The Villages High School

Guidance

Welcome!

As we near the midpoint of the semester, we want to remind you of some important information from Student Services!  Seniors should be working on their college applications at this time for four year colleges/universities.  Below is the PDF from our Senior Parent night on Sept. 19th. 

College Entrance exams: The next ACT will be given on October 28th- Please come with your admission ticket, photo ID (State ID or current school year photo ID), pencil and calculator.  Students need to arrive to VHS by 7:30am for check in.  The next SAT is on November 4th.

The PSAT/NMSQT- Given on Wednesday October 25th for all 10th graders (+ 9th and 11th graders who signed up).  There is no make-up day for this exam so be sure your student is present that day.  Be sure to review the Student Guide for more information and practice: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-student-guide-psat-nmsqt-2017.pdf

Financial Aid/FAFSA Night- November 8th at 6:00pm in the VHS Cafeteria-Senior parents are encouraged to attend and underclassmen parents are welcomed to the event.

Parent/teacher conferences: Are to be scheduled by your student’s counselor.  If your student is struggling remember we have Academic A-Days on select Saturdays for extra help and mandatory tutoring requested by your students teacher.  Be sure to register for Academic A-Days under ‘Activities’ on the TVCS website.  We are happy to help, so please give us a call or email for any questions or concerns!

SENIORS: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an important part of getting money for college.  The application opens early and it will continue to open on October 1st.  What this means is that you will want to get a jump start by creating your FSA ID which prepares you for the FAFSA.  Below are some great tutorials from the Federal Student Aid Department that are found on YouTube.  Consider these links when you are ready to start your financial aid applications.

How to create a FSA ID: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi0q7hkFns
FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents:
FAFSA Guide: How To Complete the FAFSA-See PDF Below
 
The Best Florida College Tour:  For more information on a 3 Day and 10 Day College Experience Tours please visit:  www.grandcollegetours.com or info@grandcollegetours.com
 
If you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference please contact your students counselor to make an appointment:

All grades last names: A-F (+scholarship coordinator) Nicole Lake- nicole.lake@tvcs.org

All grades last names:G-M Merideth Brock- merideth.brock@tvcs.org

All grades last names:N-V Kara Cribley- kara.cribley@tvcs.org

All grades last names:W-Z (+testing coordinator) Jennifer Blake- Jennifer.Blake@tvcs.org 

Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing

STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ADMISSION TICKET AND PHOTO ID IN ORDER TO TEST!!!  

SAT Testing dates 2017-2018: August 26th, October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, March 10th, May 5th, June 2nd*.  Please register to test: www.sat.collegeboard.org

ACT Testing dates 2017-2018: September 9th*, October 28th, December 9th, February 10th, April 14th, June 9th*, July 14th.*.  Please register to test: www.actstudent.org

*The SAT & ACT will NOT be at VHS- but it is still a national test day  

Parents of Seniors who are applying to universities/colleges:

If your student wants to attend a 4-year institution right after high school, priority deadlines for most of the universities are November 1st.  If your student has missed this deadline, please have them talk to their school counselor because various schools accept late applications.  A transcript is usually required to fill out the applications and your student can request one from Guidance.

The student is responsible for sending SAT/ACT scores to the colleges/universites.

*If you are a Dual Enrollment Student: Please make sure you contact Lake Sumter State College for your transcript with your Dual Enrollment classes on it.  This must be sent as you apply to universitites/colleges.   

All students have been registered on the Florida Student Financial Aid website (Bright Futures) in January.  Each student has their own unique username and pin they can use to access the site.  http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm

Khan Academy: The link below has resources to help students and parents navigate this challenging college process. These resources include video interviews and conversations with successful students from all walks of life and admissions officers and counselors at some of the nation's top schools.

https://www.khanacademy.org/college-admissions?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=All%20Users&utm_campaign=College%20Admissions%20Announcement&utm_content=Final

  

ACT/SAT- College Entrance Testing:

Current Juniors and Seniors should be taking the SAT and ACT.  Registration is done online at www.sat.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org and more information is available in Guidance. Please see your school counselor if you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (2 per test). 

ACT Basic Info: 

  • Answer EVERY question during the allowed time for that section
  • Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly -- There is NO penalty for guessing
  • Composite score range from 1 (low) - 36 (high)
  • 4 sections plus optional writing section (if you sign up for it)
  • English, Mathematics, Reading, Science .. then writing optional at the end

SAT Basic Info: 

Are there resources to help me prepare for the redesigned SAT?  The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT.  Please visit this site for free services that will provide personalized practice pathways to help pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials that are available to print!  https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

What is different about the NEW SAT? 

  • The redesigned SAT will consist of 2 sections (evidence-based reading & writing as well as math) with an optional essay. 
  • The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately. 
  • The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes with the essay).  There is NO penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT. 
  • In the redesigned SAT’s Math Test, students are asked to respond to multistep problems that are presented in real-life contexts like those they will encounter in college and in their careers.
  • In the redesigned SAT, students are also being asked to analyze and synthesize both words and numbers and to find inconsistencies in the information they convey.
    • For a more in-depth look at the kinds of questions that will be on the redesigned SAT please visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org
    • Please see PDF file below for the NEW SAT testing specifications

Remember: These scores (ACT/SAT) are needed to be eligible for Bright Futures and for consideration by the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation!

SAT/ACT High School Code/CEEB Code: 101833

SAT Test Center Site Code: 10381

ACT Test Center Site Code: 243870

Test Prep: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat- for the SAT

Test Prep: www.prepfactory.com - great prep for either SAT or ACT, create an account, complete learning games, etc.

Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/sat/ and www.khanacademy.org - click on top banner for SAT practice

Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/act/

PERT

The Post secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Post secondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.

How to become eligible for the Dual Enrollment Program:  

Sophomores will be tested in February who have a 3.00 unweighted GPA and take the PERT exam.  The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.

Juniors will also take the PERT exam in February, regardless of GPA.  This will help for placement of coursework in Senior year and allow another opportunity to take Dual Enrollment courses.  The PERT is given a number of times at VHS but students can also take the exam at The College of Central Florida in Ocala.  *Students are not allowed to take the PERT at LSSC.  

For more informaiton about the Dual Enrollment program at VHS please contact Francine Costa or email her with your questions- CostaF@LSSC.edu.

COLLEGE/CAREER RESOURCES:

ASVAB Practice Test: http://asvabpracticetestonline.com/

State University System of Florida: http://flbog.org/

College & Career search: www.flvc.org

Private Colleges/Universities of Florida: http://www.pcuf.net/

College Athletics information (Junior year): www.eligibilitycenter.org

Career Planning information including earning power: http://beyondeducation.org

College planning tips for Juniors:      http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/juniortips.htm

College planning tips for Seniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/seniorcalendar.htm

College Price Planning tool for Seniors: www.pell.collegeabacus.org

College Searching: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

United States Department of Labor 'Bureau of Labor Statistics': http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm

  

TEST HELP RESOURCES:

If you are in need of tutoring, the guidance office can help set up a student tutor through the National Honor Society. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Homework/test help for Math, Science & English: http://brightstorm.com/

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Varsity Tutors ACT:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-act-resources

Varsity Tutors SAT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-resources

PDF Files

Community Resources - List of resources in the community
Demonstration of Mastery - Updated 1.6.16
FAFSA Guide - How to complete the FAFSA
FLVS registration directions - How to register for a FLVS course
New SAT testing specifications - Information on the NEW SAT-practice test questions
New VHS Academies for 2017-2018 - Agriscience and Construction Management
Program of Studies 2017-2018 - Courses offered at VHS
Senior Parent Night 9-19-17 - Powerpoint of the college application process


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