Class of 2018 Newsletter
December 2016

On January, 12 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 Catherine Davenport, Dean of Admissions at Dickinson College, Ryan Hargraves, Senior Associate Dean of Admission at the University of Virginia, and Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admission at Tulane 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.

Starting the Process


The college counseling process will officially kick off after winter break. If you would like to request a specific college counselor, please make that request by email to Ms. Sawyer, the CCO administrative assistant, by December 20; we will do our best to accommodate specific requests. 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 or 7:30- 9:00 at Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions.

Monthly Focus


Introduction to Collegiate Athletic Recruiting

Gilman's Athletic Department and College Counseling Office are pleased to announce a program on the athletic recruiting process which will be held on January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium. Jim Margraff, Head Football Coach at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the recruiting process from the perspective of a college coach. Russell Wrenn, Gilman's Assistant Director of Athletics, will likewise offer advice on appropriate and timely communication methods and discuss how best to manage the recruiting process. Justin Baker, from Gilman's College Counseling Office, will offer an overview of the college admission timeline and detail how the admission process relates to potential student-athletes.



On December 12, students who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder from the College Board explaining where and how to view their scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time. If a student doesn't see their scores when they login, they may need to enter an access code. Students can get their access codes from Ms. Sawyer in the college counseling office. Paper score reports will be mailed home when available.  


Standardized Testing

Juniors should take at least two standardized tests - the SAT and/or the ACT - by the end of the school year. If students did not sit for the December SAT and/or ACT, they should register for the January SAT and/or February ACT as soon as possible. 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 here: SAT test dates; ACT test dates


Khan Academy SAT Test Prep

The College Board offers free SAT test prep through Khan Academy, a non-profit online education organization. Through Khan Academy, students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get automatic personalized recommendations based on their PSAT performance, watch video and text explanations regarding skills covered on the test, and take full-length practice exams.


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 spring approaches, we will advise students and families in counselor meetings regarding SAT Subject Tests. AP exams are given only in May, and while scores may be a minor factor in admission review, they are not a required component of the application process. Boys enrolled in an AP course will usually sit for the AP exam, and juniors may also opt to take the AP US History or the AP English Literature or Language tests.


Testing Accommodations

If you are a student who has been approved to receive testing accommodations (such as extended time) at Gilman, 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. Dennis.


Senior-Year Course Selection

In February, juniors will begin selecting courses for their senior year. In conjunction with the registrar, junior form committee, the college counseling office, and upper school administrators, juniors will attend scheduling workshops where they will work one-on-one with trained faculty to select courses for next year.   

Standardized Testing Dates

ACT 12/10

SAT 1/21

ACT 2/11

SAT 3/11

Mark Your Calendars

DEC 12

PSAT Scores Available Online

JAN 12

Junior College Night

JAN 31

Collegiate Athletic Recruiting Night

APR 25

AIMS College Fair

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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