Class of 2018 Newsletter
February 2017

We have enjoyed meeting with juniors and their parents over the past few weeks. We hope you are excited for what will be a journey of exploration and growth. With all the meetings, college lists, college visits, and conversations about college aspirations, there is a tendency to focus heavily on the "college process." The college application process, however, doesn't begin until the Common Application goes live in August. Now, conversely, is a time of self-reflection and research. More importantly, your focus now should also be on doing well in your classes and putting an appropriate amount of effort into preparing for standardized tests. There is much wisdom in the oft quoted adage: "Be here now." Focus on the scholastic tasks before you, and allow yourself to be deeply engaged in the many extracurricular opportunities presented to you daily.

February Checklist

Before the end of the month, please attend to the following: 

  • Complete the Junior Questionnaire
  • Book your first meeting with your college counselor; links to book time with your counselor can be found at the end of this newsletter
  • Place colleges on your current list into Naviance, in the area labeled "Colleges I Am Thinking About," located within the "Colleges" tab
  • Plan college visits during the winter and spring months
  • Parents, please book a meeting with your son's college counselor after his initial meeting
  • Parents, please complete the Parent Response Form  


Monthly Focus


Junior College Night

In case you couldn't make it, here is a video of the Junior College Night.

Standardized Testing
Juniors should take at least two standardized tests - the SAT and/or the ACT - by the end of the school year. By the end of February, students should have taken at least one SAT and/or ACT. Students should likewise register for a spring SAT and/or ACT. A handful of the most selective schools in the country require SAT Subject Tests; therefore, some students will also need to register for SAT Subject Tests in the spring. Your college counselor will offer individualized counsel regarding standardized testing. 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 personalized recommendations based on their PSAT performance, watch video and text explanations regarding skills covered on the test, and take full-length practice exams.

Engineering and Business Information Sessions

Thank you to all who attended the afternoon information sessions on engineering, business, and college admission last week. If you weren't able to make it, please review the following slides from the presentations: Engineering and College Admission; Business and College Admission. Please be prepared to further discuss your desire to pursue these pre-professional majors with your college counselor during your initial meeting.   


Senior Year Course Selection

This month, 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. The scheduling workshop will be held during fifth periods from February 21 through February 28. Completed senior year schedules are due to Mr. Broadus by noon on March 1. Juniors are required to attend this workshop during fifth period on one of the above dates.   

College Visiting

If at all possible, we encourage families to make use of spring break as an opportunity to visit colleges. If visiting colleges over spring break is not possible, know that juniors are allotted excused absences from school to visit colleges at other times during the school year. College visiting absentee forms can be found in Ms. Hammer's office. Please be ready to discuss college visiting plans with your college counselor in the coming months.

Gilman Summer College Tour: New England

Rising seniors are invited to join college counselors Matt Herman and Justin Baker for the 2017 College Tour: New England from June 13-17. During the trip, students will visit at least six colleges. Further​, participants will identify how an individual college's mission, culture, community, course curriculum, extracurricular life, and graduate outcomes fit with their burgeoning preferences. Space is limited, and there are but a few spots remaining. Reserve your spot on the bus and learn more about the tour by clicking on the link above.

AIMS College Fair

Please mark your calendar for the AIMS College Fair on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions.



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Standardized Testing Dates

ACT 2/11

SAT 3/11

ACT 4/8

SAT 5/6

Counselor Spotlight

Mr. Herman just returned from a trip to Rhode Island where he visited several schools and met with admission officers in the area. Mr. Herman toured Brown University, RISD, and Providence CollegeDid you know? Providence College just opened the new Ryan Center for Business Studies which houses PC's undergraduate business program, recently ranked in Bloomberg Businessweek's list of the top undergraduate business programs.   


Mark Your Calendars


Senior Year Schedules Due 

MAR 11

Spring Break Begins

APR 25

AIMS College Fair at Stevenson


AP Exams Begin

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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