Whitefield Academy College Counseling Newsletter January 2019

Spring 2019 Dates

College Counseling Night + College Athletic Recruiting 101

If your son or daughter is interested in playing collegiate sports and you did not have the chance to hear Steve Olson speak in September, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Louise Owens Theater. Steve is a tremendous resource to Whitefield Academy, and he will be sharing helpful information about how to set your student up for success for the collegiate athletic recruitment process. Parents of 8th - 11th grade student athletes are invited to attend this event.

Following Steve's presentation, The College Counseling Office is excited to welcome Rick Clark, the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, to Whitefield Academy on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Louise Owens Theater. This event is open to parents of 9th - 11th grade students and will be a unique opportunity for you to hear firsthand from a seasoned admission professional about the best ways to prepare your students for the college search and application process. You will not want to miss this wonderful opportunity to hear from such a well-respected, down-to-earth, and candid admission veteran. We hope to see you there!

College Counseling Breakfast Workshops

In the spring, the College Counseling Office hosts breakfast workshops for grades 9 - 11 as an opportunity to share important grade-specific information related to college planning. These college counseling breakfasts are for students only, and it is mandatory that students attend their grade's meeting. They will take place in the Barnett Gathering Room and will last from 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (during late start on Wednesday).

The 9th - 11th grade breakfast dates are as follows:

  • 11th grade: January 16
  • 10th Grade: January 23
  • 9th Grade: March 27

Please remind your students to get to school early on their assigned workshop date!

Atlanta Invitational Case Studies (10th grade ONLY)

The Atlanta Invitational Case Studies Program is a unique opportunity for sophomore students, and parents, from several Atlanta-area independent schools to meet with admissions officers from approximately 80 colleges across the country to learn first-hand how college admissions decisions are made.

What happens at the Atlanta Case Studies Program? During the event, participants will be guided by admissions professionals in small committees to ultimately decide which applicants should be admitted to the sample university. This exercise will acquaint you with the college application reading process that the Class of 2021 will soon experience. In order for the program to be effective, students and parents must review sample applications prior to attending the program. After the case studies session, students and parents are encouraged to attend the private college fair where they can speak directly to the college representatives participating in the program.

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event details and registration information were sent directly to 10th grade parents on January 7. Reminders will be sent to 10th grade families in the weeks to come.

College Counseling University Day Trips

The College Counseling Office is excited to be offering two group visits in January. The trips are as follows...

Auburn University- January 17 (Registration closed)

Kennesaw State University- January 30

  • This trip is open to 10th - 12th grade students
  • Registration opens on January 14 and interested students may sign-up in the Upper School front office. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • This trip does not require a registration fee, but students will be expected to cover the cost of their own lunch.

Trip Schedule

  • Depart Whitefield at 9:15 a.m.
  • Information session and tour from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch on campus
  • Return to Whitefield by 1:30 p.m.

Note: Students participating in this trip will be expected to return to class upon return to school that afternoon.

Class of 2019 Updates

College Decision Reminder

  • As seniors continue to receive admission decisions from colleges, we encourage them to stop by our office to notify us of any updates. We will be collecting a detailed list of all scholarship and admission decision information in March, but also enjoy hearing the decisions from the students in real time. Please encourage your student to stop by and provide us with any updates they may have!

Senior Parent Coffee Chat

The College Counseling Office invites parents of seniors to join us on Friday, January 25 for coffee and doughnuts. This will be an opportunity for you to speak with college counseling staff and ask any questions you may have about your senior's college application results and next steps. We hope to see you there!

  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: College Counseling Office

Class of 2020 Updates

Vocare Career Roundtables

The College Counseling Office is excited to host our Career Roundtable series during the month of February as part of the Vocare program. During this time, 11th grade students will have the opportunity to hear from 15 different professionals who will be sharing their unique perspectives and professional experiences with our students over breakfast and lunch. Speakers were selected based on survey feedback from the Class of 2020, and students will be invited to sign-up for different sessions the week of January 21. We encourage you to speak with your students about this unique opportunity to meet with these professionals and learn more about career paths that interest them.

Academic Coaching Meetings Reminder

Rising 9th - rising 12th grade students and their families will begin meeting individually with assigned academic coaches at the end of this month. Academic coaches have been in contact with their assigned grade levels, and families are encouraged to register for their academic coaching meetings as soon as possible as spots fill quickly. If you have any questions, please reach out to your assigned academic coach.

Rising 9th Grade: Jennifer Peterson (jpeterson@whitefieldacademy.com)

Rising 10th Grade: Jeff Horner (jhorner@whitefieldacademy.com)

Rising 11th Grade: Jennifer Woods (jwoods@whitefieldacademy.com)

Rising 12th Grade: Elyse Lawson (elawson@whitefieldacademy.com)

Standardized Test Prep Resources

Applerouth Group Tutoring Classes for Whitefield Students

Applerouth Tutoring is offering private group classes for Whitefield Academy students at its Vinings Jubilee office.

In these interactive classes, students will hone the test-taking strategies necessary to master the test. Their tutor will use class data from mock tests to tailor each session to their group's needs.

To register for a class, go to www.applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code

  • Class cost: $450
  • SAT Event Code: SAT4310

SAT Group Class- 15 hours of group tutoring + 3 mock tests (February 2 - April 27)

  • Mock SAT: February 2 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Session 1: February 9 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Session 2: February 23 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Session 3: March 16 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Mock SAT: March 23 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Session 4: March 30 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Session 5: April 6 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Mock SAT: April 13 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Session 6: April 27 (Sat) 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

College Counseling Resources

College Counseling Student Schoology Group

Students are encouraged to visit the "College Counseling" Schoology Group for all resources pertaining to the college search and application process. Every Upper School Student has been added to the group, and we encourage students to check it for information pertaining to summer programs, scholarships, NCAA and college athletics, college interviews, and more!


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