College Information

Family Connection

Family Connection by Naviance is a Web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making decisions about colleges and careers. Family Connection is a service that we use in the Career Center to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that's specific to JFKHS.

Family Connection will allow you and your child to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process - Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges - Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from JFK for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Sign up for college visits - Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions

Family Connection also allows me to share with you and your child about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information. In addition, the site includes a link that your child can use to send us an e-mail message. To visit the Family Connection site, go to, and click on "Parent and Student login". Please establish an account in order to log in. To obtain a Family Connection account for you and your child please contact Ms. Robinson-Casey.

College Representatives Visiting JFK

College Admissions Counselors,
are you interested in visiting us?

Admission counselors may now go to
to schedule an appointment with our high school!

College representatives visit John F. Kennedy High School during the school year to provide information about their colleges and programs. You must sign up on Family Connection and print out your pass at least one day ahead of time to attend a presentation with a visiting college representative. A full and up-to-date list of current college visits is always available in your Naviance profile. If you have questions about any of these visits, please see Ms. Robinson-Casey in the College and Career Center.

Montgomery College

  • Montgomery College Admissions Webpage: All the information you need about preparing for college and what MC has to offer. Also includes dates for information sessions and tours and a link to a blog.
  • Montgomery College Scholars Honors Program: Information about open houses, special events, registration, class schedule and catalog. This is an academically rigorous program designed for transfer at the end of the college sophomore year to a four-year college. Students in the program enjoy a unique opportunity for research, study and travel abroad. Students who are selected for this highly competitive program will enjoy small classes, seminars with visiting professors, internships at the Smithsonian! A GPA of 3.0 or above and high SAT/ACT scores are needed to qualify. There is a special application that is due at the end of January. There are information sessions at the college for students and their parents. This is a chance to get your questions answered by the admissions staff and faculty at MC. Don't pass up this opportunity - keep your options open!
  • Assessment and Placement for Montgomery College

College Sports and the NCAA

Do you want to play sports in college? Are you a QUALIFIER? Do you have the required grade point average or SAT/ACT scores? Have you taken the right "CORE" courses to qualify for Division I, II or III? What is the difference in these divisions? Can you qualify for a scholarship, a grant? When can you LEGALLY talk to the coach? If you need help in answering these questions and learning about all the regulations, you need to pick up a copy of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete in the College & Career Center. This is especially important for JUNIORS and SENIORS. Be sure to check out the NCAA Eligibility Center and the Quick Reference. For additional information, visit or call 877-262-1492 or 317-917-6222.

What Do These Terms Mean?

Early Decision: This is the early admission program offered by many colleges whereby students must commit in advance to attend a certain college if they are admitted under this program. Students should know for sure that this is the one school they want to attend and feel that they meet the stringent requirements for application. It is a binding commitment.
Early Action: This is another early admission program offered by colleges where students must meet the same early application deadlines. However, upon notification of acceptance, students can wait until they have heard from all their schools about acceptance and financial aid before making a commitment.
Regular Admission: This requires students to apply by a set deadline which varies by college.
Rolling Admissions: This means there is no set deadline, but the earlier you apply, the better your chances of getting accepted, especially if your qualifications are borderline.
Priority Deadline: This is a set deadline for applications whereby students who are accepted are given PRIORITY consideration for admission, housing, scholarships, and other aid.
Common Application: This is used by many schools to allow the student to fill out one standard application and submit it to many schools. This is used by many schools and is available online.
Common Black Application: The Common Black College Application allows students to apply to any number of 46 HBCUs at the same time for only $35.00. Visit for more information.
Academic Common Market: This program is intended to allow degree-seeking MARYLAND residents to enroll at certain out-of-state institutions in undergraduate programs of study not offered at a MD public college/university and to pay in-state tuition. This is a cooperative tuition-reduction agreement among 14 Southern Regional Education Board states, of which Maryland is one. If PUBLIC institutions in your home state do not offer degree programs in your field of study, it may be possible to arrange a waiver of out-of-state tuition to attend a cooperating PUBLIC institution in another participating state. These programs may change yearly. For more Information call 1-800-974-0203 or click here.