The Friends Academy College Counseling Process
Let Your Life Speak – A Four-Year Journey
9th and 10th Grade: Build Your Personal Narrative
The goal of a Friends Academy education reminds students that their purpose and passion should be a benefit to themselves, to their families, and to the global society of which we are all citizens. Beginning Upper School can seem daunting at first, and even when students have adjusted to the ebb and flow of the year, they may continue to feel uncertain as to which path they desire to take.
Freshman and sophomores should concentrate on three important goals:
Complete the requirements in art and technology.
Consider investigating the variety of Upper School activities and clubs available. From athletics to student life, from the performing and visual arts to community service, students should explore how they can be engaged members of the Upper School and how they can cultivate interests that are meaningful to them.
Practice living Friends Academy’s Quaker mission.
Adhere to Simplicity within a schedule that is both challenging in and outside of school. Maintain a healthy balance between academics, co-curricular activities, friends and family life.
Find a way to effect positive and Peaceful change in the world by gaining greater capacity to serve the school and larger community.
Strive to be honest and trustworthy, specifically when it comes to academic and citizenship endeavors. Remain mindful that Integrity is the key to true success.
Build Community and relationships with those who teach, coach, and advise you. Think about those adults in the school who inspire and challenge you to be a better person; these are individuals who can speak to your engagement and character when it is time for you to apply to college.
Pursue Equality by treating all with respect and giving your best effort to everything.
Practice Stewardship and maintain your commitments. Being a member of an activity requires dedication to fulfilling all the duties associated with each organization and class.
TIMELINE >> A time for freshmen and sophomores to explore, discover and let their light shine.
- October – Sophomore Year
- January – Freshman and Sophomore Years
- February – Freshman/Sophomore year
- Spring of Sophomore year
- Summer following Freshman/Sophomore years
PSAT TESTING: In mid-October, Friends Academy administers the PSAT exam to all sophomores. This exam is given as a diagnostic tool to provide students with practice taking skills for a standardized exam in a real-life testing situation. Results from the PSAT are used by the Academic Counselor to identify a student’s strength and suggestions for areas of growth.
INTRODUCTION TO THE COLLEGE PROCESS: Students and their parents meet with the Grade 9/10 Academic Counselor in mid-January, who provides general information about the initial stages of the college process, including course planning, standardized testing (PSAT) and summer opportunities. Two sessions are given, one during the morning and one at night.
LONG-TERM COURSE OPTIONS: In-school presentation to students about Academic Pathways in the Upper School is held in mid-February; an evening program is held for parents. Both events provide guidance in terms of offering pertinent information regarding future course selection; parents are encouraged to attend.
PURSUE PASSIONS AND SERVICE: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in activities that provide depth in particular fields of study, service to others through community-based organizations, or pursue experiences that will reinforce life skills to increase their capacity as positive agents of change.
11th Grade: The Way Will Open
As the work in junior year becomes more complicated, demands on students' time increases. It is important to maintain balance by organizing a schedule that promotes attention to academic, as well as spiritual and emotional well-being. With this, good citizenship remains paramount, as does continuing to make a positive contribution to the Friends Academy community, in addition to the community at large.
TIMELINE >> The most important advice for juniors is that they direct their concentration and energies to their course work, which should take precedence.
ENGAGING IN THE PROCESS TOGETHER: Attend Meeting for Business, a program designed for both students and parents to help families prepare for next steps, in mid-January.
MEET YOUR COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Students are assigned their individual college counselor.
SCHEDULE FIRST STUDENT/PARENT CONFERENCE: Contact College Office Associate Sharon Lapointe to set up initial student-parent conference in mid-January.
MEET & HEAR FROM COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Inside College Admissions Day in April for juniors and their parents. This is the last major parent/student event. The two-hour event hosts college admissions representatives from numerous colleges. Students are released from class for the program. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
SCHEDULE SECOND CONFERENCE: Set up second student-parent conference with student’s college counselor. Contact College Office Associate Sharon Lapointe to schedule a conference. Discuss SAT2 testing options. Juniors will receive personalized goals to complete over the summer (including essay, resume and Common App).
PAPERWORK FOR STUDENT ATHLETES: Send a resume, unofficial transcript and cover letter to coaches at colleges to learn about recruitment opportunities, and indicate what summer athletic camp(s) they will attend.
12th Grade: Look Not Out, But Within
Senior year is the culmination of a student's experience at Friends Academy. The College Office aims to encourage seniors to view the year as an affirmation of their contributions and talents. We also encourage students to consider their future and how an education will lead to realizing their potential. Students are provided with assistance in enunciating who they are in an authentic and coherent way.
TIMELINE >> The College Office sets clear guidelines designed to empower seniors to become protagonists in their own narratives, as well as preparing them for the independence that comes after high school.
- First Semester
- Fall of Senior Year
- November 1st
- January 1st
- Mid-March to April 1st
- May 1st
- Early- to Mid-June
- Early August to September
ESSAYS AND COMMON APP REVIEW: College counselors proofread essays and supplements and review students’ Common Applications. Students are given a limit of fifteen colleges and universities in keeping with the Quaker testimony of simplicity, modesty, and the remembrance that the school is a collaborative community where our actions reverberate beyond our own existence and influence the lives of others.
DEADLINE FOR EARLY DECISION/EARLY ACTION COLLEGE APPLICATIONS: Students should be mindful of navigating the demands of the year.
Early Decision is suitable for students who are ready to make a binding commitment to one college and believe that their junior-year record represents the best work of which they are capable.
Early Action is the same, except that the student commitment is non-binding. Schools that offer Early Action usually have lower yields (the number of students who actually attend after they are accepted) and for this reason Early Action is sometimes more challenging depending on the college.