Guidance Department Information
Plan ahead: Get ready for college now
To earn a Diploma with Honors, students must meet any seven of the following eight criteria:
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What should you be doing now regarding the college application process?
What should you be doing now regarding the college application process:
When you have chosen the colleges to which you want to apply, obtain the appropriate applications via the college Web sites. If you do not have access to a computer, you may use one in the counselor's office or public library. You can also telephone or e-mail the Director of Admissions at those colleges for application forms.
Before you send in a college application, review the admission requirements of that particular college and decide if you are a likely candidate. Check with your counselor for further information.
Many colleges recommend that you send in your application early in your senior year. Watch the deadlines for specific colleges as well as for particular programs within a university. The college catalog will usually state what the deadline is. Many colleges require a non-refundable fee to be sent with the application. In most colleges, dormitory space is reserved for you when your application is accepted. Some colleges, however, have a separate application for housing, and it is your responsibility to be certain that you have filled out all forms completely. If you have questions, your counselor will be glad to help you.
If you wish to apply for scholarship/financial aid, ask that a scholarship/financial aid application be sent at the same time as the application for admission. If you write a separate letter at any time regarding financial aid, write to the Director of Financial Aid.
Completing The Application
Some colleges require the application, letters of recommendation, transcript, and counselor's report to be sent in one envelope from the counselor's office. Other colleges require that a student submit Part I of the application before sending Part II that includes a transcript request. Be certain to give your counselor all necessary forms two weeks in advance of the deadline and include a pre-addressed envelope.
When you receive your application from the college, you may also receive a Secondary School Report Form. Give this form to your counselor with your application. Be certain your name and address, as well as the name of the college, are on the form. For the University of Cincinnati, be certain to indicate the college within the university to which you are applying.
REMEMBER: Only transcripts sent from the counselors' office directly to the college are official.
Most colleges require an essay as part of the application. As competition to colleges has increased, admissions committees rely on the essay to evaluate an applicant's "intangibles" or personal qualities that are not revealed by academic performance or test scores.
While an applicant will not usually be admitted to a school on the basis of an essay alone, a lively, absorbing, well-written essay can set an applicant apart from others with comparable credentials.
For your study, the counselor's office has several books offering excellent advice about the process of writing a college application essay. Most books stress the following points:
BE YOURSELF. The purpose of the essay is to communicate a sense of who you are. The essay should be sincere and personal.
WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING YOU CARE ABOUT. A good topic is one you want to write about, not one you think you should write about.
REWRITE, REWRITE, REWRITE. Write the first draft of your essay several weeks before filing the application. Take time to revise the essay. Seek help and critique from your English teacher and/or counselor.
PROOFREAD YOUR COPY. Rid the essay of typing errors and grammatical faults.
Your counselor completes your school recommendation form. Do not take any of the transcript or recommendation forms to the principal. Make certain you have turned in your senior questionnaire and parent brag sheet. Your counselor uses the information you provide to write a personalized recommendation.
Colleges also require letters of recommendation from teachers and friends who know you well. Some colleges place the responsibility on you to request recommendations. It is helpful to provide a resume of your achievements to anyone who is writing a recommendation. At the same time, furnish the person who is writing your recommendation with a stamped envelope addressed to the college. Be sure to carefully check the address, as it is vital that the correct person at the college receive your information.
TEST SCORES It is the student's responsibility to have test scores sent from SAT and or ACT. (This is needed in order for test scores to be official)
Many colleges require an interview. Local alumni of colleges conduct interviews in Cincinnati. Visiting college admissions representatives may also interview prospective students.
The interview is a good opportunity for students to learn specific information about a school. The interview also allows the interviewer to evaluate an individual student. Some interviews function as a form of student recruitment.
Listed below are a number of factors that enter into the college decision. Highlight the points that are important to you and your family.
Size of the Institution
Aims and Philosophy of the College
Reputation of Institution
Remember that you will probably be spending the next four years of your life on the campus. Will you be happy there? Will you be challenged? Will you be in over your head? Consider all factors in making your decision. However, there is no one right college. Keep an open mind as you wait for the decisions from the colleges and believe that the right door will open for you.
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Naviance Has Arrived
For Rising Seniors Class of 2013
For Rising Juniors Class of 2014
For Rising Sophomores Class of 2015
Naviance is an interactive, web-based program with many tools designed to facilitate the college admission process and provide the School with comprehensive records for each matriculating class. Counselors, parents and students are able to access, upload, track and edit information.
A letter introducing Naviance and personal registration codes for students was disseminated during Classroom Presentations.
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SCPA Graduation Requirements
4 years of English
4 years of Math
3 years of Science
3 years of Social Studies
2 years of Foreign Language
8 Fine Arts Credits
1 Semester of Health
2 Semesters of P.E or 1 Semester of Dance
SCPA College forms (coming)
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Ohio Graduation Tests