Lee High School
Parent Night
Presented by:
SOAR Cohort 6
UNF SOAR
• Who are we?
• Why are we here?
• American School Counseling Association
(ASCA) Standards
– knowledge, skills, linkages, and
resources to promote student success
in the school, the home, the
community, and the world
Topics for Tonight
• High School Graduation Requirements
• Choosing a career path
• Searching for colleges
• College Admission Requirements
• How to pay for college
Graduation Options
• General Requirements (4-year)
– 24 credits
• Standard College Preparatory Program (3year)
– 18 credits
• Career Preparatory Program (3-year)
– 18 credits
High School Graduation
General Requirements
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English - 4 credits
Math - 3 credits (must have Algebra 1 and Geometry)
Science - 3 credits (1 Biology and 2 Physical Sciences)
Additional Math or Science - 1 credit
Social Studies - 3 credits
Practical Career Ed or Fine Arts - 3 credits
Life Management Skills - 1/2 credit
Physical Education - 1 credit
Personal, Social, Family Relationships - 1/2 credit
Electives - 7 credits
Foreign Language - not required for high school graduation
but required for admission to state university
Additional Requirements
• State Assessment Requirements:
– Earn passing scores on the 10th grade FCAT
(Reading and Math)
• Grade Point Average Requirements:
– Earn a cumulative 2.0 (unweighted gpa) on a 4.0
scale
Choosing a Career Path
MOST PEOPLE WORK TO:
• Make money
• Help other people
• Test or challenge themselves
Your Career Choice Can:
• Determine your standard of living
• Add meaning to your life
• Define your daily routine
Career Chart Toppers
• 650 plus career fields
– Top Careers / 2-year or certificate
• Computer and Information
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Systems Manager
Computer Software Systems
Engineer
Registered Nurse
Dental Hygienist
Respiratory Therapist
$46.26 hourly
$36.21
$24.95
$24.59
$19.69
Career Chart Toppers
• Top Careers (cont’d) / 4-years or more
• Elementary School Teacher
• Gen. & Operations Manager
• Secondary School Teacher
• Accountant and Auditor
• Management Analyst
• Computer Software Engineer
• Lawyer
$25.64
$42.09
$26.79
$26.91
$37.18
$38.04
$50.85
How do you decide?
• 5 Questions to Consider:
– What are your skills and interests?
– What’s your personality?
– What do you value?
– What type of work environment appeals to
you?
– What amount of preparation and training are
you willing to do?
Choosing a College
Which School is Right for Me?
Questions to Consider
• Why do I want to continue my education?
• What kind of classes did I enjoy in high
school?
• What classes did I do well in during high
school?
• What is my goal?
• What do I want when I finish my
education?
More Questions to Consider
• What can I afford?
• What are my options for affording college?
• What do important people in my life think
about my possibilities?
• What suggestions do people who care
about me suggest for my future as far as
education goes?
Decisions
• Types of schools
– Technical, trade, vocational
– Community colleges
– State colleges and universities
– Independent colleges and universities
A campus tour is essential!
College Admissions
Types of Colleges
• State Universities
– In-state vs. Out of state
• Community Colleges
• Independent Colleges and Universities
• Technical, Vocational, and Trade Schools
State Universities
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Florida A&M (Tallahassee)
Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton)
Florida Gulf Coast (Ft. Myers)
Florida International University (Miami)
Florida State (Tallahassee)
New College of Florida (Sarasota)
University of Central Florida (Orlando)
University of Florida (Gainesville)
University of North Florida (Jacksonville)
University of South Florida (Tampa)
University of West Florida (Pensacola)
State Universities
• 11 Total
• Regions:
– North (1)
– Central (2)
– Southwest (3)
– Southeast (2)
– West (3)
State Universities
• Requirements:
– GPA
• 3.03-4.30 (midrange)
– ACT
• 19-30 (midrange)
– SAT
• 937-1380 (midrange)
– Varies for each university (midrange included is for the 11 state
university systems)
State Universities
• Application (fee)
– Common or specific, depends on institution
• Letters of recommendation
– Depends on institution, most require guidance
counselor reference
• Community Service
– Not required for all state universities
Community Colleges
• Florida Community College of Jacksonville
• St. Johns River Community College
• Santa Fe Community College
• Tallahassee Community College
• Lake City Community College
Community Colleges
• FCCJ (Jacksonville)
• SJRCC (Orange Park, Palatka, St.
Augustine)
• Santa Fe (Gainesville)
Community Colleges
• Requirements:
– High School Diploma
• Sometimes a GED, depends on program of study
– ACT/SAT or college placement test
Independent Colleges and
Universities
• Requirements vary, check with each
institution
– Miami University
– Flagler College
– Jacksonville University
Technical, Vocational, Trade
Schools
• First Coast Technical
• FCCJ
• FMU
• ITT
Technical, Trade and Vocational
Schools
• Requirements:
– High school diploma or GED
– TABE (placement test)
Freshman & Sophomore Years
• Meet Guidance Counselor
• “College Track” classes
– AP, foreign languages, algebra, dual
enrollment
• College entrance pre-tests
• Organize college search
• Maintain good grades
Junior Year
Fall
Spring
• Contact schools
• Know admission
• Take ACT/SAT
• Develop entrance
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requirements
Attend a college fair
Register for SAT/ACT
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writing samples
Scholarships/Financial
Aid
Visit colleges &
universities
Senior Year
Fall
• Prepare application
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packages
Apply in early fall
Gather info for FASFA
Apply for scholarships
Retake ACT/SAT
Spring
• File the FAFSA
• Wait for college
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admission & financial
aid letters
Send transcripts
Attend orientation
Financial Aid
Comes in All Shapes and Sizes!!!
Funding your College
• Scholarships & Grants
• Work Programs
• Loans
Scholarship & Grant Money
FREE $$$
• Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)
• Florida Student Assistance (FSAG)
• Florida Bright Future Scholarship
– Florida Academic Scholars Award
– Florida Medallion Scholars Award
– Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Work Program
Florida Work Experience Program
• Working on college campus
• Working in the area of educational goals
• Earning $$$ for financial support
Loans
“A good education is worth the investment”
• Government-sponsored @ lower interest
rates
• Based on need & eligibility
• Must pay back
• Choose wisely
How to Get $$$
Getting Started
• Apply for Admissions
• Fill out the FAFSA Application and other
financial paper work provided by the
institution
• Wait for a “Package”—Follow up!!!
• Pick your Package
Important!!!
CAUTION!!!
• Pay close attention to DEADLINES!!!!!!
• Apply for Bright Future Scholarships prior
to high school graduation!!!!!
Websites/Resources
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www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org
www.FACTS.org
www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.ed.gov/finaid
www.finaid.org
www.petersons.com
www.srnexpress.com
www.fastweb.com
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