Education:Go Get It! Week was celebrated at Azle Junior High School the week of January 16th. Information and discussion to encourage students to understand that some form of higher education is required to have a higher standard living in our world today.This includes community/junior college, trade/vocational /technical school, military training and colleges and universities.

To encourage students to plan for higher education, AJHS did the following:

·Decorate classroom doors to honor teacher Alma Maters, or “wannabe” Alma Mater. (See my student-decorated door here)

·Wear college gear all week!!!

·On FRIDAY, January 20, Students wear hats with logos from any of the higher education institutions mentioned above

·Help inspire students to start planning for higher education

Distributed the following information to students:

Education: Go Get It!Announcements

In accordance with Texas House Bill 2237, Azle Junior High will be observing Education: Go Get It! Week January 17-20.The objective is that our faculty and staff will provide information about the issues listed below and have some good classroom discussion about the benefits of continuing education after high school. We will be announcing a short informational piece regarding the pursuit of higher education during the daily announcements.

Tuesday: It’s Education Go Get It week at AJHS.Every day this week we’ll be looking at facts about higher education after high school.Higher education options available to students include 2-year community colleges like TCC and Weatherford; 4-year colleges such as University of North Texas, Texas A&M and University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech and University of Texas at Arlington.High School graduates can also choose to join the Armed Services with a qualifying score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, aka the ASVAB.Students interested in the medical field who don’t want to spend a lot of time in school may choose to apply for certain paid on-the-job training positions as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and some pharmacy technician programs.With 444 higher education schools in the state of Texas, , today’s students have a huge variety of post-high school options to put you on the path to higher earnings and a job you love!

Wednesday:Today’s Education Go Get It information is about automatic admission to college.Here’s a neat cheat if you don’t want to jump through a lot of hoops to get into a major university.Texas students who graduate in the top 8% of their class are automatically admitted to the University of Texas in Austin.Yep, the burnt orange one with a pet longhorn named Bevo.Students who graduate in the top 10% of their graduating class are automatically admitted to ALL OTHER public Texas Universities.Texas A&M requires all incoming freshman to have graduated on the Distinquished Plan but that and a top 10% class rank will get you in the door to be an Aggie.Isn’t that cool?

There are some solid scholarships available for students who graduate in the top of their class, so work hard and get that GPA up and you can go to the school of your dreams!

Thursday:Today we’ll be looking at admission requirements for higher education after high school.All forms of higher education have some sort of admission requirements. Teachers will be reading a few short paragraphs about admission requirements during advisory period.So stay tuned to find out more about how to get into your dream school!

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·Students wanting to enter a Texas 4-year university will need to graduate high school on the Recommended Plan with a decent GPA and an acceptable score on a college entry exam like the SAT or ACT.Most universities look at your class rank, grades and SAT or ACT scores to make a determination.The more competitive the University, the higher the required grades and test scores.You can Google “admission requirements” for your favorite college and find out what scores they require.Just know that the higher your grades in high school, the more wiggle room you have on your SAT or ACT to be considered for admission at a major university.

·Community Colleges are generally considered to be “open enrollment’, but even they require that all incoming students have a high school diploma or a GED and most* students must take college readiness tests to determine a student’s abilities in certain core subjects like reading and math.Azle students who work hard and really pay attention can take the Accuplacer from TCC or the Compass test at Weatherford and start taking dual credit classes as early as completion of their 10th grade year!

·Think if you don’t cut it in school you can just join the military?Think again:The military requires recruits to be high school graduates or have a GED as well!Also, the military has its own test and it’s called the ASVAB!The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the test the military requires recruits to complete to assess their fit in the military.The Army requires a minimum of a 31 on the ASVAB, with the Navy requirement being a minimum of 50.All other branches fall somewhere in the middle.Students who score highest get to apply for high prestige professions like nuclear engineering and flight school.So if you want to join the military, pay attention and learn all you can, because what you know makes a lot of difference in what choice you have in a military career.

Friday:So this week we’ve learned about higher education options available to you after you graduate from high school.Students entering colleges and the military must graduate from high school and pass an entrance exam or aptitude test.Students who have good grades and higher test scores have more options for going to college and have access to more prestigious colleges if they choose.Students in the top ten % of their graduating class even get automatic admission Texas public colleges and universities.So…….how do you pay for it? Every senior needs to fill out a form called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.This is the pathway to all federal grants and loans, and helps many colleges match you up with private scholarships. There are lots of scholarships available for students who take advanced classes and make good grades and have high test scores.But if you aren’t in the top of your class, there is help available for paying for school!Financial Aid is available in the form of grants that never have to be paid back for students with demonstrated financial need, and low interest government loans that don’t have to be paid back until you graduate or stop going to college.