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February Newsletter: Juniors

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Scheduling

Juniors should discuss scheduling for next year with their college counselor prior to the March Upper School Conferences. This should provide a template for your conversation with your advisor. The goal of a senior year schedule is to maximize the balance of challenge and success, revealing the breadth and depth of your child’s interests and abilities, and to reflect strengths in areas of interest.

Coffee Talks with Parents of Juniors

Want to register for other AP exams?

Parent Surveys!

Each parent/guardian should have a personal account to access Naviance. We will open the first of two parent surveys on February 21st. The surveys seek information and insights directly from each parent. Therefore, we ask each parent to use their personalized link to offer his/her insights. Should you wish to work collaboratively, you may work together to complete one parent's survey. If you need help accessing your Naviance account, please contact Nancy Dohr (information may be found below). We will open the second survey following the April 5th Junior Application Case Studies Program.

Junior Application Case Studies Workshop

On the evening of April 5, we will host the Junior College Application Case Studies Workshop. Please mark your calendars as this is a highly informative experience. This is something you will not want to miss! We will host admissions leaders from Bates College, University of Southern California, Morehouse College, University of Minnesota, Southern Methodist University, and Lafayette College. More information will be forthcoming next month. We will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

Coffee Talks

The College Counseling Office will host a series of informal meetings for junior parents at 8:00 AM in the Heritage Room at Anderson Ice Arena throughout the spring semester. Each meeting will address a specific topic. If you are unable to make it, do not worry! These meetings are not intended to replace personal conversations with a college counselor, but rather to provide information about the specific topic. A summary of the conversation will be emailed shortly after each Coffee Talk.

The topic of the next Coffee Talk slated for March 9 is “Building a Balanced List.”  

Additional Coffee Talks are currently scheduled for April 27 and May 17. Please watch your email and the College Counseling Newsletter for further details.

Testing

At this point, all juniors should have worked with their college counselor to develop a testing plan. Remember, the student registers with the SAT (sat.collegeboard.org) and ACT (actstudent.org). Students should take the ACT with Writing. If you have questions about testing or accommodations on standardized testing, please see your college counselor as soon as possible.  

Upcoming test dates are (registration deadlines fall about a month prior to the test date, so plan ahead!): 

  • February 11 ACT test at Breck School
  • March 11 SAT test at Breck School
  • April 8 ACT test (offsite)
  • May 6 SAT test (offsite)
  • June 3 SAT test at Breck School
  • June 10 ACT (offsite)

Spring Break Plans

Whether you are traveling or staying local, this time may be a good opportunity to visit colleges. At this time, it’s important to visit a range of colleges and universities. Your college counselor can help you plan your spring break trip. However, you do not need to travel to accomplish this! There are a lot of great options locally. Plus, the Minnesota Association of College Admissions Counseling (MACAC) is hosting a series of fairs in the latter half of March. Though these MEF Fairs are hosted by other secondary schools, Breck students are invited to attend. To see the list of fairs and the colleges attending, please visit this website: http://mn-acac.org/mefcalendar

May Program

May Program can be a great opportunity for our students. This is the first opportunity for Class of 2018 to take advantage of a few choices: pursuing an internship, participating in service, or delving into a special project. Juniors will want to think seriously at how they want to utilize this opportunity. The college counselors are ready to talk. 

Advanced Placement Exams

All students in AP courses will be registered for their respective AP exams. Students who have received College Board accommodations will use them on AP tests as well. If there is an exam for which a student would like to sit and is not in the AP course for that exam needs approval from Mr. Nicholson by February 24. Please speak with Ms. Dohr immediately.

NCAA Eligibility Center

Interested in playing Division I or II athletics? Please register with the NCAA Eligibility Center: www.eligibilitycenter.org and be sure to speak with your counselor about the recruiting process. 

Summer Plans

Some of the greatest times for growth for high school students are the summers after their sophomore and junior years. We strongly encourage students to plan significant experiences that take them away from their school friends and Breck’s academic work and get them in a different atmosphere where they learn about themselves and the world in which they live. There are many wonderful programs out there for students, and our city offers a richness of local experiences. Take a class at a local university or art center, join an archaeological dig, join a local political campaign, or design your own reading list with a Breck faculty member. Think big. Think broad. Find something that will allow you to pursue a passion or something in which you are curious.

Breck’s College Counseling Office

Jonathan Nicholson
Director of College Counseling
763-381-8248

Susan Graham
Associate Director of College Counseling
763-381-8246

Andrea O’Connell
Associate Director of College Counseling
763-381-8138

Nancy Dohr
College Counseling Office Assistant
763-381-8258