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Title: An Instruction Booklet for the Parents of Niagara Catholic Junior and Senior High School College Bound Students

An Instruction Booklet for the Parents of Niagara
Catholic Junior and Senior High School College
Bound Students
Part IThe Academic RecordPart IIHigh
School-Year by YearPart IIIMoney for College
Part IThe Academic Record
  • In order to understand the college selection and
    admissions process, there are terms that parents
    need to understand and information they must have.

College Admissions CriteriaWhen evaluating an
applicant, colleges look at
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Class Rank
  • ACT/SAT Scores
  • Recommendations
  • Strength of Subjects
  • Special Talents art, music, athletics
  • Personal Qualities
  • Activities/Volunteerism/Employment/Awards
  • Essays
  • Interviews

Grade Point Average (GPA)The average of a
students end of term grades, starting with the
Freshman Year.
  • Class Rank
  • Two numbers used to show where a student stands
    in his/her class (ex/ 10/40).

College and NUSTEP Courses
  • Students should enroll in the most rigorous
    courses that they can handle. College admissions
    offices want to see students taking challenging
  • College courses are offered at Niagara Catholic
    through Niagara Universitys NUStep program.
  • WHAT IS NUStep?
  • NUStep is an opportunity for students to earn
    college credit while still attending High School.
    They do not leave the High School campus, but
    are taught on their campus by university-approved
    instructors. Students should be ready for the
    challenge of college-level course work, and must
    be recommended for the course by either their
    school counselor or former instructors.
    Registration is completed online through Niagara
    Universitys website. Students receive
    information on registration and payment from
    their course instructors the first week of

High School Transcripta document detailing a
students academic achievement
  • Courses, grades, and credits for each grade
    completed, beginning with grade nine (and any
    high school credits earned in grade 8).
  • Cumulative GPA, class rank, and attendance
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Test scores from the PLAN, PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT
  • Regents Exam Scores

School Profile
  • A document that provides information about the
    high school a student is attending The guidance
    office automatically attaches one to each
    transcript that we send to a college for
    admissions purposes.

College Recommended Courses
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math
  • 3 years of Science
  • 2-3 years of the same foreign language
  • 4 years of Social Studies
  • 1 year of Fine or Performing Arts
  • Individual colleges may have different or
    additional requirements

Niagara Catholics CurriculumGrades 9-12
  • Religious Studies 4 units
  • English 4 units
  • Social Studies 4 units
  • Mathematics 4 units
  • Science 4 units
  • Foreign Language 1 unit
  • Health ½ unit
  • Art or Music 1 unit
  • Physical Education 2 units
  • Computer Application 1 unit
  • Electives 1 ½ units
  • 1 unit 1 full year of a course TOTAL UNITS 27

Community Service at Niagara Catholic
  • All students must complete volunteer service for
    a charitable non-profit organization for each
    academic year. At least ½ of this requirement
    must be fulfilled by the end of the first
    semester or the students will receive a 50 for
    the region course. All service hours must be
    completed before the designated date as
    determined by the Religion Department.
  • The minimum number of service hours to be
    completed are as follows
  • Freshman 15 hours
  • Sophomores 20 hours
  • Juniors 25 hours
  • Seniors 30 hours

Four-Year High School Plan
  • A listing of the courses a student plans to take
    during his/her Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and
    Senior Years. Each student has one file in the
    Guidance Office

College Majors
  • Most Colleges and Universitys offer a broad
    range of majors
  • Students who know what they want to major in
    should choose their high school courses
  • Undecided students can use their first year of
    college to take their required general education
  • All students at Niagara Catholic should take
    advantage of the NUStep college program offered
    since these will help satisfy college general
    requirements before a student even finishes high
    school (remember NUStep courses are available to
    instructor referred or school counselor referred
    students only)!

Requirements for Athletes
  • NCAA-Division I and II colleges can give
    scholarships Students must register with the
    NCAA Initial Eligibility Center at
  • NAIA- There are fewer colleges in this division,
    different eligibility requirements
  • NJCAA (Junior Colleges)- no academic eligibility
    requirements for incoming students

Two-Year Colleges, Career and Trade Schools
  • Students can train for many high growth career
    fields in two years or less
  • 2-year community colleges are the most affordable
  • Students can start a 2-year community college and
    transfer to a 4-year college Many colleges have
    a dual admissions program, i.e. NCCC, that
    streamlines this process. Pay lower tuition for
    2-years then transfer to a 4-year college
  • Their courses are more career-related
  • They offer a more hands-on approach

Part II
  • High School Year by Year

High School Year by Year
  • There are specific things that a parents can do
    at each grade level to ensure that their children
    will be prepared for college.

8th GradeWhile 8th grade may not be as important
as grades 9-12, it is nevertheless an important
  • Grades may be used to determine ninth grade
    course placement. A few of the courses are
    actually high school courses that will eventually
    be averaged into the students overall GPA.
  • 8th grade students who develop good study skills
    are much better prepared for high school.
  • This is a good time to develop a 4-year plan and
    explore career opportunities
  • Students generally choose their 9th grade courses
    in the late winter months.

9th GradeHow to Guide and Advise Your
FreshmanRemember-this is the year that all
their preparation for their academic future
success starts to count!
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Encourage involvement in a wide variety of
    activities. Colleges want well-rounded students
    on their campus.
  • Start and Activities List.
  • Help your child select appropriate 10th grade
  • Help plan meaningful summer activities
  • Start a college savings account

10th GradeHow to Guide and Advise Your Sophomore
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Continue to encourage involvement in
    community/school/volunteer and leadership
  • Have your child take the PLAN (practice test for
    the ACT)
  • Explore and discuss college options
  • Oversee 11th grade course selection
  • Help plan meaningful summer activities
  • Update Activities List
  • Add money to college savings account
  • Begin to explore scholarship availability

11th GradeHow to Guide and Advise Your Junior
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Continue to encourage involvement
  • Think about and explore college options
  • Attend Junior Open Houses at various colleges
  • Have your child register for the ACT and/or SAT
    in the Spring
  • Have your son/daughter register for the PSAT in
  • This is a practice test for the SAT
  • Students can use their test scores to see how
    they compare to other college bound students
  • This test is used to determine National Merit

11th grade-How to guide your Junior Continued
  • Offered in October, December, February, April,
    and June
  • 4 multiple choice tests English, Reading, Math,
    and Science
  • Scores given for each section (1-36)
  • Composite Score
  • Optional Writing Test

11th Grade-How to Guide and Advise Your Junior
  • Offered in October, November, December, January,
    March, May, and June. Niagara Catholic is NOT a
    SAT Test Center. They can take the exam at
    Niagara Falls High School, Lew-Port High School,
    or Niagara Wheatfield High School. Juniors
    typically take the exam in May. (Seniors
    typically RETAKE the exam in October for a better
  • 3 Sections-Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.
    Most colleges are most interested in just the
    Critical Reading and Math cores.
  • Scores range from 200 to 800 for each section.
    Students should strive to achieve a total score
    of around 1100 (Critical Reading plus Math scores
    combined). This will keep students eligible for
    most SUNY colleges.
  • SAT Subject Tests-one hour tests in specific
    subject areas. Students applying to selective
    colleges typically will have to take 1-2 subject
    exams (check requirements ahead of time).

11th Grade-How to Guide and Advise Your Junior
  • Make College Visits
  • Learn about the college before you visit
  • Take a tour
  • Meet with an admissions requirements
  • Sit in on a class
  • Get information on intended major
  • Check out Honors Programs
  • Read a campus newspaper
  • Visit a dorm
  • Talk to students
  • Verify the cost and find out about financial
  • Check out the town where the college is located

11th Grade-How to Guide and Advise Your Junior
  • Oversee selection of senior year courses
  • Look for scholarships. Scholarships sent to the
    school are posted on the Niagara Catholic School
    website under the Guidance Section. Often,
    parents employers or community affiliations may
    offer scholarships for dependent children.
  • Update Activities List.
  • Meet with High School Counselor
  • Narrow the list of college choices
  • Put money into your college savings account

12th GradeHow to Guide and Advise Your Senior
  • Continue to monitor academic progress
  • Set up a calendar for the year
  • Have your daughter/son sign up for the first ACT
    and/or SAT (latest test dateNovember), if
  • Oversee completion of financial aid and
    scholarship applications. Financial Aid (FAFSA)
    goes from Jan.1 to mid-march. Scholarships are
    all year long.
  • Oversee completion of college applications
  • Make sure applications are completed correctly
  • Provide information for recommendations
  • Make sure applications are sent in before

Part III
  • Money for College

Money for College
  • Financial aid is money that is given, earned, or
    lent to help students pay for their education.

Four Categories of Financial Aid
  • GRANT money given, usually because of financial
  • Scholarship money awarded for achievement or
  • Work Study money earned by working at the
  • Loan borrowed money that must be repaid

Financial Aid continued
  • Except for merit-based scholarships, financial
    aid is generally awarded on the basis of
    financial need.
  • Financial need is the difference between the cost
    of attending a college and the amount a family
    can afford.

  • To receive need-based aid, parents MUST complete
    the necessary forms.
  • FAFSA Requirement off ALL colleges
  • College Financial Aid Form
  • TAP NYS financial aid if student attends a NYS

  • A federal form that determines how much a family
    can afford to pay
  • Submit your FAFSA after January 1 of your
    daughter/sons Senior Year. Niagara Catholic
    School has a financial aid night in January and
    March at which financial aid experts explains the
    financial aid sources and documents (FAFSA and

  • PLUS Loan
  • Perkins Loan-low interest loan to help needy
    financial students
  • Stafford Loan
  • Subsidized Stafford Loan-based on financial need
    and interest does NOT accrue while attending
  • Unsubsidized Stafford Loan- not based on
    financial need and interest DOES accrue while
    attending college

Applying for Scholarships
  • Start early
  • Contact the colleges financial aid office for
  • Know that Private Colleges offer more
  • Apply for local scholarships
  • Network
  • Use the internet
  • Be aware of deadlines
  • Pursue all financial aid opportunities
  • Be leery of scholarship searches that charge a
  • Frequently check the Niagara Catholic Guidance
    Office webpage for new scholarship postings!

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