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College Readiness

Take an ACT Prep Classes at CEC

ACT Preparation Classes @ ECA/CEC includes:

  • Breakdown the Content of the ACT
  • Test-Taking Strategies Explained
  • ACT Questions to Expect
  • ACT Vocabulary of Essential Terms
  • Top ACT Tips to Avoid Misleading Questions
  • Time-saving Techniques for Questions and Passages
  • Study Guides and Practice Tests

ACT Exam Dates:

Saturdays – Various Locations

Oct. 28th; Dec. 9th; Feb. 10th; Apr. 14th; June 9th

ACT Prep Class Dates:

Monday nights from 5:45 to 8:30pm at CEC

Session 1 (Oct. 28 test):   October 2, 9, 16, and 23rd  

Session 2 (Dec. 9 test): November 13, 20, 27 & December 4th Session 3 (Feb. 10 test):January 15, 22, 29 & February 5th

Session 4 (Apr. 14 test):March 12, 19 & April 2, 9th

Session 5 (June 9 test):May 14, 21, 28 & June 4th

Cost per Student:

$100.00 for a working session that includes

4 – 2½ hour ACT prep classes, prep book & all materials

(Students designated as FRLP will receive a 50-75% reduction in course fees-must get verification from your high school counselor)

Seats are limited- please contact Ms. Ramsey at ramsey_l@aps.edu

or call 247-3658 X45595 to reserve your space!

Do the FAFSA before Jan 1st

  1. Go to: www.fafsa.gov
  2. Click on start FAFSA
  3. Request a Pin
  4. Submit
  5. You will get a SAR (Student Aid Report) within a few weeks if you need to make corrections
  6. YOU WILL NOT GET FINANCIAL AID OR THE BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS!!!

Parents and Student will need the following documents to complete the FAFSA:

  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • W-2 forms
  • Birthdate
  • Social Security Number
  • Any 2016 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  • Current bank statements
  • Alien registration card if you are not a U.S. citizen

College Readiness Checklist

9th Grade:

  • Know graduation requirements
  • Create a 4 year plan for high school
  • Start your child thinking about careers/take an inventory
  • Encourage extra-curricular activities
  • Save for college- 529 plans
  • Stress that study skills and grades are important!

10th Grade:

  • Make sure student is in college prep courses
  • Take a foreign language
  • Take the PLAN
  • Are you interested in attending a US Military Academy? Research requirements
  • Attend College and Career Fairs
  • Participate in a school activity or volunteer effort
  • Tour college campuses when possible

11th  grade: Fall

  • Make lists of abilities, social/cultural preferences and personal qualities
  • Review high school courses and activities. 
  • Explore internship opportunities
  • Take a Dual Enrollment or AP class sometime this year
  • Learn about colleges-check out western states participation in WUE
  • Attend the College Fair in September/October
  • Take the PSAT
  • Make a file of searches, tests and applications

11th grade: Winter

  • Register for the SAT or ACT in the spring
  • Begin a search for financial aid sources- register with www.fastweb.com and www.cityofcollegedreams.org
  • Research SAT subject tests
  • Register to take AP exams for current courses
  • Continue looking at colleges
  • Military Academies and Colleges-apply for summer programs

11th grade: Spring

  • Visit local colleges-get a feel and use the score card!
  • Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you
  • Make college visits over spring break
  • Meet with counselor to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Take the ACT or SAT

11th grade: Summer

  • If an athlete, register with NCAA clearinghouse
  • Work, volunteer or participate in a camp or summer program
  • Visit and tour college campuses
  • Create a resume/ complete personal profile form
  • Request application materials from colleges and check deadlines
  • Narrow your list to 5-10

Senior year: Fall

  • Do a credit check and be sure you are in the right classes
  • Meet with your counselor
  • Meet with college reps visiting your school
  • Apply to 3-5 colleges (reach, math, and safety schools)
  • Create a master list or calendar: tests, applications and financial aid due dates, any other deadlines
  • Send test scores to the colleges
  • Take or Retake ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT if necessary
  • Attend College Fair in October
  • Apply to CA schools and early decision by Nov 1st
  • Finalize your college choices
  • Complete school specific scholarship applications
  • Prepare Early Decision, Early Action or other applications ASAP
  • Contact teachers and others for recommendations if you need.  Give them your personal profile/resume!!!  Provide a stamped envelope
  • For essays, write drafts and ask teachers to read them

Senior Year: Winter

  • NO SENIORITIS   Second semester grades count and are looked at
  • Apply for a FAFSA pin at www.pin.ed.gov
  • Parents complete taxes
  • Apply for housing
  • Schedule AP exams
  • Keep active in school!
  • Complete FAFSA by March 1st

Senior Year: Spring

  • Receive acceptance letters and financial aid packets
  • Notify college of your decision of admission and/or financial aid
  • Send your deposit to one college only
  • Wait-listed?  Talk to admissions on how to strengthen your application
  • Request final transcript be sent
  • Schedule summer orientations/registrations
  • Set up college internet account
  • GRADUATE!!!

AP Expectations:

The expectation of any AP course is that a student can anticipate 2-3 hours of homework for each AP class every night.  Students get a weighted .025 added into their overall gpa for taking an AP class. 

ACT Test:

Attached also are dates of the ACT this year.  Seniors should take/retake on Sept 9 or Oct 28 and Juniors should plan to test next spring.    Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch- see Ms Ramsey. 

ACT Test Prep:

CEC will offer an ACT Test Prep class on Mondays beginning for the October test.   See flyer.  Cost is $100 and includes prep book and other materials.  Space is limited- see Ms Ramsey to sign up.

 

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