WHAT EVERY SENIOR NEEDS
TO KNOW ….
GETTING READY FOR LIFE AFTER
HIGH SCHOOL
Presented by HAHS Guidance Department
Common Questions:
 Am I ready to graduate?
 What am I going to do after high
school?
 Am I ready for college?
How do I know if college is right for me?
How do I pay for college?
 Am I ready to work?
What are employers looking for?
THE FACTS
Average Annual Earnings for College Graduates and Non-Graduates
Professional Degree
$109,600
Doctoral Degree
$89,400
Master's Degree
$62,300
Bachelor's Degree
$52,200
Associate's Degree
$38,200
Some College
$36,800
High School Graduate
$30,400
Some High School
$23,400
KEYS TO GRADUATION
Complete your Graduation Requirements
Pay attention to your Attendance
Beware of “Senioritis”
Stay away from “drama” – Keep focused
Keep good communication with your
counselor & your family.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
Complete Course Requirements
 Complete Graduation Project
 Complete 4 Years of High School
 Score at least proficient on the
PSSA Math & Reading Tests
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Course Requirements
A minimum of 28 credits are required for
graduation:
Required subjects are 4
English
 4 Mathematics
 4Science (2 in Lab Components)
 4Social Studies
 3 Foreign Language
 2.5 Physical Education / Health
 6.5Electives
YOU HAVE CHOICES!
Continue your education:
4 year college
2 year college
2-4 year technical school
Go right to work:
 Job training programs
Military Service:
Army
Navy
Air force
Marines
How do I pick a college that’s right for me?
Consider . . .
Admission requirements
Size of campus
Campus life and activities
Geographic location
Strength & variety of majors
Financial costs
Faculty/student ratio
Housing availability
College Visits
 Set up a tour
 Visit when school is in session
 Attend a class
 If possible, stay overnight
 Talk to students and teachers especially within
your intended major.
 Eat a meal in the dining hall
 Explore the community
COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTING
 SAT I – 12th grade(October-December)
 SAT II (Subject) – Take subject matter test
as soon as possible after you complete the
appropriate course and according to your
colleges’ requirements.
 ACT – May be required by some colleges.
UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
 Complete applications for each campus – unless listed
to receive the Common Application:
www.commonapp.org
 Minimum GPA Aprrox. 80
 The lower the GPA, the higher the SAT must be. Most
colleges will still only use the Critical Reading and
Math Scores for Admission.
 Extra curricular achievements are helpful but not
necessary for some colleges – but all colleges like to
see a well-rounded student
 SAT I, SAT II (Subject), ACT – (depends on college)
recommendation letters, essays
 Fees- some colleges will waive fees if visit during an
open house or if a financial need can be given.
Community College
 Variety of programs
 Associate degrees – 2 years
 Transfer to 4 year as a junior
 Vocational programs
 Lower costs
 Admissions criteria
-HS grad or 18 years old
- SAT’s may not be required
- assessment tests in Math and English for class
placement
 Simple application process - apply before March
for priority
For a school you’ve
dreamed of
attending, even if it
is selective and you
may not meet all the
requirements for
admission. With a
little luck – who
knows? The only
risk is a rejection
and the cost of an
application fee.
Review several schools
whose admission
requirements seem to
match your qualifications
well. You stand a good
chance of being accepted,
although it may not be a
“sure thing.”
Have at least one school
on your list that you
know will accept you,
no matter what, in case
your other choices don’t
work out for you. This
is a school you would
still be very happy to
attend.
Pay attention to deadlines
Makes notes on what your school needs
Keep all material in one place
Making sure your application is complete
is YOUR responsibility!
THE LANGUAGE OF ADMISSIONS
 Regular Decision
– Submit by specific date
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Early Action
– Non-Binding
– “Priority Filling Period”
 Rolling Admission
- No specific deadline date
– Apply Early & Get Decision
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Early Decision
– BINDING! (like signing a contract)
– May back out only if the college does not meet your financial need.
Online – let us know when you do this so we can send out
transcripts
Paper – some apps are confusing you can bring them in for us
to help you review
WHAT YOU MAY NEED TO INCLUDE
Transcript Release or Counselor Report or School
Report must be filled out by counselor (varies by school)
Must bring us Addressed envelope with postage (usually
2 stamps)
Teacher and counselor recommendations.
Personal Essay
 Rigor of Coursework- Honors, AP?
 GPA & Grade Trends
 ACT/SAT Scores
 Well Written Essay
 Admission Coursework Requirements
 Activities, Athletics, Leadership, Service
 Other factors -see the college website
– They will be able to help you get
organized and gather the information you need. For
example they can help you get your film together if
needed for college coach to review.
Sign up with the NCAA  NCAA Clearinghouse qualifies your
eligibility to participate in sports
 Must have GPA of 2.0 and combined SAT of
1010
 To register, complete release form and mail with
fee and current official transcript from every
school attended
 Follow with final transcript in June
 Web site: www.NCAAClearinghouse.org
Types of Financial Aid
 Grants
 Scholarships
 Loans
 Work study
 FAFSA – required for PHEAA Grant, Pell Grant, work
study, loans and institutional aid
 Filing period – Jan 1 – March 2
 Plan on filing your taxes early
Types of Scholarships
Type
CRITERIA
Merit
PSAT - Academic achievement +
high test scores
Community/Achievement +
financial need Community
Service+ School
Academic achievement + high
test scores
Athletic
Athletic achievement + academic
Business
Achievement + connections
Corporation
Any of the above
Post Secondary Inst
Financial need + achievement
Military
Achievement + test scores +
ROTC involve
OPTIONS OTHER THAN COLLEGE
 Community College 18 mos Programs
 Health care specialty
 Dental Hygienist
 Child Care
 Vocational/Career Schools
 Trade Programs
 Apprenticeships
 Armed Services
 enlisted personnel
 ROTC
 officer candidate school
Create a Career Timeline
 Where do I see myself in 3-5 years
List my abilities & interest
Consider options
 What can I realistically do
Visit a vocational center
 Career Link
Create a portfolio of resumes,
writing samples and work skills
Focus on a specific career path
 Communication
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 Organization
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 Problem Solving
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 Sensitivity
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 Judgment
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 Concentration
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 Cooperation
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 Honesty
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Initiative
Willingness to learn
Dependability
Enthusiasm
Acceptance of criticism
Ability to work in team
Loyalty
Time management
Senior Credit Checks - Sept
SAT – Oct (begins testing)
College applications - Oct/Nov
FAFSA Forms – Jan – March
College mid year reports - Jan
Graduation Project – Jan
AP testing – May
Prom – May
Graduation – June
 ALL Students must sign into guidance
 Students MUST see their counselor for
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Official Transcripts.
Please do not use Guidance as an excuse to
leave class unless truly an emergency!
College applications must be reviewed by
student’s counselor.
Computers are solely to be used for
Guidance related material, and NOT to
play games!
If student cannot reach their counselor
please leave them a message & we will do
our best to get back to you!
Everyone is seen based on priority.
Bridges.com
School News Paper
College Fair -
October 27th
College
representatives
visits – sign up in
guidance
Guidance Resource
room
Scholarship file
Administration
& Counseling Staff
Mr. Petrone, Principal
Mrs. Conahan, Asst. Principal
School Counselors
Mr. Samoyedny (a - e)
Mrs. Stetz (f – l)
Ms. Taylor (m – r)
Mrs. Papa (s – z)
Administrative Secretaries
Mrs. Smith (12th Grade Office )
Mrs. Cassano ( Principal’s Office)
Guidance Secretary
Mrs. DeJoseph
Graduation is Near…
Don’t stop til it’s over!
Continue with Extracurricular
Activities
 Sports
 Clubs
 Service Learning
 Church Groups
 Scouting
 The Arts(dance,
drama, music,
painting)
 Community
volunteer work
Continue a Rigorous High
School Program
 Challenge yourself
when selecting classes.
 Select four academic
classes all four years of
high school.
 Choose academic
electives
 Study subjects in
depth.
 Read, Read, and Read
some more.
SeniorYear
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Discuss your final college choices with your
parents and counselor.
Make a calendar with deadlines for
admission, financial aid and scholarships.
Give recommendation forms to teachers and
counselors
Review your transcripts before sending them
out.
Make copies of all applications you have sent
out for your records.
Continue to focus on grades
Fill out the free application for Federal
Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov before
winter.
Follow up with colleges make sure they
received your application and have
submitted all requirements.
NOTE: Male Students: You must register
for selective service on your 18th
birthday to be eligible for federal and
state financial aid.
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Watch the mail for acceptance letters btw
March 1 and April 1 and look out for
information on Financial aid btw April 1 and
May 1
Make your final decision and notify all schools
of your intent by May 1. Request that your
counselor send a final transcript to your
chosen college by June.
Be sure you received your FAFSA
acknowledgement.
Complete any follow up paperwork for the
college of your choice.
If applicable apply for a Stafford Loan.
Receive orientation schedule from your
college.
Get residence hall assignment from your
college.
Obtain course scheduling and cost
information from your college.
Congratulations and Good LUCK!
Admissions Decisions
Campuses select through a comprehensive review of academic
performance measured by:
 # of college prep, AP, honors, transferable college courses
 GPA & class ranking
 SAT Subject Test scores & SAT Reasoning (or ACT) test scores
 AP scores
 Honors and awards reflecting intellectual or creative achievement
 Sustained participation in extra-curricular activities
 12th grade courses (how challenging are your courses)
 Diversity in personal background, leadership, motivation,
employment
 Letters of Recommendation from teachers and counselors ( please
ask early & give specific deadlines for returns).
Helpful Websites
College Prep:
Education Planner
SAT Prep:
http://dynamo.dictionary.com/?rf=y
Career Search:
Career Clusters
O’net
Career One Stop
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