Junior Bulletin, January 20, 2016

Ready, Set, Go – to College

Ms. Hirschfield will meet individually with all junior students and their parents/guardians to discuss college entrance exams, prospective college lists, high school transcripts, admission requirements, and much more.  Each student will receive a letter designating a scheduled time to meet in the College Office, Room 312; parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.

Be Prepared….

Complete the “Junior Meeting Survey” on Naviance. Ms. Hirschfield needs this in order to counsel you and your parents/guardians. Add at least FIVE colleges to your Naviance “Colleges I’m Thinking About” list.

Log-in to Naviance from SchoolNet; Click the “Colleges” tab; Click “Colleges I’m Thinking About” and add schools from that section.

If you need a starting point, use the “SuperMatch” college search feature, also found in the “Colleges” tab.

It’s Never too Soon to Start Test Prep

Let’s Get Ready is a non-profit organization at Temple University that works to help low-income students get into college. This is a perfect opportunity to get help with the SATs. Continue reading

Senior Bulletin, January 19, 2016

FAFSA Completion Night Here At SLA –January 20th from 5:30-7:30pm

Don’t forget the FAFSA completion Night tomorrow  (1/20) from 5:30-7:30pm in the SLA Cafe. Financial aid experts will be on hand to assist families complete the FAFSA application. Make sure to bring a laptop, along with all the required documents.  (See below)  

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Drivers license (student only; this information is optional)
  • Federal income tax returns (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)
  • W-2 forms from all employers
  • Current bank statements  (checking and savings)
  • Current business and farm records
  • Records of any stocks, bonds and other investments, including 529 accounts
  • Additional untaxed income tax records may be needed such as: Veteran’s non educational benefits, child support paid/received and workers compensation.
  • Alien registration or permanent resident card (if not a US citizen)
Before Filling Out FAFSA You Must Get a FSA ID First! Get It NOW!

You will need a FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically. It takes up to three days to obtain your FSA ID so make sure to get it now HERE. Continue reading

Junior Grade-Wide Meeting

November 16, 2015

PSAT Scores

Test scores will be arriving in early December and will be handed out in Advisory class. Make sure you understand how you did and work to improve your score. Here’s information on what’s a good test score and here are test prep resources.

Junior College Night

Scheduled on Wednesday, December 9, from 5:30-7:30 pm. This will be an opportunity for junior students and parents to get an overview of the college admissions process, get more acquainted with Naviance, and obtain information from college admissions representatives on how to prepare. Students are encouraged to attend and must bring their laptops.

Junior Individual Meetings

Scheduled from February-April to develop a post-secondary plan. College entrance exams, high school transcript, college selections, and more will be discussed. Students must complete the Junior Individual Meeting survey in Naviance to help Ms. Hirschfield prepare for the meetings. Parents are invited to attend.

College Access Leader (CAL) program

One student is selected in each Advisory to be the student college expert. CAL works closely with the College Office, Advisors and peers to assist in the college application process. Students are nominated by their Advisor and participate in an interview conducted by a committee. The interviews begin in March and final selections are announced in early May. Speak to your Advisor if you’re interested!

Attend the Philadelphia National College Fair!

nacac Want to learn more about colleges? Still trying to decide what university to attend? Want to learn more about specific programs? Come out to the National College Fair on Sunday, November 8th, 2015! Over 400 colleges and universities will be there to provide more information and answer any of your questions. Click here for the list of workshops scheduled to help you learn more about scholarships and how to pay for college. Register here ahead of time to avoid long registration lines.


Hall D, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-418-470

Fair Hours:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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