Greetings Juniors and Families: This bulletin wraps up a successful junior year – onward toward senior year and college applications! It highlights the College Prep Day on June 8, during which students learned essential information for making senior year productive and stress free, and initial steps toward identifying and applying to colleges. The application process starts now! Advice and opportunities in this bulletin will also help students use the summer months effectively.
Congratulations to New College Access Leaders for 2019 (and thanks to everyone who applied – you are all impressive!)
Zahirah Tucker – Best
Christina Santana – Block
Nzinga Bey – Estey
Cynthia To – Enzweiler
Lauryn Lewis – Kaur
Carolina Ortiz – Hirschfield
The CALs work with the College Office and Ms. Hirschfield to help their peers with every aspect of the college application process. They are your first resource for any question about applications, standardized tests, letters of recommendation, or whatever you need! Continue reading
This Guide will help you understand the layout of the Common App and acquaint you with the information you will need prior to creating a Common App account.
All colleges require final official transcripts to confirm that students graduated. To ensure that we send your final transcript to the appropriate school you must complete two surveys BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR: 1) in Naviance go to the ‘About Me’ tab, on the left under Surveys to Take, complete the Graduation Survey; 2) in the School District portal go to Infinite Campus, then Announcements – under Surveys complete the Senior Exit Survey. NOTE: many colleges will not allow you to register for classes until the final transcript is complete. If you need an official transcript for a job or other reason when school is not in session you can request one through the School District portal: https://philasd.scriborder.com/application. Unofficial transcripts can be accessed through Infinite Campus.
SPRING AND SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE
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
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. Continue reading
This is the last Senior Bulletin! Here at the College Office we congratulate all SLA students for their hard work and achievements. This year SLA students are going to an especially diverse range of schools, from Adrian College in Michigan, to the University of Colorado! Four students received full tuition as Drexel Liberty Scholars, and over 70% of the class received scholarships at their school of choice. This bulletin includes opportunities and suggestions for how to make a successful transition from high school to college:
- Stay on top of deadlines; keep in touch with new and old friends
- Follow up with the financial aid office at your college.
- Scholarship opportunities are still available
- Special interview with an SLA alumna about her experiences at college
- Not sure? Consider a Gap Year