•  1105 Kelly Dr.  

    Sanford, NC 27330

    Phone/Fax: 919-888-4502  

    “School of Distinction 2010”

    Robert Biehl, Principal

    Lee Early College Senior Seminar (AVID 4) Syllabus

    Instructor: Ms. Jackson

    Room: TBD

    Phone: (919) 888-4502 x0101

    Email: ntesta.lec@lee.k12.nc.us


    Course Description: Why am I taking this course?


    Senior Seminar is a comprehensive and mandatory course for all LEC students graduating in May 2016.  This course is designed to guide students along the seemingly daunting college preparation path.  We will focus on college applications, college and scholarship essays, financial aid prep, and the recommendation process.


    The primary goal of this seminar is to have each student complete applications, gain acceptance to a college and university of their choice as well as complete scholarship applications.


    Schedule: When will Senior Seminar meet?


    Each student will attend Senior Seminar twice a month on either a Thursday or Friday from 1:30-2:40 in Wilkinson Hall room TBD.  Students will choose which day they attend regularly based on their college schedules.  

    Objectives: What will be the result of my hard work in this course?

    • Completed applications to three (3) colleges

    ·         Common application included

                   Completed and submitted applications to three (3) scholarships (local and national)

                   Completed and submitted FAFSA forms

                   Submitted professional requests for three letters of recommendation

    ·         Hand-written thank you notes

                   CollegeWeekLive account created

                   Presentation to parents on college/tuition/major/career


    AVID Tutorial/PTSO Hours

    • 20 volunteer hours

    • 15 for AVID Tutorial, 5 for PTSO Store

    • Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 for freshman AVID classes

    Instructional Materials: What should I bring to class each day?

    • A minimum 2 inch binder designated specifically for Senior Seminar materials

    • Divider tabs to separate college/scholarship application materials

    • Laptop

    Grading: How will I earn my grade?

    Senior Seminar is a task-oriented course.  Our objective is to provide feedback with the goal of helping students master skills for college success rather than simply complete tasks to get a grade.  Students will submit assignments on a regular basis and MUST adhere to deadlines.  Whether it concerns a college application or a scholarship, deadlines are absolutely vital.  Late work credit will depend on the deadline of the application.  


    Completed Applications, Scholarships                     30%

    Personal Statements, Essays                                     30%

    Attendance/Class Participation                               25%


    Expectations and Rules: In addition, students are expected to:

    • Respect self and others

    • Arrive on time and be ready to work

    • Come prepared with materials

    • Maintain a positive attitude

    Course Timeline


    August: Organization/Extra-Curricular Activities

    • Organize binder for course

    • Reflect on extra-curricular activities and make plan how to strengthen those areas

    September: ACT & SAT/Develop College List/Early Action/Early Decision/CollegeWeekLive

    • Retake ACT/SAT?

    • Make list of colleges you are interested in

    ·         Size, $$, major, location

                   Apply early? Oct. 1-Nov. 1

                   Create CollegeWeekLive account

    ·         Tour campuses


    October: College Applications/Scholarships/Take ACT&SAT

    • Essays, essays, and more essays!

    • College apps & scholarships

    • Take either ACT or SAT if necessary

    November: Submit everything/College Application Week

    • Submit college applications

    • College Application Week

    ·         November 10-14, 2014

                   Submit scholarship applications

    December: FAFSA Time!

    • FAFSA Parent Night: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    ·         CFNC Representative

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