• Grade 12

    As we head into college planning season, it is important to continue the conversation about life after high school and to be creative with our post-secondary exploration. Here are a few things that you can do at home to plan for college.

     

    Virtual College Campus Visits

    In the absence of in-person informational tours, many colleges and universities around the country have created excellent, comprehensive and extremely informative virtual college tours. These online “visits” is a great way to get a feel for life on a campus and decide if the college is a good fit. We strongly encourage students to carve out some time this summer to take a “trip” to explore some colleges. If you are ready to start “touring”, here are two websites that allow students to tour and compare schools: CampusTours and YouVisit.

     

    College Rep Visit Schedule Fall 2021

     

    Demonstrated Interest

    After you’ve narrowed down your list, it’s time to start making personal outreach to schools. Many colleges track “demonstrated interest” which refers to ways in which an applicant shows how serious they are about the college. Demonstrated interest may be emailing or making personalized phone calls to admission counselors and/or participating in virtual college tours.

     

    Standardized Tests

    We understand the challenges that rising seniors are experiencing with taking the college entrance exams (SAT and ACT). Please know that Seaford HS is working to host an “In-School SAT Day” during the month of October where all interested SHS students will take the test on campus during a school day. We are also scheduled to host a Saturday ACT during the early fall as well. Please look for more information about both of those exams in the coming weeks

     

    In the meantime, the College Board and ACT are both listing all exams and exams sites for their fall test administrations. The SAT will be offered in September, October, November and December. The College Board site states that i will provide additional SAT testing opportunities as soon as feasible in place of cancelled administrations. Click here to find more details about the SAT. ACT will be offering multiple exams in September and October. Registration was just opened. Click here for to find more details.

     

    *Though many colleges have adopted “test-optional policies” for Fall 2021 applicants, we encourage all students to take at least one standardized test. These exams are often used to evaluate merit scholarship awards and required for competitive majors such as engineering and nursing. It is important to check the test optional policy for each college by reviewing their admission criteria.

     

    Naviance – Postsecondary Exploration

    Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness platform that enables self-discovery, career exploration, academic planning, and college preparation.  This program is an integral part of our individual junior meetings with students and families. Please follow these simple directions to begin planning and researching for your future today:

    • Each student has a unique registration code that will activate their Naviance account. Please email your School Counselor directly for this code. 
    • Once you have received this code, visit the Seaford HS Naviance website and on the right-hand side, you will see a link stating, “I need to register.”  Select that link to enter the registration code given to you by your counselor. This will direct you to the account creation page where you will enter your email address and create a password for your new account.

                   

    Six Things You Can Do Right Now to Plan for College

    1. Research and build your college list using Naviance or BigFuture.
    2. Continue to update your activity resume.
    3. Finalize your college application essay using the Common Application essay prompts and proofread with a trusted adult.
    4. Talk to others about their experience in college especially if that person is attending a college on your list.
    5. Request letters of recommendation from teachers by emailing them the Letter of Recommendation Teacher Request Form.
    6. Register for an upcoming SAT and/or ACT then continue test preparation for future tests.