High School Transition Tips for Success by liuhongmei

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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.”
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      Best of Luck
            to
Cedar Drive Class of 2011!

								
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