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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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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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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.

2. 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.

3. 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.


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 in income by 13 percent by age 28! (Compared to people who haven’t gone to college, a four-year degree typically predicts an increase in 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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