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College Guidance program of PASCHS seeks to guide each student in his personal growth over the course of the college selection process. Students are empowered to take responsibility for their college choices and encouraged to consider thoroughly where they will be most successful in attaining higher education. With a balanced list of colleges, each student and family will be well positioned to make this major life decision with confidence.

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The type and competitiveness of your academic program and the quality of work you do during your  four years in high school will serve as your resume to a college. Your scholastic record, submitted to a college or university on your high school transcript, is considered the most important factor in determining your chances for admission.

In preparing for college admission, you should earn at least 120 credits by graduation. This means carrying a minimum of five academic courses during each year of high school. The stronger student, or the one seeking to take the most challenging program possible, should consider taking more each year.  Students should always consider selecting challenging courses when possible. Discuss your academic options with your parents and your college guidance counselor each year before selecting your courses.

The following is a brief outline of the number of years of study in each academic area, which should be considered. This is only offered as a guide. The specific courses you take each year should be determined by your interests, success in previous courses, teacher recommendations, and your future goals.

*Students are required to take 10 or more credits of their choice in order to achieve 120 total credits

**Visual/ Performing Arts, and/or technology/ Century 21st.

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Family Connection by Naviance

Family Connection by Naviance is a comprehensive website that students and parents can use as a tool in planning for college.  It is a web-based program designed to improve college and career planning and is a place to organize personal data, lay out a game plan, maintain a list of prospective colleges, and track the application process.

While we anticipate heaviest usage of this program among our juniors and seniors, many of our younger students and their parents will find this tool to be helpful in longer-term planning.

Features to Explore:

Career Tab“Personality type – Do What You Are” assessment and “Career Interest Profiler”  -Students can match their personality and interests to specific careers and get valuable information regarding job descriptions, salaries, job outlook, education needed, and more.

College Tab  – “College Lookup” – type in the name of a college and receive comprehensive information on admissions information, academics, cost, financial aid available, athletic programs, extracurricular offerings, as well as a link to each college’s own website.  “College Search” – enter criteria such as size, location, cost, majors, etc., and a list of potential matches will be generated.  “College Overlap” – Students can see up to 10 more schools that are similar to the ones they are thinking about applying to. “College Visit Schedule” – Students can click on Visit Schedule to see a list of scheduled visits by college representatives.  Sign-ups still need to be done through the Career Resource Center. Under “My Colleges”, seniors can organize applications and track deadlines.

Other resources provided by Family Connections are links to useful websites relating to financial aid, test preparation, NCAA eligibility, etc.  Naviance also allows students to create a resume, communicate with their counselor and receive emails from the Guidance Department.

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FAQ's

Q:  What is Rolling Decision?

A:  An admissions plan that accepts and acts upon applications throughout the year.  Decisions are often made as soon as the admissions folder is complete.

Q:  What is Early Decision?

A:  Early decision plans are binding.  You agree to attend the college if it accepts you and offers an adequate financial package.  Although you can apply to only one college for early decision, you may apply to other colleges through the regular admission process.  If you’re accepted by your first choice college early, you must withdraw all other applications.

Q:  What is Early Action?

A:  Early action plans are similar to early decision plans, but are NOT binding.  If you’ve been accepted, you can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring.  Under these plans, you may also apply early action to other colleges. Usually, you have until the late spring to let the college know your decision.

Q:  Should I apply under one of these plans?

A:  You should apply under an early decision or early action plan only if you are sure of the college you want to attend.  Do not apply under any of these decisions if you plan to weigh offers and financial aid packages from several colleges later in the spring.  Also, you shouldn’t apply early if it would be beneficial to have more of your senior year work to show a college.

Q:  Do I have a better chance of getting accepted to a college if I apply early?

A:  Many students apply early decision because they believe that there is an advantage to applying early and that their chances of being admitted are greater.  Actually, this can vary from school to school and year to year and may depend on the applicant pool at the school where you are applying. Do your homework first and check to see what percentage of the students in the previous graduating classes at your school were admitted early decision to a specific college or university.  Are you qualified to apply as early decision? If so and this is the school you really wish to attend, then apply early decision.

Q:  What is the Common Application?

A:  The Common Application allows you to apply to over 700 schools with one application.  You can find more information at commonapp.org.

Q:  What are test-optional schools?

A:  Test optional schools will consider students for admission without test scores.  However, test policies will vary from school to school. Some programs may require a minimum GPA or require test scores for certain majors/programs and merit scholarships.

For a list of test-optional schools, click on the link below.

Fair Test  

Q:  How do I apply for financial aid?

A:  All students should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Some colleges may require the CSS Profile as well. More information is available under the Financial Aid link.

Q:  When do I have to commit to my college?

A:  The national decision deadline is May 1st of the student’s senior year.  By May 1st, students should deposit at one institution.

College Planning Timeline

JUNIOR YEAR:

FALL:
  1. Place a strong emphasis on your academic work.

Register for Naviance-Family Connection at http://connection.naviance.com/pascs. PASCHS uses Naviance as our ultimate  college search resource. Refer to Naviance user  guide available in College Guidance Office for user support and instructions.

WINTER:
  1.     Continue to focus on your academics.
  2.     Carefully select your courses for senior year.
  3.     Search the Internet for college, career and financial aid information.
  4.     Schedule a college conference with your guidance counselor. Your parents may want to participate in this conference.
  5. Encourage your parents to attend the Junior Parent Meeting on January  date TBT.

Log-on to Naviance at http://connection.naviance.com/pascs and complete the College Search.  Post colleges that you are interested in.

SPRING:
  1. Register for and take the SAT or ACT. SEE FORM H for registration information and test dates.
  2.     Register for and take the SAT Subject Test, only if appropriate. Discuss with your college guidance counselor.
  3.     Attend the PASCS College Visits and College Fairs
  4. Visit college campuses while school is in session. Our spring  break is a great time to do this. SEE FORM A for information on College Visits.
  5.     Contact admissions offices for information regarding campus tours and interviews.
  6. Ask  two academic  teachers for college  recommendations. No official paperwork is required at this time. SEE FORM O for more information.
  7.     Complete “Recommendation Packet” with your college guidance counselor. This will be used to write your college recommendations.
SUMMER:
  1.     Visit college websites and view applications for admission and financial aid.
  2.     Continue to visit and tour colleges.
  3. Begin thinking about writing essays. Use the Common App to begin an essay (commonapp.org). SEE FORM  B for essay writing tips.
  4.     Prepare a resume including community involvement, work, travel and educational/cultural experience.
  5.     Review “Draft Transcript.”

SENIOR YEAR:

FALL:
  1.     Continue to place a strong emphasis on your academic work. Keep grades up, all colleges will be receiving midyear transcripts.
  2. Attend Senior College Meeting (date to be announced in the school calendar).
  3. Register  for and take Winter season  SAT Reasoning Test / SAT Subject Test,  ACT, if appropriate. SEE FORM H for registration information and test dates.
  4. Make  note of  the various deadlines that you have to meet.
  5. Prepare and submit all  Early Decision/Early Action applications if applicable.
  6. Parents should attend Senior Financial Aid Workshop (Early October, date to be announced in the school Calendar).
  7. Submit Transcript Request forms to your guidance counselor, allowing at least 2 weeks to process.

SEE Form N

  1. Check-in with teachers regarding recommendations, allowing them enough time to accommodate your requests. SEE FORM O
  2.     Submit Teacher Recommendation forms to your teachers, allowing at least 2 weeks to process. SEE FORM P
  3.  Participate in Info Session- College Representative visits hosted in our school. Check Naviance or school emails to see which colleges are scheduled to visit PASCHS.
  4.  Students applying to fine art and performing art programs must contact the colleges about auditions and portfolio requirements.
  5.  SEE FORM Q for “10 Steps for Submitting College Applications”
WINTER:
  1. Keep your college counselor informed of your acceptances, deferrals, denials, and wait lists at all times. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ENTER ALL THIS INFORMATION ON NAVIANCE UNDER THE TAB “COLLEGES I’M APPLYING TO.” SIMPLY CLICK THE “EDIT” PENCIL IN THE RESULTS COLUMN.
  2.     File FAFSA/CSS Profile. These forms are available online.
  3.     Apply for Local Scholarships. The Local Scholarship Booklet will be online on the Naviance website during the first week in December– note deadline.
  4.     Complete all remaining applications.
SPRING:
  1.     Continue to keep your counselor informed of your acceptances, deferrals, denials, and wait lists at all times.
  2. Discuss your options with your parents and college guidance counselor.
  3.     Finalize your decision by sending in your deposit by May 1st Candidates Reply Date.
  4.     Successfully complete your senior year. Your college will request your final grades. Remember that acceptances are contingent upon continued satisfactory performance.
  5.     CONGRATULATIONS – You survived the College Process and you can now look forward to the next stage in your academic career.
College Planning Guide

January 2018 – June 2018

11TH GRADE

January/February 2018:

  • Meet with college counselor to begin planning for post-secondary options
  • ACT February 10, 2018
  • Begin researching colleges on internet
  • Begin attending information sessions and open houses at colleges during winter break
  • Continue to work hard to present best transcript to colleges

March/April 2018:

  • Request information from colleges
  • Meet with a counselor to further refine a list
  • Spring break – visit colleges
  • Division I & II Athletes – sign up with NCAA Clearinghouse & get NCAA Guide
  • Look for summer job opportunities
  • SAT I ONLY March 10, 2018
  • ACT on April 14, 2018
  • Attend College Fairs
  • Review your 3 year high school transcript and notify high school counselor of any thing missing.

May 2018:

  • SAT I & II on May 5, 2018
  • Attend College Fairs
  • Speak to two teachers of academic subjects to request college recommendations
  • Continue to visit colleges
  • Prepare and submit paperwork to high school counselor and teachers for them to write recommendations.

June – August 2018:

  • SAT I & II on June 2, 2018
  • ACT offered June 9, 2018
  • ACT offered July 14, 2018
  • Request private scholarship applications
  • Set up Common App. account and other application accounts on websites
  • Visit colleges
  • Choose 6 – 10 colleges to which you will apply (Safety, Target, Dream)
  • Begin writing and revising college essay(s)

COLLEGE APPLICATION TIMELINE

September 2017 –June 2018

12th GRADE

  • September 2019:
  • Register for October and November SAT I or II (if not taken already)
  • Register for October ACT (if not taken already)
  • Visit college representatives at your high school
  • Hand in any required paperwork to your college counselor (transcript forms)
  • Finish writing essays
  • Confirm teacher recommendations
  • Send test scores to colleges if done with testing
  • Begin to file rolling admission applications
  • Keep checklist – BE AWARE OF AND MEET ALL DEADLINES
  • ACT offered on September 9th
  •  Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

October 2019:

  • SAT I & II offered on October
  • ACT offered on October
  • Register for November/December SAT if necessary
  • Register for December ACT if necessary
  • Continue filing rolling and regular decision application
  • Submit FAFSA after October 1st
  • Submit CSS Profile if required
  • Send test scores to colleges if done with testing
  • Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

November 2019:

  • SAT I & II offered on November 4th
  • Continue filing rolling and regular decision applications
  • File financial aid forms if not done already
  • Send test scores to colleges if done with testing
  • Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

December 2017- January 2018:

  • Receive early decision/action decisions
  • Finish regular decision and rolling admission applications
  • Forward SAT/ACT scores to colleges if done with testing
  • File financial aid forms if not done already
  • Begin to rank schools where you have applied
  • Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

February – March 2018:

  • Send Mid-Year report to colleges, if required
  • Review SAR (Student Aid Report) carefully
  • Review Financial Aid packages
  • Stay in touch with your counselor regarding the status of your applications
  • Apply for community/local scholarships
  • Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

April 2018:

  • Visit schools where accepted
  • Make final decision – mail deposit to ONE college
  • If waitlisted, contact admissions office if still interested
  • Make sure you meet all financial aid requirements
  • Keep up your grades; they matter!!!

May – June 2018:

  • May 1st – National College Deposit Deadline
  • Request final transcript to be sent to the college you plan to attend
  • Follow all procedures for college housing and orientation
  • Analyze projected first-year college budget
  • Check banking options in the college town
  • And finally- Keep up your grades; they matter!!!
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College Admission Process

This guide has been prepared to assist you to successfully negotiate the college admissions process.  Please review this guide carefully, follow any suggestions give and save the guide for future reference.

Our guidance department provides access to an in-depth college resource, Naviance, which can be accessed on the web at http://connection.naviance.com/pascs Juniors have already received information on accessing this website.  The PASCS college guidance department will use this website extensively during the college search and admissions process.

Remember, our Guidance Counselors will always be available to help you.  Students should make an appointment to see their college guidance counselor whenever they have a question or concern.  Parents may reach their son/daughter’s college counselor by calling the office at……….

To view the guide, please click on the link below:

http://www.hesaa.org/Flipbooks/ReachHigher/index.html

Testing Dates

Below you can find information pertaining to the new SAT and Test Preparation.

PASCS CEEB School Code: 319535

The SAT has changed. For more details regarding this change please visit the CollegeBoard through this link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/

The newly designed SAT was implemented for the first time on March 05 2016.***

2017-18 SAT Test Dates                                                                                              

Test Dates Tests Offered Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes
August 26, 2017 SAT/Subject Tests     July 28th, 2017 Mail/Phone: August 08-15, 2016 August 15th, 2017
October 7, 2017 SAT/Subject Tests     September 8, 2017 Mail/Phone: Sept.. 19-27, 2017 Sept. 27, 2017
November 4, 2017 SAT/Subject Tests     October 5, 2017 Mail/Phone: Oct. 17-25, 2017 Oct. 22, 2017
December 2, 2017 SAT/Subject Tests     November 2, 2017 Mail/Phone: Nov.. 14-21, 2017 November 21, 2017
March 10, 2018 SAT Only February 9, 2018 Mail/Phone: Feb. 20-28, 2018 February 28, 2018
May 5, 2018 SAT/Subject Tests     April 6, 2018 Mail/Phone: April 17-25, 2018 April 25, 2018
June 2, 2018 SAT/Subject Tests     May 3, 2018 Mail/Phone: May 15-23, 2018 May 23, 2018

         

SAT vs ACT
Test Structure and Format ACT SAT
Length 3 hours, 35 minutes (including the optional Writing Test, not including breaks) 3 hours, 50 minutes (including the optional Essay, not including breaks)
Structure 4 sections*

  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science

*Plus an Optional Writing Test

4 sections*

  • Reading
  • Writing and Language
  • Math without a Calculator
  • Math with a Calculator

*Plus an Optional Essay

Scoring ACT SAT
Score You will receive a composite score on a 1–36 scale. This score is an average of your scores on the 4 multiple-choice test sections (each section is scored on 1–36 scale).

The optional Writing Test is not included in the composite score. You will receive 5 scores for the Writing Test: one overall score on a 2–12 scale and 4 domain scores, also 2–12, that are based on an analytic scoring rubric.

You will receive an overall score out of 1600. This score is calculated by adding your score on the Math section with your score on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section (each section is scored on a 200–800 scale).

The optional Essay is not included in the overall score. You will receive 3 scores for the essay: Reading, Analysis, and Writing, which are all on 2–8 scale.

Wrong Answer Penalty No penalty for wrong answers. No penalty for wrong answers.
Sending Score History to Colleges You can decide which score is sent to colleges. Note: all scores from your selected test date are sent. You can decide which score is sent to colleges. Note: all scores from your selected test date are sent.
Topics Covered ACT SAT
Reading Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Command of Evidence

Words in Context

Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science

Math Preparing for Higher Math:

  • Number and Quantity
  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Integrating Essential Skills

Modeling

Heart of Algebra

Problem Solving and Data Analysis

Passport to Advanced Math

Additional Topics in Math

Science Interpretation of Data

Scientific Investigation

Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results

Science content is not tested on the SAT, but the test does measure your ability to interpret charts, infographics, and data on scientific topics in other sections.

A Science Insight Score, based on these abilities, is provided.

English/Writing and Language Production of Writing

Knowledge of Language

Conventions of English

Optional Writing Test (essay)

Command of Evidence

Words in Context

Analysis in History/Social Studies and in Science

Expression of Ideas

Optional Essay

Essay Optional final section, 40 minute testing time

Separate score, not included in composite score

Topic presents conversations around contemporary issues

Tests ability to argue a point of view in a clear way, using concrete examples

Optional final section

50 minute testing time

Separate score, not included in overall score

Topic comes from a 750-word passage to be read on test day

Tests reading, analysis, and writing skills

Revised October 2017

PSAT Information

PSAT/NMSQT October 25, 2017

PSAT 8/9 March 28, 2018

PSAT 10  March 28, 2018

The high school will be administering the PSAT 8/9 to all 9th graders and the PSAT 10 to all 10th graders during the school day on March 28, 2018.  The test is free to all 9th and 10th graders.

For more information about the PSAT tests, visit CollegeBoard.

Ap-Student Bulletin 2017-2018
AP 2018 Exam Schedule
Advanced Placement Exam Policy

All students currently enrolled in an advanced placement course are required to take the AP examination.  Students must bring either cash or check (made payable to PASCS) in the amount of $89 per exam to secretary no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.

Below is the Board of Education Policy on advanced placement courses:???????

Advanced placement (college) level courses shall be a regular part of the district offering.  The Superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring that course content and level will prepare pupils to demonstrate mastery acceptable to institutions of high learning.

Students in advanced placement level classes not signed up to take the advanced placement test by December of the school year will have school records reflect that the class was taken at the honor level.

Students taking and passing 3 AP will be reimbursed…..

Students or parents having any questions regarding taking the AP exams should contact their classroom AP teacher or Ms. Dogan

Advanced Placement Exam Information

2018 AP Exam Testing Guidelines to be updated

  •      NO CELL PHONES OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE ALLOWED AT THE TESTING SITE!!
  •      All exams will be given at Passaic ASCS High School.
  •       Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each exam.
  •      Students taking morning exams must arrive by 7:30 AM.
  •      Students taking afternoon exams must arrive by 11:15 AM.
  •      Students will not be allowed to take the exam if they are tardy.
  •      The College Board strongly discourages students from being absent. Makeup exams are only allowed in cases of a documented family emergency or severe illness. PLEASE – NO ABSENCES!
  •      Please encourage students to take the exam seriously.
  •      Students will remain seated until all have completed the exam. No one may leave the exam early.
  •      Students taking PM exams may not be able to finish in time for after-school activities.
  •      Students are encouraged to bring an extra sweater/sweatshirt in case the testing room is chilly.
  •      Students may bring a snack/drink but may eat only before or after the exam.
  •      If a student has both a morning and an afternoon exam during the same day, he/she should pack a lunch. There will not be enough time to go out and eat.
  •   Students should bring a note to Ms. Dogan a day prior to an exam if their parent gives them permission to remain home in the morning for an afternoon exam or to go home after completing a morning exam.
ACT Information

ACT Information

PASCS ACT Test Center Code: ……….

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
  • February 10, 2018 (South)     
January 12, 2018 January 13 –  January 19, 2018
  • April 14, 2018 (North)
March 09, 2018 March 10 – March 23, 2018
  • June 09, 2018
May 04, 2018 May 05 – May 18, 2018
  • July 14, 2018
June 15, 2018 June 16 – June 22, 2018

Basic registration fee (determined by the test option selected)

Basic registration fee (per test option)

ACT (No Writing) $46.00
Includes reports for you, your high school (if you authorize reporting), and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).
ACT Plus Writing $62.50
Includes reports for you, your high school (if you authorize reporting), and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $16.50 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before you begin testing.
Test fees are based on the 2017-18 school year.

Follow Link for more information: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/actfees.html

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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN HIGH SCHOOL IF YOU WANT TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE

Let’s start by getting the cold, hard truth out in the open: Less than 40 percent of students who plan to go to college actually earn a two- or four-year degree within 10 years of graduating from high school (Rosenbaum, 2001). Do you know what it takes to succeed in college? The simple answer is that if you take hard classes, do all of your homework, and get good grades in high school, you will be ready. 

  1. GRADES MATTER. Your high school grade point average is a great predictor of whether or not you will earn a college degree. Take a look at the chart (below). Less than 14 percent of students with C averages or lower in high school earned a two- or four-year college degree. Even worse, 52 percent of college students who had a C average (or lower) in high school didn’t earn even one college credit! What are they doing while they are “in college”? They are spending time and money on remedial classes that repeat high school work and earn no college credit.

Earning a two-year college degree or higher depends a lot on what your high school GPA is.

      A Average      63.9% of students with an A average in high school get an A.A. degree or higher

      B Average      37.1%

      C Average (or lower) 13.9%

Percentage of twelfth-graders who say they are going to college who have actually earned a two or four-year degree 10 years after high school.

  1. HOMEWORK MATTERS. Homework might seem like a waste of time, but it teaches you content, time management, and discipline— all of which you’ll need in college. Forty-four percent of high school seniors do less than three hours of homework in a week; only 14 percent of seniors do more than 10 hours. Interestingly enough, homework time strongly predicts college success. Over half the students who do more than 10 hours of homework a week will get a four-year college degree; only about 16 percent of those doing less than three hours of homework a week will earn a bachelor’s degree.
  2. MATH COURSES MATTER. The further you go in math in high school, the better your chances of earning a college degree. Look closely at the chart (below). Completing Algebra II (or a higher course) is a huge help in earning a college degree. And if you really want a bachelor’s degree, you better go as high as you can in math while you’re still in high school.

Getting a four-year college degree depends a lot on how far you go in high school math.

79.8% OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO TAKE CALCULUS GET A B.A.

      PRE CALCULUS: 74.3%

      TRIGONOMETRY: 62.2%

      ALGEBRA II: 39.5%

      GEOMETRY: 23.1%

      ALGEBRA I: 7.8%

Percentage of high school graduates earning a B.A. by highest-level math course taken in high school.  Even if you don’t go to college, your high school grade point average is still important because it predicts future income. High-school grades do not predict income right after high school, but they do strongly predict long-term income. If you don’t go to college, an increase of one letter grade (from C to B) in your high school grade-point average typically predicts an increase of income by 13 percent by age 28!  (Compared to people who haven’t gone to college, a four-year degree typically predicts an increase of income by about 14 percent.) So even if you don’t go to college, improving your high school grades from Cs to Bs improves the chances that you will be able to support a family.

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