Hello, Sophomores! Welcome to the College News Blog! Here, you will be provided with various tools and tips to help you understand and begin the whole college application process.


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


By now you should be familiar with SLA’s extracurricular and club offerings. If you’re not familiar start asking around. Challenge yourself to try something new—it may lead to a new interest or passion!

You’ll also have the opportunity to intern at a site through our Individual Leaning Plan (ILP) program. Don’t take this opportunity lightly—select something that will nurture your growth and interests. This is an opportunity to widen your network and it could lead to a summer internship or a future letter of recommendation.

Continue to build and strengthen your resume and track your activities in Naviance’s resume builder. By exploring different options and activities, you can strengthen your skills and work towards finding a career path that is the best fit for you.

If you want to start serving the city of Philadelphia, THIS and THIS are good places to start. If you need help finding extracurriculars, talk to your teachers, advisor, friends, and Mrs. Hirschfield about the possibilities that are available!


Standardized tests (such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT) are important factors in the college admissions process. At SLA, students are able to take the PSAT (practice SAT) in October of 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The results come back in late December/early January with suggestions on how to improve your scores.  The tests are necessary even if you apply to test optional schools, because scholarships usually take them into account.  But don’t worry, there are many different ways to start preparing for these tests so that you score well and get into the college of your choice.

Click here for a list of available resources.


Thinking about SATs or ACTs but not sure which to take? Click here for a comparison sheet to help you decide which test is best for you!

Click HERE for a redesigned practice PSAT test.

Click HERE for a practice ACT test.


Become familiar with scholarships early in your high school career so you can take advantage of available scholarships and understand how they work.  Scholarships help ensure that you can afford the college of your choice. Here are some scholarships (with link) to explore:

October 17, 2019  Modern Myths Scholarship– write a poem about your modern interpretation of a traditional myth or urban legend and win $1,000.

October 31, 2019  Voice of Democracy – awards up to $30,000 for college to democracy-loving high school students.

January 30, 2020  Technology Addiction Awareness– write  140 character message about the dangers of technology addiction.

April 15, 2020 (opens in January)  Barron Prize for Young Heroes – awards students who work on inspiring service projects.

April 30, 2020  E-Waste Scholarship– awards students who understand and care about the impact of toxic waste on our environment.

September 30, 2020  Don’t Text and Drive– show your digital social responsibility and earn money for college.

Rolling Deadlines  RaiseMe – Earn micro-scholarships for college for your achievements in high school.

Various deadlines, Writer’s Square– awards scholarships for writing and photography entries.

Various programs and deadlines, Philadelphia Futures offers financial and college-readiness support through several different grant programs.  The deadline for 9th graders is early in September, so check it out now and be prepared!



If you want to participate in a summer enrichment program, or want to apply for a scholarship, fill out this official transcript request form and return it to the College Office, room 218.


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