Information from Programs
Senior Parent Saturday
On Saturday, August 29th, we hosted a parent program with breakouts as listed below. Information from some sessions can be found on our website. Other handouts can be obtained in the CCRC.
- Financial Aid/Conquering College Cost: View Video and access handouts by clicking HERE
(Special thanks to: Bradley University, St. Ambrose University, St. Xavier University, and the University of Tampa for your support, which allows Frank Palmasani to work with our families for free!)
- Senior Application Process/Planning: View Recording by clicking HERE
- IEP's and 504's in College: Review Google Slides by clicking HERE
- Alternatives to Traditional Four-Year College: Review Google Slides by clicking HERE
- CCRC Open House: No handouts - this was just a Q&A opportunity. Please email Mrs. Thompson if you have questions or set up an appointment to talk through your senior's plans in a one-on-one virtual setting.
SENIORS: College Application Process
There are many steps in the process of applying to college. The documents listed here should help. All of these were used during meetings with seniors and their parents this fall.
All Wednesdays this school year (minus holidays and Lunch & Learn days, are virtual Zoom drop-ins for seniors (first semester and second semester) and juniors (second semester only). All drop in hours will run 12:35-1:30pm. This is an opportunity for seniors to ask some quick questions without needing to set up a full appointment. The link for these drop-ins is posted to senior's CCRC Class of 2021 Google Classroom.
Lunch & Learn Seminars:
One Wednesday each month, we will host a Lunch & Learn, where specific information is presented on pre-determined topics, listed below. The Zoom link for these sessions will be posted in the senior's CCRC Class of 2021 Google Classroom.
8/2: Naviance Tips: Plan to stick around for most of the hour. I'll give you some overview of Naviance and tips that we couldn't cover in other sessions. Q&A time available at the end.
9/9: Sending your test scores to colleges: Demo of migrating your ACT student account, if you haven't used the new website and a source for step-by-step instructions regarding sending SAT scores.
10/7: All about the money: FAFSA, FSA ID's, CSS Profile, and Intro to Scholarships (make sure you know your social security number if you want to set up your FSA ID.)
11/4: Lost? Let's Talk!: Perfect for seniors who are getting a late start on this stuff or need a refresher of the info covered in August.
12/2: Searching for Scholarships: A Deeper Dive. Plan to roll up your sleeves and do some digging.
Senior Summer Sessions: Using Naviance
Seniors can access the slides and recordings for this in-depth explanation of using Naviance to be more organized and to request and track your transcripts and letters of recommendation. These are in your Google Classroom. Parents were sent this information on August 7th via a Talk 205 email.
Twelve Steps to College
We will review this information with seniors who attend the Senior Guidance Sessions and parents who attend Senior Parent Saturday. These will be posted for your reference.
View the Prezi and review the handout to understand the process.
- Handout: 12 Steps to College
- The presentation is linked above in the Senior Parent Saturday section: Senior Application Process/Planning.
College of DuPage Information Night
In early December, York will host an evening for seniors and their parents to explain the process to apply, register, pay for, and attend the College of DuPage. More information coming soon!
Junior Parent Night for College Planning
This program was held on Monday, November 11th. For those who missed it, or who might like to review the information covered, you can access the Slide Show Presentation, below.
An e-mail was sent on Tuesday, November 12th to the primary parent/guardian e-mail account (pulled from powerschool) with a unique registration code (if no parent has previously registered) or username (if a parent already registered) to access your student's Naviance account. Junior students were sent their registration code (if not registered) or username (if registered) in order to utilize Naviance Student. Parents and students each have their own access codes. Students are the primary users with the most access to create college lists and more. Parents have lower levels of access to aid in the transition of students leading the way in their post-high school plans.
If you have any questions, please contact us in the CCRC or contact your child's counselor.
- The Junior Parent Night Google Doc Slide Show can be viewed here: In English
- The Junior Parent Night Google Doc Slide Show can be viewed here: In Spanish
- The left side of this form may be helpful as students research schools (right side is for the application process): Juniors Organizing for the College Application Process
Junior Planning Meetings
Meetings with all juniors were held on October 28th and 29th. Both the Junior Planner and the powerpoint used during the presentations will be listed below. Reviewing these materials is not equivalent to attending the sessions but should provide students with essential information.
Junior Planner Handout:
Click HERE to access the Junior Planner Google Doc. The students have access to this in their
CLICK HERE for Prezi
Juniors: The Essay
In addition to the work juniors do with their English teachers to better understand how to write a high quality admission essay, we hope the following links/resources will be helpful to you! Hyperlinks are posted along with the complete URL so you can copy/paste if the hyperlink doesn't work.
More Tips on the Essay: Website here: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/essays/tips-for-writing-an-effective-application-essay-college-admissions
Tips from the National Association for College Admission Counseling: Website here:
Helpful Links for Juniors
- NCAA Eligibility Center: http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/eligibility-center
- Trade Schools: http://www.trade-schools.net/locations/illinois-schools-directory.asp
- Military Information: http://todaysmilitary.com/
- Career Research: www.careercruising.com
- Career/Job Information: http://www.worknetdupage.org/youth/myway/make-your-way-youth-careers.html
York is a diverse school community and, as such, we endeavor to provide programming for a wide range of students and families. In February, we hosted two specialized programs for two of our unique populations:
- Families who have a student/students who will be the first in their family to attend a college in the United States.
- Families who have a student/students who will need support services in colleges due to their IEP or 504 plan in high school.
Below are the presentations utilized for both programs. We hope you find this helpful.
Seniors Re-Evaluating the Post High School Plan
On Monday, April 27th, we hosted a webinar to talk about a variety of considerations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are the Google Slides from this the webinar.
Every year, during second semester, York hosts a College Planning Night meant to provide information for freshman and sophomore families as they begin planning for, "Life After York".
In odd-numbered years, the focus of the program is on selecting a college: 2-year vs. 4-year, Private vs. Public. How do students decide what is right for them?
In even-numbered years, the focus of the program is on paying for college: Conquering the Cost of College. How do families pay for college? How do families know what they can truly afford? How does financial aid work?
We hope that all York families will have the opportunity to attend these programs each year to help in the process of researching post-high school options.
Below are the documents presented and reviewed for this year's program. Though it is difficult to convey all the information shared in the program, we hope our families find these materials helpful.
On Tuesday, January 28th, York hosted "College Planning Night: Paying for College. Topics explained were:
- The FAFSA, what it does and how it works.
- Tools to prepare and plan for college cost.
- How colleges create financial aid packages.
Here are the resources for each:
- Colleges & Aid Packages
Many thanks to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Tuition Fit, and Julie Nelson from Xavier University for providing information and supporting our program!