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Compliments of the West High School
       Counseling Department
SLC Table Here

                               Senior Parent Meeting Agenda
                               Thursday, September 10, 2009
                                       6:45 – 8:30 PM

       I.     Welcome by Assistant Principal Mitch McGrath – 6:45-6:55 p.m.

       II.    Break-out sessions.
              First session – 7:00 – 7:40
              Pick one:
              a. Applying to Post H.S. Institutions – LMC – Ms. Bebber-Wells
              b. Financial Aid and Scholarship Information – Back of Aud – Ms. Shepard
              c. “Leaving the Nest” – Room 237 – Social Worker
       III.   Repeat Sessions a and b from 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.
              Pick a new session.

                             Monday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
West High will host the FuturePaths Speaker Program for 11th grade students and their families.
Presenters will speak on a range of postsecondary opportunities including MATC, apprenticeships, the
UW System, UW two-year colleges, UW-Madison, University of Minnesota, Winona State, private
colleges, Peck School of the Arts from UW-Milwaukee, I.E.P. Goes to College, and military options.
Presenters will speak from 7:00 to 7:50 p.m. and then repeat their sessions from 8:00 to 8:50 p.m.

   Seniors and their parents who are interested in attending the presentations to obtain more
              information on post high school options are also welcome to attend.

                          SELECTING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

First, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions. There are several factors to consider when
choosing a school.

1.     Admissibility -- Will I be accepted?
2.     Location -- Do I want to concentrate on a specific region of the U.S.? Do I want to be close
       enough to come home weekly ? monthly?
3.     Enrollment -- How large of a school will I consider? 800? 3,000? 20,000+?
4.     Annual costs (tuition, fees, room and board) -- Can I afford it? Will I be able to qualify for
       financial aid or scholarships?
5.     Intended major -- What do I want to major in, or do I have a specific career interest offered by
       the college of my choice?
6.     Profile -- Are my interests, values, and beliefs compatible with the school I choose?
7.     Special programs -- What will this college offer me that other colleges won’t or can’t?
       Examples: study abroad, teaching assistants & professor/student ratio, fraternity/sorority,
       financial aid, programs of study, housing, minority organizations, computers/library resources.
8.     Athletic programs – Am I interested in playing Division I, II, or III or intramural sports?
       What are my chances for an athletic scholarship? Are the athletic facilities appealing?

8 Factors Schools Consider in Making Their Decisions for Admissions
1.     academic record – GPA            5.     student essay
2.     test scores                      6.     high school standing, reputation
3.     rigor of program                 7.     number of applicants
4.     extracurricular activities       8.     recommendations

Do a computer search in the Counseling Office Career Resource Center (CRC). Use your
answers to the questions above as your selectors. (set up an appointment with your counselor if you
would like assistance)

Access Other Resources
Parents, counselor, alumni
College rep visits - Scheduled visits are posted outside the Counseling Office and in the Daily Bulletin.
On-campus visits - Pre-arranged with colleges. Sit in on classes. (consider college visits during the
   teacher convention days at the end of October)
College catalogs, videos and DVDs
Reference guides – Available for check-out in the Counseling Office.
Examples of reference materials available:
Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges
Peterson’s Guide to Four-Year Colleges
Fiske Guide to Colleges
The Black Student’s Guide to Colleges
Performing Arts Major’s College Guide
Index of Majors & Sports
Insider’s Guide to the Colleges
Competitive Colleges
Barron’s Guide to Medical & Dental Schools
Peterson’s Nursing Programs

                                                       THE COLLEGE VISIT

Visiting a prospective college can be an immense help in selecting the right college. A visit is the best way to get the
"feel" of the campus. That "feel" may be the most important element in deciding whether a campus provides an
environment that will encourage you to be productive. Your visit and how it is conducted cannot only tell you about the
college, but can tell the college some important things about you. Ideally your visit should take place in the fall and
provide you an opportunity to attend classes, stay in a dormitory and talk with students and an admissions counselor. The
visit should also enable you to get a feeling for the academic and social atmosphere of the college, and appraise the
community in which the college is located.

The visit should be carefully planned. The following is a list of suggestions to help in the preparation of a college visit.

1.       Make arrangements with the admissions office by writing or phoning well in advance - preferably 2 or 3 weeks.
         Inform the college of any special areas of interest. This may help the admissions people plan a more meaningful visit. Phone
         numbers and addresses are available in the Counseling Office or on the web.

2.       Visit during the week. This will enable you to have an interview and a tour, visit classes, browse in the library, talk with
         students, talk with someone in your major department, have a meal on campus, and even stay overnight in a dorm.

3.       Learn as much as possible about the college before you visit. Check the college catalogs and files in the Counseling
         Office, go online to college websites, and talk to your counselor.

4.       Be prepared to give information about yourself. If you have not already applied, take along an unofficial transcript, your
         current schedule of courses, and SAT/ACT scores. Also have available a summary of your extracurricular activities, special
         awards, significant interests, and experiences both in and out of school.

5.       Pay special attention to your dress and grooming. The visit and interview will determine the personal impression made
         on the admissions officer.

6.       Keep notes on your visit and write a summary soon after your visit. (especially if you will be visiting other colleges)

7.       Be sure to write thank you notes to everyone who gave their time to you.

8.       Discuss your impressions with your counselor and your parents after your visit.

Listed below are questions you may want to have answered during your visit. From past experience we strongly encourage
you and your parents to talk not only with admission representatives, but with students. Randomly stop students on your tour of the
campus and ask them specific questions, such as "do you like the college," "was this the right choice," "what are the strengths and
weaknesses of the campus," "which schools did you apply to." You will be surprised how interesting, friendly and helpful most
students are!
 1.      Are there adequate educational facilities for the department or major area of interest?
 2.      Do lab facilities appear to be up-to-date and adequate?
 3.      What is the typical class size for freshmen and upperclassmen?
 4.      Are library facilities sufficient? What are the hours for student use? Is it safe to go to and from the library alone at night? If
         not, are safeguards provided?
 5.      Does the campus have appeal in general? Is it clean and orderly?
 6.      What are the dorms like - appearance, hours, regulations, study facilities?
 7.      Where are the dining facilities located?
 8.      What activities go on at the student union?
 9.      If there are fraternities and sororities, do they have houses, and what percentage of students join? What kinds of influence do
         they have on student life?
10.      What kind of athletic facilities and programs do they have? for men? for women?
11.      Do faculty members seem accessible, friendly, helpful?
12.      What are the financial aid opportunities? Work opportunities? Academic scholarships? Athletic grants?
13.      What cultural activities are available on campus or nearby?
14.      Do students seem serious about their educational experience?
15.      Is foreign study available?
16.      Do the majority of students remain on campus for weekends or do they tend to leave for home or elsewhere?

                                            COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

The ACT and SAT are the two exams required by many institutions as a basis for admission. About three-fourths of our
students take the ACT; far fewer take the SAT. The college website is the best guide for testing and other admission
requirements. Feel free to consult with your counselor prior to registering for any standardized test to make sure it is the
appropriate test. Traditionally the ideal time for college bound students to take the SAT or ACT tests is in the spring of
their junior year. Registration information for college entrance exams is available on the web at, or, or in the Counseling Office. You will need our high school code to register.
West’s H.S. Code is 501-165.
The TOEFL test is an admissions test sometimes required for students who are non-native speakers of English.
Registration for the TOEFL can be completed online at:

About the ACT
Students are encouraged to register for the ACT online. Go to All of the information you need to
register is available online; you will not need a printed registration packet. If you have registered for the ACT before, you
can re-register by telephone at 1-800-525-6926. The number of students who register for the ACT test online has steadily
increased each year and is now nearly two-thirds of all registrations. Preparing for the ACT may also be viewed online or
downloaded from this website.

With the expansion of ACT Web services for students in 2007-08, ACT is also encouraging all students, including
those who register by mail, to establish a FREE student Web account. You may use this account to make changes
to your registration, print a copy of your admission ticket, view your scores at no charge after testing, and request
Additional Score Reports.

ACT has a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment which complements the English
Test. Students can decide whether to take the Writing Test based on the requirements of the institutions they are
considering. Note: The UW-Madison and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities require the ACT Plus Writing.

About the SAT
On-line registration for the SAT is also encouraged. Go to If you have registered for the SAT
before, you can re-register by telephone – call 1-800-SAT-SCORE. The SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests are often
required by highly selective schools (generally private schools or schools on the East and West coasts). The SAT
Reasoning Test is a general admissions test which now includes a writing test. This is not optional - all students taking
the SAT Reasoning Test must take the writing test. SAT Subject Tests test one content area in depth. Students planning
to apply to the most competitive colleges are sometimes required to take three SAT subject tests. These tests should be
taken as close to the completion of their high school course as possible; for example, if a student takes Advanced Physics
during the sophomore year, it would be advantageous for the student to take the Physics SAT Subject Test in the spring of
the sophomore year.

It is the student's responsibility to have the appropriate test scores (i.e., ACT or SAT ) sent directly from the
testing service to colleges. West High will not send test scores. Most colleges (including UW System Schools) require
that your score be sent to the admissions office directly from the ACT or SAT testing company. You can request that
your scores be sent when you register for an ACT or SAT by filling in the appropriate college codes. If you took the
ACT or SAT as a junior but did not send your scores to colleges at that time, you now need to go online or call the testing
company to have your scores sent for an additional fee. (ACT – 319-337-1313; SAT 866-756-7346). Scores are usually
available 4-6 weeks after the test date, and are automatically sent to your home and to the Counseling Office.

                                2009/2010 ACT & SAT TESTING SCHEDULE
               Test Date                               Registration Postmark Deadline
               ACT Tests
               October 24                                       September 18*
               December 12                                      November 6
               February 6                                       January 5
               April 10                                         March 5
               June 12                                          May 7

               SAT Reasoning & Subject Tests
               October 10                                     September 9*
               November 7                                     October 1
               December 5                                     October 30
               January 23                                     December 15
               March 13 (no subject tests on this date)       February 4
               May 1                                          March 25
               June 5                                         April 29
               *Please note these early deadlines for the October ACT and SAT tests.

                                  STRATEGIES AVAILABLE FOR ENHANCING
                                     COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST SCORES
Depending on your motivation and needs, there are various strategies used for improving ACT and SAT scores. They
vary depending on your time and commitment. However, to improve your scores significantly, you need to participate in
an intensive, long-term strategy.

Resources Available in the Counseling Office
Computer programs, CD’s, etc. – check with secretary for these

Many printed resource books on taking the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams are available for check-out. (Princeton
Review, College Board, Arco, Kaplan)

PSAT: Use your practice test. If you took this test, you should analyze the questions in the test booklet and do an item
analysis of your incorrect answers (you receive your answers along with your scores).

SAT: “SAT Preparation Booklets” for both the reasoning and subject tests are provided by ETS and available along with
the registration materials in the Counseling Office. These provide information on how to prepare, test-taking tips, and
practice tests.

ACT: “Preparing for the ACT” booklets are provided by ACT and available along with registration materials in the
Counseling Office. These provide information on general test preparation and strategies for taking the ACT, as well as
practice tests.

Programs Available Outside of West High
ZAPS Learning Company ACT and SAT Preparation Workshops: ZAPS is a private company that offers evening
workshops at West – usually once in the fall (SAT) and once in the spring (ACT). (1-877-927-8378 or
A fee is involved. (brochures also available in the Counseling Office)

Kaplan Program: Kaplan, a private program, has been around for more than 20 years. This organization offers test prep
classes for a fee. (1-800-KAP-TEST)

Princeton Review: A private program offering review for the SAT. 10-12 review sessions with 3-4 prep tests. (1-800-2-
REVIEW or A fee is involved.

Sylvan Learning Center: ACT or SAT test prep. Classes for a fee. (833-8445)

                                       AND THEIR PARENTS TO CONSIDER
Finding the right plan requires an understanding of individual values, skills, and interests. One also needs to work within
the framework of family and other support systems. Options include four-year colleges, technical/vocational/
apprenticeship programs, college transfer programs, military service, employment, travel, volunteer opportunities, and
other unique endeavors.
Four-Year Colleges – About 80% of our students opt to enroll in four-year colleges or universities. Prior to enrolling,
these students must select colleges at which to apply, complete the required admission tests, and meet curricular
requirements set by the institution.
       Web site for UW System colleges & universities:
       By going online you can: visit a UW campus, talk to an advisor, calculate college costs, and much more.
       Get answers to questions about admission, paying for college, living on campus, choosing a major,
       new student programs, and credit transfer. UW System Student Help Office: 263-4567

College Transfer Programs-- These programs provide students with the opportunity to begin college course work at
MATC after high school graduation. MATC offers a college-parallel program as do the two-year UW Colleges located
throughout the state. Both programs offer classes that transfer easily into the UW-System four-year institutions. These
programs are often much less costly and may offer a smaller environment with more academic support services.

   UW 4-Year College Transfer Admission Options
      UW-Madison Connections Program
     Invitation-only program for Wisconsin resident applicants who are not admitted as freshmen.
     Begin at a UW Colleges two-year campus or MATC-Madison.
     Submit Program Agreement prior to enrolling at the two-year college.
     Complete 54 credits of required courses.
     Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
     While attending the two-year college, Connections students receive a UW-Madison ID and have access to
      academic advisors, libraries, recreational facilities, student organizations, athletic events, and cultural and social
      activities. Guaranteed admission to UW-Madison as a junior. A transfer application is not required.

        Transfer Admission:
       Complete minimum high school units (algebra, geometry, advanced math, and two units of foreign language), or
       Complete at least 24 transferable college credits.
       Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (average transfer GPA for Madison is 3.4)
       Complete breadth of college-level course work to include composition, math, science, literature and social
       Submit UW-Madison application for transfer admission. (Transfer admission is competitive and selective.)

        UW System Guaranteed Transfer Program (with UW Colleges)
       Begin as a new freshman at a UW Colleges two-year campus.
       Submit Declaration of Intent to Participate within first 30 credits.
       Complete minimum high school units or equivalent (algebra, geometry, advanced math, and two units of foreign
        language for UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire).
       Complete 54-60 credits within three years of enrolling at the UW Colleges.
       Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (2.6 for Madison).
       Submit UW application for transfer admission to 4-year college you declared.
       Guaranteed admission to that UW 4-year college as a junior.

        Transfer Contracts (with select Wisconsin two-year colleges)
       Begin as a new freshman at MATC-Madison, MATC-Milwaukee, Nicolet College-Rhinelander, or the College of
        Menominee Nation.
       Submit Declaration of Intent to Participate within first 30 credits.

       Complete minimum high school units (algebra, geometry, advanced math, and two units of foreign language).
       Complete 54 credits in the Liberal Arts Transfer Program within five years of enrolling at the two-year college.
       Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (students with a 2.6-2.9 will receive consideration)
       Submit UW-Madison application for transfer admission.
       Guaranteed admission to UW-Madison as a junior.

Technical/Specialty Programs -- These programs offer training for specific jobs which enhance a student’s
employability and starting wage. Programs vary from several weeks to two years or more. The Madison area includes
broadcasting schools, business schools, cosmetology schools, diesel driving schools, computer and electronics schools,
and a school for training in massage therapy. MATC offers a wide variety of programs that emphasize hands-on learning
and problem solving, including apprenticeships. Please see the MATC Catalog and the Guide to the Wisconsin Technical
Schools for further information. There are additional schools throughout the country that provide training for travel,
fashion, art, culinary, and many other careers.
        Web-site for the Wisconsin Technical College System Student Information System:
        Admissions Office: 246-6210

Apprenticeships – An apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” program with a built in formal training contract
providing for on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The employer teaches skills of the trade by rotating the
apprentice through all phases of that trade under the supervision of a skilled journey person. The related instruction is
usually provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System. Wages in the differing trades vary. Sample
apprenticeships: bricklayer/mason, electrician, heating and air conditioning, machinist, protective signal installer,
locksmith, telecommunications tech. Information on apprentice able occupations may be obtained through the Bureau of
Apprenticeship Standards – or contact a field representative: Mary Pierce – 246-7900 or
Debra Schanke – 246-3887.

Military Service -- The U.S. Armed Forces provides careers, transferable job training, and many programs to help
students finance post high school. These programs include enlistment, ROTC, military academies, and duty in the Coast
Guard and National Guard, among others. See your counselor for more information.

Employment -- Many jobs do not require post high school education, but students who make use of job training
opportunities will be more marketable. Job training may include co-op (i.e., marketing) programs, hands-on classes such
as marketing, business, computer literacy, technical/building trades, and life skill classes such as Family & Consumer
Travel. Gap Year and Other Unique Endeavors -- If you’re not interested in the pathways previously listed, forge your
own trail by volunteering, traveling, adventuring overseas, starting your own service or business, or working part-time
while you take time to further discover yourself. An excellent resource (located in the Counseling Office CRC) is Taking
Time Off by Colin Hall and Ron Lieber.

Throughout the year, students and parents have the opportunity to meet with individuals representing schools from around
the country. The schedule of college visits is posted outside the Counseling Office each week and on our web page, and
announced in the Daily Bulletin. We encourage you to attend these sessions, which are held in the Counseling Office.
Students who have a class during the visitation time should pick up a pass from our office, and this must be approved by
the teacher of the class that will be missed prior to the visitation. In addition, please make note of the following college
       National College Fair will be held at Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Sunday, October 4,
        12:00-3:30 p.m. For more information, go online at
       Visual & Performing Arts College Fairs:
        Saturday, October 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Roosevelt Univ. Chicago College of Performing Arts Auditorium
        Monday, October 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Univ. of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Coffman Memorial Union
       Wisconsin Education Fair will be held at Verona Area High School, Monday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Tuesday,
        October 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 100 college representatives including Wisconsin technical colleges, UW schools, private and
        public colleges, military groups, and trade schools from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. For directions and details about
        this and other college fairs, check out the web site:
                                          THE APPLICATION PROCESS
        ** Bring in the online counselor page and transcript requests beginning Monday, September 14th **
                                        West’s High School Code is 501-165.

Electronic/Online Application – This is the preferred method for applying to colleges, universities, and
technical/specialty schools. It is quicker and easier for you, and in many cases, college responses have been quicker.
When you apply online, the college typically requires the student to print off a form you submit to your counselor
requesting that your high school transcript, school profile, and/or counselor recommendation (if required by private
schools) be sent.

Follow these steps:
(1) Complete the application online following all directions. Be sure to include signatures.
    a. Send application fee online via charge card or mail a check or money order to the college.
    b. Include/attach any additional information you feel would enhance your application (a resume, letter of
         special circumstances, etc.). Be sure to complete questions 48-51 for all UW schools.
(2) Make sure you request official test scores be sent directly from the testing company, either ACT or SAT,
    to the colleges where you are applying. West High cannot send official test scores.
(3) Print out the counselor page or secondary school report (required by private colleges and universities).
    a. Give this to your counselor, along with a stamped, addressed envelope for each application.
    b. Pick up West High School’s College Application Checklist from the Counseling Office or print out from the
         WHS Counseling website. This needs to be filled out and turned in each time you turn in applications.

Reminder: It is your responsibility to furnish stamped, addressed envelopes (Admissions Office, Name of College,
and Address). Place 2 stamps on regular 9x4 business-size envelopes, and 3 stamps on larger envelopes. Do NOT
put your return address on the envelopes. We will stamp them with the return address for West H.S.

In addition, please consider the following:
(a) If a counselor recommendation is required (private schools), counselors ask that you complete a “brag sheet” to aid
    them in preparing the recommendation. See your counselor.
(b) If your application requires teacher recommendations (found within the college application), put these teacher
     recommendation forms in stamped, addressed envelopes and give them to the teachers you are asking to provide
     recommendations. (September is not too early.) If your teacher needs more information about you, pick up a
    Student Information Sheet for Teacher Recommendation in the Counseling Office.
(c) The “Mid Year Report” (required by private colleges and universities) can be given to your counselor at any time –
     the earlier the better. Your name and address should be filled in, and you should include stamped, addressed
(d) If you are applying for early decision or early admission, include a note to your counselor indicating deadlines.

Early Decision Candidates: Because these applications are due between October 15 and December 1, you will need to
see your counselor regarding a recommendation immediately!

Processing of Applications: Counselors will complete their part on any applications/reports. The registrar attaches your
transcript and a school profile, logs the applications, and sends them to the admissions offices. Your first two transcripts
are free; after that, there is a $1 charge per transcript. Bring this fee in when you submit more than two transcript
requests. (No transcript fees will be charged for students on free or reduced lunch.) Remember, test scores are NOT sent
from West High School. You must request that they be sent directly from the testing company to the college.

        OFFICE SO AN "OFFICIAL" TRANSCRIPT (including school seal) CAN BE INCLUDED.

Suggested Timeline for Submitting Post High School Applications
Beginning September 15 – Submit UW-System and University of MN applications
Beginning in October through December – Submit all other post high school applications
December 1 – All applications are due in the Counseling Office to meet January 1 deadlines for private schools, and if
you wish your application to go out before Winter Break. No applications will be processed during Winter Break.
                           COLLEGE APPLICATION CHECKLIST

NAME ______________________________________            Student # ______________     Date ____________
     (Last)                   (First)

Highest ACT or SAT Score ____________      GPA _____________      Counselor ___________________
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Score _____________

Complete steps 1-10. Submit this form along with your applications to your counselor.

   1. _____ I have applied ON LINE whenever possible and printed out the “School Report Form” for
            my counselor.

   2. _____ I have included a resume for each application.

   3. _____ I have included an essay if requested (private schools).

   4. _____ I have included answers to questions 48-51 for UW-Madison and UW System Schools.

   5. _____ My parents/guardians and I have signed all parts of the application(s) where it is required.

   6. _____ I have included payment (or fee waiver) or paid on-line for each application.

   7. _____ I have requested from the testing company that my official ACT or SAT scores be sent to
            these colleges.

   8. _____ I have provided addressed and stamped envelopes (2 stamps) for each college application.

   9. _____ I am submitting applications to the following colleges today:
            (circle those that use the Common Ap)


   10.       Take this completed form and your application materials to your counselor.

   Note: Private schools may require mid-year transcripts. I have submitted mid-year report/transcript
   request forms to Ms. Klabunde for those schools which require them, along with addressed and
   stamped envelopes.

   Do not request a final transcript (in May) until you know what college you are going to attend. Then
   provide a stamped, addressed envelope to Ms. Klabunde along with the “Current Student Transcript
   Request Form.”

(Sample Resume)
                                                          Ima Student                                Picture
                                                        5200 Lovely Drive
                                                        Madison, WI 53713
                                                        Birthdate: 7/21/91

                                                      Academic Experience
West High School, Madison, WI - 2005-2009, 3.67 GPA, ACT 28, SAT 1810

                                  Achievements, Honors, Awards, or Recognition
               th         th         th   th
Honor Roll, 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 Grade
                         th       th
French Honor Society, 11 , 12 Grade
                               st                        st
Solo Ensemble (cello solo) 1 at Regional Competition, 1 at Wisconsin State Competition, spring 2006
Forensics (Speech Team) 9 Grade, Lettered, earned a perfect score at Wisconsin State Competition

                                               Fine and Performing Arts Experience
                     th             th
Cello Lessons (6 – 12 grade), once weekly
Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra 2006
                th    th
Church Choir, (6 – 12 grade), weekly rehearsal, perform once a month
West High School Fine Arts Week, performed Bach’s Brandenburg III in a chamber orchestra
                                            th     th
Philharmonia Orchestra at West (2 years), 11 and 12 grade

                th             th
Club Soccer (6 – 12 grade)
High School Soccer:                                                Don’t forget - The “Resume” tool
      Freshmen Team (1 year),                                      on
                                                                   can help you build your resume .
      High JV (3 years), High JV Captain 2008
Summer Soccer Camps:
      Vogelsinger Soccer Academy (2 years, 2007, 2008)
      University of Wisconsin Soccer Camp (3 years, 2005-2007)
                    th   th
Gymnastics Team, 11 /12 grade (2007-2008)
Gymnastics Camp: Badger Gymnastics Academy, High School Workshop (summer 2007)

Senior Citizens -help freshmen transition to high school, in addition to other school service projects (2008)
UW Children’s Hospital (2007)
Wisconsin Public Television Pledge Drives (2005-2006)
Peer Tutoring, French and Chemistry, twice a week for a semester each (2005-2006)

                                                 Other Extracurricular Activities
CPR/AED Professional Rescuer certified (2006-present)
Water Safety/Lifeguard certified (2007-present)
Advisory Team, 12 grade, (see attached sheet for description), four times a week for a year

(Note: This is only an EXAMPLE of the types of things students list on their resumes. Few students have as many activities as
listed above. If there is a category that you have no experiences in, then simply leave that category out of your resume.)

                                                MORE INFORMATION

UW System, Including Madison - Go to

University of Minnesota: We encourage you to apply early! The priority application deadline for fall admission is
December 15. The “General College” is now under the College of Education and Human Development and also has a
December 15 priority deadline. Student Help-Line: (800)752-1000
Reciprocity Agreement: The University of Minnesota System campuses have a reciprocity agreement whereby
Wisconsin residents can attend and pay only in-state tuition. The Reciprocity Application is available through the Higher
Educational Aids Board: Please note: This may be discontinued in the future!

Madison Area Technical College: MATC offers a two-year college transfer program that is highly regarded by the UW
in addition to an excellent variety of one-year diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Brochures and catalogs
describing the programs, as well as applications, are available in the Counseling Office or through MATC. Applications
are considered on a first-come-first-served basis. Early application is suggested for several in-demand programs, such as
the RN program.
Web-site for the Wisconsin Technical College System on-line Student Information System:
MATC Admissions Office: 246-6205

Applying for Apprenticeships: You must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a GED.
Website address:

NCAA: All potential athletes are reminded to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Initial Eligibility Student Release
Form no later than the fall of their senior year if you plan to participate in Division I or II sports.
Go online for this:                    NCAA Telephone: 877-262-1492

                                          FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
If you are interested in/considering applying for financial aid and/or scholarships, please be sure to pick up a copy of
our booklet Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Important Dates:
Thursday, September 10, 6:45 p.m. – Senior Parent Meeting: Receive an overview of the financial aid and scholarship
process. Presenters: Kari Gribble, Financial Aid Administrator from Edgewood College, and Carol Shepard, West
Mid-November – The West High School Scholarship Application will be mailed home to each senior. Completed
applications are due in the Counseling Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on December 18, 2009 (last day of school before
Winter Break).
Wednesday, December 2, Periods 2 & 3 – Students of color (and their parents) are invited to attend a seminar regarding
the FAFSA in the LMC.
Monday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. – Kari Gribble, Financial Aid Administrator from Edgewood College, will inform
seniors and their parents on “How to Complete the FAFSA”. This seminar is especially helpful for families who are new
to this process.
Friday, December 18, 4:00 p.m. – West High Scholarships Applications due in Counseling Office, Room 203.

There are many different sources of financial aid, including federal grants or loans, loans from private lending
organizations, state scholarships and grants, and other scholarships. Seniors (and their parents) seeking financial aid
and/or scholarships should make sure to attend the financial aid meetings, regularly review the “Scholarship Scoops”
which we issue throughout the year, pick up a copy of the “Scholarship & Financial Aid” booklet , and check into the
other scholarship resources available in the Counseling Office.

The FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid – is available online at
We receive printed copies of the FAFSA Worksheet, but the application must be completed online.

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