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College Planning

All Senior High School and Junior High School parents are invited, encouraged, and welcome to attend our college seminars. All seminars will be held in the Abington Senior High School Audion or Auditorium starting at 7 PM (Unless otherwise noted). Listed below are the dates and topics for all of our upcoming seminars. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 The College Application Process
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Thursday, September 19, 2019 All School Parents Night

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Welcome to the Senior High School
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

College/Career Exploration Through Naviance

Monday, October 14, 2019

Building your college list and SAT/ACT overview

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (6:30pm)

Financial Aid Night
Completing the FAFSA 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

NHS Induction

Monday, March 9, 2020

College and Career Night

Thursday, March 25, 2020 6:30pm (Auditorium)

Course Selection Night

Thursday, April 2, 2020 

College and Career Night (College Expo)

ABINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
JUNIOR YEAR:

  • Discuss college options with parents, guidance counselors, teachers, and other informed adults. Make sure you have an appointment with your guidance counselor to review your academic record, plan for standardized tests (i.e. SAT, ACT, Subject tests) and specify goals for your college search. Write and/or update your resume, listing all school and non-school based activities, awards, honors, and recognition.
  • Begin researching colleges that interest you by visiting web sites, requesting materials from college admissions offices, and going on campus visits.
  • During the summer prior to senior year, begin obtaining application materials from schools and/or viewing college applications online. Ask colleges about their financial aid process and also look into scholarship opportunities. Begin working on your application essays. Also, be sure to determine what colleges offer online applications and/or use the Common Application.
  • The Abington Senior High School Guidance Department has resources that can assist you. Please obtain a copy of our guide, Information for Parents of College-Bound Students, borrow college handbooks, and visit the school library to access college books and information online.

SENIOR YEAR:

  • By the start of senior year, you should have a general list of colleges to which you plan to apply. This list should indicate your priorities and clarify what schools are at the top of your list.
  • Make sure you are aware of all application deadlines, such as Early Decision, Early Action, and special deadlines related to scholarships.
  • As you obtain applications, begin completing them immediately. Again, you should be working on your essays. It is a great idea to ask an English teacher to review your essays.
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation (please see attached information related to letters of recommendation.)

PLEASE FOLLOW THE CHECKLIST BELOW TO ASSURE THE TIMELY PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS.

ABINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The student and/or parents/guardians should:

  • Obtain and complete applications. Decide if you will apply online or use the Common Application if available. Consult with your guidance counselor regarding these options. The Common Application can be found at www.commonapp.org.
  • Write required essays.
  • Send applications directly to the colleges to which the student is applying. It is recommended to send applications as early as possible and not wait until the application deadlines.
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation as soon as possible.
  • Contact the College Board to send your SAT Reasoning Test and/or Subject Test scores to the colleges where you are applying. This can be done by mail, phone (1-800-728-7267,) or via the internet at www.collegeboard.org 
  • Complete activities Questionnaire on Naviance and transcript release form (This form is available in each guidance office).
  • Students will need to provide their guidance counselor with the following materials in order for application information to be forwarded to the college(s) of their choice:
  • Transcript Release Form (one for each school)
  • A stamped Envelope is only needed if school does not accept electronic submission of transcripts (please see School Counselor with questions)
  • Mid-Year Transcript/school report forms IF required- Fill out a Mid-year request form (available in each Guidance Office). 
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  • The Abington Senior High School Guidance Department will send to the colleges:
  • Official Transcript (final grades only 9th-12th grades)
  • Completed Secondary School Report Form
  • Guidance Counselor’s letter of recommendation
  • Additional scholarship forms as needed

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION PROCEDURES

    •  Please see “Teacher Recommendation Process” sheet (Printed copies available in Guidance Office).

      Teachers will only need stamped, addressed envelopes IF the school will not accept electronic submission (please see your school counselor if you have questions). 

    • Each teacher should be given a brief thank you note after the application process is complete. This is a good way to show your respect and appreciation for a teacher’s vital support of your efforts!
  • Ask at least 2 teachers for letters of recommendation. The Guidance Department recommends that teachers from a student’s junior year be asked to write letters of recommendation. Students can use a combination of sophomore and junior year teachers but at least one junior year teacher is highly recommended. Teachers should be asked to write letters as early as possible in the senior year (we recommend that teachers are asked by September 30th if possible.)

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR WITH ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE IN REGARD TO THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS.