Woodmont High School • 2831 West Georgia Road • Piedmont SC 29673 • Ph: 864.355.8600
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Senior Ad Form
Websites to know and become familiar with:
***www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ This is a site created and maintained by the federal government that does a yearly audit of colleges with updated information you will need/want when you search for schools. It allows you to pick 15 favorite schools and compare them to one another on issues such as cost, size, area/city etc…
Graduation will be Friday, June 1st, 7:00 PM at Furman’s Timmons Arena
Need Money for College? Please stop by the Guidance Office for Scholarship Information!
Seniors are eligible for a number of scholarships offered by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. To check on these click on the link below for information on SC HOPE Scholarships, Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarships. Please click on the following link: Scholarships and Grants
The SC Commission on Higher Education has revised their site and has a comprehensive section for Parents and Students. Please click on the following link:
The College Board site has information on the SAT including online registration and tips on taking the test.
If you are considering one of South Carolina's Independent Colleges and University, you can download a free college guide at: www.scicu.org. Here you can find all the information needed to make a well-informed decision including financial aid information, school visitation days, quick facts, and school profiles.
The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement's (CERRA) College Financial Newsletter contains useful information regarding various scholarship and loan programs available to high school seniors, such as Teaching Fellows, Federal Pell Grants, and the Hope Scholarship. It also explains that FAFSA process and provides SAT and ACT testing dates.
There a number of scholarship scams out there. To avoid these scams, please click on the link provided for additional information: http://www.scholarshiphelp.org
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR SENIORS!!
Many college applications require you to list your senior courses, including information about course levels and credit hours. It will be obvious to admission officers if you've decided to take the year off.
As part of the application process, many colleges include a midyear grade report form. Your counselor completes this form with first-semester grades and sends it to the colleges to which you've applied. It then becomes a crucial part of your application.
If You Are Accepted
Often, college acceptance letters include warnings to students such as "Your admission is contingent on your continued successful performance." This means colleges reserve the right to withdraw your offer of admission should your senior year grades drop. Colleges ask high schools to send them the final, year-end transcripts of the students they’ve accepted. Again, a senior slump will be obvious.
Staying Focused Your Senior Year
Senior year is your opportunity to strengthen your skills and broaden your experience, in school and out, to prepare for all the challenges ahead. A successful senior year can help launch you on the path to a successful future.
As Stanley E. Henderson, associate provost at the University of Illinois, explains, “Just as you would want to be in top condition for the start of an athletic season, so, too, do you want to be in top condition for the academic season … The habits you form now — your academic strength conditioning — will either help or hurt you in your transition from high school to college.” (College Counseling Sourcebook, 6th edition, College Board)
Maintain a Challenging Course Load
To gear up for college, take the most rigorous courses available, and be sure to continue taking college-track subjects. Consider taking AP® courses and exams, which can also earn you credit at many colleges.
Colleges check your transcript not only to make sure that you’ve maintained your grades but also to see if you dropped any classes in your senior year. They want to make sure that there have not been any major changes to your academic program.
Stay Active and Involved
Your continued involvement in activities, sports and volunteer work helps you stay active and focused throughout your final year. A great internship or career-focused job opportunity may motivate you to start considering your career options. Meaningful and significant experiences help prepare you to make informed decisions about your education and career goals.
Try Out College Early
If you're interested in pursuing a subject further, and have excelled at your high school classes so far, consider taking a class at a local college. This challenge can help you avoid sliding into an academic slump, and stimulate your interest in the possibilities of college.
In many areas, schools allow students to spend their last two years taking classes in both college and high school. Early exposure to college classes introduces you to the rigor of college work while easing your transition from high school.
WOODMONT HIGH SCHOOL
Graduation requirements---It is absolutely your responsibility to know what is required for you to graduate on time. There is no reason that everyone should not graduate on time. Available on our school and county websites.
You should complete your college application process by Thanksgiving….Christmas at the latest…nothing will change on your transcript between now and the deadlines…get them completed now so it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it!
To have your transcripts prepared: come by guidance and follow our procedure …BE SURE TO CHECK THE APPLICATION TO SEE IF THERE IS A COUNSELOR FORM FOR US TO FILL OUT…IF THERE IS, PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT DOWN TO GUIDANCE WHEN YOU REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT SO WE CAN SEAL IT IN WITH YOUR TRANSCRIPT… …please allow at least 10 business days for us to prepare your transcript.
If you are going to ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf be sure to give them at least 10 days notice. Your teachers are very busy and need ample time to write a letter of recommendation. To assist them, give them some notes about your extracurricular activities so they can elaborate on your qualifications.
ABSLOLUTELY DO NOT fall into a senior slump or catch “senioritis”….if your grades take a dramatic plunge, colleges will rescind their offer and give your spot to someone on the waiting list….not kidding…have seen it happen too many times…they expect you to continue at the same level of the transcript they view when they accept you.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF ANYONE ASKS YOU TO PAY FOR SCHOLARSHIP OR FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION THEN TELL THEM NO! THERE ARE PLENTY OF FREE SITES TO GO TO…
Postsecondary Plans—WHAT are you going to do when you graduate?? It’s time to decide…this last year will FLY by!!!
Be sure to discuss your future plans with your parents…you may have your heart set on a private college but they may be leaning towards a State University…it is, after all, their money!
Extra-curricular activities---keep careful track of your club, community service, part time jobs, and sports activities! It is important to get involved in school and/or community activities. Yes, a part time job is an extra curricular activity.
Ask your teachers what their tutoring schedule is and get help from them as needed!!! STUDY EVERY NIGHT!!! Review your notes whether there is homework assigned or not!!!!! Do ALL ASSIGNMENTS on time!!!! It will save you heartache down the line! If you “do it right the first time”, it will not be hanging over your head!
SAT…you should have taken the SAT or ACT as a junior. If you did not take the SAT or ACT last year you NEED to take it as soon as possible for college purposes…if you plan to attend community college or do something else after graduation…you do not need the SAT.
ATHLETES: If you plan to pursue your sport at the college level you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you haven’t already done so…go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net ...to register. Students should have registered with the clearinghouse during the second semester of their junior year so if you have not registered yet…do it now!! There are 2 forms that you need to print and bring to guidance so we can prepare your transcript. One is for the initial transcript and one is for us to send the final transcript. If you have attended more than one high school you MUST contact your previous school and have them forward an official transcript too…also contact the Collegeboard to have your SAT scores sent directly from them…the Clearinghouse is no longer accepting your SAT score on your transcript…go to www.collegeboard.com to have your scores sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
REMEMBER: Your final exams in all classes count for 20% of your final grade…if you study as you go, you will be well prepared!!!
HAVE A FUN, SAFE, PRODUCTIVE SENIOR YEAR!!!!
Updated on Thursday, April 12, 2012