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College Connection: Week of December 18

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the last College Connection of 2017!

We are proud to report that rounding out the first semester, the Class of 2018 has hit send on 349 applications to 110 different colleges. Even more exciting, 100% of the senior class has applied to college and if you’d like to follow along with their outcomes you can check out #mvpins on Twitter!

Thinking ahead to next semester, we are again partnering with Alexander Academy to offer SAT and ACT test prep classes on our campus to your students. They have proven results working with our students, and taking one of their classes is a great way to get ahead in the testing game. These classes are great for members of the class of 2019. Our expectation is that all juniors have taken the ACT or SAT at least once before the end of their junior year. Classes begin in January. Click here to register!

Finally, it is always a great time to be thinking about summer programs! These types of programs get students excited about college and look fantastic on a resume. Consider these options:

If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, consider spending  your summer at The Duke Summer College for High School Students. Make friends from all over the globe as you learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

Christopher Newport University’s Summer Humanities Institute is a two-week residential program where students who take or plan to enroll in college-level coursework while in high school (AP) can learn in and outside the classroom from dynamic college faculty in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and classical studies.

Or you might choose to spend your summer at the Duke Summer Academy for High School Students for students currently in grades 9 – 12. This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective: The Global Entrepreneur, The Global Leader, The Global Communicator, The Global Healer and The Global Environmentalist.

Thinking about going abroad? The New School’s Open Campus Summer Programs offers pre-college courses in music, portfolio development, creative writing and more. Students have the opportunity to draw inspiration from and learn in global creative capitals including New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Barcelona.

Interested in writing? Law & ethics? Health science? Bioinformatics? Check out the Summer Study program at Tufts University.

LSU’s Pre-College Program has exciting opportunities this summer. From musical theatre and journalism to architecture and sound engineering (and over a dozen more), there is something for everyone.

If you are a current tenth or eleveth grader and have a passion for  journalism, media, or the environment, we encourage you to explore The Washington Scholars Program at George Mason.

Are you a rising ninth, tenth or eleventh grader curious about engineering? Interested in conducting experiments in a high speed wind tunnel or bringing a robot to life? The Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program at the United States Naval Academy may be for you.

Rising seniors may also be interested in this fast-paced six-day Summer Seminar at the Naval Academy or Birmingham-Southern College’s Entrepreneurship Camp and Student Leaders in Service Program.

Harvard University has two options for high school students. One is a two-week non-credit experience called the Pre-College Program, while the other is a seven-week Secondary School program that allows students to earn credit for classes taken. Pre-College Program  is structured for curious high school students to get the full campus experience of living in the dorm and attending courses.

More options include, but are not limited to: Clemson Summer Science Program Vanderbilt Medical Summer Research, Emory Pre College Program, Great Ideas Summer Institute at Samford University, U Penn, Ole Miss Lott Leadership Institute, Summer Scholars Program at Miami of Ohio, Art & Architecture Program at Washington U in St. Louis, and GA Tech PEAKS Program.

Lastly, we would like to provide you with a few “save the dates” for several important college-related events.

SOPHOMORES, SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to participate in the Tenth Annual Atlanta Invitational Case Studies program. This event will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Woodward Academy. Tenth grade parents and students are invited to join seasoned admission professionals as they facilitate in-depth conversations around college applications and the admission process. This is an invitation-only event for area independent schools, so we ask that you do not share this invitation. Families are required to RSVP; registration information will be sent out in early January. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

Date Event
January 18 Senior College Meeting and Breakfast
February 10 ACT
March 10 SAT

The deadline to register for the February, 10 ACT is January, 12

The deadline to register for the March, 10  SAT is February, 9

Have an excellent break!

Warm regards,

Erin McCubbin,
Upper School Head of Academic and College Counseling

Pam Ambler,
Associate Director of College Counseling

Ryan May,
Associate Director of College Counseling