Class of 2019 Newsletter

January 2018

Next week juniors will receive an email from their college counselor encouraging them to set up their first appointment. These appointments should take place following Tuesday's Junior Class College Night. We are eager to meet with parents after our first meeting with your son. Before their initial meeting, juniors should complete thoroughly the Junior Questionnaire. We have an important questionnaire for parents as well. Parents, please complete the Parent Response Form at your earliest convenience. We hope you are excited for what will be a journey of exploration and growth.

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Junior Class College Night

Final Reminder: On Tuesday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, we will be hosting our annual Junior Class College Night. We hope to see everyone there.

Tri-School Introduction to Collegiate Athletic Recruiting

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 p.m. in Gilman's 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.

Studying Engineering and Business Information Sessions

An information session on business and college admission will be given following lunch on Wednesday, January 24, at 11:45 in the Lecture Hall. An information session on engineering and college admission will be given on Wednesday, January 31, at 11:45 in the Lecture Hall. Students who are interested in the possibility of studying engineering and/or business as an undergraduate should attend these information sessions. Each presentation will be made available in future newsletters and on the college counseling website for students and parents.

Senior Year Course Selection

Next 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 12 through February 23. Completed senior year schedules are due to Mr. Broadus by noon on February 27. Juniors are required to attend this workshop during fifth period on one of the above dates.  

Spring Break and College Visiting

If at all possible, we encourage families to make use of spring break as an opportunity to begin visiting 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. In preparation, learn more about how to have a successful campus visit at our college counseling website. Please be ready to discuss college visiting plans with your college counselor in the coming months.   

Gilman Summer College Tour: Virginia and North Carolina

Rising seniors are invited to join college counselors Matt Herman and Justin Baker for the 2018 College Tour of Virginia and North Carolina from June 13-16. 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 to thirty students. Reserve your spot on the bus, and learn more about the tour by clicking on the link above.

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 full list of SAT and ACT test dates can be found by clicking here: SAT test dates; ACT test dates. During your first meeting with your college counselor, you may also discuss the necessity of taking SAT Subject Tests.

AIMS College Fair

Please mark your calendar for the AIMS College Fair on Tuesday, April 17, at Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions.

Summer 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 pre-college course on a college campus, 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. In addition, we recommend that students interested in pursuing STEM fields in college consider applying to pre-college programs in a field of their interest. A list of local and national pre-college courses and internship opportunities can be found here: STEM Summer Opportunities.  

Standardized Testing Dates


ACT 2/10

SAT 3/10

ACT 4/15

SAT 5/5

Mark Your Calendars


Junior Class College Night

JAN 21

Collegiate Athletic Recruiting Program

JAN 24

Engineering Information Session

JAN 26

Business Information Session

For Your Consideration


In "Taming the Admissions Anxiety" Bari Walsh of the Harvard Graduate School of Education reflects on "how to parent through the college process — navigating hopes and expectations (yours and theirs) and the minefield of status and achievement pressure."

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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