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Junior Jumpstart: Getting ready for the Senior Year

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Junior Jumpstart

Getting ready for the senior Year

Getting ready for senior year is for some a daunting task.  Here is some information about how to help your junior get a jumpstart on their senior year!

College or Vocational School Visits

Students are encouraged to take college visits during their junior year. Students wishing to make a visit on a day when school is in session will need to first visit with Mrs. Haug to get a visit verification form.  Two visits are allowed per year and are excused, provided verification of the visit is provided.  Students should visit websites of the colleges or schools that interest them and try to narrow their choices to around three to five schools.  Most college visits can be set up by calling the Admissions office at that college.

ACT Test

Most Midwest colleges and universities, including Kansas, require enrollees to take the ACT (American College Test) which is given six times each year.   It is recommended that college bound juniors take the test in either April or June so that they will have scores to report on admissions applications and early scholarships. Students are allowed to retake the test, so by testing their junior year, students can see where they are and what to work on before retesting their senior year.  The Onaga High School code number required for registration is 172-245.  The spring 2015 ACT test schedule is as follows:

Registration Deadline:           Test Date:

March 4                                   April 9

May 6                                      June 11               

Students may register online at www.actstudent.org.  The fee of $38.00 entitles the student to have the report sent to four colleges or agencies.  An additional fee is charged for late registration.  Students need to report to the test center no later than 8:00 am on the test date with their admission ticket and an acceptable form of a picture I.D. Students needing a fee waiver should see the counselor for criteria.

SAT Test

A few students each year find it necessary to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) to meet certain scholarship requirements, to apply for admission to colleges outside the Midwest region, or to gain additional test experience and scores.  The only registration site available for the SAT can be found at:  sat.org/register. The registration code number for Onaga High School is 172-245.  The spring 2015 SAT test schedule is as follows:

Registration Deadline:                       Test Date:

April 8                                     May 7

May 5                                      June 4

The fee is $52.50. An additional $28.00 fee is charged for late registration.  Information about subject test fees are on the website.  Please check with your individual college to see if subject tests are needed. Students needing a fee waiver should see the counselor for criteria.

 

Admissions and Application

It is important to make application for admission to post-secondary schools during September.  If a student is uncertain as to which school he/she will attend, applications may be sent to several schools.  By applying in September, the student will begin to receive valuable information concerning classes, housing, enrollment, scholarships, and financial aid from each school.  If the application fee is preventing you from applying please see the counselor about possible waivers.  Some school have priority deadlines for applications, be sure to check with the schools you are most interested in.

Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum

You must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for admission to any of the six Kansas Regents universities:

  • ACT composite score of 21 or above; or SAT score of 980 or higher
  • Rank in the top one-third of your high school’s graduating class; or
  • Complete the Qualified Admissions curriculum listed below with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Four credits of English (One per year)
  • Three credits of Math (at or above the Algebra I level)
  • Three credits of Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Three credits of Social Science

General Graduation Requirements:  Twenty-Five (25) credits are required

English:            4 credits

Social Science: 3 credits (1 credit of Concepts of Social Science, 1 credit of American History, 1 credit of American Government)

Math:  3 credits

Science:  3 credits (1 credit of Physical Science, 1 credit of Biology)

Physical Education and Health:           1 credits

Fine Arts:         1 credits

Elective subjects to bring total to 25 credits

State of Kansas Scholarship Program

This program recognizes outstanding Kansas high school seniors.  Designation by the Kansas Board of Regents as State Scholar is based upon ACT assessment scores, the seventh semester grade point average, and completion of the Regents Recommended Curriculum.

The State Scholarship Curriculum is the following:

English                         4 credits (one per year)

Mathematics                3 credits plus one of the following:  Trigonometry, College Algebra, or Calculus

Social Studies              3 credits

Natural Science                        3 credits must be Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Foreign Language        2 credits of one foreign language

Designated Scholars are notified by late April, and stipends are awarded to students who have been designated State Scholar and have demonstrated a financial need. ACT will automatically report the scores to the State Scholarship Program unless instructed not to do so in writing

Scholarships

During the course of the senior year the counseling office will send out information that it receives about scholarship to students through their student email account.  Additional these will be posted on the school website under the school counselor page.  In preparation for filling out scholarship application we will update their activities transcripts at school as the year ends. 
 

Junior Year:  Pre-College Calendar and Checklis

January:

  • Go through website of the 3-5 schools that interest you the most and schedule college visits.
  • During the visits, make sure you meet with an admissions representative and a financial aid counselor to find out what types of aid are available.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

February:

  • Start seriously investigating private scholarships and other student aid programs.  Ask your teachers and counselor if any local organizations offer free use of a scholarship search program.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

March:

  • Continue investigating funding sources.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams if you haven’t already done so.
  • Continue to check with your high school counselor about what you need to be doing to prepare for college.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

April:

  • Begin scheduling visits to each of the 3-5 schools that are on your final list.  If appropriate, schedule an interview and/or an overnight visit.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

May:

  • Take the SAT (I and II) and/or the ACT exams.
  • Be aware of the test dates and registration exams.  You may take them during your senior year of high school.
  • Continue gathering information about which organizations award scholarships to graduating seniors.  (You may have to begin applying the summer after your junior year.)
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

June – August:

  • Take the SAT (I and II) and/or ACT exams if you didn’t take them last month.
  • Read various books and magazines and review your math skills over the summer.  This will help you prepare for the SAT, if you plan to take it in the fall.
  • Obtain a summer job that might be related to your career interests.
  • If possible, save some money from your summer job to pay for college costs.
  • If you travel this summer, consider scheduling a college visit.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.

September:

  • See counselor for information and applications regarding post-secondary education including the Armed Forces, colleges, and vo-tech schools.
  • Send completed admission application to one or more schools (this includes trade/vo-tech schools and 2 year/4 year colleges).
  • Register for October ACT if needed.
  • Register for November SAT if needed.
  • Plan to visit schools of your choice.
  • Meet with visiting representatives.
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or the ACT exams.
  • Check guidance bulletin boards and school website.