Hello, Freshmen! Welcome to the College News Blog! Here, you will be provided with various tools and tips to help you prepare for the whole college application process starting during your freshman year. It’s never too early to start!


Kick off your year with a positive outlook and check out this timeline!


The College Navigator should be your second favorite website of all time–after this one of course. Here, you can browse through real-time data on actual price based on family income, retention rates, average and amount of loan rates, and get information on the numbers that really matter. And it’s published by the National Center for Education Statistics which is part of the U.S. Department of Education–this is not a for-profit EdTech venture out to sell your personal information to make money on your college process. Bookmark this website immediately and use it as a tool to make informed decisions about your future!


What activities do you find interesting? What do you like to do for fun? SLA and Philadelphia have many different groups, clubs, sports teams, and volunteer organizations that you can participate in to help build up your resume! If you want to start serving the city of Philadelphia, this is a good place to start.

Some clubs at SLA include Engineering/Science Club, Build On!, Art Club, Drama/Playwriting, Yoga, Tech Squad, Slam Poetry, Improv, Debate, Literary Magazine, and Gay-Straight Alliance.

Sports teams include volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, cross-country, flag football, track, and ultimate frisbee.

By exploring different options and activities, you can start strengthening your skills and working towards finding a career path that is the best fit for you. If you need help finding extracurriculars, talk to your teachers, advisor, and Mrs. Hirschfield about the possibilities that are available!


Standardized tests (such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT) are important factors in the college application process. As annoying as they may be, they are necessary! But don’t worry, there are many different ways in order to start preparing for these tests so that you may score well and get into the college of your choice.

Click here for a list of available resources.


If you want to participate in a summer enrichment program, or want to apply for a scholarship, come to the college office and request a transcript to be sent! To find out more and be prepared before you come click here.

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