Class of 2019 Newsletter
Winter 2016-2017

"What should I be doing now?" When students ask us this question, we offer this sincere response: be deeply engaged in every aspect of being a student, from doing your homework to studying for tests to being involved in the vibrant extracurricular life at Gilman to being a good teammate. Try to cultivate joy in your course work and nurture meaningful relationships with peers and teachers. In addition, here is our list of five things you can be doing now:

  1. Grades matter. Strive to do your best in your classes. The most important element of the selective college admission process is your academic record.
  2. Invest yourself in a few activities, over time, that are meaningful to you and provide opportunity for you to grow and take on increased responsibilities.
  3. Read outside of the curriculum for your own personal enjoyment. Voracious readers fair better on standardized tests, are better writers, and tend to have a better grasp on the complexity of the world and their place within it.
  4. Don't just do community service. Reflect on it, and try to find meaning in it.
  5. Take academic and personal risks -- the kind that provide opportunities for growth.

Winter 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.


Review: Fall Parent Coffee

Thanks to those of you who attended the sophomore parent coffee hosted by the college counseling office in November! Our guest speaker was Chris Lydon, VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Catholic University. Chris offered thoughtful guidance for parents on the college search process, and you can view his remarks here. We also provided these handouts: The Five and "Grades, Courses Most Important in College Admissions."


Spring Parent Coffee

Mark Your Calendars: On Monday, April 10, at 8:00 in Centennial Hall, the college counseling office will be hosting another parent coffee and information session. Phil Pine, founder and president of Capital Educators test prep, will be presenting information on standardized testing. The CCO will likewise offer a presentation on "Thinking About College Majors."  


PSAT Scores

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 or any of the college counselors. Paper score reports will be mailed home when available.


Standardized Testing

For a full timeline of standardized testing please see the fall newsletter. While we recommend taking the first SAT and/or ACT in winter of junior year, a handful of sophomores will take SAT Subject Tests and/or an AP test. A number of highly selective colleges recommend SAT Subject Tests. All students in Honors Latin III will sit for the Latin Subject Test, and students in Honors Chemistry should consider taking the Chemistry Subject Test while the material is fresh. Students may also opt to sit for the AP European History exam. As the spring approaches, your teachers and our office will send you reminders and appropriate counsel. Unlike the PSAT, for which the school registers students, SATs require individual student registration. Registration may be completed online at the College Board website.


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.

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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