Future Planning Center

Important FPC Announcements:

Check out the FPC Winter Newsletter here!

Senior Spring-Ford Scholarship Applications are NOW OPEN! See the Scholarship and Financial Aid tab below to access the applications!

Field Trip: ManuFest, March 12th. Get all the details here! Permission slips are due to the FPC or G9 Office by February 27th.

Field Trip: Micro-Credential Day, March 20th. Get all the details here! Permission slips are due to the FPC or G9 Office by March 15th.

Complete this form to register for the ASVAB! The ASVAB is a career aptitude test that can help students in grades 10-12 identify careers that fit both your interests and your skills. The ASVAB is required if you are interested any branch of the military, but taking the test does not commit you to the military in any way.

Need a Mid-Year Transcript sent to a college? Complete this form and return it to the FPC!

Don't forget to apply for financial aid! Get your FSA IDs here: fsaid.ed.gov and then start the FAFSA here: fafsa.ed.gov. The PA State Grant Form can be found a AESsuccess.org.

Who is Mrs. Benner? Miss Falco recently got married, and her new name is Mrs. Benner! She will still be working with students who have last names A-K.


Welcome Students! It is never too early to start thinking about your future and setting goals for yourself. The Future Planning Center (FPC) is here to help you determine the steps necessary to meet your goals. We encourage you to utilize the FPC during your study halls to research colleges, majors, careers, work on applications, essays, etc. Students who would like to visit the FPC during their study hall just need to get a pass from one of the College Career Coordinators prior to their scheduled study hall. Students can get a pass before school or in between periods.

Do you have a lot of questions or want to discuss something one on one with your College Career Coordinator? You should schedule a one on one appointment to meet with your College Career Coordinator.

The College Career Coordinators are available in the FPC for students before school, during school, and after school each day. Please keep in mind that there will be some days the FPC is unavailable due to testing, presentations, and other school events.

Welcome Parents! We know that you want to see your children be successful after graduating from Spring-Ford as much as they do! We are here to help you as you consider the different post-secondary options with your child. We welcome any questions you have whether it be about searching for a career, looking at military options, or trying to understand the college application and financial aid process. The College Career Coordinators are available to meet with with families right after school (2:30 pm) or during evening hours. Evening hours are available by appointment only. Ms. Falco (A-K) will meet with families on Wednesday evenings and Mrs. Sussman (L-Z) will meet with families on Thursday evenings.

We also encourage you to attend some of the evening programs that the FPC hosts for students and families throughout the year. You can find a list of the upcoming events under the FPC Events Section of each grade level below.

*Check out our Fall Newsletter here!

Meet the College Career Coordinators

MRS. BENNER works with students with last names that begin with letters A-K. Before starting at Spring-Ford in December of 2015, Mrs. Benner worked as an Admission Counselor for Albright College and as an Enrollment Services Specialist at Penn State University. Her admission experience includes application review, academic review committees, student retention, interviews, scholarship review, and financial aid assistance. She is excited to help you as you plan out your future!

CONTACT

MRS. SUSSMAN works with students with last names that begin with letters L-Z. Before starting at Spring-Ford in November of 2016, Mrs. Sussman worked as an Admission Counselor for both Cabrini University and Gwynedd Mercy University. Her admission experience includes application review, interviews, scholarship review, and financial aid assistance. She is excited to help you as you plan out your future!

CONTACT

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Senior Resources

Hey Seniors! This tab is just for you and your families! This year is going to fly by, but you have a lot to do before you graduate. We hope that you will use the resources provided here to take those last few steps towards making your future goals a reality!

FPC Events for Seniors

AUGUST

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
8/25/2018SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register at collegeboard.org.7:30amSenior Wing
8/27/2018Dual Enrollment MeetingThis is a mandatory meeting for all students taking a dual enrollment course during the 2018-19 school year. All dual enrollment expectations will be reviewed during this meeting along with information regarding registration/payment.Period 710-12 Auditorium
8/29-30/2018Senior FPC MeetingsAll seniors will meet with the FPC during their English classes to review the college/career search, application timeline/procedures, and how to use Naviance.Various TimesHurda Learning Center

SEPTEMBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
9/5/2018Senior Parent FPC NightThe FPC welcomes all parents of seniors to join us for a presentation on the college/career search, application timeline/procedures, and how to use Naviance. Students are also welcome to attend. Bring your questions! 7pm10-12 Auditorium
9/8/2018ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org. 7:30amSenior Wing
9/26/2018College & Career FairEach year Spring-Ford has about 80 different College, Career, and Military reps come out to meet our students! This is a great event regardless of where you are in the future planning process. Come get your questions answered by the experts!6:00-8:00pm10-12 Gym
9/27/2018College Essay Writing WorkshopIf you don't know where to start, the FPC will be giving some tips on how to write the college essay from 2:30-3:00pm.

If you have already written your college essay, from 3:00-8:00pm the FPC will be taking appointments to review essays and provide feedback.
Sign up here!Future Planning Center



OCTOBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
10/2/2018Kutztown Instant Decision DayGet accepted on the spot! Sign up to participate in this Instant Decision Day in the FPC.

Sign up in FPCFuture Planning Center
10/3/2018PHEAA Financial Aid Information NightNot sure how you are going to afford college? Are you afraid to fill out the FAFSA? This program is for you! Our state financial aid expert will teach you everything you need to know about financial aid. Bring your questions!7:00pm10-12 Auditorium
10/6/2018SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on collegeboard.org. 7:30amSenior Wing
10/16/2018MCCC Admissions MeetingAre you interested in learning about different degrees and certificates you can earn at Montgomery County Community College? Did you know that Montgomery County Community College has over 40 different 4 year college/university partners? You can check out Montgomery County Community College on the web here: mc3.edu, or you can attend this meeting to learn more!2:30pmFuture Planning Center
10/30/2018Alvernia Instant Decision DayGet accepted on the spot! Sign up to participate in this Instant Decision Day in the FPC.

Sign up in the FPCFuture Planning Center
10/30/2018Albright Instant Decision DayGet accepted on the spot! Sign up to participate in this Instant Decision Day in the FPC.

Sign up in the FPCFuture Planning Center


NOVEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
11/1/2018MCCC Application DayReady to apply to Montgomery County Community College? Montgomery County Community College will be at Spring-Ford helping students complete their applications. Sign up in the FPC!TBDFuture Planning Center
11/7/2018FAFSA Completion WorkshopDon't struggle through the FAFSA alone! The FPC staff and Montgomery County Community College Financial Aid staff will be helping parents/students complete the FAFSA during this workshop. Sign ups will be available in October. Sign ups will be open in late OctoberFuture Planning Center
TBDFPC Parent MeetingsThe FPC will be open for additional parent meetings the night of parent-teacher conferences. Sign ups will open in late October.

*Please contact Mrs. Sussman or Miss Falco directly for appointments during normal evening hours.


Sign ups will be available in late OctoberFuture Planning Center
11/19/2018Complete Your Apps By Thanksgiving EventWe highly encourage students to complete their applications before the Thanksgiving holiday. For this reason, the FPC will be open ALL DAY the first day of Thanksgiving break. We encourage students to "pop-in" to work on their applications, get feedback on their essays, get their application questions answered, apply for financial aid, or any part of the application process. No sign up necessary!


7:00 am- 8:00 pm Future Planning Center


DECEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
12/8/2018ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org.

7:30amSenior Wing


FEBRUARY

DateEventEvent DetailsTimeLocation

2/21/2019ASVAB Testing at Spring-FordThinking military? Not sure what career you are suited for? Take the ASVAB! More information is available at asvabprogram.com. You can also prepare for the ASVAB at March2Success.com. Sign ups will open at the end of January.7:40 am Hurda Learning Center


MARCH

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
ALL MONTHCAREER MONTH

All month long the FPC will be hosting a number of different career speakers, workshops, fairs, and evening programs! Career Month speaker schedule will be released in February.

VariesVaries
3/5/2019MCCC Orientation

Are you attending MCCC after graduation? If so, this meeting is for you! You will get MCCC Placement Testing test prep information, learn about the steps you need before attending MCCC, schedule your placement test, and schedule your registration.

Sign up in the FPC in FebruaryFuture Planning Center
3/9/2019SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on collegeboard.org.7:30 amSenior Wing
3/12/2019
MCCC Placement TestingThis placement testing is for students who plan to attend Montgomery County Community College after graduation. Students are able to do this placement testing at the Pottstown or Blue Bell campus, but on this day we are offering at Spring-Ford! Students must sign up by 3/8 in the FPC to participate.7:40amTBD
3/20/2019College & Career FairEach year over 80 different college, military, and career reps come to Spring-Ford to meet with our students! Come out to get your questions answered and learn about some new post-secondary options.6:00- 8:00 pm10-12Gym

APRIL


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
4/9/2019MCCC Field TripAre you planning to attend Montgomery County Community College this fall? This field trip will let you tour campus, meet with your academic advisers to schedule classes, get your MCCC photo ID taken, and more! Sign ups will be available after placement testing in March.TBDMontgomery County Community College's Blue Bell Campus
4/13/2019ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org.7:30 amFPC


MAY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTime Location
5/1/2019Decision DayCome celebrate our seniors and their future plans! Wear your college, work, or military t-shirt to show where you are headed next! Schedule of events for Decision Day will be released in April. 7:00- 8:30 am and 2:20 -3:30 pm10-12 Cafeteria
5/6/2019- 5/17/2019AP ExamsRegistration for AP Tests is not yet available.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center
5/23/2019- 5/24/2019AP Make-Up TestingAll Make-Up AP Tests must be scheduled with Mrs. Sussman directly.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center

TBDDannehower AwardsInvite Only- Montgomery County Athletic Award TBDTBD
TBDHonors BanquetInvite Only- For students who have a 4 year cumulative GPA of 95.0 or higher.6:00 pm10-12 Cafeteria
TBDScholarship Awards Night Invite Only- Each year the Spring-Ford Community donates a number of very generous senior scholarships. Students invited to this awards night will be receiving one of these donated scholarships. 7:00 pm10-12 Auditorium

JUNE


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
TBDGraduationCongrats to Class of 2019!TBDTBD

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Courses are a unique opportunity to preview college level instruction while still in high school. This will not only help students be more successful in their first year of college, but it also has the potential to save students money by allowing them to earn college credit while still in high school.

Students taking dual enrollment courses will need the following information:

  • Important Dates:These dates are ONLY FOR students taking classes at MCCC, you should mark these dates on the calendar.
  • Registration Instructions:These instructions are ONLY FOR students taking MCCC classes at Spring-Ford. All students taking a fall class must register by September 7. Students taking classes in the spring will register in November (classes on MCCC's campus) or January (classes at SF).
  • Letter from Dr. Ruppert: This letter will outline all the important information you need to know about dual credit and outlines the expectations for dual credit students.
  • Attendance Permission Form: This form must be signed by a parent and returned to the 12th Grade House Office for students to be permitted to arrive lave/leave early on days when a dual credit course is not meeting.
  • Dual Enrollment Meeting Presentation:This is the PowerPoint that was presented during the mandatory dual enrollment meeting on the first day of school.


PLTW

RIT CREDIT for PLTW

Did you know that you could get college credits for your Project Lead the Way courses?

More information about the RIT-PLTW connection is available at: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/pltw/. Information on other PLTW college connections and opportunities is available at: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-oppor...


PLTW + AP Recognition

Did you know that PLTW students can be recognized for their hard work in AP and PLTW classes completed during high school?

More information about PLTW+ AP Recognition can be found at: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/ap-pltw

Options for Life After Spring-Ford

What will you do after you graduate Spring-Ford? It is a great time to start making plans and setting goals for yourself. Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • 2018-19 Post-Secondary Planning Guide: This breaks down all the options for life after graduation with detailed instructions on each step along the way.
  • Meet with a College or Military Rep: The FPC hosts college and military reps in the FPC throughout the year. You can see who is coming and sign up on Naviance.
  • Meet with your College Career Coordinators: Stop by the FPC to set up an appointment and talk about all your options.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.

The College Search

Wondering how to find the "perfect" college? Here are some tips to help you with the search:

Getting Started:

  • Try out the Super Match College Search: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will allow you to select all the things your dream college would have (activities, location, size, setting, majors, etc.) and it will generate a list of colleges you may like based on those factors.
  • Add colleges to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will help you get organized and give you some great information on the colleges you are considering. Click on the graphing tool next to each colleges to see what type of students that college has accepted from Spring-Ford in the past.
  • Visit the College: The best way to get to know a college is by visiting campus. We recommend that you do a formal visit by scheduling a tour or registering for an open house with the Admission Office. Many colleges have moved to online scheduling, so check the college website or give the admission office a call! If there is something specific you would like to see or someone specific you would like to meet while you are there, make sure you request that with plenty of notice. The best time to visit is while college classes are in session. You can find more tips on what to expect and recommended questions to ask during a visit in the Post-Secondary Planning Guide.
  • Meet with a College Rep: Many colleges will visit Spring-Ford either for the College & Career Fair or for a day visit. You can check the "FPC Events for Seniors" section of this page to see when the next fair will be or you can sign up to meet with a college rep during the school day on Naviance under the "College" tab. Meeting with someone from the college in person is a great way to get a feel for what the college is like and to get your questions about the college answered without having to visit.
  • Do Online Research: Visit the website of each of your colleges and maybe take a look at their social media pages too. Look around to see what current students are doing, activities are available, majors you can choose from, and don't forget to stop by the admission page while you are there! It is important to stay on top of deadlines and admission requirements for each college because many colleges will require different things. Don't miss out on your dream college or a great scholarship because you missed a deadline!

3 Factors of Your Best Fit College:

1. Academic Fit: This is why you are going to college! Make sure that the college offers the academic program you need to set you up for your future career. You can determine if a school is a good academic fit by meeting faculty members for your major, checking out the classrooms/labs/facilities for your major, asking about student research/internship/co-op opportunities for students with your major. Not sure what you'll major in? Find out what the opportunities the college offers to students who are undecided.

2. Social Fit: This is going to be your home for the next 4 years! Do you like the campus? Have you tried the food? Would you want to be friends with the people you see walking around on campus? Does the school offer the clubs, sports, music programs, etc. that you want? The more comfortable you feel on campus, the more likely you are to take academic risks and get involved. You will build up your resume without even realizing it!

3. Financial Fit: For some families this may feel like the biggest factor of the three and for good reason! College is expensive! When searching for a college, we recommend that students apply to both expensive and inexpensive schools because sometimes those expensive schools offer the most free money to our students. Each school will provide students with a financial aid package after the student has been accepted. This will break down the entire cost of the college and what types of scholarships, grants, and student loans that are being offered. Students should review their financial aid package before committing to a college.


More information and tips on the college search can be found in the Spring-Ford Post-Secondary Planning Guide.


Applying to College

Senior To Do List:

1. Finalize your list of colleges, research the application requirements, research the deadlines. You can build on your current list by using the Super Match Search Tool in Naviance.

2. Complete your Counselor Recommendation Information Form ("About Me" tab in Naviance on left side)

3. Turn in your signed Parent Release of Records Form to the FPC- We cannot send any transcripts without this signed and returned!

4. Complete your college applications (either on commonapp.org or the individual college's website). This will most likely include an essay. It is a good idea to have someone read over it before submitting it.

5. If you use the Common Application you MUST link your common app to Naviance. Check out the Match Your Common App to Naviance Tutorial for instructions.

6. Add your colleges to the "colleges I'm applying to" link (only after completing your application). This is where you can request transcripts. If you do not see an option to request transcripts, you skipped #3 on this list!! We need 10 School Days to process these requests! Check out the Sending Transcripts Tutorial for more instructions.

7. Add teacher and counselor recommendation requests at the bottom of the "colleges I'm applying to" tab. Check out the Letter of Recommendation Tutorial for more instructions.

8. Request SAT/ACT scores to be sent (collegeboard.org or act.org). These will not be listed on your transcript. Check out the Sending and Viewing Sent Test Scores Tutorial for more instructions.

Military Resources

Considering a military career? You have a lot of options to consider:

Which Branch?

How would you like to serve?


Don't forget to take the ASVAB!

  • Study for the ASVAB here
  • Spring-Ford will host the ASVABs at no cost to students on Friday, February 21 (must sign up ahead of time)

Have you ever considered a career in Military Social Work?

Military service members, veterans and their families have special needs that may necessitate working with a social worker. For example, military personnel may be dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, especially if they have been fighting on the front lines of war. Families of veterans may be struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse or suicide. Military social workers must be prepared for the complexity that comes with treating both active-duty and civilian clients who are part of military culture. Learn more about this program here!


Contact a Recruiter Today:

Career Resources

Searching for the perfect job/career is a life long journey for some people. It's important that you start your search now! Here are a few resources to help you with your search:

  • Career Interest Profiler: This is a 180 question quiz found under the "Career" tab in Naviance. It will help you determine what careers fit your personality. When you get your results, remember they are listed in order of the amount of preparation. The jobs at the top of the list will be jobs you can do with little to no preparation while the jobs at the bottom may require a master or doctoral degree.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.
  • O*Net Online: This is a government database of careers. This will allow you to search for careers you are thinking about and see what that job entails, what education you would need, and even the average salary.
  • Job Corps: Not sure what to do after graduation? Why not take advantage of this free job training program available to young adults ages 16-24.

Thinking about a career in the trades? You may want to further your education before you get started. Check out these somewhat local and affordable options:

Naviance

Naviance is an essential college and career planning tool that all Spring-Ford students have access to use. Here is how you access Naviance:

  1. Go to Naviance.com
  2. Click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner of the page
  3. Put in Spring-Ford's zip code (19468)
  4. Choose Spring-Ford High School
  5. Enter your first name, middle initial, and last name with no spaces as your username (never enter your email)
  6. Enter your Spring-Ford ID Number as your password

If you have trouble accessing Naviance, contact the FPC for account help.

***Naviance recently underwent a big update! Tour the new version of Naviance here.

College Testing Information

The SATs and ACTs are two different college entrance exam options that are considered equally for college admission. Highly selective colleges may also require students to take SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as SAT II tests).

To Prepare:

To Register:

To Send Scores:

  • Scores must be sent by the testing agency (College Board or ACT). Requests to have scores sent to different colleges can be processed online. Students can send scores to four schools for free if they request to send the scores during registration or within a week of the test.
  • For more instructions, check out the Sending and Viewing Sent Scores Tutorial.

Video Tutorials

How to Request Letters of Recommendation

How to Match Your Common App with Naviance

How to Send SAT Scores

How To Send Transcripts

Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

Not sure you can afford college? There are many ways to make college financially affordable:

FAFSA

  • FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is a government form used to determine a family's need based on prior prior year tax information.
  • Each college that students list on the FAFSA will use the financial information provided to create a financial aid package that breaks down all the aid available for the student at that institution as well as the final cost of attendance.
  • This form also qualifies every student to receive a Stafford Loan which is a student loan completely in the student's name.
  • The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1 of each year on fafsa.ed.gov
    • WARNING: Do not fall victim to a scam site that asks for credit card information or requires you to pay a fee to fill out the form!
    • WARNING: Do not fill out the FAFSA before October 1 of the student's senior year!
  • Curious about how much you may qualify for? Each college is required to have a net price calculator on their website for families to estimate the cost of attendance for each school.
  • Be on the look out for priority FAFSA filing dates! Some schools will give more financial aid to students who file by this date.

PA State Grant

  • The PA State Grant is FREE money available to PA state residents who demonstrate financial need and attend a college in Pennsylvania.
  • The absolute last day to apply for the PA State Grant is May 1 of the student's senior year.
  • Students will be linked to the PA State Grant Form from the FAFSA, but if you missed it, you can still fill it out here.

Outside Scholarships

  • These are scholarships that are awarded by businesses and community organizations for students to use towards any college. Here are some of our favorite sites:

Apply for Spring-Ford Scholarships

Below you will find a list of scholarships that were offered to the class of 2018. Spring-Ford scholarships change year to year. An updated list of scholarships along with their applications will become available in February of 2019.

List of all Spring-Ford Scholarship Applications:


Spring-Ford Scholarship "Common App" -one application allows you apply to multiple scholarships (list of scholarships can be found on the application). You cannot use this application to apply to any of the scholarships below that have their own application.

Scholarships from Spring-Ford Organizations:

Scholarships from Spring-Ford Elementary Schools:

Scholarship from very generous members of the Spring-Ford community:

Need-Based Grant:

  • Buckwalter Grant (must complete the CSS Profile to be eligible- see FPC for assistance)

College Athletics

Interested in playing sports in college at the DI or DII level? There are a few things you need to do:

  • Review the NCAA Guidelines outlined on pages 6-9 of the 2018-19 Course Book.
  • Complete the Spring-Ford Student-Athlete Identification Form and turn it into the FPC.
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Send your official SAT/ACT scores to the Eligibility Center through the testing agency (College Board or ACT) using the CEEB Code 9999.
  • Be sure to list Spring-Ford as your high school when you register with the Eligibility Center. As long as we are listed as your school, we will automatically upload your junior transcript at the end of junior year and your final transcript after graduation.

Junior Resources

Hey Juniors! This section is just for you and your families. Senior year is just around the corner, so we hope you will use the resources available in this tab to get prepared.

FPC Events for Juniors

AUGUST

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
8/25/2018SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register at collegeboard.org. Before registering for this test, check out the "College Testing Information" section below.7:30amSenior Wing
8/27/2018Dual Enrollment MeetingThis is a mandatory meeting for all students taking a dual enrollment course during the 2017-18 school year. All dual enrollment expectations will be reviewed during this meeting along with information regarding registration/payment.Period 710-12 Auditorium

SEPTEMBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
9/8/2018ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org. Before registering for this test, check out the "College Testing Information" section below.

7:30amSenior Wing
9/26/2018College & Career FairEach year Spring-Ford has about 80 different College, Career, and Military reps come out to meet our students! This is a great event regardless of where you are in the future planning process. Come get your questions answered by the experts!6:00-8:00pm10-12 Gym



OCTOBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
10/6/2018SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on collegeboard.org. Before registering for this test, check out the "College Testing Information" section below.

7:30amSenior Wing
10/10/2018PSAT TestingJuniors interested in taking the PSATs must register here! Juniors would want to take the PSAT to either practice for the SAT or compete for the National Merit Scholarship. More information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition can be found here!7:40am10-12 Center
10/16/2018MCCC Admissions MeetingAre you interested in learning about different degrees and certificates you can earn at Montgomery County Community College? Did you know that Montgomery County Community College has over 40 different 4 year college/university partners? You can check out Montgomery County Community College on the web here: mc3.edu, or you can attend this meeting to learn more!2:30pmFuture Planning Center


NOVEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
TBDFPC Parent MeetingsThe FPC will be open for additional parent meetings the night of parent-teacher conferences. Sign ups will open in late October.

*Please contact Mrs. Sussman or Miss Falco directly for appointments during normal evening hours.


Sign ups will be available in late OctoberFuture Planning Center


DECEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
12/5/2018Being Competitive in Highly Selective AdmissionAre you interested in applying to colleges/universities that accept less than 30% of applicants? This program is designed to help you gain perspective on what those colleges/universities will want to see in an applicant.2:30pmHurda Learning Center
12/8/2018ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org. Before registering for this test, check out the "College Testing Information" section below.

7:30amSenior Wing
12/8/2018Hybrid SAT/ACT Testing at Spring-FordNot sure if you are better suited for the SAT or ACT? This test is designed to determine on which test you are more likely to achieve higher scores. Sign ups will be available in November.8:30amHurda Learning Center

JANUARY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
1/23/2019Junior Parent FPC NightThe FPC welcomes all parents of juniors to come out and learn about the college/career search, admission timeline/procedures, and how to navigate Naviance. Students are also welcome to attend. Bring your questions! Did you miss this program? See the presentation here and get the handout here!7:00pm10-12 Auditorium
1/30/2019AP/DE Information NightBoth parents and students are encouraged to come out for this event to learn more about AP and Dual Enrollment offerings at Spring-Ford before scheduling classes. 6:30pm10-12 Auditorium


FEBRUARY

DateEventEvent DetailsTimeLocation

2/21/2019ASVAB Testing at Spring-FordThinking military? Not sure what career you are suited for? Take the ASVAB! More information is available at asvabprogram.com. You can also prepare for the ASVAB at March2Success.com. Complete this permission slip and turn it into the FPC by 2/14!7:40 am Hurda Learning Center


MARCH

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
ALL MONTHCAREER MONTH

All month long the FPC will be hosting a number of different career speakers, workshops, fairs, and evening programs! Career Month speaker schedule will be released in February.

VariesVaries
3/9/2019SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on collegeboard.org.7:30 amSenior Wing
3/20/2019College & Career FairEach year over 80 different college, military, and career reps come to Spring-Ford to meet with our students! Come out to get your questions answered and learn about some new post-secondary options.6:00- 8:00 pm10-12Gym
TBDFinancial Reality FairAll juniors will participate in the Financial Reality Fair during their social studies classes. The fair is set up like a giant game of life where students will use predicted salaries and educational loans to create a budget for their future life. All Day10-12 Gym

APRIL


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
4/9/2019MCCC Field TripAre you planning to attend Montgomery County Community College this fall? Explore their campus alongside seniors who will be attending next fall to get a better idea of what to expect next year.TBDMontgomery County Community College's Blue Bell Campus
4/13/2019ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register on act.org.

7:30 amFPC


MAY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTime Location
5/6/2019- 5/17/2019AP ExamsRegistration for AP Tests is not yet available.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center
5/23/2019- 5/24/2019AP Make-Up TestingAll Make-Up AP Tests must be scheduled with Mrs. Sussman directly.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center

5/23-5/24/2018Spring-Ford SAT BootcampThis two day bootcamp will be provided by Catalyst at Spring-Ford. Sign ups will be available in January.12:00-4:00pmHurda Learning Center

JUNE


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
6/1/2019SAT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register at collegeboard.org.7:30amSenior Wing

AP & Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Courses are a unique opportunity to preview college level instruction while still in high school. This will not only help students be more successful in their first year of college, but it also has the potential to save students money by allowing them to earn college credit while still in high school.

Students taking dual enrollment courses will need the following information:

  • Important Dates:These dates are ONLY FOR students taking classes at MCCC, you should mark these dates on the calendar.
  • Registration Instructions: These instructions are ONLY FOR students taking MCCC classes at Spring-Ford. All students taking a fall class must register by September 7. Students taking classes in the spring will register in November (classes on MCCC's campus) or January (classes at SF).
  • Letter from Dr. Ruppert: This letter will outline all the important information you need to know about dual credit and outlines the expectations for dual credit students.
  • Attendance Permission Form: This form must be signed by a parent and returned to the 12th Grade House Office for students to be permitted to arrive lave/leave early on days when a dual credit course is not meeting.
  • Dual Enrollment Meeting Presentation:This is the PowerPoint that was presented during the mandatory dual enrollment meeting on the first day of school.

Considering AP or Dual Enrollment?

Spring-Ford works with both Montgomery County Community College and Arcadia University to offer our students unique course offerings and the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. If you have been considering dual enrollment courses, take the next step and come to the informational meeting on AP and Dual Enrollment opportunities at Spring-Ford held every year in January. The 2017-18 AP & Dual Enrollment Night was held on Wednesday, January 17.

Helpful Information:


PLTW

RIT CREDIT for PLTW

Did you know that you could get college credits for your Project Lead the Way courses?

More information about the RIT-PLTW connection is available at: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/pltw/. Information on other PLTW college connections and opportunities is available at: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-oppor...


PLTW + AP Recognition

Did you know that PLTW students can be recognized for their hard work in AP and PLTW classes completed during high school?

More information about PLTW+ AP Recognition can be found at: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/ap-pltw

Naviance

Naviance is an essential college and career planning tool that all Spring-Ford students have access to use. Here is how you access Naviance:

  1. Go to Naviance.com
  2. Click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner of the page
  3. Put in Spring-Ford's zip code (19468)
  4. Choose Spring-Ford High School
  5. Enter your first name, middle initial, and last name with no spaces as your username (never enter your email)
  6. Enter your Spring-Ford ID Number as your password

If you have trouble accessing Naviance, contact the FPC for account help.

***Naviance recently underwent a big update! Tour the new version of Naviance here.


PSATs for Juniors

Spring-Ford is excited to announce that once again we will offer juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test this fall. Registered students will take the test in school on the national school testing date of Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Please note that College Board will not allow make-up or last testing due to test security.

Students may want to test in their junior year because it:

  • Prepares students for the SAT by helping students identify target areas for improvement. Please note that this test is taken for practice and colleges do not require PSAT scores for admission.
  • Is required to compete for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (details about the scholarship can be found at www.nationalmerit.org).

How to register:

  • Go to www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/394300 to complete the online registration form.
  • Pay the $18 testing fee by debit card, credit card, check, or money order. All payments must be made through Total Registration. Students who participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program will qualify for a fee waiver from College Board (built into online registration).
  • Print or save the confirmation page as proof of registration.
  • All registrations must be received by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 6.

On test day:

  • Be on time! Testing will begin promptly at 7:40am. College Board prohibits make-up or late testing due to testing security.
  • Don’t schedule any doctor appointments for this day! Testing will take at least 4 hours. Students who must leave early will not be given time to make up the time they miss and scores will be cancelled.
  • Bring 2 number two pencils. Students cannot use mechanical pencils for the PSATs.
  • Bring an approved calculator for the math section. A list of approved calculators can be found here.
  • Be prepared! Practice books are available in the FPC for no additional cost and will be distributed to registered students during homeroom.

College Testing Information

The SATs and ACTs are two different college entrance exam options that are considered equally for college admission. Highly selective colleges may also require students to take SAT Subject Tests (formerly known as SAT II tests).

Testing Recommendations:

  • All students interested in going to college should take SATs and/or ACTs in junior year.
  • There is a good amount of Algebra II on the exams. If you are currently in Algebra II, we recommend you test later in the spring. If you have already completed Algebra II, you can test at any time.
  • Students should try both the SAT and ACT to determine which test they like better and results in a better score. We then recommend that students take that test at least once more to get their best possible score.
  • Three seems to be the magic number of times a student should take the SATs or ACTs. After three testings (without some sort of extra preparation like a prep course) scores will begin to plateau.

To Prepare:

To Register:

To Send Scores:

  • Scores must be sent by the testing agency (College Board or ACT). Requests to have scores sent to different colleges can be processed online. Students can send scores to four schools for free if they request to send the scores during registration or within a week of the test.
  • For more instructions, check out the Sending and Viewing Sent Scores Tutorial.

Options for Life After Spring-Ford

What will you do after you graduate Spring-Ford? It is a great time to start making plans and setting goals for yourself. Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • 2018-19 Post-Secondary Planning Guide: This breaks down all the options for life after graduation with detailed instructions on each step along the way.
  • Meet with a College or Military Rep: The FPC hosts college and military reps in the FPC throughout the year. You can see who is coming and sign up on Naviance.
  • Meet with your College Career Coordinators: Stop by the FPC to set up an appointment and talk about all your options.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.

The College Search

Wondering how to find the "perfect" college? Here are some tips to help you with the search:

Getting Started:

  • Try out the Super Match College Search: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will allow you to select all the things your dream college would have (activities, location, size, setting, majors, etc.) and it will generate a list of colleges you may like based on those factors.
  • Add colleges to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will help you get organized and give you some great information on the colleges you are considering. Click on the graphing tool next to each colleges to see what type of students that college has accepted from Spring-Ford in the past.
  • Visit the College: The best way to get to know a college is by visiting campus. We recommend that you do a formal visit by scheduling a tour or registering for an open house with the Admission Office. Many colleges have moved to online scheduling, so check the college website or give the admission office a call! If there is something specific you would like to see or someone specific you would like to meet while you are there, make sure you request that with plenty of notice. The best time to visit is while college classes are in session. You can find more tips on what to expect and recommended questions to ask during a visit in the Post-Secondary Planning Guide.
  • Meet with a College Rep: Many colleges will visit Spring-Ford either for the College & Career Fair or for a day visit. You can check the "FPC Events for Juniors" section of this page to see when the next fair will be or you can sign up to meet with a college rep during the school day on Naviance under the "College" tab. Meeting with someone from the college in person is a great way to get a feel for what the college is like and to get your questions about the college answered without having to visit.
  • Do Online Research: Visit the website of each of your colleges and maybe take a look at their social media pages too. Look around to see what current students are doing, activities are available, majors you can choose from, and don't forget to stop by the admission page while you are there! It is important to stay on top of deadlines and admission requirements for each college because many colleges will require different things. Don't miss out on your dream college or a great scholarship because you missed a deadline!

3 Factors of Your Best Fit College:

1. Academic Fit: This is why you are going to college! Make sure that the college offers the academic program you need to set you up for your future career. You can determine if a school is a good academic fit by meeting faculty members for your major, checking out the classrooms/labs/facilities for your major, asking about student research/internship/co-op opportunities for students with your major. Not sure what you'll major in? Find out what the opportunities the college offers to students who are undecided.

2. Social Fit: This is going to be your home for the next 4 years! Do you like the campus? Have you tried the food? Would you want to be friends with the people you see walking around on campus? Does the school offer the clubs, sports, music programs, etc. that you want? The more comfortable you feel on campus, the more likely you are to take academic risks and get involved. You will build up your resume without even realizing it!

3. Financial Fit: For some families this may feel like the biggest factor of the three and for good reason! College is expensive! When searching for a college, we recommend that students apply to both expensive and inexpensive schools because sometimes those expensive schools offer the most free money to our students. Each school will provide students with a financial aid package after the student has been accepted. This will break down the entire cost of the college and what types of scholarships, grants, and student loans that are being offered. Students should review their financial aid package before committing to a college.


More information and tips on the college search can be found in the Spring-Ford Post-Secondary Planning Guide.


Career Resources

Searching for the perfect job/career is a life long journey for some people. It's important that you start your search now! Here are a few resources to help you with your search:

  • Career Interest Profiler: This is a 180 question quiz found under the "Career" tab in Naviance. It will help you determine what careers fit your personality. When you get your results, remember they are listed in order of the amount of preparation. The jobs at the top of the list will be jobs you can do with little to no preparation while the jobs at the bottom may require a master or doctoral degree.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.
  • O*Net Online: This is a government database of careers. This will allow you to search for careers you are thinking about and see what that job entails, what education you would need, and even the average salary.
  • Job Corps: Not sure what to do after graduation? Why not take advantage of this free job training program available to young adults ages 16-24.

Thinking about a career in the trades? You may want to further your education before you get started. Check out these somewhat local and affordable options:

Military Resources

Considering a military career? You have a lot of options to consider:

Which Branch?

How would you like to serve?


Don't forget to take the ASVAB!

Have you ever considered a career in Military Social Work?

Military service members, veterans and their families have special needs that may necessitate working with a social worker. For example, military personnel may be dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, especially if they have been fighting on the front lines of war. Families of veterans may be struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse or suicide. Military social workers must be prepared for the complexity that comes with treating both active-duty and civilian clients who are part of military culture. Learn more about this program here!

Contact a Recruiter Today:

College Athletics

Interested in playing sports in college at the DI or DII level? There are a few things you need to do:

  • Review the NCAA Guidelines outlined on pages 6-9 of the 2018-19 Course Book.
  • Complete the Spring-Ford Student-Athlete Identification Form and turn it into the FPC.
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Send your official SAT/ACT scores to the Eligibility Center through the testing agency (College Board or ACT) using the CEEB Code 9999.
  • Be sure to list Spring-Ford as your high school when you register with the Eligibility Center. As long as we are listed as your school, we will automatically upload your junior transcript at the end of junior year and your final transcript after graduation.

Sophomore Resources

Hey Sophomores! This page is just for you and your families! We hope you will use the resources on this page to help you take those next few steps towards reaching your goals for life after graduation. Keep up the hard work because you are almost halfway there!

FPC Events for Sophomores


SEPTEMBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
9/26/2018College & Career FairEach year Spring-Ford has about 80 different College, Career, and Military reps come out to meet our students! This is a great event regardless of where you are in the future planning process. Come get your questions answered by the experts!6:00-8:00pm10-12 Gym



OCTOBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
10/10/2018PSAT TestingNo need to register- Spring-Ford pays for every sophomore student to take the PSAT test. Taking this exam is a great way to practice for the SATs and it will also tell us which AP courses students will be successful taking.7:40am10-12 Center


NOVEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
TBDFPC Parent MeetingsThe FPC will be open for additional parent meetings the night of parent-teacher conferences. Sign ups will open in late October.

*Please contact Mrs. Sussman or Miss Falco directly for appointments during normal evening hours.


Sign ups will be available in late OctoberFuture Planning Center


DECEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
12/5/2018Being Competitive in Highly Selective AdmissionAre you interested in applying to colleges/universities that accept less than 30% of applicants? This program is designed to help you gain perspective on what those colleges/universities will want to see in an applicant.2:30pmHurda Learning Center
12/8/2018Hybrid SAT/ACT Testing at Spring-FordNot sure if you are better suited for the SAT or ACT? This test is designed to determine on which test you are more likely to achieve higher scores. Sign ups will be available in November.8:30amHurda Learning Center

JANUARY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
1/30/2019AP/DE Information NightBoth parents and students are encouraged to come out for this event to learn more about AP and Dual Enrollment offerings at Spring-Ford before scheduling classes. 6:30pm10-12 Auditorium


FEBRUARY

DateEventEvent DetailsTimeLocation
2/21/2019ASVAB Testing at Spring-FordThinking military? Not sure what career you are suited for? Take the ASVAB! More information is available at asvabprogram.com. You can also prepare for the ASVAB at March2Success.com. Sign ups will open at the end of January.7:40 am Hurda Learning Center
2/27/2019Sophomore Parent FPC Night

The FPC welcomes all parents of sophomores to come out and learn about the college/career search, admission timeline/procedures, and how to navigate Naviance. Students are also welcome to attend. Bring your questions!

7:00pm10-12 Auditorium


MARCH

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
ALL MONTHCAREER MONTH

All month long the FPC will be hosting a number of different career speakers, workshops, fairs, and evening programs! Career Month speaker schedule will be released in February.

VariesVaries
3/20/2019College & Career FairEach year over 80 different college, military, and career reps come to Spring-Ford to meet with our students! Come out to get your questions answered and learn about some new post-secondary options.6:00- 8:00 pm10-12Gym

MAY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTime Location
5/6/2019- 5/17/2019AP ExamsRegistration for AP Tests is not yet available.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center
5/23/2019- 5/24/2019AP Make-Up TestingAll Make-Up AP Tests must be scheduled with Mrs. Sussman directly.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center

5/23-5/24/2018Spring-Ford SAT BootcampThis two day bootcamp will be provided by Catalyst at Spring-Ford. Sign ups will be available in January.12:00-4:00pmHurda Learning Center

Naviance

Naviance is an essential college and career planning tool that all Spring-Ford students have access to use. Here is how you access Naviance:

  1. Go to Naviance.com
  2. Click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner of the page
  3. Put in Spring-Ford's zip code (19468)
  4. Choose Spring-Ford High School
  5. Enter your first name, middle initial, and last name with no spaces as your username (never enter your email)
  6. Enter your Spring-Ford ID Number as your password

If you have trouble accessing Naviance, contact the FPC for account help.

***Naviance recently underwent a big update! Tour the new version of Naviance here.


Exploring Careers/Majors

Trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life can be a daunting task for a person at any age. We encourage students to start their career exploration early to make the process easier.

Helpful Resources:

  • Career Interest Profiler: Take this easy 180 question quiz found under the "Career" tab in Naviance. This quiz will give you a list of careers that you may like based on your interest. Remember when you get the list, it is in order of the amount of preparation for each career- NOT by which career fits you best. If you are considering college, you will want to scroll down to the "considerable preparation" and "extensive preparation" sections of the list.
  • MyMajors.com: Know you want to go to college? Take a quiz to see which major fits your interests the best?
  • O*Net Online: Already have a career in mind? O*Net Online is a database occupations and has detailed descriptions of almost every job out there. In addition to job descriptions, it even tells you what level of education you need for each job and the average salary.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.

Explore Careers Beyond Your Computer:

  • Talk to the adults in your life! Ask you neighbor, aunt, uncle, parent's friend, etc. if they like their jobs, what they majored in, where they went to college, and if they like what they do.
  • Volunteer! A great way to explore career options is by getting hands on experience volunteering for a closely related organization or business.
  • Get a part-time job! Depending on what career you are thinking about, you may be able to get a part-time job as an assistant for that line of work. For instance, if you think you may want to work in a salon, you could probably make some extra cash while you explore your career options by working as a salon assistant.
  • Take a class that relates to your career interests! Spring-Ford offers a variety of career focused classes like accounting, management, education, criminal justice, international studies, athletic training, biomedical sciences, engineering, etc. This can be a great way to test if this is an area you would want to spend your college years studying. Check out all your course options in the 2017-18 Spring-Ford Course Selection Book.

Options for Life After Spring-Ford

What will you do after you graduate Spring-Ford? It is never too early to start making plans and setting goals for yourself. Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • 2017-18 Post-Secondary Planning Guide: This breaks down all the options for life after graduation with detailed instructions on each step along the way.
  • Explore Naviance: Did you know Naviance has a Career Profiler that can help you find careers that fit your interest? Did you now that it has a Super Match College Search to help you find your dream college? Utilize all these great tools as you try to find the right path for your future!
  • Meet with your College Career Coordinators: Stop by the FPC to set up an appointment and talk about all your options.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.

PSATs

The PSATs are a Preliminary SAT that helps students identify areas of strength and weakness before taking the real SAT that will be used during the college application process.

Fast Facts on PSATs:

  • Sophomores will take the PSAT at Spring-Ford for free in October. Sophomores do not need to register to take this exam.
  • PSATs are not scores on the same scale as the SATs. The SATs are scored out of 1600 points and the PSATs are scores out of 1520 points.
  • Detailed score reporting is available online for all students who take the PSATs. Score reports will be available on CollegeBoard.org in December. For help understanding your scores, check out this PSAT 10 Understanding Scores Packet.
  • Students who test well on the PSAT as a sophomore should consider taking the PSATs again as a junior to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Details on the National Merit Scholarship can be found here.
  • Students who do not test well on the PSAT should consider doing some prep work on Khan Academy. After score reports are available, students are encouraged to link their College Board account with Khan Academy to get free, tailored practice for the SATs based on their PSAT scores.
  • Students who do not test well on the PSAT may want to consider taking the PSAT again in junior year for more practice. While the PSAT is offered at no cost for sophomores, juniors must pay to register for the PSATs.

Be Prepared on Test Day:

  • Be on time! Testing will begin promptly at 7:40am. College Board prohibits make-up or late testing due to testing security.
  • Don’t schedule any doctor appointments for this day! Testing will take at least 4 hours. Students who must leave early will not be given time to make up the time they miss and scores will be cancelled.
  • Bring 2 number two pencils. Students cannot use mechanical pencils for the PSATs.
  • Bring an approved calculator for the math section. A list of approved calculators can be found here.
  • Be prepared! Practice books are available in the FPC for no additional cost and will be distributed to registered students during homeroom.

Consider AP & Dual Enrollment Courses

Spring-Ford works with both Montgomery County Community College and Arcadia University to offer our students unique course offerings and the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. If you have been considering dual enrollment courses, take the next step and come to the informational meeting on AP & Dual Enrollment opportunities at Spring-Ford held every year in January. The 2017-18 AP & Dual Enrollment Night was be held on Wednesday, January 17.

Helpful Information:

PLTW

RIT CREDIT for PLTW

Did you know that you could get college credits for your Project Lead the Way courses?

More information about the RIT-PLTW connection is available at: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/pltw/. Information on other PLTW college connections and opportunities is available at: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-oppor...


PLTW + AP Recognition

Did you know that PLTW students can be recognized for their hard work in AP and PLTW classes completed during high school?

More information about PLTW+ AP Recognition can be found at: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/ap-pltw

The College Search

Wondering how to find the "perfect" college? Here are some tips to help you with the search:

Getting Started:

  • Try out the Super Match College Search: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will allow you to select all the things your dream college would have (activities, location, size, setting, majors, etc.) and it will generate a list of colleges you may like based on those factors.
  • Add colleges to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list: This tool can be found under the "Colleges" tab in Naviance. It will help you get organized and give you some great information on the colleges you are considering. Click on the graphing tool next to each colleges to see what type of students that college has accepted from Spring-Ford in the past.
  • Visit the College: The best way to get to know a college is by visiting campus. We recommend that you do a formal visit by scheduling a tour or registering for an open house with the Admission Office. Many colleges have moved to online scheduling, so check the college website or give the admission office a call! If there is something specific you would like to see or someone specific you would like to meet while you are there, make sure you request that with plenty of notice. The best time to visit is while college classes are in session. You can find more tips on what to expect and recommended questions to ask during a visit in the Post-Secondary Planning Guide.
  • Meet with a College Rep in the spring: Many colleges will visit Spring-Ford either for the College & Career Fair or for a day visit. You can check the "FPC Events for Sophomores" section of this page to see when the next fair will be or in the spring you can sign up to meet with a college rep during the school day on Naviance under the "College" tab. Meeting with someone from the college in person is a great way to get a feel for what the college is like and to get your questions about the college answered without having to visit.
  • Do Online Research: Visit the website of each of your colleges and maybe take a look at their social media pages too. Look around to see what current students are doing, activities are available, majors you can choose from, and don't forget to stop by the admission page while you are there! It is important to stay on top of deadlines and admission requirements for each college because many colleges will require different things. Don't miss out on your dream college or a great scholarship because you missed a deadline!

3 Factors of Your Best Fit College:

1. Academic Fit: This is why you are going to college! Make sure that the college offers the academic program you need to set you up for your future career. You can determine if a school is a good academic fit by meeting faculty members for your major, checking out the classrooms/labs/facilities for your major, asking about student research/internship/co-op opportunities for students with your major. Not sure what you'll major in? Find out what the opportunities the college offers to students who are undecided.

2. Social Fit: This is going to be your home for the next 4 years! Do you like the campus? Have you tried the food? Would you want to be friends with the people you see walking around on campus? Does the school offer the clubs, sports, music programs, etc. that you want? The more comfortable you feel on campus, the more likely you are to take academic risks and get involved. You will build up your resume without even realizing it!

3. Financial Fit: For some families this may feel like the biggest factor of the three and for good reason! College is expensive! When searching for a college, we recommend that students apply to both expensive and inexpensive schools because sometimes those expensive schools offer the most free money to our students. Each school will provide students with a financial aid package after the student has been accepted. This will break down the entire cost of the college and what types of scholarships, grants, and student loans that are being offered. Students should review their financial aid package before committing to a college.


More information and tips on the college search can be found in the Spring-Ford Post-Secondary Planning Guide.


Military Resources

Considering a military career? You have a lot of options to consider:

Which Branch?

How would you like to serve?


Don't forget to take the ASVAB!

Have you ever considered a career in Military Social Work?

Military service members, veterans and their families have special needs that may necessitate working with a social worker. For example, military personnel may be dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, especially if they have been fighting on the front lines of war. Families of veterans may be struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse or suicide. Military social workers must be prepared for the complexity that comes with treating both active-duty and civilian clients who are part of military culture. Learn more about this program here!

Contact a Recruiter Today:

College Athletics

Interested in playing sports in college at the DI or DII level? There are a few things you need to do:

  • Review the NCAA Guidelines outlined on pages 6-9 of the 2018-19 Course Book.
  • Complete the Spring-Ford Student-Athlete Identification Form and turn it into the FPC.
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Send your official SAT/ACT scores to the Eligibility Center through the testing agency (College Board or ACT) using the CEEB Code 9999.
  • Be sure to list Spring-Ford as your high school when you register with the Eligibility Center. As long as we are listed as your school, we will automatically upload your junior transcript at the end of junior year and your final transcript after graduation.

HOBY Leadership Seminar

HOBY's flagship program is the State Leadership Seminar. This seminar allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.

2017-18 HOBY Leadership Seminar:

June 8, 2018-June 10, 2018

Albright College

Reading, PA


Interested in attending? Click here to apply!

All applications are due to the FPC by Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Freshmen Resources

Hey Freshmen! This tab was created just for you and your families! Now that you are officially a high school student, everything you do from now until graduation will count when applying for colleges, careers, and even military opportunities. Now is the time to set some goals for yourself and start taking the first steps towards acheiving them.

Freshmen FPC Events


SEPTEMBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
9/26/2018College & Career FairEach year Spring-Ford has about 80 different College, Career, and Military reps come out to meet our students! This is a great event regardless of where you are in the future planning process. Come get your questions answered by the experts!6:00-8:00pm10-12 Gym



OCTOBER


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
10/10/2018PSAT TestingNo need to register- Spring-Ford pays for every sophomore student to take the PSAT test. Taking this exam is a great way to practice for the SATs and it will also tell us which AP courses students will be successful taking.7:40am10-12 Center


NOVEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
TBDFPC Parent MeetingsThe FPC will be open for additional parent meetings the night of parent-teacher conferences. Sign ups will open in late October.

*Please contact Mrs. Sussman or Miss Falco directly for appointments during normal evening hours.


Sign ups will be available in late OctoberFuture Planning Center


DECEMBER

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
12/5/2018Being Competitive in Highly Selective AdmissionAre you interested in applying to colleges/universities that accept less than 30% of applicants? This program is designed to help you gain perspective on what those colleges/universities will want to see in an applicant.2:30pmHurda Learning Center
12/8/2018Hybrid SAT/ACT Testing at Spring-FordNot sure if you are better suited for the SAT or ACT? This test is designed to determine on which test you are more likely to achieve higher scores. Sign ups will be available in November.8:30amHurda Learning Center

JANUARY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
1/30/2019AP/DE Information NightBoth parents and students are encouraged to come out for this event to learn more about AP and Dual Enrollment offerings at Spring-Ford before scheduling classes. 6:30pm10-12 Auditorium


FEBRUARY

DateEventEvent DetailsTimeLocation
2/9/2019ACT Testing at Spring-FordStudents must register at act.org.7:30amSenior Wing
2/21/2019ASVAB Testing at Spring-FordThinking military? Not sure what career you are suited for? Take the ASVAB! More information is available at asvabprogram.com. You can also prepare for the ASVAB at March2Success.com. Sign ups will open at the end of January.7:40 am Hurda Learning Center
2/27/2019Sophomore Parent FPC Night

The FPC welcomes all parents of sophomores to come out and learn about the college/career search, admission timeline/procedures, and how to navigate Naviance. Students are also welcome to attend. Bring your questions!

7:00pm10-12 Auditorium


MARCH

DateEventEvent DescriptionTimeLocation
ALL MONTHCAREER MONTH

All month long the FPC will be hosting a number of different career speakers, workshops, fairs, and evening programs! Career Month speaker schedule will be released in February.

VariesVaries
3/20/2019College & Career FairEach year over 80 different college, military, and career reps come to Spring-Ford to meet with our students! Come out to get your questions answered and learn about some new post-secondary options.6:00- 8:00 pm10-12Gym

MAY


DateEventEvent DescriptionTime Location
5/6/2019- 5/17/2019AP ExamsRegistration for AP Tests is not yet available.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center
5/23/2019- 5/24/2019AP Make-Up TestingAll Make-Up AP Tests must be scheduled with Mrs. Sussman directly.All Day9th Grade Center & 10-12 Center

5/23-5/24/2018Spring-Ford SAT BootcampThis two day bootcamp will be provided by Catalyst at Spring-Ford. Sign ups will be available in January.12:00-4:00pmHurda Learning Center

Naviance

Naviance is an essential college and career planning tool that all Spring-Ford students have access to use. Here is how you access Naviance:

  1. Go to Naviance.com
  2. Click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner of the page
  3. Put in Spring-Ford's zip code (19468)
  4. Choose Spring-Ford High School
  5. Enter your first name, middle initial, and last name with no spaces as your username (never enter your email)
  6. Enter your Spring-Ford ID Number as your password

If you have trouble accessing Naviance, contact the FPC for account help.

***Naviance recently underwent a big update! Tour the new version of Naviance here.


Starting Your Major/Career Search

Trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life can be a daunting task for a person at any age. We encourage students to start their career exploration early to make the process easier.

Helpful Resources:

  • Career Interest Profiler: Take this easy 180 question quiz found under the "Career" tab in Naviance. This quiz will give you a list of careers that you may like based on your interest. Remember when you get the list, it is in order of the amount of preparation for each career- NOT by which career fits you best. If you are considering college, you will want to scroll down to the "considerable preparation" and "extensive preparation" sections of the list.
  • MyMajors.com: Know you want to go to college? Take a quiz to see which major fits your interests the best?
  • O*Net Online: Already have a career in mind? O*Net Online is a database occupations and has detailed descriptions of almost every job out there. In addition to job descriptions, it even tells you what level of education you need for each job and the average salary.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: Published by the Department of Labor & Industry, this guide is packed with great information on a variety of different careers and resources to help with your career search.

Explore Careers Beyond Your Computer:

  • Talk to the adults in your life! Ask you neighbor, aunt, uncle, parent's friend, etc. if they like their jobs, what they majored in, where they went to college, and if they like what they do.
  • Volunteer! A great way to explore career options is by getting hands on experience volunteering for a closely related organization or business.
  • Take a class that relates to your career interests! Spring-Ford offers a variety of career focused classes like accounting, management, education, criminal justice, international studies, athletic training, biomedical sciences, engineering, etc. This can be a great way to test if this is an area you would want to spend your college years studying. Check out all your course options in the 2017-18 Spring-Ford Course Selection Book.

Looking Ahead: College

You are just starting out at the high school, but some of you may already be thinking about your next step. Looking ahead is a great way to make sure you are working towards meeting all the requirements you would need to get into college.

Planning Ahead:

  • Do a preliminary college search: Use tools under the "College" tab in Naviance such as the College Match or Super Match College Search to start checking out colleges. Add any colleges that stand out to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list in Naviance.
  • Check out the college admission website: Look to see what the average student looks like for each college. Colleges will look at what students have accomplished in grades 9-11 with little input from senior year. As a freshman you can set yourself up to be the ideal applicant before you even start the application. Look for things like average GPA, average SAT/ACT score (are they test optional?), and special course requirements. For instance, colleges in the states of South Carolina and California both require that students take at least one art class while in high school. Doing a little research now will help make sure you are prepared!
  • Attend the Spring-Ford College & Career Fair: This is a great way to be introduced to colleges you had never heard of and hear what colleges are looking for directly from the source.
  • Peruse the Post-Secondary Planning Guide: This guide details the college admission and financial aid process from start to finish. This is a great resource as you start to navigate your college search.
  • Talk to your school counselor: If you want to talk to someone about your search or have questions about what lies ahead, head over to the office to make an appointment with your school counselor.

Looking Ahead: Military

Considering a military career? You have a lot of options to consider:

Which Branch?

How would you like to serve?


Don't forget to take the ASVAB!

Have you ever considered a career in Military Social Work?

Military service members, veterans and their families have special needs that may necessitate working with a social worker. For example, military personnel may be dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, especially if they have been fighting on the front lines of war. Families of veterans may be struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse or suicide. Military social workers must be prepared for the complexity that comes with treating both active-duty and civilian clients who are part of military culture. Learn more about this program here!

Contact a Recruiter Today:

Consider AP Courses

Spring-Ford offers 26 different AP Course options for students. Students may want to take AP Courses to challenge themselves with college level coursework, to make themselves more competitive for college admission, or to save money by potentially earning college credit. If you have been considering AP Courses, take the next step and come to the informational meeting on AP & Dual Enrollment opportunities at Spring-Ford held every year in January. The 2017-18 AP & Dual Enrollment Night was be held on Wednesday, January 17.

Helpful Information:

PLTW

RIT CREDIT for PLTW

Did you know that you could get college credits for your Project Lead the Way courses?

More information about the RIT-PLTW connection is available at: https://www.rit.edu/emcs/pltw/. Information on other PLTW college connections and opportunities is available at: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-oppor...


PLTW + AP Recognition

Did you know that PLTW students can be recognized for their hard work in AP and PLTW classes completed during high school?

More information about PLTW+ AP Recognition can be found at: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/ap-pltw

College Athletics

Interested in playing sports in college at the DI or DII level? There are a few things you need to do:

  • Review the NCAA Guidelines outlined on pages 6-9 of the 2018-19 Course Book.
  • Complete the Spring-Ford Student-Athlete Identification Form and turn it into the FPC.
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Send your official SAT/ACT scores to the Eligibility Center through the testing agency (College Board or ACT) using the CEEB Code 9999.
  • Be sure to list Spring-Ford as your high school when you register with the Eligibility Center. As long as we are listed as your school, we will automatically upload your junior transcript at the end of junior year and your final transcript after graduation.
FPC HOURS

Monday: 7-3:30 pm

Tuesday: 7-3:30 pm

Wednesday: 7-3:30 pm with appointments available with Mrs. Benner through 8:00 pm

Thursday: 7-3:30 pm with appointments available with Mrs. Sussman through 8:00 pm

Friday: 7-3:30 pm

CONTACT

Tricia Benner

email: tfalc@spring-ford.net

phone: 610 705 6001 x2503


Marissa Sussman

email: mbowl@spring-ford.net

phone: 610 705 6001 x 2508