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Mayer Lutheran High School students have access to a full-time guidance counselor who will help each student develop an academic plan to prepare them for what comes after high school, be it college, vocational, service or a job. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the different course offerings and dual-credit options available. It’s never too early to start preparing!

 

ACT Test Dates for 2017-2018

  • June 10, 2017 @ MLHS
  • September 9, 2017
  • October 28, 2017 @ MLHS
  • December 9, 2017
  • February 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018
  • June 9, 2018 @ MLHS
  • July – 2018  TBD

 

AP and PSEO Information

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES

Students may receive college credit by successfully passing a test offered through the Advanced Placement program. MLHS offers courses designed to help students prepare for these tests, which are taken at MLHS. College credit is not guaranteed. At the end of each year AP students register to take a test. Students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 may be granted college credit for the appropriate class. A fee for this test is required from each student regardless of their score. Advanced Placement courses are currently offered in English (Language and Literature & Language and Composition), U.S. History, World History, Physics, and Calculus. AP classes qualify for weighted GPA points.

POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

A sophomore, junior or senior may apply for the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program offered by the State of Minnesota. This program pays college or university tuition and fees for students who enroll in an accredited college or university while still considered a high school student. The following procedures apply.

  • Students enrolled in PSEO classes must still meet the graduation criteria at MLHS unless enrolled full time in an accredited college/university.
  • MLHS will waive 1 credit (2 semester classes) for students enrolled full time at an accredited college. These credits may only be waived from “Religion” or “elective” categories
  • Students enrolled in the PSEO program remain eligible for the National Honor Society.
  • PSEO students are not exempt from the full graduation fee.
  • PSEO students remain eligible to participate in co-curricular activities.
  • PSEO students will be charged per credit for any classes taken which lead to a student’s early graduation. (Before the end of their second semester senior year).
  • A student is not to exceed a 7/7 load without the permission of the Principal.

Post-Secondary Financial Policy: to determine the MLHS tuition for off-campus PSEO students, contact the Business Assistant.

Steps to be completed for PSEO:

  1. The student meets with the Guidance Office to discuss pros, cons, and the process related to the PSEO program.
  2. Parent contact is made by the Guidance Counselor to discuss options.
  3. The student investigates college options and visits prospective colleges.
  4. Students complete the application process for state reimbursement
  5. Students enroll in the participating college.
  6. Once students have been accepted into the college they complete a Notice of Student Registration.(See Guidance Counselor for form.)
  7. The student submits this form to the college.
  8. The college sends this form to the state after the enrollment process is complete.

Class Preparation

FRESHMEN

Ninth grade schedules have the least flexibility, however it’s a great idea to look ahead to make sure to plan for any specific classes outside the requirement that you are interested in. For example, an increasing number of colleges require at least two years of language study. Physics and Calculus fill graduation requirements but are often taken as electives, so make sure to plan ahead so you can fit everything in.

Grades are another thing that take on much more importance in high school. MLHS keeps parents informed of any slippage in attendance and grades, but it’s important if you plan to attend college to keep those grades up. Placement test scores are important, but GPA is often just as important. Good study skills and testing strategies are one of the most important things to develop your first year in high school

SOPHOMORES

Tenth graders are already starting to take advanced coursework and settling in. Continued good grades are extremely important if you plan to attend college. Sophomores are encouraged to meet with their teachers individually if subject matter is challenging or if they are having a hard time with tests. Teachers are often able to direct students to more efficient study habits for tests and papers. Students who work on becoming their own advocate to problem-solve academic challenges are better positioned for college than those who don’t. Now is the time to start.

JUNIORS

Eleventh grade is the big ACT testing year. Most college-bound students prepare for and take their first ACT by the end of their junior year. By preparing for the test during the junior year, students have plenty of time to re-take the test to try to earn a better score by the time college applications open up. Knowing your ACT scores helps you narrow down the myriad of college choices.

SENIORS

This is a busy year! MLHS encourages parents and students to get as much as possible done before that crazy last-year of high school begins. Early college applications are available at many colleges. Research your options. Acceptance rates can also vary depending on when you apply. Most seniors at MLHS have challenging schedules their last year, including AP and PSEO courses.  Finishing strong with their grades is very important. Mrs. Kelzer is available to help answer any questions you have as you begin this exciting new phase of your life.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNIORS

MN Association of Townships

All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial school or home study, can apply. See Mrs. Kelzer for an application. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

Scholarships for College-Bound Seniors

Updated April 23, 2017

B. Davis Scholarship

The deadline is approaching for the 2017 B. Davis Scholarship. Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and for an opportunity to apply for our scholarship.  Applications must be received by May 22, 2017.  Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors that plan on attending a Community College in the fall of 2017.

Apply online:  www.application.horatioalger.org   Deadline:  June 15, 2017.

Lutheran Laymen’s League

Lutheran Laymen’s League – Carver County Zone offers a scholarship to student from Carver County who will be attending any Concordia School to study for full time church work.  The application deadline:  May 1, 2017.  See Mrs. Kelzer for an application.

Midwest Motion Products

MMP Scholarship Opportunity for any graduating senior that is seeking an engineering degree.  Midwest Motion Products offers a $2500.00 scholarship to a 2017 graduate.  Deadline:  May 1, 2017. See Mrs. Kelzer for information.

Waldorf University

Waldorf University has many scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.  Please visit their website or stop in and get the information from Mrs. Kelzer,

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 10th year.  We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.  Scholarship Deadline is June 12, 2017.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of the Abbott & Fenner web site:  abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Full details are available on the web site.

Another helpful website for scholarships:

www.guaranteed-scholarships.com

Waldorf University

Waldorf University has extended their offer for Half-Full Tuition Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarships for Women.  Please visit:  http://www.waldorf.edu/residential/future-students/tuition—financing/scholarships/chantell-cooley-scholarship  for more information.

Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University offers several scholarships to Lutheran students.  Visit or call for details:  www.wittenberg.edu or 877.206.0332

B.Davis Scholarship

The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2017. Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to apply for our scholarship.  While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships. Our website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships.  We are trying to improve the students’ chances for success.  The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2017. Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at awards@studentawardsearch.com

(See Mrs. Kelzer for more information on any of the scholarships listed above.)