Grade 12 Parent Information Meeting http://sd67.bc.ca/schools/sss/counsellors.htm Agenda Introductions Graduation Tracking (Dogwood) Provincial Exams Graduation Transitions Program Post Secondary Information Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarship / Bursary Information Financial Aid Post- Secondary Options Graduation Ceremony Conclusion Graduation Tracking Parent Letters Dogwood graduation is an accumulation of 80 credits during 10,11 and 12. Transcript Verification Report (TVR) The TVR, sent to the school in November and May, summarizes a grade 12 students marks and tracks graduation requirements. Students will need to review the TVR data such a correct address, birth date, name spelling and courses. Sample TVR Sample Transcript of Grades External Credentials Specific Information on External Credentials can be found on the Ministry of Education website: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/courseinfo/ Click on Course Information for the Graduation Program DANCE COURSES DRAMA, SPEECH AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS COURSES POST-SECONDARY COURSES LANGUAGES SPORT COURSES YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COURSES INDUSTRIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL COURSES Grade 12 Provincial Exams Exams are written in January, June and August, with some being offered in October, November, April and May. It is mandatory that all students write English 12 or Communications 12, however all other provincial exams are OPITIONAL. (students have three years to write the exam if required for entrance purposes) These courses have 60% of the grade based on the school mark and the remaining 40% on an exam. Grade 12 Provincial Exams If a student elects to write an optional exam the BC Universities will take the best mark between the school mark and blended mark. Students may rewrite an exam once within 12 months of taking the class, the best mark will be used in the final calculation of the grade. Students must write exams to be eligible for provincial scholarships. Optional provincial exam teachers assessment methods vary from providing a classroom final to unit tests. Exam Preparation Important to adequately prepare for these exams. Teachers will provide the opportunity to write at least one full exam. More practice exams may be done in preparation, by visiting the website www.bced.gov.bc.ca . Follow the link to Student Information and Government Exams. A complete provincial exam schedule is available at www.bced.gov.ca/exams Graduation Transitions Program Graduation Transitions is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation by collecting evidence of their achievements in the following required areas: Career and Life - complete a transition plan and present significant accomplishments. Community Connections - participate in at least 30 hours of work experience and/or community service and describe what was learned. Personal Health - maintain a personal health plan and participate in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity, in addition to PE10. Students who complete their Graduation Transition receive four credits and will receive a Requirement Met (RM) on their final transcript. Post Secondary School Choices Many post-secondary education options to consider Universities Colleges Technical Institutes Apprenticeship Programs University Universities offer a range of traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees Undergraduate degrees usually take 4-5 years Admission by GPA on 4 or 5 grade 12 admitting courses College Offer a broad range of certificate, diploma, and some degree programs. Certificates and diplomas take 1-2 years; applied degrees take 4 years Some colleges focus on a specific industry Admission usually is first come first serve as long as students have the program prerequisites. Technical Institutes Institutes provide specialized instruction in technologies and trades, art and design, law enforcement, industry technology, business ect. Offer a variety of 1-2 year certificate and diploma programs and 4-year degree programs Work closely with business community to tailor programs to meet labour market demands Secondary School Apprenticeship SSA: Secondary School Apprenticeship SSA is a career program that provides students with the opportunity to begin a $paid$ apprenticeship while still in high school, and to earn high school credits for doing so. The program helps to encourage students to continue to pursue academic goals and to graduate. At the same time, it provides a smoother transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade - and to the earning power that goes with it. Like other apprentices, Secondary School Apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training but will receive assistance through C.A.V.E. www.ssscave.ca Secondary School Apprenticeship ACE IT: Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry ACE IT Programs allow students to take courses that will provide credits toward both high school graduation and the completion of an Apprenticeship or Industry Training program. ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between the school district and Okanagan College. Students who successfully complete an ACE IT program will receive credit for Level 1 of the technical training (inclass) component the Industry Training Program (apprenticeship). Through work experience placements that are usually part of the program, students can earn credit towards the on-the-job component of an apprenticeship. Secondary School Apprenticeship Website Resources www.ssscave.ca Summerland Secondary Career and Vocational Education. Contact Mr. Knowlton www.sd67careers.ca www.itabc.ca www.okanagan.bc.ca/trades www.careersintrades.ca www.skillscanada.com www.apprenticetrades.ca Post Secondary Application Process If planning to attend post secondary it is critical to research the schools that you are considering to check the individual institutions entrance requirements. Every College and University has its own Entrance Requirements and every program has its own special requirements. These requirements are both Course and GPA specific. Research tools include the Post Secondary websites and the school calendars available in the counselling area. Application Process Post Secondary Schools are accepting applications as of October. The deadline for Early Admission to universities in BC is February 28. Apply to more than one school to keep options open. Applications require a fee for processing which is nonrefundable (credit card or cheque). What is PASBC? PASBC(https://portal.bccampus.ca/createaccount) stands for the Post-Secondary Application Service of British Columbia (BC). It is a centralized online service that allows you to apply for admissions to multiple post-secondary institutions in BC. UBC has created a new website for prospective undergraduate students admission. https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/index.jsp. Note students can also still apply to UBC/UBCO through PASBC How does PASBC work? Before starting this process students should ensure they have: Social Insurance Number P.E.N. (Personal Education Number) see student services. Permanent mailing address and telephone number(s) Emergency contact name and telephone number(s) Email addresses Dates of post-secondary institutions attended To submit an application, you must create an account in the myBCcampus portal. The admission (PASBC) application is laid out in two sections. Once you hit "submit," your application is sent electronically to the institution for processing. Processing time varies from institution to institution. PASBC – Common Form The first section is called the Common Form and is where you provide personal information. This form only needs to be filled in one time, but can be used again to submit your admission application to other institutions. PASBC – Institute Form The second section is the Institutional Application Form. This section asks you to select your preferred program and start date, pay your institution application fee, and submit your application to the institution. How do I check on the status of my application? Once both parts of the application are completed, it is submitted to the institution. You will receive a PASBC application number that you can use to check the status of your application with the institution. Remember … Once the application has been sent, a confirmation number will be issued. You can use this check the status of your application with the institution. Students should make sure they keep a copy of the confirmation number, as this proof of application. Students should remember to record their login username and password for future access. If students choose not to sent the application fee by credit card through the internet, they should send the fee in by cheque, with the reference number or confirmation number written on the cheque. Plan Ahead and Be Organized Keep a folder for Post Secondary information. Give those writing you a reference letter at least a weeks notice. Official interim transcripts are available at the office, Universities/Colleges will require these. Self-reporting of grades. Early admission on grade 11 marks. Post Secondary Institutions (PSI) Form. After completion of this form a students final transcript will be sent to the post secondary institutions of their choice (important for early admissions programs). P.S.I Choices Form POST SECONDARY INSTITUTION Students can provide their transcript information to a number of post-secondary institutions by completing an electronic Post Secondary Institutions Selections form on line from January to June of each school year via the Ministry of Education Web site: Student Secure Web. This electronic PSI selections form is only to be submitted by students who expect to graduate this year and are applying to a PSI. Student Secure Web The Ministry is providing online access to a variety of data for students who are currently enrolled in school. Provincial Exam results Electronic PSI submission CREATE AN ACCOUNT If you have not previously created an account to access your exam results, click the "Create Account" button. Your personal profile will be saved for future access. LOG-IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT If you have already created an account to access your exams results, click the "Log-in to Account" button. NOTE: You must know your Personal Education Number (PEN) before you attempt to create your account. If you don't know your PEN check with student services. SAT/ACT Tests All students must write these exams if you plan to go to school in the States. These tests measure a student’s readiness to complete college/university work. SAT: www.collegeboard.com/splash/ ACT: www.actstudent.org What is the difference between SAT and ACT? The majority of United States schools now accept either Below are two sites that explain the differences between the two test. http://www.math.com/students/kaplan/satoract.html http://www.princetonreview.com/college/testprep/testpre p.asp?TPRPAGE=141 Information including preparation booklets, registration packages and test dates and location are available in the counselling centre. LPI-Language Proficiency Index The purpose of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is to provide information about an individual’s competency in English. This information is used primarily by postsecondary institutions and professional organizations within British Columbia. The test is written only by those who do not achieve the English mark required by the University or College. The fee is $99.00 plus HST www.lpitest.ca/ Scholarships and Bursaries Types of Scholarships Provincial: grades specific Entrance: grades plus factors specific to college or university District: District selection committee Local: specific to an organization. Provincial Scholarships Students do not apply for these as they are automatically eligible when they write provincial exam A student will receive $1000 Examinations Scholarship if he or she: Achieves at least a “B” in English 12. Achieves 86% or higher on each of his or her three best grade 12 provincial exams. Fulfills the graduation requirements. A student will receive a $2500 Examination Scholarship Award if he or she: Qualifies to receive an award (above) Ranks among the top twenty scholarship students ( based on his or her percentage scores.) Entrance Scholarships Offered by and decided by the Universities and Colleges Applications begin after you have applied for admission Selection is based on grades, letters, nominations, and detailed application forms and vary between schools and scholarship District Scholarships District scholarships are awarded to graduating students who have excelled in field other than academic. The student receives a $1000 award which consists of a $500 cheque and a $500.00 voucher that can be used toward their post secondary tuition. Requirements are determined by the local district scholarships committee, which requires the student to demonstrate superior achievement in any of the following areas: Fine Arts (Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music) Applied Skills (Business Ed., Technology Ed., Home Economics) Physical Activity Second Languages Local Bursaries & Scholarships Local Bursary / Scholarship Application Booklet is available in early March. Local Bursaries Criteria is specific for each bursary Factors considered in selection process: Financial Need Effort School and Community Service Grades Post Secondary School Plans Scholarships Based on Grade Point Average on selected courses Passport To Education Every student in the province can earn up to $1000 to go toward their post-secondary tuition. A student is eligible at the completion of Grade 10 to 12. Students will receive their pass book and information on how to redeem the money with their Grade 12 June report cards. Grade 10: $250 Grade 11: $250 Grade 12: $500 Scholarship and Bursary Information Sources Student Services Bulletin Board / Black filing cabinet. Websites: www.studentawards.com www.scholarshipscanada.com www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards.com Companies/Employers Check with your employer to see if they offer any bursaries or scholarships. Canada Student Loans Student Loans The Canada Student Loans Program enables students with a demonstrated financial need to attend a postsecondary institution by providing them with loans to cover the costs of going to school. StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs. It also has programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans. Applying for a Government Student Loan (CanLearn) Post-Secondary Options Web Site resources Comprehensive academic and planning sites: www.educationplanner.bc.ca www.careercruising.com Username: sss Password: summerland The Ministry of Education website on Career Planning: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/careers/planning For discovering occupations: www.workfutures.bc.ca To finding out more about work: www.workinfonet.bc.ca Other Post Secondary Options High school upgrading After a student completes their graduation requirements they can register for high school courses or at the Summerland Community Learning Center Travel Grad Ceremony Ceremony Format Wednesday June 29th Car Procession through town Formal dress day Grand March, Prom + ??? Thursday June 30th 11am Grad Ceremonies After Grad Party + ???? Grad Parent Committee Currently meeting every 1st Tuesday of the month in the school library at 7:00 pm Next meeting is on November 2rd Chair of Committee Lisa West & Karen Hooper Conclusion Questions ??? Enjoy the rest of the Grade 12 year Parent and Student.