College preparation begins with your high school schedule
The first step on the road to college begins with the courses students take in high school. The first thing colleges look at is the high school transcript. It is an important document in the admissions and scholarship process. Schools look for four years of solid course work in a basic curriculum. Although standardized tests are important in the application process, the high school transcript measures a student's ability and motivation over four years. Your student's registration for next year's classes has already begun. Please review their schedule with them when they receive them back in the spring and contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
What do admissions officers look for in a transcript?
Generally, admissions counselors are looking to evaluate:
Grades: Are they on an upward trend?
High School: What are its academic qualities?
G.P.A.: Cumulative Grade Point Average and Current Grade Point Average
Test Scores: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject test. How does the student compare to other students from different schools?
Senior Year: Is the student taking challenging academic curriculum and being successful?
We encourage college-bound students to take their SATs the spring of their junior year. Students register by mail or online at www.collegeboard.com and take the test in the public high school nearest them. We encourage even those students who do not intend to go to college to take the SATs, since test results are honored by schools for many years.
Testing Date Registration Deadline
May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018
Students with Learning Disabilities that would like to request SAT or ACT accommodations, please see Mr. Kabakjian or Mrs. Leaman to review the process.
Junior year: College visits and planning
Students should have several colleges selected from information they have researched. Now it is time to prepare for campus visits. Selecting a college takes research. It begins with the college guidebooks, college publications, computer resources, people resources, college fairs and open houses, and the campus visit. It is important to keep files on each for future reference. Below are Internet resources for you to explore and refer to:
College Board: www.collegeboard.com
Campus tours: www.campustours.com
College-bound athletes: www.eligibilitycenter.org
Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov/
College Fit Kit: www.cappex.com
The Guidance Office has a list of scholarships available for seniors. Students are welcome to stop by and pick up a copy (or see the attached list).
Upcoming Local College Fairs
Upper Dublin High School
Tuesday - March 13, 2018
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
1580 Fort Washington Avenue
Maple Glen, PA 19002
Council Rock High School South School
March 15, 2018
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2002 Rock Way
Holland, PA 18966
Souderton Area High School
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
625 Lower Road
Souderton, PA 18964
Phone: 215.723.2808 x 20115
Spring Ford High School
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
350 S. Lewis Road
Royersford, PA 19468
Work Study Program
If your rising senior has interest in career study or work study for the 2018-19 school year, please have him/her see Mrs. Leaman to discuss the process and fill out the application. This course selection comes with school requirements as well as employer expectations. The application needs to be on file before the end of May, and regular time cards and employer evaluations will be expected throughout the semester. If you have questions pertaining to this class, please call the guidance office.
Mennonite College 2018 Spring Open Houses
Bethel College www.bethelks.edu
April 13, 2018
Bluffton College www.bluffton.edu
March 16, 2018
March 25-26, 2018
Eastern Mennonite University www.emu.edu
March 17, 2018
April 7, 2018
Goshen College www.goshen.edu
March 9, 2018
Hesston College www.hesston.edu
April 7, 2018