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Now and After High School

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"College Advice I Wish I'd Taken"

Computer Scientist to Grads:

"If you can't write, it won't compute."

By David E. Nathan

May 21, 2017

Renowned computer scientist Leslie Lamport, MA’63, PhD’76, delivered the address at the Brandeis School of Science diploma ceremony on Sunday, reminding graduates of the importance of “great writing” and urging them to search for new ways to convey ideas.

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Texas A&M Essay Requirements

Essay topics A and B are required. Applicants who do not qualify for automatic admission are strongly encouraged to provide Essay C, as well. Scholarship review may utilize Essays A, B and C in award decisions. Those applying for the Terry Scholarship are required to complete Essay C.

University of Texas Essay Requirements

Applications for Summer/Fall 2017 and later

All applicants must submit an essay responding to Topic A, along with a second essay addressing topic B, C, D or S.

Topic S, used to detail special circumstances you want considered as part of your admissions application, may be submitted as a second essay, or as a third essay if you are required to submit an essay in response to Topic D due to the major you selected. You may also submit it as a third essay at your discretion.

Special Requirements


Topic D is required for those applying to Architecture.

Art and Art History

Topic D is required for those applying to Fine Arts’ Department of Art and Art History.


Nursing will require an essay in response to a separate prompt.

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Teacher Recommendation Form - PDF

PDF Format (for printing or Notability)

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  • Resume Builder - Career Cruising: username: ex: lisd-ms111111 (lisd-school login) password: your normal school password

Other FMHS Forms

Transcript Requests, Early Graduation, etc.

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West Point AP Credit Info

The AP test scores will be used by academic departments as one piece of information to determine advanced placement or validation for new cadets. USMA also provides its own testing for new cadets to determine if they will be scheduled for the standard course, the advanced course or if they can validate the course. Five different departments provide USMA placement testing/validation opportunities to new cadets during the month of July. Also an AP score of 5 in European, US, or World History is necessary to proceed to validation. An AP Calculus, AB or BC, score of 4 or 5 is important in validating Calculus. A Chemistry AP score of 4 or 5 can be important in validating chemistry. English requires an AP score of 4 or 5, and a high SAT-V score for consideration to validate English composition.

Students who are considering attending USMA will list USMA (code: 2924) as an AP score recipient. If the cadet has been accepted at USMA and did not list USMA as a score recipient, he/she can request their AP transcripts be sent to USMA (US Military Academy, ATTN: O/Dean – ORD, Bldg 600 Rm 112, Swift Road, West Point, NY 10996 – 1905) by phoning 1-888-CALL-4-AP. The cadet will need to provide his/her Soc Sec No., birth date, and home address. The processing fee is $25.00 and can be paid either by credit card or billed to the home address. Scores should arrive electronically within 2 business days. AP scores should be requested no later than the second week in July, if the cadet is beginning school in the fall term.
How To Get AP Exam Scores Online
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College-Level Examination Program

CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students.

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Email Etiquette: It's a Letter - NOT a Text

Email Etiquette
District Pre-Planned Absence Form

This form is required for college visits.