Eleventh Grade Parent Night
New and Improved Counseling ServicesNavianceTorrance Juvenile Diversion CounselingThelma McMillen CounselingCareer CenterBrown Bag College WorkshopsPSAT Parent NightSPARC
Junior CalendarMrs. Garcia & Ms. Purchase
All YearContinue to take challenging courses. Review requirements for graduation, college admission and collegiate athletics.Get good grades.Register for and take standardized tests.Continue to be involved in activities, volunteer, and seek out leadership roles.Continue documenting your activities, honors and awards.
October December Take the PSAT on Sat, Oct 18th.Attend college representative visits. Sign up in the Counseling Office.Start to make a list of colleges you are interested in learning about.Focus on your college search by looking through any or all of the college guidebooks and/or search engines.
October December (cont.)If you are interested in playing Division I or II sports in college, review the NCAA eligibility requirements at www.ncaaclearinghouse.netInvolve yourself in clubs and activities that interest you and continue to assume leadership positions.Attend College Financial Planning Night at Torrance High on December 2nd at 6:30 pm.Schedule college visits over Winter Break.
Attend the PSAT Parent Night in January.Consider taking the SAT/ACT.Take the Mock SAT/ACT at West High.Use your research of colleges, standardized test scores, and your GPA to come up with a tentative list of schools.Attend the TUSD College Fair on February 21st at Torrance High School from 11 am 2 pm.Research valuable summer opportunities.
April JunePrepare for standardized tests.Register for and take the May/June SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT.Attend Brown Bag College Workshops.Begin working on your brag sheet.Begin looking for scholarships.If you are taking college tours in the Summer, do research.
Summer 2009Visit colleges.Start working on college essay(s).Start to develop your performing or visual arts portfolio.Research additional scholarships.Spend time preparing for the SAT/ACT.
Academic, Career and Financial AidResourcesMrs. Barricklow
Academic Resources for Students and ParentsTutorial Center (Mon Thurs at Lunch in Media Center in Library, after school from 3-4 pm in Main Library)Parent Connect (www.parentconnect.tusd.org)Teacher CommunicationCounseling Office Resource Bulletin (CORB)
Career ResourcesEl CaminoCareer CenterASVAB TBDSo Cal ROC Summer InternshipsVolunteer Work
Summer OpportunitiesSo Cal ROC5 - 10 elective credits TUSD no feesstudents who have failed a coursestudents needing to pass CAHSEEMarymountstudents who want to advancetuition-basedOnline Classes
El Camino College Summer SchoolCheck with your counselor before registering to ensure you are taking the appropriate course.Free tuition.
What Financial Help is Available?GRANTSdont need to repay, State/Federal moneyLOANSrepay in futureSCHOLARSHIPSgifts with no obligations to repayWORK STUDY work while attending school
How do I get the money?
File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 2 of Senior year.File Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2 of Senior year.For Private Colleges, you must also submit the CSS Profile beginning October 1 of Senior year.
National ScholarshipsOnline (www.fastweb.com, etc.)Scholarship Binder in Counseling OfficeBooksAsk your employerwww.whs.tusd.org (Counselors Corner)
TUSD Local ScholarshipsRange $200-$2500Apply during November2 letters of recommendationAll students are eligible and should apply.
SELECTING A COLLEGEMs. Kobayashi
Qualities to consider when deciding which colleges to apply to.
SizeAcademic offeringsCoed or single sexReligious/ethnic orientationAcademic environmentActivities available
More qualities to consider when deciding which colleges to apply to.
Big name or best fit school?Cost/availability of financial aidAdmission difficultyLocationMisc. considerations (i.e., campus safety, special facilities, housing, etc.)
ResourcesPeople sources of information
1. Counselors2. College representatives3. Alumni4. Currently enrolled students5. Parents6. Friends7. Educational consultants
ResourcesPaper and internet sources
1. Objective guidebooks2. Subjective guidebooks3. Printed materials for colleges4. College websites5. General internet resources (www.collegeboard.com)
1. College fairs(TUSD Fair, NACAC Fairs, etc.)2. College events (Open houses, receptions)3. Campus tours
Thank you for coming. Please proceed to the Gym, where College Night will begin momentarily.