Prerequisites

This course is recommended for secondary school students in 10th and 11th grades.

About this course

The Road to Selective College Admissions is designed for students in 10th and 11th grade who are looking to navigate the college application process. Students will become well versed in the language of college admissions and participate in exercises aiming to broaden their access to available resources. At the end of this course, students will understand how to research schools as they build a list of colleges of interest. We will provide tools to help students plan their high school summers, and begin considering financing a college education. Students will learn how to build a support network and given tips on how to be successful in college once they matriculate. Most importantly, students will be led through the application itself, focusing on standardized testing, essays, and extracurricular activities.

The college counselors at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School bring a wealth of experience to the college admission process. Roland Allen has worked in independent schools for fifteen years (The Branson School, Sidwell Friends School, and St. Margaret’s). He has worked in selective college admissions at Stanford University, MIT, and Colby College. He currently is a reader for Presidential Scholars and serves on the Princeton Review’s Advisory Board. He earned his BA from Loyola University, New Orleans and his MS from the University of Scranton. Amy Warren has guided students through the college admission process in both Orange County, California and New York City. Her background also includes experience in admissions at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her BA from Williams College and her MA and MEd from Teachers College, Columbia University.

What you'll learn

  • The language of college admissions and how to broaden your access to available resources
  • How to research schools as you build a list of colleges of interest
  • Tools to help you plan your high school summers
  • How to begin considering financing a college education
  • How to build a support network
  • How to be successful in college once you matriculate
  • How to complete the application itself, focusing on standardized testing, essays, and extracurricular activities

Module 1: Getting on the Road to Selective College Admissions

Module 2: Researching and Building your College List

Module 3: The Application Process

Modules 4 and 5: Financial Aid and Scholarships

Module 6: Making the Most of High School

Module 7: Building a Support Team

Module 8: I’m In, Now What?

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