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On Wednesday, November 19 Montgomery High principal Tom Rodrigo and MOH counselors held a parent and student meeting in our new gym to discuss the key factors that determine whether or not our students are ready for college.
The first thing that was discussed was everyone committing to a pledge that "All students will graduate from high school well prepared for college and the workforce." Mr. Rodrigo emphasized how important it is for all students to complete A-G requirements. The A-G requirements involve students taking all the high school courses that will qualify them for acceptance in California State Universities and the University of California system.
He also discussed the importance of students being enrolled in courses like AVID and Advanced Placement which prepare students for the level of rigor they will be expected to meet in college.
One of the most critical and less known factors of whether a student will be successful or not in college is based upon whether or not they have completed a FAFSA application since cost is the reason most often cited by qualified students for choosing not to go to college. Lower income students have a 122% higher chance of persisting in their college career than their low-income peers who do not file a FAFSA. Mr. Rodrigo shared that according to a conservative estimate that in the state of California $500,000,000 is never claimed as a result of qualified students not submitting their FAFSA.
He also emphasized how important it is for students to do well on the SATs and ACTs since scores on these exams and other factors can help students avoid having to take remedial courses in college.
So are you college ready? If you wish to get more information about being college ready, please feel free to email Mr. Rodrigo or your student's counselor.