COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Blue Valley Schools is committed to preparing students for success in college and career after high school. The following videos and supporting documents will answer many common questions related to Naviance Family Connection, Blue Valley's personalized college and career planning tool, college credit in high school, Junior Year Meeting planning, college admissions, and college financial aid. While the following videos and supporting documents are designed to be viewed during certain years, some parents and students may find it useful to work ahead in the process to help guide decisions.
Naviance Family Connection Introduction I
During freshman year, students will begin working with Naviance Family Connection for four-year planning, goal setting, and activities related to identifying possible college and career options for the future. The Naviance Family Connection I video explains the system and the elements that students will use. Parents will learn the details of the program and understand how students will begin to explore their future options with the use of Naviance Family Connection.
Naviance Family Connection Introduction II
During sophomore year, students will continue to use the Naviance Family Connection system to explore their possible future options. Naviance Family Connection Introduction II revisits the system elements that students will use to explore college and career options. Parents and students will learn about the specific elements of the program that will assist them in developing a plan for future college and career options.
COLLEGE CREDIT OPTIONS
During sophomore year, students and parents often express interest in opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school. College Credit Options explores Advance Placement, concurrent enrollment and Quick Step (Advanced Algebra Only) as possible options for Blue Valley students. Parents and students will learn the differences between each type of credit opportunity and be provided with key information regarding enrollment and requirements for each option.
Junior Meeting: College and Career Planning
During high school, counselors set up a personal planning meeting with each junior. Parents will be invited and encouraged to participate in this meeting. This meeting is intended to review critical elements in the process of preparing for college and career options. The schedule for senior year is also discussed in terms of plans for the future to help students best prepare for their postsecondary plans. The "Junior Year College and Career Planning" video and supporting documents will help you and your child prepare for this meeting, so the limited time can focus on specific individual questions instead of sharing general information.
College Admission Decisions and Applications
The process of applying to college and later determining which college to attend is a critical milestone for all seniors. The following video, supporting documentation and relevant links will explain the college application process and admissions options available to applicants.
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID
Financial aid is an important factor for most students when selecting a college or university. The following video, supporting documentation and relevant links will discuss different types of financial assistance, the role of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the steps that are recommended to maximize college financial assistance.
Naviance Family Connection websites
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA application is typically required by colleges in order to be considered for financial aid options. Learn more
FAFSA: Financial Aid Process
Check out this video to learn how the office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds. Learn more
What You Need to Complete the FAFSA application
Federal Student Aid: An Office of the U.S. Department of Education
This USDE website provides information including, how to prepare for college, types of aid, qualifying for aid, applying for aid, how to manage loans. Learn more