Agua Fria Union High School District #216 College and Career Guide



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Agua Fria Union High School District #216

College and Career Guide

Compliments of your Career Centers at Agua Fria, Desert Edge, Millennium, & Verrado High Schools



This document is also available on your school website

Publish date: April 11, 2017



Table of Contents
9th Grade Checklist …………………………………………………………………………………………2

10th Grade Checklist ……………………………………………………………………………………….3

11th Grade Checklist ……………………………………………………………………………………….4

12th Grade Checklist ……………………………………………………………………………………….5

Naviance………………..…………….…………………………………………………………………………….6

ACT/SAT Tests …………………………………………………………………………………………..7,8

ASVAB Test …………………………………………………………………………………………………….8

Test Preparation Study Sites …………………………………………………………………..…9

College Application Process ……………………………………………………………………10,11

High School Competency Requirements …………………………………………………..12

College Admissions Requirements ……………………………………………………………..12

Pre-Application Data Collection Sheet ………………………………….………13,14,15

Choosing the Right College …………………………………………………………………………16

Arizona Colleges and Universities…….…………………………………….………..……….16

Community Colleges and Transfers…………………………………………………….……..17

Maricopa Community Colleges …………………………………………………………………….18

Other Arizona Community Colleges …………………………………………………………..19

Vocational & Technical Schools ………………………….…………..………………………….20

Maricopa Community College Technical, Vocational, & Trade Schools..21

Paying for College ………………………………………………………………………………………….22

FAFSA Information ……………………………………………………………………………………..23

Scholarships …………………………………………………………………………………………………..24

Scholarship Essays and Letters of Recommendation ……………….…………..25

College Athletic Eligibility Centers.……….……………………………….…………..…….26

Glossary of terms ………………………………………………………………………………27,28,29

These checklists are, in large part, the checklists found on Naviance and reference your task list found on that site.



9th GRADE CHECKLIST (Focus on self-exploration)


  • Become familiar with Naviance website and your portfolio. The counseling department will provide an introductory workshop. You will be able to conduct self-exploration assessments, career exploration, and college investigation.

  • Complete the “Strengths Explorer” assessment in Naviance (September).

  • Complete the “Learning Styles” survey in Naviance (November).

  • Complete the “M.I. Advantage” survey in Naviance (February).

  • Begin your resume. Document extra-curricular activities, awards, and achievements.

  • Volunteer to help in the community.

  • Plan your high school courses (December). Challenge yourself academically. Take AP tests when available.

  • Work to obtain the best grades possible. It will impact your future!

  • Review your plans with your parents.


10th GRADE CHECKLIST (Focus on career exploration)


  • Continue familiarization with Naviance website and your portfolio. All Freshmen tasks should be 100% complete.

  • Complete the “Do What You Are” survey in Naviance (October).

  • Complete the “Interest Profiler” in Naviance (November).

  • Complete the “Career Cluster Finder” in Naviance (February).

  • View the Roadtrip Nation” feature in Naviance.

  • Take the PSAT test (October, optional)

  • Update your resume. Document extra-curricular activities, awards, and achievements.

  • Volunteer to help in the community.

  • Plan your high school courses (December). Challenge yourself academically. Take AP tests when available.

  • Work to obtain the best grades possible. It will impact your future!

  • Review your plans with your parents.



11th GRADE CHECKLIST (Career and College Exploration)


  • Continue familiarization with Naviance website and your portfolio. All Freshmen and Sophomore tasks should be 100% complete.

  • Complete the “Career Cluster Finder” in Naviance (November).

  • Complete the “Interest Profiler” in Naviance (March).

  • View the” Roadtrip Nation” feature in Naviance.

  • Take the PSAT test (October, optional).

  • Take the ACT test (February, optional but highly recommended if college-bound).

  • Identify colleges of interest. Attend school and national college and career fairs. Make college visits during school breaks.

  • Complete the “College Super Match” in Naviance (optional).

  • Complete the “Game Plan” survey in Naviance.

  • Understand paying for college – scholarships, financial aid, work study, etc..

  • Update your resume. Document extra-curricular activities, awards, and achievements.

  • Volunteer to help in the community.

  • Plan your high school courses (December). Challenge yourself academically. Take AP tests when available.

  • Work to obtain the best grades possible. It will impact your future!

  • Review your plans with your parents.



12th GRADE CHECKLIST (Decision time)


  • Continue familiarization with Naviance website and your portfolio. All Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior tasks should be 100% complete.

  • View the ”Roadtrip Nation” feature in Naviance.

  • Take the ACT test again (optional but highly recommended if college-bound).

  • If you are attending a community college, you will need to take an Accuplacer placement test. See your college website for details.

  • Apply to colleges of interest. Attend school and national college and career fairs. Visit any colleges you have not yet visited. Note all application deadlines. Some universities are as early as November 1.

  • Complete the “College Super Match” in Naviance (optional).

  • Complete the “Game Plan” survey in Naviance.

  • Understand paying for college – scholarships, financial aid, work study, etc..

  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors. Provide at least 2 weeks’ notice.

  • Write a personal statement to be used for scholarship applications.

  • Apply for scholarships.

  • Update your resume. Document extra-curricular activities, awards, and achievements.

  • Volunteer to help in the community.

  • Work to obtain the best grades possible. It will influence your future!

  • Review your plans with your parents.



Naviance - Career Exploration on the Internet
This website can help students find career information. You may use this program at school or from home.
To access Naviance, go to www.connection.naviance.com. Click the log-in tab in the upper right and sign in for students and parents. You will be asked for the school zip code. Use your school email (without the “aguafria.org”) and password. Parents can use Parent Vue email and password.
Students will find the following sections:
About Yourself

- Write goals and complete tasks.

- Take self-exploration assessments to identify strengths, learning styles and interests.

- Prepare your resume and portfolio. Track awards and achievements.

- Make journal entries.
Careers

- Identify careers that match your interests and skills.

- Investigate a wide variety of occupations.

- Understand the pathway to the career(s) of interest.


Colleges

- Identify best-fit colleges.

- View lists of colleges visiting the school.

- Information about college and career fairs in the area.

- Locate scholarships

- Financial Aid



ACT & SAT- What’s the difference?
Colleges and universities use both the ACT and SAT tests to evaluate students for acceptance into their schools. Most schools will accept scores from either test, while a few may require you to take a certain exam.
Go to the ACT or SAT websites (listed below) for details on offerings, costs, and dates. Applications are done online. The process takes about 45 minutes. You will need to report your grades by subject on the application. You will also be required to download a picture of yourself to be printed on the entrance ticket to be used the morning of the test.
If you are on free or reduced lunch, ask your counselor or Career Specialist for a fee waiver.
The ACT (American College Test)

  • Achievement test, measures what a student has learned in school.

  • Four major sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Writing is optional.

  • Each content area is presented in one chunk with an optional writing test at the end.

  • Difficulty level of the questions is random.

  • Questions are straightforward and may be long but are usually viewed as easier to understand what you are being asked.

  • Multiple choice test.

  • Math level: arithmetic, Algebra I and II, functions, Geometry, Trigonometry, no formulas are provided.

  • Each section scored within range of 1-36. A composite score (range 1-36) is also given. It is the average of the four section scores.

  • Scores based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

  • Registration, fee and date information along with preparation help is available at www.actstudent.org.

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • Measures literacy and writing skills and how well you analyze and solve problems.

  • Two major sections: Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

  • Questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving.

  • Questions increase in difficulty as you move through the section (except Reading which are chronological).

  • Multiple choice test with some math grid-ins.

  • Math level: arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, trigonometry. Formulas are provided.

  • Each section scored within 200-800 range for a combined potential score of1600.

  • There is no penalty for incorrect answers.

Registration, fee and date information along with preparation help is available at www.sat.org/register.

The best way for a student to determine the best test is to take practice tests in both.

The ASVAB Test

The ASVAB test is a comprehensive test required by the military but available to all students. Its purpose is to help the student explore career options that they would be best suited for. The test is free and is typically given on your high school campus or a recruitment office

Test Preparation Study Sites

SAT

Practice tests & word of the day

www.sat.collegeboard.org/practice
ACT

Practice tests

www.actstudent.org/testprep
Kahn Academy

Over 120 free online tutoring videos for SAT Math tests

www.kahnacademy.org
Test Preview

ACT SAT PSAT (for Juniors and Sophomores)

ASVAB Accuplacer (community college placement exam)

www.testpreview.com


Exam focus

ACT SAT PSAT ASVAB

www.examfocus.com
The Princeton Review offers test prep workshops and tutoring. Costs will vary.
www.princetonreview.com
College Application Process
1. Application - obtain from the website or from the college itself (see page 16),

- Check each school’s application deadlines. Complete and submit your application as early as possible. Apply to more than one school. Allow sufficient time to complete the application and follow the instructions exactly.

- Use your full legal name- no nicknames.

- Have someone proofread your application.

- Double check that you have included all requested materials before submitting.

- Send application fees or completed fee waiver. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you are likely eligible for a fee waiver. See your counselor or Career Specialist.

2. Entrance exams

- Universities and 4 year colleges usually require that you take SAT or ACT.

- Community colleges give a placement test for math, reading and writing.

3. Essay - some applications ask for an essay

- Write only on the requested topic and ask a teacher to review your essay.

- Check your spelling and grammar; type your essay or write legibly.

- Keep a copy for yourself.

4. Letters of Recommendation

- Choose your writer carefully - someone who knows you well and can write positively about you.

- Give the writer 1-2 weeks to complete the recommendation.

- Give the writer information about yourself (resume) and the exact use for the letter.

- Do not submit a copy of a previous recommendation.

- Send a thank you note to the writer.

5. Resume

- List of your education, jobs, community service, etc. in an organized format.

- List of references- people who know you well- with phone numbers and addresses.

- Include any educational or occupational goals.

6. Financial Aid

- Most colleges and universities request you and your family fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the application for fall admission, the application can be completed after October 1 each year.

- Fill in online at: www.fafsa.gov ***note web address is “.gov” not “.com”



What else you will need....
Colleges need certain documentation during the admission process. The sooner the admissions office has all of them, the sooner you will know about your admission status.
1. High School Transcripts

- Official transcripts are available from the high school registrar. They can also be requested electronically through www.parchment.com. There is a charge of $3.50 but it is quicker and there is a record of sending and receiving.

- Initially, colleges may accept unofficial transcripts. These can be printed by your counselor or Career Specialist.

- Some colleges allow you to self-report your grades but will request an official transcript later.

- After graduation, you must arrange for a final official transcript be sent to the college you will be attending.

- These include scores of tests (SAT, ACT) you took while in high school.


2. Health Records

- You will need to furnish your immunization records to your college.

- These may be obtained from the Health Center at your high school.
3. Athletes

- To compete at the college level, the NCAA Clearinghouse Application or the NAIA Application must be completed.

- The necessary forms are on their websites at: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or www.naia.org

- Send admission applications to the college admission office not the athletic office

- ACT or SAT scores are required for college athletes.

High School Competency Requirements:

Arizona public universities require successful completion of the following competency requirements:



  • English – 4 years

  • Math – 4 years, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, & College Algebra or Pre Calc

  • Laboratory Science – 3 years (1 year from any of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Sciences, and Physics)

  • Social Science – 2 years including one year American History

  • Foreign Language – 2 years in the same language

  • Fine Arts – 1 year

College Admissions Requirements

Each college or university establishes its own admission requirements. Generally, the areas they will consider are:



  • GPA (Grade Point Average). Un-weighted averages are always considered. Many colleges use GPA for core classes only. These are not reflected on your transcript. Weighted GPA (extra value given to AP and Honors classes) is sometimes considered for admissions but often valued in scholarship applications.

  • ACT and/or SAT scores. Check with the admissions office on college entrance standard, if any.

  • Class rank, ie. top 20% of the class.

  • Many colleges and universities consider other factors such as involvement in extra-curricular activities. Being in a leadership position is always helpful.

  • Essays – required by some universities.

  • Letters of Recommendation – required by some universities.

Some colleges will also consider areas not listed above. See your college admissions officer for specifics.

Pre-Application Data Collection Sheet

The following information is a handy sheet to record the kind of information often requested on college or scholarship applications:

College choices:




College #1

College #2

College #3

Name of College











Special requirements

(essay, teacher recommendation letter, etc.)












Early Deadline/ Deadline to submit application










Application fee (if any)










Fee waiver (if applicable)










Admissions test (if required)










Information required for most colleges and universities

Student’s full legal name (first, middle and last):

First_________________ Middle_____________ Last________________________

Other names that might appear on academic records (if applicable)

____________________________________________________________________

Current Mailing Address:_________________________________________________

City__________________ State_____________ Zip Code______________________

Pre-Application Data Collection Sheet Page 2

Social Security Number (SSN):__________ Driver’s License/State ID:______________

SAIS ID (for community colleges):_________________________________________

GPA & Class Ranking___________________________________________________

Birthdate (mm/dd/yy):__________________________________________________

Place of birth (city, county, state):_________________________________________

Did either of your parents attend and/or graduate from college? Yes____ No____

Did either parent obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher? Yes____ No____

List college(s) your parents attended

Parent I:____________________________________________________________________

Parent II:_________________________________________________________________



Testing Information




Exam Date

(month/year)



Composite Score

Critical Reading/ English Score

Math Score

Reading Score

Science Score

SAT




















ACT




















Send Admissions test scores (if applicable)

Pre-Application Data Collection Sheet Page 3



Activity/Leadership/Community Services:

Activity, position, accomplishment or award

Dates participated

Brief Description





































Additional items that may be needed:

  • Front and back copy of your resident alien card or verification of visa status

  • The University of Arizona, as well as other universities, may ask for work experience during your high school academic years.


Employment record


Specific nature of work

Employer

Approximate dates of employment

Approximate number of hours per week





































Choosing the right college

  • Consult your school counselor or Career Specialist.

  • Visit College Websites – look for size, location, admissions, and other attributes.

  • Check college search websites such as AZ CIS, Fastweb, Princeton Review.

  • Talk with admissions representatives and alumni.

  • Visit the campus. Many offer tours, open houses, overnight stays, etc.

  • Consider academics and career planning.

  • Consider financial costs. Don’t assume that what is posted will be your actual cost. Scholarships will vary significantly. Make this decision after Financial Aid Letters ane received.

  • What is student life and housing like – does it fit your lifestyle and values?

  • What resources are available – tutoring, health, safety, dietary or other needs?

Arizona Colleges & Universities

Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ

https://students.asu.edu/freshman



Northern Arizona University (NAU), Flagstaff, AZ

www.nau.edu



University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

www.arizona.edu



Grand Canyon University, Phoenix,AZ

www.gcu.edu



Arizona Christian University, Phoenix, AZ

www.arizonachristian.edu



Devry University, Phoenix, AZ

www.devry.edu



Ottawa University, Surprise, AZ

www.ottawa.edu



Trine University, Peoria, AZ

www.trine.edu/peoria



Community Colleges
Community colleges, also known as 2-year or Junior Colleges, are regionally accredited post-secondary institutions at which the AS or AA (Associates of Science or Arts) is the highest degree awarded. A BS or BA (Bachelor of Science or Arts) is earned from a 4 year college or university. Community colleges offer technical, transferable and continuing education or specialized curriculums.
- Community based institutions that establish links and partnerships with high schools and the community.

- Deliver high quality programs at times and places for the convenience of the student.

- Have admission policies that are open to those with high school diplomas or its equivalent.

- Have tuition and fees that are significantly less than those at a 4 year college.

- Save students the cost of living on campus.

- Transfer curriculums that provide the first 2 years leading toward the bachelor’s degree.

- Occupational-technical programs that prepare students for employment.

- Programs that assist students with upgrading of skills they already use.

- Programs that help students improve their basic academic skills.

- Certifications that may be completed in a few weeks up to 2 years.



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