back to your final year of high school! The Guidance Program is
ready to help you succeed in high school and plan your future.
Guidance Program can help you with questions and concerns in the following
• Academic Information • Career Decision
Making • Personal/Social Information
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counselor and BRACE Advisor will provide information and assistance to you
through classroom guidance lessons and activities throughout the year.
need more assistance, ask about participating in a small group or make an
appointment with your counselor/BRACE Advisor.
are an ESE student, the ESE specialist will work with you, your family, and
your counselor. Find out when your next Transition IEP meeting will be held
and what types of accommodations you are entitled to for coursework and
tests including the SAT and ACT.
are an LEP student, talk to your counselor and all your teachers about your
needs. Make sure you are in the courses that are right for you!
yet? NOW IS THE TIME to identify your career goal! See your
counselor, ESE specialist, or BRACE Advisor.
your schedule one more time. Are you taking the most challenging courses
you can, such as Advanced Placement, honors, or dual enrollment courses?
BRACE Advisor to plan out the steps necessary to prepare for your career
college degree is required, meet with your guidance counselor, ESE
specialist, or BRACE Advisor to be sure your list includes colleges
appropriate to your academic, career, and personal goals.
Most colleges have online applications. Get those applications in early.
for SAT or ACT or both. If you will need special accommodations, be sure to
apply for them within the appropriate time.
visits to campuses, places of employment, and technical centers.
the information needed for college applications, including teacher
your achievements, honors, and activities.
are an ESE student, ask the ESE specialist when you will be meeting with a
community agency representative.
are behind in credits, see your counselor/ESE specialist to discuss options.
Character Trait 1 – COOPERATION is working with others to accomplish
a common purpose.
want to see your grades, test scores, or schedule? That and much more
information are at your fingertips! At school, go to http://web/dwh
and click on Virtual Counselor. At home, go
now to make sure your student record is correct: grades and credits, name,
birth date, and social security number. Notify the registrar of any errors.
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). This test can
provide information regarding your aptitude and interest for postsecondary
education and military career areas. (Note: ESE accommodations cannot be
provided on the ASVAB.)
for the ACT or SAT. Fee waivers are available to students who
qualify. If eligible for special administration, be sure to complete the
request form at least six weeks before the test.
required, register for SAT Subject Tests. Do so just as soon as you finish
the 2nd year of foreign language and other advanced courses and if you plan
to apply to a competitive college/private college. Most private colleges
require 3 SAT Subject Tests for admissions.
college applications require an essay. Develop an outline and ask your
English teacher for assistance.
military recruiters to discuss enlistment procedures.
counselor/BRACE Advisor/ESE specialist about any career shadowing or
the Bright Futures Scholarship requirements and your progress toward
qualification by checking your status at
Plan to attend
Greater Fort Lauderdale National College Fair on
October 19, 2011,
at the Broward County Convention Center.
Character Trait 2 – CITIZENSHIP is knowing, understanding, and
displaying a high regard for rules, laws, government, heritage, and for
those who have served and sacrificed for community and country.
your college applications as soon as possible. Don’t wait for test scores.
for housing if you plan to live on campus.
semester grades are extremely important to both employers and admissions
school offers a Career Day, take advantage of this opportunity to talk to
professionals from the working world.
using CHOICES available on the Internet. This program can help you
identify your interests and match your personal inventory with possible
occupations. Search for colleges or technical schools. Go to
be able to take a course through Broward Virtual School. Find out more from
your counselor or visit www.bved.net.
Character Trait 3 – KINDNESS is being helpful, thoughtful, caring,
compassionate, and considerate.
order your cap and gown?
filing all your college applications.
your scholarship search. The BRACE Advisor can help you.
serious search of the local job market. Prepare to mail out your resume.
out the Broward County technical schools:
Character Trait 4 – RESPECT is showing consideration, understanding,
and regard for people, places, and things.
the Money Matters Financial Aid Workshop. Ask your BRACE Advisor for the
dates and times.
Federal Financial Aid form, FAFSA, should be filed as soon as
possible after January 1st in order to have the best chance to qualify for
financial aid, including scholarships. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Character Trait 5 – HONESTY is being truthful, trustworthy, and
the process of enrollment in a technical program at a technical center if
this is part of your future plan.
track of your academic progress by going to http://web/dwh and
clicking on Virtual Counselor. After students log on at school,
Virtual Counselor is available through the Internet at
catch SENIORITIS! If you don’t meet the graduation requirements, you won’t
be walking across that stage! All college acceptances are provisional and
can be revoked!
your resume to companies and businesses. Attend job fairs.
years of age and over must register for the Selective Service in order to
receive federal financial aid.
is your first opportunity to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship. Your
transcript is sent automatically, but you must complete the online
application at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org. It is essential
that this form be filled out correctly.
Character Trait 6 – SELF-CONTROL is having discipline over one’s
behavior or actions.
senior needs a back-up plan. See your BRACE Advisor for other
undecided about your plans? See your BRACE Advisor about information on
apprenticeship programs, the course offerings at Atlantic, McFatter, and
Sheridan Technical Centers and Broward College.
interviews for employment.
are planning to attend Broward College or another Florida community college,
for the BRACE Scholarship.
Character Trait 7 – TOLERANCE is recognizing and respecting
differences, values, and beliefs of other people.
are an ESE student, contact the community agency representatives to
discuss your eligibility to receive their services.
applied for financial aid, review the SAR (Student Aid Report) that you
the SAR to the institution you plan to attend.
are planning to work after graduation, continue to apply and interview for
Character Trait 8 – RESPONSIBILITY is meeting obligations by being
reliable, accountable, and dependable to self and others.
the enrollment process and register for the technical program at the
technical center if this is part of your future plans.
your enlistment paperwork for the military.
all senior obligations with the bookkeeper.
your financial aid award letters. If you have any questions, contact your
BRACE Advisor and the financial aid office of the individual colleges.
sure that you accept the financial aid award from the college you
decide to attend and decline offers from the other schools.
your BRACE Advisor of any awards or scholarships you will receive.
are an ESE student, be sure to have the most recent copies of your
Transition IEP and other important documents. These items will need to be
presented to the Office of Disability Service at any postsecondary school.
your best on exams!
Those grades still count.
your senior survey and final transcript request form.
Congratulations! That important day has finally arrived and you’ve made it!
that life is a series of all choices! Your plans may change, but you have
the ability to make good decisions.
these websites handy!
Florida's official student advising site: www.FACTS.org
Scholarship Database: www.fastweb.com