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CollegeCounseling at New Hampton School Class of 2014, 2015, and Parents October 19, 2013
Part I: Overview • The College Counseling Office • Philosophy & Approach • Roles and Responsibilities • Organizing details and taking care of tasks • Naviance • Academic Credentials
Our Office and Our Philosophy • Jennifer S. Berry, Director • Keith A. Hrasky, Associate Director • Jen Churchill, Administrative Assistant • Our approach is fundamentally educational, an extension of the curriculum of the school, always striving to uphold the mission of New Hampton School, and trying to reinforce New Hampton School’s Foundations of Learning (FOL). Students entering the senior or post-graduate year should be learning and practicing the skills necessary for their next steps beyond New Hampton School.
Student Responsibility • Students should be responsible for themselves and their own college process. • Each student must… • research college choices • complete applications…write own essays, fill out the forms • ask teachers for recommendations • meet all deadlines • request test scores from testing agencies to be sent to all colleges where/when necessary (including NCAA)
Parent Responsibility • Listen to your child • Ask clarifying questions • Try to reserve judgment—and base conversations on known facts • Work in partnership with the college counselors to assist the student in the process • Communicate to the College Office any issues or concerns you may have regarding your child.
Counselor Responsibility • Listen and guide students through the steps and decisions • Provide information: We communicate primarily through the student and expect them to pass on our conversations to their parent(s). • Advocate for students directly to colleges • We support, but do not do, the process for the student • We do not “get a student in” to a college • Submit School Statement, Teacher Recommendations, Official Transcripts
Naviance: Family Connection • The online college process database • Can hold all personal information- cumulative GPA, test scores, resume, journals, career info. • Can search for colleges, compare/graph NHS-specific data as well as national data • Conduit for College Office materials submission • Quick access to resources
Part II: Academic Credentials • Courses • Transcripts • Standardized Testing • Kayte Knower, Knower Academics Plymouth, NH.
Academic Credentials… • Know that New Hampton’s academic average matters most to colleges • The best way to have a solid academic average is to have a solid academic approach.
Applications from New Hampton… • Are read closely • Admission Officers understand New Hampton School and its Programs • IB, AP, ASP • Project Week / Experiential Programs • Community Demands
Standardized Tests • SAT Reasoning • SAT Subject Tests • ACT with Writing • International Baccalaureate • Advanced Placement • ToEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language
Our recommended testing calendar… • PSAT October 16, 2013 (Class of 2015) • SAT Reasoning or ACT w/ Writing—no earlier than January 2014 • Recommended: • April or May 2014 – SAT • April or June 2014 – ACT w/Writing • September, October, November, December 2014 • AP’s and IB’s—May 2014 or 2015 • Subject Tests—June 2014 • November 2014 • ToEFL (twice)—summer 2014 or early fall 2014
Standardized Testing Preparation Knower Academics • On Campus Group Sessions • February and April 2014 to prepare for May2014 test • On Campus Individual Sessions • http://www.knoweracademics.com/
Part III: Financial Matters • Financial Aid • Scholarships • Forms • Planning and Organizing • Jay Hauser, College Counselor, NHHEAF
Financial Aid Basics • Aid • Need-Based Aid • Merit-Based Aid • Athletic Scholarships • DI & DII vs. DIII • FAFSA & CSS Profile
Part IV: Policies and To Do Lists • Discipline • Special Interests • Fall 2013 • Winter / Spring 2014 • Summer 2014 • Fall 2014
Discipline • “Have you (the student) ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from 9th grade forward (or the international equivalent) whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.” • “Have you (the student) ever been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?”
NHS Policy-Self Reporting • Those offenses which occur after Registration Day of a student’s senior year which result in a sanction of probation or a sanction of temporary or permanent separation from the School will be communicated to colleges and universities (please reference the School Life Handbook for more in formation regarding sanctions www.newhampton.org/schoollife). If a student is subject to such a consequence, the School will report the date and nature of the offense, the sanction imposed, and the date when the sanction was imposed. The School shall promptly notify the student and his/her parents of any such report. • All other information regarding a student’s prior disciplinary record in Grades Nine, Ten, and Eleven will not be disclosed unless the student and his/her parents consent to disclosure. In that event, the School will share with the student and the parents the information it proposes to disclose before such disclosure. • If the student has a disciplinary violation that s/he wishes to disclose in an application, the student is encouraged to discuss this decision with the New Hampton School college counselors.
NHS Policy—Application Integrity • In addition, students are expected to complete all college applications with complete honesty and without too much extra help from others. We hold students to the same high standards of integrity in the production of college applications as they are held to in their academic work.
Special Interests… • Athletics • By sport • By division—based on realistic assessment of skill, physical attributes, and potential • NCAA registration for DI or DII • Coach contact • Artistic—visual arts, portfolio? • Drawing, painting, photography • Artistic—performing arts, audition? • Music, Theatre, Dance
Fall 2013… Junior To Do List • Attend NHS College Fair • Take the PSAT in October • Start conversations about opportunity, the future, and what might lie beyond New Hampton • Listen…think…reflect, and ask: • Who am I and what do I believe? Who will I become? Where will I go? How can I get there?
A word about researching colleges… • Web Resources • College Admission Requirements • NCAA • Art Portfolio or Musical Recordings
Winter/Spring 2014…Junior To Do List • Begin the process…Complete NavianceSurveys and begin to focus on the steps of your college process • Schedule 2-4 individual meetings with your College Counselor, attend 3 College Seminars, and 3 College Ofifce led Class Meetings • Take an SAT and an ACT with Writing • Research Colleges • Attend Lakes Region College Fair (180 colleges)
Spring 2014…To Do List…continued… • Visit a few colleges in March – “diagnostic” • Maintain a balanced approach to life • Study, be healthy, pursue passions • Organize special interests-portfolios, game tape, recordings, etc. • As you get to know colleges, make note of requirements—testing, essays or graded papers, language requirement, etc. • In May, ask teachers for recommendations
A word about VISITING colleges… • March, Summer, Fall Long Weekend • Variety--urban, rural, large, small, private, public, college, university • Tours • Seminars/Information Sessions • Special interests—coaches, academic programs, etc. • Interview….maybe
Summer 2014…Rising Senior To Do List • Visit Colleges • Balance and Refine “The List” • Start the Common Application • Draft two college essays • Revise and rewrite essays • Revise Facebook page and social media
Fall 2014…Rising Senior To Do List • Meet with your college counselor 3-4 times • Refine the List and plan application “strategy” • Complete the Common Application (and any college-specific applications) • Know all deadlines and testing requirements • Take the final Standardized Tests
Results…and Choices • Admit, Defer, Wait List, Deny • Managing emotions and working through choices • Managing adult and peer responses • Re-visit programs • May 1st National Reply Date
Questions? • Resources on our web page • Social Media: Facebookand Twitter • Contact the College Counseling Office General Number: 603 677 3420 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org