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  JUNIOR HANDBOOK: CLASS OF 2017 PICKERINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL  PHSC School Counseling Department
PICKERINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL JUNIOR HANDBOOK: CLASS OF 2017 PHSC School Counseling Department Mrs. Dashner (​
[email protected]​
) A­E NCAA/Scholarships Mrs. Perez (​
maria_perez­[email protected]​
) F­L Military Mrs. Dembski (​
[email protected]​
) M­Ri Career Center Mrs. Brunner (​
[email protected]​
) Ro­Z Department Chair Mrs. Shields (​
[email protected]​
) Registrar, Records Withdrawals DIPLOMAS AND AWARDS The State Department of Education has designated that two types of diplomas will be awarded to graduates: 1. Standard Diploma To be awarded the standard diploma, the student shall be required to meet the following criteria: a. meet all criteria established by the Pickerington Board of Education b. meet all requirements established by the State of Ohio 2. Honors Diploma To be awarded an Honors Diploma, the student shall be required to meet at least 7 of the 8 criteria listed below in college preparatory curriculum. A student shall not be required to meet more than the specified number of criteria, nor shall any student be required to meet any one specified criteria. 1) Earn ​
four credits ​
of English. 2) Earn ​
four credits​
of mathematics that include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or equivalent and ​
another higher level course ​
or a four­year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content. 3) Earn ​
four credits​
of science that include physics and chemistry. 4) Earn ​
four credits​
of social studies. 5) Earn ​
either three credits of one foreign language or two credits each of two foreign languages. 6) Earn ​
one credit​
of fine arts. 7) Maintain an overall high school ​
unweighted grade​
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point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale​
up to the last grading period of the Senior year. 8) Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Test (ACT) or an equivalent composite score of 1210 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). PRESIDENTIAL EDUCATION AWARDS PROGRAM Awarded to Seniors who meet the following criteria: 1) Attained a ​
3.50 G.P.A.​
or equivalent accumulated over seven semesters. 2) Received a score in the 11th or 12th grade placing the student at or above the 85th percentile ​
on any nationally recognized standardized test such as the​
ACT or ​
SAT​
. GPA DISTINCTIONS DECEM DECORI:​
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Top Ten Students in the Class OPTIMA SOPRA: ​
Students with a GPA of 4.0 or higher DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR: ​
Students with a GPA of 3.75­3.99 1 Pickerington High School Central
Class of 2017
MINIMUM OHIO CORE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (20 Credits)
REQUIRED CLASSES
CREDITS EARNED ENGLISH ​
(​
Honors, Honors Thematics, Dual Credit)​
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English 9 ​
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English 10 ​
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English 11 ​
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English 12
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WORLD HISTORY ​
(Honors/AP) ​
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AMERICAN HISTORY ​
(Honors/AP/Dual Credit ​
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__________ (1)
ECONOMICS ​
(AP)​
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:
__________ (.50)
PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY ​
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:
__________ (.50)
(AP Government/Dual Credit American Government)
MATH: ​
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Algebra 1
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Geometry
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Algebra 2
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Additional Math
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(ONE CREDIT SHALL BE ALGEBRA II OR EQUIVALENT)​
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SCIENCE:
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Integrated Science (1)
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Biology (1)
__________ (4)
__________ (3)
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Advanced Study of Science (1)
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HEALTH ​
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__________ (.50)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
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__________ (.25) ​
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__________(.25)
__________ (.50)
FINE ARTS ​
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(1 credit from Art, Music, Photography or Theatre)
__________ (1)
ELECTIVES:
__________ (4)
*or 2 PE waivers with another elective for 0.50 credit
*Students may not repeat the same PE class for credit
*PE and Health credits,​
beyond what is required, will not count towards the 4 elective credits
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OGT TESTS PASSED:
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WRITING
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READING
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MATH
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S. STUDIES
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SCIENCE
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2 NAVIANCE http://connection.naviance.com/phsc Why should you use Naviance Family Connection? ●
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To prepare for college testing. (ACT, SAT) To identify your personality type and career interests in order to help you determine a college major or career To find colleges that meet the characteristics you want To build your resume To set goals for yourself To communicate important information with your counselor about your college and scholarship applications To check to see when your transcripts are sent To search for scholarships HAVE YOU SELECTED A CAREER OR A COLLEGE MAJOR? Naviance Family Connection (College & Career Planning and Scholarship Information) PHSC Naviance Family Connection​
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is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post­secondary goals. Naviance empowers students and families to connect learning and life and provides them with the information they need to help prepare for life after high school. It also allows students to create a plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results. If you are searching for a career or a college major, we recommend that you utilize the various career search and assessment tools available to you on your ​
Naviance Family Connection account. Go to: ​
https://connection.naviance.com/phsc ​
Go to the ​
“About Me” ​
tab. 1. Complete the ​
“StrengthsExplorer” ​
to help uncover talents and hidden strengths. 2. Complete the ​
“Do What You Are” ​
assessment, which will help you determine your “personality type” and the see the careers that are most common for people with the same personality type as you. Read about some of those careers listed in the results. 3. Complete the ​
Learning Styles Inventory”​
and/or​
“MI Advantage” ​
to learn more about your learning style and types of intelligence. 4. Complete the ​
“Career Interest Profiler” ​
and read about the careers in the results of the assessment. 5. Complete the ​
“Cluster Finder” ​
activities on Naviance. ​
Go to the ​
“Careers” ​
tab 1. “Explore careers and clusters”​
. 2. Explore and watch some of the ​
“Roadtrip Nation”​
interviews. 3 OHIO MEANS JOBS K­12 Ohio Means Jobs K­12​
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is the premier resume and job bank website in Ohio. Through a joint partnership between the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, this free and easy to use site includes career exploration tools resources designed specifically for middle and high school students and their teachers. https://jobseeker.k­12.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com HELPFUL ARTICLES AND WEBSITES FOR CAREER EXPLORATION: ●
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College Applications: ​
https://commonapp.org/commonapp Naviance Family Connection: ​
https://connection.naviance.com/phsc Ohio’s Top High Wage Jobs: ​
http://OhioMeansJobs.com Information about Salaries: ​
https://www.payscale.com/research/us/state=Ohio/Salary 2015­2020 Occupational Trends: Search Ohio Occupational Trends­Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, click and open; http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us./forms/file.asp?id=2250&type=application/pdf Ohio Job Outlook: ​
http://ohiolmi.com/proj/OhioJobOutlook.com Collegeboard Career Exploration: ​
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors=careers Explore Military Careers & Training: ​
http://www.myfuture.com Resume Builder: ​
http://www.livecareer.com Explore Career Rankings: ​
www.usnews.com Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook: ​
www.bls.gov/oco Diversity One Careers: ​
www.diversityonecareers.com Ohio Careers: ​
https://www.careers.ohio.gov Career & Trade Schools: ​
http://www.study.com/vocational_courses.html How to Choose a Career: ​
http://careerkey.org Apprenticeship Information: ​
http://fjs.ohio.gov/apprenticeship/index.stm Website with many study skills and tips: ​
www.how­to­study.com MILITARY INFORMATION The Air Force, Naval, Army and Merchant Marine Academies utilize a ​
NOMINATION​
procedure where in a student must apply through and be nominated by their State’s US Senators or Representatives. The Coast Guard Academy does not use the nomination procedure. Rather, it has a competitive admission just like any other college. United States Air Force Academy: ​
www.usafa.af.mil United States Air Force: ​
www.af.mil United States Naval Academy: ​
www.usna.edu United States Navy: ​
www.navy.com United States Merchant Marine Academy: ​
www.usmma.edu United States Marines: ​
www.marines.com United States Military Academy at Westpoint: ​
www.usma.edu United States Army: ​
www.goarmy.com United States Coast Guard Academy: ​
www.cga.edu United States Military: ​
www.todaysmilitary.com 4 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS In order to enter into most colleges, you will need to take the ​
ACT​
or the ​
SAT​
college entrance exam. Every college in Ohio will accept the ​
ACT​
and most colleges and universities will accept either entrance exam. Please be aware that some of the highly competitive and prestigious universities require that you take one or more of the ​
SAT Subject Tests​
as well. Refer to the college or university web sites for specific testing requirements. WHEN SHOULD A STUDENT TAKE THE ACT / SAT? Students may register for the ​
ACT / SAT​
at any time. It is recommended that Juniors take the ACT / SAT​
sometime during the second semester of their Junior year. Many students take it earlier and retake it at the end of the Junior year. Some Seniors continue to take the ​
ACT / SAT during the first semester of the Senior year. Pay attention to priority deadlines at colleges in which you are interested. Many have early deadlines (Ohio State’s deadline is Nov. 1.) and test scores may not be ready in time unless you take the test at least 6 weeks prior to the college application deadline) HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD A STUDENT TAKE THE ACT / SAT? You may take them as many times as you wish. (​
ACT​
limit of 12 times), but research has shown that after the third time, scores tend to plateau unless you dramatically increase preparation for the exam. HOW DOES A STUDENT REGISTER FOR THE ACT / SAT? Students register online by going to following web sites: ACT​
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www.actstudents.org​
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SAT​
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www.collegeboard.com Each high school and college is assigned a test code/​
CEEB​
number. Many times this code is requested on admissions applications and test applications. ​
The test code/CEEB number for Pickerington High School Central is ​
364160. Fee waivers (up to 2 per test) are available for student who qualify for free or reduced lunch. See your counselor for a fe waiver. HOW DO I GET MY TEST SCORES SENT TO MY COLLEGE? When registering to take the ACT or SAT, you will have an opportunity to list up to 4 colleges or other institutions (e.g. NCAA) that will receive your test scores FREE. Otherwise, you will have to pay to send scores to a specific college at a later date. 5 2015­2016 TEST DATES AND DEADLINES ​
If you miss the regular deadline, you can register during the late period, but must pay the additional late fee. ​
PLEASE​
remember to take the writing portion of the ​
ACT​
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SAT​
at least once. ACT​
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www.actstudent.org Students should register for the ​
ACT Plus Writing U.S. Registration Deadlines (Expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.A.) Test Date Registration Deadline Late fee applies September 12, 2015 August 7, 2015 August 8­21, 2015 October 24, 2015 September 18, 2015 December 12, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 7­20, 2015 February 6, 2016 January 8, 2016 January 9­15, 2016 April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 5­8, 2016 June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 7­20, 2016 September 19­October 2, 2015 2015­2016 TEST DATES AND DEADLINES SAT ​
www.sat.collegeboard.org U.S. Registration Deadlines (Expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.A.) Test Date Registration Deadline Late fee applies October 3, 2015 September 13, 2015 September 18­22, 2015 November 7, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 23­27, 2015 December 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 November 20­23, 2015 January 23, 2016 December 28, 2015 January 8­12, 2016 March 5, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 19­23, 2016 May 7, 2016 April 8, 2016 April 22­26, 2015 June 4, 2016 May 5, 2016 May 20­26, 2016 All college­bound students should take both the​
ACT​
and the ​
SAT​
one time in their Junior year. A second testing in either or both exam is recommended in the Junior year or early in the fall of the Senior year. Be sure to identify the colleges you want your test scores to be sent to. Some colleges will require official test scores sent directly from the testing agency. Fee waiver available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. (2 per test/per student) 6 7 PREP ME ­ ACT STUDY TOOL PrepMe diagnoses each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses and creates a personalized study plan for the ACT, based on the student’s needs and timelines. ​
The study plan ​
uses interactive skills­based instruction to help students learn independently. The lessons and quizzes coach students through test simulations to ensure preparation for test day while developing skill proficiency to support college readiness. The curriculum covers all of the concepts and skills tested on the ACT, including the essay. Key benefits: ○ Adapts to student strengths and weaknesses. ○ Focuses on mastering skills, not just tips and tricks. ○ Skills­based instruction and standards­based reporting. PrepMe for the ACT includes: ○ 84 Lessons ○ 75 Quizzes ○ Diagnostic tests to gauge strengths and weaknesses. ○ 1 full­length online practice ACT test. Pickerington Schools pays the full cost for this course for all PHSC students in 10th and 11th grade! To access PrepMe: 1. Log in to Naviance Family Connection: ​
http://connection.naviance.com/phsc a. Username ­ student’s email b. Password ­ student’s lunch code c. Your counselor can reset your username and password, if needed. 2. Click on “PrepMe” (left side, under “resources”)
○ Complete your PrepMe profile. ○ Enter any previous ACT scores, if applicable. ○ Pick an avatar. ○ Edit “Show my name in my classmates’ Recent Activity feed?” if you don’t want your name to show up to others. ○ Update your email address. ○ Take the diagnostics tests. ○ Make sure to finish taking all diagnostics so you get your study plan created by PrepMe! 8 STANDARDIZED TEST TAKING TIPS The Day Before ●
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Have everything needed for the test already laid out: ❏ Photo ID ❏ Admission ticket ❏ Sharpened no. 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils permitted) ❏ Calculator with fresh batteries. Have directions to the test center and know approximately how long it will take to get there. Get a good night’s rest. Set an alarm to be sure you wake up in plenty of time. The Morning of the test ●
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Arrive 10­15 minutes early to the test site. This will allow you enough time to park and find the testing entrance. Eat breakfast. Tests range from 2 ½ hours up to 4 hours, so you may get hungry. Bring a snack. Some tests allow breaks and you are permitted to have a snack in between the sections of the tests. Leave your cell phone at home! Most tests will immediately dismiss you from the test (and your test will not be scored) if a phone is seen or heard, including a vibrating noise. During the Test ●
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Work only on the section you are supposed to be working on. You are not allowed to go back to a section once that section has ended. You also cannot start the next section if you finish a section early. Do easier questions first. After you have tried all of the easy questions, go back and attempt the more difficult ones. Be sure to fill in the entire oval completely with your pencil. If you change your answer, be sure to erase it as much as possible. Use all of your time. Go back and review problems you weren’t quite sure about the first time, or attempt some of the hard problems that you may have skipped. Stay positive and focused. 9 TUTORING/CLASSES OFFERED​
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ON­LINE PRACTICE/PROGRAMS th​ th​
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Naviance's Prep Me (for 10​
/11​ grade only) offers (free) ACT prep sessions before ​
Username: student email most ACT test dates. Call 614.257.4600 or Password: student number email ​
[email protected] ​
ACT web page (free) Academic Center
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http://www.actstudent.org 8567 Refugee Road Pickerington,Ohio 43147
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SAT web page (free) (614) 862­4321
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https://www.collegeboard.org www.academiccenterohio.com ​
Number2.com: Free Online Test Prep (free) BWS Education Consulting
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https://www.number2.com [email protected] (614) 353­4725 ​
Ohio Means Jobs web (free) ​
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https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com The ACT Review, llc 11352 Cedar Creek Dr.
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Military.com Education Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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www.eknowledge.com/Mi​
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Military families can benefit from the free and [email protected]
discounted SAT & ACT PowerPrep Programs. Sylvan Learning Center
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Kahn Academy (free) rd​
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https://www.khanacademy.org/sat Grove City, Ohio 43123 (614) 277­9585
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Test Preview (free) http://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/grove­city­oh
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www.testprepreview.com Huntington Learning Center
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Kaplan Test Prep 1343 Stone Ridge Dr
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1­800­KAP­TEST Stoneridge Plaza
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http://www.kaptest.com Gahanna, OH 43230 Phone: (614) 475­6500
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The Princeton Review Test Prep http://worthington.huntingtonhelps.com
1­800­2REVIEW (800­273­8439) ​
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/college/act­test­prep 1­87STUDYPOINT 1­877­883­97­64 Power Score ACT Preparation Web Page 1­800­545­1750 CollegeSmiths.com
http://powerscore.com Rich & Kristy Smith 986 Arcadia Blvd Westerville, OH 43082 [email protected] 614­519­067 Columbus State​
offers an ​
ACT/SAT prep course. www.cscc.edu/workforce/testprep.shtml/​
for more information
10 NCAA STANDARDS FOR STUDENT­ATHLETES Students who intend to participate in ​
Division I or II ​
athletics as college freshmen, must register and be certified by the ​
NCAA Initial­Eligibility Center​
. Student­athletes should register with the NCAA eligibility center ​
before the end of their junior year​
in high school. Under the NCAA standards, students will not be eligible to participate in collegiate athletics unless they have met GPA, standardized test score (ACT/SAT), and core course requirements. For further information regarding these rules and/or to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, please check their web page at www.eligibilitycenter.org or contact your coach, athletic director and/or Mrs. Dashner in the School Counseling Office. The NCAA Guide for the college­bound student­athlete is a must read for the student­athlete who wants to play in college. The Resources section of the web site has many helpful videos, guides, and brochures for student­athletes and their parents regarding participation in collegiate athletics. COLLEGE PLANNING AND PREPARATION In general, colleges consider: Academic Record ●
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School Work Community 11 What you can do ​
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Take challenging classes Work to earn good grades Prepare for college entrance tests: ●
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PSAT, SAT, AP​
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question of the day * Khan Academy free test preparation www.actstudent.org ​
(ACT) * practice tests * Naviance PrepMe Get involved: ●
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Extra curricular and community activities Community service Work toward becoming a leader: ●
At school, work, and / or in the community Develop and update a detailed resume: ●
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Use the resume feature on Naviance Family Connections Include ALL awards, activities, achievements, and experiences This resume will be adapted later, to use for a variety of purposes ​
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Ohio Means Jobs Naviance Family Connections Take a variety of classes Summer opportunities (work, camps, etc.) Explore colleges: ●
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Public ○ Community Colleges (open enrollment) ■ e.g. Columbus State University, COTC ○ State Colleges ■ e.g. Ohio University, Ohio State University Private ○ e.g. Capital University, Otterbein University Proprietary ○ e.g. DeVry, Bradford Take virtual tours online Complete Naviance ​
“SuperMatch college search”. Visit colleges, including local colleges 12 COLLEGE VISITS College visits are a great way to become familiar with the admissions process, what makes a school unique (traditions, academic strengths), and what campus life is like. Some college representatives will be visiting during lunch periods. The best kind of visit, however, is one that you and your parents make to the college campus. All of this information is very beneficial to Juniors who are considering different Universities. Become informed and make informed decisions about your future, towards the fulfillment of your goals and dreams! CHECKLIST FOR A COLLEGE VISIT ●
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Call Admissions Office or check college websites to set up an appointment Meet with an Admission Counselor Verify admission requirements Determine actual college costs Ask about financial aid opportunities Take a campus tour Investigate your academic program(s) Attend a class Talk with students and faculty Discuss your chances for success Visit with coaches or activity advisors if desired LOCAL COLLEGE FAIRS PROGRAM NAME LOCATION DATE TIME Learning Differences College Fair Gahanna Lincoln High School Wednesday October 4, 2015 6:30­8:00 PM Columbus National College Fair Columbus Convention Center Saturday April 16, 2016 1:00­4:00 PM Licking County College Fair Granville High School Wednesday April 20, 2016 6:00­7:30 PM 13 14 PHSC TOP 20 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THE CLASS OF 2015 ACCEPTED AND ATTENDING Here is a quick glance at what average characteristics seniors accepted to the following locations exhibit. University / College 1 Columbus State Community College 2 Mean GPA Mean ACT Mean SAT Critical Reading Mean SAT Math Open Enrollment Open Enrollment N/A N/A Ohio University (Main Campus) 3.4 22­26 1000­1180 1000­1180 3 The Ohio State University (Main Campus) N/A 27­31 1200­1340 1200­1340 4 The Ohio State University (Newark Campus) Open Enrollment Open Enrollment N/A N/A 5 University of Cincinnati 3.22­3.78 23­28 1040­1250 1040­1250 6 Capital University 3.46 21­27 470­590 480­610 7 University of Akron 3.37 20­26 520 537 8 Bowling Green State University 3.31 20­25 940­1150 940­1150 9 Kent State University 3.34 20­25 940­1160 940­1160 10 Central State University 2.50 16.6 800 800 11 Miami University Oxford, OH N/A 26­31 1170­1340 1170­1340 12 Otterbein University 3.50 21­26 498­610 500­620 13 Ohio University (Lancaster Campus) Open Enrollment Open Enrollment N/A N/A 14 The University of Toledo 3.22 19­22 790 790 15 West Virginia University 3.36 24 513 532 16 Ohio University (Pickerington Campus) Open Enrollment Open Enrollment N/A N/A 17 Wittenberg University 3.42 N/A N/A N/A 18 Wright State University 2.79 21.9 1040.9 1040.9 19 University of Dayton 3.62 24029 510­610 530­640 20 Purdue University 3.7 27 574 626 15 JUNIOR YEAR TO DO CHECKLIST ● Fall / Winter ○
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Prepare for and re­take ​
OGT​
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ACT / SAT​
. Use ​
Naviance PrepMe​
and/or Khan Academy to begin preparing for college entrance tests. Develop and/or update a thorough resume. Attend college fairs. Schedule and make college visits. (Keep notes from each visit.) Register for the ​
ACT / SAT​
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Naviance PrepMe​
and/or Khan Academy to begin preparing for college entrance tests. Develop and/or update a thorough resume or vitae in ​
Naviance​
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Register and Study for the ​
ACT / SAT​
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Naviance PrepMe ​
and/or​
Khan Academy​
to continue preparing for college entrance tests. Review your ​
4 year​
academic plan, high school graduation requirements, and college entrance requirements. Select rigorous Senior year courses. Prepare for and re­take ​
OGT​
if necessary. Continue to participate in school activities and community service projects. Update resume or vitae in ​
Naviance​
. Develop a list of colleges that interest you. Schedule and make college visits. (Keep notes from each visit.) Consider whom to ask for letters of recommendation. Discuss college costs and resources with your family. ● Summer ○
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Shadow or interview people in career fields you find interesting. Give thought to essay topics. Write first drafts of college essay for the Common Application or any other available applications. Schedule and make college visits. (Keep notes from each visit.) 16 17 
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