Class of 2018 Newsletter

November 2016

Mark Your Calendars: On January, 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, we will be hosting our annual Junior Class College Night. We are especially pleased to welcome three top admission professionals to join us for our program. They are Ryan Hargraves, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia, Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admission at Tulane University, and Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Management at Tufts University. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to be in touch with any of us with questions; our contact information is located at the end of this newsletter.

Winter of Junior Year


In order to help you prepare for the year ahead, please review the full timeline published in September's Newsletter with important dates regarding programs, college counseling meetings, standardized testing, and potential college visit dates.


The college counseling process will officially kick off after winter break. In January, juniors will receive a note in their mailbox from their college counselor, inviting them to schedule a first meeting. The counselors will also ask that parents schedule an initial meeting after the student meeting has taken place.


We encourage families to make use of spring break as an opportunity to begin visiting colleges. Please also mark your calendar for the AIMS College Fair on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5:00-6:30 and 7:30- 9:00 at Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions.


The college counselors will make extensive use of form meetings throughout the year in order to convey information about college admission, testing, and course selection and to keep students informed on all aspects of the college counseling process. Detailed information can also be found on our college counseling website.

Looking Ahead

PSAT Scores

PSAT scores will be available online by mid-December. Score will be available through your College Board account, and we will also mail home hard copies of score sheets.


Register for a Winter SAT and/or ACT

Juniors should take at least two standardized tests - the SAT and/or the ACT - by the end of the 11th grade. We recommend that juniors choose December or January for their first SAT and/or ACT. Students should likewise register for a spring SAT and/or ACT. A full list of SAT and ACT test dates can be found by clicking on the links provided.


Testing Accommodations

If you are a student who has been approved to receive testing accommodations (such as extended time) at Gilman, please note that you do not automatically qualify for those same accommodations on the SAT or ACT. There are separate procedures you must follow if you are requesting accommodations from The College Board or the ACT. To learn more about the process of requesting extended time, please visit the the College Board's website on Services for Students with Disabilities and/or the ACT Accommodations page. Please also note that your son must have a current psychoeducational evaluation on file. If you have any questions regarding the process of applying for extended time, please contact directly our Upper School Learning Specialist, Ms. Stephanie Dennis.  


SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams

We recommend that SAT Subject Tests be taken, if they are taken at all, on the May or June SAT dates. Students seeking admission to especially selective colleges should plan on taking three of these tests. As the time approaches we will advise students and families regarding the appropriate SAT Subject Tests. Form meeting announcements and future newsletters will provide more specific guidance as we near the spring. AP exams, given only in May, can play a similar role, though are not required in the admission process.



Each member of the class needs to establish a Naviance account. We have placed registration instructions in your mailboxes twice since last year. Naviance can be accessed online here. Once we embark upon the college counseling process in the winter, the college counselors will ask the juniors to make further use of the Naviance system. Students in need of login information should see Ms. Sawyer in the College Counseling Office on the first floor of Carey Hall.


Academic Record

Although standardized tests provide important data to colleges for evaluating applicants, they are just one component of an admissions application. The quality of a student's academic record (both grades and the rigor of the curriculum) continues to be, by far, the most important factor in the admission process. An annual survey by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) found that grades earned in rigorous courses are the most important factor in college admission. With the support of junior form committee members and the college counseling office, electing courses for 12th grade that are appropriately rigorous, and working hard in these courses, is a significant asset in the admission process. Colleges typically take particular note of the junior year performance, so we encourage you to put in your very best effort towards your schoolwork this year.



It's not too early to start thinking about summer plans. Beyond planning to visit college campuses, there is no "right" or "best" activity to do during your time off - we encourage students to be productive and engaged, whether that is having a job, taking a college course, participating in community service, or playing on a sports team. In Naviance, you will find a comprehensive database of summer programs. Once you've logged into your account, click on the "Colleges" tab, and then "Enrichment Programs" under the "College Research" heading.

Standardized Testing Dates

SAT 12/3

ACT 12/10

SAT 1/21

ACT 2/11

Contact the CCO

Iva Turner

410-323-3800 ext. 226

Matt Herman

410-323-3800 ext. 748

Anna Follensbee

410-323-3800 ext. 307

Justin Baker

410-323-3800 ext. 741

5407 Roland Avenue / Baltimore, Maryland 21210 / 410.323.3800

College Counseling Website

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