Class of 2022: Get Ready for Fall

We hope you are safe and healthy and we look forward to “seeing you” soon! During the next two years, the College Counseling Office (CCO) will be supporting you in the college search and application process.

Dear SFS Juniors and Parents/Guardians: 

We hope you are safe and healthy and we look forward to “seeing you” soon! During the next two years, the College Counseling Office (CCO) will be supporting you in the college search and application process. 

The following overview is provided as a preview of the college-related events and various support available to you this year.

Student session: Get Ready for Fall with CCO

The College Counseling team is hosting a virtual  “Get Ready for Fall” session for juniors on Thursday, September 3 at 1pm. Zoom information will be shared closer to the date. Follow-up information will be shared should you be unable to attend. We hope to see you there!

Sign up for a virtual proctored practice SAT on October 28 at 9 AM

If you would like to sit for an optional practice SAT through Compass Test Prep, please register here by October 20. Information will be forthcoming from Compass Test Prep closer to the test date of October 28.

College Counseling Assignments Announced in October!

We are excited to announce that the College Counseling Office will share college counselor assignments with you mid-October. Assignments will be made alphabetically. While our focus is on the seniors in the fall, we are also here to help and support the Class of 2022. During the fall months, the CCO will host Junior College Workshops (during the school day) and offer you guidance and support in a group setting. Beginning in January, you will begin individual and family meetings.The college counselors will host virtual drop-in times throughout the fall - this semester’s drop in times will be announced soon! Please take advantage of this time to “pop in” with a quick question.  Additionally,  if you have a time sensitive question or concern, of course you are welcome to reach out to your college counselor.

College Timeline and Advice for Juniors:

With the support of your advisor, teachers and college counselor, challenge yourself academically and remain deeply engaged in community life. Do your best this year inside and outside of the classroom. Colleges closely evaluate grades from all four years of high school and the depth of your co-curricular activities. Your junior and senior year academic performance is especially important.

All juniors are invited to participate in a remote practice SAT exam this fall hosted by Compass Test Prep. Please register here by October 20. The in-person College Board PSAT exam will not take place at SFS in October. 

In October, each junior is assigned a primary college counselor. Assignments will be made alphabetically. Individual, family and follow-up meetings take place beginning in January and throughout the spring semester.

College workshops will also begin in October. These classes are mandatory and CCO will share important information about the college search process.

Optional Lunch and Learn workshops will take place over the spring term. These sessions are not mandatory but CCO does encourage your attendance as we will share important information about the college search process.

We encourage juniors to research and virtually visit colleges and universities and schedule these visits during times that are convenient. Juniors are allowed to miss one class day to take a college visit/virtual visit in the spring semester (teacher approval is needed prior to making any visit arrangements; please pick up and return forms to Ms. Matthews in the Dean of Students’ Office).

Juniors are encouraged to attend virtual college fairs and informational sessions, when able. College fairs and info sessions are an excellent introduction to the college process. These are also great opportunities to meet admissions officers and learn about a number of colleges and universities. Parents may also attend these programs. You can find some event opportunities on the College Counseling website under Upcoming Visits. College visits with SFS are reserved for seniors but you are welcome to sign up for the other events listed.

Juniors typically sit for standardized exams in the spring: SAT and/or ACT tests. SFS will host one spring ACT and one spring SAT as a closed school site, pending health protocols can be met. More information on spring testing will be forthcoming.

The college counselors will host virtual drop-in times throughout the fall - this semester’s drop in times will be announced soon! Please take advantage of this time to “pop in” with a quick question. 

For Parents:

Take an active role in your teen’s college search. Attending CCO events and planning virtual college visits/information sessions can help. Your encouragement, enthusiasm, and supportive approach will have a positive impact on your junior.

We will introduce the college process in earnest and additionally provide an overview of standardized testing and financial aid during the fall.

September 23, 2020 at 8am: 11th grade Parent Conversation with College Counseling

October 8, 2020 at 7pm: Joint Financial Aid Information Night

This program, led by Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions from Davidson College, will share basic information about the financial aid process.

October 15, 2020 at 7pm: 11th grade Family College Information Night

October 16, 2020: College counseling assignments are shared

November 12, 2020 at 7pm: Standardized Testing Program (parents only)

Recommended Standardized Test Timeline:

Juniors will have the opportunity to sit for a virtual (proctored) practice SAT exam on October 28 hosted by Compass Test Prep. Register here by October 20. Results will be distributed shortly after the exam. Reminder: juniors had the opportunity to sit for an online practice ACT hosted by Compass Test Prep last spring. We advise utilizing the results from these two practice tests in making a decision about your student’s test plan and/or test prep.

We recommend juniors take the SAT or the ACT (some opt to take both) in the spring/ summer of 2021. In the spring of 2021, SFS plans to serve as a closed testing site for an ACT and SAT should safety protocols be acceptable. Every student is different and testing timelines and strategy will vary. College counselors will advise students and parents individually about the best approach.

Additionally, some juniors may plan to take AP exams in May 2021 and/or SAT Subject Tests. This testing timeline is discussed in individual college counseling meetings.

Standardized Test Preparation:

In our experience, not every student requires or benefits from formal test prep. Many students will be successful studying from a test prep book or using free online resources, including Khan Academy for SAT and ACT resources.

In addition, some students prefer taking a testing course or working with a tutor. While SFS does not recommend any one test prep company over another, we are happy to share a listing of test prep services used by our students. Please feel free to contact Jackie Morillas, the college counseling assistant at morillasj@sidwell.edu if you want to request this information.

Lastly, students and parents are welcome to contact their college counselor directly. We also encourage juniors to stop by our virtual drop-in days with any questions or concerns once the school year begins.

We look forward to supporting you, and welcoming you “back”!

In friendship,

The College Counseling Team

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