Welcome to…. Your Junior Year

CLASS OF 2019 PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE DOUBLE CHECK THAT COURSES TAKEN MEET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND IF APPLICABLE NCAA REQUIREMENTS Regents Diploma Exams ELA 1 Social Studies 1 Math 1 Science 1 Additional (Social Studies, Math, Science)

Advanced Regents Diploma Exams ELA World History US History Algebra Geometry Algebra II 2 Science LOTE (If using LOTE Sequence) Advanced Regents Diploma with Honor An AVERAGE of 90% or Higher on the following Regents Exams: ELA

Global History US History Algebra Geometry Alg II Top 2 Science LOTE (for students with LOTE sequence) Join Class of 2019 Remind Text to: 81010 Text Message: @nw2019c Remind will be used for the next two years to relay important information and deadlines throughout the college planning process. Please encourage your parents to sign up also! Niagara County Community College CCI Day WHAT: College and Career Information Day WHERE: NCCC WHY: Useful Information on Careers and College application tips WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 HOW TO SIGN UP: Permission Form.

Turn in to Ms. Szegda in the Career Center NO LATER THAN February 15th 2:15 PM!!!!!!!!! National College Fair National College Fair Buffalo Convention Center OVER 200 COLLEGES AND PROGRAMS REPRESENTED March 21, 2018 9:00 AM 12:00 PM March 22, 2018 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:30 PM JUNIOR FIELD TRIP TO THE COLLEGE FAIR ON MARCH 21, 2018 9:00 AM 11:30 AM PERMISSION SLIP REQUIRED -due in to Ms. Szegda in the Career Center no later than February 15th at 2:15 pm College Information Night College Information Night February 8, 2018 5:30PM NWHS Auditorium College Reps from UB, NU, NCCC, Buff State and

Daemen will do transcript review and meet with parents and students Presentation on NCAA Eligibility and playing sports in college Presentation on Nuts and Bolts of Applying to college using Common Application and SUNY Application Upcoming Events Career Speakers Wednesday, February 7th , 3rd and 4th period in ALC -Careers in Investigations/Homeland Security Upcoming speakers Nursing, undecided, Law Enforcement, Physical Therapy Military Fair April, 2018 meet with representatives from different branches of the military Healthcare Fair April, 2018 Learn about various occupations in healthcare fields College Timeline - Junior Year Mid October Take the PSAT

Spring Take the SAT and ACT Spring Ask teachers for letters of recommendation Continue to research colleges Spring Attend Open Houses Spring/Summer Visit Colleges

Prepare for SAT by going to www.collegeboard.org Register with NCAA EligibilityCenter if playing sports at a Div11I or II college Letters of Recommendation Ask teachers early Ask a teacher that can write about personal and academic strengths Give them a resume extracurriculars leadership experiences honors

athletics jobs volunteer work other SENIOR YEAR SEPTEMBER -Visit Career Center to finalize College Choices -Begin working on college applications or trade school applications which are due to the Counseling Center by October 31st. -Register to re-take SAT and ACTs. -Register for the SAT subject test if required by your college of choice. -Request Letters of Recommendation from teachers OCTOBER - College Applications into the Counseling Center by Oct. 31 st -Complete Trade School Applications -If you are going into the military contact a recruiter - If you are going into the work force immediately after graduation

begin making a plan. Visit the Career Center for Assistance. SENIOR YEAR OCTOBER 1st -Complete FAFSA application at fafsa.ed.gov -Check with prospective colleges about any additional financial aid forms that may need to be completed. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER -Double check to make sure you application is complete -Retake SAT and ACT exams DECEMBER-MAY Apply for private scholarships MARCH/APRIL -Acceptance letters and Financial Aid packages arrive - Most schools ask for final decision and payments by May 1st. SENIOR YEAR MAY -After you made your final decision, notify the other colleges to tell them that you will not be

attending. -Double check deadlines for housing, financial aid, etc. JUNE -Have final transcripts sent to college GRADUATION!!! SENIOR YEAR COURSES AND GRADES COUNT!! When you plan your schedule, choose courses wisely. Colleges look at the amount and types of classes you are taking. Consider taking a CAP course or AP course which are college courses where you can earn college credit. Did you know most four year colleges require you to take foreign language in college? Consider taking the 4th and or 5th level of foreign language for college credit. Colleges request your senior mid year and final grades, so make sure you are continuing to work hard. Early dismissals are only placed in your schedule if it fits. Not everyone will get an early dismissal, even if you request it.

Courses Where You Can Earn College Credit Listed below are classes offered here at N-W where students can earn college credit from NCCC. Credits are transferrable to most 2 and 4 year colleges. Course Credits Grade Calculus 4 Credits NCCC 12 Precalculus 4 Credits NCCC 11,12 College Composition I 3Credits NCCC 12 College Composition II 3 Credits NCCC 12 Intro/Adv. Marketing 3 Credits NCCC (for Business Majors only) 10, 11, 12 French 4 3 Credits NCCC 11,12

French 5 3 Credits NCCC 12 Spanish 4 3 Credits NCCC 11,12 Spanish 5 3 Credits NCCC 12 NCCC Approx. $65/Credit Hour Advanced Placement (AP) Courses College Level Classes at NW Students may earn college credits in AP courses based on their scores on the AP exam. Scores range from 1-5. Credits earned vary by individual colleges. AP English (12th) AP World History (10th) AP US History (11th) AP Macroeconomics (12th) AP Government and Politics (12th) AP Stats (11th,12th) AP Calculus (12th) AP Studio Art (11th,12th)

AP Physics (11th,12th) AP Biology (11th,12th) AP Chemistry (11th,12th) NCCC/Niagara University Seniors who are approved for Early Dismissals, may take courses at Niagara University or NCCC. Students will take regular college courses with college students. The cost to take courses at NU is $60 per credit hour which is significantly reduced from the regular tuition rate. The cost for NCCC courses is at the regular NCCC tuition rate which is approximately $130/credit hour. Students should talk with their school counselor if they are interested in taking a course at a college campus. Standardized College Admission Exams SAT This SAT is a three-hour, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Most colleges require SAT scores for admission. Subject Tests Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiplechoice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Check the requirements of the colleges you are considering. More selective colleges may require or recommend one or more Subject Tests for admission or placement. ACT Assessment Test A group of tests administered by ACT and required or recommended by many colleges. The tests measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading,

and science reasoning and are given at specified test centers throughout the year. Optional Essay for both SAT and ACT When do I take the exams and how often? Rule of thumb SAT : Spring of junior year AND Fall of senior year ACT: Spring of junior year AND/ OR Fall of senior year SAT Subject Tests: Spring of junior year AND/OR Fall of senior year IF REQUIRED 19 Why take both SAT and ACT? Colleges accept SAT and ACT scores equally. They accept the higher of the two

Colleges will take the highest COMBINED SAT score if a student takes them more than once 20 Whats the difference? ACT English (1-36) Mathematics (1-36) Science (1-36) Reading (1-36) ** Writing Composite (1-36) No penalty for wrong answers **Writing is Optional SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing (200-800) Math (200-800) **Writing (200-800) Overall (600-2400) No Penalty for wrong answers

** Writing is Optional *Students should combine Critical Reading and Math Scores for total SAT Score. 21 ADDITONAL TESTING INFORMATION Where do I take the exams? Niagara Wheatfield offers the SAT exam four times during the school year and the ACT exam two times during the school year. If you are not available on those test dates, you may take them at a local area school that offers them on different dates. How do I receive the test accommodations stated on my IEP or 504 Plan? You must fill out an additional application and have your accommodations approved in advance of taking the exams. See your counselor to pick up the accommodation form.

Score Reporting: When you register for the tests there is a section where you can write in the codes of the schools that you want your scores sent to. There are some colleges that require score reporting to come directly from the CollegeBoard. In addition, if you are planning on possibly playing Division 1 or Division 2 sports, you must put the code 9999 in the score report section , so your scores are sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse. This is required by the Clearinghouse. At a later date you may request that the CollegeBoard send your scores to a college or the Clearinghouse, but they will charge you a fee. ACT Test Dates and Deadlines TEST DATE REGISTRATION DATE ACT *April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 $46.00

$62.50 June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 $46.00 $62.50 *Offered at Niagara Wheatfield HS 23 23 Fees w/ Writing SAT And Subject Test Dates and Deadlines TEST DATE

RESGISTRATIO N DATE SAT Tests Fees Subject *March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 $46 $60 w/ essay *May 5, 2018 (Subject Tests) April 6, 2018 $46 $60 w/ essay

Varies *June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 $46 $60 w/ essay Varies (Subject Tests) *Offered at Niagara Wheatfield HS 24 How to register? Online www.ACTSTUDENT.org (ACT) www.collegeboard.org (SAT) You can choose to have your scores sent to four

colleges at no additional charge If planning on playing D1 or D2 sports makes sure to have your SATs sent directly to NCAA by writing the code 9999 in the score report section. 25 Important Codes Niagara Wheatfield CEEB Code 335-028* Niagara Wheatfield Test Center Code ACT Exam 193630 SAT Exams 33-834 * You must put the CEEB Code on SAT/ACT registration forms or Niagara Wheatfield will NOT receive your scores! 26 WHAT WILL I DO AFTER GRADUATION? -College? -Trade school?

-Military? -Military Academy? -ROTC? -Work? HOW DO I DECIDE? In order to be well informed, stress free and able to make the right decision for you, you need to see your School Counselor and visit the Career Center NOW!!!!!! SELECTING A COLLEGE WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU? 7 KEY FACTORS TO CONSIDER: 1. PROGRAMS: Does the college you are considering have your major? If applicable does it have my choice of sport? Extracurriculars? Study abroad? Good job placement? 2. COST: Can I afford it? Do they offer scholarships? 3. CHANCES: Can I get in? Do I have the grades?

4. LOCATION: Do I want a big city school or a small town school? 5. SIZE: Will I be able to learn in a class with 300 students? Will I do better in a small class? 6. 2 or 4 year: What type of degree do you need? If you are going to transfer to a four year school be careful about which courses you take, so that the credits transfer. 7. Public/Private: Which is the best choice for you? COLLEGE VISIT Tour classrooms and dorm rooms Talk with students, faculty Investigate your academic program Meet with an admissions counselor

Verify admissions requirements Inquire about a class visit Discuss your chances of success: admission, graduation, placement, etc Bring a copy of your transcript (request from Counseling Center 5 days prior to visit) Ask thoughtful, mindful, active questions! Top Factors in College Admissions Decisions (National Association of College Admissions Counseling, 2008) Factors Factors in College Prep Courses Grades Percentage Percentage 80% Strength of Curriculum 64%

Standardized Tests 58% Grades in All Courses 52% Essay/Writing Sample 26% Demonstrated Interest 22% Counselor Recommendation 21% Teacher Recommendation

20% Interview 11% Student Activities 7% Subject Tests (AP, etc) 7% NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse Division 1 & 2 must meet eligibility NCAA: www.eligibilitycenter.org Fee Request your transcript When do I register? You can register anytime after you compete 6 semesters of high school. Most students will register at the beginning of their senior year

How do I qualify to participate in sports at a D I or II school? Complete minimum of 16 core courses Take your SAT or ACT Eligibility is determined by sliding scale You MUST have your SAT or ACT scores sent to NCAA directly from Collegeboard or ACT. Scores on a high school transcript will NOT be accepted NCAA code is 9999 Niagara County Community College Must apply online If you are interested in Nursing, Radiologic Tech or Animal Management you should apply in September as soon as the application is available online. They fill up fast. Also you must have earned at least a 75 on Chem. Regents in order to be eligible. Must take a placement test if you did not score higher than a 75 on your Math or English Regents. NCCC does not require SAT, however, if you score well on the SAT you will not have to take placement test. They have a Dual Admission Program. You must

tell your advisor at first meeting if interested. Distinguished Student Scholarship MILITARY OPTIONS ROTC -Start the process NOW -Offered at over 1,000 colleges -Very competitive -In exchange for paid college tuition and a post college career you agree to serve in the military after graduation. Military Academies -Start the process NOW -VERY competitive -Once you graduate you become an officer in the military Enter the Military after graduation -You should contact a recruiter School Counseling Website has more information and website addresses TRADE SCHOOLS Are you interested in working in any of the trade areas such as Cosmetology, Plumbing, Auto, Heating and Cooling etc? If so:

-Consider a trade school. Trade Schools are different from regular colleges because at most trade schools you take only the courses directly related to your field of choice. -Can go to BOCES after you graduate but must pay tuition. -Stop by the Career Center for more information WORLD OF WORK AFTER GRADUATION Civil Service Positions -Employment through the federal, state, or city government -Must take civil service exam to be considered Check the want ads or attend Job Fairs Contact the Employment Training Office through Niagara County. They can assist you in making a resume and finding employment. Websites and additional info on our website COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS COLLEGE

GPA SAT ACT Alfred State University 80-90 900-1140 9-25 SUNY Binghamton 91-96 1200-1370 27-32 SUNY Brockport

88-93 1040-1180 22-25 Buffalo State 84-90 950-1100 20-24 Canisius College 86-94 1020-1220 22-27

Cornell University 95-98 1350-1500 30-34 SUNY Cortland 88-94 1060-1200 23-26 Daemen College 89-91 1040--1100 23-25

Duke University 98-100 1330-1530 29-34 SUNY Fredonia 87-92 1040-1200 22-26 SUNY Geneseo 91-96 1290-1390

28-30 Harvard 98-100 1400-1580 31-34 NCCC High School Diploma N/A N/A Niagara University 89-92 950-1140

19-26 SUNY Oswego 85-91 1040-1190 21-25 SUNY Potsdam 84-92 1000-1180 19-21 RIT 93-96

1110-1310 24-28 St. Bonaventure 86-90 980-1160 20-23 St. John Fisher 85-90 1000-1120 22-25 Syracuse University 92-95

1200-1350 26-28 University at Buffalo (UB) 89-95 1120-1270 25-29

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