October is College & Career Month
Week 1: College Search Process
Please mark your calendars for the District 211 College Night, which will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Palatine High School. This is an early dismissal day for students, and an incredible opportunity to explore the over 200 colleges and universities that will attend the event. I highly recommend that you arrive at Palatine High School early in order to secure a parking space, or that you utilize the free shuttle buses that will leave from HEHS between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
Week 2: FAFSA & Financial Aid
Financing a college education is becoming more and more challenging for parents and students. This week will focus on understanding financial aid, awareness of private grants and scholarships, and other options. Specific focus will be placed on completion of the FAFSA and the Harper’s Promise Scholarship.
Week 3: The SAT
The SAT Suite of Assessments is a globally recognized admission test that is accepted at all US colleges and universities. We want to ensure that all students and parents understand both the structure of the exams and how to succeed on the exams. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the exams, free preparation options at HEHS, and what student scores reports show. We highly recommend all junior students to participate in one of our free SAT preparation programs.
Week 4: AP & Dual Credit
Students spend 4 years in high school planning and preparing for their college experience. Research indicates that students who engage in college level coursework while still in the supportive high school environment have an increased likelihood in being successful in college and graduating from college in 4 years. HEHS students can enroll in rigorous college-level course work through both Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses. HEHS encourages all students to earn the equivalent of 15 college credit hours, or the equivalent to 5 AP and/or Dual Credit courses, prior to high school graduation.
Week 5: The College Admission Process
The college application process does not have to be stressful! This week will focus on the entire college admission process, including college essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Specific emphasis will be placed in completing ‘The Common App’ for upperclassmen and planning for the college application for underclassmen.