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General Information

2019-2020 Course Selection Guide

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020-Course-Selection-Guide-Revised-2-12-19-PDF

How to Request a Transcript

You can request a Transcript by logging into your Naviance Account and request a Transcript. 

If you are a former student who does not have a Naviance Account you may contact the counseling office by emailing mmiller@bcsk12.org.

Counseling Office Contacts

Mrs. Chelle Godbehere
Administrative Assistant
Email: cgodbehere@bcsk12.org
Phone: 205 - 776-5917

Mrs. Mindy Miller
Registrar
Email: mmiller@bcsk12.org
Phone: 205 -776-5916

Mrs. Anna Margaret Ezelle
School Counselor 7th-9th Grade
Email: againes@bcsk12.org 
Phone: 205-776-5931

Mrs. Terri Sowell, M.Ed., NBCT
School Counselor 10th-11th Grade
Email: tsowell@bcsk12.org
Phone: 205 - 776-5917

Mrs. Brent Latta
College & Career Advisor 12th Grade​​​​​​​
Email: blatta@bcsk12.org
Phone: 205-776-5931

Honors Programs

Dual Enrollment & AP Classes

Briarwood Christian School and
Jefferson State Community College
Dual Enrollment and AP–FAQs

1. What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment is a program that allows qualified high school students to enroll in
college level courses and receive both high school and college credit each semester.


2. What Dual Enrollment Courses will be offered?
Honors U.S. History 2 DE (HIS 201 and 202) open to 11th
grade approved students
Honors Pre-calculus DE (MTH 112 and MTH 113) open to both 11th and 12th grade students
Honors English 12 DE (ENG 101 and 102) open to 12th
 grade approved students
Honors Spanish 2 DE (SP 101/102) open to both 10th -11th grade students
Honors Spanish 3 DE (SP 201/202) open to both 11th and 12th grade students
Honors Biology DE (BIO 101/102) open to 12th
grade approved students
Honors Physical Science DE (PHY 111/112) open to both 11th and 12th grade students

3. What qualification must a student have to enroll in a Dual Enrollment course?
Honors U.S. History 2 DE: Student must receive Honors approval notification and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors English 12 DE: Student must receive an Honors approval notification and have a minimum 20 ACT English subscore and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors Spanish 2 DE: Student must receive Honors approval notification and have a
cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors Spanish 3 DE: Student must receive Honors approval notification and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors Biology DE: Student must receive Honors approval notification and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors Physical Science DE: Student must receive Honors approval notification and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Honors Pre-calculus DE: Student must receive an Honors approval notification, have a minimum 24 ACT math subscore, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Students without an ACT score may test for placement eligibility. Testing will be set up for
administration on the BCS campus in May. Further information about how to take this test will be provided later. Students may register for the DE course during spring registration. Placement can be amended if necessary once the Jeff State placement test or ACT test results are received.


4. What about Dual Enrollment (DE) vs. Advanced Placement (AP)?
Dual Enrollment (DE) provides a value added opportunity for Briarwood students to earn college credit each semester while in a competitive college preparatory environment. The content and teaching methodology of DE designated courses will be at the college
level.

Jefferson State Community College’s grades are indicated by letter grade only (A, B, C, D, F) without pluses or minuses or numerical grades. Credit at the college level will be awarded by JSCC if the student earns a minimum grade of C or better. Briarwood’s grading scale and criteria for high school course credit remains unchanged. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designated courses whose content is at a college introductory level. Upon completion of the course, students take an AP Exam and earn college credit based on the result of their AP Exam score (credit is generally awarded to students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP Exam). Students enrolled in AP courses must meet the guidelines outlined in Briarwood’s Honors Selection Criteria. DE Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus: Generally, Briarwood students enrolled in Honors Pre-Calculus will go on to take AP Calculus (provided they meet the AP requirements). At some colleges and universities, a student who achieves a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam will automatically receive college credit for Pre-Calculus and Calculus (generally 6 credit hours). If a student takes the Honors Pre-Calculus DE course and goes on to take the AP Calculus course, the DE enrollment Math 112 and 113 courses may still count as elective college course credit. It is strongly recommended that parents and students familiarize themselves with the AP Exam
credit policies at the institution(s) to which the student will apply.

5. Is there a fee for Dual Enrollment courses?
Yes. For the 2018-19 school year, a 3-hour DE course was $444 and a 4-hour DE course was $592 (Biology and Spanish only) per semester. This amount covered all JSCC tuition and fees for one semester. For the year-long course, each semester was $449/$592
or a full-year course for $888/$1184. The cost for the 2019-2020 school year has not yet been released.

6. What about class size?
JSCC requires a minimum of 10 students per section to implement a dual enrollment course.


7. Will DE courses transfer?
JSCC makes available a list of approved Dual Enrollment courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any public school in the state of Alabama on their website in their catalog under university parallel programs (i.e. University of Alabama, Auburn University,
University of Montevallo, etc.). It is recommended that students check with Briarwood’s Counseling Department regarding transferability of courses to private colleges and universities, as well as those institutions which are out-of-state. While Briarwood’s
Counseling Office will make every effort to assist students and parents in obtaining accurate information regarding transferability to specific institutions, it is ultimately the parents’ and students’ responsibility to verify this information with the college or
university.

8. What is the registration process?
Students who are enrolled in dual enrollment section(s) of the courses offered at Briarwood will receive emailed instructions in the spring of the current school year. The instructions will include specific steps for online registration, required documents and payment through Jeff State’s website.

Honors & Dual Enrollment Application

First page of the PDF file: Honors_DE_AP-Application-2019

National Honor Society Requirements

The CRITERIA we use for membership are the published standards of the National Honor Society and are based on the four pillars of NHS.

Scholarship Each school chapter is allowed to specify a particular cumulative GPA requirement. Briarwood's chapter requires NHS members to maintain a 4.0 cumulative GPA. 

Service This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Students are encouraged to list all volunteer work they have completed during their high school career.

Leadership Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Serving in a leadership position means the activity described would not have occurred or would have been greatly impacted without your participation. These can be “traditional” positions such as a team captain or club officer. They can also be somewhat less obvious roles such as organizing a service activity or chairing a school committee.

Character The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

There is a misconception that gaining membership into NHS is ONLY about scholarship as represented by a cumulative GPA. A strong academic performance thus far in one’s high school career is what permits a student to apply for membership, but it is not the
singular criteria for membership. Instead, membership is gained by showing equally strong engagement in both service and leadership while consistently exhibiting strong character.

NHS applications are submitted to a faculty council composed of 5 teachers who evaluate the applications according to the 4 pillars outlined above. Candidates will be notified of the faculty council's NHS membership decision within approximately 2 weeks.

Honors Night Presentation

First page of the PDF file: BCS-Honors-Night

ACT/SAT

ACT/SAT Prep

Briarwood offers a semester long course for ACT Prep to Briarwood students currently enrolled at the school. 

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AS A COURTESY FOR BRIARWOOD FAMILIES. BRIARWOOD DOES NOT RECOMMEND OR ENDORSE ANY ONE TUTOR. WE ENCOURAGE ASKING OTHER BRIARWOOD FAMILIES WHO THEY HAVE USED.

All Pencils Down (George Mizzell) (H) 989-4356 (C) 837-4695

Amy Henson (www.hensontestprep.com .) 862-6004

Becky Cox, M.Ed. (H) 991-9434 (C) 907-4400

Faye Nichols (nactsat@bellsouth.net) 823-2166 (www.fayenicholsact.com)


Jeff State Community College 856-7710


Karin Bell (Tutors all subjects but specializes in English and math) karinbell.actprep@gmail.com


Masterminds Learning Center 970-1117


Red Mountain Tutoring (redmountaintutoring@gmail.com) (865) 356-2329 (www.redmountaintutoring.com)


Sylvan Learning Center 987-9802


Stanley H. Kaplan (kaptest.com/college) 1-800-KAP-TEST

ACT/SAT Compare Scores

Understanding ACT Results

First page of the PDF file: Understanding-Aspire-Testing-Results-

Course Registration

High School Course Selection Guide

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020-Course-Selection-Guide-Revised-2-12-19-PDF

New Courses 2019-2020


2019-­2020 NEW COURSES

BIBLE
● Fear(lessly) and Wonderfully Made- 11th and 12th Girls

FINE ARTS
● Sports Media 9th­-12th (Intro to Photography is a prerequisite)

MATH
● Algebraic Connections


PHYSICAL EDUCATION
● Sports Statistical Management


SCIENCE
● Honors Biology Dual Enrollment
○ 11th and 12th Grade
● Honors Physical Science Dual Enrollment
○ 11th and 12th Grade
● AP Physics 1
● Engineering CADD (full year)

WORLD LANGUAGE
● Honors Spanish 3
● Honors Spanish 4
● Honors French 3
● Honors French 4
● Honors Chinese 3
● Honors Chinese 4


2019 - ­2020 COURSES NO LONGER OFFERED

BIBLE
● World Religions

FINE ARTS
● Documentaries A & B

SCIENCE
● Intro to Cadd

TECHNOLOGY
● Online Foundations of Programming

WORLD LANGUAGE
● Latin

How to Resister for Classes

First page of the PDF file: HOW-TO-REGISTER-FOR-COURSE-REQUEST-ON-RENWEB-2019-2020-Google-Docs

Summer School Registration

First page of the PDF file: Summer-School-2019-2020-TIME-DATES-AND-COURSE-OFFERINGS-Google-Docs

Registration Night Presentation

First page of the PDF file: 2019-2020-Parent-Registration-PDF-Slides

Military Academies

Federal Service Academies Application Info

First page of the PDF file: FEDERAL-SERVICE-ACADEMY-APPLICATION-INFORMATION-Google-Docs

Military Timeline & Checklist

Military Academy Timeline/Checklist
Sophomore year
❏ Research each Academy and their admission requirements; visit if possible
❏ Take rigorous courses
❏ Develop leadership; remain involved with school/community/church activities
❏ Play a sport
❏ Inform your School Counselor of your interest in an Academy
❏ Open your pre­candidate profile with each Academy of interest; join the mailing list
❏ Attend local Academy events; see their websites for information
Junior year
❏ Continue taking rigorous courses and a rigorous course load
❏ Continue to play sports
❏ Begin to train (REGULARLY & CONTINUALLY) for the specific activities of the
Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) with target testing date of June of senior year.
❏ Register for the ACT and/or SAT. ACT is given at BCS in April. You may take it earlier.
❏ Assume leadership activities
❏ Attend a “Service Academy Night” function (previously held at Vestavia Hills City Hall).
Introduce yourself to the Service Academy Liaison Officer(s) who typically attend.
❏ November ­ reach out to local Academy representatives to express interest in getting
help with the application process
❏ January ­ begin checking to see if applications are open for each Academy of interest
❏ January ­ February ­ apply for summer programs. The following information is needed:
❏ BCS High School Code ­ 010332
❏ Estimate from your School Counselor of your rank. BCS does not rank but you
can ask if you are in the top 20%, top 10%, etc.
❏ Congressional State and District (where your family votes)
❏ Zip code + 4 digits
❏ PSAT, ACT, SAT scores
❏ February or March ­ take the ACT and/or SAT
❏ March ­ check with Congressional offices about nomination procedures. Add nomination
procedures and dates to this checklist. Most want:
❏ An application
❏ Three letters of recommendation
❏ Official transcript
❏ ACT and/or SAT scores
❏ Resume
❏ Essay
❏ Photo
❏ March ­ check in with College Counselor about school specific procedures
❏ March ­ ask math and English teachers for letters of recommendation
❏ March or April ­ retake ACT and/or SAT
Junior year, con’t
❏ April ­ apply for NROTC scholarship
❏ June ­ retake ACT and/or SAT. Be sure to send scores directly to each Academy.
❏ June ­ check email often in regards to status as a candidate. Confirmation of interest
may be required within 30 days of status designation.
❏ June ­ request, through your Naviance Student account, your high school
transcripts be sent to the Academies of choice and ROTC/NROTC boards. Ensure
counselor forms are submitted to the Senior Counselor, Mrs. McNeal, before
summer break begins.
❏ June ­ competitive candidates will arrange for DoDMERB
❏ June ­ begin writing application essays
❏ June ­ do a mock interview
❏ July ­ schedule Academy interview with local representative
❏ July ­ finish and submit fitness test results (CFA)
❏ July and August ­ formulate a “plan B.” Process ROTC and NROTC scholarships.
Consider all college options. You must have five options for NROTC (including in state
schools). The first NROTC board takes place on August 1.
Senior year
❏ Take as much rigor as feasible. Be sure Chemistry and Physics are completed or are i
progress. The Academies will request a seventh semester transcript (second semester
of senior year).
❏ September ­ complete Academy application(s) by the end of the month
❏ September ­ complete ROTC scholarship application
❏ September and October ­ complete five other college applications. Be sure to apply for
scholarships by their deadline.
❏ October ­ apply for a Vice Presidential nomination
❏ October or November ­ updated application file with noteworthy achievements.
❏ Note: Highly qualified candidates with completed applications may receive offers of
appointments in the early fall of senior year. Most appointments occur between late
January and April.
❏ Diligence pays off. Stick to the timeline.
❏ Be STEM (Science, technology, engineering, math) ready. Extra math and
science courses are a plus.
❏ Some students who are denied admission to the summer programs are admitted
to the Academies each year.
❏ Some students who are denied admission right after high school gain admission
after one year in college.

Military Academies

Academic Resources

How to Study

How to Study & THINK POSITIVELY about school

REVIEW NOTES DAILY whether or not you have a test the next day
HAVE an ORGANIZED STUDY TIME:
• Regular time set aside for study and reading
• Comfortable setting
• Remove distractions
• Organized, complete notebook
NOTE TAKING in CLASS:
• Listen for key words
• Write down anything the teacher writes on the board
• Write down conclusions from class discussions
NOTE TAKING from BOOKS:
• Get the big picture first
• Notice headings, titles, words in bold-face print
• Read for key points in each section
HIGHLIGHT or UNDERLINE NOTES
• Try using various colors to highlight different things
• No more than 30% should be highlighted or underlined
BEFORE a TEST:
• Make up questions that might be on the test
• Outline the chapter
• Make flashcards
• Break up material to be memorized into smaller segments
• Use acronyms: “CON” can help you remember three major fossil
fuels – Coal, Oil and Natural.
• Use acrostics: “Peter Ate Ink” and help you remember the three
largest oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian.
CLASS PARTICIPATION:
• Be prepared for class with materials, assignments and reading
• Ask questions, but don’t dominate the discussion
• If you tend to be shy, make it your goal to make one contribution a
day in each class
• Summarize what has been covered at the end of the lesson
• Review notes as soon as possible after class
ASKED to be MOVED if you cannot see the board or are distracted by someone


CUT DOWN on SOCIAL MEDIA, COMPUTER GAMES and TV TIME
TEST ANXIETY can be reduced by being well prepared for a test!

ASK FOR ADDITIONAL HELP from your subject teacher and/or
consider the possibility of hiring a tutor

Tutoring Resources

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AS A COURTESY FOR BRIARWOOD FAMILIES. BRIARWOOD DOES NOT RECOMMEND OR ENDORSE ANY ONE TUTOR. WE ENCOURAGE ASKING OTHER BRIARWOOD FAMILIES WHO THEY HAVE USED.

ALL SUBJECTS
Christopher Bailey 876‑3611

BIBLE
Wallace (Wally) Sherbon Bible, Math, Science (757) 287-2558
w.sherbon@verizon.net

ENGLISH
Jennifer Gerelds (205) 902‑1824
Micah Leal Beeson Divinity graduate student (770) 530‑4390
Melanie Sumerford Junior High and High School English (205) 568‑3732
dssaufan@gmail.com

MATH
Mrs. Elizabeth Bondurant Junior High Math, Algebra 1 and 2, Precalculus (205) 500‑9812
elizabethbondurant44@gmail.com
Mr. Micah Leal Beeson Divinity graduate student (770) 530‑4390
Mrs. Tammie Frost Junior High Math, PreAlgebra, Algebra I, Geometry (205) 639‑2502
Email : tammiehfrost@gmail.com
Mrs. Charlotte W. Thornton JH only: Math 6, Basic Math and Pre‑Algebra (205) 617‑6648
Email: thinkonthesethings4@gmail.com
Wallace (Wally) Sherbon Bible, Math, Science (757) 287-2558
w.sherbon@verizon.net

SCIENCE
Mrs. Tammie Frost Junior High Science, Biology, Chemistry (205) 639‑2502
Email: tammiehfrost@gmail.com
Wallace (Wally) Sherbon Bible, Math, Science (757) 287-2558
w.sherbon@verizon.net
Mrs. Charlotte W. Thornton Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science (205) 617‑6648
Email: thinkonthesethings4@gmail.com

WORLD LANGUAGES
Phillip Ketcham Spanish (205) 540‑6129
Micah Leal Beeson Divinity graduate student (770) 530‑4390
Lourdes Mier Spanish (205) 746‑1834
Jenni Saville Spanish (205) 981‑0439 www.Birminghamspanishtutor.com (205) 223‑3318
Elizabeth Whitaker Spanish (205) 541‑9055

 

Surviving Exam Week

Tips for Surviving Semester Exams

1. Learn to manage stress.
Take    time    to    relax    between    exams.    Go    for    a    run,    take    a    walk    around    your    
neighborhood,    shoot    hoops    or    something    else    to    “clear    your    head.”
2. Schedule your time carefully.
Set    your    schedule    in    advance,    write    it    out,    post    it    so    you’ll    see    it    frequently.
3. Allow blocks of time for studying without distractions.
Schedule    hour-long    blocks    of    time    for    learning    concepts    and    essential    information.        
A    quiet    study    place    free    from    distraction    is    a    must!
4. Stick to your regular routine.
If    you    find    you    need    extra    time    to    study,    resist    the    temptation    to    stay    up    all    night;    
instead,    try    getting    up    a    little    earlier    than    usual.    Your    brain    will    reward    you    – it’ll    be    
better    able    to    understand    and    recall    information    if    it’s    not    exhausted.    
5. Use short periods of time for review.
Make    use    of    the    15    minutes    you    spend    in    carpool    or    the    20    minutes    you    spend    in    the    
halls    before    school    to    recall    and    review    information.    Remember,    frequent    reviews    
will    help    solidify    information    in    your    mind    and    improve    your    understanding.
6. Eat a good breakfast.
Eat    a    healthy    breakfast,    preferably    with    protein    to    get    your    brain    working    and    help    
you    stay    awake    and    focused!    Bring    a    healthy    snack    to    eat    in    between    exams.    
7. Plan rewards.
Schedule    a    meal    with    friends,    a    movie    or    a    run    for    yogurt    and    plan    a    special    treat    for    
yourself    when    finals    are    over.    Study    for    an    hour?    Then    treat    yourself    to    a    10-minute    
break.    These    small    rewards    will    help    keep    you    motivated    and    your    spirits    up.
8. Study smart.
Find    the    ways    YOU    learn    material    better    and    study    that    way.    If    you    have    not    
completed    the    Learning    Style    Inventory    in    your    Family    Connection    account,    take    a    
little    time    to    identify    your    learning    style.    
• Read    notes    aloud.
• Make/use    of    flashcards.
• Rewrite    notes.
• Teach    a    concept    to    someone    else.
• Walk    around    while    you    study.    
• Use    graphic    organizers,    draw    pictures    of    events/concepts.
• Highlight    important    material.
• Visualize    historical    events    in    your    head.
• Form    a    study    group    (IF    you    can    stay    focused!)
• Make    poems    or    rhymes    to    help    learn    info.    
• Test    yourself    over    individual    units.    Create    questions    that    may    be    on    the    
exam.
• COMPLETE    STUDY    GUIDES.    If    you    don’t    have    one,    make    your    own.

College Info

College Preview Days

First page of the PDF file: College-Preview-Days-2018-2019-update-91718

What to ask a College Rep

College Representative Visits to BCS


What to Do
Representatives from the Office of Admissions from many colleges will visit BCS in order to meet with seniors and juniors. Reps do this so they can spread the word about themselves and find students who would best fit their colleges. Visits will be held in either the upstairs Commons or downstairs Commons.

There are four ways to find out which colleges will be visiting our campus:

1. Check your Naviance Student account
2. Check your email if you have listed your “colleges I’m thinking about” in your Naviance Student account
3. Listen to announcements
4. Check the rolling screens located in the Commons areas and in the Cafeteria

Here are some tips for how to get the most out of these visits:

Pay attention and don’t be doing anything else. Be sure to put your phone and homework away and make eye contact with the rep.
Show common courtesy and don’t chat with friends while the rep is talking.

Sign in If the school has a sign in form, then be sure to sign the list. This will add you to the college’s mailing list and put you on their radar. The fact that you signed in goes in your
file and acts in your favor as “showing interest.”

Take any materials they offer
Brochures and pamphlets are great ways to learn about programs the school offers and facts that can help you decide whether or not the school may be a good fit for you. These materials may come in handy when you are writing your application!

Ask questions but not too many
Be sure to seem and look interested, and do ask a couple of questions, but if other students are present let them ask questions, too. College reps love to talk to students. If you feel like the school is the best fit for you and you’re really excited, it’s great to show that!

Smile and be very polite Be sure to put your best foot forward. You are not only representing yourself but also Briarwood Christian School, so no clowning around at all and don’t be sassy or sarcastic.
You don’t know that person’s sense of humor and they don’t know you at all, so be totally professional, polite and positive. Only say positive things. (Make sure your email address is a mature one and not college specific before placing it on a college reps’s list.)

Say thank you afterward and shake the rep’s hand
On your way out, whether the school was right for you or not, be sure to say thank you and give a nice firm handshake to the college rep. They may have traveled a long way to meet with you, so show them your gratitude. That means a lot to them!

Meeting with college reps is a great opportunity for you to learn about a college you may or may not have considered. You will have a chance to ask questions firsthand from a really nice person who loves to meet teenagers. The people in college admissions jobs choose to be in this role because they love meeting students and talking about their college, so don’t’ be shy about going to these meetings and asking questions. Who knows, the next meeting you attend could lead you to your dream school!


Need help with questions to ask? Check out our QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN VISITING COLLEGES TAB
 

What to ask when visiting Colleges

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN VISITING COLLEGES

Take some time after your college tour to talk with current students on campus. Here are some potential questions to help you find that school that fits you best.


Questions for Students you meet on Campus
 Why did you choose this school?
Are you happy here?
What do you like about your school?
 What would you change or improve?
How easy it it to get answers to your questions from the business office?
Are the students friendly?
What’s the food like?
What makes this school/campus unique?


Questions for Your Tour Guide

Academics
Are most of your classes taught by professors or teaching assistants?
Were you able to take most of your first­choice classes?
How much reading and writing is expected in your courses?
How satisfied are you with academic advising?
Do students use any on­campus tutoring programs or writing centers?
How big are your freshman classes?
Do the professors have office hours? Are they available to meet with students outside of
class?
Can undergraduates work with professors on research?
Do you provide tutoring on campus?
Do you have a writing center?
How’s the Wi­Fi?
Where is the best place to study on campus?
What are the hours of the library? Do these change during exam weeks?
Do you have an honors college? Learning communities?

Graduation Record
What percentage of students graduate in four years? Five years?
What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?
What is the job placement rate for last year’s graduating class?

Student Life
Are freshmen required to live on campus?
How many students live on campus?
What is the campus crime rate?
How large is campus security and do they patrol regularly?
Do most students go home on the weekends?
What is Greek life like and how do students feel about it?
What clubs and activities are offered to students?
What type of transportation is used around campus?

Outside Opportunities
Are there opportunities for internships?
What percentage of students study abroad?
Do you have a career center? Is there help with job placement?
Are there opportunities for service learning?

Questions to ask yourself
How did you feel when you were on campus?
How did staff members interact with students?
How did you feel about being in a class with the students you met?
Did the campus seem to be a good size for you?
Were the dorms single­sex or co­ed? How did you feel about that?
Did you feel comfortable and safe?
Are there stores nearby for groceries, materials, supplies?

College Visit Policy

College Visitation Policy

All requests for college visitation days are processed through Attendance@bcsk12.org. Juniors may take 3 excused days in their junior year. Seniors may take 4 excused absences in their Senior year.

Requirements for college/career visitation 

  • The request must be made by email (Attendance@bcsk12.org) by the parent or guardian stating the day(s) requested and college(s) that will be visited and the name of the admissions officer and contact information (phone number) must be provided.
  • The request must be received by the office at least 24 hours in advance.
  • The student is not to use these days as an excuse for “vacation.” If there is reason to believe a college has already been chosen, or the student has no serious interest in attending, permission shall not be granted to miss school.
  • No more than six students per day per class will be excused.
  • Visitation days are not to be taken during the week prior to or the week of semester, standardized, or other major exams.
  • College days must be taken PRIOR to April 15.

Freshman & Sophomore Year

Getting Ready for College - 9th Grade

When a student becomes a freshman, everything starts to count. The BCS grade point average (GPA) students will use to apply to college does include ninth grade grades so academic performance is more important than it has been in previous years. Freshman GPA, activities, honors classes and awards can all be listed on
college and scholarship applications.

Keep up with all progress reports and quarter grades. Always seek help from you teacher if you are having difficulty in a class. Students are expected to seek the help they need. This approach begins in earnest in ninth grade and it is part of the preparation for the independence necessary in college.

Get involved in extracurricular activities as well as academics. Many college applications ask students for evidence of leadership, depth of involvement, and extent of commitment.

Participate in activities outside of school (church, scouts, club sports, etc.)

Volunteer – any type of volunteer work or community service is particularly impressive on a college application.

Keep a record of school activities, honors, awards, leadership positions, employment, volunteer work, community service, etc. Students will create a resume in Naviance Student. Update it yearly.

• In the spring, students review their four-year plan and consult with teachers to be sure they are signing up for the classes that are most appropriate for them.

The school counselor will help students establish the four-year plan, check the courses selected, and to review academic progress.

Find meaningful activities for the summer. Students can work, volunteer or take classes. Many excellent activities are available on college campuses.

See the Opportunities Calendar on the BCS website on the School Counseling page.

 

Getting Ready for College – 10th Grade 

Students should be acclimated to life school by the beginning of tenth grade. The sophomore year should year of personal growth. In addition to working hard in school and being involved in activities, sophomores should be identifying personal abilities, aptitudes, and interests. This needs to be a year, consistent performance.

The Pre-ACT is administered during October. Although this test does not affect grades or GPA, take this test seriously as it can identify strengths and weakness for students to use as practice for the ACT. Students will get a predicted ACT score.        

• Sophomores have the option of taking the PSAT in preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT - National Merit Scholarship Qualifying a junior.

• Each  student should make a commitment to an activity and/or sport that he/she can stick with throughout high school and look to emerge as a leader.

Start to discuss college options. Visit college campuses when  you are traveling and begin to determine what you might want from your college experience.

Meet with your school counselor for course selection for junior year and discuss changes to the four-year plan based on your review of academic progress and extracurricular activities.

Update your resume to include activities, awards or honors in your Family Connection account.

The School Counseling office provides a Roadmap to College program in the spring primarily for parents of juniors however parents of sophomores are welcome to attend.
 

 

Junior Year Checklist

JUNIOR YEAR CHECKLIST
by Semester


FIRST SEMESTER

  • Work hard to keep GPA high
  • Use the Super College Match tool via Naviance Student
  • Identify 3-6 Potential Schools
  • 1-2 Reach Schools - A school where your academic credentials fall below the school‛s range for average freshmen. Those are long shots but could be possible.
  • 1-2 Match Schools - A school where your academic credentials fall well within (or even exceed) the school‛s range for the average freshman. There are no guarantees, but it‛s not unreasonable to be accepted to several of your match schools.
  • 1-2 Safety Schools - A school where your academic credentials fall above the school's range for the average freshmen. You can be reasonably certain that you will be admitted to your safety schools.
  • List your “colleges I‛m thinking about” in Naviance Student.
  • Attend Visiting Colleges at BCS During Lunch.
  • Check Naviance Student main page to see all colleges visiting BCS each week.
  • Check email from Naviance Student regarding colleges visiting BCS. You will receive an email if any of the colleges you listed in “colleges I‛m thinking about” are planning a visit.
  • Listen to announcements.
  • Set Up College Visits
  • Juniors are allowed three excused college visits before April 15 .
  • Sign up for campus tours via the individual college websites.
  • Visit a variety of schools (even if you think you have your mind made up.)
  • Athletes Looking to Play Collegiate Sports
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, www.eligibilitycenter.org.
  • Register with the NAIA www.playnaia.org/eligibility-center.
  • Original ACT and/or SAT score reports must be sent directly to NCAA (9999).
  • Meet with Coach Peterson to fill out the Core GPA Worksheet.
  • Record Your Accomplishments in Naviance Student Resume
  • Awards
  • Certificates
  • Community service
  • Job shadowing or internships
  • Update your Resume‛ in Naviance Student
  • Look regularly for Scholarships and Opportunities
  • Scholarship and Opportunities Calendars are located on the BCS website.
  • Both are located on the BCS website and listed by the deadline so look ahead!
  • Use the National Scholarship Search tool in Naviance Student.
  • Sign up for scholarship match. Be sure to create a separate email address!
  • www.fastweb.com
  • www.finaid.org


SECOND SEMESTER

Register and take the ACT and/or SAT Test dates and deadlines may be found on testing websites.
www.act.org
www.collegeboard.org
BCS High School code is 010332.

  • Juniors take the ACT at BCS in April. You do not have to register for this test.
  • Most colleges want to see one ACT writing test.
  • Prepare to take the ACT and/or SAT
  • www.actstudents.org/testprep/index.html
  • www.sat.collegeboard.com/practice
  • Check the BCS website for local test prep courses.
  • Take the ACT at BCS in April.
  • Prepare for College Applications, Scholarships and Letters of Recommendations in Naviance Student
  • Update your Resume‛.
  • Accomplishment Sheet will be completed in English 11 class in the spring.
  • Have parents complete the Parent Recommendation Form-parent account.
  • Research Admissions and Scholarship Deadlines (college websites)
  • Many schools have deadlines of Nov. 1, Dec. 1 or Dec 15 for Early Admissions and Scholarship Priority. Some may be sooner! Check the college websites to be sure.
  • Check for specific school/departmental scholarship information.
  • Check with organizations or corporations associated with your family for applicable scholarships.
  • Search National Scholarships in Naviance Student.
  • Regularly check the Scholarship & Opportunities Calendars on the BCS website.
  • Remember to look ahead as they are listed by deadline for application.

SUMMER

  • Take or retake the ACT/SAT.
  • Consider summer camps and or programs for academic or leadership enrichment.
  • Narrow your college list for college applications senior year.
  • Look for college application and college scholarship dates. Make a calendar of deadlines.

SUMMER of JUNIOR YEAR and FALL of SENIOR YEAR

TRANSCRIPTS: Request official transcripts through Naviance Student. Unofficial transcripts may be viewed from your RenWeb Account.

  • Complete College Applications When They Open. Check college websites for dates.
  • Use Naviance Student for Common App schools. Many colleges (usually private) accept the Common Application. Note: you must use Naviance Student and match your account to Naviance Student.
  • Get a Medical Exam if your college requires it as part of their application.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Request Letters of Recommendation using Naviance Student.

  • Mark that you Waive Your Rights whenever requesting a Letter of Recommendation.
  • Allow at least THREE WEEKS prior to mail deadline.
  • Write a Thank You letter to teachers/coaches who write you a Letter of Recommendation.
  • Continue looking for Scholarships!

Alabama Colleges & Universities

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO
ALABAMA COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES 2018­-2019


FOUR YEAR INSTITUTIONS


UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (205) 566­1922
Christy Hudgens, Regional Recruiter
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: Generally­21 minimum ACT (1000 SAT) with 3.0 OVERALL GPA
All applications considered on an individual basis.
Math: Three (3) units of mathematics (must include algebra I, algebra II, and one unit of either geometry,
trigonometry, or calculus)
World Language: One year required
Application: Online or download forms
Scholarships: Automatic 25 ACT, 3.5 GPA. Students must complete the Scholarship Application once
accepted.
UA Recognition Scholarship: A student with a 21­24 ACT or 1060­1190 SAT score and minimum 3.5
cumulative GPA will be selected as a UA Recognition Scholar and will receive $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year).
Scholarship Deadline: December 15

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA at BIRMINGHAM (UAB) (205) 704­9243
Jordan Simpson, Admissions Counselor simpson3@uab.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: 20 ACT (1030 SAT) & 2.75 overall GPA
Math: Three years of math, Algebra I or higher
World Language: One year required
Application: Priority deadline for admission is June 1.
Scholarships: Minimums to qualify are 20 ACT and 3.5 overall GPA or 24 ACT and 3.0 GPA
Scholarship Deadline: December 1. December ACT score will be considered for scholarship if student is
already admitted and requests UAB to pull their score.
Honors College Admission: 28 ACT and 3.5 or higher GPA
Honors College Specialized Program Application Deadline: January 15


UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA in HUNTSVILLE (UAH) (256) 824­2773
Katie Greene, Admissions Counselor katie.greene@uah.edu (256) 824­4299
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: Admissions Requirements: 2.9 GPA and 20 ACT
(Engineering does not require a minimum ACT score. As long as the student has been admitted through
Admissions, they are admitted with Engineering too.)
World Language: not required. A 25 on the ACT and 3.0 GPA are the minimum for MERIT Merit
Scholarships: minimum requirement is 3.0 GPA and 25 ACT (students must submit test scores by July 1st to be eligible for any type of scholarship upgrade)

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY (253) 372-­6678
Cary Watkins, Admissions Counselor Cary.Watkins@aamu.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: 18 ACT and 2.0 overall GPA
Math: Algebra II
World Language: Must satisfy Alabama Graduation Requirements Scholarships: 23 ACT and 3.25 overall GPA

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY (800) 253-­5037
Admissions.alasu.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: Sliding scale used. SAT ­ only evaluate Critical Reading and Math scores.
GPA ACT or SAT
2.00­2.49 18 or higher 950+
2.50­2.99 17 910­949
3.00­3.49 16 870­909
3.50 or higher 15 830­869

AUBURN UNIVERSITY (334) 734­-3381
Kali Tucker, Regional Admissions Counselor Kali.tucker@auburn.edu
Application admission opens: August 15th. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis.
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: The average GPA for students admitted to the 2017 freshman class was
a 3.86 and the middle 50% range for the ACT was 24­30 while SAT was a 1160­1410 (critical reading and math). Writing portion of ACT is not required.

Scholarships: Minimums for merit based scholarships are 28 ACT (or comparable SAT) and 3.5 GPA. December 1st is the deadline to complete AUSOM (scholarship application). Students must complete AUSOM to be considered for any scholarships Auburn has to offer. Scholarships are not guaranteed if AUSOM is completed after December 1st.
 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY at MONTGOMERY (334) 244­3842
Jordan Cockrell, Admissions Counselor jcockrel@aum.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for Admission: Minimum 18 ACT or 940 SAT and 2.3 GPA required
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: not required
Application: Online application is free
Scholarships: Minimum qualifications are 18 ACT and 2.5 GPA
Scholarship deadline: March 1
BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE (205) 226­4693
Anthony McCall, Admission Counselor aemccall@bsc.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: Average ACT is 26 and average GPA is 3.4
Applications: BSC online application or Common App.
Application Requirements
● Transcript
● ACT or SAT Test Scores (unless applying Test Optional)
Recommended Submissions
● Essay
● Resume
● Interview
Application fee waived if application is received by Early Action deadline on Common App. Always free
to apply online.
Early Decision (binding) Deadline: November 1
Early Action Deadline (nonbinding) Deadline: November 15
Regular Admission Deadline: February 1
Scholarships: Merit scholarships awarded based holistic approach. Grid forthcoming for ranges later this
fall. Evaluations begin November 15. All ACT/SAT scores sent by application completion and initial
application review will be considered, any subsequent test scores must be officially submitted with an
appeal for scholarship reconsideration, not guaranteed to increase award. ACT and SAT scores are
superscored; however, BSC also has a test optional application process. Students are encouraged to apply
test optional if their standardized tests don’t adequately represent their academic caliber. Students are
encouraged to apply for need based financial aid by completing the FAFSA.

HUNTINGDON COLLEGE (800) 763­0313
Jenny McDavid, Admissions Counselor jmcdavid@huntingdon.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for admission: 20 ACT or 940 SAT and 2.5 GPA for unconditional acceptance.
Conditional acceptance: 19 ACT or 900 SAT and 2.75 GPA or 18 ACT or 860 SAT and 3.0 GPA. GPA
that is calculated on the high school transcript is used. We now super score the ACT.
Math: Two math courses above Algebra are strongly recommended.
World Language: not required, but recommended.
Scholarships: minimum to qualify is acceptance to the college.

JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY (800) 231­5291
Cody Beck, Admissions Advisor cbeck@jsu.edu (256)­ 405­ 7170
ACT/SAT/GPA for admission: High school diploma or GED certificate required with at least 2.0 GPA
on a 4.0 scale. 20+ ACT unconditional acceptance; 18­19 ACT student must take LS 104 Learning Skills
class for remediation. 950 or above SAT unconditional acceptance; 870­940 conditional acceptance
Math: Algebra II not required for admission, but recommended
World Language: not required
Scholarship Deadline: March 1
February is last ACT considered with scores being sent directly to JSU Automatic Scholarship Qualifications: 23+ ACT/1100+SAT and 3.0 GPA Leadership Scholarship Qualifications: 20­25 ACT/950­1180 SAT and 3.0 GPA Students must apply for admission and be accepted before applying for scholarships or housing.

MILES COLLEGE (205) 929­1654
Jay Johnson, Admissions Counselor jjohnson@miles.edu
Admission: Unconditional admittance given with high school diploma Those who do not make at least a
16 on each category of the ACT will fall into the Jump Start Program.
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: Minimums to qualify are 18 ACT and 3.0 GPA

UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE (251) 442­2425
Elijah Gibson, Admissions Counselor egibson@umobile.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA for admission: 21 ACT and 2.75 GPA for unconditional acceptance Lower scores
considered: 18 minimum, subject to change for 20172018 school year contact admissions counselor.
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: 20 ACT and 2.75 GPA. ACT scores considered up until freshman year begins. *$2,000
visit day scholarships are available to each student who attends a visit day before May 1 of senior year
(*with possibility of extension). RSVP to attend one of these days on the UMobile website at
www.umobile.edu/visit or contact enrollment counselor for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO (205) 900­4464 call or text
Melissa Stano, Admissions Counselor mstano1@montevallo.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: 20 ACT (SAT 950), 2.5 overall GPA
Math: Algebra II not required but recommended
World Language: not required but recommended
Scholarships: 23 ACT and 3.0 GPA or 22 ACT and 3.5 GPA
The Presidential Honors Scholarship 30 ACT and 3.0 GPA $9,000/year (previously $7500/year).
distributed until exhausted.

SPRING HILL COLLEGE (251) 380­3037
Taylor Russ, Admissions Counselor truss@shc.edu
They have rolling admissions and the application fee is waived for students applying online by either
using the Common Application or the Spring Hill website. Official ACT or SAT scores, official transcript,
letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor required. They do super score ACT or SAT
ACT/SAT/GPA: Recommended 20 ACT or 930 SAT and 3.0 GPA. Average of last year’s incoming class
between 2227 ACT and 3.4 GPA. If you have below a 20 ACT then they will look closely at your GPA
and rigor of high school courses for possible admission.
Math: Algebra II required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: minimum 20 ACT and 2.5 GPA

TROY UNIVERSITY (205) 382­3803
Tara Elliot, Admissions Counselor teelliott@troy.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: Unconditional admittance given with 20 ACT (1030 SAT) and 2.0 overall GPA.
Conditional admittance given with 17­19 ACT (910 SAT) and 2.5 GPA
Math: Algebra II Superscore for scholarship consideration


UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA (256) 765­4653
Hadley Skalnik, Admissions Counselor lskalnik@una.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: Unconditional admittance with 18 ACT (940 SAT) 2.25 overall unweighted GPA unweighted.
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: Academic & Leadership Scholarships, 20 ACT and 3.0 GPA. Leadership requires 1­2 page
activity resume. Scholarship deadline is February 1, 2019.

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY (205) 726­2902
Molly Brown: mbrown11@samford.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: The average range is 23¬29 for ACT, 1080¬­1320 for SAT and 3.48­¬4.0 GPA. One
academic letter of recommendation is required. The application committee values test scores and GPA but
takes a holistic view in considering a student for admission and scholarships.
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: recommended but not required
Scholarships: There is a separate scholarship application for Leadership and Presidential Scholarship
consideration. Revisions to the application and updated test scores will be accepted through the December
1st deadline for merit­based scholarship consideration.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA (251) 525­3757
Jennifer Henderson, Regional Admissions Counselor jenhenderson@southalabama.edu ACT/SAT/GPA:
19 ACT with 2.5 GPA
Math: Algebra I and II required
World Language: not required but may be used as an advanced elective.
Scholarships: 23 ACT and 3.0 GPA. Priority scholarship deadline is December 1 but funds are not
required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: Scholarships are competitive and no longer awarded automatically. New deadline Dec. 1.
Leadership 23 ACT, 3.0GPA and resume; Chancellor’s 28 ACT, 3.5 GPA and essay required; and
Millennium 32 ACT, 3.7 GPA and essay required

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY (334) 727­8718
Raveign Lee, Admissions Counselor rlee@tuskegee.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: Minimum for regular admit is 2.6 GPA, 19 ACT or 880 SAT. Minimum for conditional
acceptance 2.3 GPA, 17 ACT, 790 SAT.
Scholarships: Start at 2.6 GPA, 20 ACT or 980 SAT
UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA (205) 652­3599
Kirstan Cunningham kcunningham@uwa.edu
ACT/SAT/GPA: Conditional Admittance: 17­18 ACT or 920­980 SAT and a 2.0 GPA
Unconditional Admittance: 19+ ACT or 990+ SAT and a 2.0 GPA
Math: Algebra II not required
World Language: not required
Scholarships: Minimums to qualify for leadership scholarships are 19 ACT or 990+ SAT, a 2.0 GPA and
leadership involvement.
Minimums to qualify for academic scholarships are a 21 ACT or 1060 or higher SAT and 3.0 GPA.


TWO YEAR INSTITUTIONS

JEFFERSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (205) 856­6097
Jacob Call jcall@jeffersonstate.edu
Financial Aid (205) 856­8509
High School diploma or GED certificate required.
ACT/SAT/GPA: No minimum GPA.
Scholarships: Start at 3.0 GPA, 22 ACT or 980 SAT

LAWSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dr. Jeff Shelley, Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Application: NO application fee.
ACT/SAT/GPA: HS diploma or GED certificate required.
Scholarships: Minimum to qualify for scholarships 3.0 GPA

SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (205) 391­2214
T.J. Smith, Director of Recruiting tjsmith@sheltonstate.edu
1. Shelton State APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION submitted online.
2. Signature/Residency Page
3. One primary form of identification (unexpired government issued ID) presented in person or
legible copy submitted by mail or email.
4. During senior year, send unofficial transcript with ACT scores and semester grades
4. Official high school or GED transcript documenting graduation date
5. Official college transcript (if college credit has been awarded for dual credit/enrollment.)

SOUTHERN UNION COMMUNITY COLLEGE (256) 395­2211
Ashley Pope, Shawn Caldwell or Nicole Bennett, Records clerk
Admission: HS diploma or GED certificate. If ACT is lower than 20 on English, 17 on Reading, 18 on
Math, placement test will be given. Students with Occupational Diploma from regular classes need a 16
on ACT.
Application: Official ID to enroll (driver’s license, passport, state ID or international Visa or Permanent
Resident Card.
Scholarships: Minimum for scholarships is 3.0 GPA.
 

Senior Year

Senior Checklist

First page of the PDF file: Senior-College-Checklist-by-Semester

Senior College Advising

First page of the PDF file: Senior-College-Advising-at-BCS-2018-2019

Quick Reference Guide

First page of the PDF file: Quick-Reference-Guide-fastweb-2018-19

10 Common Mistakes

Top  10  College  Application  Mistakes
Senior year is hectic, but don't let that affect the quality of your college applications. Take your time, pay
attention to detail and plan ahead so you can meet the deadlines.
Following are some of the top responses from counselors and admissions staff who shared the most common
mistakes on college applications.
1. Misspellings and grammatical errors—This is a big pet peeve of admissions people. Misspellings on
something as important as the application shows that either you don't care or you aren't good at
spelling. Some students even misspell their intended major. But don't stop with a spell check. Proofread
for grammatical errors, too.
2. Applying online, but the application isn't actually submitted—If you apply online, you should
receive confirmation that the college or university received it. Confirmation could be an email message,
a Web page response or a credit card receipt. Follow through and make sure that your application has
been received.
3. Forgotten signatures—Make sure you sign and date the form. Often students overlook that part of the
form if it's on the back. Check that all spaces are completed.
4. Not reading carefully—For example, if the form asks what County you live in, don't misread it as
Country and write United States.
5. Listing extracurricular activities that aren't—Those that make the list include sports, the arts, formal
organizations and volunteer work. Talking on the phone and hanging out with friends don't make the
cut. Make sure your activity information is accurate. Colleges may check with your high school.
6. Not telling your school counselor where you've applied—Let your counselor know which colleges
you're applying to, and ask him or her to review your high school transcript before sending it to
colleges. Sometimes transcripts have errors.
7. Writing illegibly—First impressions count, so take your time and use your best handwriting. It will
make a better impression.
8. Using an email address that friends might laugh about, but colleges won't—Select a professional
email address. Keep your fun address for friends, but select an address using your name for college
admissions.
9. Not checking your email regularly—If you've given an email address, the college will use it. You don't
want to miss out on anything because you didn't read your email.
10. Letting Mom or Dad help you fill out your application—Admissions people know if your parents
help, whether you have two different styles of handwriting or your admissions essay sounds more like a
45­year­old than a 17­year­old. It's fine to get advice, but do the work yourself.

College Admissions Glossary

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS GLOSSARY

ACT: All colleges in the State of Alabama use ACT as part of their admissions criteria. This is also true of all colleges and universities outside the state. The test measures educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning and is given at specified test centers throughout the year. An optional writing component has been added. ACT scores range from 1­-36. Our school code is 010­332

Accreditation: Recognition of a college or university by any of the regional or national accrediting bodies; indicating
that the institution as a whole has been judged to be meeting its objectives.

Admissions Terms:
Regular Decision: Deadlines usually begin December 15th. Students are notified by April 15th and must respond to the college by May 1st. We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible and not wait until the postmark deadline.

Rolling Admissions: Applications are read as they are received. Although candidates may receive acceptance within one month, they maintain the right to wait until May 1st to accept the offer of admission. The earlier you apply the better. You may be the most qualified applicant, but they may not have a space for you in
April.

Early Decision I: This is a contractual, binding agreement between the college and the student. The agreement is if accepted, the student will attend. Notification is given usually by December 15th. You may submit only one ED application. If accepted, you must withdraw any other applications.

Early Decision II: This works the same as EDI, but has a later due date to allow students more time to make
an informed decision.

Early Action: This is a non­binding application with early deadlines for the student and the college. You may apply to other schools and have until May 1st to accept an offer of admission.

Early Action ­Single Choice (also called REA): This is a non­binding early admission option for those students who have completed a thorough and thoughtful college search. It allows students to learn of their admission decision in December without requiring a response until May 1st or obligating them to enroll at that
school. Furthermore, Single ­Choice Early Action allows applicants to apply to as many colleges as they want under a Regular admission time frame. This option, therefore, gives early admitted students considerably more time to reflect on future plans and, if they so choose, explore a variety of educational institutions that might
meet individual needs and aspirations.

Advanced Placement: Granting of credit and/or assignment to an advanced course on the basis of evidence that the student has mastered the equivalent of an introductory course.

Aid Package: A combination of aid (possibly including a scholarship, grant, loan, and work) determined by a college financial aid office.

CSS Financial Aid PROFILE: The CSS PROFILE Service is offered by the College Scholarship Service and is used by certain schools to award their own private funds. Students register for the service at www.collegeboard.org.

Candidates Reply Date: A policy of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) that permits students to wait until May 1 to choose, without penalty, among offers of admission/financial aid.

Coalition Application: An unprecedented coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities has come together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college.

College Calendar: Common systems of instruction time­
● Traditional semester ­ two approximately equal semesters
● Early semester ­ two semesters, the first ending before Christmas
● Quarter ­three equal terms of about 12 weeks each
● Trimester ­calendar year divided into three equal semesters ­ The third semester replaces summer school
● 4­1­4 two equal terms of about 18 weeks each, with a 4­week interim term

Common Application: Many colleges have worked together to develop and distribute the Common Application. Using this online form to apply to several schools has many advantages both to students and counselors because you only have one form to complete. The Common Application may then be sent to any number of participating colleges. The same is true of the “School Report” and “Teacher Evaluation” portions. Common Applications will be available online in August at www.commonapp.org. Statistics show that students using Common Applications are given the
same consideration as those using the colleges’ individual forms.

Credit hour: A unit of academic credit that often represents one hour of class time per week for a period of study (semester, quarter, etc.).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The application required for students to be considered for student financial aid. It is important to complete a FAFSA even if you do not think you will qualify for federal aid since colleges typically will not award their own need­ based aid without a FAFSA report. The FAFSA is processed free of charge, and it is used by most state agencies and colleges. The FAFSA may be completed online in December or after of your senior year at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Grade Point Average (GPA): GPA is an indicator of the student's overall scholastic performance. It is computed by
multiplying the number of grade points earned in each course (generally, A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) times the number
of course hours/credit hours, then dividing the sum by the total number of course hours/credit hours carried.

Honors Program: Any program offering opportunity for superior students to enrich their educational experience through independent, advanced, or accelerated study. Honors Programs often provide other perks such as special housing, early registration and/or mentoring.

Major: The subject of study in which the student chooses to specialize; a series of related courses, taken primarily in
the junior and senior years.

National College Fair: Selecting the right college is one of the most important decisions you will make during your
lifetime. This decision will have a great impact on shaping your future educational career. To assist you in this
process, the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) organizes a National College Fair in
Birmingham each September.

SAT: A test of verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) at
specified test centers throughout the year and required or recommended by many colleges as part of the admission
process. This test is published by the College Board. The SAT Subject Tests are sometimes required in addition to
the SAT score. Our school code number is 010332. Go to www.collegeboard.org for testing dates.

SAT Subject Test: One­ hour subject tests which are primarily multiple­choice that measure knowledge or skills in a
particular subject and your ability to apply that knowledge. Many colleges require or recommend one or more of the
subject tests for admission or placement.

Student Aid Report (SAR): The information you will receive approximately 3­6 weeks after your FAFSA has been
processed. It will report the information from your application and, if there are no questions or problems with your
application, your SAR will report your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to colleges of your choice.

Transcript: A transcript is a copy of your grades, 9­11, and includes the results of the ACT and/or SAT test results by
request. Upon graduation, the transcript shows your grades through your senior year. Transcripts can be requested
through Family Connection. Following graduation, a final transcript is sent if you complete the proper Final Transcript
Request in your Family Connection account in May.

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