           Career: 623-486-6358


Peoria Transition Center                       Sunrise Mountain High School
T.O.P. High School                             Guidance: 623-487-5133
Main Office: 623-412-5475                      Career: 623-487-5170
Career: 623-412-5483




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                      Graduation and University Requirements


                     Graduation          Graduation        AZ University          Arizona
     Subjects       Requirements        Requirements         Academic            Academic
                      Class of          Class of 2013+     Competencies          Scholars***
                     2009-2012
      English         4 credits            4 credits           4 credits           4 credits

   Mathematics         3 credits*          4 credits           4 credits           3 credits
                                                                                Class of 2013:
                                                                                   4 credits
   Lab Science          2 credits          3 credits           3 credits         3 credits****
   Social Studies       3 credits          3 credits           2 credits           3 credits

  Physical Educ.       1 credit**         1 credit**

       World                                               2 credits (of the   2 credits (of the
     Language                                              same language)      same language)
   Fine Arts/CTE     1 credit of fine   1 credit of fine    1 credit of fine     Class of 2013
                     arts or 1 CTE      arts or 1 CTE            arts          only: 2 credits of
                         credit             credit                              fine arts and/or
                                                                                      CTE

*Integrated Intermediate Algebra and Integrated Geometry are required courses. Peoria
Unified School District’s Integrated Beginning Algebra course is a prerequisite to these
required math courses which may be completed prior to high school or once enrolled in high
school. If completed in a PUSD elementary school, Integrated Beginning Algebra credit will be
transferred to high school, but will not affect the high school GPA. In effect, students must
successfully complete three required math courses in order to fulfill PUSD’s math graduation
requirements.

**The PE requirement may also be fulfilled with one credit of ROTC or Marching Band.

***Arizona Academic Scholars is an initiative of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition.
The purpose is to encourage students to complete challenging courses during high school that
will prepare them for jobs or higher education after graduation. Arizona Academic Scholars will
receive special recognition at their graduation ceremony.

****Students must take a course in Biology, Chemistry AND a physical science (Integrated
Science or a Physics class) to fulfill the Arizona Academic Scholars science requirement.




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                                   Post-Secondary Planning

POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS
There are many options to consider for training and education after high school.
       Four-year universities
       Two-year community colleges
       Vocational schools
       Apprenticeships
       Military enlistment
       Employment

HOW TO GET STARTED:
If you are uncertain about your plans for after high school graduation, we suggest you start by having a
discussion with your high school guidance counselor. The career center specialist at your high school
can also be very helpful to offer resources that will help in your decision making.

We encourage students and parents to use and become familiar with Bridges, a career source on the
Internet. This can be accessed from the Career Center, or from a home computer or a computer in our
Library Media Center. Instructions on the use of this valuable resource are available from your
counselor or career specialist. The Career Center has hundreds of other resources available. These
resources will provide information on hundreds of schools, colleges and universities.

Bridges (www.bridges.com) will help you develop post-secondary plans by:
      Providing interest and aptitude assessments to determine possible career choices.
      Allowing you to compare possible careers.
      Helping you search for schools with programs that match your interests.
      Presenting tools to assist your search for scholarships and financial assistance.
      Giving options for résumé building.
      Providing service to you after graduation so you can continue to develop career and college
      plans.
See your counselor or career center specialist for help with Bridges.

CONSIDERATIONS:
After graduation from high school, many students plan to attend a post-secondary educational
institution. Included in this category you will find universities, colleges, community colleges, and schools
which teach particular trades. In order to determine which type of post secondary institution is the right
one for you, consider some of the following:
         1.      How will my high school record affect my choices?
         2.      Am I prepared for college-level work?
         3.      How much money can I afford for an education?
         4.      Should I live at home or on campus?
         5.      Should I go to a public-supported or a private college or school?
         6.      What school will meet my vocational plans? Does it offer my major?
         7.      Have I taken or am I prepared for required entrance examinations?
         8.      What are the entrance requirements?
         9.      What deadlines must I meet for admissions and/or financial aid?




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                                 Admission to Arizona Universities
STUDENTS MUST MEET BOTH APTITUDE AND ACADEMIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS TO BE
ADMISSIBLE TO THE ARIZONA TRI-UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona
University, University of Arizona)
Arizona universities have two undergraduate admission categories: Assured and Delegated. Assured admission
means students will be admitted to their university of choice. Delegated admission means that students may be
admitted to their university of choice, with final admission decisions being made by each university.

Requirements for Assured Admission: Top 25% high school class rank, and complete course work with no
deficiencies.
Requirements for Delegated Admission: Top 50% high school class rank, or 2.5 GPA on required course work;
and no more than 2 course deficiencies (both cannot be in math and science). Each university may use additional
criteria to determine admission.

ADMISSION STANDARDS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ARIZONA BOARD
OF REGENTS OR LEGISLATURE. FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO:
http://www.abor.asu.edu/3_for_students/admin_stds.html

                                              Academic Competencies
                                   Grades of “C” or better required in each class
4 credits of English, 2 credits of Social Studies, 4 credits of Math (minimum: Intg. Beg. Alg., Intg. Intm. Alg., Intg.
Geometry and Topics of Algebra), 2 credits of Foreign Language, 1 credit of Fine Arts, 3 credits of Lab Science.

                                               Aptitude Requirements

Arizona residents will be offered admission if they are a high school graduate and meet the following
requirements:

                                 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY             www.asu.edu
                                              Aptitude Requirement
                              3.0 GPA in competency courses (2.5–2.99 considered) (4.0
                              scale)
                              Or Top 25% (top 26-50% considered)
                              Or ACT 22*
                              Or SAT 1040*
                              No deficiencies in the required course requirements
                          * ASU does not require the writing portion of these tests

                              NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY               www.nau.edu
                                              Aptitude Requirement
                              3.0 GPA in competency courses (2.5–2.99 considered) (4.0
                              scale)
                              22 ACT or 1040 SAT (Math and Critical Reading Sections
                              Only) composite score,
                              Or Top 50 percent class rank
                              No deficiencies in the required course requirements

                                UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA            www.arizona.edu
                                              Aptitude Requirement
                              Top 25%
                              No deficiencies in the required course requirements




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                                Community College Admission

Students are asked to:
   1. Complete the admission application
   2. Take a free assessment test (ASSET/COMPASS)
   3. See an advisor to select classes

Community College Websites:
    Glendale Community College: www.gc.maricopa.edu
    Estrella Mountain Community College: www.estrellamountain.edu
    Phoenix College: www.pc.maricopa.edu
    Link to other Maricopa Community Colleges: www.maricopa.edu
    Other two-year colleges: www.azhigher.ed.org


                                          Vocational Schools

The first step you should take if you are considering a vocational school is to take the time to review the
information in the Arizona College and Career Guide, online at www.azhighered.org. CALL those
schools and colleges offering programs or training in which you are interested. REQUEST catalogs,
admission applications, and any other written material regarding the school and the programs it offers.
VISIT each school's campus with your family and talk to faculty, staff and students. Stop by the job
placement or career services office and find out what companies hire graduated students. TALK to as
many people as possible. Then you need to THINK carefully about your decision. Your post secondary
education is one of the most important decisions of your life. It is the foundation of your future career
path.

                                      Apprenticeship Programs

Industrial businesses in Arizona have organized a system that permits students to acquire knowledge,
skills, and experience, while working on a job and earning money. This system is referred to as
apprenticeship training programs. It is a formal written plan, encompassing the terms and conditions of
employment, training and related technical instruction that will be provided to the student. An
apprenticed worker is given continuous, supervised instruction in all practical and theoretical aspects of
the work that is required in a skilled occupation.

There are over 100 occupations in Arizona that may currently be learned through an apprenticeship
program and the application process varies for each. After an individual has selected an apprenticeship
trade, he or she should check online at www.commerce.state.az.us/workforce (Arizona Department of
Commerce) or contact the Apprenticeship Training Office at (602) 771.1183. Apprenticeship Services
distributes all information on apprenticeships in Arizona (including requirements and openings), and
counsels individual applicants.

Some of the apprenticeships include boilermaker, bricklayer, carpenter, construction equipment
mechanic, cook/chef, truck driver, drywall/lather, drywall/taper finisher, electric relay man, electrician,
operating engineer, glass setter/glazier, insulation worker, iron worker, line erector, machinist, mason
(cement), mechanic (welder), mechanic (heavy duty), metal fabricator, millwright, painter, pipe fitter,
refrigeration, plant operator, plasterer, plumber, roofer, sheet metal worker, steamfitter, tool and die
maker.


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                                            Military Programs
If you enlist, you may enter the armed forces of your choice. Training for many career fields is available. The
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is required. Contact your counselor or the career center
specialist if you are interested in taking the test on campus. If you miss the chance to take this test on campus,
you may contact any military recruiter and they will make arrangements for you to take the test. The test is free
and there is no obligation to join any branch of the military.

If you join a reserve unit or National Guard unit, you may normally fulfill most of your obligation while living at
home and working or attending college. Meetings are held one weekend per month, plus two full weeks of active
duty training during the summer. http://education.military.com/education-home/

You may go to college and participate in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This allows you to
receive financial assistance while in college and to receive benefits after serving your active duty requirements.
http://www.todaysmilitary.com/

Each year, several ROTC Scholarships are provided by the various military branches. These financial
assistance grants provide for the payment of tuition, books, fees, supplies, and equipment, plus a tax-free
allowance each month. These scholarships may cover freshman through senior year of college. Students
interested in applying for one of these ROTC scholarships should list ROTC as one of the addresses for mailing
of their score reports when taking the ACT or SAT test. These scholarships are worth from $5,000 to $50,000.

REMEMBER, applications for ROTC scholarships should be made BEFORE December 1, of your senior year.
The competition is very keen. See a military recruiter for more information.

The Military Academies are the United States Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, U. S. Military
Academy (Army) - West Point, the U. S. Naval Academy - Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy. All of
the academies offer four years of college education leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates receive
regular commissions, and they must serve their active duty commitments. Most academy cadets make a career of
the service. Competition for admission is very keen, and admissions are limited. Students who are interested in
an appointment to one of the academies must begin the process early in their junior year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_academies

                                                  Employment
For those students intending to enter the work force immediately after high school, Maricopa Workforce
Connection is a set of workforce development partners, providing free services to assist job seekers. Go to
https://www.arizonavirtualonestop.com or http://maricopaworkforceconnection.com.
Maricopa Workforce Connection is located at: 1840 N. 95th Ave., Suite 160, Phoenix 85037
(602-372-4200).

                                                 Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) qualifies students for Federal Aid and is based on
financial need. Financial Aid is given in the following forms:
         Loans (money that is borrowed and must be paid back),
         Grants (money awarded that does not need to be paid back) and,
         Work Study (money paid to the student for work done on campus).

Students can complete the FAFSA starting January 1st of their senior year. Aid is first come first serve. The
priority deadline for all colleges and universities varies; please check with each institution.

                                              www.fafsa.ed.gov
                                     1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
                        www.pin.ed.gov (site to get pin number – required for the FAFSA)




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                             General Financial Aid Information
                                    www.finaid.org
                                    www.ed.gov/finaid/
                                    www.mappingyourfuture.org
                                    www.collegegoalsunday.com
                                    www.azhighered.org
                                    www.studentaid.org
                                    www.studentaid.ed.gov

ACT and SAT Testing Information

              ACT                          www.actstudent.org/

              Test Dates                   Registration Deadline*
              Sept 12, 2009                Aug 7, 2009
              Oct 24, 2009                 Sept 18, 2009
              Dec 12, 2009                 Nov 6, 2009
              Feb 6, 2010                  Jan 5, 2010
              Apr 10, 2010                 Mar 5, 2010
              June 12, 2010                May 7, 2010

              FEE: $31.00 (no writing); $46.00 (with optional writing)
              * Check website for Late Registration deadlines.

              SAT                          www.collegeboard.com

              Test Dates                   Registration Deadline*
              Oct 10, 2009                 Sept 9, 2009
              Nov 7, 2009                  Oct 1, 2009
              Dec 5, 2009                  Oct 30, 2009
              Jan 23, 2010                 Dec 15, 2009
              Mar 13, 2010                 Feb 4, 2010
              May 1, 2010                  Mar 25, 2010
              June 5, 2010                 Apr 29, 2010

              FEE: $45.00
              *Check website for Late Registration deadlines

Students may test as many times as they would like. There is no preference between the ACT and SAT
for Arizona university admission.

              High School Codes Needed For Test Registration
                    Cactus High:             030-257
                    Centennial:              030-256
                    Ironwood:                030-259
                    Liberty:                 030-208
                    Peoria High:             030-260
                    R.S. Kellis:             030-034
                    Sunrise Mountain:        030-254




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                                  PUSD Career Development

                      Our Vision: Every Student, Every Day, Prepared to Meet Tomorrow –
                                   Building a Plan for Life

Every student will have an opportunity to…..
       Meet with his/her guidance counselor to develop an Education & Career Action Plan or ECAP (a
       plan for classes needed to graduate and be prepared for post-secondary options).
       Revise your ECAP as needed when his/her career interests change.
       Learn the process of searching for career and college information.
       Take career and interest inventories.
       Learn about post-secondary options (community college, universities, military, apprenticeships,
       vocational schools).
       Take the required tests necessary for college entrance.
       Learn about scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
       Build an electronic portfolio, which can include his/her career assessments, high school course
       work, the ECAP, career and colleges search information, a résumé, and scholarships.
       Gain work-based learning experiences while in high school.

                                           Career Centers

Students are encouraged to visit the high school Career Center to:
      Take career assessments.
      Gain information about Arizona colleges and universities.
      Find data concerning out-of-state schools.
      Pick-up SAT and ACT registration materials.
      Sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).
      Search for scholarships.
      Discuss top careers.
      Gain information about the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid).
      Learn about college and career fairs in our area.

Your counselor and the career center specialist can help you with the use of Bridges Planner, a
software program to help you search for careers, colleges and scholarships. The website is:
www.bridges.com.

                                      Career Center Specialists

       Cactus High                  Anja DesJardins                      412-5037
       Centennial High              Pam Walsh                            412-4443
       Ironwood High                Catherine Adams                      486-6422
       Liberty High                 Tamara Jones                         773-6525
       Peoria High                  Cindy Aylward                        486-6358
       Peoria Transition Center     Duane Poole                          412-5475
       R.S. Kellis High             Grace Barnes                         412-5425
       Sunrise Mountain             Cindy Fair                           487-5170




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                           General Information About Scholarships
There are numerous dollars in scholarships available for students of every type and talent. If a student is
academically strong, talented in the arts, exceptionally needy, a minority student, or an average, hardworking
student who fits specific eligibility requirements, he/she may have a chance of getting scholarship money.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AUTOMATIC BUT THOROUGH RESEARCH MAY PAY OFF WITH MONETARY
REWARDS! RESEARCH is the key word when discussing scholarships. Students must take the time to do
research if they plan on receiving money. Parents, teachers, and counselors can direct students to the proper
places for research; however they should not do the research and work for them. THIS RESEARCH IS THE
STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY.

Research should begin no later than the second semester of the junior year or the summer following. Students
who are serious about researching scholarships typically spend ten or more hours a week researching
scholarships, sending away for applications, and writing essays.

                 Maricopa Community College Scholarships: www.maricopa.edu
            th   th
Top 15% (6 , 7 or 8th semester of high school) or qualifying scores on the placement assessment. Presidential
Scholarship – tuition, renewable for a total of 4 consecutive semesters, with a 3.25 GPA. Students must enroll in
a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester with one honors class.

                                  Early Graduation Scholarship Grant
This grant program is designed to encourage high school students who graduate early to promptly attend a
regionally or nationally accredited Arizona postsecondary institution or vocational program. A student, who
graduates at least one year early and enrolls full-time at an eligible Arizona postsecondary institution, may receive
up to $2,000 (over two academic years) towards tuition, fees and books. A student, who graduates at least one
semester early and enrolls full-time, may receive up to $1,500 (over two academic years). More information may
be found at: www.azhighered.gov or www.azgrants.gov. This program is sponsored by the Arizona Commission
for Postsecondary Education (602-258-2435).

                                            Athletic Scholarships
Students interested in college athletics must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse by their senior year. Your
guidance counselor can help you understand the requirements, but we suggest you talk to your coach and go to
the NCAA Clearinghouse website: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. The NCAA Clearinghouse is for Division I and II
athletes only.

                              Free Scholarship/College Search Websites
               PUSD Guidance & Counseling Website – go to www.peoriaud.k12.az.us
             Click on “Parents & Community”; click on “Guidance & Counseling”, then on
    “Scholarship Opportunities:” http://portal.peoriaud.k12.az.us/sites/GuidanceandCounseling

                                     http://collegenavigator.ed.gov
                                            www.bridges.com
                                              www.finaid.org
                                   www.arizona.collegeanswer.com
                                            www.fastweb.com
                                          www.petersons.com
                                             www.sssc.com
                              www.free-scholarships-and-financial-aid.com
                                    www.college-scholarships.com



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            Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship
The Arizona Board of Regents is now awarding a tuition-waiver state university scholarship for
students who meet the following requirements: http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/tuitionwaiver/

Part 1:
        Students must complete all 16 Core Competency Courses by graduation with a B* or better in
        each unit of credit awarded OR receive an acceptable score (see table on website) on the
        Advance Placement (AP) test OR a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that
        subject area.
        The 16 Core Competency Courses as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents Tri-University
        Admission requirements are: 4 units English; 4 units Math; 3 units Lab Science; 2 units Social
        Science; 2 units Foreign Language; and 1 unit Fine Arts.
*A “C” in a weighted course (Honors or Advance Placement course) does not convert to a “B”. The
grade is as reflected on the student’s transcript. If a student receives a “C” in a core course he/she
must complete one of the following options to remain eligible:

    1. Retake the unit of credit and receive a “B” or better.
    2. Take an additional unit of credit in that subject matter and receive a “B” or better.
    3. Receive an Acceptable Score (see table on website) on the Advance Placement (AP) Test
       or a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that subject area.

                                                   AND

Part 2: Students must meet at least one of the following academic requirements:
        Option 1: GPA: A CORE GPA of 3.50 IN THE 16 CORE COMPETENCY COURSES on an un-
        weighted 4.00 scale.
        Option 2: Class Rank: Student is in the top 5% of high school graduating class upon graduation.

                                                     AND

Part 3: Students must meet at least one of the following assessment options:
        Option 1: EXCEED Standards on all 3 of the AIMS Tests by the end of junior year.
        Option 2: EXCEED Standards on 2 of the AIMS HS Tests by the end of your junior year and
        MEET Standards on 1 of the AIMS HS Tests. Additionally, student would need to receive a
        minimum score of 3 on two Advanced Placement tests or a minimum score of 4 on any two
        International Baccalaureate exams. AP/IB exams can be taken during the senior year.

Qualified students will receive a full state university tuition scholarship (in-state tuition only) valid for one
year following graduation from high school. The scholarship is fixed and renewable for an additional
three years based upon university-determined criteria. The actual dollar amount of the scholarship will
vary based upon the tuition charged by the state university in which they have enrolled. The value of
the award is set at the cost of tuition the fall semester following the students’ high school graduation
and does not increase each year. The university may choose not to award a scholarship to any student
who receives other scholarship assistance from the university.

The class of 2010 students will be given three attempts to “Exceed” on the AIMS Tests for this
scholarship. Students may test spring of sophomore year plus fall and spring of the junior year. Senior
testing is not allowed for this scholarship.




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                        Timetable for Your Scholarship Search
Freshman: Begin getting familiar with the PUSD Guidance & Counseling scholarship portal
(http://portal.peoriaud.k12.az.us/sites/GuidanceandCounseling) and the scholarship book
located in the Guidance Office. Apply for freshman level scholarships; GET INVOLVED in
clubs, sports, community; and begin building a résumé of your clubs activities, awards and
volunteerism.

Sophomore-junior year: Continue looking at the scholarship portal; keep résumé updated;
continue being involved; and apply for sophomore - junior scholarships.

Fall of senior year and continuing through early spring: Mail all applications with required
documentation, paying attention to specific deadlines.

Senior year starting Jan 1- March 1: Fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid). This requires your parent’s tax information. You don’t have to fill it out, but it will
give you a MUCH better chance for scholarships, grants, and loans. March 1st is the
PRIORITY DEADLINE for filling out the FAFSA for most colleges. You can fill it out later…but it
significantly reduces your chance for scholarships based on financial need, and grants.

Spring of senior year: Follow up with any organization from which you have not heard a
decision (if the deadline has passed) Note: Usually “no news” is bad news; most organizations
won’t let you know if you are not selected. Also notify the financial aid office of the colleges you
were accepted to of any scholarships you have been awarded. Be sure to ask what effect this
will have on earlier awards and your options. This may change your awards package and
make a difference in your final decision on a college.

Late summer, right before school: Write thank-you notes to organizations.




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                                       Student Planner

9th Grade:
         Talk to your guidance counselor about your college and career plans.
         Work out an Education & Career Action Plan (ECAP) by investigating your career plans
         through Bridges (see the Career Specialist or your counselor for help on Bridges), and
         talking with your parents, teachers and counselor.
         Start a file to keep copies of your report cards, a list of honors and awards, and notes
         regarding your school and community service activities. Put this information into your
         résumé.
         Start thinking about colleges you might want to attend.
         Find out about the requirements for National Honor Society.

10th Grade:
         Review your Education & Career Action Plan (ECAP) with your counselor. Discuss
         Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and eCampus classes.
         Consider taking the PSAT test in October; this test is written for juniors but can be taken in
         10th grade as a practice.
         Continue to update your résumé. Your involvement in both school and community activities
         is extremely important for college admission and scholarships. Add any new report cards,
         test scores, honors, or awards to your file.
         Consider attending enrichment programs in the summer or camps for specialized areas –
         art, music, science, etc.
         Ask a counselor or career specialist about how to search for scholarships and financial aid.

11th Grade:
         Review your Education & Career Action Plan (ECAP) with your counselor. Be sure that you
         understand what credits and requirements remain to be taken to complete graduation and
         college requirements.
         Discuss testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB) with your counselor; obtain a schedule for this
         testing.
         Continue your search for scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
         Take the PSAT test in October.
         Narrow your list of colleges. Consider scheduling campus tours, possibly during your days
         off from school (winter or spring break) or for the upcoming summer.
         When you receive your PSAT scores in December, see your counselor to review your
         scores and discuss when to take the SAT test.
         Investigate whether the colleges you are considering require the SAT Subject Test and
         discuss this with your counselor.
         If you are taking Advanced Placement classes, register for the May exams.
         Talk to your teachers about letters of recommendation. You may need these in the fall when
         you apply for college admission and scholarships.
         Continue to update your résumé and keep record of report cards and school/community
         activities in your file.
         Write a rough draft of the essay you will need for your college applications.




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11th Grade (continued)
           Decide if you are going to apply under a particular college's early decision or early action
           programs. This requires you to submit your applications early, typically between October
           and December of your senior year, but offers the benefit of receiving the college's decision
           about your admission early, usually before January 1. If you choose to apply early, you
           should do so for your first-choice college or university. Many early decision programs are
           legally binding -- if they accept you, then you are required to attend that college.

12th Grade: More detailed information is included in the Senior Handbook which may be found online.
Go to the PUSD homepage (www.peoriaud.k12.az.us), click on “Parents and Community” and then
“Guidance and Counseling” for a list of scholarships, events and contacts.
           August: Review your Individualized Learning Plan with your counselor; make sure you have
           the needed credits and requirements for graduation and college admission.
           All year: Investigate and apply for scholarships. Check online resources and those in your
           Career Center. Talk to your counselor to get advice and handouts.
           August: Check the SAT & ACT dates and register to take a fall test if necessary. Register
           for SAT Subject Test if needed by your college.
           September: Finalize your list of colleges and check for the application deadline. We
           normally recommend you to apply to Arizona universities by October 1.
           September/October: Be sure to request that your official transcript be sent to the colleges to
           which you have applied. Contact the Records Specialist at your high school.
           October/November: If your college requires recommendation forms from teachers and/or
           your counselor, submit the form with a stamped, college-address envelope to the educator
           so they have time to complete it before the deadline.
           October/November: Discuss early decision or early action deadlines with your counselor.
           October/November: Caps and gowns (and other graduation supplies) are usually ordered in
           the fall, but can be ordered later in the school year.
           November/December: If you plan to live on campus, check the deadlines for applying for
           housing and the deposit required.
           January: Go online (http://www.pin.ed.gov) to set up your personal identification number for
           the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
           February: Check the financial aid deadline for your college(s). Many require that the FAFSA
           (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is completed online by mid-February.
           March/April: Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will arrive approximately 6 weeks after you
           apply for the FAFSA online. Check the SAR carefully and return with any corrections.
           January – April: Keep a close watch for college acceptance letters and scholarship offers.
           Check for any deadlines.
           April/May: Register for and take any AP exams.
           April/May: Check the senior calendar at your high school so that you are informed about the
           Awards and Scholarship Night, senior checkout, graduation practice, and the graduation
           ceremony.




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                                    Important Dates

Mon. Sept. 21, 2009: PUSD College Bound Student Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Peoria High
School (11200 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria).

Sun. Sept. 27, 2009: Greater Phoenix National College Fair, 12:00-3:30 p.m., Phoenix
Convention Plaza, South Building (33 South Third St., Phoenix) www.nacacnet.org

Mon. October 5, 2009: AZ High School/College Relations Peoria Unified School District
Regional College Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m., ASU University West Campus, LaSalla Ballrooms in the
University Center Building (4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale) 602-543-8550 or
www.west.asu.edu/recruitment

Wed. Oct. 14 or Sat. Oct. 17, 2009: PSAT, check with high school guidance office regarding
test date and registration deadline.

Mon. Oct. 19, 2009: PUSD NCAA Information Night for Athletes, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Centennial
High School (14388 N. 79th Ave., Peoria).

Thursday. Oct. 29, 2009: Christian College and University Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Scottsdale
Christian Academy, (14400 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ) http://www.naccap.org

Mon. Nov. 23, 2009: PUSD Financial Aid Information Night, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at R.S. Kellis High
School (8990 W. Orangewood Avenue, Glendale).

Wed. Jan. 13, 2010: Career and Technical Education Parent Information Night, 6:00 p.m.,
Centennial High School Auditorium (14388 N. 79th Ave., Peoria).




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