Senior parent/guardian workshop



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SENIOR PARENT/GUARDIAN WORKSHOP

  • Lexington High School Counseling Department
  • September 23, 2014

COUNSELORS REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

  • COUNSELORS REGISTRAR’S OFFICE
  • Melissa Buttaro Room 152
  • Alicia Linsey Jane Aronson
  • Chrissy Maloney Karen Hurley
  • Matt Medugno
  • Stephanie Michael COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Emily O’Neil Room 705
  • Stacy Prosowski Joanne Tringale
  • Cynthia Tang
  • Carrie Thibodeau
  • Matthew Willis

Agenda

Senior Seminars

  • Post-Secondary Options
  • Building a Balanced College List
  • The College Application Process
  • Naviance/Family Connection
  • (Transcript & Teacher Recommendation Requests)

Post-Secondary Options

  • College/University (2-year & 4-year)
  • Employment
  • Gap Year
  • Military Service
  • Post-Graduate (PG) Year
  • Technical/Trade Training

Building a Balanced College List

  • Use Naviance/Family Connection to help develop and hone the list
  • Strong lists include:
    • 6 to 8 carefully selected schools
    • A balance of Likely, Target and Reach schools

Important Factors

  • Academic Offerings/Majors
  • Size of Student Body
  • Location
  • Residential/Social Life
  • Student Organizations
  • Athletics/Recreational Sports
  • Student Diversity

Types of Admission

  • Regular Admission
  • Rolling Admission
  • Open Admission
  • Early Decision (binding)
  • Early Action (non-binding)
  • Restricted / Single-Choice Early Action

COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS – STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • STUDENT
  • COUNSELOR
  • Counselor packet (questionnaire, parent/guardian “brag sheet” (optional)), activities resume
  • NAVIANCE/REGISTRAR
  • Request transcripts
    • $6 per college (payable at the end of the year through MCC eSchool account)*
  • * unless you are approved for a fee waiver
  • COLLEGE BOARD/ ACT
  • Request SAT and SAT Subject Test scores
  • Request ACT scores
  • NAVIANCE/TEACHER
  • Request teacher recommendations through Naviance
  • Stay in contact with teachers to provide list of colleges , as well as any other necessary documents.
  • COLLEGE
  • Application
  • Supplements/Essay
  • Application Fee
  • You should send the materials listed above to LHS personnel by posted deadlines.

COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS – WHO SENDS WHAT TO COLLEGES

    • COLLEGES
    • STUDENT
  •  Student portion of the college application including the ED contract when indicated
  •  Application fee
  •  Supplements
  •  Essay/short answers
  •  Additional recommendation letters
  •  Portfolios
  • REGISTRAR
  • LHS profile
  •  Official transcript
  •  Counselor statement (‘recommendation letter’)
  •  Secondary school report forms
  • COLLEGEBOARD/
  • ACT
  •  Official SAT, SAT Subject Test, ACT scores
  •  AP scores
    • TEACHER
  •  Teacher statement (‘recommendation letter’)
  •  Teacher Evaluation form

Athletics and Admissions

  • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center ASAP
    • Division I or II Sports
  • Keep in contact with coaches
  • Remember: A promise of acceptance is not an official acceptance. A student-athlete is not accepted until they have received a letter from Admissions.

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Forms
    • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • CSS Profile
    • College-specific forms
  • MEFA Financial Aid Night at LHS
    • Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • College Goal Sunday (www.fafsaday.org)
    • January 2015
  • Local Scholarships (Naviance/Family Connection)

What Students Can Do

  • Be Realistic with Your List
  • The goal of the college admission office is to enroll a well-rounded class – a community of individuals who add a unique talent or characteristic to the class. The operative question in selective admissions is: “What will this student add to our college?”
  • Make Your Case – why is this college a good match for you?

How Parents Can Help

  • Allow Your Student To Drive
  • Consider The Source…
  • Look Beyond The Most Known
  • Keep Your Sense of Humor

Online Resources

  • Naviance Family Connection
    • connection.naviance.com/lexington
  • College Board
    • www.collegeboard.com
    • CSS profile
  • MEFA (MA Education Funding Authority)
    • www.mefa.org
  • Colleges that do not require SAT/ACT
    • Fair Test (www.fairtest.org)
    • LHS School Counseling (http://lps.lexingtonma.org/domain/616)

Small Group Q & A

  • Small Group Q & A
  • Auditorium: Ms. Maloney & Ms. Tang
  • Library Media Center: Ms. Thibodeau & Mr. Willis
  • Commons I: Mrs. Michael & Ms. Prosowski
  • Science Lecture Hall: Mrs. Linsey & Mr. Medugno


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