Activities Outline: Grades 9-12

Extracurricular activities are perhaps the most fun part of high school and college applications—they are an opportunity to unearth curiosity, build community, and develop new skills. Use this guide to frame your student’s activities for each year of school. If...

Standardized Testing Outline: Grades 9-12

Below is a concise guide to testing for each year of high school, along with some basic advice for each test. 9th Grade Midterms and Finals These tests offer students’ first taste of high-stakes testing in high school. When preparing...

The Five Things in Your Control

There are seemingly innumerable factors that go into every decision, whether it is an acceptance, deferral, waitlist, or rejection. Many of these factors, however, are outside of a student’s control. Just a few examples include what high school a student...

AP Exams 2021: All You Need to Know

AP Exams are standardized tests taken as the culmination of an AP Course, though it is possible for students to self-study for AP Exams as well. AP Courses are designed to be equal to introductory level college courses, and students...

How to Research Colleges Beyond Virtual Tours

Look Within  Our advice is to look within when beginning your college search. Remember that you are not just looking for your future school – you are also choosing your future home. Examine who you are, including identifying your values,...

Summer Activities in the Age of COVID

Summer programs, trips, camps, jobs, internships, research, and more are likely to be canceled or moved online. Some are still in a state of limbo, with coordinators (and, therefore, students) holding out hope that they may be able to continue...

Letters of Recommendation in the Age of COVID-19

Students face a new challenge in distance and hybrid learning: building close relationships with their teachers. Now more than ever, forging these relationships is imperative. Most importantly, strong student-teacher relationships help students make the most out of their educational experiences....