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The latest tips, tricks, and education to help you get into your top college.

Apply for the Bright Futures Scholarship

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 9:15:14 AM

The Bright Futures Scholarship program rewards Florida high school graduates for their academic achievements – and isn’t need-based. Money is available for use at almost all undergraduate schools in the state of Florida.

Topics: Bright Futures, Investment, ACT/SAT, Florida Public Schools

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Topics: Bright Futures, Investment, ACT/SAT, Florida Public Schools

Being “Average” is Beginning to Look Good — and That’s a Very Bad Thing

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Last March, in a blog post entitled The Florida public schools’ student-to-counselor ratio, aka “Do we really want to be average?, we decried the fact that Florida public high schools’ student-to-counselor ratio in 2013-14 exactly matched the national average. Result? An average of only about five and one-half minutes of face-to-face time between student and counselor each week (based on the absurd assumption that counselors spend all of their time working with individual students). And we presented information showing why that assumption was absurd. In short, the sheer weight of numbers and paucity of time precluded school counselors from giving our students – our children, our future leaders and future contributors to the welfare of our society – the individual attention needed and deserved.

Topics: Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting, Test-Prep

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting, Test-Prep

Want Money? Check Out Florida’s Financial Aid Programs!

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 1:41:00 PM

 

The 2015-16 Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) will be available online as of December 1, 2014. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org provides the FFAA to students seeking state scholarship and grant awards for the 2015-16 post secondary academic year.

This single application is used to evaluate the student for the programs listed below...

Topics: Florida Public Schools, Financial, College Admission, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, Financial, College Admission, Educational-Consulting

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO UF & FSU: Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM


This year, both FSU and UF require students to complete this online self-reported academic record as part of the application process. Apparently, some students aren’t getting it quite right, so FSU has issued some clarifying instructions. The most common errors are:

  1. Mistakenly entering non-academic courses
  2. Failing to enter all courses for the entire senior year
  3. Listing only a repeated class without showing the initial attempt and grade earned

Topics: College Admission, Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting

You clicked SUBMIT. NOW what?

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Regardless of a college’s deadline date, do not wait until the night before to submit the application! However, once you have successfully submitted an application…please don’t forget the final pieces of the puzzle. The devil is always in the details, and you’ve got some details to look after!

Topics: Test-Prep, College Application, Common Application, Florida Public Schools

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Topics: Test-Prep, College Application, Common Application, Florida Public Schools

Applying to UF or FSU? Then you'll need to complete the SSAR

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Applying to UF or FSU? Don’t forget to complete your SSAR (Student Self-Reported Academic Record) instead of sending your official high school transcript. In fact, don’t send a transcript unless you’re accepted and make a commitment to attend one of these universities.

Both FSU and UF recommend that you complete the SSAR before submitting your application – and, luckily, they use the same SSAR, so you only have to complete it once if you’re applying to both of them.

Topics: Test-Prep, Florida Public Schools, SSAR, College Application

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Topics: Test-Prep, Florida Public Schools, SSAR, College Application

FLVS Courses Free for Everyone…Except McKay Parents

Posted on May 13, 2014 12:01:00 PM

In the shadowy back rooms of the Florida legislature, promises went unfulfilled. Despite considerable lobbying efforts on the part of concerned parents, the legislators did not fix a glitch in a bill. The passage of the bill now means that parents of students who receive McKay Scholarship monies will have deducted from the scholarship $770 (for a two-semester course) to pay for any (including summer) FLVS courses.

Topics: Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, Educational-Consulting

Florida's replacement for the FCAT, are there alternatives

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 11:11:00 AM

In the continuing saga of data-bound American education, Florida chose a new vendor whose assessment test Florida public school students will begin using in 2015.The American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., will create tests that will replace math, reading and writing sections of the FCAT. According to reports, the new tests extend to end-of-course (EOC) exams in algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2. The FCAT science tests will not change.

Topics: Florida Public Schools, Test-Prep

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Topics: Florida Public Schools, Test-Prep

Florida Schools Change their GPA Calculations for Admissions

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 4:04:00 PM

Think you know your GPA? Guess again! Colleges rarely use the GPA that you see on your transcript; rather, they recalculate it using criteria that are essential to their specific admissions decision-making process. Since your academic record is the #1 factor in college admissions, it's important for you to evaluate it in the same way colleges do – and to be certain that you're also “calculating” which colleges are the right ones for you!

Topics: College Admission, Florida Public Schools

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Topics: College Admission, Florida Public Schools

How Changes to the University of Florida’s Freshman Admissions Procedure Affect YOU!

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM

The University of Florida has made a major adjustment to the admissions process for undergraduates this year. Admissions representatives from UF are calling it SAR: the Self-Reported Academic Record. In the past, the University of Florida, like most universities, required applicants to have transcripts sent directly to the university. That is no longer the case. As of 2013, applicants are required to enter their courses and grades from grades 9-11 and in-progress courses from grade 12 into a form that is part of the online application.

Topics: College Admission, College Planning, Florida Public Schools

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Topics: College Admission, College Planning, Florida Public Schools

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