Welcome to the College & Career Center
This center works with students, parents, counselors and the community to provide career guidance and college information to the students of John F. Kennedy High. Career search, learning style assessments, CTE (Career Technical Education) opportunities, college searches, application submissions, and financial aid information are all available in this center.
SENIORS (Class of 2017)
FINANCIAL AID - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://fafsa.ed.gov/ begins October 1. This determines if you are eligible for free money from the Federal government. You must complete your FAFSA before March 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant. This is free money from the State of California. FUSD electronically forwards your GPA to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant eligibility.
FEE WAIVERS - If you receive free or reduced lunch you are eligible for a fee waiver for the ACT, SAT, and SAT single subject tests. These are college entrance tests. See Mrs. May in the Career College Center for more information. In addition, there are fee waivers available for the AP exam. See Ms. Facha in the Business Office for more information regarding fee waivers for AP exams.
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE - All scholarships are now listed on Naviance. Go to https://connection.naviance.com/jfkfremont. Once on your page choose the College tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the scholarship information. You will find the scholarships that come through this office on the Scholarship List link. Please note, as of September 12, 2016, FUSD has changed all Naviance Usernames and Passwords for students. Your Username is: The first 3 letters of your first name, followed by the first 3 letters of your last name, followed by the last 3 digits of your ID number, followed by @fusdk12.net. Your password is your student ID number. If you can't log on please see Mrs. May in the Career/College Center.
The California Dream Act, authored by Assembly Member Gil Cedillo (Los Angeles), became law through the passage of two Assembly Bills
AB 130 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria (California Education Code 68130.5(a)) to apply for and receive non-state funded scholarships for public colleges and universities.
AB 131 allows students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive state-funded financial aid such as institutional grants, community college fee waivers, Cal Grant and Chafee Grant.
GLOBAL CITIZEN YEAR: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY. It’s not freshman year. Not a study abroad program. It’s a year of deep experience in the real world before college. Global Citizen Year recruits a national corps of high school graduates, and supports them as they live and work in a developing country during a “bridge year” before college. It’s the first step toward a life less ordinary. http://www.globalcitizenyear.org/
*Why do we use the term “bridge year” instead of the more traditional term “gap year”? The gap year is often perceived as a luxury reserved for privileged kids, or those who are somehow “off-track.” In contrast, the notion of a bridge year conveys an intentional transition from one life stage to the next. Crossing a bridge is a better metaphor than falling into a gap; and, with the right design, the bridge becomes a launching pad for a lifetime of leadership.
Free ACT/SAT Practice
March 2 Success provides FREE educational materials to help students. It is paid for by the U.S. Army, but administered through Peterson's, a leading provider of test preparation and admissions services. They provide materials to help prepare students for college with SAT/ACT practice tests and a series of videos to simplify the admissions and financial aid process.
They also provide students with customized lesson plans designed to help them focus on areas of need, allowing them to skip through what they already know. These programs can help students with their grades, passing state required exams or as a refresher for students who have been away from school for a while.
Fremont Unified is Shmooping!
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CLASS OF 2017 (Seniors)
GET READY FOR EARLY START
The California State University Chancellor’s Office has issued a system-wide mandate formally establishing the Early Start Program, (ESP). The program requires students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before their freshman year at the CSU. Information about the ESP can be found here or from the CSU you are planning on attending.
The Early Assessment Program, (EAP), is a means of determining if students are ready for college-level work in English-Language Arts and Mathematics. In the spring of your junior year you will take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, (CAASPP). Your results from that test, which should be available in August, will be used to determine your readiness for college-level courses and whether you will need to participate in the Early Start Program (ESP). The list below gives the CAASPP results and correlates it to the CSU’s EAP categories.
Standard Exceeded - If you received this result on
the math and/or English portions of the CAASPP
your EAP category is "Ready". You are ready for college-level courses in that subject area. You are NOT required to participate in the Early Assessment Program for that subject area. You are NOT
required to take the placement exam for that
Standard Met - If you received this result on the
math and/or English portions of the CAASPP, your EAP category is "Conditionally Ready". You must participate in the Early Start Program, unless you have earned a C or higher in an approved* year-long course in your senior year, OR you tested high enough on the SAT, ACT, or AP exams in the corresponding subject areas. You are NOT required to take the placement exam in that subject area.
Standard Nearly Met - If you received this result on the math and/or English portions of the CAASPP, your EAP category is "Not Yet Ready". You must take the placement exam in that subject area. You will most likely be required to participate in the Early Start Program.
Standard Not Met - If you received this result on the math and /or English portions of the CAASPP,
your EAP category is "Not Yet Ready". You must take the placement exam in that subject area. You will most likely be required to participate in the Early Start Program.
*The CSU approved courses as referred to above, are:
Click here for more details regarding the EAP and becoming college-level ready.
For exam preparation and practice tests click here
for the English portion, and here for the math
California Dream Act
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions, to apply for and receive private scholarships funded through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants, community college fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Please click here for a link to the California Student Aid Commission's website. There you will find detailed information and a link to the application.
CLASS OF 2018 (Juniors)
1. Do you have 40 hours of Service Learning completed? Check with Mrs. Clark, the Service Learning coordinator in room 114 at brunch, lunch, after school, or listen to the daily bulletin for opportunities to complete your hours. Your current total hours of service learning are posted on the Kennedy website at - Teachers & Community > Students > Service Learning > Service Learning Hours Completed. You will not graduate if you have not completed 40 hours.
2. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. This test will be offered here at Kennedy on October 19, 2016. All 9th - 11th grade students will be taking it, at no cost to parents.
3. Visit your Naviance page regularly. Build your resume. Create or update your Planning goals.
4. Start your college search now. Check college websites, visit local colleges, talk with older sibling and friends for recommendations on colleges. Attend on-campus college presentations. Check your Naviance page to see when they are scheduled. Use the "SuperMatch" function in Naviance to explore possible colleges that meet your parameters.
5. Plan on taking the ACT and revised SAT in the Spring. This is a good time to begin taking your College Entrance Exams. It is advised to take the ACT or SAT in February or April. You do not need to take both tests if you don't want to. Most colleges will accept either test, but check the website of the colleges you are thinking of attending so you can be sure you are taking the correct test for entrance into those colleges.
6. Keep up with your extracurricular activities. It looks good on your college applications when you have consistently been involved in your school or community.
CLASS OF 2019 (Sophomores)
1. Take the practice SAT (PSAT) on October 19, 2016 and/or take the practice ACT later this year to see what a college entrance exam is like. Learn where your strengths are so you can work to improve in the other areas before the required entrance exams in the spring of your junior year.
2. Keep your grades up. The GPA used to calculate your eligibility for a Cal Grant, (free money from the State of California to help pay for college) is determined by your grades from your sophomore and junior years. This is also the GPA that universities/colleges will ask for when considering you for admittance into their school.
3. Consider taking an ROP CLASS. These classes may earn you college credits or may meet an a-g requirement, and provide you with job skills.
4. Continue to explore Naviance. Your interests and skills may change as you mature. Re-visit your previous profiles and update them. Use the "Roadtrip Nation" function to hear from individuals from around the country and their respective careers.
5. Get involved. If you didn't already do so in your 9th grade year, it's not too late. Can't find a club that suits you? Then start your own. Check with Ms. Lavaud, our Activities Director to find out how easy it is.
CLASS OF 2020 (Freshmen)
1. Keep your grades up. Remember that colleges will not accept any “D’s” or “F’s” on your transcript (the record of all the classes you take in high school).
2. Visit your Naviance site and explore. Take the "Learning Style Inventory" and the "Career Interest Profiler" to get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and future career possibilities.
3. Get involved. Join a club, a sports team, leadership, or become a cheerleader, or volunteer. You will meet new people, make new friends, and begin a solid base of extracurricular involvement. Colleges and universities want students who are active in their schools/communities.