College Counseling Newsletter

11th Grade February/March Edition

Wednesday College Workshop

A very special thank you to Ms. Leader and all 11th graders for participating and working together while I, Ms. Oglesby, was out touring colleges. The written updates show we are ready to continue moving forward.

As we finalize the college matching process, families are encouraged to discuss the criteria important to your student (class size, geography, tuition cost, research opportunities for undergraduates, spirited campus, tenured faculty, program selectivity, etc.).

Standardized testing is a concern for many students. I encourage all students to take the April ACT (Registration ends March 4th) so we can compare testing experiences (PSAT vs ACT). Students should select the test where they feel more comfort, less anxiety and/or test higher for future May and June exam dates.

*Testing fee waivers are available for student's on scholarship.

Our next series of workshops will focus on application requirements, essays and campus tours.

Still Craving MORE Information?!

Sunday, March 6th, 1-2:30pm

1324 18th Street Northwest

Washington, DC

A relaxed conversation about how to support your 11th grader through the 2016-2017 college application process. Light refreshments will be provided. Students are invited and encouraged to bring thoughtful and specific questions!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

All 11th graders should be searching for summer experiences that reflect their interests or curiosities. Families can be very helpful in finding opportunities for their students. As a high school freshman, my mother met a woman at a coffee shop who trained students to be peer mentors. I have been counseling ever since. The key is to remain open-minded. Programs are designed to expand a student's thinking NOT be a definite way of acceptance into a college of choice. For example, Georgetown hosts a summer program for 11th graders but it does not in any way guarantee acceptance into the university. Some scholarships are available to student's who qualify.


Please be sure to organize, review and confirm all transcripts. Occasionally, colleges and universities will request a transcript be sent directly from the issuing high school. PLEASE be prepared to produce transcripts if needed. Emerson will always send copies of 9th-12th grade.