Class of 2020 Newsletter

January 2019

Last week, juniors received an email from their college counselor encouraging them to set up their first appointment. 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, if you have not done so already. We hope you are excited for what will be a journey of exploration and growth.

Monthly Focus

Junior-Parent College Night
Thank you to all who were able to make it to the Junior-Parent College Night. We hope you found the admission panelists to be informative and engaging. In case you missed it, here is a video of the Junior-Parent College Night.

Junior College Program
During the school day on January 22, 2019, the College Counseling Office will hold a mandatory college admission program for juniors. The program will take place during 4th and 5th periods. We will welcome Costas Solomou, Dean of Admission at The George Washington University, Matt Hyde, Dean of Admissions at Lafayette College, and Lyndsay Malcomb, Associate Director of Admissions at St. Lawrence University.

Tri-School Introduction to Collegiate Athletic Recruiting
Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country, and Gilman schools are pleased to announce a program on the student-athlete recruiting process which will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Roland Park Country School. 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 Thursday, February 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall. An information session on engineering and college admission will be given on Friday, February 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall. Students who are interested in the possibility of studying business and/or engineering as an undergraduate should attend these information sessions. 

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 11 through February 22. Completed senior year schedules are due to Mr. Broadus in late February. Juniors are required to attend this workshop during fifth period on one of the above dates. Look for an email with more information from Mr. Broadus.

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: Northeast
Rising seniors are invited to join college counselors Matt Herman and Justin Baker for the 2019 College Tour of the Northeast June 11-14. 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 the evening of Thursday, April 11, 2019, at UMBC. Over 100 colleges will be present to share information and answer questions. More information will be sent about the fair later this semester.

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 2/9

SAT 3/9

ACT 4/13

SAT 5/4

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."

"I want to suggest two simple New Year's resolutions to all the constituents involved in college admission: communication and kindness….Whether you are a student, a parent, or a high school or college educator, this coming year I beg you to continually ask yourself, "what am I doing to be a better communicator and to be more kind?" Brennan Barnard suggests in this recent piece, "A New Year in College Admission."

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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