Class of 2018 Newsletter
March 2017


Please mark your calendar for the AIMS College Fair on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Plan on attending one of the two sessions held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and again from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions. This is a great way to learn more about colleges of interest and to meet with college admission officers.


March Checklist

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


  • Place colleges on your current list into Naviance in the area labeled "Colleges I Am Thinking About" located within the "Colleges" tab
  • Continue to research and plan visits to colleges
  • Register for a spring SAT with writing and/or ACT with writing
  • Book your second meeting with your college counselor



  • Complete and submit the Parent Response Form if you have not done so already
  • If you haven't done so yet, please schedule your first parent meeting with your son's college counselor
  • For families considering applying for financial aid, make use of each college's Net Price Calculator to determine the approximate cost of attendance

Monthly Focus


Spring College Counselor Meeting

Students, please book a second meeting with your college counselor. During this meeting we will discuss teacher recommendations, standardized testing, and your college visiting plans. You can book those meetings using the links provided below. Parents, it is not necessary that you meet with your son's college counselor a second time in the spring, but we welcome another meeting if you would like one. We are also available by phone and email to answer any questions that may arise.  

AP Exams

Though we don't offer these AP courses, juniors have the opportunity to sit for AP exams in US History, English Language, and English Literature. Students should speak to their teacher(s) and/or college counselor if they have questions about whether they should register for any of these AP exams. There are AP sign up sheets in the CCO. Juniors who are enrolled in AP courses (e.g. AP Chemistry, AP Latin, or AP Spanish Language) will be automatically registered for those AP exams. AP exams take place in early May; here is the full calendar of AP test dates.


College Visiting

We know that many families are planning to visit colleges over spring break. 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. Colleges offer tours and information sessions throughout the summer months, and many students will use the summer break to continue visiting schools. Please work closely with your college counselor to plan your visits. For even more information and advice on navigating college visits and interviews, please see the college counseling website

Summer Academic Opportunities

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. Many colleges that offer summer courses have applications that are due during the spring months. Be sure to check websites and speak with your college counselor if you are interested in applying for these summer programs.

Essay Writing Workshop

The Common Application just released the essay prompts for the class of 2018. You can find those essay prompts here. During two separate weeks in August, Gilman faculty offer a summer application essay workshop designed to help you complete a significant amount of application work within one week. Students will be guided through the Common App and its essays, at least one college supplement, and at least three essays by the conclusion of the program. Actual essays and writing examples will be used to help guide students through the process of crafting the most effective writing for their applications. You can register for the workshop here. The dates are August 14-18 or August 21-25.


Standardized Testing Dates


ACT 4/8


SAT 5/6


SAT 6/3


ACT 6/10


Mark Your Calendars


MAR 22

One Love Program 


MAR 25

Spring Dance


MAR 31

End of Third Quarter


For Your Consideration

"Advocacy" has become a buzzword in the world of college counseling. Sam Bigelow, Director of College Counseling at Middlesex School, offers a detailed definition and explanation of advocacy in his article: What Have You Done For Me Lately? Advocacy in the College Process

According to college counselor Brennan Barnard, "While it may be easy to define a leader in principle, college applicants want to know how colleges view leadership." Read more about how College Admissions Define "Leadership."

Trapped in a car for hours while stuck in traffic heading to the next tour and information session far, far from home. Sounds exciting, right? Time magazine offers this fun College Tour Bingo you can play while you embark on your spring and summer college visits.


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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