• Naviance - Succeed

    Family Connection is a comprehensive web-based resource that students and parents can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Family Connection is linked with Counselor's Office, a service that your Counselor will use to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school. Each student has been provided with a personal account registration code that will enable them to sign in and access the website. A confirmation email will be sent to them to confirm their registration and password.

    Listed below is the curriculum (by student grade level) that each student is expected to complete in order to be properly prepared for graduation and life after high school. It is EXTREMELY important that every student complete every task assigned for each grade level.
    If you are not sure of something, please ask your Guidance Counselor ASAP.


    Naviance - Student Responsibilities

    1. Students are responsible for accessing and reading all information on the Family Connection Homepage, especially information listed under pages and updates.
    2. Students are responsible for signing onto the Common Application website and creating an account (see #2 - Common App Process located under "pages").
    3. Students are responsible for reading all information provided by each college to which they are applying or considering, including application information, ALL DEADLINES, Types of Applications - Early Action, Early Decision and information pertaining to the submission of test scores (SAT and ACT)
    4. Students are responsible for accessing their Family Connection account and adding the colleges to which they are applying (see #3 - Application Guide located under "pages").
    5. Students are responsible for requesting transcripts through their Family Connection account and submitting a transcript request card to their Guidance Counselor for each school to which they are applying. (see #3 under “pages”).
    6. Students are responsible for contacting the College Board or ACT in order to have their SAT or ACT Score Reports sent directly to the colleges to which they are applying.
    7. Students are responsible for monitoring the status of their college applications in Family Connection.
    8. Students are responsible for notifying the counseling office in a timely manner when they receive a decision from the colleges to which they applied.

    Naviance - Common Application

    Beginning with the Class of 2012, Manasquan High School will submit all required documents supporting student’s applications for Common Application Colleges electronically.

    To ensure that student’s Common Application documents are processed in a timely manner follow the guide below to access and complete the Common Application Registration Process, which is REQUIRED when applying to Common Application colleges:*

    1. Click here for the Common Application Webpage, or the Common Application link in the column on left under links.
    2. On the Common Application website, under login, locate and click the"Never Registered" link.
      1. Complete the Common Application registration process
      2. Add Common Application Colleges you will or have applied to
      3. Common Application colleges can be added any time after completing the Common Application registration process
      4. Exit the Common Application website and return to your Family Connection account
    3. In your Family Connection account, under “pages” click “application process and follow the guide


    *SPECIAL NOTE: In order for the Guidance Office to process and submit documents to Common Application colleges electronically, students must do the following:
    1. Complete the registration process on Common Application.org
    2. Create a user name and a password
    3. Add the Common Application College(s) they are applying to in their Common Application account
    4. Submit their Common Applications online.

    The Guidance Department will not be able to submit documents to Common Application colleges electronically for students who mail their Common Application(s).

    Students who prefer to mail their Common Applications to Colleges, must notify the Guidance Office of their decision.

    Guide for Completing the Application Process in NAVIANCE STUDENT

    Beginning with the class of 2012, in order for the Manasquan High Guidance Department to submit required documents supporting student’s applications to colleges, students MUST add the colleges they have applied and request their transcripts in Naviance Student.

    To ensure that student’s documents are processed in a timely manner, follow the guide below to add colleges and request transcripts.

    1. Click the Colleges tab
    2. Click Colleges I’m Applying To
      1. Complete the FERPA form, which is REQUIRED
      2. Students applying to Common Application colleges must enter their Common Application User Name and                 
        Password information
        at the bottom of the FERPA form, which is REQUIRED, if applying to Common 
        Application colleges
      3. Click Submit
    3. After completing the FERPA form, add all the colleges to which you are applying, Common Application Colleges and Non-Common Application colleges
    4. When adding colleges you will or have applied to you must do the following:
      1. Click Colleges I’m Applying To:
      2. Click Add To This List
      3. Select Type of Application*
      4. Check Request Transcript
      5. Click Look-up and add Colleges
      6. Check I Have Submitted My Application
      7. Click Add Colleges at the bottom of the page
    5. Complete and submit a transcript card to the Guidance Office
    6. Refer to the teacher rec guide under “pages”, in Family Connection to view the steps for sending a Thank You Notes to teachers **

    If you have questions about the application and transcript request process, speak with your guidance counselor.

    *See descriptions of the types of college admissions, under “pages,” click “types of admissions.”
    **See Guide for sending teachers thank you notes, under “pages,” click “teacher rec.”

    Naviance - Teacher Recommendation Guide

    Students MUST speak with their teachers in person when requesting a recommendation

    1. After requesting a teacher recommendation, students must send the teacher a THANK YOU NOTE in Family Connection
    2. Follow the steps below to send teachers a THANK YOU NOTE:
    3. Click the Colleges tab
    4. Click Colleges I'm Applying to
    5. Locate the Teacher Recommendation area, near the bottom of the page
    6. Click add/cancel request
    7. In the Select Teacher dropdown box, select the teacher(s)
    8. In the Personal note to the teacher area, write the teacher a THANK YOU NOTE
    9. At the bottom, click Update Request
    10. After sending a THANK YOU NOTE students can view the following:
      1. The names of the teacher(s) they have sent a THANK YOU NOTE
      2. The status of the note to the teacher(s)
      3. The Thank You Note sent to the teacher(s)
      4. Below is a SAMPLE Thank You Note

    Dear (Mr. - Mrs. - Ms.) Name of the Teacher,
    Thank you for writing a letter of recommendation for me. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to support my college applications.
    Again, thank you.
    (Student's name)

    Students MUST ALWAYS speak with the teachers first from whom they are requesting a recommendation prior to sending a Thank You Note in Naviance Student.

    Teachers will receive the student's Thank You Note in their school email account.

    Naviance - Application Types

    Early Decision:
    It is not an obligation to be taken lightly, since Colleges honor one another's binding decisions. If you renege on an early decision obligation to one school, it is unlikely that another competitive school will accept you. Students can seek release from an early decision obligation on the grounds of financial hardship, if the financial aid package they are offered is genuinely inadequate; however, the burden of proof in these cases is on the student. (By the way, an important drawback to early decision admissions is that they leave applicants with no leverage to negotiate a better financial aid package – the school knows you can't go anywhere else.)

    Early decision applicants are expected to submit only one early decision application to one school. They can submit applications to other Colleges under normal application procedures, but agree that they will withdraw all those applications if they are accepted to the early decision school.

    Early Action:
    Early admissions programs, which do not ask applicants to commit to attending if they are accepted, are generally known as Early action (EA) programs. They give students the benefits of early notification without the obligations of early decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other Colleges and to compare financial aid offers.

    Immediate Decision Days:
    Immediate Decision Day is an opportunity for qualified freshmen applicants to participate in a quick, easy, and personal admissions process. You will meet with admissions staff, interview with faculty, tour the campus and interact with current students. Additionally, you will receive your admissions decision and preliminary financial aid information and possibly a scholarship all in one day.

    Students applying to attend an Immediate Decision Day must ensure they meet the minimum qualifications (if applicable).

    Rolling Admission:
    Rolling Admission: Colleges that use rolling admissions accept applications until they’ve filled all the spots in their freshman class.

    Decisions are then made on a case-by-case basis and you’ll usually hear back within 4 to 8 weeks. However, some colleges accept applications under a rolling-admission policy and then send out decisions all at once.

    There may also be less competition, but this depends on you. If you apply in December, the school won’t wait until March to compare you with all the other applicants and you could actually improve your chances of being accepted. Remember though, the reverse also holds true: the later you apply, the more competition there may be for fewer spots. Procrastinators beware! There is a lot of truth to that old saying, “You snooze, and you lose!”

    Applying to a school with rolling admissions late in the game can also impact your financial aid offer. A school’s admission and aid policies are not one and the same. In fact, they usually come from offices that are nowhere near one another. If you’re accepted after the free money’s been doled out, you could be out of luck and limited to taking out loans.

    Regular Admission:
    Colleges using this plan generally have a January, February or March application deadline and notify all of the applicants at the same time.  (No later than April 15).

    Single Choice Early Action:
    (SCEA) programs specifically require students not to make EA applications to other Colleges, although they are free to apply elsewhere under the regular admissions round.

    What is the Common Application?
    Common Application: It means that students can fill in one form either in printed version or online and send this application form to over 400 Common Application member colleges/universities. Click below to access the Common Application website https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/default.aspx