Junior Bulletin, January 9, 2018

Test Prep Starts Yesterday!

Standardized test scores affect both college and scholarship opportunities.  The first step in maximizing your performance is to take mock ACT and SAT tests, to discover on which test you score highest. Juniors have already taken the PSAT, which can be a good indicator of potential scores. To improve scores, we recommend the Khan Courses (affiliated with the College Boards) for SAT prep, as well as online mock tests; ACT prep options are described below: students can also use the big red ACT practice book.  For a clear comparison of the ACT and the SAT check out https://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-act.

SLA is partnering with Teach.Com to offer discounted ACT courses right here at SLA.  Most meetings are on Tuesdays after school. The cost of $997 (⅓ the regular price) covers 20 hours of expert instruction in addition to all course materials and mock tests. Register by midnight on January 17, 2018 at https://tinyurl.com/spring2018actcourse

Click here for more information. Questions should be directed to Maria Ferzola-Lipiros at Maria@teacheachstudent.com or 215.923.TEACH (8322).

SIGN UP NOW              Register by       Late registration

NEXT SAT March 10    February 9        February 23

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Heads Up!  How to Understand your PSAT scores

Your advisor will guide you through the scores with the help of a Powerpoint: to review the Powerpoint click HERE. Continue reading

Senior Bulletin, January 9, 2018


You’ve Applied to College, Now What?

Although the application process is nearing its end, you probably still have questions and concerns about what is next.  Check out this article to help you understand what to expect. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeannie-borin/heres-what-to-do-while-waiting-for-admission-decisions_b_6126620.html


Acceptance Recognition Wall

We’d like to add your acceptance letters to our recognition wall! Please bring in your letters so we can make a copy and add it.


Mid-Year Grades–Make Sure You Complete Every Requirement for Admission

Check the requirements of each college to which you are applying. You can do this in three ways: check requirements on the school portal; refer to the list of requirements in the application forms; or you may get an email from a college asking for additional information.  Many colleges consider mid-year grades; if you need these sent please sign up on the sheet on Ms. Hirschfield’s door.  Remember that colleges also consider final grades and may change decisions if grades fall below their standards 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