Learning the process
The college admissions process is an arduous and tedious task. It is a seemingly never-ending time of deadlines, applications, fees, and financial aid. However, you know it was well worth the time and effort when your child reads the first college acceptance letter. In an effort to help you and your child through the college admissions maze we have some helpful hints and important dates to remember.
PSAT/NMSOT — PSAT are given in October of your child’s junior year. The intended purpose of the PSAT is to let students practice for the SAT Program Test. The test measures skills in three basic academic areas important for success in college — verbal reasoning, math problem solving and writing skills. It is a chance for students to experience the testing process. The scores indicate the strengths and weaknesses of each student that needs to be improved. The PSAT, a 2 hour 45 min. test will be given at Greater Lowell to any junior class student planning on going to college. Students interested in taking the PSAT must sign-up with their counselor in September. The cost of the test is $9.50.
SAT — SAT is a three-hour multiple choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning activities. Most colleges require SAT scores for admissions. Greater Lowell Tech encourages college bound juniors to take the SAT. It is recommended the students experience the test and if necessary re-take the SAT in the fall of their senior year. For more information on SAT and PSAT or to Register for SAT program tests via College Board online click here.
Interested students can also see their guidance counselor for registration forms and information. This booklet includes test dates, deadlines, and cost of the exam. The test will be administered at Lowell High.
Greater Lowell Continuing Efforts
• Financial Workshop -Each year in January Greater Lowell Tech offers a financial aid workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to offer assistance to parents searching or applying for financial aid — financial aid representatives are available to answer any questions.
• Break Away - is a program offered in March. The GLTHS Guidance Department offers this program to assist you and your child to make the successful transition from high school to college. This program will address the concerns of both parents and students in preparing for college life. Speakers include college admissions and financial aid representatives.
• Greater Lowell Technical High School Scholarship - Each year GLTHS offers thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to college bound seniors. This program began in 1977 in memory of our late superintendent Jerry Carpenter Jr. This memorial scholarship fund later developed into the GLTHS Scholarship and Tools Award. In 2001, over $50,000 was awarded in scholarships and tools. The Guidance Department will be accepting applications. Any student interested should see his/her guidance counselor for an application. In the spring a selection committee of faculty, administration, and secretarial staff will review each application. Guidance counselors offer their input and decisions will be made based upon the following criteria —academics and technical grades, school spirit, participation in school activities and need. Scholarship awards are announced prior to the senior awards ceremony.
GLTHS is committed to the needs of all our students. Statistics for the Class of 2010 are bulleted below. These statistics can be found here:
· 85% overall placement
· 63% attending College or postsecondary Technical School
· 19% enter the workplace full time immediately after graduation
· 3% entered the Military
These students and parents are a tribute to the spirit and education and efforts of our guidance department, faculty and administration. It is our goal to continue this effort for many more years.