Counseling News Fall 2017
Welcome back to ACE Charter High School, Home of the Flying Aces! A special welcome to the new Freshmen Class of 2021!
Senior Guidance: At the beginning of the year, Ms. Ochoa will verify that each senior is in the required classes for graduation and meet with those students who need Adult School/APEX for additional credits. In August, Ms. Ochoa visits all senior level classes to review transcripts with students and talk about how to get ready for their plans after high school. For most of our students, that is going to college, so both 4 year and community college applications will be discussed. Paying for college is another hot topic, so the process for applying for scholarships and financial aid is outlined as well. FAFSA now opens OCTOBER 1st!!
Four Year Planning for 9th-11th Grade: This fall the Ms. Ochoa will meet with all 10th and 11th grade students to create or adjust their personal Four-year Plan. I will also meet with the 9th graders. This is designed to assist students in determining what courses to take, what sequence should be followed, what classes are required to be college eligible, and to help plan for goals after graduating from high school, even if college is not an option.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT): This assessment is a “practice” SAT test as well as the qualification exam for the National Merit Scholarship competition. It is primarily designed for juniors. Sophomores may also take the PSAT, but they are not qualified for the NMSQ program until their junior year. The test will be given at ACE Charter High School on Wednesday, October 11th 8:00 – 11:30 am. location is TBD. This is a regular school day and students will miss Periods 1 and 2. Registration will be open September 1 – October 1 at the counseling office. There is a limited number of tests that are ordered so interested students should sign up as soon as the registration window opens. There is no guarantee that there will be enough tests for students who wait until later in the registration period. The fee for the test is $15 payable in cash or a check to ACE Charter High School. if you receive FREE or Reduced Lunch, then the test is $5!!(see Ms. Ochoa to see if you qualify)
This assessment is a practice test to the ACT. It is primarily designed for 10th graders, however 11th graders may participate. The Test will be taken October 19,2017 8:00am-10:30am. Students can register with Ms. Ochoa by September 30, 2017, the cost is $12 per student. PreACT gives students an estimated ACT test score and can be used as an indicator of college and career readiness. Reports include data to help teachers and counselors target interventions, inform classroom instruction, and guide students in course selection. There is a limited number of tests that are ordered so interested students should sign up as soon as the registration window opens. There is no guarantee that there will be enough tests for students who wait until later in the registration period.
College Application Deadlines: Seniors applying to either CSU or UC campuses must submit their completed applications online by November 30th! Online applications are available beginning October 1st for both the CSU and UC systems. CSU applications can be submitted online October 1st to November 30th. (csumentor.edu) Even though the UC application window opens on October 1st completed applications can only be submitted November 1st – 30th. Seniors applying to private universities and colleges should verify the specific registration deadlines by contacting the individual college or university. Students who plan on attending Ventura/Oxnard/Moorpark College should apply beginning in October 2017!!! Seniors should keep their transcript they received during their graduation status meeting in August so they can accurately report their classes and grades on their college application.
Scholarships Students are encouraged to sign up for REMIND text message to be aware of scholarships, grants, and FAFSA workshops. There are a few fall local scholarships, but the true season is Jan.-April. There are a number of National websites as well which we encourage parents and teachers to Google since the site tends to focus on local & state scholarships
Free/Reduced Lunch Program: We encourage all students who qualify financially to register for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. In addition to helping students afford lunch, this program qualifies students for other need based programs such as fee waivers for ACT tests, SAT tests, AP tests and college application costs. Students must re-apply for this program each year as last year’s eligibility will expire in September.
SAT and ACT Tests: Seniors who plan on attending a 4-year college next year must take the SAT or ACT (see your counselor for questions). If your student still needs these tests, there only a few opportunities left. All testing must be completed in November(for Seniors). Make sure to send test scores to all colleges where you apply. See the testing schedule that follows: