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

NEXT ACT Feb. 10        January 5         January 6-19

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.

Where Will You Go ?

There are nearly 4000 colleges and universities in the United States!  How will you find the best one for you?

Step one: use Super-Match College Search in Naviance.  This tool asks about your basic criteria and helps you filter choices.

Visit, Explore, Discover

New Jersey College Open Houses link:


Pennsylvania College Open Houses link:


Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia College Open Houses link:


How Will You Know? Meet with Your College Counselor!

Beginning at the end of January you and your parents/guardian will meet with Ms. Hirschfield to begin the college application process. This meeting will provide you with individualized support, so come with a written list of issues and questions that you and/or your family have. In preparation for this meeting:  complete the junior meeting survey in Naviance; research at least five colleges and their admission standards in Naviance. If you didn’t receive a letter confirming your scheduled time, ask your advisor.

Explore the Admissions Process

Watch this video to gain more understanding of the application process.  This video will help you realize that your acceptance at a particular college depends on many different factors.

What the People Reading Your Applications Really Think

This NPR article gives a behind the scenes look at how colleges review applications. Read this article to get tips on how you should approach the college application process.

Build Your Resume

UPenn Summer Internships

Penn has many different summer internships in all fields.  FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE!

Check out the options at https://www.jkcp.com/program/internships-for-high-school-students.php

Drexel Mini Med

Are you interested in exploring the field of medicine?  Consider Drexel’s Mini Med School this summer. Applications are open now.  Check it out at drexel.edu/medicine/Community-Engagement/Educational-Programs/mini-med-school/mini-med-summer-camp/

Wharton Management and Technology Summer Institute

Rising juniors and seniors are invited to apply to the M&TSI summer program (July 8 – 28) at the University of Pennsylvania. This program explores the interconnections of technology and management. Requirements  include your official academic transcript, two letters of recommendation, a short essay, and your test scores. For more information, click me. Deadline February 15, 2018.

Sign Up For Text Message Alerts From the College Office

SIGN UP HERE to receive Junior Bulletin notifications and other reminders from the college office. Don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities, information sessions, open houses, and other help with your college and financial applications.


PSAT Scores

Students will receive email notification when PSAT scores are released to their College Board account. Advisors are available to help students understand their scores. We encourage all students to take advantage of the free online test preparation in partnership with the Khan Academy. Here’s a video overview of the Khan Academy SAT resources.

How To Request Official Transcripts

Students who need official transcripts sent to a college/university, enrichment program or scholarship, must request via THIS FORM.  Unofficial transcripts can be obtained via School Net or Infinite Campus.

The Free Library offers a helpful list of scholarship opportunitiesgo to   https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/collegeprep/financeeducation.cfm
Micro Scholarships from Raise.me

Students can earn up to $1000 in scholarship money from 120 different colleges on Raise.me for simply taking the PSAT and up to $8,500 for scoring well! Micro awards may also be available for achievements such as good grades or community service. Many SLA students have already signed up, to join them click here.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Princeton University honors students in grades 9-12 throughout the country who do outstanding work in their schools or communities to advance the cause of race relations. The Philadelphia area recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations will receive a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race,  held in April.  Download the application form at www.princeton.edu/pprize. The deadline for the Princeton Prize applications is January 31, 2018.

Monthly Instagram Photo Contest

Students are invited to participate in the @PrincetonPrize Monthly Instagram Photo Contest by submitting photos of what diversity looks like in their school or community.  The photo selected as the best in a month will be awarded a $100 prize.  The contest will run for three months.  More details about the photo contest are given at https://pprize.princeton.edu/photo-contest.

John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Are you passionate about politics? U.S. students under the age of 20 are all eligible to apply for the John F Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest! Cash prizes are awarded to the top 25 students, with a first place prize of $20,000! For more information, please click me !

Deadline: 1/4/2018

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