Junior Bulletin, May 2018


new_sat_logo_vector-svg SAT Prep Right Here at SLA!

This course meets August 6 through 10, 8:30 to 12:30.  The cost is $75 (need-based scholarships are available). For more information and to register click HERE. Fills fast, so register by May 1, 2018

download-1 Social Justice Research Academy at Penn

The Social Justice Research Academy examines the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice. If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship. For other Penn summer programs click here. Deadlines are May 1, 2018.

Smith College Women of Distinction Program

Smith College, one of the top tier women’s universities, offers an all expense paid Women of Distinction program  for 2018-2019 seniors from Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018. The program introduces opportunities for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students who enroll at Smith. For more information on the application process, visit www.smith.edu/admission/wod. Applications available May 1.

West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

WPFSI offers 15 paid eight week summer internships for rising juniors and seniors. The WesGold Fellows program is anchored around four key topics: Personal Finance, College Planning, Personal Development and Career Development. Apply online here. Deadline is May 4, 2018.

imgres Latinx at Temple University

This program, May 5, 2018, 10 am – 2 pm, is designed to encourage more Latinx students to enroll at local colleges and universities. Attendance is limited for this event, so please respond with as soon as possible with this link: Teachers/Parents/Students register here for Latinx

Temple Summer Academy

In this three-week, on-campus program students can earn three college credits (transferable anywhere) and a scholarship to Temple, develop leadership and teamwork skills, experience college residential life, and make new friends. Applications due May 15, 2018. Click to access the application, and get on your way to becoming a #TUSummerOwl!

Mentor Opportunity for Young Women

Janney Montgomery Scott hosts a mentoring program for 11th grade girls, on Tuesday, May 29, from 11:30 until 2:00, including lunch.  Professional women provide an introduction to career opportunities in various fields.  Email Mackenzie Harrington at mharrington18@scienceleadership.org if you are interested in attending. Spots are limited so it is first-come-first-serve basis.

Stem-Up Pre-College Course at Temple

This six week program supports historically underserved and underrepresented students with limited opportunities who are interested in STEM. Students attend the program free of charge.  The course consists of four modules: Math Concepts, Real World Science, Science Literacy, and Applied STEM.  To apply click here. Deadline June 1, 2018

Coast2Coast Consortium

Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Princeton and the University of California-Berkeley will visit the Philadelphia area on June 4, 2018 at 7 pm.  This session will provide interested students and families with an overview of each institution, insight on the selective admission process and an opportunity to ask specific questions of the institutions. Registration is required and can be found here.

Students interested in summer open houses at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tennessee) can check them out here. There are 12 different dates, so lots of flexibility!

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 https://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/discover-swarthmore

Keep THIS CHECKLIST Handy So You Can Stay on Track During the Summer


Bring Your Laptop!!

On College Prep Day Ms. Hirschfield and the College Office team will introduce you to the foundations of a successful college application process.  Juniors will be divided into four stream groups and participate in the following presentations:

Topic 1: Letters of Recommendation: completing the survey and understanding the process of requesting and submitting letters. Students will complete the profile survey.

Topic 2: Scholarships: the importance of financial packages; how scholarships supplement financial aid; different sources of scholarships and grants; how to coordinate college and scholarship essays and applications.  

Topic 3:   The Common & Coalition Applications: how to complete these two widely used application platforms.  Students will set up their own accounts, figure out how to include specific schools, and see what individual schools require. Students will also learn how to submit other important information such as GPA, letters of recommendation, college reports, extra-curricular activities, using online resources.

Topic 4: Mock Admissions: Students will get a peek at what goes into admissions decisions and learn what influences an admissions office as it evaluations hundreds or thousands of applications in order to create a class.


Ms. Hirschfield will be taking small groups of students to local colleges for special tours, so the College Office needs to know if you are interested in these colleges.


You will be starting your common app essay in English class in the coming weeks.  Check out THESE TIPS for crafting the main and supplemental essays.  A well designed essay can be used for scholarship applications as well.  Plan to refine your essays over the summer.


Afi has been selected to receive the highly selective High School Leadership Award – a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University over four years!  Go Afi!!

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