Weekly College Update
Dear Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Huskies,
Happy last week of school for the semester. As we approach the holiday break, we have so much to celebrate. 25% of Summit seniors have already received a college acceptance! These acceptances have included Yale University, University of Montana, Northern Arizona University, Whittier, Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Azusa Pacific, CSULA, CSU East Bay, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Fullerton, Humboldt State, Chico State, and several more. Congratulations to all of you who have heard good news from colleges. For those who haven’t heard anything yet, don’t worry. Most schools won’t release decisions until March- April 2016.
This week’s focus is looking ahead to 2016.
January will be a busy month for college readiness. Three things that should be on your radar for the month of January are mid-year grade reports, private school deadlines, and Cash for College Night.
In January, Summit will send mid-year grade reports to colleges that request them, so make sure you have completed first semester projects to passing quality and you are “up to the line” on content assessments by this Friday, December 18th. Let’s make these last couple of school days super productive!
Lots of private colleges have application deadlines on January 1st and January 15th. If you are applying to schools with these deadlines, be sure that you have checked in with your mentor and any teachers who are writing letters of recommendation for you before you leave for break. Many teachers will not be checking their email during the break, and you don’t want to be stressed out about trying to get in touch with them.
On January 1st, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Dream Act applications will open for submission. Summit will hold a “Cash for College Night” for seniors and their families on January 14th at 6:00pm at Everest for Redwood City and at Rainier for San Jose. We will have lots of experts on hand from local colleges to help you and your parents complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application. We’ll have lots more information on this event when we come back in January, but for now mark your calendars!
Have a wonderful break, class of 2016! We’ll see you in the new year.
Director of College Readiness