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Cedar Drive Class of 2011 High School Transition Tips for Success Gathering Information • www.frhsd.com • www.mcvsd.org • www.coltsneckschools.org Lots of Options, Decisions and Deadlines Quickly Approaching • Colts Neck High School • Computer Science Academy • Biotechnology High School • Business Administration Learning Center • Humanities Learning Centers • CBA / RBC • Communications High School • Science and Engineering Learning Center • Academy of Allied Health and Sciences • High Technology High school • Law and Public Service Learning Center • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Academy • Culinary arts/Hospitality Management Academy • Medical Science Learning Center • Fine and Performing Arts Academy • Marine Academy of Science and Technology • Animal and Botanical Science Academy • St. John Vianney • Navy ROTC Academy • Contemporary Global Issues Learning Center FRHSD Learning Center vs. Academy Learning Centers: • Four year programs of ACADEMIC STUDY offered to a selected group of highly motivated students who demonstrate interest and abilities in a particular field of study. • Targeted courses on an advanced level/advanced placement or college level work. • Highly academic learning community. Academies: • Four year programs of specialized coursework and experiences for all students who have a particular CAREER INTEREST. • Integrate career and technical courses, in addition to the traditional academic curriculum. • Career oriented program. Apply up to 2 programs Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) Highly specialized, small career academies focused on providing a rigorous program for students with an interest in pursuing careers in respective areas. 5 Options: Allied Health & Sciences, Biotech, High Tech, Communications, MAST Apply only to 1 program Tip#1: Explore the many high school options • There are lots of great choices in the FRHSD and Monmouth County― both public and private. • The high school that may be right for your child and family may or may not be right for another student and family. • Explore the many options to find the right fit for your student and family. – http://www.frhsd.com/district/index.php?q=curriculum/lcacad – http://www.mcvsd.org/infosessions/ Tip #2: Visit the high schools • Attend Open Houses and Tours – CNHS Tour • January/February (to be announced) – Monmouth County Vocational Schools • OPEN HOUSES in October and November – FRHSD Learning Centers & Academies • OPEN HOUSES begin in October • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Academy/Science and Engineering Learning Center begin on September 30th. – CBA, RBC, St John Vianney, Ranney, etc. • OPEN HOUSES in October, November FRHSD Learning Centers and Academies Open House Schedule Program Date/Time Location - Law Enforcement and Public Safety September 30 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Manalapan HS Academy - Science Engineering Learning Center - Fine and Performing Arts Academy October 4 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Howell HS - Humanities Learning Center - Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management October 5 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Freehold HS - Business Administration Learning Center October 6 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Marlboro HS - Animal and Botanical Academy October 7 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Freehold Township HS - Contemporary Global Issues - Medical Sciences Learning Center October 13 7:00 pm - 8:00pm Freehold HS - Naval JROTC Law October 14 7:00 pm - 8:00pm Colts Neck HS - Public Service Learning Center - Computer Science Academy October 18 7:00 pm - 8:00pm Freehold HS Monmouth County Vocational School District Open House Schedule Academy of Allied Health & Science Marine Academy of Science & Technology 2325 Heck Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753 Building 305 732-775-0058 Sandy Hook, NJ 07732 Information Sessions: 732-291-0995 Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 6:30pm Information Sessions: Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:00am Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00am Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 6:30pm Wednesday, October 5, 2010 at 6:30pm Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10:00am Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:00am Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:30pm Communications High School 1740 New Bedford Road, Wall, NJ 07719 732-681-1010 Biotechnology High School Information Sessions: 5000 Kozloski Road Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:00am Freehold, NJ 07728 Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 6:30pm 732-431-7208 Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 10:00am Information Sessions: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 6:30pm Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00am Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 6:30pm High Technology High School Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:00am PO Box 119, Newman Springs Road Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:30pm Lincroft, NJ 07738 732-842-8444 Information Sessions: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 10:00am Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 6:30pm Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:00am Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 6:30pm Other Open Houses CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 12:30 - 3:00PM RED BANK CATHOLIC 112 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 1:30-4:30PM ST JOHN VIANNEY 540A Line Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 9AM - 11AM OR 1PM - 3PM Wednesday, October 21, 2010 – 7PM – 9PM THE RANNEY SCHOOL 235 HOPE ROAD, TINTON FALLS, NJ 07724 Saturday, October 9, 2010- 11AM Saturday, November 13, 2010- 11AM Saturday, January 8, 2011- 11AM Saturday, February 26, 2011- 11AM Tip #3: Review application and acceptance procedures • Many of the schools have different application procedures and requirements • Your child can apply to: • 1 MCVSD School • Any 2 of the FRHSD Learning Centers and Academies • Acceptances: – MCVSD- 1 student from each sending district in Monmouth County- then from a pool of applicants. – FRHSD- from FRHSD pool of applicants. Tip #3: Review application and acceptance procedures • MCVSD Deadline for applications: December 10th. • MCVSD Acceptances: Four weeks after exam has been completed (exam date-January 22nd). – Students will be selected based upon the following criteria: 100 point scale (75 point minimum score required); 15 points each grade (7, 8), 35 points each math and language arts entrance exam scores. The highest scoring qualified applicants will be offered admission. The 2011-2012 entrance examination will be administered on January 22nd. – You may apply to one MCVSD school. Tip #3: Review application and acceptance procedures • Access application at www.frhsd.com on October 1st • FRHSD Deadline for applications is October 29th 10/29/10 Application Deadline: applications will be frozen and considered complete (except for essays and personal statements) at 11:59PM. 11/2/10 Forms Due: all forms (parental permission, interview permission, FPAC audition permission) must be postmarked or faxed by this date. 11/12/10 Essay/Personal Statement Deadline: all essays and personal statements in the online application system will be frozen and considered complete at 11:59PM. 11/19/10 Exam Registration: entrance examination registration materials will be available through the on-line application system on this date. 12/4/10 (tentative) Entrance Examination: the learning center and Computer Science Academy entrance examination will take place at Freehold Township High School. Snow date is tentatively 12/1/11. 12/17/10 Recommendation Deadline: all online recommendations must be filed by 11:59PM. Any required paper recommendations must be postmarked by this date. 2/2/11 (tentative) First Notification: applicants may log in to review decisions on their applications on or about this date. Tip#4: Don’t miss the deadlines • Deadlines approaching quickly for applications – Please reference handout – Contact schools directly or visit their websites • Teacher Recommendations – Students should contact teachers ASAP if they know they are applying to a school that requires a recommendation. – Provide teachers with information that the school is requesting and the due date for recommendations. Tip#5: Be sure you and your child are committed if you’re applying to MCVSD, Learning Center, Academy • There are limited spots for Colts Neck students at these schools, please consider this― before you apply. – “If you get in and decline the acceptance, that spot does not go to another Colts Neck student, it goes to someone in the ‘pool’.” • All schools are selective. • Going to a school outside of CNHS can be a logistical challenge. Tip#6: Attend MCVSD Open Houses to obtain an application • You must attend the Open Houses to obtain an application and apply to: – Academy of Allied Health & Science – Biotechnology High School – Communications High School – High Technology High School – Marine Academy of Sciences and Technology • Applications are color coded with raised seals. • Open houses are typically about 2 hours. Tip#7: Consider Scheduling and Logistics if your student is involved in Athletics/Activities • For students attending FRHSD Learning Centers and Academies- your student will do all of their sports/activities at the high school they attend. • For students attending MCVSD- your student will come back to CNHS for sports. Please note that “clubs” meet during the school day. Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – The FRHSD Learning Centers and Academies are small environments within a larger high school experience. – The MCVSD options are very small environments. • “My son’s class only graduated 65 kids. That worked well for him, but his sister would have hated that. The principal at the school is great…with such a small group of kids he was able to learn everyone's name by the end of the first week of school. Everyone has lunch at the same time, so you are not limited to just socializing with your classmates. Kids can go outside for lunch.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Looking at all of the options • “Too many kids seem to listen to their peers talk about where they are going and make a decision based on that and then lots of those same kids switch their plans after finding out they got into a certain school…everyone should stay open minded and leave all options available by taking the admissions tests to those schools that require it.” • “We only looked at the Law Program at Colts Neck High School and Communications H.S. Part of me wishes that we had looked at some of the other programs offered and part of me thinks that then the decision making would have been even more confusing. So it really depends on what the child is interested in and narrowing it down that way.” • “I wouldn't discourage anyone from looking/applying and keeping their options open. But I do think that as parents, you have to be realistic and really think about how it will affect your child and family on an everyday basis.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Narrow Focus for High School • “I was a little concerned sending him to a high school that emphasized engineering. I thought he was too young to be put in that kind of environment. He got between 95-100 in every engineering class he took. He really has a mind for, but HATES it. He did end up getting into a great business school. Only about half of his friends are going into engineering.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Logistics • “The transportation department is very helpful and will work with you.” “I know several kids who get bussed from Biotech over to CNHS for marching band, soccer, etc. without issue.” • “Parents need to pull their kids out of school early when there is an away game. The bus leaves CNHS usually no later than 3:00 so students miss their last class and parents have to get them to CNHS.” • ”I am picking my daughter up from school every day from practice (@CNHS) and am finding that difficult enough. I can't imagine what it would have been like if she attended one of the academies/high schools further than CNHS. With 2 other kids on different schedules… It seems like such a great idea when you're looking but you really have to stop and look at how that will affect your family's schedules.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Limited electives at MCVSD , Learning Centers & Academies “ Your schedule is pretty much determined for you except a few classes along the way. They do not have an "art" class at that school so you need to find a way to fulfill your art requirement along the way.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Completing the Application • “I think the child should assemble their application independently. Anecdotally, I felt if the accepting school sensed parent fingerprints on the app they were unsure of the candidate. Is the parent applying or the child? My son did all his work and also had to schedule his acting audition and prepare accordingly. ” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Socialization • “If your child is social and is worried about being cut off from their friends because of going to a small program- it is important to play a sport or find something else that they can go back to their district to do after school.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Learning Environment • “The facilities and curriculum in the MCVSD is superior- making the classes more interesting and elevating the respect between student and teacher- the attitude is more like college than high school.” • “The smaller class size and the general academic interest from the students at MCVSD gives the learning part of the day a different feeling- block scheduling adds to this- more depth in learning with less distraction.” Tip#8: Ask around to learn about the various options to determine a “good fit” for your child • Here’s what other parents had to say… – Clubs • “Biotech clubs meet during the hour long lunch period- so there is no need to stay after if you go back to your sending high school for after school activities. There are things going on after school at Biotech but there is no late bus- so that limits them.” Now Let’s Hear From Cedar Drive Graduates in These Programs Best of Luck to Cedar Drive Class of 2011!
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