Class of 2020 Newsletter

April 2019

The 2019 Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) College Fair will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Event Center. Over 150 colleges will be in attendance, and we strongly encourage all juniors and junior parents to attend. More information about the fair, including the list of colleges in attendance, is online here. Also, before you attend the fair, please review these tips for attending college fairs.

April Checklist


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

  • Students, schedule your second meeting with your college counselor if you have not done so already
  • After your second meeting with your college counselor, approach your two prospective teacher recommenders to secure their agreement to write for you
  • Place your prospective college list on the "Colleges I Am Thinking About" area in your Naviance account
  • Register for the May or June SAT or ACT
  • If advised by your counselor, register for May or June SAT Subject Tests  
  • Continue to research and plan summer visits to colleges  

Monthly Focus


Senior Course Schedules

Once they are finalized, the college counselors will review carefully every senior's schedule for next year. If we have concerns or questions, we will request an additional meeting with you to review your schedule.

Parent Appointments

Parents, if you have not yet arranged to meet with your son's college counselor, we encourage you to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. You can book a meeting with your son's counselor by using the booking links posted in the "Contact the CCO" section of the newsletter. We will ask all parents to meet with us again in the fall.

Essay Writing Workshop

The Common Application released the essay prompts for the class of 2020. (Good news, they haven't changed from last year's application). You can find those prompts here. During two separate weeks in August, Gilman college counselors 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 and Coalition Applications and their essays, at least one college supplement, and will produce at least three essay drafts 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 12-15 or August 19-22.

Financial Aid: Net Price Calculators

In an effort to be more transparent about the actual cost of attending a particular college and to help you plan for college expenses, each college hosts a Net Price Calculator. The Net Price Calculator is a tool that you can use to estimate your "net price" to attend a particular college or university. Net price is the difference between the "sticker price" (or full cost) to attend a specific college, and any grants, loans, work study, and/or scholarships for which you may be eligible. Net Price Calculators can help you widen your college choices beyond those institutions that you think you can afford. We encourage parents who may be applying for financial aid to complete the NPC at any school for which your son expresses interest. It takes only about 15-20 minutes to complete a school's Net Price Calculator and doing so will help you better understand the true cost of schools on your son's college list. A limited number of colleges have also piloted MyinTuition, which is an "innovative tool [that] provides a reliable estimate of what a family will have to pay based on just six simple questions. In three minutes, you'll have a good idea of what an individual school will approximately cost for you to attend."

NCAA Eligibility Center

Juniors aspiring to compete athletically on the NCAA DI or DII level must start the eligibility process once spring exams are completed. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center website to complete the form and begin the process.

Standardized Testing Dates

ACT 4/13

SAT 5/4

SAT 6/1

ACT 7/13

For Your Consideration


Based in part on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's report Turning the Tide, "Conversation Starters for Creating a Sane, Healthy College Admissions Process with Your Teen"  is intended to help parents and their children ensure that the college admissions process is meaningful and constructive.

Encouraging students to wander, listen, engage, ask questions, and document, document, document, Georgia Tech Director of Admission Rick Clark offers sound advice that will help you in "Owning Your College Visit."  

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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