Introduction

 

iLearn Schools believes that students within a challenging, cooperative and collaborative environment will excel at academics while fulfilling their intellectual, mental and social potential. College Coaching Program provides a unique opportunity for the students by committing long term interactive mentor-mentee relationship which will enhance the student’s probability of acceptance into top ranking colleges and universities.

 

Your first task is to read this handbook which contains all information you need to ensure you remain as a CCP student. You will find a timeline, annual calendar as well as critical deadlines in this handbook. CCP will explain how families can meet this deadline at the mandatory September meeting. Please plan to meet your mentor and/or the CCP group at this meeting. We also strongly encourage your parents to attend this meeting as the program’s requirements and provisions will be discussed.

Mission and Vision

 

The mission of College Coaching Program is to create an environment for high achieving students in order to develop academic, social, leadership and teamwork skills.

The vision of College Coaching Program is that every CCP students who graduated from iLearn Schools will perform above and beyond their highest potential and enhance their probability of acceptance into top ranking colleges and universities.

 

CCP Program Goals

 

The goal of the College Coaching Program is to identify, motivate, educate and mentor the students in the program in order to have as many students as possible apply to, and attend top ranking four year colleges. We want to change the lives of the students in the program so they can ultimately improve the lives of their families and change their communities.

 

 

Procedures

 

  • Application Process

 

Invitation letters or application documents will be sent to eligible students’ parents via mail or email. Parents will be invited to CCP information session.

After the general parental information session, a meeting may be held to provide further detailed information to parents about their child’s responsibility as a student in the program. During this time the signed consent forms will be collected. Parents in the waiting list may be called upon availability.

 

On a specific day within the last month of the school year, the CCP Coordinator should present the program to the students.

 

The students successfully participated in CCP during the year, will be directly admitted to the next year’s program upon mentor availability.

For the new comers the selection should be done according to following weighted criteria.

 

GPA STAR Scores (Math & Reading) – 40%

Discipline Records – 10%

 

According to aforementioned criteria, the top five students will be eligible to enroll into the CCP in each grade level and the rest of the students will be put onto the waiting list.

 

  • Dismissal Procedure

 

A student may be referred for dismissal from the program if one of the following situations occur:

 

  • The student fails to attend a total of three meetings and does not provide a valid excuse.
  • Student does not meet his/her academic requirements and other assignments for 3 times.
  • If student’s GPA drops below 3.75
  • Student’s discipline point reaches above 10.
  • If student gets out of school suspension, student may not be accepted to CCP for the following marking period.

 

The student may be fully or partially suspended and referred for a probation if one of the following situations occur:

 

  • Student’s GPA falls down below 3.50 at the end of the marking period.
  • The core subject teachers or administrators have concerns about the student’s behavior and academic performance.
  • Student gets out of school suspension.

 

Parent Responsibilities

 

  • Sign the consent form for your child’s admission into the program.
  • Encourage your child to regularly attend his/her group activities.
  • Notify your child’s CCP Mentor Teacher if there is any change that might affect your child’s participation in the program.
  • Participate in family gatherings such as meetings, assemblies, etc.
  • Make the payment of the extracurricular activities associated with CCP.
  • Voluntarily Participate as a Chaperon in CCP activities if needed.

 

Student Responsibilities

 

  • Meet weekly, monthly, yearly requirements.
  • Fulfill the weekly assigned works by mentors.
  • Take responsibility for personal growth and success.
  • Full time attendance (unless it is an emergency)
  • Participate all programs associated with CCP
  • Best behavior and try not to get any DPS points.
  • Keep GPA as high as possible and understand that if the GPA drops below 3.75, it requires dismissal from the CCP.

 

 

Guide to College

 

1. Think “College” in Early Childhood Development

 

Many education specialists urge parents to commit to a child’s college career as early as elementary school. This step alone generally insures parents will implement a college financial savings strategy as well as promote a child’s study habits and motivation toward the college goal. Early preparation cannot be overstressed. I failed in this department. I never formed good study habits and by the time I reached high school it was too late for me to recover. I also did not have the type of support that many students require. In most cases, college is a family choice.

 

2. Engage Experts

 

In lieu of motivated parents, students committed to college must engage education specialists early in their education. All other college-bound students are advised to do the same. School guidance, career and academic counselors are highly trained to provide direction for students, and to offer all the available options for a college career.

Counselors can provide guidance to students lost in a quagmire of career indecision and, based on personality tests, may also make suggestions for type of college or university environment most suited to the student. In the section on “Kinds of Colleges” I explore the differences between the types of institutions and emphasize the distinguishing features that might be a pro or con based on student personality types and academic goals.

 

3. Explore Types of Colleges

 

In light of the information you glean from your guidance counselor, you should begin early in your high school career to explore in depth the academic options and learning environments available to you. Part of this step must include self-awareness of your career and academic goals. No, you don’t have to know what you want to “be” the rest of your life. Plenty of students go to college without a solid career goal, others know their strengths and weaknesses and are open to exploring options. Most colleges don’t require you declare a major until your sophomore year.

However, a student sure about a career in medicine or in teaching is better able to focus his or her efforts on a college search most suited to those goals. Plenty of colleges specialize in a liberal arts education, one quite well suited to the undecided.

 

4. Make a College To-Do List

 

Usually your sophomore year of high school turns to talk of college and entrance exams. At this stage you should create a timeline or dated to-do list. Add big items such as PSAT, SAT, college visits, fill out applications, and file your FAFSA. As time goes on refer back to this list/timeline and continue to fill in dates and tasks as they come up. For example you might find applicable scholarships; each will have an application deadline. Deadlines for grants and state-funded programs should populate the list as well. When you have your list complete to the best of your knowledge, review it with both parents and guidance counselor.

 

5. Prepare and Take College Entrance Exams

 

Four-year colleges and universities weigh student SAT/ACT scores to a varying degree. Some consider it to be the consummate metric of a student’s abilities while others give it little credence as an indicator of your future potential. Then again, there are those that actually opt to rely on other distinguishing features of an applicant’s academics and personal interests. However, the college entrance exams are a milestone in your college prep process.

In the early part of your junior year you will take the PSAT. Use it to assess your weaknesses in any of the three major skills areas: math, reading and writing. College Board provides sample tests, study resources and an extensive library of further college planning tools. Use the same site to study for your SAT. Many students buy study guides that bundle lists of traditional SAT vocabulary words and offer insightful ways to remember and recall tricky math rules, theorems, functions and calculations. If your region subscribes to the ACT exam you can access similar resources through guidebooks or the ACT website.

 

6. Complete the FAFSA

 

Second only to your college entrance exams is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The FAFSA earns its own step for its financial weight and for its length and complexity. The FAFSA application enables you to be considered for a number of federal student loan programs. Fill out the FAFSA no matter what. Mistakenly many parents and students assume their financial situation for some reason makes them ineligible for federal student aid. Those that fail to complete the FAFSA by its deadline miss-out. Almost everyone is awarded some financial assistance.

 

With that said and done, you and your parents should plan time to sit down to fill out the form. Be warned: whether you do it in hardcopy or online, the application length and imperviousness has been compared to that of a complex federal income tax form. You will have to go online beforehand and apply for an online access PIN. Materials to have handy while you’re filling out the form are your most recent income tax forms, pay stubs, figures associated with home mortgage and auto loans, bank statement, and social security and driver license numbers.

 

Need help filling out the form? Many high schools offer seminars and invite financial aid officials in to help students and parents untangle the mess. One popular and nationwide program is College Goal Sunday.

 

7. Visit College Campuses

 

Once you have narrowed down your college search a critical component in your application process should be a campus visit. College is as much marketing as it is academics and finances, so your slick, glossy brochure is designed to sell. Like everything else in sales, sometimes things ain’t as they appear to be. Would you spend $50,000 on a car sight unseen? Then why would you make your choice of college without paying a visit?

 

8. Apply to Colleges

 

You’ve taken your entrance exams, narrowed down your college choices and visited campuses. Now you complete your applications and send them in by the deadlines attached to them. Take your time with each application. Complete each one as if it were the only one you had to complete. Plan your essays on scratch paper first and write concise articulate prose that still offers insight into your personality. Do not use the same essay for each application; this is a big turn-off to admissions officers.

 

9. Make Your Final Choice

 

Students that receive acceptance notices from multiple colleges have a choice to make. Spend time once again weighing the pros and cons of each school in light of your current plans. Discuss options with parents and guidance counselors.

 

Congratulations!

 

 

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