College & Career Center
Welcome to the College and Career Center!
Welcome! The College & Career Center is open 7:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Students can come in at lunch or any other time during the day with a pass as long as a scheduled activity is not taking place. Parents are welcome as well. Parents and students can also make an appointment with Ms. Robinson-Casey in the College & Career Center for help on getting started on a college, career or scholarship search.
Students planning to attend a post-secondary school, whether it is two-year, four-year, or Vo/Tech, should visit the College & Career Center.
Students and parents/guardians CLICK HERE to log into your Family Connection account.
Looking for scholarships? Visit our constantly updating Cavalier Scholarship Finder!
Please also visit the MCPS College and Career Center page on the MCPS website for additional information not specific to the JFK College and Career Center.
College Admissions Counselors,
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Events and Important Dates
College applications available August 1, 2018
Common Application: www.commonapp.org
Coalition Application: www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org
HBCU Common Application: www.commonblackcollegeapplication.net
Hampton University (free online applications)
August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Students only need to apply online by August 31st to receive the fee waiver. $50 application fee begins September 1st. Here is what’s due by October 15th (Early Action Deadline for Hampton University):
- Counselors and teachers recommendation letters
- SAT/ACT scores sent from www.collegeboard.org and/or ACT.org
- All students meeting the October 15th deadline will be considered for merit-based scholarships.
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (free online applications)
August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
For the entire month of August, students are able to submit an application free of charge (normally $35.00) using the discount code “Hawk Pride.” Students only need to apply online by August 31st to receive the fee waiver. (Counselors and teachers recommendation letters are optional) SAT/ACT scores sent from www.collegeboard.org and/or ACT.org.
FAFSA FSA ID Required
Student/parent signature on the Free FAFSA Application at www.fafsa.gov (click on tab to create FSA ID).
SAT registration deadline for October 6th test
Students can register NOW through September 7th to take the SAT Test on October 6th. If you are applying for early admission, this will be the last test offered before the early admissions date of November 1st. Visit www.collegeboard.org to register.
The Gates Scholarship
Application deadline: September 18, 2018
Parent Financial Night at Kennedy High School
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
English Speaking (Media Center) Spanish Speaking (room 262)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov)
October 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019
ACT/SAT Testing Dates
SAT tests October 6, 2018 and November 3, 2018
ACT tests September 8, 2018 and October 27, 2018
Study free with Khan Academy.
SAT registration deadline for November 3rd test
Students can register NOW through October 5th to take the SAT Test on November 3rd. If you are applying for early admission, this will be the last test offered before the early admissions date of December 1st.
ASVAB Free Career Test
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kennedy High School Media Center
ASVAB Feedback: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kennedy High School College and Career Center
Hispanic College Fair
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Field trip to Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD
Grades 11 and 12
College Prep/Financial Aid Resources
Did you miss our College Prep/Financial Aid Information Night on October 26th? If so, we are pleased to offer downloadable versions of the following PowerPoints from that evening:
Paying Your Way: Student Financial Aid Programs (presented by the Montgomery College Office of Student Financial Aid)
Preparing for College | Life After High School: The Journey Begins
¿Perdió nuestra Noche de información sobre preparación universitaria / ayuda financiera el 26 de octubre? Si es así, nos complace ofrecer versiones descargables de las siguientes presentaciones de esa noche:
Preparándose para la universidad | La vida después de la escuela secundaria: comienza el viaje
La presentación de Financial Aid de Montgomery College no estuvo disponible en español, pero puede descargar la versión en inglés aquí.
College Courses/Dual Enrollment and Early College Access Programs
Dual Enrollment (or Concurrent Enrollment) and Early College Access Programs allow students to access college credit prior to high school graduation. Students may earn college credit through AP, IB and CLEP examinations. They also may earn articulated credit through Career and Technology Education programs, or college course credit. Many high schools have special names for their college course (dual enrollment) programs such as College Institute, Middle College, and others. To learn more about these options, visit the College Readiness Programs page, or contact your counselor.
Reasons to Visit the Career Center
- To get all your questions answered about College and Careers
- Get assistance filling out college applications
- Obtain help with financial aid documents
- Prepare / Register and get information for the SAT/ACT/TOEFL/ACCUPLACER
- Become familiar with available scholarships and programs you qualify for
- Research military options and schools
- Use the computer to search for Trade, Technical, Vocational, Cosmetology, Art schools and more
- Search for majors or areas that interest you
- Utilize the resources that are here for you
- Prepare a Resume
- Conduct a College search from a pool of 4000+ colleges
- See view books of many schools and get information at a glance
- Learn about field trips that will benefit your future
- Look through resource books and catalogs on particular schools
- Take a Personality Assessment
- Sign up for college visits and field trip
Make sure to create a Family Connection account to receive the latest College & Career Center information by email. Don’t have a Family Connections account? Contact your child's counselor.
7 Habits of Highly Effective Students:
- Be proactive (optimistic)
- Begin with the end in mind (set goals)
- Put first things first (prioritize)
- Think Win-Win (set goals)
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (communicate)
- Synergize (network)
- Sharpen the saw (balance school and social life)