MARCH 6: HIGH SCHOOL PARENT COFFEE HIGHLIGHTS

Goals for this Parent Coffee
    •    A good understanding of our advanced studies program

    •    Good perspective on college admissions

    •    Time to sit with personal academic counselors (PAC), college counselors, and administrators


Session Road Map
Course selection information for current eighth grade parents on Monday, March 11 (9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Drama Theater)

Students Rollout
Students have been meeting with deputy principals, personal academic counselors (PAC), and counselors to know more about the advanced studies opportunities and AP credit limit.

Need assistance? Contact:
For current freshmen, contact PAC counseling at 6360 6710
For current sophomore and juniors, contact college counseling at 6360 6510
For current grade eight student, contact middle school counseling at 6360 6412

Research & Development
16 faculty, 6 administrators, visited 43 schools, and talked to over 100 college admissions officers

Advanced Topics courses (20 courses in total)
Designed by our faculty in conjunction with college representatives from universities around the world. Once the course is created, a vetting committee from National University of Singapore (NUS) gives the course creators and college counselors feedback/perspectives and then it is launched. Student sample work is then taken from each AT course and shared with the universities partners who vet it to ensure there is quality control.
 
AP courses
Courses developed by college board in the US. It is a set curriculum adopted. Students and families then choose if students are to take the exam at the end of the course.

AP Credit Limit

  • Announced in 2014-2015
  • Begins with graduating class of 2021 (current tenth grader) 
  • Limit to 7-year-long equivalent AP credits (this is not a goal)
  • Designed to encourage a shift in focus in differentiators that matter in the present and will matter in the future

Former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Tufts University Daniel Grayson shares that college admissions representatives are looking for students who are smart AND interesting.

Director of College Counseling Tina Forbush
80% of our students go to college in the US

Colleges in the US typically review students in context. Colleges look at what the high school offers and how students did in those courses. 
    •    A high school profile is sent to the colleges to explain what are our advanced studies courses and that we weight our advanced topics and our advanced placement courses equally. It will also show the colleges the highest level courses in each discipline.

    •    We write letters of recommendations explaining the advanced studies programs and the student's course choices.

    •    We meet with college representatives to explain our advanced studies courses to them. Students will also get the chance to meet with the college representatives.


Colleges in the US often need:
    •    Students to write essays to show who they are

    •    College counselors and teachers write student recommendations

    •    To know students extra-curricular commitments


Other schools around the world ask for different things. For example:
Canada: Junior and senior year grades and the courses students have taken.
UK: Doesn’t look at grades. They look at AP scores and what classes students have taken for the very specific and narrow major.
Australia wants SAT and ACT scores.
Only the UK and the Netherlands require AP courses.

Even with the AP limit, students can take up to 15 AP exams (this is not a goal).

Advice for current eighth and ninth graders
Explore the study areas that might be of interest 
For US schools, take a range of rigorous courses that are appropriate over all four years
For UK schools, identify and plan to take AP courses in one area of interest

Encourage tenth graders to meet with college counselors during the course registration period

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