10th Grade: Graduation and Beyond



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10th Grade: Graduation and Beyond

  • Teri Owen, College Counselor
  • Aubrey Pasmyn, Counselor

LAUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject Requirements / Credits Required
      • English 40 credits
      • College Prep Math 20 credits
      • College Prep Biology Science 10 credits
      • College Prep Physical Science 10 credits
      • Social Science 30 credits
      • Visual/Performing Arts 10 credits
      • Physical Education 20 credits
      • Health 5 credits
      • Applied Technology 10 credits
      • Electives 75 credits = total of 230 credits
      • In addition: CAHSEE Math/ELA, Computer Literacy, Service Learning

Credit Recovery Options

  • Summer School
  • LAUSD: one 5 credit course at Chatsworth or Grant HS
  • (enrollment form from counselor to replace Fs only)
  • OFL: two-three 5 credit courses at OFL Center
  • (enrollment form from counselor)
  • OFY: two 5 credit courses at OFY Center
  • (enrollment form from counselor)
  • Adult School: various courses available (see counselor)
  • Community Colleges: accepted courses on handout
  • ROP: Check Counseling Office in May
  • WVOC: Check with WVOC for available classes

Credit Recovery Options

  • During school year
  • Adult School: one course at a time when student in good standing at Taft
  • Community College: classes listed on handout, as approved by College Office
  • ROP: course offerings vary (see counselor Fall 2013)
  • WVOC: course offerings vary
  • (check with WVOC and counselor Fall 2013)
  • Students notified if and when other options available

What’s Ahead: Counseling for Juniors

  • Counselors adjust schedules during first several weeks of fall/spring semesters to ensure on track for graduation
  • Counselors meet w/ juniors in spring to review remaining graduation requirements and credit recovery options
  • Honors/AP meetings held during spring for applications
  • “Graduation and Beyond” parent meeting scheduled during student’s junior year
  • All juniors called to College Office for individual meetings

Life After High School…

  • Students choose different things after high school
    • Depends on personal situation
  • Options include:
          • College/University
          • Employment
          • Vocational School
          • Military
          • Gap Year

College Name Game

  • How many colleges can you think of?
    • 3,000+ schools in the United States alone…
  • What’s in a name???
  • DON’T FALL INTO THE NAME TRAP!
    • Just because you haven’t heard of it, doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent school!

California’s Higher Education System

  • Community Colleges – 2 year colleges
    • (i.e. Pierce, Valley, Santa Monica, Moorpark, Glendale)
  • California State Universities – 4 year universities
    • (i.e. CSUN, CSULA, San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  • University of California – 4 year universities
    • (i.e. UCB, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UCI, UCD, UCSC, UCR, UCM)
  • Private Universities – 4 year colleges and universities
    • (i.e. USC, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Cal Lutheran)

UC/CSU A-G Eligibility Requirements

  • A-Social Studies: 2 years required (3-4 recommended)
  • B-English: 4 years required
  • C-Math: 3 years required (4 recommended)
  • D-Lab Science: 1 year biological, 1 year physical
  • (3-4 years recommended)
  • E-World Language: 2 years required (3-4 recommended)
  • F-Visual/Performing Art: 1 year required
  • G-Additional Academic Elective requirement-1 year min.
  • Eligible DOES NOT equal competitive!

Standardized Testing Options

  • SAT Reasoning (2400 pt scale) or ACT (36 pt scale)
    • 3 ½ hr test; equally accepted
    • Required by most 4-year universities
    • SAT Reasoning: Math, Verbal, Writing
    • ACT: Math, English, Reading, Science, Writing
    • Can be taken multiple times
  • SAT Subject Tests (800 pt scale)
    • 1 hr test in specific subject areas
    • 2 or 3 required by some 4-year schools
    • Some UC Campuses recommend tests for certain majors
    • Student chooses which tests to take
    • Can be taken multiple times

Testing Tips

  • Take each test more than once to improve scores
  • Test prep (practice makes a difference)
    • Prep books
    • Prep courses
    • Tutors / Practice exams
  • 2 fee waivers for each test available, if eligible (i.e. school lunch program)
  • Take Subject Test(s) after completing subject courses

College Admittance Criteria

  • Most schools take holistic approach
  • Academics:
    • Grades (Cs or better, Ds not accepted for college)
    • Challenging coursework
    • Concurrent enrollment in community college classes
  • Test scores: SAT/ACT, Subject Tests (if required)
  • Extracurricular activities at school:
    • Sports, clubs, music, drama, leadership, etc.
  • Community service / Volunteer work outside school:
    • Find your passion! Make a commitment!

College Admittance Criteria

  • Personal Essays (if required)
    • Leadership
    • Life experience
    • Personal qualities (what makes student unique and a good fit)
    • Awards / recognition
  • Letters of Recommendation (if required or optional; students must give counselors/teachers advanced notice)
  • Participation in special programs
    • Summer programs, internships, employment, etc.
  • Special factors
    • Talent, legacy, first in family to attend college, diversity, etc.

GPAs/Class Rank

  • Every Taft student has 3 unique GPAs
  • LAUSD: 9th – 11th grade marks on 4.0 scale, with ¼ pt. weighting for all AP classes
  • (senior ranking determined with this GPA,
  • recalculated after 12th grade fall final marks)
  • UC/CSU: 10th -11th grade marks on 4.0 scale,
  • with full pt. weighting for all AP classes and applicable honors courses (see flyer)
  • Financial Aid: 10th-11th grade unweighted marks on
  • 4.0 scale (excludes PE)

Deciding Factors:

  • 4-year vs. 2-year
  • Housing
  • Location
  • Cost/Financial aid package
  • Degrees offered
  • Weather
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Size (small vs. big)
  • Special programs
  • Unique college life aspects
  • Academic focus
  • What is the best fit for student?
  • Take a tour/virtual tour

Community College Option

  • Eligibility
    • 18 years old or high school diploma
    • Placement exams in Math and English
  • Accelerated programs
    • Honors Programs
    • College credit for AP tests (scores of 3 or higher)
    • Transfer agreements with certain 4 year colleges and universities
  • Technical / Specialized programs
    • Less expensive than private technical school
    • Skills for job placement (nursing, culinary arts, fire science)

Choosing Community College Over 4-Year

  • Lower cost
  • Closer to home
  • Smaller class size
  • Bridge to a four year school
  • Programs not offered at 4-year college
  • Easy entrance requirements
  • Complete general education requirements before transfer
  • Opportunity to decide on major
  • Not accepted to school of choice
  • Opportunity to transfer to dream college or university

Choose schools wisely!

  • Safety schools
    • must have AT LEAST ONE safety school
  • Competitive schools
    • likely to be accepted, not guaranteed
  • Reach schools
    • very competitive, may not be accepted
  • Pick schools in each category
  • UCLA, UCB, UCSD, and UCSB are COMPETITIVE/REACH schools for everyone!

Paying for College

  • Forms of financial aid
    • Grants
    • Scholarships
      • fastweb.com
      • finaid.com
      • scholarships.com
    • Loans
    • Work study
  • Sources of financial aid
    • Federal government
    • State government
    • University grants
    • Private organizations for scholarships
    • Lending institutions

Sophomore Timeline (remainder of year)

  • March: Plan next year’s classes
  • April: Think about SAT / ACT
  • May: AP exams
  • June-August:
    • Have summer activities (volunteer, job, etc.)
    • Increase GPA through college classes/summer school
    • Explore possible career choices/educational goals
    • College research

Junior Timeline (prep for senior year)

  • Aug/Sept: Check A-G requirements w/ counselor
  • October: Take PSAT
  • January-March: Standardized test prep
  • Spring: AP/Honors meetings, senior class planning
  • SAT Reasoning/ACT
  • May: AP exams
  • June: SAT/ACT or SAT Subject tests
  • Athletes file w/ NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Summer:
    • College research and visits
    • Work on essays/personal statements (sample prompts online)
    • Final GPA boost through college classes/summer school
    • Scholarship search

College Office Services/Assistance

  • Peer College Counselors
  • Junior meetings
  • Catalogs and brochures
  • Application workshops
  • College application help
  • College rep visits
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid information
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Test prep materials
  • Recommendations
  • Senior Rank/GPAs

Contact Information

  • Teri Owen, college counselor: teri.owen@lausd.net
  • (818) 227-3636
  • Aubrey Pasmyn, counselor: atp1616@lausd.net
  • (818) 227-3619
  • Counseling Office: (818) 227-3610
  • Website: www.tafthigh.org  “College Corner”

THE END…or just the beginning?

  • Questions?



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