We hope to provide you with valuable information that will assist you in navigating your way through your four years at SOAR. Our goal is to prepare you for the road ahead and to give you the tools you need to successfully complete your journey.
We look forward to celebrating your success! Go Stars!- Counseling Department
In order to earn a diploma from SOAR High School, students must meet specific criteria:
1. Earn a total of 230 credits.
2. Meet the State Algebra requirement.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
|English 9, 10, 11, 12||40 credits|
|Biological (10 credits)|
|Physical (10 credits)|
|Social Science||30 credits|
|World History - 10th Grade (10 credits)|
|U.S. History - 11th Grade (10 credits)|
|Civics - 12th grade (5 credits)|
|Economics - 12th Grade (5 credits)|
|Physical Education||20 credits|
|Visual/performing arts OR Foreign Language||10 credits|
|TOTAL CREDITS FOR GRADUATION:||230 CREDITS (minimum)
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know informs students of registration, fees, fines, withdrawals/drops, requirements, restrictions, as well as rules pertaining to SOAR High School/Antelope Valley College. It is recommended to read the entirety of this document as it contains pertinent information about the program. Good Luck!
Fall and Summer registrations take place in the Spring.
Spring and Intersession registrations take place in the Fall.
- All registrations are completed online by the student through the student’s myAVC portal.
- Registration dates and deadlines are communicated via SOAR High School and AVC email and through AVID classes prior to registration, each semester.
- Students MUST be registered in an AVC academic course to continue attendance at SOAR.
- College classes CANNOT conflict with high school classes (review your high school schedule prior to college registration).
- Students may ONLY register for classes from the IGETC list. If students register for classes that are NOT on the IGETC, they will be required to drop the class and will incur a fine.
- ONLY one of the required foundational courses (HD101 or LIB101) and one PE course (KINF or DA) per semester are allowed in your Freshman year. (See list under “Required Foundation Courses for ALL students at SOAR High School”).
- AVC Summer Course (after 9th grade): must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school and college in order to take 1 AVC course.
- Limited to 6 units at AVC per semester. Minimum 3.0 GPA required to take more than 1 AVC course.
- May not take any Communications courses during this year.
- NEW Sophomores must complete foundational courses before moving on to other AVC courses.
- AVC Summer Courses (after 10th grade): Minimum 2.5 GPA is required to take 1 course and minimum 3.0 to take 2 AVC courses. Max units allowed=6.
- Limited to 9 units at AVC per semester. Minimum 3.0 GPA to take more than 1 AVC course.
- AVC Summer Courses (after 11th grade): Minimum 2.5 GPA is required to take 1 course and minimum 3.0 to take 2 AVC courses. Max units allowed=9.
- Limited to 11.5 units at AVC per semester. Minimum 3.0 GPA to take more than 1 AVC course.
- If a college course is being taken to meet a high school graduation requirement, the student must meet with their high school counselor.
- High school graduation requirement cannot be completed at AVC during the spring semester of a student’s senior year.
Summer Classes and Intersession
- In order to take a Summer AVC course you MUST have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in high school and college.
- In order to take more than 1 Summer AVC course you MUST have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average in high school and college.
Online and Palmdale Classes
- If you take an online, night, or Palmdale course permission is required. This form is available in the SOAR office. Freshmen are EXCLUDED from taking these classes.
WITHDRAWALS AND/OR DROPS
- Once college registration for SOAR students closes, students must complete an AVC Drop Request Form to withdraw from a class. This must be done by the drop date established by SOAR. The form is available in the SOAR Office. The request will be processed once the $50 fine is received and the textbook is returned to SSV 180 (cash or check only made payable to AVC).
- Once the drop date has passed, if an AVC class is dropped by either the student or instructor, this will incur a $50 processing drop fine payable to AVC in SSV 180 (cash or check only).
- If a student withdraws or an instructor drops you from a class, you may be removed from the SOAR program if you no longer have any academic classes. If you continue in the program you will be limited to one academic class the next semester.
PAYING FINES AND FEES
- Always have your college ID with you when paying fines and fees.
- The Student Health Fee along with the $1 Student Representation Fee must be paid online or at the Cashier’s Office by 11:30 p.m. on the day you register for college classes or you will be dropped from your classes.
- College fees, like library fines or parking permits, can be paid at the Cashier’s Office, located in the SSV building.
- All SOAR fines such as late textbook fines, SOAR class drop fines, or SOAR repeat class fines, must be paid at the Student Life and Services Office, T-700.
- All fines (except withdrawal drop fines) must be paid before the next registration cycle begins.
- Students are responsible to pay any fines and fees incurred.
- No additional registrations can occur if there are ANY holds on your college record such as owing money for dropping a class, a library fine, or student fees.
Required Foundation Courses for ALL students at SOAR High School
- HD101 - College & Life Management
- Lib 101 - Intro to Acad. Lib Research
- (PE) Kinesiology or Dance
- Note - When registering it is referred to as Kinesiology (e.g. KINF 108 or DA 102)
- HE101 - Introduction to Health Education
- Note - That is if you did not complete this class during the summer before your 9th grade year.
After a student completes the foundational course work, they should refer to their Student Education Plan (SEP) and the IGETC form (from the school year the student began high school) for approved AVC course options. Student Educational Plans will be completed annually
A-G requirements must be completed to be eligible for a four-year college or university. UC/CSU’s will only accept a grade of C or better in A-G coursework.
- Students must complete their Foreign Language and Visual Performing Arts A-G requirements at AVC. See the IGETC for which classes you can take to meet these requirements.
- Visual and Performing Arts requirement are met with courses in Area 3 of the IGETC.
- NOTE: Language, English, History, Philosophy and Photo classes in Area 3 of the IGETC cannot be used to meet the VPA requirement.
- DO NOT take CHIN or LATN.
- A 101 level language course must be completed for foreign language even though it is not indicated on the IGETC.
- It is recommended you take a 102 level language class as soon as possible after completing a 101 level language course.
A-G approved coursework for both SOAR and AVC can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/doorways/ .
GETTING A “D” OR “F”
**You MUST maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA for high school and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in college in order to continue to attend SOAR High School**
- If you received a D or F in a college course, every attempt must be made to retake that course the following semester (or summer school, if applicable).
- Students who get a D or F in a college class will be required to pay for the class.
- If a new textbook is required or is not in the SOAR book inventory, student will be required to pay for the textbook.
- Payment must be paid at the time of registration to T-700-E in cash or a check made out to AVC with the memo indicating which class they are repeating.
In high school:
- If you received a D in a high school A- G course, every attempt must be made to retake that course during summer school, if applicable. If you received an F in a high school class you MUST retake the course at summer school.
Academic Probation (AP):
- Students will be placed on AP based on their high school or AVC GPA from the previous semester.
- High School GPA’s below a 2.5 or AVC GPA’s below a 2.0 will result in AP placement.
- A grade of a D or an F during the semester at the 5-week and quarter marks for freshman and quarter marks for 10th-12th grade students will also result in placement in AP.
- A student on academic probation must complete a certain amount of hours for academic probation per week, as defined in the AP contract.
- A student who is on AVC or high school probation may be withdrawn from the program at the end of the semester if grades have not improved.
- ALL college textbooks must be returned to the SOAR textbook return, T-500 (Books Help), by the Monday following the end of the term or there will be a $25.00 fine per class.
- If textbooks are not returned within one week after the last day of the term, you will be charged the full cost of replacing each late book, a hold will be placed on your college record, and you will not be able to register for any future terms, nor be issued any additional textbooks until it is cleared.
- Fines for late books should be paid in T-700.
- All fines MUST be paid before college textbooks are released to students.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND BEST PRACTICES
- The CA College Promise Grant must be submitted every year you are in the SOAR program. You must complete this prior to the deadline. Failure to meet the deadline can result in removal from the SOAR program.
- Any medical condition that occurs while enrolled in SOAR which may result in missing college classes must be reported to the college instructor, the high school office, and Dr. Zimmerman’s office.
- It is your responsibility to make sure that your address, phone and email are current with AVC and SOAR. This can be done online or in person through the Admission and Records Office in the Student Services building for AVC and the SOAR Office for high school.
- Make sure you ALWAYS have your college ID when conducting college business.
- Log into myAVC to make sure it works. If it does not, call the help desk at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6535 or 6605 or go to the computer lab for assistance.
- Check your AVC and district emails DAILY.
- You must apply for graduation in the Graduation Office, SSV 117, by the deadline established by the Graduation Office.
- Verify that you do not have a FERPA hold on your record at the Graduation Office if you want your name to appear in the Commencement Program. Take a photo ID to Admissions and Records to complete the form.
- The SOAR program does not pay for your cap and gown, but if you need help with this contact Dr. Zimmerman.
TOTAL WITHDRAWAL FROM THE SOAR PROGRAM
- If you withdraw from the SOAR program during the semester, all textbooks must be returned. If all textbooks are not returned at the time you withdraw, you will be charged the cost of replacing the textbooks.
- It is your responsibility to review the SOAR Rules, and follow them, so that you understand:
- Student options to return to SOAR
- How to return to AVC as a Special Admit Student
- How to have your transcripts released as a high school graduate
We had a lot of enthusiasm last year from students, parents, and faculty when we launched our live homework help program, Princeton Review’s Homework Help. This service will be available again this year.
Homework help is available to all students in the district. Each student is allotted an initial 20 hours of LIVE 24/7 tutoring. Additional hours will be made available to students that take full advantage of this service.
Students can access Princeton Review when logged into their Student PowerSchool Portal by selecting the Homework Help/Live Tutors icon. Students will use their school ID number as their username, and their password will be their PowerSchool password.
The Subject Requirement:
- History/social science (“a”) – Two years, including one year of world history, cultures and historical geography and one year of U.S. history, or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of American government or civics.
- English (“b”) – Four years of college preparatory English that integrates reading of classic and modern literature, frequent and regular writing, and practice listening and speaking.
- Mathematics (“c”) – Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include or integrate the topics covered in elementary and advanced algebra and two- and three-dimensional geometry.
- Laboratory science (“d”) – Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Language other than English (“e”) – Two years of the same language other than English or equivalent to the second level of high school instruction.
- Visual and performing arts (“f”) – One year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts.
- College-preparatory elective (“g”) – One year chosen from the “a-f” courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements above, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.
A brag sheet is used to write information about yourself that can be given to a staff member (teacher, counselor, etc.), coach, club advisor, or employer when asking for a letter of recommendation.
- Be as specific as possible.
- Save this document so you can go back to it and update it as often as necessary and print copies when needed.
- Make sure you give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their letters, at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Ask them to save their recommendations for you so you may ask them for an updated reference letter in the future.
There is also a more detailed brag sheet available in Naviance Student that we would prefer students to use for teacher and counselor recommendations. Students can go to their Naviance Student portal by logging into PowerSchool and clicking on the "Naviance" link to the left of the page, then the "About Me" link once in Naviance, and finally the "SOAR Brag Sheet Survey" on the About Me page. This form can be edited and updated at any time.
*Applications for Fall 2020 will open on October 1st, 2019
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Testing is a necessary step toward college and is often a requirement to be considered "eligible" for consideration to a four year college/university. Whether it is the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or the UC Writing Exam, students will most likely be testing at some point throughout their high school experience. This page will provide valuable information regarding testing that is often required for college entrance.
DUE TO COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED AT SEVERAL INSTITUTIONS, PLEASE CHECK INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTIONS FOR REQUIREMENTS.
The PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:
- What you learn in high school
- What you need to succeed in college
If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. The best way to prepare for the test is to:
- Take challenging courses
- Do your homework
- Prepare for tests and quizzes
- Ask and answer lots of questions
In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can!
The PSAT is not currently scheduled to be offered at SOAR due to COVID-19.
PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Score Ranges
PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 Score Reported
Sum of the two section scores.
Section scores (2)
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.
Test scores (3)
Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.
Cross-test scores (2)
Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.
Reading and Writing and Language: Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.
PSAT test scores from the October 2019 test are available at www.collegeboard.org.
The world needs more people who can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. The SAT Suite of Assessments focuses on the skills and knowledge that will help today’s students meet that need.
The tests are designed to:
- Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.
- Have a stronger connection to classroom learning.
- Inspire productive practice.
REMINDER: Sign up for the SAT with the Essay
SAT Test Dates and Registration
The SAT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates.
Generally, you'll take the SAT for the first time in the spring of your junior year, and scores typically come back in four weeks. This allows you enough time to retake the test during the summer or fall if you're not satisfied with your score.
2020 - 2021 SAT Test Dates and Registration
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- ACT test scores are accepted by all four-year US colleges and universities, including highly selective institutions.
- The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Questions are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses.
Registering for the ACT Test
You'll need to create an ACT student web account or log in to your existing account (see image). Registration includes a career exploration component that relates to your personal characteristics and career options to help you start thinking about future plans.
Registration takes approximately 40 minutes. As you go through the process, the system will periodically save your data, so you can stop any time and return when you're ready.
We recommend that you have the following items handy for registration:
- Your high school course information
- Payment method
- Photo (now or anytime before the photo deadline)
2020-2021 Test Dates (National)
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020 (Sunday)
September 19, 2020
|August 28||No late fees|
|October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020 (Sunday)
|September 17||September 18 - 25|
|December 12, 2020||November 6||November 7 - November 20|
|February 6, 2021||January 8||January 9 - January 15|
|April 17, 2021||March 12||March 13 - March 26|
|June 12, 2021||May 7||May 8 - May 21|
|July 17, 2021*||June 18||June 19 - June 25|
Entry Level Writing
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ALL STUDENTS who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as Subject A requirement).
Students can meet this requirement by scoring:
The requirement can also be met by earning a grade of C or higher in an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university.
Analytical Writing Placement Examination
All incoming California students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement by April 1, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state.
In early April, students will receive a letter directing them to the test center at which they must take the test.
In mid-June, students can log in to their campus's admission website to check whether or not they have passed the exam. Results of the exam will not affect a student’s admission to the University. Those who do not pass the examination can still satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement before enrolling in the university by achieving a satisfactory score on one of the tests listed above or by completing an acceptable college course in English composition with a grade of C or better.
Students who have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement at the time they enroll in their classes must take a writing course designated by their campus.
- OPENS OCTOBER 1ST ANNUALLY
- Due March 2nd Annually
- For California State Aid Information
In order to receive a Cal-Grant, a student must meet the criteria and submit their FAFSA/Dream Act and Allow their school to submit their Cal-Grant GPA Verification by the March 2nd deadline.
Create an account (After submitting the FAFSA or DREAM ACT) @ MY GRANT INFO and find out if you are eligible to receive a Cal-Grant
Cal-Grant Opt Out Forms
Per Assembly Bill (AB) 2160, all seniors will have a Cal Grant GPA submitted electronically by their high school, to the California Student Aid Commission, unless a signed Opt Out form is returned to the Guidance Office (Rm. S3 for the purpose of this document) by October 1st of their senior year. Please see the English or Spanish version of this document below for more information regarding the process.
For eligible CA students whose annual income is under $80,000, UC's system wide tuition and fees will be fully covered during your first four years at UC (or two years if you are a transfer student) up to your financial need. Blue + Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for EVEN MORE aid to help reduce the cost of attending UC.
Graduates of SOAR High School have been admitted to the following 4-year colleges:
Alfred University-New York
Arizona State University
Azusa Pacific University
Brigham Young University, Idaho
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic University, Pomona California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Cedarville University
Clark Atlanta University
Cornish College of the Arts
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Long Beach
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU San Bernardino
CSU San Marcos
Embry Riddle, Prescott, AZ
Humboldt State University
La Sierra University