Junior Bulletin, April 25, 2017


Visit Swarthmore

Swarthmore College hosts Junior Visit Day on Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 AM. This program introduces students and their families to the general college admissions and financial aid processes. Students can participate in special programming – including workshops, Q&A with Swarthmore’s Director of Admissions, and even private meetings with experienced financial aid professionals. Tours of campus and sessions on athletics and engineering are also available. You can sign up here; registration fills quickly. Swarthmore especially looks forward to welcoming students who are the first in their families to attend college, or come from communities underrepresented on the campus. Learn more about group visitation opportunities online.

Villanova University Mainline College Fair

Regional colleges attend the Mainline College Fair on May 15, 2017, 6:30PM to 9:00PM at Villanova campus. This is a good opportunity to talk to college representatives in the area and get to know more about the college application process. For more information, visit HERE and contact gotovu@villanova.edu

Penn College Exploration Workshop

Current high school juniors are invited to attend a workshop at Penn Saturday, May 20.  The workshop focuses on the college search process in general, as well as financial aid issues. Lunch will be provided. Click on the link to learn more and register for this workshop, which  is part of Penn’s Ivy In Your Backyard series. Continue reading

Senior Bulletin, April 25, 2017

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Many colleges require a final acceptance of their offer by May 1.  Be sure to check the date for all the schools that accepted you.  If you are still considering financial or other issues, you can ask for an extension.  Email the admissions office and explain your need for a few more weeks to reach a decision, but don’t take for granted that they will agree.

It is polite to write an email to the admissions office of colleges you are turning down – thank them for the offer and explain that you will be attending a different school (you don’t have to say which one!).

You can make friends and learn important information by joining social networks at the school of your choice.  Check the website of your school to find out whether your potential major has networks you can join.  

Take the time to thank your SLA teachers and advisers for their help, keep them posted about your decisions, and stay in touch!


The School District of Philadelphia offers students a FAFSA Completion and Financial Aid Support Night.  This event will be held at The School District of Philadelphia (440 N. Broad Street) April 27, 2017 from 4:00PM- 7:00PM. Admission and services are FREE. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. BE SURE to bring documents needed to receive assistance (2015 tax returns, W2’s, financial aid award letters etc.) For questions call the Chief Academic Support Office at 215-400-6728  Continue reading

Grades 9-11 Official Transcript Request

Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.


  • Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
  • If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at khirschfield@scienceleaderhsip.org.
  • Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.

Diversity College Fly-In Programs


Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.

Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.

Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.

Questions to Ask Colleges


Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading