This class is designed to continue the 4 semester long progressive post-secondary preparatory work that began with 10th grade community service and will culminate in Senior Year with your internship work. This year long Friday class will focus on preparing the student for senior internships, continued portfolio strengthening, the college search and admissions process and for “Survival” – a unit based on building skills such as budgeting, cooking, using public transportation, etc. In January and February, classes will be spent in developing the Junior Project, participating in the inter-disciplinary collaborative production “Telling Stories” with the intention of developing a concept for the Senior Project. Students can plan to complete the class with a sense of heightened confidence and preparedness as they embark on life beyond high school.
Students can reasonably expect to leave this course with the following:
- Students will understand that development of a strong portfolio is crucial for obtaining acceptance into work and school
- Student will understand how to secure and maintain an internship in a field that interests them
- Student will understand the steps to take in order to prepare for their college search and application process
- Student will understand that there are life skills essential for creating the best chances for success after high school
SYLLABUS – 201516 Syllabus SD 11
Your Portfolio is also part of your final grade each year, below you can find templates and guidelines to help you successfully create and manage your portfolio.
Please stay tuned throughout the year for more information and resources!
As always, if you have any questions please talk to me in class, stop by my office, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more updates and resources on this page and throughout the website!
SAT/ACT and Test-Prep Resources
- number2.com : Free SAT & ACT prep site that gives you feedback as you go
- Test-taking tips, SAT & ACT Cheat Sheet/General Info: act.sat.test prep
- SAT information at CollegeBoard.org
- ACT information at ACTStudent.org
- Free SAT Preparation Resources
- SAT Preparation Booklet: sat-preparation-booklet
- Full Online Practice Test–print out, take test, then enter answers online for results
- ACT Preparation Booklet: act test prep booklet
- ACT Test Tips
- College Board is a great place to research colleges and careers.
- For careers and related college-majors, College Board’s Majors and Careers page
- For college search, I particularly recommend College Board;s College MatchMaker where you can sort schools with different criteria like location, public/private, cost, student demographics, majors, etc.
- Another place for career and college exploration: Collegeincolorado.org
College Rankings Lists (from NYTimes):
- U.S. News & World Report
Princeton Review, Based on student surveys.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, “Best values in education.”
Washington Monthly, Schools that promote social mobility.
Hispanic Magazine, Top colleges for Hispanics
John Templeton Foundation , Evaluating character development.
Business Week , Business school rankings.
Wall Street Journal, Business school rankings.
Rugg’s Recommendations is another great resource in the DSA Counseling Office
- When choosing a college or university make sure the institution has a regional accreditation. With a regional accreditation, you can be assured the coursework and degree you complete will be recognized by all other colleges and universities as well as employers. Below are listed the six regional accrediting agencies and their geographical areas of responsibility. Make sure the school is accredited by one of them. Be sure to do your research before contacting these schools. If you have questions, I’m happy to chat about this.
Regional Accreditation Agencies
· Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools – Educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as schools for American children in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
· New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Educational institutions in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).
· North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Educational institutions in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
· Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities – Postsecondary institutions (colleges and universities) in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
· Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Educational institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, and Northern Marianas Islands.
· Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Educational institutions in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.
- Summer Programs are a great way to get colleges to know you as a students; as well, you can earn college credit and build upper-level skills. To find programs at individual colleges, go to their website and search summer programs. Here are some other resources: Summer Programs – 2010
- Other Resources: College research, financial aid, scholarships and other resources: Robin Boren Resource Website Handout 7.16.08
- – ACT.SAT Introduction_Comparision Chart Key