Senior Bulletin, October 22, 2018

Checklist For This Week

Review college rep dates and sign up for college visits to SLA

Have someone proofread your college essay. Don’t forget Ms. Block is here on Tuesdays to help.

Confirm dates for early action and early admission applications

Make sure that SAT/ACT scores are sent to colleges several weeks before deadlines

Follow up with teachers and advisors to make sure letters of recommendation are completed

Submit all required forms to the College Office and give two weeks advanced notice to complete requests.

Have General Questions about College Applications?

Stop in the College Office and speak to one of the helpful and knowledgeable CAL students during lunch bands with general questions to help you complete or add to your applications.

What you Need to Know for College

Not sure what to expect at college?  A university professor wrote an article to introduce rising seniors and college freshmen to 10 things you should know about college. Check the article out here.

How Do I Decide Where to Apply??

Developing a list of colleges that are right for you is a challenge.  Talk to friends, relative, other students, and the college counselor. Don’t limit yourself to familiar places; explore your own interests and strengths.  For a great article on how the college rankings can mislead you, click here.

Check Your Documents

The college office is now sending transcripts to colleges.  Make sure that your transcript request log (yellow form) is up to date and all information is accurate in Naviance. DON’T WAIT to submit your applications. The process is much less stressful if you do some work every day instead of waiting to do everything just before the deadline. Continue reading

Class 2018 Final Transcript Info

All colleges require final official transcripts to confirm that students graduated. To ensure that we send your final transcript to the appropriate school you must complete two surveys BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: 1) in Naviance go to the ‘About Me’ tab, on the left under Surveys to Take, complete the Graduation Survey; 2) in the School District portal go to Infinite Campus, then Announcements – under Surveys complete the Senior Exit Survey.  NOTE: many colleges will not allow you to register for classes until the final transcript is complete. If you need an official transcript for a job or other reason when school is not in session you can request one through the School District portal: https://philasd.scriborder.com/application. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed through Infinite Campus.

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.

Notes:

  • 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

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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

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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