Freshmen Information

Freshmen Information
 
The freshmen year is an integral part of a student's experience in high school. It is imperative that each freshman starts off on the right tract. The following information and list of resources will be helpful to assist you and your freshman.

KEES - Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship
Every year that you attend a certified Kentucky high school and earn at least a 2.5 GPA, you also earn a KEES award ranging from $125 (for a 2.5 GPA) to $500 (for a 4.0GPA). That means that once you graduate, if you earned a 4.0 GPA during all fours years of high school, you will have earned $2,000 for college in Kentucky! You may also earn bonus money ranging from $36 (for a 15 on ACT or 710 on the SAT to $500 for an ACT of 28 or higher or SAT of 1240 or higher). When combined with your GPA awards, that means you may earn up to $2,500 for each year. Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during any year of high school can earn KEES supplemental awards by making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams ranging from $200 to $300. After each year of high school, you will be notified if you have earned a KEES award. Your award amount is posted online at the end of each school year. You will have to create a Zip Access ID and password to look at your data at www.kheaa.com for the first time. If you don't find arecord or if your data is incorrect, you should tell your guidance counselor.

Career Cruising/ILP
 This is an internet-based career exploration program that also incorporates post-secondary planning. This program gives student the ability to research and save careers, colleges, technical programs, and military. It also creates a database of award, recognitions, and resume for students at www.careercruising.com/ilp

For a Successful High School Experience
1. Take a serious approach to your classes and grades beginning your freshman year.
       a). Study Skills (link to www.how-to-study.com ).
       b). Graduation requirements
2. Begin thinking about your future...college, technical school, apprenticeships, military
       a). Career interest (www.careercruising.com/ilp )
       b). Post-secondary institutions (www.gohigherky.org )
3. Get involved by joining clubs, plays, sports, band, etc.
4. Do your homework.
5. Ask for help when you need it. Seek out a teacher, counselor, or administrator.