College Planning Timetable

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Ninth-graders will take the PSAT 8/9.
  • We encourage students to learn how to participate in discussion-based classes (notably in the Humanities I course) as well as work collaboratively in the Arts Foundation course.
  • Students are encouraged to try new things, whether it be a new language or a new sport, as well as pushed to become more scholarly.
  • Some ninth-graders will take a Subject test in an area where their study has been accelerated in middle school.
  • Students learn how to become good high school students in a residential setting.
  • College counseling office works with academic advisors to map a rigorous curriculum through the senior year.
  • Ninth-graders take part in a single class meeting where counselors are introduced to them and give them a “this is your transcript” primer.

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Sophomores will take the PSAT.  Some advanced students will take a Subject test.
  • In the spring, the college counselors meet with the entire class to discuss, in the broadest terms, college visits and share an outline of what is to come.
  • The work begun with their academic advisors on course selection continues, literally working from the senior year back to the sophomore year.  (If you know you want to be taking BC Calculus as a senior, for example, you need to be in Honors Algebra II as a sophomore).
  • We encourage ongoing engagement with music, community service, sports and school publications.

 

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Juniors take the PSAT in the fall, then meet with counselors to analyze their scores.  In the spring, juniors take their first round of the SAT and ACT.  Many juniors take AP exams in May.
  • In January, students are assigned a college counselor.  Every junior takes a 8 week college counseling class which meets for an hour each week during winter term.  They learn the “language” of the application process and work on the principles that help students define their areas of interest.  This work will lead to a list of prospective schools among many other things.
  • After the college counseling class, students meet with their individual counselors and make prospective lists as well as plan summer visits.
  • Many students take on some form of test prep during the summer as well.
  • Students attend the NMH fall College Fair.
  • Athletes and students in the performing arts are encouraged to put together their portfolios and tapes of performances.
  • We send interested students to a spring College Fair at a nearby sister school.
  • We host two programs on campus for parents of juniors, including a talk from admissions counselors from nearby colleges and universities.
  • Counselors and support staff are available to answer any and all questions.
  • We are a test site for all testing, including TOEFL.
  • We have a search engine “Naviance” that helps track many elements of the application process. 

 

SENIOR YEAR

  • Students meet on a regular basis with their counselor, reviewing and honing the list based on summer visits and on new information (say, a nice jump in test scores).
  • We make whatever course changes that might be necessary to present each student in the best light.
  • We host class meetings where we review the details of the application process, including deadlines (rolling, early action, early decision among others) as well as the appropriate ways to communicate with college admission officers and coaches.
  • We review essays for those students who would like us to do so.
  • We host a College Fair.  We have more than 100 college representatives on campus.  More than 20 reps come three hours early to offer on-campus interviews for interested students.  This is a real benefit for students who have been unable to travel to visit the particular campus. 
  • Students can sign-up for our co-curricular SAT prep classes.  For a fee, students can also sign up for the Summit Test Prep classes that are offered in the fall and winter/spring.
  • During the fall, we offer the SAT, Subject tests and ACT on three separate occasions as well as two TOEFL tests.
  • Dozens of college representatives come to campus throughout the fall, visiting with our counseling staff as well as talking with interested students.
  • We travel during the fall to conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest on college and university campuses throughout the country.
  • Our office manages teacher recommendations.
  • We review applications with seniors who care to share with us.
  • We answer thousands of questions.
  • We call colleges to review applicants to offer up-to-the-minute information about applicants.
  • We celebrate the small victories in the process as well as suffering the small defeats.
  • Final transcripts go off to colleges and we cheer at graduation.