11th Grade Parent Meeting counseling office



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11th Grade Parent Meeting

COUNSELING OFFICE

  • Counselors:
  • A – Ba Mr. Peelman
  • Be – E Mr. Higgins
  • F – Kh Mrs. Djouha
  • Ki – O Mr. Smith
  • P – S Mrs. Poker
  • T – Z Mrs. Fischer

COUNSELING OFFICE

  • Registrar
  • - Mrs. Cathy Carey, 301-253-7041
  • Counseling Office Secretary
  • - Mrs. Kris Nelson, 301-253-7037
  • Career Center
  • - Mr. Ed Martin, 301-253-7045

Counseling Office Agenda

  • High School Assessments (HSA)
  • DHS Course Registration
  • PSAT Testing
  • College Planning
  • SAT, ACT, Accuplacer

HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS

  • There are 4 High School Assessments (HSA) that must be passed:
  • - Algebra 1 412
  • - Biology 400
  • - English 10 396
  • - NSL Gov. 394
  • TOTAL 1602

DHS COURSE REGISTRATION

  • Course level recommendations done by 1st semester teachers in January
  • Registration materials to students in early March
  • Students return completed and signed registration card
  • Course offering booklet distributed to all DHS students during registration

Senior Schedule Considerations

  • Senior schedule is important in admission decisions
  • Taking AP and honors level courses
  • Seniors must schedule a full schedule
  • Abbreviated schedule for 2nd semester
  • Internships and OJT
  • Taking college courses
  • Mid-year report process

PSAT Results

  • Scores reports mailed early December
  • Scores in Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills
  • Determines National Merit awards
  • Analysis given for all answers:
  • - rates the question (e, m, h)
  • - gives the correct answer
  • - gives suggestions on improving skills
  • - test booklets will be returned to students
  • WWW.collegeboard.com/psatextra

PSAT SKILLS

  • PSAT Skills Insight
  • http://psatskills.collegeboard.com/overview
  • - Assists students in improving their skills
  • MCPS Degree Attainment Compared to the Nation
  • Class of 2001
  • Percentage of High School Graduates Earning a Bachelor Degree Within Six Years
  • Source
  • National Clearinghouse, April 1, 2009
  • Percentage of Graduates in MCPS Classes of 2001—2003 Earning a 4-Year Degree (Data available as of April 2009)
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Key 7: 1650 SAT, 24 ACT
  • College Degree Attainment Rates for MCPS Graduates
  • Percentage of MCPS Students in the Class of 2001 Earning a Four-year Degree by Dec. 2008
  • SAT/ACT Participation/Performance
  • Class of 2008

Which Test Should a Student Take?

  • ACCUPLACER
  • SAT
  • ACT

What Should We Know about SAT, ACT, and ACCUPLACER?

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • ACCUPLACER
  • College Application Tests
  • College Placement Test

ACT and SAT

  • Content based on nation-wide HS curriculum survey
  • ACT “measures academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science.”
  • SAT “measures critical reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills.”
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • Highest Score is 36
  • ACT
    • One point for every correct item
    • Each section converted to a 36-point scale
    • Average of scale scores make up the composite score (out of 36)
    • Essay reported separately from composite score
      • English/Writing Score
      • Writing Score (out of 12)
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • 3. 10 sections
  • ACT – 4 sections
    • English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning
  • SAT – 10 sections
    • Critical Reading (3), Writing (3), Math (3), Experimental (1)
  •  SAT

ACT and SAT

  • 4. Assesses content from Algebra II
  •  ACT
  •  SAT

ACT and SAT

  • 5. Assesses content from Pre Calculus
  • ACT
  • Math
    • Includes trigonometry
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Plane Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • 1st Quarter,
  • Pre Calculus
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • Assesses grammar
  • ACT English
    • Usage/Mechanics
      • Punctuation, grammar & usage, sentence structure
    • Rhetorical Skills
      • Writing strategy, organization, style
  • SAT Writing
    • Grammar
    • Usage
    • Word choice
  •  ACT
  •  SAT

ACT and SAT

  • 7. Reading Section consists of four 1-1½ page passages
  • ACT Reading
    • Reading comprehension
    • Four passages
      • Social science, humanities, prose fiction, and natural sciences
  • SAT Reading
    • Reading comprehension
    • Sentence completion
    • Short and long passages
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • Directly assesses vocabulary in context
  •  SAT

ACT and SAT

  • 9. Reading score includes a social studies sub-score
  • ACT
  • Social Studies/Sciences subscore
  • See ACT student score report for other subscores
  • Subscores reported on an 18 point scale
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • Assesses science reasoning
  • ACT
  • Science
    • Readings, charts, experiments
    • Subjects:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Earth/Space Sciences
      • Physics
  •  ACT

ACT and SAT

  • Essay is required
  • ACT – Optional essay
    • Topics “intended to reflect the interests and experiences of HS students”
  • SAT – Essay
    • Range of topics include literature, art, sports, politics, technology, science, history, current events
    • Background knowledge not needed
  •  SAT

ACT and SAT

  • 12. Essay requires student to take a position
  • Sample prompts on next two slides as a reference
  •  ACT
  •  SAT

ACT Essay

  • In some high schools, many teachers and parents have encouraged the school to adopt a dress code that sets guidelines for what students can wear in the school building. Some teachers and parents support a dress code because they think it will improve the learning environment in the school. Other teachers and parents do not support a dress code because they think it restricts the individual student’s freedom of expression. In your opinion, should high schools adopt dress codes for students?
  • In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one or the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific and examples to support your position.

SAT Essay

  • Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  • Traditionally the term “heroism” has been applied to those who have braved physical danger to defend a cause or to protect others. But one of the most feared dangers people face is that of disapproval by their family, peers, or community. Sometimes acting courageously requires someone to speak out at the risk of such rejection. We should consider those who do so true heroes.
  • Assignment: Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on the issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

ACT and SAT

  • ¼ point deduction for incorrect answers
  •  SAT

What is the Accuplacer?

  • The Accuplacer is a test widely used throughout the country and in all public Maryland colleges to appropriately place students in college courses.
  • The Accuplacer is produced by College Board, the makers of the SAT, PSAT and AP exams.

How does the Accuplacer Work?

  • It is a computer adaptive test.
  • It has no time limit.

The DHS Statistics!

  • 56% of MCPS graduates attend a class at MC within two years of graduation.
  • Over 50% of the last 6 graduating classes at D.H.S. have taken a class at the M.C. Germantown campus within two years of graduation.

Why a College Test Now?

  • Many high school students think that if they show up at a community college, they are automatically enrolled in college level classes.
  • This is not true!

You Should Know!

  • Large numbers of MCPS graduates spend the first semester, first year, and possibly longer, taking expensive remediation courses.
  • One remediation course at Montgomery College can cost up to $682.00!

No College Credit

  • Remediation or Developmental classes do not count as college credit, and do not transfer to four year institutions.

How Does My Child’s Reading Affect Their College Placement?

    • Most classes at Montgomery
    • College are
    • college level classes that will transfer to a 4 year institution,
    • Or
    • developmental classes that do not earn transferable credit. These classes concentrate on building needed college level skills.
  • If your child’s reading is not at college level, here are some of the courses that he or she CANNOT take……..
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • English Composition
  • General Biology
  • College Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Introduction to Business
  • Almost ALL college level courses
  • If your child’s reading is not at college level, here are some of the courses that he or she CAN take……..
  • Art Drawing
  • Art Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Physical Education
  • Introduction to Dance
  • (Courses that do not rely excessively on verbal skills.)

SAT Testing Dates

  • Register: www.collegeboard.com
  • Test Date Registration Deadline
    • January 22 (DHS) Dec 23 (1/7 late)
    • March 12 February 11 (2/25 late)
    • May 7 (DHS) April 8 (4/22 late)
    • June 4 May 6 (5/20 late)

ACT Testing Dates

  • Register: www.actstudent.org
  • Test Date Registration Deadline
    • February 12 January 7 (1/21 late)
    • April 9 March 4 (3/18 late)
    • June 11 (DHS) May 6 (5/20 late)

ACCUPLACER TEST

  • Montgomery College Placement Test
  • - Can replace SAT or ACT
  • - Available to 12th grade students in
  • October. (PSAT testing day)
  • - Scored in Reading, Math, and English
  • - Placement determined by scores
  • - Key is 550 in each section for a total of
  • 1650

Testing When Fully Prepared

  • Whether SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER

Mock Test

  • Mock Test: November 9

Test Preparation

  • College Test Prep Course
  • Triumph
  • Pull out sessions

The DHS Hornet goes to college

Career/College

  • Career Center
  • - Career, College, and Scholarship
  • Searches
  • - Financial Aid: must file the FAFSA
  • - asap after January 1 of senior year
  • - Financial Aid Workshop – Jan. 5
  • - Mr. Martin at 301-253-7045

College/Career

  • College Searching
  • - Personality Assessment 12/13 - 17
  • - Naviance (TCCi) – March, 2011
  • - College Fair on April 13 & 14 (Bus only)
  • - College Recruiters at DHS

College Application Process

  • Spring/Summer 2011
  • - Gather information and organize
  • - SAT and ACT
  • - College Fair
  • - College Recruiters and Open Houses
  • - College Visits

College Application Process

  • College Application
  • Senior Information Meetings:
  • - Requesting, completing, and sending
  • applications
  • - Student Information Summary
  • - Transcript Request
  • - Recommendations
  • - Essays

College Application Process

  • What to expect? THE FOUR “D’s”
  • - Delay
  • - Disorganization
  • - Determined to “distance” themselves
  • - Desire for total independence

University of Maryland

  • 2009-2010 (DHS students):
  • - 90 Students Applied
  • - 49 Students Admitted
  • - 15 Students Admitted for
  • Spring Term

G.P.A. and S.A.T. Data

  • Average Admitted Data:
  • For Fall Term:
  • - SAT: 1293
  • - G.P.A.: 4.32
  • For Spring Term:
  • - SAT: 1191
  • - G.P.A.: 3.92

University of Maryland

  • Transfer to University of Maryland
  • - 7000 applications for class size of 2100
  • - Average GPA for admitted student: 3.34
  • Maryland Transfer Advantage Program:
  • - Complete academic program at MC
  • - Guaranteed transfer admission:
  • - 3.0 minimum cumulative G.P.A.
  • - earn A.A. degreee

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