Every aspect of the Gifted Program at Forest Park is intended to help students achieve their academic potential and be prepared to succeed after their years here are through. In addition to the seminar curriculum designed to develop thinking ability, students have the opportunity to meet with a resource teacher to set their long range academic goals and develop a plan to reach them. A blank version of this document is available below for parents and students to use in course selection planning with long term goals in mind.
Students are told that it is a good idea to find a career which combines their interests and their strengths. In order to find that career, it is recommended that all students take at least one Career Interest Survey. These connect personal interests to career characteristics.
The US Dept. of Labor runs an incredible site for learning about careers and job prospects - O*Net Online
. Within the site, a very useful resource is MyNextMove
, which offers a free Interest Survey.
The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey
is based on 60 years of research and is the most robust and legitimate tool of its type available. It costs $20 and may take 1-2 hours, but it could help ensure that 4-6 years and $100,000+ invested in college is well spent.
There is an amazing amount of useful information available about colleges through The College Board
. This is also the place to register for the SAT, get practice tests for AP classes and much more.
More and more students are going to NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College) for an Associate's Degree and then transferring to a four-year college in state to finish a Bachelor's Degree. This is a wonderful way to save money, but there are important requirements and procedures for the Guaranteed Admissions Agreements
Students who want to be athletes in college should become familiar with the requirements of the NCAA Eligibility Center
. A quick reference guide to the requirements is available below.
High School Planning
Students are given an unofficial copy of their transcript so that they know their current GPA. Sample Transcripts with GPA and class rank calculations are available below.
All students receive suggestions on course selections based on their goals as well as reminders of course sequences. Handouts on those topics are below. For iT course sequences, see the latest information posted the main iT Program
The Virginia Governor's Early College Scholar
Program opens doors of opportunity and greater access to the Virtual Virginia online courses (including many AP classes). See below for the basic explanation and course list.
***Many students have benefited from taking classes through the VDOE's Virtual Virginia program, PWCS's own Virtual High School, and/or NVCC's offerings. Any student looking into these options must consult with his or her School Counselor to be sure they are making a fully informed decision
For example, Mr. Smith, the Director of School Counseling, informed us that students should not
take Personal Finance and Economics through Virtual Virginia over the summer because they will most likely not get to take a competency exam that satisfies the Workplace Readiness requirement for graduation. This is not a problem with other summer classes through Virtual Virginia or all the other ways to take the PF&E course, but could cause a big problem for students who find themselves still needing the Workplace Readiness in order to graduate.
If you have questions about these materials or ideas for other resources to include here, please contact Mr. Bredbenner