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Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Freshmen took the new PSAT 9 on October 18. This was intended to be a trial run for future testing and not predictive in determining future test results. The practice tests also raise another question from families and students: standardized testing accommodations. If your child receives accommodations at Breck and is interested in pursuing accommodations for the PSAT/SAT/AP tests, now is the time to speak with your child and Claire Blanchette. Receiving accommodations at Breck does not...
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sophomores took the PSAT on October 14 and the Practice ACT on October 18; the results will be distributed at our January 31 College Evening. A large majority of students will naturally see their scores rise in future tests as their curriculum grows to meet the concepts tested on the exam. When we review the results, we will offer students ideas on how to use them to their advantage.  The practice tests also raise another question from families and students: standardized testing accommodations...
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
GRADE 11 COLLEGE NIGHT | NOVEMBER 8, 6:30 PM | CHAPEL All juniors and as many parents are expected to attend! This evening we will cover what you need to know for the second semester and how the process should unfold.  After you revisit your testing plan with your college counselor, please register to take your next standardized test. Below are registration deadlines.  SAT TEST Test date Deadline March 10 (at Breck) February 9 May 5 April 6 June 2 May 3 ACT TEST Test...
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
EARLY DECISION AND EARLY ACTION deadlines are upon us. This is a busy time for everyone – students, parents, teachers, the College Counseling Office – so please take some time read the following.  EARLY DECISION AGREEMENTS FOR COMMON APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE. Most colleges require the ED Agreement form to be signed by the student, parent and college counselor. If you have not yet done this for your ED school, please check the procedure for your school. Our advice is to check...
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As you embark on your Upper School career at Breck, you are beginning a time of great personal and intellectual growth.  In the College Counseling Office we are interested in these developments and your sense of how you want to shape your future.  Welcome to this exciting time!   Settling into the routines and rhythms of Upper School life takes energy, focus, and sustained commitment.  While you are getting involved in the daily happenings at school, we encourage you to take time to step back...
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Our goal this year is to get to know you better and to help ease you into the college process. We urge you to take it at your own pace. We will post newsletters a few times this year to keep you updated on the happenings in our office.  If you are curious, check out some college counseling information on Breck's website, http://www.breckschool.org/college-counseling. You will find information about ACT/SAT testing, course planning, college visits, and more. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 | PSAT...
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As you may have heard, expectations and responsibilities can increase dramatically this year. The fall can be a difficult time to acclimate, juniors should make sure to ask questions of their teachers, participate in class, take advantage of opportunities — academic or co-curricular — to grow. Remember, at least one of their teachers from this year will most likely write one of their college recommendations. A good start is imperative for a good year!  This month also provides unique...
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Welcome back! The College Counseling Office believes clear and regular communication makes for a successful college search process. The monthly newsletter serves to provide general information by grade to the Breck community. We ask that you read the information relevant to your child and encourage you to review the entire newsletter to appreciate the scope of the college counseling curriculum. These newsletters are sent via the monthly broadcast. You may find the archived newsletters for this...

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