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Clayton schools to hold college planning seminar

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Parents of high school seniors wondering what their children need to do to get ready for college will have an opportunity to find out on Wednesday, during two college planning sessions offered by Clayton County Public Schools.

The district's Guidance and Counseling Department will kick off its 2008-09 Parent Information Session series on Wednesday with two sessions called "College Planning for Seniors" from 8:30 a.m., to 9:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., Jonesboro.

Parents will receive an overview of the importance of college entrance tests like the SAT and the ACT; what the college application process is like; how to pay for college, and parents will also receive a monthly college planning guide from the Guidance and Counseling Department.

"This [seminar] is basically general guidelines of what students should be doing, month-by-month, to get ready for college," said Katrina Lewis, lead counselor for the district's Family Resource Center, and coordinator of the information sessions.

Lewis said high school seniors should be doing the same things they would normally do -- work on making high grades in their classes, and studying for the SAT or ACT, if they have not already taken those tests.

The impact of the district's recent accreditation loss on college admissions decisions will not be discussed since the session will only deal with a general overview of what it takes to get into college, Lewis said.

Future installments in the Parent Information Session series include: "High School Course Planning" for parents of high school freshmen and juniors on Oct. 9; "Preparing Eighth-Graders for High School" for parents of eighth-graders on Jan. 8, 2009; "Financial Aid Process for College" for parents of high school seniors on Jan. 15, 2009; "College Planning for Hispanic Families" for parents of high school freshmen and seniors on Feb. 5, 2009, and "College Planning for Ninth-Grade, through Eleventh-Grade High School Students" on March 26, 2009.

For more information about the Parent Information Session series, contact Lewis at (404)362-3780.