Four-Year College Counseling

Junior Leadership College101

The 11th-grade curriculum—College 101—is taught in regular weekly Leadership classes during the winter and spring terms. Making use of the text, College Match, the College 101 course covers topics such as:

» self-reflection and discovery on what will be the right college “fit”

» the importance of self-advocacy throughout the college search

» instruction on researching colleges and building a balanced college list

» tips on how to get the most out of a college fair and campus visit

Juniors begin individual work in January with their assigned college counselor and will have a working college list by March break. Juniors are encouraged to visit colleges during the spring and summer vacations. Juniors typically take their first SAT in January and ACT in February or April, and all juniors are advised to take both tests at least once. At the end of College 101 juniors have the opportunity to visit as a class either a large or small college campus. They will also attend an annual college fair hosted by a Hartford area independent school. By the end of junior year, using cumulative GPA and test scores college counselors are able to help families get a sense of expected admission outcomes.

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