Look where our students have been accepted so far…



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Look where our students have been accepted so far….

  • Congratulations Class of 2013!
  • U Penn
  • Northwestern
  • Indiana
  • U of Washington, Seattle
  • Washington U at St. Louis
  • San Diego State
  • Oregon
  • Oregon State
  • Purdue
  • Iowa
  • Miami
  • Cal Lutheran
  • Boston
  • Tufts
  • Tulane
  • Chapman
  • Pepperdine
  • USC
  • NYU
  • Long Beach State
  • San Francisco State
  • Sacramento State
  • U of Texas, Austin
  • Michigan State
  • Michigan
  • Arizona State
  • U of Arizona
  • Pace
  • Emory
  • Xavier
  • Penn State
  • Syracuse
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Transylvania U
  • UCLA
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Davis
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Merced
  • CSUN
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Channel Islands
  • Sonoma State
  • Marymount Manhattan
  • U of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • U of Colorado, Colorado Springs

11th 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
  • (get enrollment form from counselor for replacement of Ds and Fs only)
  • OFL: two-three 5 credit courses at an OFL Center
  • (get enrollment form from counselor)
  • OFY: two 5 credit courses at an OFY Center
  • (get enrollment form from counselor)
  • Adult School: various courses available (see counselor)
  • Community Colleges: accepted courses on handout
  • ROP: Check counseling office in May for options
  • WVOC: Check with WVOC for available classes

Credit Recovery Options

  • During the School Year
  • Adult School: one course at a time when student is 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 will be notified if and when any other options are made available.

Senior Graduation Check

  • Counselors meet w/ seniors Sept to review remaining graduation requirements and options for credit recovery
  • Parents notified, in writing, regarding student’s graduation status.
    • If student missing any graduation requirements, parent will be notified and options will be provided
  • Seniors needing credit recovery have priority for adult school courses offered at Taft
  • A senior parent meeting in the Fall to review Taft policies regarding participation in senior activities

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL…

  • Students choose to do many different things after high school depending on their personal situation.
  • Some options include:
  • Employment
  • Vocational School
  • Military
  • Gap Year
  • College/University

College Name Game

  • How many colleges can you think of???
    • There are over 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-Fine 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 a holistic approach
  • Academics:
    • Grades (Cs or better, Ds are not accepted for college)
    • Challenging coursework
    • Concurrent enrollment in community college classes
  • Test scores: SAT/ACT, Subject Tests (if required)
  • Extracurricular activities at school:
  • 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 advance notice)
  • Participation in special programs
    • Summer programs, internships, employment, etc.
  • Special factors
    • Talent, legacy, first in family to attend college, diversity, etc.

Deciphering GPAs/Class Rank

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

Private Schools with a Special Focus

  • Historically black colleges
    • (i.e. Morehouse, Howard)
  • Liberal Arts colleges
    • (i.e. Whittier, Claremont)
  • Women’s colleges
    • (i.e. Scripps, Smith, Bryn Mawr)
  • Fine Arts / Dramatic Arts schools
    • (i.e. Cal Arts, Berklee School of Music, Julliard, Otis)
  • Denominational schools
    • (i.e. Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, University of Judaism)

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!

Researching a College

  • Internet
    • collegeboard.org
    • collegedata.com
    • csumentor.edu
    • ucop.edu/pathways
  • College visits
    • Tours/virtual tours
    • Summer programs
  • Compare colleges
    • Start by visiting local colleges and universities

How to Pay for College

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

College Finances

  • Scholarships websites
    • fastweb.com
    • finaid.com
  • File FAFSA before March 2 of senior year
    • fafsa.ed.gov
    • EFC (Expected Family Contribution): same no matter what school you attend!
  • File CSS profile for private schools senior year
  • Cal Grant GPA verification automatically sent by LAUSD for Cal Grant eligibility
  • DON’T FALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS!
    • NEVER PAY FOR FREE MONEY!

Junior Timeline

  • January-March: Standardized test prep
  • March/April: SAT Reasoning/ACT
  • May: AP exams
  • June: SAT Subject tests
  • Athletes file w/ NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Summer:
    • College research and visits
    • Work on Essays / Personal statements (many prompts are available on-line now including the Common Application)
    • Last chance to increase GPA through college classes/summer school
    • Make good use of time!

Senior Timeline

  • Oct.: Applications available for UCs/CSUs Take SAT/ACT and SAT Subject Tests Ask for letters of recommendation (EARLY)
  • Nov. : UC/CSU applications due November 30th
  • Take SAT/ACT and SAT Subject tests (if app.)
  • Dec.: Most private school applications due
  • Last chance to take SAT/ACT (and submit scores)
  • Jan.-March 2: File financial aid forms (FAFSA)
  • April: Decide on college (notify before 5/1)
  • May: AP Exams
  • June: GRADUATION!!

College Office Services/Assistance

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

Contact Information

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

THE END…or just the beginning?

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