Course - duPont Manual High School
Course - duPont Manual High School
duPont Manual High Schoo
MST / HSU / VA / CMA / YPAS
#1 high school in the state for academics
One of the top high schools in the nation
Colleges recognize Manual students
97% of our students go to 4-year universities
45 National Merit & Achievement Semifinalists
70% of students have 3.0 GPA or higher
Average ACT composite score of 25.4
1515 AP Exams given last year (886 students)
31% scored a 5
83% scored a 3 or higher
27 AP course offerings
It is a privilege to be a Manual student!
But, with this privilege comes great responsibility…
Very competitive environment
Heavy, demanding work-load
Must have strong, consistent study
Can be a stressful atmosphere
Must be organized
How to handle
Know Your Teachers’ Rules
Ask for Help
Get to Know Your Teachers and Counselor
Make a Friend in Each Class
Use Your Agenda Book
Get a Life! All work and no play is not the
Use your agenda book
for each class
Do homework at home
Use your study skills time
Know your teacher’s rules
No late work
Request homework for extended absences
Top 10 things Seniors wish they
had known as Freshman:
Don’t procrastinate—get left behind
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
It’s not at all like middle school!
Always take a study skills—you need it!
Get involved—extracurricular very important
Choose friends wisely
Never give up!
Get help immediately—through tutoring or from your
Study Hard! Grades/GPA begin your 9th grade year and
do not go away on your transcript
Ways to Get
Join a club
Try out for a sport
Be in a play
Check out opportunities at YPAS if you love
drama, dance, music
(p 27-28 Agenda)
Action for Africa
Mock Trial Team
October 1 & 4: No School
October 8: Football Homecoming Pep Rally/Game/Dance
October 12: 8th Grade Open House
October 13 & 14: Parent/Teacher Conferences (after school)
October 17: UPS College & Career Expo (1-5PM at Kentucky
Fair & Expo Center)
October 25-29: Red/White Week (Friday – Pep Rally) Beat
November 2: No School
November 24 – 26: Thanksgiving Break
December 14-17: Semester Finals
February 14: Parent/Teacher Conferences
every year for
Everything counts …
Grades are used to determine the GPA
Eligibility in Sports and Extracurricular and/or Cocurricular activities
Placement in honors, advanced, and advanced
placement classes and awards that will be listed
on the college application
All grades, courses, and credits earned will be
listed on your TRANSCRIPT!
1st 6-week progress report
2nd 6-week progress report
3rd 6 week Semester Grade
(final grade on transcript)
4th 6-week progress report
5th 6-week progress report
6th 6-week Semester Grade
(final grade on transcript)
Stay on top of your grades
Get help if you see that your grades are falling
Turn your assignments in on time
Do all of your homework assignments
List of classes taken: Courses taken and credits earned
each semester are on the transcript.
The transcript is the report sent to colleges that
reflects every semester of high school that you have
Provides credit summary
GPA: grade point average (Unweighted & Weighted)
Failed classes do not disappear
Levels of courses
Advanced Placement (AP)
(AP & Dual Credit Courses Only)
2-3 years of same world language
See program guide in
= 22 or above
Apprentice or higher
Sample 4-Year Plan
Alg 1 HNR
MST Alg 2
Highest diploma offered by Kentucky
Still minimum of 23 credits required
Must take AP English, AP math or science,
AP world language, and one additional AP
Successful completion of 3 AP exams in the
subject areas of completed AP courses
Schedule for next year’s classes in January
Course Request Form—VERY IMPORTANT!
Always take a Study Skills
Only Seniors can be an aide—except library
Balance strong GPA with challenging
courses (4 AP courses to be most rigorous)
Magnet Programs on
• JCPS incentive program
• Students make a certain
score on the Advanced
Program test at the end
of the 8th grade year
• Students must maintain
at least 3.0 GPA, take 3
yrs of same world
language, take minimum
of 12 advanced classes,
& take Advanced
• Seal on your diploma
• Do not have to be
Advanced Program to
take Advanced classes
• Most challenging courses
offered at Manual
• Opportunity for college
• Must take 4 or more AP
courses to be considered
• Colleges look at the number
of AP courses you take
along with your GPA
• AP exam is given at the end
o the year
How To Be Successful
Push yourself to take classes that reflect as
strong and rigorous an academic curriculum
that you can handle successfully
Unplug yourself from the Internet and TV.
Learn to develop your “intellectual appetite”
Do not assume that someone will contact you if there is a
Keep in contact with your teachers and your counselors
Develop strong study skills and time management
Work on building a strong vocabulary.
READ, READ, and READ more!
Turn all assignments in on time!
Know when progress reports and grades will be sent or
mailed home (10/5; 11/16; 1/11; 2/23; 4/12; 6/7).
Problems in a Class?
What should you be doing
Completing your Individual Learning Plan
Creating a resume’ that lists awards, honors,
community service, work experience, leadership,
Preparing to take ACT/SAT/SAT2
Taking ACT/SAT/SAT2—after Algebra 2
Learning who you are & what careers interest you
(ILP can help)
Volunteering in careers of interest
Studying!!! Keep up grades!
Getting involved at Manual & community
Visit College/Career Room
Review your schedule to make sure you're enrolled in
challenging classes that will help you prepare for college.
Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science,
and a foreign language.
Use College Search to find out the required courses and
tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
Go to college fairs in your area.
Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
Use a College Savings Calculator to see how much money
you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save
enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk
to your parents about financing college.
Prepare for Tests: Talk to your counselor and teachers
about taking ACT & SAT. Take SAT Subject Tests such as
World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the
material is still fresh in your mind.
Stay Focused: Sign up for college preparatory courses for
sophomore year in January.
Explore Summer Opportunities: Look for a great
summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer
Search online for summer school programs for high school
students at colleges.
Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to
Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options
during the summer. Start with colleges near you.
What do Colleges look
Grades in AP courses
Grades in all subjects
Interviews (if required)
Most colleges require the ACT w/ writing
OR SAT reasoning test
SAT reasoning = ACT w/ writing
The summer after 10th grade is an excellent
time to prepare for the SAT/ACT testing.
Take test prep courses—many are free!
Community/Technical College (2-year)
In addition to all Kentucky postsecondary institutions, recent graduates
have also chosen to attend the following colleges and universities:
Art Institute of Chicago
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Juilliard School
Memphis College of Art
North Carolina School for the Arts
Saint Louis University
Sewanee: The University of the South
U.S. Naval Academy
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Pennsylvania
Brigham Young University
Carnegie Mellon University
Eastman School of Music
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University of Ohio
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
New England Conservatory of Music
Pennsylvania State University Princeton University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Military Academy
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Kentucky Colleges – Four
Year Public Universities
Eastern Kentucky University
Kentucky State University
Morehead State University
Murray State University
Northern Kentucky University
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Western Kentucky University
Kentucky Colleges – Four Year Private
Colleges and Universities
Alice Lloyd College
Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
Kentucky Christian Univ.
Kentucky Mountain Bible College
Kentucky Wesleyan College
Lincoln Memorial Univ.
Lindsey Wilson College
St. Catherine College
Thomas More College
University of the Cumberlands
Example: University of
General Admission ( 24 ACT; 2.5 GPA)
Honors Program: (28 ACT or 1250 SAT 1250; and
Guaranteed Entrance Programs (Requirements to Apply):
Medical School (30 ACT and 3.75 GPA)
Dentistry (30 ACT and 3.75 GPA)
Law School (24 ACT and 3.35 GPA)
Nursing (25 ACT and 3.35 GPA)
Communication Art & Design (24 ACT and 3.2 GPA)
Example: Centre College
ACT 26-30 (middle range)
SAT 570-700 (critical reading) and 570-670
More than 60% of the freshman class were
at the top 10% of their class.
68% had a 4.0 GPA or above.
26 % had a 3.7-3.99 GPA.
86% had 30-36 ACT.
76% had 700-800 SAT (math)
71% had 700-800 SAT (writing)
66% had 700-800 SAT (critical reading)
The state of Kentucky rewards students for good
2.5 is the GPA you have to earn in a year to receive
15 is the minimum ACT score to receive additional
Better grades and higher ACT scores earn you
The funds can be used at any college in Kentucky
Work after school with your teacher or ESS (Extended
School Services) work after school with a teacher
NHS in library (before/after school)
Forming study groups with other students in your class
Checking your grades regularly with your teacher
Use your agenda
Structure study time at home
Participate in class. Be visible and care about what you’re
Maintain healthy lifestyle which includes proper diet,
exercise, sleep, and stay away from the use of illegal drugs
and alcohol and anyone you know who may use them
What your counselor
Letters of recommendation
Help advise/resolve conflict
How do you see your
Drop by times:
During study skills
How Can Parents Contact
Parents may email the counselor from
Parents may call the counselor at 485-8503.
Most phone calls are returned after 3pm
and within 24 hours.
If there is a problem with a class, parent
should contact the teacher first before
contacting the counselor.