Announcements for Academy High School Juniors
Interested in playing sports? Check out the NCAA details near the bottom of this page.
Looking for a video to learn more about NCAA? Click Play on this video to hear from one of Mapleton's PSOC's
Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP)
Mapleton students are encouraged to continue to build an individual career and academic plan that prepares them for success after graduation. The ICAP is designed to assist students in exploring post-secondary career and educational opportunities. While working on their ICAP, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of graduation requirements, identify and plan for future goals, explore post-secondary education institutions, begin to develop an understanding of financial aid, and/or build a plan for entering the workforce.
Scholarships - For Juniors Only
Coolidge Scholarship - is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at an accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). The application opens in October and closes in January.
SAT and SAT Prep
All Juniors in the state of Colorado will take the SAT exam in April. With their scores from the 10th grade PSAT10, juniors can connect their College Board accounts and their PSAT10 scores to Khan Academy. By connecting these accounts, Khan Academy offers SAT prep that will help students focus on the areas that they struggled the most with when the PSAT10 was taken. Possible scores for the SAT range from 200 to 800 for each of the two sections. The two sections are Reading & Writing and Math.
Volunteer Hours and Graduation
All students who graduate from Mapleton Public Schools are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. The purpose of these volunteer hours is to ensure that Mapleton Students contribute to their community in a meaningful way through experiences that
- Develop empathy and foster a sense of citizenship
- Help students gain a sense of pride and ownership of their community
- Give students the opportunity to give back to the community they are part of
Hours are due before the end of junior year. Students receive information about community service and deadlines in their Advisory class.
Taking a college class is a BIG COMMITMENT. If you pass your classes you are putting yourself ahead no matter what you study in college. However, if you fail, you can hurt your future chances for being accepted to the college of your choice (including your financial aid opportunities).
Think carefully about the responsibility that comes with taking a college class. Key questions to ask yourself are:
- Do I come to school 95% of the time? Missing one college class is serious due to the amount of class time and work that you miss because classes only meet twice a week.
- When I miss a class, do I seek out the teacher to find out what I need to complete?
- Do I complete my homework on time?
- Am I good at taking notes and organizing my work?
- Do I seek out help when I do not understand? Do I know who to go to for help?
- Do I focus in class? Am I able to avoid socializing during class?
- Can I clearly answer the following questions?
- How would taking a college class help me?
- How am I a positive role model in my school?
- How did I overcome a time when I failed? How did I find a solution or ask for help?
Playing Sports in College - NCAA Eligibility
Are you thinking about playing sports in college? Be sure you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and talk with your Advisory teacher, PSOC, and director at the BEGINNING of your junior year to ensure you have the right classes.
Here's what to do:
- Go to the NCAA eligibility website at eligibilitycenter.org
- Select the “Register” arrow on the homepage.
- Read both account descriptions and decide which account to register for.
- If you plan to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school, select the “Create an Account” button.
- If you plan to compete at an NCAA Division III school, or you aren’t sure where you want to compete, select the “Create A Profile Page” button.
- You will be prompted to enter your email address to create an account or profile. Be sure to provide an email that will be active even after you complete high school.
- Check your inbox for an email containing your verification code. If you don’t receive the email within 30 minutes, you may need to check your Spam or Junk folders.
- Click the link in the verification code email to return to eligibilitycenter.org. Enter your verification code and complete the Account, Basic Information, and Contact pages. If you are creating an account for a student-athlete, please use the student-athletes information.
In addition, make sure to send your SAT scores to NCAA by using the code 9999 when registering. At the end of your junior year, be sure to ask your Post-Secondary Options Coach to upload your transcript to NCAA.
College Search Resources
My Colorado Journey - website that allows students to explore colleges in Colorado. With this resource students can see admission details, degrees offered, and information about tuition and financial aid. Students can also see the types of sports offered and a breakdown of the college's student population.
Western Undergraduate Exchange - The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program where students who are residents of WICHE states may enroll at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state at a reduced tuition rate. WICHE states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
ACT and ACT Prep
ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. Students can prepare for the test by taking practice tests and familiarizing themselves with the type of test questions they will see. Students can also review test-taking strategies. The ACT measures fours subject areas - English, Reading, Math, and Science. The highest possible score for the ACT is 36.
www.actstudent.org - ACT dates, test registration, and sending scores to colleges
ACT Academy - Free Personalized online learning tool and test practice program