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College Counseling Updates 4/2

Class of 2021

Visiting Colleges

The School understands the importance for seniors to visit colleges as they are making their decision. College visits will be allowed, but there are important factors, information, and steps that need to be understood. 

  1. The student must notify the college counseling office and get initial approval. The student must provide the school the specifics of the college programming/tour, who is accompanying them, method of transportation, and a timeline for return. After approval from the college office, the student must get final approval from the Dean of Students Office and check out/in as required.

  2. The School will determine the risk factors based on the student’s itinerary and the college’s/university’s programming. The student’s testing and quarantine guidelines for their return to campus will be based on the risk factors outlined above.

  3. While colleges are attempting to provide on-campus events for accepted students, it may not be possible for your son to attend, and some colleges may not be able to permit visitors at all—depending on the circumstances. All of them will provide virtual events specifically for accepted students, and we will encourage your son to participate whenever in-person visits are not practical or available.

Deposits and Wait Lists

  • If your son has selected the college or university he will attend, please make sure that he lets his counselor know.

    • Please only deposit at one institution. Double depositing is unethical. 

  • If your son chooses to remain on a waitlist, he must deposit at another school. If he is accepted off of a waitlist, he will withdraw from the first college and then deposit at the one that took him off of their waitlist. After May 1, withdrawing will result in the loss of the original deposit.

Questions? We can help!  Contact Suzanne Hayes in the  College Counseling office at hayess@avonoldfarms.com.


Class of 2022

Programming: 

  • This spring in conjunction with the HAISSCCA schools (Avon Old Farms, Ethel Walker, Kingswood- Oxford, Miss Porter’s, Watkinson, and Westminster) we will again offer a series of webinars for students we are calling “Ask the Experts.” These events will take place on April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 6:30–7:30 p.m. More details will follow via email.

  • During Prep4ward this spring we will be meeting with the class to introduce Scoir, our online college counseling program, to discuss communication with colleges and what demonstrated interest means, and to complete much of the Common Application.

  • April 24 (Spring Weekend): A Virtual College Planning Forum for families. More details will follow. 

Other activities:

  • Our College Counselors will continue meeting with their advisees. Be sure your son responds to meeting invitations and attends as scheduled. 

  • This is a good time to continue working on 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.

  • This is a good time for parents 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.  

Testing

  • Many colleges have dropped required testing for the class of 2022, so it is important to check the requirements for each college.

  • Avon Old Farms School will be a closed ACT test site (AOF students only) on April 17, 2021 for students who registered by March 26. 

  • The SAT will be offered to Avon Old Farms School students during a class day on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 for students who registered on the Google Form that Mrs. Delnicki sent. 

Other Testing News

  • The College Board is discontinuing SAT Subject Tests.

The College Board will no longer offer the SAT Subject Tests in the U.S. Students in the U.S. will automatically have their registrations canceled and receive a refund. Because SAT Subject Tests are used internationally for a wider variety of purposes, we'll provide two more administrations in May and June of 2021 for students in international locations.

  •  The College Board is discontinuing the optional SAT Essay.

This decision recognizes that there are other ways for students to demonstrate their mastery of essay writing. At the same time, writing remains essential to college readiness, and the SAT will continue to measure writing and editing skills. The tasks on the SAT Reading and Writing and Language tests are among the most effective and predictive parts of the SAT.

Online College Fairs

Registration continues for the NEACAC  Virtual  Spring College Fairs. The LIVE portions of the virtual fair include the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 14th from 7–8:30 p.m. EST

Sunday, May 16th from 1–3 p.m. EST

Additional information and a link to register can be found at https://www.neacac.org/spring-college-fairs-2021

Questions? We can help!  Contact Suzanne Hayes in the  College Counseling office at hayess@avonoldfarms.com.