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SAT 2014-15


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November 6                       December 6

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April 6                                May 2

May 8                                June 6



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If you do not register, you cannot apply for financial aid.


Meet the PHS Counselors:

Stella Singleton

K-12 Guidance Counselor

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Carolyn Cooper

Testing Coordinator

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What is Advanced Placement Program?

The Advanced Placement Program, administered by the College Board of  New York, allows students to participate in college-level courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high school.  Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college- level courses by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May of each school year.


What are the advantages of my child taking an AP course?

The main advantage of taking an AP course is better preparation for college.  It has been shown that students master in-depth content at the college level more easily after completing AP courses in high school.  Students also acquire sophisticated academic skills and increased self-confidence in preparation for college.


Scoring well on an AP exam can fulfill requirements of the Texas Distinguished Achievement Program.  This special program requires high performance beyond that expected of students in high school.  Those who meet the requirements of this program are awarded a special seal on their academic achievement record (transcript).


Additionally, students who succeed on AP exams may receive college credit while still in high school, saving both time and money.  Credit on AP exams can save up to $1500.00 in college tuition alone and/or count as credit for one or more courses.  Some parents have saved the equivalent of $18,000 for a full year of college and total living expenses for their student.  Check with the college that the student is interested in to see if the institution awards credits for AP test scores in areas of interest.




What AP courses does Perrin High School offer?

PWCISD offers the following courses and examinations:  Calculus, Spanish, English, Computer Science.



The following classification system is used to place students:


          Sophomore  6 credits

          Junior             12 credits

          Senior            18 credits

          Graduate       26 credits



What is the Distinguished Achievement Program?


The Distinguished Achievement Achievement Program is the advanced high school program for Texas students.  The program is based on students completing the 24-credit recommended Perrin-Whitt CISD high school program.  In addition to these credits, students must complete advanced measures at the college or professional level that are assessed by outside evaluators.  In order to achieve this distinguished recognition, students must complete any combination of four of the advanced measures listed below :earn a score of 3 or above on a College Board AP exam or a score of 4  or above on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam (each exam counts as one measure); earn a score on the PSAT that qualifies a student for recognition as a Commended Scholar or higher; earn a grade of 3.0 or higher on courses that count for college credit; or complete an original research project judged by a panel of professionals in the field that is the focus of the project or an appropriate audience (no more than two research projects can count toward the advanced measures.)



Students who fail courses will usually find scheduling conflicts when trying to “make up” the courses.  Therefore, it is recommended that students take courses failed by enrolling in summer school, correspondence courses or Credit-By Exam tests, all of which are at the student’s expense.  Information about these can be obtained in the counselor’s office.



Students are required to pass the Exit Level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test before they are allowed to receive a high school diploma.  The TAKS test is a measure of academic mastery of English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.  Students take this test during February of their 11th grade year.  If they fail part of it, they take that part each time it is offered until they pass it.  More information about the TAKStest is available in the counselor’s office.



Grades are reported on a numerical average:


          A (90-100)

          B (80-89)

          C (70-79)

          F (below 70)          FAILING


Six weeks grades are given on the Wednesday following the end of the six weeks grading period.  Semester grades are given in January and May.


Courses offered at the high school for local credit will count toward graduation, but will not be computed for GPA, with the exception of G/T.  All courses are placed on a weighted system and grade points are assigned according to the level of the course.  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the actual number of credits completed.  GPA is used for ranking of students in their PWHS class only.



The school cannot take the responsibility for the choice of subjects for college entrance.  However, the counselor will be glad to work with the students in planning for college.  The students should check carefully the local graduation requirements and check the catalogue of the college they plan to attend before choosing courses.  No one can choose the courses for them—only recommendations and counsel can be offered.  The students must make the final decision.


If the students know what college they will attend, they should check the entrance requirements each year before choosing math, science, or foreign languages.  College catalogues, phone numbers, admission requirements, admission test applications, and forms for applying to college are available in the counselor’s office.


Some colleges accept any mathematics and science taught in high school as meeting entrance requirements.  Others require higher levels of math and science.  Again, the students should check with the college they plan to attend to see what is required of them in high school.



Subjects failed at the end of the first semester will have to be repeated, or new courses will have to be selected.  In instances where the first half of a course is not offered in the second semester, students will be allowed to continue in the course, but will be required to make up the first semester of that course.



Course requirements for graduation must be met before a student may participate in the graduation ceremony.



Colleges have different requirements.  They can be grouped as follows:


Open Admissions:            The college accepts practically all students who have a high school diploma or its equivalent.  Example:  Weatherford College


Traditional:            The college accepts most students in the upper half of their graduation class.  Example:  Tarleton State University


Selective:            The college accepts most students who are in the upper quarter of their graduating class.  Example:  Texas A&M University, The University of Texas


Highly Selective:            Admission is highly competitive among those who meet the entrance requirements.  Example:  Rice University, Princeton University


The following page illustrates several admission requirements for this year.  Admission requirements could change by the time you graduate, so it is important to check them each year. 



8TH GRADE:  Attend your high school orientation-8th Grade Parent Night.  Ask about the various classes and programs offered in high school; plan four years for your total program.


9TH GRADE:  Get to know your counselor.  Visit the counseling office; discover its books and resources.  Take advantage of meeting college representatives when they are at your high school for programs or Career Day.  Begin to develop a list of all your activities, awards, and honors (a student resume’).


10TH GRADE:  Write for college catalogues and information.  Apply for summer college programs for high school students.  Share your interests and concerns about college with your parents and your counselor.  Take the PSAT and the PLAN tests.  Add to your student resume’.


11TH GRADE:  Take the PSAT in October.  Take the ACT or SAT test in the spring or early summer.  If possible, visit some college campuses that you are considering.  Talk to college students and ask them “all you ever wanted to know about college…”  Apply to military academies if you are interested.


12TH GRADE:  Repeat college entrance exams (SAT, ACT) if scores need to be increased.  Narrow down your list of colleges, keeping in mind costs, admissions requirements, academic offering, your interests, strengths, and weaknesses.  Meet deadlines!!!  Apply for any scholarship for which you qualify.  File three or four applications, including one to a “positive” (you have a very good chance) school and one to a “dream” (you always liked the idea, but…) school.


Campus Visits and Requesting College Information

It is very important to visit the colleges you are interested in. First "visit" them on the Internet. You can get great information and details from their websites. Then make arrangements to go to the college. You ge one excused absence for college visits during your high school career. You will need to clear the visit ahead of time with Mrs. Warterfield and be sure to get the college representative to provide you with documentation of the visit. Otherwise, it will not be excused.

Hints for a Campus Visit:

*Meet with an admission officer.

*Verify admission requirments

*Discuss your chances for success

*Obtain a school calendar and a catalog

*Determine college costs-total cost of attendance, not just tuition

*Ask about financial aid opportunities, as well as deadlines, forms, etc.

*Meet with faculty in the academic area of interest to you.

*Ask questions about academic requirements/offerings

*Identify career-planning services for undergraduates.

*Tour the campus (check out the dorms, dining hall, library, fitness facilities, etc.)

*Talk to students about the general academic environment and the study commitment necessary for success.

*Find out what student activities (clubs, organizations, intramurals, etc.) are available

*Get specifices on housing-do you have to live on campus-what are the requirements and deadlines and costs for dorms

*Investigate transportation options (parking fees, availability of spaces to park, what if you don't have a car, etc.)

*Pay attention to "how it feels" on campus-each one feels different and one is right for you.

*Once you've decided on a college, go to their financial aid office and request forms for ALL scholarships for which you



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