Three Main Things Colleges Use in Determining Acceptance….

Three Main Things Colleges Use in Determining Acceptance….

Sophomore Success! We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle Meet Our Administrators! Assistant Principal of Instruction Mrs. Becker Principal Dr. Poole Assistant Principal Ms. Graves Assistant

Principal Mr. Smith Promotion To be promoted to the next grade level To be a Junior=13 credits To be a Senior=19 credits Athletic Eligibility/Drivers License You must pass 3 out of 4 classes during the previous semester to play a sport and keep your drivers license/permit Grading Scale Alpha Grade A B

C D F Numeric Grade 90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 0-59 GPA 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0

Honors and AP Courses. Honors= .5 additional quality point Regular Civics if you made an 88, you would get a 3.0 Honors Civics if you made an 88, you would get a 3.5 AP= 1 additional quality point AP US History if you made an 88, you would get a 4.0 Transcripts A transcript is a four-year report card that includes EVERY final course grade for EVERY class you take in high school It also contains: transcript

Student Information Credit History Grade History GPA (it is cumulative and is the average of quality points earned) Class Rank (a number that tells you where you stand in relation to your peers in your grade level) EOC scores Attendance Career Clusters

It is required that every student have a career cluster by the time they graduate A career cluster has 4 classes in a specific area of interest 17 different career clusters:

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Hospitality and Tourism Arts, Audio/Video Tech and Communication Business Management and Administration Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics Health Sciences Finance Human Services Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Architecture and Construction Marketing Fine Arts-Chorus, Drama, Visual Arts, Broadcasting, Band World Languages CFNC CFNC is a great resource to use throughout high school and everyone should have an account. If you do not have an account, visit www.cfnc.org and click on Create New

Account This is the same account that you created in middle school. Just make sure you are now linked to Hickory Ridge High School You can use CFNC to help you organize your activities as well as find a college/career that best matches your interests SAT and ACT Fall of sophomore year: PSAT (in October)-practice test for SAT for invited students *Must bring back signed permission form Pre-ACT (late October)-practice test for ACT for ALL sophomores Colleges in this area accept BOTH the SAT and the ACT You must register online to take either test on a Saturday during your junior year (ACT will be given at school to all juniors-no registration necessary)

Go to the test website (or CFNC) for practice tests: www.collegeboard.org (SAT) www.actstudent.org (ACT) You can test more than once on either test. Colleges will look at your highest scores when considering admission Three Main Factors Colleges Use in Determining Acceptance: GPA and class rank (2.5 minimum to go to a public 4-year university NC) SAT/ACT Scores Application/extracurricular activities A glimpse of some colleges UNC Chapel Hill 15 of our seniors went to Carolina last year Studen t

GPA Class Rank ACT Score 1 2 3 4.73 28 out of 360 26 4.97 5.06

. 13th out of 360 5th out of 360 30 29 Colleges (Continued) UNC Charlotte 65 of our seniors went to UNCC Studen t GPA Class Rank

ACT Score 1 3.80 142 out of 360 23 2 4.28 77 out of 360 22 3

4.37 61 out of 360 25 Colleges (Continued) Western Carolina 13 of our seniors went to Western Carolina last year Studen t GPA Class Rank ACT Score

1 3.18 212 out of 360 21 2 3 3.92 4.32 108 out of 360 71 out of 360 19

20 Community College Community colleges require an application and transcript to apply. You can choose a degreeseeking pathway or a college transfer pathway. Some community colleges in our area include: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Stanly Community College (SCC) What you can work on this year? Refine study habits AND use your Bull Time wisely! (study for at least an hour for each class every day, type or rewrite notes, flashcards, etc) Improve time management (use agenda, break down assignments, etc) Continue extracurricular activities (both in school and the community) Find a summer job or participate in a summer program (will help you for college) Academic achievement (sign up for appropriate courses for you and your goals)

Remember your teachers are here to help so make sure you ask! Lets go have a SUCCESSFUL sophomore year!

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