https://www.khanacademy.org/sat is the site for practicing for the SAT. Sophomore through senior students should use this practice site before taking the SAT. It is free and easy to use.
SWIC has a new placement test called ACCUPLACER. Students who plan to take classes at SWIC can practice the ACCUPLACER for free at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.
Seniors receive three college days to visit colleges, job shadow or visit military recruiters. This is the time to begin touring colleges if you have not done so during summer. You need to begin filling out applications as soon as possible. Many colleges have a priority filing deadline and some are as early as November 1. Please make sure that when you submit an application you request a transcript sent to the colleges to which you have applied. CP English students and students with SWIC credits will need to have SLU and/or SWIC transcripts sent from those institutions. YOU MUST CONTACT THOSE SCHOOLS YOURSELF. Take the SAT or ACT one more time if needed. Seek recommendations from teacher, school counselors, and other staff, coaches, or community members who know you through volunteer work. Apply EARLY to colleges and universities. Know the priority deadline meet it. DO NOT ask for recommendations a day or two before they are due. Give the recommendation writer time to write a glowing letter. Talk with the colleges and universities of your choice about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Continue to update your resume, stay involved, and STUDY.
Financial Aid Night will be held in August or September. We will discuss the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarships, loans, etc. at this time. The FAFSA can be filled out as early as October 1 and needs to be completed by November 15.
Juniors: receive two college days to visit colleges, job shadow, or visit military recruiters; use the day wisely. Speak in class, ask questions, participate in discussion, etc. Get plenty of sleep so you do your best in school. Prepare and register for the ACT and/or SAT. Plan your test dates around other important events. Continue involvement in sports and clubs. Polish your resume and keep it up-to-date. Create a college "want" list and begin researching schools. Visit colleges during holidays and school breaks as this is the best way to know if it is a fit for you. Practice your writing skills for essays for scholarships and admissions.
JUNIORS and SENIORS: Athletes who wish to pursue college athletics need to register with the NCAA and/or NAIA. Once you have registered you MUST request a transcript to be sent from Mrs. Schorfheide. Seniors who have college credits must contact the colleges to have those transcripts sent.
College day forms must be filled out before the visit in order for the visit to NOT count as an absence. You will receive a form that must be completed by the college representative and brought back to Mrs. Schorfheide within two school days of the college visit or the day will be documented as an absence.
Transcript request forms are in Mrs. Schorfheide’s office and must be completed and signed by a parent before transcripts will be sent, unless you are using exchange.parchment.com.
Applications and scholarships all have deadlines that must be met. Letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other required information should be requested at least 1 week prior to the deadline.
Sophomores: Receive one college day to visit a college or job shadow. Pick your route - know what you need junior and senior year for graduation and college/military/etc. Wisely challenge yourself in classes. Pick classes that will prepare you for the future but that you can be successful in. Take the PSAT or look in to test prep classes. Start a resume of jobs, community/volunteer service hours, and clubs and sports of you are a member. Use your summer for sports or classes that will build you up.
Freshmen: Pick your classes carefully. Know what is right for you and where you can be a success yet challenge yourself. Read often! Read books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. GET INVOLVED. Start being active in clubs and or organizations. NOTE: college look for longevity and leadership NOT just membership. PASS ALL CLASSES!
You can contact me during the school day in my office, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 618-537-4423 ext. 204/text name and message to 618-304-5405.
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