College Counseling Announcement - May 28

Class of 2020 

  • Congratulations to the parents of our newest Alumni! It has been a pleasure working with you. 

  • Final Transcripts - To ensure your son’s final transcript is processed efficiently, please  have him provide our office with his Common Application ID number.  If your son used a different application, we need the application ID number for that college.  Any questions, please contact Claudine Meaney at 

  • Please remind your son to read all email messages coming from his college - especially if he has a new email account from that college.  Course registration and other communication comes this way, and parents are not automatically included on important communication.

  • Have questions? We can help!  Contact your son’s College Counselor.


Class of 2021

  • Avon Old Farms, in conjunction with the Hartford Area Independent Secondary School Association, will be hosting the last virtual college information session:

June 1st - What Happens to Your Application After You Submit?

Note:  An email with the link to join will be emailed to students and parents.  Recordings of the webinars will be made available in Vericross a few days after the presentation.

  • This is a good time to start filling out the Common Application.  Students can create an account as a first year applicant and complete the Profile and Family information.  We can help lead your son through the Education sections and the rest of the form.

  • Common Application New Optional Essay:  

The Common Application has included a new, truly optional 250 word essay for students this year:

Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.


This is not an “optional-but-mandatory” essay that students are expected to complete. Applicants will not be penalized if they choose not to do it. The Common Application is allowing applicants the opportunity to describe their thoughts about a changed world. The words, “If you need it, this space is yours…” shows the intent here. In effect, there is no “gaming” the response. It’s an opportunity for admission committees to learn more about an applicant. 


It’s also important to understand what it implies. Essays about adapting to online classes, dealing with quarantine etc. belong in this space and not as the main focus of the primary Common Application essay. In other words, students have a chance to talk about the way their worlds changed AND to write strong personal essays about another topic. After 9/11, a multitude of applicant essays were about students’ experiences during the event and afterwards. Because so many of them resembled each other, a candidate’s personal qualities were harder to distinguish. This question gives students a chance to explain their experiences as schools closed and families dealt with the effects of the pandemic. At the same time, students who write essays about their experiences in dealing with the effects of COVID-19 instead of writing personal essays about other topics lose the opportunity to distinguish themselves.

  • This is a good time to explore Scoir.  Please have your son complete his personal profile and college preferences.  In addition Scoir offers a comprehensive platform from which to explore schools including virtual tours through YouVisit and their detailed College Walls.

  •  Scoir also provides a survey tool in Career Preferences available through YouScience.  Although it takes a while to complete, it can generate some potential major and career ideas based on survey responses. 

  • Have questions? We can help!  Contact your child’s College Counselor.



  • Many colleges have dropped required testing for the class of 2021. Others are dropping the requirement for multiple years. Announcements arrive daily, so it is important to check the requirements for each college.

  • In an effort to ensure students have the opportunity to take the SATs, if it is safe to do so, the College Board will offer testing every month for the remainder of the calendar year starting in August. Students can register for these administrations starting in May.  Please see the College Board’s Coronavirus updates here.

  • Avon Old Farms is working hard to be assigned as a testing center for the fall SAT and ACT test dates. For the latest updates please visit the ACT and College Board websites.  

  • Because of previous cancellations, the following SAT test date may be crowded.  Please sign up as early as possible!

    • SAT - August 20th, registration beginning in May.

  • The following ACT test dates are still scheduled but may not be available at all locations.  Please see the ACT’s Coronavirus updates here. 

    • ACT June 13th

      • Avon Old Farms will not be a test site for the June 13th administration of the ACT. 

    • ACT July 18th registration deadline June 19th

      • Avon Old Farms will not be a test site for the June 13th administration of the ACT. 


Questions? We can help!  Contact the College Counseling office.