Sent on the last Thursday of each month, the Counseling Newsletter provides extra guidance and information to assist you during the university application process. Please read each issue carefully. The newsletter is also shared with your parents and teachers, and it can be used to help create more dialogue about your future.
This is the last issue of the Counseling Newsletter.
We have only four weeks left until we can truly say — Congratulations!! But before that we will have some important meetings and sessions. We will meet with the seniors as a group a couple of times during the Seniors week, and we will meet with all seniors individually through the Senior Exit Meetings. We will meet with your parents in the Transition Session for Parents 6.30-8.00 pm on May 16. We will also meet with many of you on May 18th when the US student visa application information session will take place. More information about these sessions will be shared shortly.
All these things, and more, is discussed in this final issue.
Kind regards, The High School Counselors
Where are the Grade 12s at right now?
Many Seniors are making their final university decision at the moment.
They are making a deposit to their intended US university and they are making their Firm and Insurance choices on UCAS.
They had their last school day yesterday. Yeeaaayy!!
They are preparing intensely for the final exams, which begin tomorrow (Friday April 27).
They are all looking forward to Graduation on May 25 :-)
Keep up the hard work, and good luck with your exams!
This Year in Numbers:
Our Grade 12 Teachers wrote 223 recommendation letters, and the Counselors wrote 85 letters this year.
Our 122 Seniors have sent 1256 university applications (163 Early Applications (ED and EA) and 1093 Regular Applications).
At the moment, Seniors have declared 379 acceptances from 156 universities (see list below).
50% of the US acceptances came from universities that are ranked in the Top 50s (US News and World Report Rankings).
20% of ED applications and 60% of EA applications were accepted.
We will share a comprehensive and reliable list of all university acceptances by mid-May.
15 most popular universities (where Seniors sent the most applications):
University of California, Los Angeles (48)
University of California, San Diego (47)
University of California, Berkeley (44)
University of Michigan (40)
New York University (38)
University of California, Irvine (35)
University of Southern California (33)
Boston University (32)
Carnegie Mellon University (27)
Northwestern University (27)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (26)
Cornell University (24)
University of California, Davis (24)
University of California, Santa Barbara (24)
Tufts University (23)
College Survival Skills
The Counselors in collaboration with Mrs McMillan and the TOK Teachers provided cooking and laundry sessions to the Seniors in April. Students decided on their own recipes and went out to buy ingredients in preparation for the cooking session. The results were delicious! Through the Laundry Sessions, students learned how to sort clothes by color and quality and they also got to practice ironing. The majority of students said that this was the first time they got direct experience with cooking and laundry. It will be a regular part of your life in college later this year. You should think of these as introductory sessions. Please take time at home over the summer to get more practice, so that you are ready in September :-) Here is the laundry presentation.
Deadline to accept your US university offer
May 1 is the deadline for you to pay the deposit to the college of your choice. It is usually $500-$1000. Contact your counselor if you are not sure how this process works, or if you are waitlisted and you are not sure what to do.
All students will meet with their counselor for a 20-minute Senior Meeting. These meetings start on May 1 and should be done by May 18. In this meeting, we will discuss your exit process, complete a short survey, and discuss your final university decision. A link and instructions on how to sign up for this meeting will be sent to you by email shortly.
Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Seniors
During the Senior Week, we will meet again to discuss issues related to your transition to college. More information will be sent to you shortly.
Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Senior Parents
On Wednesday 16 May, 6.30-8.00 PM, the counselors will offer a Transition Session for Grade 12 Parents. During this session we will talk about the emotional part of the upcoming transition, but we will also look into the logistics of going to university, such as what to do if there is an emergency, how to stay in contact, budgeting, housing, etc. The session will take place in the upper lobby of the Lyso, and an email will be sent to parents soon with information about how to register.
Student Visa Application Information Session by the US Embassy
A representative from the US Embassy will come and talk with students and parents about the visa application process. 1.30-3.00 pm on Friday May 18. The session will take place in the upper lobby of the Lyso, and both students and parents are welcome to join. More information will be sent shortly.
University Applications Sent After Graduation
Students applying to universities in countries where the application process begins after you have graduated from SFS such as Australia and New Zealand, please let your counselor know what your plan is, and stay in contact with him or her during the summer. We will be back on August 6, but we will be able to send emails and electronic documents during the summer vacation as necessary.
This is your last Counseling Newsletter.
Dear students, good luck with your future endeavours. Please remember to come back and visit us. All the best, The High School Counselors Ms Mack, Mrs Mayo, Mrs Holcomb, and Mr Ekstrom