Class of 2021

How to prepare for your senior year

Taft Counseling Staff

Brigitte Rauschuber (brigitte.rauschuber@nisd.net): A - Davir

Tania Santacruz (tania.santacruz@nisd.net): Davis -J. Hernandez

Jorge Garcia (jorge.garcia@nisd.net): K. Hernandez - Mer

Roxanne Collins (roxanne.colline@nisd.net): Mes-Ror

Verlyn Gonzales (verlyn.gonzales@nisd.net): Ros-Z

Comm Arts Counseling Staff

Mary Skidmore (mary.skidmore@nisd.net): A - L

Minerva Rosales (minerva.rosales@nisd.net): M - Z

Moving on Up

19 credits to be classified as a Senior in August 2020

    • If not -

      • Not eligible for SENIOR LUNCH

      • Not eligible for OFF CAMPUS PERIOD(S)


    • Ways to regain credits:

      • SUMMER

        • Credit Retrieval/Acceleration / Summer School

      • SCHOOL YEAR

        • Credit Retrieval/Acceleration / Retake Course


OFF CAMPUS AND/OR WORK PERIODS MAY NOT BE ASSIGNED UNTIL CREDITS ARE CAUGHT UP

Graduation Requirements

Must have at least:

4 English credits

4 Math credits

4 Science credits

4 Social Studies credits

1 PE credit

1 Fine Art credit

2 LOTE credits

5 Elective credits

.5/.5 Health/Speech


And the completion of an endorsement

ABOUT OFF CAMPUS

  • MASTER SCHEDULE CONFLICTS, CLASS SIZE, AND CLASS AVAILABILITY MAY PREVENT OFF CAMPUS APPROVAL


  • Off Campus periods are 7th and/or 8th only!!

  • The following cannot be dropped:

    • Graduation Requirements

    • Endorsement Courses

    • Pre-AP/AP/OR, Honors Courses


  • Students must remain in good standing with the following:

    • Grades

    • Attendance

    • Discipline



Click on the link below to apply for off campus periods. If there is a conflict with you classes or you are not eligible you counselor will contact you by email.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IgZ6-q4ZIN4jZfD9sgKri4Y1Z67JG_2Cwx5UukjGkIw/edit?ts=5ec35680

STAAR EOC Testing

To graduate, the class of 2020 must pass the following EOC/STAAR Assessments:


English 1

Algebra 1

Biology 1

English 2

US History

SAT & ACT

Seniors can benefit from taking the ACT/SAT!!

  • Students can take the tests but must register and pay the fee on their own!

  • SAT/ACT scores are used by colleges and universities for admissions.

  • Fee waivers are available for students on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.


See Mrs. Torres (Taft) or Ms. Montellano (Comm Arts) in the Career Center for more information


elaine.torres@nisd.net

lonnie.montellano@nisd.net

AP and Dual Credit Courses

  • Potential to earn college credit while still in high school

  • Taking college level course while in high school helps you learn strong study habits that are necessary when you move on to college.

  • SAVE YOU MONEY!


Contact Ms. Cooke (yvette.cooke@nisd.net) or Ms. Padron (katie.padron@nisd.net)

Transcripts

All transcripts are requested online: https://nisdtx.scriborder.com/

  • Transcripts are $3.00 each

  • Plan ahead - allow 5-10 business days for transcript to be processed.

Factors Colleges Consider

  • GPA and class rank

    • 6th semester matters

    • Texas TOP 10% RULE

      • Exception UT Austin only - Top 6% and A&M-Top 7%

  • SAT/ACT scores

  • Admissions essay - have a good one and re-use

    • English 4

  • SAT and/or ACT scores

  • Letters of Recommendation (2 weeks notice)

    • Packets available in the counseling office

  • Resume

  • Class Rigor

Financial Aid (Grants, Loans & Scholarships)

Everyone should complete a FAFSA

(FREE Application for Federal Student Aid)


Application available on October 1, 2020


2021-2022 FAFSA will use 2019 Tax Returns

Watch what you post on social media

  • Admission denials have happened based upon what is found in social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook

  • In 2013, 8% of Admissions Officers did Google searches. However, in 2015 the NY Times reported that over 45% of admissions officers indicated they have reviewed online sites for information about applicants.

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San Antonio Educational Partnership

  • Cafe College Scholarship

  • Financial Aid, FAFSA

  • College application support

  • One-on-one advising


Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Thursday, 8am-7pm

Friday-Saturday, 8 am-5pm

No appointment necessary!


cafecollege.org

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Important Events for Seniors 2021

Prep Days

Homecoming

FAFSA - Oct 1, 2020

Application Deadlines

Cap & Gown, Invitations, Pictures - Ordering deadlines

Yearbooks

PROM


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Have Questions...

Contact your:


Counselor in regards to classes and credits

CCMA in regrards to college, career & military information

Student Succcess Advisor in regards to Ap, Dual credit, On Ramps courses