Getting Ready for High
School (and beyond…)
Dave Royhab, BWHS Guidance Director
Today’s Agenda
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What to Expect in High School
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Getting Ready for High School or a “Lesson
in Balance”
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Beyond High School… College!
What to Expect in High School
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Everything “counts”
Permanent record
Post-secondary planning
Autonomy
Opportunities
Freedom
Responsibility
What to Expect in High School
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Timelines
Communication
Expectations
Organization
Responsibility
Self-Advocacy
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FLEX schedule
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What to Expect in High School
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Athletics
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Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
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Volleyball
Basketball
Gymnastics
Swimming
Wrestling
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Baseball
Softball
Soccer
Lacrosse
Tennis
Track
What to Expect in High School
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Clubs & Activities
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German Club
Future Educators of
America
Key Club
Habitat for Humanity
Debate
Academic Competition
Philosophy Club
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History Club
Math & Science Club
National Honor Society
Art Club
Drama Club
Dance Team
Step team
What to Expect in High School
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Clubs & Activities
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Literary Arts Magazine
Anime Club
Outdoorsmen Club
Hockey Club
Keep Loudoun Beautiful
Recycling Club
Bible Club
Peer Tutoring
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Book Club
Library Club
Student Council
Association
International Club
Spanish Club
Latin Club
French Club
Getting Ready for High School
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Read
Study
Get organized
Do your work & turn it in – all the time, every
time
Hit the ground running – no “do overs”
“Lesson in Balance”
Take the most challenging classes you
can handle.
“Lesson in Balance”
Take the most challenging classes you
can reasonably handle.
“Lesson in Balance”
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How much time do you have available to
study and do homework?
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Do you play sports?
Are you involved in activities?
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What does your track-record indicate?
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How committed and disciplined are you?
“Lesson in Balance”
Think long-term:
It’s easier to improve your schedule each year
by taking more challenging classes…
than it is to improve a damaged GPA!
Johnny LateStarter
Grade 9:
English
C
2
History
C
2
Math
D
1
Science
D
1
HPE
B
Elective
C
2
Elective
C
2
Cumulative GPA = 1.86
Grade 11:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
B
3
Science
A
4
Language A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 2.95
Grade 10:
English
History
Math
Science
3
B
3
A
4
C
2
B
3
HPE
A
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 2.64
Grade 12:
English
A
4
History
A
4
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
Language A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.14
4
Sara StudyHard
Grade 9:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
A
4
Science
C
2
HPE
A
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.43
Grade 11:
English
B
3
History
B
3
Math
B
3
Science
A
4
Language A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.48
Grade 10:
English
History
Math
Science
4
B
3
A
4
C
2
B
3
HPE
A
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.43
Grade 12:
English
A
4
History
A
4
Math
B
3
Science
B
3
Language A
4
Elective
A
4
Elective
A
4
Cumulative GPA = 3.54
4
“Lesson in Balance”
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The two student had identical 10th, 11th, and 12th
grade years. The only difference was the ninth
grade year.
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The difference between a 3.14 GPA and a 3.54
GPA can be the ninth grade year!!!
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The student with the “Slow Start” can earn
straight A’s in grades 10 – 12, and still not
catch up to the student who had a stronger
freshman year.
“Lesson in Balance”
Don’t forget to consider the student’s
interests when determining his/her
course load.
Our Best Advice:
Enjoy high school!
Beyond High School… College!
The secret to getting into
college?...
Freshmen
should place most of their focus
on
ACADEMICS!
How to Get Into College
There is no secret to getting in.
Stop looking for a gimmick.
Tune out the hype.
Study hard.
Take the toughest curriculum that you can.
The heart of the application is
– and has always been –
one’s academic preparation.
-- UVA Magazine
National Association of College Admission
Counseling
2011 State of College Admission
Percent of all colleges that rate specific factors
in the college admissions decision as being
of “considerable importance”
Factors of “Considerable Importance”
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Grades in College Prep Courses, 83%
Strength of Curriculum, 66%
Standardized Admissions Tests, 59%
Grades in All Courses, 46%
Essay or writing sample, 27%
Student’s Demonstrated Interest, 23% (six years
ago: 7%)
Class Rank, 22%
Teacher Recommendation, 19%
Counselor Recommendation, 19%
Extracurricular Activities, 7% (however…)
Factors of “Considerable Importance” at more
selective schools (<50%)
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Grades in College Prep Courses, 83% >>> 96%
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Strength of Curriculum, 66% >>> 94%
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Standardized Admissions Tests, 59% >>> 54%
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Grades in All Courses, 46% >>> 59%
How to Get Into College
The Bottom Line:
The best way to get to the
college of your choice is to
be an excellent
high school student!
Dates to Know
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February 14 & 15: BWHS counselors at
SHMS (Program of Studies)
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April 18: BWHS Activity and Athletic EXPO
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August: Student Orientation and Parent Night
Class of 2016 !!!
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