Asian-American College and Career Day

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Asian American College and Career Day

Asian-American middle and high school students will learn about career options from professional representatives in the following areas: business, creative arts, culinary arts, education/research, energy, engineering, entrepreneurship, health care, information technology, law enforcement/public service, legal, media, medical, psychology/social work.

Saturday, November 16th

  • Middle school students will learn about the transition from middle school to high school.
  • Students will also learn about getting ready for college: choosing the right college, requirements for college essays and letters of recommendation, and applying for financial aid.
  • Parents will focus on the college preparation process. Parent workshops will be offered in English, Mandarin/Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

The 2013 Asian-American College & Career Day will be held at Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple, from 8 a.m. to noon. State Rep. Gene Wu will be the keynote speaker and admission is free! Preregistration is encouraged. Learn more and register here.

Download the event flyer in EnglishMandarin Chinese or Vietnamese.


Ivy+ College Night

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Ivy Plus College Night BannerDue to an increased number of expected participants, the location of the district’s Ivy+ College Night is being changed from the Hattie Mae White Auditorium to the Davis High School Auditorium. The updated flyer reflects this change and includes a revised schedule. Please inform your students and their parents about this change and post/distribute the updated flyer at your campus.

Texas College Night

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Texas College NightThe district is holding a Texas College Night at Reagan High School on November 6, 2013. Download a flyer to distribute in English or Spanish. During this event, students and parents will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from colleges such as Texas A&M and the University of Texas Austin.  In addition, a presentation will be given on opportunities, admissions and financial aid. Representatives from major scholarship providers will also be sharing information about scholarship opportunities available to HISD students.

SAT School Day Date Change

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SAT School Day is April 16, 2014

In order to provide our students with additional time to prepare for the SAT, the school day administration of the SAT is being changed from February 26. 2014 to April 16, 2014. Please make sure that the faculty, students and parents at your campus are made aware of this change and plan accordingly. Please also click here to review the timeline of events leading up to the April administration of the SAT. An additional memo with more details surrounding the SAT school day exam will be sent out soon.  In the meantime, please contact the College Readiness department with any questions or concerns.

Houston FAFSA Day

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Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.

Every year more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds are given to students, but you have to complete the FAFSA to see if you can get any of that money.

School Districts, Counselors and College Access Professionals across the city of Houston will be participating in a city-wide effort toward FAFSA Completion on February 20, 2014.  This very important initiative will include free tax preparation for parents and students as well as assistance with completing the FAFSA.  The locations where tax preparation will take place are called “Trusted Centers” and will be open throughout the city on this day.  This event is being supported by many partners such as Centers for Houston’s Future, United Way of Greater Houston, CollegeCommunityCareer, and Houston A+ Challenge.

Learn more about how to get money for higher education by clicking on the image above now. Join us on February 20th, 2014 to make Houston FAFSA Day a great success!

Performing and Visual Arts Colleges Fair

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PVA College Fair
Click the image above to learn more about the Houston PVA Colleges Fair.

The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines.

Held each fall, attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more by meeting with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts.

The Houston PVA Colleges Fair is to be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 7pm-9pm in the Alice Pratt Brown Hall at Rice University.

Click here to see a list of colleges attending.

Click here to register for the Houston PVA Colleges fair.

Click here for a flyer.

Becoming a First Generation College Student

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First GenDuring our first College Readiness Coffee Talk, the term first generation college student entered the conversation. Do you know the definition of a first generation college student?

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program, a group of Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defines a first generation student as one whose parents have not earned a bachelors degree. Sometimes students make the mistake of thinking they are not “first gen” if their brother or sister went to college before them. That incorrect definition may cause students to miss important scholarship and grant opportunities.

Navigating the path to and through college is scary, but more and more first generation students from HISD are going to college and thriving. Phuong Ta, a 2012 Chavez graduate and EMERGE Fellow, wrote about her experience on the First Generation Student website.

Colleges are taking note of the increased enrollment of first generation students. More resources are being dedicated to support students toward successfully graduating from college. Nonprofit organizations such as I’m First, an online community founded by the Center for Student Opportunity to provide first generation college students with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college, provide a virtual support system for first generation students and their families.

Talking to friends and family about educational goals and aspirations is important to post-secondary success. Click here for some more great resources to get the conversations going.