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Remember that if your graduating senior is interested in an honors program, most universities offer some kind of honors track or classes. Have your students check with the schools they are interested in to find out application procedures, deadlines and specific scholarships available for that program.

Khan Academy to Offer Free SAT Prep


By Christopher Piehler

Last week, the College Board announced not only that the SAT will be redesigned for 2016, but that it has formed a partnership with Khan Academy to offer free SAT prep materials.

According to the Khan Academy website, students taking the SAT in 2014–2015 can visit the site now to find hundreds of questions from unreleased SATs and more than 200 videos with step-by-step solutions.

As for students taking the new SAT starting in 2016, Khan Academy said it will create thousands of practice problems and instructional videos that will be available in the spring of 2015. Students will have a full year in which to practice at their own pace using Khan Academy’s personalized learning dashboard, which recommends exercises at each student’s level and shows progress, points and badges.

David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, said, "The SAT should reward merit and hard work, and success on the exam should be available to all. There is no better statement of our commitment to making the SAT a world-class, high-quality and fair test than partnering with Khan Academy to provide free SAT preparation for the world."


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Information for parents of Juniors and all grades below:

Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission
to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students.

The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2014 summer/fall freshman applicants who
rank within the top 7% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review.
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Standout Student College Scholarship. There is more to getting into college than good grads and test scores! Plus, by our school placing this link on our site you will get an extra $100 if you win. Go here to find out more.
  Free Scholarship of the Day A scholarship is posted each day and a brief overview is given. Go to  While not all scholarships will apply to all students this will give them a way to determine in about 20 seconds if the day's posting is one they should pursue. Many that are posted are little known, therefore, less competitive.

If there is a college or university you are interested in attending and would like information regarding specific scholarships that the college may offer please see Gwen Orr.
"Paying for Your College Education"
is a guide designed to walk parents and students through the process of applying for financial aid and student loans.  Copies are available in the counselor's office.
career forwardFree online course helps students plan careers
A free online learning program from Microsoft is helping middle and high school students think about careers they might like to pursue and the skills necessary to attain those careers. Called CareerForward, the course has students examine their skills and interests as they investigate potential career paths and other aspects to independent living, such as financial management skills. Its four components address specific aspects of 21st-century careers. | Full Story
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