College

ADVANCED EDUCATION

Dear Elk Grove Unified Parents, Educational Rights Holders, and Students:

We would like to share with you that your student may be eligible to take community college courses and earn college credit as an EGUSD student before they graduate.  Please note the following reasons why your student may wish to take courses at the community college level, your student wishes to:

  • Save money in college by taking transferable/eligible college courses (advanced education tuition is free.  However, students are financially responsible for

  • Understand the expectations of college-level courses earlier

  • Test drive a career or interests before choosing a college major 

  • Begin or obtain a certification (ex: Aeronautics, Health InformationTechnology,  Radio Production,etc.)

  • Advance in a subject matter

  • Learn how to read, write, and speak in a native or new language

  • Take a Human Career Development course to learn how to increase job skills

In addition, ACT research found that students entering college with college credit are generally more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree faster and are as likely to earn a B or higher in subsequent courses taken in college.

Who is eligible for the advanced education program:

  1. Students that complete the 10th grade OR are 16 years old by the first day of college instruction

  2. Students who have at least a 2.7 unweighted, cumulative high school GPA

  3. Students wishing to take courses that  are not remedial (1-99 Classes)

 Additional thoughts: 

  • Make sure the classes you’re taking can be transferred to the college you want to attend after you graduate high school.
  • Remember that these classes are on your permanent record, so make sure you are prepared to dedicate adequate time to studying and learning the material. If you’re already overwhelmed with other obligations (sports, clubs, work, etc.), it might not be a good time to pursue college classes.

Ready to apply to our local community college, Los Rios Community College? 

  1. Review the Advanced Ed Student Tutorial
  2. For additional assistance feel free to use FLC’s tutorial video or these EGUSD Advanced Education Steps
  3. Complete all of the steps demonstrated and written in the above support tools. Previous advanced ed students see Advanced Ed Supplemental Google Slide Deck
  4. Using Synergy email, attach these 3 documents below (a,b & c) into ONE email and email to your counselor

ALL SIGNATURES IN THESE 3 DOCUMENTS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND COUNSELORS ARE SIMPLY TYPED IN, THERE IS NO NEED TO PRINT AND SCAN AT THIS TIME. 

The subject line of the email should read- Advanced Education Application and your Student ID # and include:

  1. Los Rios Community College District Advanced Education Application
  2. CRC Affiliate Parent Authorization
  3. STUDENT CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS
  1. Notes:
  • In order to input information into the fields, you must download and save a copy on your desktop.   
  • If ANY document is missing, the application will be incomplete
  • You can find your SSID# on your Student Vue, under Course History in the Unofficial Transcript
  • For those who have taken classes before, note there is no written statement needed at this time.
  • Make sure to check the notes of the courses as some have set Zoom time meetings

CRC’S PROCESS FOLLOWING RECEIPT OF COMPLETE APPLICATIONS

EGUSD Timelines:

Online Advanced Education application submission to counselors opens on Friday, 5/1.  

All Summer Advanced Education Documents must be emailed in Synergy to counselors by Thursday, May 21st

All Fall Advanced Education Documents must be emailed in Synergy to counselors by Thursday, May 28th.

For specific start dates on each Los Rios college campus, visithttps://losrios.edu/academics/search-class-schedules.

If you have any additional questions, contact your high school counselor. 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

US Department of Education College Ranking Website

Start your college exploration and compare schools here!

College Scorecard is designed to help students and parents identify which schools provide the biggest bang for your buck. Designed with input from those who will use it most, the Scorecard offers reliable data on factors important to prospective students.

In an economy where some higher education is still the surest ticket to the middle class, the choices that Americans make when searching for and selecting a college have never been more important. That’s why College Scorecard provides reliable information that helps students find the college that best fits their needs so that they can succeed

https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Get information about:

  • Average Annual Cost - The Average Annual net price for federal financial aid recipients after aid from the school, state or federal government. For public schools, this is only calculated for In-State students.
  • Graduation Rate - The graduation rate after six years for schools that award predominantly four-year degrees and after four years for all other schools. These rates are based on full-time students enrolled for the first time.
  • Salary After Attending - The median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid at 10 years after entering the school.

 And More!

BLAYZ: Illuminating Your Path to College

What is Blayz?
Blayz is an online resource that helps high school students find opportunities (summer courses, volunteering, internships, tests) relating to their interests, and plan in order to keep track of all of their responsibilities.
It consolidates a multitude of opportunities from all over the web, categorizes them, and incorporates a planning feature to help students organize & prepare for them.
Blayz guides high school students in creating a comprehensive 4 year plan so they can both experience meaningful opportunities and be prepared when college application season comes around.
How does Blayz work?
Blayz works in 3 easy steps:
     sign up for an account,
     search for activities
     save them.
Weekly reminders will be sent to your email or texted to you, depending on your choice.
Is Blayz free?
Absolutely. There is no charge to use Blayz or any of the features it provides.
Try it out at http://blayz.com/

More Recommended Websites for College Exploration

www.collegeview.com - information about public and private institutions in the US   www.californiacolleges.edu - Official source for college and career planning in California
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search - "Big Future" Collegeboard College Exploration
www.csumentor.edu - California State University website
www.cccco.edu - California Community Colleges Information
www.universityofcalifornia.edu - University of California website
www.aiccu.edu - Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
www.educationplanner.org - One-stop Career and College Planning Website
www.collegeweeklive.com
www.collegemajors101.com - The #1 Resource for College Majors Information
http://collegerealitycheck.com - get comparisons of net price, graduation rates, average college debt,
                                                         loan-default rates, and graduate earnings
MyMajors.com - Take the Free quiz to create your customized pathway to college and career readiness

6 STEPS TO GETTING INTO COLLEGE

Sure, high school is supposed to be fun, but putting some effort into your schoolwork and extracurricular experiences can make applying to your choice colleges a lot less stressful. Though it might sound like boring advice, the following steps are extremely important!

  1. Work hard for good grades.
  2. Enroll in challenging courses.
  3. Spend time preparing for the SAT or the ACT and SAT Subject Tests.
  4. Polish your writing skills.
  5. Establish relationships with teachers and advisors who can write strong letters of recommendation for you.
  6. Get involved in some activites, community service, or work experiences that will enable you to show your values, talents, and skills.

( Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 Edition)

FIND YOUR COLLEGE MATCH

Feeling overwhelmed with the process of choosing a college? Take a look at some suggested tips from the CollegeBoard website -

Identify Your Priorities

Think about who you are and what you're looking for in a college. Make a list of what's most important to you - here's some things to consider

  • Affiliation - Public or Private? Independent or Religion Affiliated?
  • Size of the Student Body - Size will affect many of your opportunities and experiences, including: Range of academic majors offered, Extracurricular activities, Amount of personal attention you'll receive, When considering size, look beyond the raw number of students attending; a large school may offers some smaller departments or learning communities. Investigate not just the ratio of faculty to students, but how accessible faculty are.
  • Location - Do you want to visit home frequently, or do you want to experience a new part of the country? Perhaps you want a city or urban location with access to museums, major league sports, or ethnic foods. Or maybe you prefer easy access to the outdoors or the culture of a small college town?
  • Campus Life - Consider what life will be like beyond the classroom. Aim for a balance between academics, activities, and social life. Consider what extracurricular activities, athletics, and special interest groups are available? Does the community around the college offer interesting outlets for students and are students welcomed by the community? Think about the geographic, ethnic, racial and religious diversity of the students. How do fraternities and sororities influence campus life? How are dorms assigned? Is Housing guaranteed - and for how many years? 

Research Colleges

  • Academic Programs - If you know what you want to study, research reputations of academic departments by talking to people in the fields that interest you. If you are undecided, relax and pick an academically balanced institution that offers a range of majors and programs.
  • Athletic Programs - If you are an Athlete, which sports are offered and what Division?
  • Accreditation - Accreditation is a voluntary process of review and self-regulation by members of an accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that the instutution meets the basic standards of that particular Agency in their administrative procedures, physical facilities and the quality of their academic programs. There are many regional and national accrediting agencies with varying standards. Colleges accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education meet the basic standards for college-level study, their students can apply for Federal Financial Aid and/or federal education tax breaks, and the degree you will earn at the end of your studies will be recognized by future employers.
  • Admission Requirements - Required Course work, Tests, GPA?
  • Selectivity - How many students apply each year and how many are accepted? What are the average GPA and Test Scores for those accepted? 
  • Retention and Graduation Rates - Learn the percent of students who return after the first year and the percent of entering students who remain to graduate. Comparatively good retention and graduation rates are indicators that responsible academic, social, and financial support systems exist for most students. 
  • If the Campus or Major is impacted due to overcrowding, what is the likelihood of getting the courses I need and what is the projected time required to complete the degree program?
  • What is the school's policy regarding Advanced Placement high school courses?
  • As a freshman, will I be taught by Professors or Teaching Assistants?
  • Is the surrounding community safe?
  • Can I Afford this College? Today's college price tags make cost an important consideration for most students. Most colleges work to ensure that academically qualified students from every economic circumstance can find financial aid. 

Attend College Fairs - Pick up catalogs and brochures, talk to representatives and other students, and feel like you're officially starting the search process.

Attend "College Preview Days" or "Open House" Events and Information Nights - Generally held in the Fall (for seniors) and Spring (for Juniors), these events provide prospective students and parents the opportunity to obtain information and get answers to questions about institutions, their admissions process, financial aid, programs and much more. Preview Days and Open House Events are held at the individual campuses. Information Nights are generally held at a location (such as a Hotels, Public Libraries and Selected High School Campuses) and typically are given by Colleges and Universities located outside of our region or state. Many of the Information Nights are held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

View College Websites and Guidebooks - These resources provide a wealth of information about majors and programs offered, activites, campus life and often Virtual Campus Tours.

Attend Presentations by visiting Admissions Representatives in the Sheldon Career Center - See Ms. McCabe in the Career Center for a calendar of which campuses will be visiting Sheldon. Presentations begin in late September and continue through early November.

Schedule Campus Visits - You've heard the old saying,"A picture is worth a thousand words." Well, a campus visit is worth a thousand brochures. Nothing beats walking around a campus to get a feel for it. Campus visits are a chance to see the campus and its dorms, libraries, and other facilities in person, talk to admissions officers, observe classes and talk to students, and much more. Visiting may even make you think of needs you didn't know you had.

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2020 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.