Answers to frequently asked questions

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What courses should I have taken to prepare for a Gifted Mentorship?

Medical / Veterinary

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology (especially for surgery or anesthesiology)
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Engineering

  • PreCalculus
  • Drafting / Autocad
  • Engineering Academy Classes
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Banking/Investing/Finance

  • Algebra II
  • Economics
         

Pharmacy

  • AP Chemistry
  • Biomedical Academy classes
 

Film/ Cinematography

  • KCC classes
  • Personal experience/portfolio of work
 

Art/Graphic
Design/Photography

  • Art classes
  • Photography
  • Student Portfolio
Where do I turn in my application?
Applications are submitted on-line; students must complete the Google form on the Gifted Mentorship website.
What happens if I miss the application deadline?

There are two deadlines, 3pm on April 21st, 2017, and 3pm on September 8th, 2017. Your complete application must be received no later than Sept. 8, 2017, at 3pm in order to be considered for the 2017-18 school year. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

How long do I have to do my mentorship?

After your placement conference with your mentor, your mentorship will take 12-20 weeks to complete. Keep in mind that most professionals work M-F from 9 am-5 pm. If you cannot commit to at least 3-4 hours per week (after school hours) you need to reconsider doing a mentorship. Students who have after school commitments for part of the year can arrange to do their mentorship during specific (less busy) months if a mentor is available.

Is it possible to do a Mentorship over winter or spring break?
No, most mentor's schedules do not accommodate finishing in this time frame; however some mentors may have limited availability during these times.
What happens if there are more applications than there are slots for a mentorship placement?
In the event there are more qualified candidates than slots in Gifted Mentorship, students will be considered in this order: Seniors who qualify who haven't participated in the program, Juniors who qualify for the program, and Seniors who successfully completed a Gifted Mentorship during their junior year.
What happens if I change my mind about doing a mentorship?
Once you have completed the Mandatory Gifted Mentorship Training, your commitment to the program is the same as any other class for credit.  If you choose not to continue, you will receive a WF on your transcript and will be withdrawn from the course.
What if my GPA is only a 3.0, but my test scores are 95th percentile?
It is possible that you are still eligible, depending on your teacher recommendations, coursework and past experience.
When will I find out if I got into the program?
You will be informed by email approximately 2 weeks after your interview.
Is the mentorship an official course?

Yes. The Zangle (Q) course name is H9985 Advanced Mentorship - Credit .50 Elective

Will it show up on Zangle (Q)?
Yes, Gifted Mentorship is in Zangle through ASD iSchool, you will be able to see it in your student account under the iSchool tab.
How is it graded?
A-F, 90-100%= A, 80-89%= B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, 59% or less= F.  There is no pass/fail option.
How do I communicate with my mentorship coordinator?
The Mentorship Coordinator will meet with you every other week at your school during lunch, you may also communicate with the coordinator by phone, text or email.
Do I need to provide my own transportation to and from my mentorship?
Yes, transportation is entirely your responsibility throughout your mentorship.
Is there a summer program?
Currently, there is no summer program. However, it is possible that a successful mentorship could turn into a summer internship opportunity with your mentor.
What if I find my own mentor?
This is helpful for your mentorship coordinator. Your coordinator will need a name and contact information to confirm the mentor is aware of the program requirements and prepared to commit time to mentor you. Finding your own mentor is not a requirement or guarantee of acceptance into the program.
If I do not get into this program, what are some other ways to do a mentorship?
Check with your high school counselor. There are opportunities for credit through the ASD Credit By Choice program. There may also be volunteer opportunities available in your area of interest.
I'm in the Highly Gifted (HG) Program and/or participated in Gifted Programs in the past. Does this mean I'm automatically accepted into Gifted Mentorship?
No, students currently in the HG program or who have been in Gifted Programs are not automatically accepted or given preference. All applications are considered using the applicant evaluation matrix.
I'd like to do more than one mentorship during the school year, is this possible?
Currently, students may only complete one mentorship during a school year. However, they may continue to spend time with their mentor after they complete their requirements if the mentor approves it.
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