- Bright Futures: Community Service hours required – 100 hours to earn the Florida Academic Scholars Award level (FAS – top award level). If a student earns the AICE Diploma Award, and they have LOGGED at least 100 community service hours, they automatically qualify for the FAS and Bright Futures will waive the SAT/ACT score requirement AND the GPA requirement!!!!
- Please see the AICE Wheel which outlines the requirements for earning the AICE Diploma Award (which has NOTHING to do with whether or not a student graduates from high school). Students can graduate from high school even if they DON’T earn the AICE Diploma Award.
- Please check course progression. Plan now for the classes you would like to take in the future.
- Go to FloridaShines.org and register to see an individual student’s high school courses & grades with a comparison to where they stand for eligibility for the Bright Futures awards.
- SAT/ACT: ALL JUNIORS SHOULD TAKE AT LEAST ONE SAT AND/OR ACT DURING THIS SCHOOL YEAR!!!! Register for these exams directly on the SAT & ACT websites. If a student does not take at least one of these tests this year, they will be in danger of missing a college application deadline at the beginning of their senior year!!
- Study help for SAT/ACT is available through the respective websites or students can access an online SAT prep course through Khan Academy who has partnered with SAT, offering a FREE online SAT Prep course at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.
- Go to www.FloridaShines.org and register to see an individual student’s high school courses & grades with a comparison to where they stand for eligibility for the Bright Futures awards.
How to apply for college: please visit this helpful website
AICE Transcripts: Are NOT needed for college admissions applications. Colleges will make the admissions decision without AICE scores. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS! Here is the link to submit after you’ve been accepted. https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/images/498641-results-transcript-application-form.pdf
High School Transcript Request: Email [email protected] You must put "TRANSCRIPTS" in the subject field or it will not be sent
- your name
- alpha code if you know it
- year graduated
- if it needs to go to you or a school, include the school name and address
SAT/ACT Schedule : If students need to re-take the SAT or ACT, please do it soon!!! SAT & ACT scores can be sent to colleges even after the admissions application deadlines. Colleges will consider new scores as they are received if their admissions decisions have not been announced. SAT & ACT score reports MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE SAT & ACT WEBSITES, not from SHS.
Community Service Hours Form: My advice to the seniors – GET YOUR HOURS TURNED IN BY DECEMBER!!! You can always turn in more after that, but Bright Futures will do an initial eligibility in January when they receive the first semester report card, so it’s best to have the hours show up by that time. Final eligibility will be determined from their final transcript – so more hours can be added, but why stress???
Bright Futures Application – All students who have received or will be receiving an AICE Diploma Award are eligible. However, you are still required to complete the application in order to receive it. Applications open October 1! Get it filled out early!!! Check out this BF flyer
College Applications – GET GOING ON THEM NOW!! UF application deadline is November 1st. And the other colleges are right behind that! For several colleges, students will self-report their high school courses & grades (no transcript sent), which they can get from Focus. IF they are accepted into those universities, that’s when they want a transcript, but not now. For all others a transcript must be sent THROUGH GUIDANCE as part of the application.
Fee Waivers – are available for the SAT & ACT for students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch – even if you don’t use that program (up to 2 per test If you have ever used a waiver for the SAT or ACT, or if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you are also eligible for a college admissions application fee waivers – as many as you need!
Scholarships – after college applications are done – start looking into these. Check the Guidance Website under Scholarships. This will provide information about local scholarship opportunities and provide the link to the applications. Also, websites like Fastweb.com, Chugg.com, Scholarshipexperts.com – NEW – RAISE.ME.COM and many other websites are excellent ways to find scholarships. Also, check the college websites for whatever college you are applying to and find any scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. Most deadlines for these scholarships happen BEFORE you know if you’re accepted to that college – but they will sort that out in the end. Look at the college in general, as well as the specific college for your major (college of engineering, education, etc.).
FAFSA: this is the Federal form for Financial Aid that must be completed by each student/parent (www.fafsa.gov ). This one is now available October 1st for the Fall 2021 school year. Income tax information for the 2019 tax year will be required for completing this.
NO SENIOR-ITIS: College admissions decisions are CONDITIONAL and can always be RESCINDED if they don’t like what they see on a final transcript. It has happened before!! So please stay focused & keep your grades up!!