NJ-SP High School Guidance Information
(Written information is listed alphabetically.)
Alcohol Prevention Course
for Parents of Teens
Help your teen make safer and healthier decisions. This 15-minute, on-line course assists with the following:
Students who miss more than 10 days of any class are in danger of losing a credit. This applies only to days lists as A (Absent). Days, such as those verified with a doctor’s note are not included in this count.
The high school has implemented a positive behavior support program, focusing on the areas of achievement, respect, and responsibility. A link to the program specifics is above.
CVD (Career Visitation Day)
For Juniors and Seniors only, CVDs may be utilized to shadow an adult, take a college placement test, interview for a job, or visit a post-secondary college or career campus. Juniors are allowed one day during the spring semester, and senior students may request two CVDs. Each day must be pre-arranged at least one week in advance. Obtain a CVD absence sheet from Ms. McCarthy.
An audit is retaking a course for which credit was already granted. An audit allows a student to improve a grade for GPA or Academic/Technical Honors Diploma, to improve skills to pass the ECA, or to allow movement to a second year of foreign language. You may NOT receive credit twice for the same class.
Class Talks and Publications
Each student has received an "OnTrack: Indiana’s Guide to Student Success" (Grades 9 & 10) or "Next: A Guide to Life after High School" (Grades 11 & 12) magazine. All students also received a "PATH" newspaper, and seniors will be given "The Senior Guide" by October 28th. Ask your child to see these documents! All students discuss post-secondary planning and career exploration as graduation plans are updated during class talks.
The Indiana College Costs Estimator is a free resource that allows families to see the true cost of attending Indiana colleges once financial aid is taken into account. The Indiana College Costs Estimator takes about 15 minutes to use and requires tax form data and other information. Once the information is entered, students and their parents can see the net cost of attending various schools. The site (linked above) offers a side-by-side comparison of schools and allows users to create "what if" scenarios to see how the price of college changes as financial and academic circumstances change.
End of Course Assessments
These are taken after Algebra, English 10, and Biology. The school counselor notifies students who do not pass the Algebra and English exams, as these two tests are now a graduation requirement. Results are mailed home. (This takes the place of the former ISTEP+ GQE.)
Community Service Activities
Students are encouraged to participate in sports, community service activities, clubs, or academic teams, and they MUST document these activities. It is getting extremely competitive to get into the college or program of your choice and to receive scholarships! Improve your chances by documenting everything you do in high school.
Required courses that are failed will be repeated until a passing grade is earned. The 2 F Rule is in place. If any two grades within the semester average are F’s, the semester average is an automatic F, even if the average is higher than 59 percent. Example: 1st 9 wks - F, 2nd 9 wks - A, Final Exam - F, Semester Average - F.
Grade Point Average
These important averages are used in qualifying for scholarships, class rank, and academic or technical honors diplomas. This calculation begins the first semester of high school.
Grade Requirements for Sports &
Students must be enrolled full-time and have passed five credited subjects. Audited classes, being an aide, and study halls do not count toward the five credited subjects.
One website now allows students and parents to access grades and attendance information. Click on the button above to be taken to that website.
Students spend hours planning and reviewing schedules for the coming year. At the beginning of a semester, if a student drops a class after the 10-day drop/add period, the grade in that class is recorded as an F. All schedule changes for the current semester must occur within the 10-day window in order to prevent a failing grade.
Complete and submit college applications NOW! Most colleges and universities prefer students apply on-line, but paper applications are available in the Career Center.
Senior parents should begin the process of applying for scholarships and financial aid in the early spring. Watch the announcement updates for Financial Aid Night early in second semester.
SAT and ACT Fee Waivers
Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, are a 21st Century Scholars, or are in the Success-Through Education program can qualify for up to two fee waivers--$49.50 for ACT and $49 for SAT. See Ms. McCarthy for more information.
PSAT, ASVAB, ACT, SAT
The PSAT, Preliminary SAT, measures a student’s skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. These scores may be used to determine a student’s acceptance into college and eligibility for grant scholarships. The PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for juniors. Sophomores and juniors who plan on going to college should take the PSAT.
The ASVAB is a free test. If a student does not plan to take the SAT or ACT, it is strongly recommended. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery helps students match careers with their personal characteristics and measures technical as well as verbal and math skills. The test is used to determine eligibility for military service, but it in no way obligates the student for military service. The ASVAB test may be take as a sophomore, junior, or senior.
The ACT measures a student’s skills in English, math, reading and science. These scores are used to determine a student’s acceptance into college and for grant scholarships. ACT recommends taking the test second semester of the student’s junior year. The cost is $49.50, and students may register at the link above.
SAT measures a student’s math and verbal reasoning skills. Colleges use the scores to compare students regardless of the high school curricula. It is recommended that students take the SAT near the end of the junior year and possibly again at the beginning of the senior year. The cost is $49; students may register at the link above. Paper registrations are also available at school.
Which one: ACT or SAT?
The choice to take the ACT or SAT depends on you! In spite of their differences, neither test is more likely than the other to produce a great score. In fact, when viewing a comparison of the ACT and SAT, the vast majority of students perform comparably on both tests. You may want to consider taking both admission tests. Each one tests you in a different way, so you might opt to take both to see on which one you perform better.
21st Century Scholars Information
Kelly Manning is our 21st Century Scholars Regional Coordinator. She can be reached at (574) 772-1676. Recently, there have been a few changes to the program, including an increased grade point average and a re-evaluation of family income for the year prior to college enrollment. If the family no longer meets the financial requirements, a one-time $2500 or less scholarship may be granted. All students must also participate in an academic success program in college, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and begin using the 21st Century Scholarship within one year of graduation.
The Twenty-first Century Scholars Purdue University College Tour will take place in the fall. Scholars may obtain a permission slip from a school counselor. The completed permission form should be returned to the guidance office. This trip is limited to high school students and parents.
When students under the age of 18 obtain a job, the employer will fill out the “Intent to Employ” form. This form is then given to Mrs. Cox, who completes the work permit.
**While the Guidance department and Career Center will provide the registration information and make every effort to encourage and assist with student participation in the appropriate testing, we must place the responsibility on the student to register for the appropriate tests. Please contact your child’s counselor or the Career Center with any questions.