Class of 2020 Newsletter
Winter 2018

"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


Tri-School Introduction to Collegiate Athletic Recruiting

Mark Your Calendars: Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country, and Gilman School are pleased to announce a program on the student-athlete recruiting process which will be held on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 on the campus of Gilman School in the Alumni Auditorium. Please join this panel discussion led by College Coaches, Athletic Directors, Alums, and College Counselors as they offer insight and advice on the best ways to navigate the athletic recruiting process.

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 Susan Hanks, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Union College. Susie offered thoughtful guidance for parents on the college search process, and you can view her 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 16, 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

In December, students who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet received 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. Paper score reports were mailed home before winter break. If you have any questions about your PSAT scores or how to access them, please contact Ms. Sawyer.

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 a diagnosed learning disability and 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 College Board's website on Services for Students with Disabilities and/or the ACT Accommodations page. If you have any questions regarding the process of applying for extended time, please contact directly our Upper School Learning Specialist, Ms. Stephanie Dennis.

Contact the CCO

Sarah Ross

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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