College and Postgrad

9th Grade Planning

In Grade 9, through our 9th Grade Academy Guidance Lessons, students will be introduced to Naviance, a college and career planning program. Through Naviance, students will register for individual accounts which they will have access to for the next four years. They will also complete a Learning Style Inventory and Career Interest Profiler as part of their Naviance tasks. Both exercises will assist students in discovering which learning environment best suits their own personalized needs, and which career clusters may match their interests. Additionally, students will participate in a mock college admissions exercise during which they will analyze transcripts and resumes of students as if they were college admissions officers. Through this exercise, students gain an understanding of college admission factors such as: GPA, rank, extra-curricular activities and participation in rigorous coursework.

10th Grade Planning

In Grade 10, students will participate in additional Naviance tasks including the Personality Profiler which helps to link their personal traits to career clusters and college majors. Additionally, in the spring of 10th grade, students will participate in a Naviance scavenger hunt. During this activity, facilitated by the guidance department, students will use the comprehensive college search tool to access information about colleges including: size, location, cost, majors, admission requirements and more! Also, in October, grade 10 students may opt to take the PSAT by registering in our guidance department at a cost of approximately $15. This is an optional activity in grade 10 as all students will take the PSAT in grade 11.

11th Grade Planning

In Grade 11, students will begin this busy year by taking the PSAT in October. Stonington High School registers all students for this test which is the practice version of the SAT. There is no charge for our juniors to take this test. Students will attend an informational assembly and will receive prep books prior to taking the test. Results are distributed in December. Students should analyze their results with their guidance counselor and determine if additional preparation may be needed prior to taking the SAT. Also, during the same month, juniors will attend the SHS College Fair. Prior to the fair, students will attend an assembly which introduces them to the college fair format. Next, in December, all juniors will participate in a College Workshops, facilitated by the SHS Guidance Department and held during all junior English classes. During this workshop, students will receive handouts and information related to the following: college admission factors, visiting colleges, developing your college list, SAT/ACT tests, NCAA, letters of recommendation and more! Students are encouraged to bring this information home to be shared with their parents and families. Following these workshops, an evening meeting will be hosted in January, which will introduce parents to this same information. Prior to the end of junior year, students should have a minimum of one meeting with their guidance counselor to discuss their post graduate plans. It is very important to include the guidance staff throughout this process!

12th Grade Planning

In Grade 12 is certainly a very busy year for our students! By the end of fall of their senior year, students are encourage to finalize their plans, including their college lists, with their counselor. Additionally, students who are making plans to enter technical schools, community colleges or the military are also encouraged finalize their plans at this time. Many colleges and universities have deadlines as early as mid- October and early November. Additionally, our department always encourages students who are applying to any of the CT State Universities, to apply no later than December 1. In late September of this year, the guidance department will host College Application Night. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this evening meeting which will focus solely on the college application process. During the school day in early October, seniors will attend the SHS College Fair. Throughout most of September, October and November, in addition to the College Fair, college representatives from select schools will make visits to our Career Center. Students may view the schedule and sign-up to attend these visits through their Naviance account. These visits are intended for students who have a sincere interest in a particular school, and would like an opportunity to meet with the school's representative. Finally, in late fall, SHS will host a Financial Aid Night. This evening will focus on all aspects of financial aid including FAFSA, student loans, and scholarships. The event is facilitated by Carolyn Karno of Education Funding Strategies. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this very informative evening session!

NCAA Division I

Eligibility Requirements for Division I
Core Course
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Mathematics(Algebra I or Higher)
  • 2 years of Natural/Physical Sciences(1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 1 year additional English, Mathematics or Natural/Physical Science
  • 2 years of Social Science
  • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)
Test Scores

Test scores are matched to core grades GPA averages using a sliding scale. The scale is located on the NCAA site. When you register for the SAT or ACT use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and Act scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.

GPA

Required GPA is a 2.3

Useful Links

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Minimum Graduation Requirements

NCAA Division II

Eligibility Requirements for Division II

Core Course

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of Mathematics(Algebra I or Higher)
  • 2 years of Natural/Physical Sciences(1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 year additional English, Mathematics or Natural/Physical Science
  • 2 years of Social Science
  • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

Test Scores

A minimum of 820 on SAT or a sum of 68 on ACT. SAT scores used for NCAA purposes include only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used. The act score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. When you register for the SAT or ACT use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and Act scores are reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency.

GPA

Required GPA is a 2.0

Useful Links

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Minimum Graduation Requirements