College Planning Timetable

Ninth-Grade Year

  • Ninth graders take the PSAT 8/9.
  • We encourage students to learn how to participate in discussion-based classes (notably in the Humanities I course) and work collaboratively in the Arts Foundation course.
  • Students are encouraged to try new things, whether it be a new language or a new sport, and they are pushed to become more scholarly.
  • Some ninth graders take an SAT 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.
  • The 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 and give students a “this is your transcript” primer.

Sophomore Year

  • Sophomores take the PSAT. Some advanced students take an SAT 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 with 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 an eight-week college counseling class, which meets for an hour each week during the winter term. Students learn the “language” of the application process and work on the principles that help them define their areas of interest. This work will lead to a list of prospective schools, among other things.
  • After the college counseling class, students meet with their individual counselors, make prospective lists, and plan summer visits.
  • Many students take on some form of test prep during the summer.
  • Students attend the fall NMH College Fair.
  • Athletes and students in the performing arts are encouraged to put together their portfolios and videos 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 admission counselors from nearby colleges and universities.
  • Counselors and support staff are available to answer any and all questions.
  • NMH is 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 counselors, reviewing and honing their lists 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) 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, and more than 20 of them 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 a particular campus.
  • For a fee, students can sign up for the Summit Test Prep classes that are offered in the fall and winter/spring.
  • During the fall, we offer the SAT and Subject Tests and the ACT on three separate occasions, as well as two TOEFL tests.
  • Dozens of college representatives come to campus throughout the fall, visiting with our college counseling staff and 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 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.
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