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Senior Guide

Class of 2021

Senior Dates - Page 1

Senior “To Do” List - Page 2

Student Services Staff Information - Page 2

Important Websites - Page 2

North Carolina Graduation Requirements - Page 3

Grade Point Average/Class Rank and Scholarship Info - Page 3

NC Academic Scholars Program/Honor Graduates/Recognitions - Page 4

Applying to College/College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) - Page 4

College Application Month - Page 5

UNC Minimum Course Requirements & UNC System Schools - Pages 5-6

NC Independent Colleges - Page 6

SAT/ACT Information - Pages 6 - 7

FAFSA (Financial Aid Information) - Page 8

NC Residency Determination Service - Page 8

Athletic Eligibility in College - Page 8

SWEHS Class of 2021 - SENIOR GUIDE

Senior Dates

This is an overview of dates.   seniors WILL receive an additional document with more in-depth information soon!

Senior “To Do” LIst



Student Support Services

Anna Gay                                      Last Names A - Ga                Ext. 7715

Mary Langley                       Last Names        Ge - O                Ext. 7119

Stephanie Whitaker                Last Names P - Z                Ext. 7116

Nikki Rich                               Testing Coordinator                Ext.. 7117

Karey Pierre                                 Career Dev. Coordinator        Ext. 7162

Sylvia Cobb                      ECC Coach                        Ext. 7218

Cindy Harrell                      ECC Coach                        Ext. 7218

Sandy Quincy                      PowerSchool        Admin                Ext. 7110

Important websites

Edgecombe county public schools              

College Board                                      

College foundation of NC                      

Free Application for federal student aid      


Graduation Requirements

The chart below shows the minimum requirements needed to obtain a high school diploma in the state of North Carolina.  In addition to the 22 credits required by NC, Edgecombe County Public Schools requires 6 additional credits, for a total of 28 credits needed to graduate.


4 Credits


4 Credits


3 Credits

Social Studies

4 Credits


1 Credit


6 Credits

(2 elective credits of any combination from either:  CTE (Career Technical Education), Arts Education, Second Languages)

 ***It is recommended, but not required,  to have a four course concentration from one of the following:  CTE, JROTC, Arts Education, Any Other Subject Area***

Second Language

Not required for graduation.  A two credit minimum is required for admission to a university in the UNC System

District Requirements

6 Credits


28 Credits to graduate in ECPS

GPA and Class Rank

Grade point averages (GPA) are calculated at the end of each semester.  GPAs, both weighted and unweighted, are shown on your high school transcript.  Your weighted GPA determines your class rank.  GPA is calculated by dividing your total quality points (all years) by your total number of credits attempted (all years).  YOUR GPA WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL FIRST SEMESTER GRADES ARE FINALIZED AND NEW CALCULATIONS ARE COMPLETED.  Your final GPA and class rank will be reported on your final high school transcript.  Unofficial high school transcripts will be included in the envelope with your final report card & diploma that you will receive at graduation.  Remember that GPA and Class Rank are factors in determining college admission.


There are literally thousands of scholarships out there if you are willing to take the time to do the research!  As a school, we publicize the scholarships that come directly to us using different media.  You can find our scholarship list online at  Click on Academics then Student Support.  You should then see the link for Scholarship Information.  Mrs. Langley updates the list every 1-2 weeks. We also use student email and the SWEHS Facebook page to get the word out about scholarships and other opportunities!  As you apply for scholarships, please make sure you ask for recommendations well in advance.  Do not wait until the last minute to ask or you may be disappointed!  Also, have a teacher read over your scholarship essays and make changes as needed!

NC Academic Scholars Endorsement

In 1983, the NC State Board of education created what has been known as the NC Academic Scholars Program.  These students will be recognized at Senior Recognition night in May and will receive a seal on their diploma and a White honor cord.

Math Requirements

Math I, II, III, and AFM/Precalculus/MAT 171

Science Requirements

Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry

Social Studies

World History, American History I & II (or APUSH) & Civics

Foreign Language

2 credits of a world language other than English

Elective Four Course Concentration

Four elective credits constituting a concentration recommended from one of the following: Career and Technical Education (CTE), JROTC, Arts Education, Second Languages, any other subject area.

Higher Level Courses

Two higher level courses during junior and/or senior years which carry quality points such as AP, Dual or college equivalent courses, online courses, or Honors level courses.


The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.50

Honor Graduates

Honor Graduates must have a four-year weighted GPA of 3.83.  

Other award/cord recognitions

National Honor Society - Student must be a member of NHS

Career Technical Honor Society - Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, on track to complete a CTE pathway, 80 or higher in all CTE classes, Math 3 completer, CTE teacher recommendation; students will be invited to be inducted in the CTE Honor Society in the Spring

Cultural Arts - Band:  Student must have taken Beginning Band, Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band while earning all A’s in these courses OR student has taken at least 7 band courses and earned all A’s

Cultural Arts - Art:  Student must have taken Art I, II, III, and IV and earned A’s in these courses.

-Foreign Language - Student must have taken Spanish I-IV (or four levels of another foreign language) and earned all A’s

Future Farmers of America - Student must complete at least three Ag Courses, been a member of FFA for at least 2 years, attended at least 3 FFA events at any level, have a Greenhand Degree and an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher

CNA - Student must have completed Nursing Fundamentals and sat for the national CNA exam

AFJROTC - Student must have a 3.5 average in all four semesters of ROTC, overall GPA of 3.0, and adhere to the Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do

*** Please note:  There are several organizations that are producing graduate stoles and cords that are not school approved.  In many instances, students are required to pay a fee to receive these recognitions.  Only school approved graduation honors and regalia will be allowed for graduation.

Applying to College & College Foundation of North Carolina has a wealth of information regarding planning, applying and paying for college.  Students are encouraged to use this site to apply to colleges and universities within North Carolina.   Students may already have a CFNC account.  Do not make a new account if you are unsure. Please use the account name and password recovery feature to get information.  If this does not work, please see a counselor for this information.  

You will be able to view all your historical and recent transcript submittal information in the Application Hub.  The Application Hub can be used to apply to NC Colleges and Universities and request your official high school transcripts to be sent to colleges.  Transcripts will automatically be sent after graduation through CFNC.  We do not send transcripts after graduation unless it’s to out-of-state schools.  Make sure you use CFNC to send your transcripts!

CFNC College application Month

       The goal of North Carolina College Application Month is to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college online through  During this statewide college access event, all North Carolina colleges and universities accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, for students who qualify,  in lieu of an application fee. Typically, students who receive the SAT or ACT fee waiver also qualify for the College Board fee waiver. See your high school counselor for more information about the College Board fee waiver. Additionally, many of North Carolina’s colleges and universities go above and beyond and outright waive their application fee for all North Carolina graduating seniors during the week of October 21 - 25th.  .

During NC College Application Week (October 21 - 25) many North Carolina colleges and universities will entirely waive the application fee for all North Carolina high school seniors applying online through  A list of participating colleges will be sent to students closter to October.  This is also a time that we push FAFSA and RDS completion!  Students will have the opportunity to participate in CAW in October.  Counselors will be helping students apply to the colleges of his/her choice.

UNC System admission requirements

In order to be admitted into one of the 23 UNC System Schools (see list below) you need to meet the following MINIMUM course requirements:

UNC System Schools

Appalachian State University                                        UNC-Chapel Hill                

East Carolina University                                                UNC Charlotte

Elizabeth City State University                                        UNC Greensboro                

Fayetteville State University                                        UNC Pembroke

North Carolina A&T State University                                UNC Wilmington        

North Carolina Central University                                UNC School of the Arts

North Carolina State University                                        Western Carolina University

UNC Asheville                                                        Winston-Salem State University

Entrance Requirements for the North Carolina Independent

Colleges and Universities

Entrance requirements for North Carolina's 36 independent colleges and universities vary among institutions. Prospective students should view admissions requirements at individual colleges and universities to determine specific entrance requirements. Additional information is available on the college’s web sites, which are accessible through

ACT/SAT Information

What are College admission Tests?

There are two tests, ACT and SAT, used by nearly all four-year colleges in NC as one of the admissions criteria.  They are alike and different in several ways.  Your best strategy is to Google:  Compare ACT and SAT and take a few minutes reviewing the search results.  Some students perform better on one than the other.  Many students want to take each at least once.  ACT & SAT scores can be used for placement purposes at community colleges as well.

What score do i need to get into college?

Many four-year college admissions are competitive.  You can find the average scores for a particular school on or the college website.  Universities in the UNC system require a minimum of 880 (math + reading) and 17 Composite Score on the ACT.  Admission offices practice superscoring, meaning that if you make a higher score on one subtest at one sitting and higher score on another subtest on another test day, these may be combined to yield your best performance.  

When should i take the act or sat?

We encourage you to take two of the same tests whether it’s the ACT or SAT.  It’s up to you!  All students take the ACT as a Junior so you already have one set of scores.  Many college deadlines are in the early spring so it’s best to do your testing in the fall.  Some schools do have rolling admissions so it’s best to look at the deadlines for colleges you wish to attend!

What does registration involve?

Both tests ask for extensive information regarding your high school education and your plans for the future.  You may want to set aside some time to complete the registration.  You will be asked to upload a clear face picture.  When registering, remember to use the code of the schools in which you have an interest in applying.  You should be able to send scores to four colleges for free.  You will have to pay for any additional score reports beyond the four.  There is a fee for each test and you may pay with debit/credit cards.  If your family meets certain economic criteria, you may qualify for a fee waiver.  See your counselor for information on fee waivers.

How far in advance do i need to register?

Both test sites will give you dates for regular and late registration.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  You will also need a photo ID when you arrive at the test site.  If you do not have a Photo ID see your counselor for other options.

How can i prepare for these tests?

At minimum, you will want to visit the ACT and SAT sites to read about the format of the test and see some sample questions.  Each site will offer additional tools.  Khan Academy is also a good resource for test prep.

2019 - 2020 SAT Dates

Test date

Registration deadline

Late registration

October 5

September 6

September 24

November 2

October 3

October 22

December 7

November 8

November 26

March 14

February 14

March 3

May 2

April 3

April 21

June 6

May 8

 May 27

2019 - 2020 ACT Dates

Test date

Registration deadline

Late registration Deadline   (*late fee)

October 26

September 20

October 4

December 14

November 8

November 22

February 8

January 10

January 17

April 4

February 28

March 13

June 13

May 8

 May 22

FAFSA - Free Application for federal student aid

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.  In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.  All students planning to attend college should complete the FAFSA.  Here are some helpful tips for completing the FAFSA:

  1. Each student and one parent should apply for a FSA ID at Make sure to keep a record of the parent’s and student's email addresses, their answers to the security questions, and both FSA IDs/passwords.  Keep this information in a secure place. You'll need this information to sign the FAFSA.
  2. Completing the 2019-20 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet in advance will help you get familiar with what's on the electronic version you'll be completing and submitting. This worksheet available at
  3. Students will be able to submit their FAFSA starting Oct. 1, 2019.  Parents will use their financial data from 2018.
  4. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for the upcoming FAFSA.  . This tool will allow you to  import income information electronically directly from the IRS.  This greatly reduces the time it takes to complete the application
  5. Do you need FREE help completing the FAFSA?  FAFSA Day will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  NC Wesleyan College (3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount) will have Financial Aid Advisors available on the campus at the Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library (Computer Lab).   The day of the event, you'll need to bring information from your 2018 tax filing including parent/student W2s and tax returns.  With that in hand, most families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the income/asset section of the FAFSA.  Also bring your parent and student FAFSA ID and password!


The Residency Determination Service (RDS) is new to North Carolina. All students applying for admission and seeking a residency determination for in-state tuition or state grant purposes use RDS.  Students, with their parent, will go to to complete the RDS process online.   Many applications will require you to enter your Residency Certification Number prior to submitting an application.  Your RCN will be given at the end of the process.  Parents & students will need the following info:  identifying information such as SSN, tax return info, driver’s license or vehicle information, etc.

Athletic eligibility in College

Students planning on playing sports in a Division I or II college must be declared academically eligible by the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Student athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at to register.  A fee is required to register.  Students that have received a fee waiver for ACT/SAT can have their counselor waive the registration fee.  Please contact your counselor with any questions.