Senior Bulletin, April 3, 2018

DIDN’T GET IN?  It’s Not the Worst Thing in the World!


Here’s a quick video to help you understand your financial aid package:

You Got Accepted – Now What?

HERE is lots of advice from professionals in different college-advising fields.

And HERE are 15 mistakes to avoid when choosing a college!


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. Continue reading

Junior Bulletin, April 1, 2018

College Boot Camp — Deadline 4/1

CECAAL ECL College Tours is offering a College Boot Camp for rising Juniors and Seniors from August 12-18, 2018. This program will travel to Princeton, Columbia, Wesleyan, Brown, Amherst and Colgate. SAT and ACT preparation, and scholarship searches as well as hearing from some of the best college professors. You will receive preparation for the process and see six of the nation’s best colleges. More information here:


Visit Swarthmore

Discover Swarthmore, held in the fall, is an all-expense-paid overnight program for high-achieving high school seniors. If you are interested in visiting Swarthmore talk to Ms. Hirschfield about being nominated.  Nominations are now open for the fall program. For more information visit

Mainline College Fair at Valley Forge Casino Resort

Monday, April 9, 2018; 6:30-9:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!  No need to register. PACAC Regional College Fairs are free of charge to students and families. To see which colleges and universities will be at the Fair check out this link.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Open House

MICA hosts an open house for high school juniors on April 8 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The speakers will discuss the process of preparing a portfolio for art school admissions and the various design programs offered at MICA. Space is limited; register here.

Penn State Forensics Symposium

Penn State hosts a forensics and criminology symposium Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to introduce students to the fields of forensic science and criminology.  Register by March 30. Continue reading

Juniors: Become a College Access Leader at SLA!


A College Access Leader (CAL) is a student who demonstrates strong leadership skills assisting their peers with the college access process. CALs will become experts with the application process, deadlines, requirements, and so much more!

Why: The CAL Program serves two key purposes: 1) to provide college access information to all students through peer leadership 2) to help develop your leadership skills and provide the CAL with personal and professional development opportunities.

Who: CALs consist of one student from each advisory for a total of six students for your grade.  CALs work very closely with Mrs. Hirschfield and the College Office team  as well as your Advisors and Advisories.

What: The CAL Program is based around the idea of student centered learning- the CAL Team is designed to be a peer network of student leaders who will be key stakeholders in the college access process.

Where: You will frequently meet with Mrs. Hirschfield in the College Office. You will present information in your Advisories, and share knowledge about the college access process to your peers informally- even in the hallways! 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
  • 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