ACT Information

ACT Information


2019-2020  National Test Dates

               September 14, 2019  (deadline to register Aug. 16; late fee Aug. 30)
               October 26, 2019 (deadline to register Sept. 20)
               December 14, 2019 (deadline to register Nov. 8)
               February 8, 2020 (deadline to register Jan. 10)
               April 4, 2020  (deadline to register Feb. 28)
               June 13, 2020 (deadline to register May 8)
               July 18, 2020 (deadline to register June 19)
 Register online at
ACT No Writing   $42.50
*For students with disabilities, download and print the application for "Students with Disabilities" "Special Testing" and follow the guidelines.  The applications and fee must be returned to Mrs. Fancher for final review and teacher letters before mailing.


(Registration is online at

The ESF Get2College Center in Jackson is offering FREE ACT Prep workshops daily for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have never taken the ACT or who scored between 15 and 25 and want to increase that score. Attend a four-hour workshop for · Overview of Math, Science, English and Reading subject areas · Tips to achieve your target score

· Time-saving strategies · Learn how to avoid the "sounds good" trap in Grammar, how to answer Reading questions faster, how to plug in numbers to prevent Algebra mistakes and how to use logic to outsmart Geometry · Resource books materials provided, including practice test

FREE Saturday Workshops are offered as follows:

  • October 3 (Registration opens Sept. 10)
  • November 7(Registration opens Oct. 14)
  • December (Registration opens Nov. 5)
  • January 16 (Registration opens Dec. 23)
  • March 12  (Registration opens Feb. 19)
  • Times:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location:  Jackson State University College of Business Building

Addition preparations: call 601-321-5533 - Get2College Center in Jackson . All workshops have identical content – you only need to sign up for one. To register, go to  Best of all, there is NO charge! The Jackson Get2College Center is located at 2600 Lakeland Terrace, just off Lakeland Drive near I-55.

Mississippi College ACT Review Course (Reading, Grammar, Math, Science) August 27, 2016   (deadline to register is Aug. 7) and Feb. 4, 2017 (deadline to register is Jan. 25) 9:00 - 3:00 $60.00 Registration forms are in the office or you can get on emailed (see address below) Please call 601-925-3265 Email:


ACT Workshop - Hinds CC Raymond - Contact the Counseling Dept. at HCC 601-857-3372 HOLMES CC in RIDGELAND ACT Workshop – Holmes Community College will host ACT Workshops on the follwoing Saturday dates: Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Ridgeland Campus. The cost of the workshop is $50.  For a Registration form - see Mrs. Fancher For more information call: 601-605-3339 or FREE Online ACT, PSAT, and SAT Test Prep

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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements


Central Hinds Academy Graduation Requirements 
4Math (5 recommended)
4Science (5 recommended)
4Social Studies
1Foreign Language
1Fine Art
(2 Advanced electives
are required to enter a
4-year university.)
Community Service Hours
(see Note below)
Total units required
for graduation.
50 hours of community service are required for graduation.  New students entering grades 10-12 will be required 12.5 community service hours for each year of attendance up to graduation. Community service hours must be recorded in the front office no later than May 1 of the year that they are graduating. A book is available in the office you can look through that will give you ideas on where your child can get community service hours.

Students must successfully complete a term paper during their junior and senior year or meet all the requirements of the Advanced Placement Classes in English their junior and senior years.
New Grading Scale
ASuperior (90-100)
BAbove Average (80-89)
CAverage (70-79)
DPassing (65-69)
FFailure (below 65)
Graduation Requirements


Central Hinds Academy Graduation Requirements 
4Math (5 recommended)
4Science (5 recommended)
4Social Studies
1Foreign Language
1Fine Art
(2 Advanced electives
are required to enter a
4-year university.)
Community Service Hours
(see Note below)
Total units required
for graduation.
50 hours of community service are required for graduation.  New students entering grades 10-12 will be required 12.5 community service hours for each year of attendance up to graduation. Community service hours must be recorded in the front office no later than May 1 of the year that they are graduating. A book is available in the office you can look through that will give you ideas on where your child can get community service hours.

Students must successfully complete a term paper during their junior and senior year or meet all the requirements of the Advanced Placement Classes in English their junior and senior years.
New Grading Scale
ASuperior (90-100)
BAbove Average (80-89)
CAverage (70-79)
DPassing (65-69)
FFailure (below 65)

College Planning

College Planning

Central Hinds Academy  Fall College Fair

Monday, September 26, 2016@  9:00 am

Mississippi State University    Fall Preview Days (2016)
October 10, October 24, & November 11
Register online at

Ole Miss Fall Visitation Days
September , December , January , & February (Open House)
October   - Fall Visit Day
Register online at

Mississippi College Preview Day 2016
Saturday, September


College Planning Websites:

TIME Management tips for tackling senior year

>Use an academic planner
>Make a to-do list every day
>Set achievable goals
>Free periods and study halls are gifts!!
>Keep your work with you - you can complete assignments while waiting for a ride, waiting to watch a soccer game, or waiting at the dentist office.
>Organize your environment - study area, backpack,
>Organize a system for college seaches - create a file for each college of interest w/ important information hi-lighted such as admission deadlines, scholarship deadlines, financial aid, housing app. deadlines, etc.
>Schedule college campus visits early
For more helpful tips, see

Clueless about College?

Learn what it takes to get in and how to pay for it at ESF's FREE College Connection Workshop!

2016 date TBA (plan to arrive early for seating)

Preparing for College:

College timeline and checklists

ACT/SAT Test Dates and Prep
Career Planning
Selecting a College
Applying for College
Finding Scholarships

Financial Aid
Mississippi Financial Aid and Fafsa
Mississippi Financial Aid
. *HELP: must have a 2.5 . You must be a resident of Mississippi with plans to attend an eligible Mississippi institution and demonstrate need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply by March 31. Need determined by: the combined income for the student and the student's parents must be $42,500 or less. However, the allowable average adjusted gross income increases by $5,000 for each additional dependent family member under the age of 21 other than the student (See table on line).

· *LEAP: must be a Mississippi resident, demonstrate need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),and must be enrolled as a regular full-time student at a Mississippi college or university

· *MTAG: scholarship money from the state of Mississippi if you are staying in the state for college. This is FREE money if you have a 2.5 GPA anda 15 on the ACT. Be sure you apply for this one!!

· *Eminent Scholars: worth more money than the MTAG, must have a 29 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA
*more information regarding these scholarships and application information can be found at: 
Or view their flier:
Apply for fafsa at

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Underclassmen News

 DORE Program
A New approach to ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Asperger's that is making the difference in children and adults whose lives and futures are constrained by difficulties that make everyday full of compromise.
Dore and is committed to providing a unique, drug-free practical program of physical exercises that is proven to dramatically improve the ability to learn, as well as concentration, coordination, and social skills.  As you’ll discover, the Dore method is a drug-free, proven Program of practical activities you will do at home.
Go to to learn how our Mississippi Program can be the important breakthrough that will help your student overcome his learning problems, once and for all.  (601-942-0006)

Why is My Child Struggling in School?
Behavioral problems at school and home, problems with focusing, finishing assignments, following directions, anger outbursts, and defiance can be symptoms of TREATABLE DISORDERS. 
Phone 601-707-7355 for an appt. with Suzanne B. Russell, LPC;PLLC

Senior News Items

Dates to Know

Dates to Know 2017-2018

September 15 - Deadline for a Yearbook Ad

September  26 - College Fair @ CHA gym

October  20 - Deadline to submit baby/childhood pictures for Yearbook. 
November 17 - Deadline to submit casual photo choice for Yearbook

May 4  -  Senior's last day
May 7 - 8 - Senior Exams
May 11 - 9:00 am:  Class Day
May 14 - 9:30 am: Graduation Rehearsal
- Hinds CC Cain Hall -

May 14  - 7:00 pm: Graduation - Doors open at 6:00 pm, Seniors report at 6:15 pm...class prayer and line-up at 6:30!

May 14-15  - Project Graduation immediately following Graduation (9:00 pm - 6:00 am)

Graduation Video Instructions

Graduation Video Instructions

Pictures of your child will soon be requested for the 2017 graduation video. We want it to be great and something they will enjoy and remember for years to come. We want ALL children represented in their senior video, so please read the instructions below carefully.
The deadline for photo submission is February 17, 2017.  I will need the photos in a digital format, preferably in a resolution of 1024 X 768 or higher.  I'm providing you a way below to drag and drop any that you have on a disc, a flash drive, or your computer directly to a folder specifically for your senior.  You are also welcome to email them to me, but I'd prefer that they go directly to that Dropbox folder.  If you have NO alternative but printed photos, please submit them to Carlin or Stacy to scan by February 3, 2017.

The following are suggestions for photos.  This list is a good sampling of photos throughout their lifetimes.  Each senior will have a reserved spot in the video for the photos YOU provide.  There will be PLENTY of other snapshots from their SENIOR year and from our CHA Seniors 2017 PicNut collection included in the video!  We already have over 600 photos available to choose from. 
< >ONE Baby / Toddler photo; Ages Infant-2ONE Preschool;  Ages 3-5ONE Grade School (Elementary School); Ages 6-12ONE Early Teens (Junior High/Middle School); 13-15ONE Other Significant photo; (Sports, Cheerleading, Academic, Award or Achievement) It will not be necessary for you to submit the senior formal and casual photos you've already given Carlin.  Those will be included as well. 
You don't have to do all 7 listed.  Seven (7) WILL, however, be the maximum number I can include.  If I do 7 photos of every senior at 4 sec per photo that's already a 17 minute video and the goal is 20 minutes!  I'm already organizing, so the sooner you can get them to me... the better. 

In my Dropbox "Seniors" folder, I have a sub folder for every senior student.  The Dropbox link is in the signature below.  Just click or copy and paste it to your web browser and that will be a direct link to a folder where you can drop digital photos!   Please navigate here and then to your senior's folder to upload (drag) photos!   This gives you the advantage of providing me high resolution photos without having to forward them in multiple emails to me.
Dropbox Folder Link:

Senior Yearbook Instructions

Senior Yearbook Instructions

Pages will contain formal and casual portraits along with baby/childhood pictures. 
We prefer digital or scanned copies. 
We will also include personal and scholastic information about each senior as gathered from the senior BIO sheets.

We ask that you adhere to the following deadlines:

September 16, 2016- SENIOR ANNUAL AD
Great way to honor your seniors in the yearbook.
Full page - $150 (up to 4 pictures)     Page size is 7 3/4 X 10 1/2
Half page - $100 (up to 2 pictures)    Page size is 43 x 27 picas
Quarter Page - $75 (1 picture)           Page size is 21 x 27 picas

Forms are available in Mrs. Fancher's office

2 pictures will be used on the senior pages.  Digital or scanned pictures are best.  If you submit a hard copy picture, it will be mailed to Herff Jones for scanning.  It will not be returned until the annual is delivered the following year.

October 14, 2016- FORMAL PORTRAITS
The portraits are taken by Gray's Southern Image in Raymond.  You will pick which photo from the proofs that you like best, turn in the image number only to Mrs. Carlin or Mrs. Stacy and that photo will appear in the Senior Class Composite and the yearbook.  We will need 1 photo only!!!  If a choice is not selected by you on or before the deadline, the annual staff will choose for you.

Novemeber 11, 2016- CASUAL PORTRAITS

The portraits can by taken by Gray's Southern Image or a photographer of your choice.  Photos taken by other photographers must be sent digitally to or by CD.

December 9, 2016- FALL SENIOR BIO SHEET
A bio sheet will be given to each senior and each senior parent at the fall meeting.  Forms will also be available in Mrs. Fancher's office.  This information should consist of school activities and honors received at CHA from 9th - 12th grade only.  Please make a copy for yourself before you turn it in.  Spring additions will need to be made for honors received in the spring. 


Project Graduation

Project Graduation

Project Graduation 2017
Date:  May 8-9, 2017(following graduation)
Time:  9:00 pm - 7:00 am

The Project Graduation committee meets monthly to make decisions based on suggestions made by the current senior class and class officers.  Although it is not a requirement to participate in this special event, it is highly recommended that each senior make every effort to attend - it is the last night ths Class of 2017 will actually be together as a "class".

Possible cost per senior:  $300 - covers dinner, rental costs for planned events, planned activities, and snacks. 
Parents can pay in full or participate in fundraiser events and pay the remaining balance by March 30, 2017.  All money in non-refundable.

All money is to be paid to Mrs. Karen in the office

Scholarship Information

The Get2College Center has updated our Scholarship Listings for 2016-2017:

·         Private/Outside Scholarships for High School Students

·         Scholarship Search Engines

·         Mississippi 4-Year Institutional Scholarships

·         Mississippi 2-Year Institutional Scholarships

·         Scholarships just for North MS and for Metro Jackson area students

Applying for private scholarships:
See your high school counselor
2.  Local community/civic organizations
3.  Free internet sites (see addresses below)
4.  Local library has scholarship books
5.  Read  your local newspaper daily

Individual College Scholarships:
Apply for admissions
2.  Check "Entering Freshman Scholarships"
3.  Check for "ACT scholarships"
4.  Request applications for ALL scholarships/grants (need-based and non-need-based)
5.  Make sure you meet ALL DEADLINES!

Mississippi Concrete Industries
Award:  varies
Deadline: November
Recipients: Juniors and Seniors ages 16-18
Details: Essay Competition

Scholarship Competition for High School JUNIORS (Hinds, Madison, Rankin)
Win $500 for Yourself and Promotion for your school
*juniors - submit 1 application(see Mrs. Fancher) with your resume by Dec. 15, 2016 and
plan to enroll in an accredited college as a full time student in Fall 2017.
top 3 winners = $500 scholarship
Submit application AND resume by:
1)email to
2)mail to Jackson Get2College Center, 2600 Lakeland Terrace, Jackson, MS 39216, or
3) Fax to 601-321-5544

Christian Leaders of the Future Scholarship 2016
See Mrs. Fancher for scholarship form or go to
Under the Christian Leader tab
Deadline - Dec. 2, 2016

Miriam Scarborough Scholarship
Award:  varies
Deadline:  December
Recipients:  female accepted to attend a MIssissippi college or University
Details:  based on academic achievement, leadership, and need:  24 ACT; 2.5 GPA; resume, itemized cost figure for the school year

Nissan Scholarship
Nissan North America, Inc. provides scholarship funds for applicants that will attend a Mississippi public two year college or public four year college.
Important Dates
Application date: January 1 – March 1
Supporting documents deadline: March 1
Eligibility Requirements
Be graduating from a Mississippi high school in 2016. Have achieved a minimum cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale after a minimum of seven semesters Have scored a minimum of 20 on the ACT. Scores resulting from the national testing of the ACT are the only accepted scores for the state eligibility. Residual test scores are not acceptable. A minimum score of 940 on the SAT I test may be substituted for the minimum of 20 on ACT. Is a legal resident of Mississippi Is enrolled full-time at a Mississippi public community college or university Demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in extracurricular activities Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Write an essay (200 words maximum) on the topic: How do my plans for the future and my college major support the Automotive industry in Mississippi?
See Mrs. Fancher for an application form...

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship
*active in your community     *led a project that benefits others
*overcome personal challenges
Begins Oct. 15 - Deadline:  Feb. 1

Prudential Spirit of Community 
Award: varies
Deadline: November
Recipients: grades 5-12
Details:  exemplary community service

Regions Riding Forward Scholarships
Award:  varies
Deadline:  Feb
Recipients:  grades 9-12
Details:  essay

Best Buy Scholarship
Up to 1,200 will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. 
Deadline: Feb. 15     (Applications available soon)
Apply online at

MAIS (Mississippi Association of Independent Schools) Scholarship Fund
Ten Scholarships will be given annually in the amount of $1000.
*Full time senior at a MAIS member school
*US citizen
*ACT of 24 or higher           *GPA of 3.5 or higher        *Attend college in Fall 2016
See Mrs. Fancher for the application
Deadline:  Feb. 15 

FFA (Future Farmers of America) Scholarships
More than 1,000 scholarships available - only one application to complete.
Not an FFA Member?  Don't worry!  There are other scholarships available for non-members. 
Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2017

Lowe's Scholarship
Lowe's will award one hundred forty $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to enroll full-time in a college or university for 2015-2016 school year.
*3.25 GPA     *Demonstrate commitment to their community through leadership activities, community service and/or work experience.
Apply online at
Deadline:  Feb. 

Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarships
Deadline for all HCC scholarships - February 15, 2017

One of the most abundant sources of scholarships offered to students involved in extracurricular activities and desire for achievement, show excellence in the classroom, and have for financial assistance.  Students who do not have at least a 2.0 GPA will not be considered for Foundation Scholarships. 
Requirements:  Hinds CC application + Scholarship application + Transcript that shows min. 2.0 GPA w/ ACT scores + 3 letters of recommendations.
Students MUST use the recommendation form and the application on the website:
Other Hinds CC scholarships can be found at website.

Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians 2016 David G. Hall, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
Essay contest open to all seniors with interest in field of medicine. Scholarships in the amounts of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be awarded. Essay of 500 words or less on "The impact of a Family Physician in your life or in your community." Only 1 entry per school.
Deadline to turn in essay to Mrs. Fancher in March 1 .

Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club 
Amount:  $1000
Deadline:  March
Recipients:  Graduates from Copiah, Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Yazoo Counties
Details: Students much have B average, 21-28 ACT, and demonstrated leadership in school, church, and community. 

Rotary Club of Jackson - Mentor Scholarship Program
*Graduating senior                         *Attend college in the fall 2017
*ACT score of 18 or higher           *GPA of "B" or higher
*Family household income cannot exceed $60,000/year
Deadline:  March 31,2017
See Mrs. Fancher for the application

Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program
*ages 6 - 18 and not yet a high school graduate
*documents efforts above and beyond what is expected of a child his or her age
*volunteer efforts must have occurred in the last year
*winners chosen based on the project, benefits, and outcome.
Deadline:  Feb. 1 -  March 15
Apply online at

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
100 scholarships @ $25,000/year and 1,000 scholarships @ $2,000/yr will be given to applicants who plan to major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business Adm., Finance, Marketing, or Design and are interested in a career in the automotive ore related industries.
Criteria: academic achievement, leadership, activities, financial need. Apply only online
Deadline is March 31

The Good South 
Deadline:  April
Recipients:  Seniors
Details:  well rounded students who excel both in and out of the classroom

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Scholarships
Scholarship opportunities for seniors.  Interested parents and students can browse the following website at
Most of the Deadlines are April 15.

Mississippi Municipal League Scholarships
Award:  $2000
Deadline:  May
Recipients:  Open to all high school seniors and is co-sponsored by Mississippi Power Co. Open to children or grandchildren of employees or elected officials of Mississippi municipalities and to high school seniors working part-time for a member municipality of the MML...
Details: application and essay

Patricia M. McNamara Memorial Scholarship (not opened until spring)
Patricia was a great woman who overcame some obstacles to make her life the way she wanted.  Deadline for the $1,000 scholarship is May 31.
Apply online at

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Scholarships
for young people interested in furthering their education in agriculture.
See Mrs. Fancher for a list of these scholarships.
Most of the Deadlines are June 1 of each year.

Young Farmers Scholarships Foundation
Award:  $3000
Deadline:  June
Recipients:  2 reserved for incoming Freshmen
Details: Must attend a Mississippi college or university; show need for financial assistance; academic ability; and leadership qualities; Must be pursuing an AGRICULTURE related major

BigSun Scholarship (athletes)
to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits.  All student athletes are eligible

Deadline:  June 22

Merit Aid is awarded to students with a broad range of GPAs. Students with a 2.0 GPA or higher often qualify. There are merit aid scholarships for students based on their interests, their intended majors, leadership and community service. Get a FREE instant custom report of merit aid scholarships available at all Mississippi colleges and universities.

Will To Win
Merck Respiratory will sponsor the Will To Win Scholarship Program for high school seniors with asthma who are pursuing higher education. The scholarship also recognizes seniors with outstanding disciplined, determined and successful in managing their asthma. Two scholarships of $5000 will be awarded in each of the categories: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Community Service, Athletics, Science. Applications must hold a GPA of 3.5 - 4.0 and have received at least one award related to their entry category.
Deadline: April 

Complete Mississippi financial aid applications:
1.  Learn about the state grants and eligibility criteria at
2.  Complete applications for state financial aid such as MTAG, MESG, and HELP if you qualify and will be attending college in Mississippi.  Begin application process after January 1 of your senior year.

Complete FAFSA to apply for Federal Financial Aid:
1. - explore financial aid options
2. Includes need-based and non-need-based scholarships and grants, work-study and loans.
3.  You and your parents need to complete federal tax returns for previous year.

MTAG (Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant) - Apply at
Students must meet the following criteria
*16 ACT score
*2.5 GPA

FREE Scholarship sites on the Internet: (apply for $1000 scholarship)



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