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					2010-2011
 SENIOR
 PARENT
  NIGHT
         Guidance Department

Mrs. Kim Scott       A - Da
Mrs. Kim Brumage     De - He
Ms. Alice Mathis     Hi - Me
Mr. Ron Callahan     Mi - Sc
Mrs. Teresa Dennis   Se – Z

Mrs. Cindy Fisher, Guidance Secretary
Mrs. Jeanne Tucker, Registrar
                      Graduation Requirements
   English – 4 credits
   Math – 4 credits (to include Algebra I or its equivalent)
   Science – 3 credits
   Social Studies – 3 credits ( World History, American History, Economics and
    American Government)
   Health Opportunities in Physical Education (HOPE) - 1 credit
   Fine Art or DOE Approved * Practical Art – 1 credit
   Electives – as needed for a total of 24 credits (8 credits)
   Earn a 2.0 unweighted GPA
   Pass Grade 10 FCAT Reading and Math
   All requirements must be met to participate in commencement activities.

         *DOE Approved Practical Arts credit for graduation
         Web I, II
         TV Productions I, II, III, IV
         Communications Technology I, II, III
         Engineering Technology I, II, III
         Culinary Arts I,II,III


Exam Exemptions –
   2nd semester – seniors can exempt any exam in which they have a passing
      grade, if they have less than 10 unexcused absences. If they failed the last
      nine weeks for any reason, including attendance, they must take the exam
      to earn credit.
              Options After High School
 Work
 Military: Active, Reserves, ROTC, Non-Deployment,
    Academy
   Vocational School
    – Lively – Tallahassee
    – South West Georgia Tech - Thomasville
   2 year Community College
    – A.A. degree transfers to university
    – A.S. degree go right into the work world.
   4 year College/University
        Considerations for College
   Why is student going?

   Do they like school?

   Have they been successful academically, emotionally?

   Apply to 2-6 (2-3 “safe” for admissions) ALL that the student would
    be happy to attend.

   Be realistic about finances and college costs.

   Visit campuses, talk to representatives, alumni.
    Interview college:
     – Freshmen retention rate
     – 4 year graduation rate
     – How many students live on campus, how many can they
        accommodate
     – How do they deal with AP and dual enrollment credit
     – Who teaches and what is the average size of classes
                            College Fit
   Institution type
   Size
   Location
   Degree programs
   Sports and activities
   Housing
   Tuition and fees

   We recommend that students narrow down their choices.


   FACTS.org – Florida based – Career and College searches

   CollegeBoard.com – profile of schools, AP scores, majors, range
    for admissions
What should seniors be doing right now?
   Narrowing down choices of colleges to apply to.

   Preparing application packets. Most school prefer online
    applications. Know the deadlines! Know what is required for each of
    the applications. GET ORGANIZED! Many out of state and private
    college use the common application at commonapp.org.

   Request transcripts to be sent- electronically free (all public and
    most private in FL), $1 for printed/certified copy, usually available
    in 24 hours. Request form is available in a folder outside
    Mrs.Tucker’s door. See deadlines for FSU and UF electronic requests.

   Complete a college/scholarship resume.

   Request letters of recommendation this usually takes a minimum of
    a week: allow this time from a teacher or counselor.

   Finalize essays. Have a teacher review them.

   Sign up and retake the SAT, ACT, or SAT II- for admissions, all
    official scores must come directly from SAT/ACT.

   Check out the scholarship list online and check drawer for
    applications.
                    State of Florida University System
Minimum standards
               3.0 recalculated academic GPA, plus SAT or ACT
                                     OR
    2.5 – 2.99 recalculated academic GPA, plus at least a minimum score in all three
                        sections of the SAT or ACT as outlined below:
                 SAT – Critical Reading >= 460 or ACT – Reading >= 19,
                      SAT – Math >= 460 or ACT Math >= 19, and
                  SAT – Writing >= 440 or ACT English/Writing >= 18.

ALL students must complete the secondary academic unit requirements:

    4   units of English
    4   units of mathematics at the Algebra I level and higher
    3   units of science
    3   units of social science
    2   sequential units of the same foreign language
    2   elective units, preferably English, math, science, social science, or foreign language

State universities use the same method for weighting academic courses earning a “C” or better :
     1.0 weighted for AP and dual enrollment , .5 weighted for honors

    Admissions offers are rescinded for reasons like: Changed senior schedule, poor academic
     performance, less than 2.0 GPA in dual enrollment courses. If a situation arises, it is
     recommended that you contact the admissions office at the university.
                            Florida State University
 Middle 50% Fall                    Middle 50% Summer
  3.6 - 4.2 academic GPA             3.3 – 3.9 academic GPA
  1750 - 1970 SAT                    1660-1870 SAT
  26 - 30 ACT                        24 - 28 ACT

   Application and documents received by:         Electronic Transcript request deadline
    October 15     Decisions mailed by: December 8   Thursday, October 7th
    January 29                          March 16     Monday, January 10th

November SAT can count for October deadline but it cannot be the first SAT attempt.


   Apply online: (SAT or ACT w/writing and must complete application essay).

   FSU has stated that they do not want letters of recommendations from counselors
    and teachers.

   Major factor for admissions: Academic profile (academic GPA and quality of
    curriculum) in combination with test scores. FSU will recompute the GPA. They
    review grade trend and course selection in senior year.
    All applicants will be evaluated using a GPA/ACT/SAT matrix that incorporates
    the plus/minus assessment. If an applicant is deferred on the Dec. 8 notification,
    FSU will expect to see additional test scores and mid year grades. Minimum score
    requirements:
           SAT - 500 CR, 500 math, 500 writing,
           ACT - 21 English, 22 Reading, 21 math, 21 writing.

     February ACT scores are last that will be accepted.

     In addition a plus-minus system; examples:
     – Plus- strong academic curriculum including honors courses with a greater
        consideration given to students completing AP or DE coursework. 5 or more
        academic courses in the senior year, calculus, four years of sequential
        foreign language, top 10%, first generation college student, low
        socioeconomics.
     – Minus– weak academic senior schedule, stopping with Algebra II, second
        foreign language requirement in the sr. year, low class rank, negative grade
        trend, academic unit deficiency.

   Satisfying the minimum required units does not guarantee admission.
    The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5 units of
    math, 4.5 units of natural science, 4.5 units of social science, and 3.5 units of
    foreign language.

   Admissions offers will be rescinded if a student’s dual enrollment GPA is below a
    2.0.
                          University of Florida
    Fall - Middle 50%                              Summer – Middle 50%
    4.1 - 4.4 academic GPA                         3.8 - 4.2 academic GPA
    1870 - 2100 SAT                                1640 - 1910 SAT
    28 - 32 ACT                                    24 - 29 ACT

   Requires on-line application.

   One Application Deadline:             November 1     Electronic Transcript request deadline
    One Decision Release Date:            February 11        Thursday, October 21st
    (will receive test scores through Dec.)

   All applicants must submit the SAT or the ACT w/writing test. The university will accept the
    highest subscores from the SAT if you took it multiple times. The university cannot mix or
    combine ACT subscores.

   Few students are admitted purely on academic merit. While the potential for academic
    success is a primary consideration, UF's comprehensive holistic application review considers
    the personal essay, academic awards, extracurricular activities, family background and home
    community. The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant’s
    academic record and personal experiences, and is not intended to admit applicants solely on
    the basis of grade point averages and test scores.
   The Office of Admissions employs a comprehensive review process that evaluates academic
    and nonacademic criteria. They search for students who will be UF's future community of
    leaders, learners and thinkers, and whose education will be enhanced by diverse experiences

   Freshmen Review: Academic GPA, SAT/ACT, strength of curriculum, extracurricular
    participation/leadership, extraordinary achievement/talent, personal circumstances, essay,
    holistic review. Holistic part is opportunity for student to speak to the admissions officer.
    Don’t repeat information that is available in other parts of your application.


   Short-answer and essay questions, in particular, help admissions officers consider the
    applicant within the context of each applicant's own experiences with family, in high school, in
    his or her local communities and within the context of his or her cultural backgrounds. All
    factors that can distinguish an applicant's achievements and indicate the potential for success
    at the University of Florida are considered.

   UF does not want counselor or teacher recommendations.
                                       FAMU
Fall - Middle 50%                    Summer – Middle 50%
2.74 – 3.41 academic GPA             2.31 – 2.95 academic GPA
1300 - 1540 SAT                      1130 - 1340 SAT
18 - 22 ACT                          16 - 19 ACT

   Online applications preferred.

   Rolling admissions deadline May 15, preferred by Feb. 1

   3.0 academic GPA = automatic admissions, no matter the test score

   All talented 20 are admitted (top 20% with required academic
    curriculum)

   Admit under minimum state standards – Offer Summer Bridge Program

   Many scholarship opportunities

   Fall Preview for High School Juniors and Seniors – Typically held in
    November. It is an opportunity to meet with representatives from
    academic schools and colleges. The highlight of the Preview will be the
    awarding of full and partial four-year scholarships to students that
    qualify.
                University of Central Florida
     Fall Middle 50%                            Summer Middle 50%
    3.5 – 4.2 academic GPA                      3.3 – 3.8 academic GPA
    1700-1890 SAT                               1550-1700 SAT
    25-28 ACT                                   22-25 ACT


   Apply online.

   UCF will interchange SAT scores, but not ACT sub scores from different test dates.

   Rolling admissions – generally notified three to six weeks after they receive all
    supporting official documents.

   Most important factors for admissions: quality and level of rigor of courses, GPA,
    and SAT or ACT.

   Unless you will clearly be accepted through academic merit alone, UCF strongly
    encourages submitting letters of recommendation, the essay, resume, and the
    optional information sheet.

   Of their acceptances:
    2/3 based on academics
    1/3 other ( talents, socio-economic, etc)
                   University of South Florida
    Middle 50% -Fall                          Middle 50% - Summer
    3.5 1– 4.12 academic GPA                  3.17 – 3.66 academic GPA
    1620-1910 SAT                             1490-1700 SAT
    24-28 ACT                                 21-25 ACT

   Apply online: at USF.edu or FACTS.org

   Rolling admissions – prefer that you apply by January 2nd.

   Most important factors for admissions: quality and level of rigor of courses, GPA,
    and SAT or ACT.

   Unless you will clearly be accepted through academic merit alone, USF strongly
    encourages submitting letters of recommendation, the essay, resume, and the
    optional information sheet.

   Housing – Apply early! USF requires all freshmen students to live on campus
    their first year.

   One of the fastest growing large research universities. Very diverse campus –
    35% non-Caucasian undergraduate students. Located in a metropolitan area.

   USF Florida Resident Scholarships Opportunities – priority deadline January 2nd.
           University of North Florida
    Middle 50% -Fall                          Middle 50% - Summer
    3.41 – 4.1 academic GPA                   3.31 – 3.7 academic GPA
    1140-1270 SAT                             1020 - 1110 SAT
     23-26 ACT                                21-23 ACT

   Located in Jacksonville. 15,000+ students.

   Apply online. Rolling admissions – November 19th priority admissions.

   Will interchange best sub scores for SAT and ACT.

   Most important factors for admissions: quality and level of rigor of courses,
    GPA, and SAT or ACT.

   Unless you will clearly be accepted through academic merit alone, UNF
    encourages submitting letters of recommendation, the essay, resume, and the
    optional information sheet.

   Housing – Apply early! UNF has increased their on campus housing options.

   On campus activities and Greek participation has increased. Get involved!

   UNF Scholarships Deadlines- Merit-based – Nov. 19, Need-based – March 1
                 University of West Florida
    Middle 50% -Fall                            Middle 50% - Summer
    3.1 – 4.0 academic GPA                      2.8 – 3.9 academic GPA
    1000-1180 SAT                               1000- 1180 SAT
     21-26 ACT                                  19-24 ACT


   Located in Pensacola. 10,000+ students

   Apply online. Rolling admissions.

   Most important factors for admissions: quality and level of rigor of courses, GPA,
    and SAT or ACT.

   Will interchange best sub scores for SAT and ACT.

   Unless you will clearly be accepted through academic merit alone, UWF
    encourages submitting letters of recommendation, the essay, resume, and the
    optional information sheet.

   Post admissions – tuition deposit.

   Housing – Apply early!
                   Other State Universities

   Florida Gulf Coast University – Ft. Meyers

   Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton
     – Has a separate Honors College in Jupiter.

   Florida International University – Miami

   New College of Florida – Sarasota

 Go to www.FACTS.org to sort colleges by majors!

Most state universities have Honors Programs for academically exceptional freshmen. The
  programs provide students with exceptional and rewarding learning opportunities with
  small class sizes and outstanding faculty. See individual university websites for criteria.
                      Highly Selective Colleges
They are looking at:
  Grades in academic courses, strength of curriculum (Has the student
  taken the highest academics we offer?), ACT/SAT and often SAT II, class
  rank, extracurricular activities/college resume, leadership and community
  service/volunteer experiences, essays and letters of recommendation

   Visit the school’s website.

   Know the deadlines and requirements.

   Apply Early

   Many require the SAT II subject area tests.

   Essays - should allow the admissions personnel to see who you are: what
    you have to offer to their campus and their learning environment. They
    want students to have serious involvement in activities and be able to
    express why they were involved and how they were involved. Students
    do not need to be the president of the club, they may be the “worker
    bee”. Ask about financial aid and apply early.
                   Highly Competitive Colleges
They are looking at:
  Grades in academic courses, strength of curriculum (Has the student
  taken the highest academics we offer?), ACT/SAT and often SAT II,
  class rank, extracurricular activities/college resume, leadership and
  community service/volunteer experiences, essays and letters of
  recommendation

   Visit the school’s website.

   Know their deadlines and requirements.

   Apply Early

   Many require the SAT II subject area tests.

   Essays - should allow the admissions personnel to see who the student
    is: what he/she has to offer to their campus and their learning
    environment. They want students to have serious involvement in
    activities and be able to express why and how he/she was involved.
    Students do not need to be the president of the club, they may be the
    “worker bee”.
        Follow Through and Follow Up
   Have SAT and ACT scores sent directly to colleges from CollegeBoard and ACT.
    All testing should include writing component.

   The standard entry point is the fall semester. However, freshmen may choose
    to acclimate themselves to college and campus life in Summer, when there
    aren't as many students at the university. Summer admit may differ slightly
    from fall in terms of competition. You should apply to the semester that you
    want to begin. Most universities will offer you summer if you are a candidate
    for it.

   Online Status Check- Students can monitor the status of transcripts and test
    scores, as well as the specific date on which the admission decision will be
    made. Applicants being deferred or offered summer admission will have that
    information available to them online. Check your email regularly.

   Post admissions – tuition deposit is due by May 1.

   Housing- It is highly encouraged that students apply for housing as soon as
    possible.

   Financial Aid – All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Students
    should submit the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) as soon as
    possible after January 1.

   Scholarships – Accepted students are typically automatically be considered for
    merit scholarship. A separate application is not usually required. Log onto the
    Financial Aid office to search for campus scholarship opportunities.
Accepted
                         After applying
Deferred – still in the game
Denied

Rescind admissions offers
  Poor academic performance
  Negative grade trend
  Dual Enrollment GPA below a 2.0
  Drop classes that you said you were taking when you applied.

Make sure that you check your email and/or college accounts regularly so
  that you can stay in touch with the admissions office. That is their
  method of connecting with you.

**ALL universities request that students let them know if they do not plan to attend
   their institution.
   Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx
    over 300 member colleges, one stop application, easy chart to help simplify
    application requirements. We plan to complete the counselor and teacher
    forms online.

   Federal Financial Aid - http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ - Everyone needs to apply
    beginning January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can decrease the processing
    time by applying for a pin # now. Summer semester requires the 2010 -11
    FAFSA.

   Federal government determines your family contribution. This is used to
    determine eligibility for grants, loans, etc. Institutions usually begin awarding
    money by March. Applying early is essential to getting the most $.

   Federal Financial Aid includes Grants, Scholarships, Work Study Programs and
    Loans.

   CSS Profile – www.CollegeBoard.com – many private and out of state school
    require this additional financial aid piece.

   Financial aid packages may be negotiable. Speak directly to the financial aid
    office at the institution.

   Please plan to attend the Financial Aid workshop on Thursday, December 16th
    @ 6:30pmin the Chiles auditorium. The workshop is designed to assist with
    questions regarding federal financial aid applications.
                               Community College
   Why CC? close to home, lower cost, smaller classrooms, low student/teacher ratio,
    flexible scheduling .

   Admission based on Regular high school diploma.

   Everyone must take placement test. CPT used unless exempted by SAT or ACT scores
     – SAT: 440 verbal and 550 math
     – ACT: 17 English, 18 reading, 21 math
     Statewide - 65% of CC applicants required remediation in one or more areas.
     Students who take college prep courses in high school are more likely to be successful
        on the tests and not need remediation at the community college.

   A student with an AA degree is guaranteed admission to state university (not necessarily
    university or program of your choice), acceptance of 60 credit hours towards your BA/BS
    degree and junior standing.

   2 + 2 Pathways to Success Advising Brochure- www.facts.org/pdf/sw/pathwaystosuccess.pdf

TCC’s first Preview Night will take place on Monday, October 11th from 6-8pm in the
   Student Union Ballroom. This event is perfect for high school students as well as their
   parents. This event will feature information on admissions, scholarships, financial aid, TCC
   degree and workforce programs, campus activities and events as well as information on TCC
   student services such as Disability Support Services, The Learning Commons and more.

TCC will host a Scholarship Fair for current and prospective students on Thursday, October
   28th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Student Union Ballroom,
                   Bright Futures Scholarships
   Academic Scholars Award - - Pro-rated per hour tuition coverage at a Florida post
    secondary institution.
    Requirements: 3.5 weighted* GPA (16 required academic credits), 1270 SAT
    or 28 ACT and 75 hours of community service. Forms and Guidelines available
    on Chiles Guidance website.         Maintain 3.0 GPA in college to maintain scholarship.
                                                                                          Seniors may
    turn in community service hours to Mrs. Fisher only. (Please keep a copy for your records)

   Florida Medallion Scholars Award - Pro-rated per hour tuition coverage at a Florida
    post secondary institution.
    Requirements: 3.0 weighted* GPA (16 required academic credits) and 970 SAT
    or 20 ACT. Maintain 2.75 GPA in college to maintain scholarship.

          16 required academic credits include:
          4 English
          4 Math (Algebra I level and higher)
          3 Science
          3 Social Science
          2 Foreign Language (in the same language)


View scholarship award amounts at:
   www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/awardamt.htm

Statewide Scholarship Weighting awards .25 per semester for honors and AP
courses with a “C” or higher. Honors foreign language is not honors for BF GPA calculation.
   Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award - Pro-rated per hour tuition coverage
    at a Florida post secondary institution.
    Requirements: 3.0 weighted GPA (16 required credits for graduation), 3.5 GPA
    in a 3 credit vocational program and a passing score on a college placement
    test (SAT 440 verbal & math, ACT 18 Reading, 17 English, 19 Math or CPT 83
    Reading & Sentence Skills, 72 Algebra) Maintain 2.75 GPA in college to maintain scholarship.
    Gold Seal is only a two year scholarship.

    TV Productions I                                Communication Technology I
    TV Productions II                               Communication Technology II
    TV Productions III                              Communication Technology III

    Culinary Arts I                                DCT I
    Culinary Arts II                               DCT II
    Culinary Arts III                              DCT III

    Engineering Technology I                       Computing for College and Careers
    Engineering Technology II                      Web Design I
    Engineering Technology III                     Web Design II

    Criminal Justice I
    Criminal Justice II
    Criminal Justice III

***       Satisfactory completion of a three credit sequential vocational program may award
    TCC credit toward an A.S. degree. See Leon County Schools Career Pathways Bulletin.
             B.F. Application Information
 Seniors should apply even if they plan to attend outside the state of Florida.
(consider it a savings account that may or may not get used). Students who do
not apply by graduation, forfeit all future eligibility.
 There is a delay option available, but the student must be processed and awarded the
   scholarship as a senior in high school.

Beginning DECEMBER 1 seniors will apply at: DO NOT APPLY BEFORE DECEMBER 1!
           www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
 Your senior needs to complete the application. They need to be accurate with
   SS#, DOB, legal name, graduation date, etc. This application is the state financial aid
   application and covers many programs including the Robert H.Byrd Scholarship.

To earn BF in first evaluation (7 semester review- notification in March): students must
   earn the required GPA after completion of 1st semester, the required test scores by
   January 2011 and submit documentation of community service hours by January 18,
   2011. (Hours must be completed by end of 1st semester.)

To earn BF in second evaluation (8 semester review- notification in August): students
   must earn the required GPA after completion of 2nd semester, the required test
   scores by June 2011 and submitted documentation of community service hours by
   graduation.


The only students who will be announced as Bright Future recipients during Senior
Awards Ceremony will be those students who have qualified after 1st semester.
                              Scholarships

Many schools offer partial or full scholarship programs.
        ie: GT Presidential Scholars, UVA Jefferson Scholars, Emory
        Scholars, UF Lombardi, NC State Jacob and Betty Belin Scholarship

Guidance Scholarship Website:
http://www.chiles.leon.k12.fl.us/real_chiles2/dept/Guidance/index_guida
   nce.html
New opportunities arrive daily. Check the scholarship list at least every two
  weeks. You never know what you might qualify for! Check for
  scholarships at the institutions that you plan to attend.



   Campus College Visits – link on same website
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) –
   Need Based, Eligibility determined at institutions

Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG ) -
   Tuition Assistance at non-public year schools

First Generation Matching Grant Program
   Need based grant program for students attending a Public State
         University
   Eligibility is based on – Parents have not earned a baccalaureate degree,
   need determination, undergraduate, resident full-time status
   University can award up to the cost of attendance.


Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
   First and second year college students
   Pell Grant recipients – need based program
                               NCAA Requirements
DIVISION I -
16 Core Courses:
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of science
1 year of additional English, math or science
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional academic courses

Sliding Scale for Core GPA/Test score
The SAT combined score is based on the Verbal and Math sections only.
ACT uses a sum score of the four sections, not the composite.
The writing section is not used on SAT or ACT.

Examples:           Core GPA             SAT           ACT
                    3.000                620           52
                    2.500                820           68
                    2.000                1010          86

See complete scale at www.ncaa.org

Seniors should have completed the application with the Eligibility Center and submitted a transcript
release form to our registrar, Mrs. Tucker. See your counselor or coach if you have questions.
Register a https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/
                      www. FACTS.org
          This website is a tracking tool for the Florida Bright
Futures scholarships. This website also includes information regarding
    resources for student advising, Career Planning Tools, College
     Locator, Degree Program Search, Admission Requirements,
             Online applications, Financial Aid and more.
               My College QuickStart
             www.collegeboard.com/quickstart
Students who take the
PSAT/NMSQT can access their
personalized college and
career planning kit until the
graduate from high school. It
includes:

• My Online Score Report

• My SAT Study Plan

• My College Matches

• My Major and Career Matches
           Career Development Workshop
Guidance offers a Career Development Workshop that is
designed for students to learn about themselves, career
decision making and planning.

   Meetings will be held after school in the IRC.
   Dates and Times will be determined soon.
   Sign up will be through Mrs. Fisher in guidance.
   Contact Mrs. Brumage in guidance if you have questions.
                SAT/ACT - Chiles HS code #101654
**When registering,   student should use SS#, our school code and request scores to be sent to at
   least one institution. This allows records to “match” therefore eliminating problems with
   transcripts for college admissions and Bright Futures Scholarships.
Scores must be sent directly to the universities from SAT/ACT for admissions purposes. Colleges
   recommend that you submit all of your scores to them and not utilize the Score Choice options.

Online registration - both websites offer practice materials.
SAT - Collegeboard.com
Test Date             Registration Deadline
Oct. 9                Late registration until Sept. 24 (see website for Standby Testing Options)
Nov. 6                          Oct. 8
Dec. 4                          Nov. 5
Jan. 22                         Dec. 23
March 12                        Feb. 11
May 7                           April 8
June 4                          May 6 (last test for Bright Futures qualification)


ACT – ACTstudent.org
Test Date               Registration Deadline
Oct. 23                 Late registration until Oct. 1 (see website for Standby Testing Options)
Dec. 11                         Nov. 5
Feb. 12                         Jan. 7
April 9                         March 4
June 11                         May 6      (last test for Bright Futures qualification)

College Placement Test at TCC –The CPT be used for placement at TCC or for the Bright
    Futures Gold Seal Scholarship only. TCC testing center 201-8282
                   College Essays
   Read the question – Follow instructions and be concise. Be sure to stay
    on the topic.
   Begin with a catchy first sentence.
   Choose a single moment or event that defines who you are and write a
    creative essay about it. Don’t make a list of achievements. Key in on
    what makes you special.
   Clear, strong writing skills - communicate your ideas, thoughts and
    feelings to others
   Proofread, proofread, proofread – ask others to review your essay.
   Don’t write about something that is too negative, too intimate, too
    disturbing, too “anything”
   Avoid gimmicks -stay away from the “why not?”
   The essay in not a place to try to cover mediocre grades, etc, instead it
    is a place to shine regardless of the past. Basically the school is asking
    “who are you?”
   For the most part it is best to avoid the hot, trendy subjects…they
    become boring to the readers.
                        College Admissions Visitations
September
24      University of South Florida                        5th
        Florida Atlantic University                        6th
28      Florida Southern College                           5th
29      University of Florida                              5th
October
 14     Tulane (LA)                                        3rd
        Naval ROTC Presentation                            5th
        Rice University (TX)                               6th
19      Samford Univeristy (AL)                            4th
26      University of Central Florida                      4th


Colleges that have visited CHS this school year:
Southern Methodist University (TX)           Rollins College
University of West Florida                   University of North Florida
Birmingham Southern (AL)                     Thomas College (GA)
New College of FL                             University of Miami
                            Helpful Websites
   www.facts.org
   www.collegeboard.com
   www.actstudent.org

Financial Aid:
 www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
 www.fafsa.ed.gov
 www.fastweb.com
 http://scholarships.brokescholar.com
 http://www.scholaraid.com/


College Search:
   www.collegeweeklive.com - College Fairs held online where students can search
    nationwide colleges and visit with college admissions experts online!
         Upcoming Dates for Florida schools - FSU 9/29, UF 10/5, USF 10/12, FAU 11/17
   www.collegequest.com
   www.anycollege.net
   www.review.com