GWCS SENIORS ~ CLASS OF 2017

October 2015 Senior College Essay Writing Retreat at Lake Anna!

October 2015 Senior College Essay Writing Retreat at Lake Anna!

GWCS College Application Process FAQ

Q: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AT GWCS?

A: The college application process is something parents and children should work on together. You and your child are responsible for making sure that applications are filled out correctly, and that requests for transcripts, recommendations, and any other required forms are communicated clearly to the school and to teachers in a timely manner.

You and your child are responsible for attending a GWCS College Conference to discuss your college search process on October 6th or 7th and providing us with the information we have requested to make sure that we can best assist you in completing applications or working towards other post-high school options.

We are happy to work with you to answer any questions you may have.

Q: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE SENIOR Personal essAY unIT, THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS AT GWCS OR THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS. TO WHOM SHOULD I DIRECT IT?

A: Daniel Pereira. Email is preferred: pereiraad@gwcommuityschool.com

Q: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY CHILD’S TRANSCRIPT, CREDIT, OR DIPLOMA. TO WHOM SHOULD I DIRECT IT?

A: Cassie Sinichko. Call the school or email: sinichkocm@gwcommunityschool.com

Q: WHAT IS THE Personal Essay UNIT?

A:  The Personal Essay Unit is a six-week program for juniors and seniors at the beginning of the year which uses the college application process as a framework for teaching practical reading and writing skills. It is an English credit, and seniors who are not planning on applying to college can still benefit from taking it. During this unit, students explore the art of the personal essay, with particular emphasis on good pre-writing practices and the development of a unique voice through effective use of vocabulary, grammar, and idiom. For the seniors, this unit culminates in the Essay Writing Retreat at Lake Anna, during which students will write and complete an authentic, positive personal essay suitable for use for their college applications.

Q: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF MY CHILD REQUESTED RECOMMENDATIONS FROM TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS. HOW CAN I FIND THIS INFORMATION?

A: Contact the teacher or counselor directly via email. Spam filters often divert recommendation requests from websites to our junk mail folders. For this reason, it is an excellent idea to check in with your recommenders from time to time.

Q:  IS THERE ANYTHING WE SHOULD PROVIDE TEACHERS TO ASSIST IN WRITING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS?

A:  Teachers will have access to transcripts.  Any additional information you can provide helps teachers to address strengths and interests that are not necessarily school related.  We require students and parents complete the senior self-evaluation and parental perspective form prior to our college meetings.  

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Q:  ARE THERE ANY DATES WE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND?

A:  Students should complete applications well in advance of the due date.  Each college has their own process, and many of these processes are confusing. By getting applications finished early (at least three weeks in advance of deadline), students insure that there’s enough time to work out any challenges relating to the application process.

College application deadlines are all different but most do fall into the following time frames:  Early November, early December, early January or rolling admission.  In addition to the application deadline, it's important to remember weekends and holidays! They increase how much time GWCS will need to get transcripts and recommendations out. Some dates to watch out for:

  • October 6th and 7th: These days are set aside for mandatory conferences with senior students and their parents/guardians to discuss the college application process and make sure families and the school are on the same page.
  • November 1st college application deadlines:  Students should complete their application in early October and designate counselor and teacher recommenders on their application at that time.  Students will complete their essay on the GWCS Senior Essay Writing Retreat in October.  
  • November 15th: On this date, transcript request forms will be “locked down.” Any further changes that need to be made to this document should be communicated to Mrs. Sinichko at sinichkocm@gwcommunityschool.com.
  • December 1st college application deadlines: GWCS Thanksgiving break begins on November 23, 2015 and we do not return until November 30th, so applications should be submitted around November 9th.
  • January 1st deadlines: GWCS goes on winter break on December 18, 2015 and we do not return until January 4, 2016, so applications should be submitted around December 4th.

Q:  DO COLLEGES WANT MIDYEAR TRANSCRIPTS AND EVALUATIONS?

A:  Yes, some colleges will request an updated transcript and counselor evaluation at the end of first semester.  It is important for students to inform their counselor which colleges want midyear updates.  What is the midyear update process for your colleges?

  • Common App - Students need to ask their counselor to upload their midyear transcript and the midyear counselor evaluation.
  • Email - Some colleges will email applicants and tell them to ask their school to send their midyear transcript.  They may want it (1) sent via their own admissions program, or (2) emailed to an admissions email address, or (3) mailed paper copies.  Student needs to explain specifically what is needed to their counselor.
  • Mail - Students may need to print out a midyear evaluation and provide it to their counselor at the time of requesting midyear transcripts.  Student should also supply their counselor with an addressed stamped envelope and due date.

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SAT / ACT faq

Q:  How do I register for the SATs?

A:  GWCS does not register students for the SATs or ACTs.  You may register online or via postal mail registration.  To register online go to the College Board website.  (Allow 40 minutes to register. and have credit card available to pay.) 

Q:  How do I register for the ACTs?

A:  You may register for the ACTs online only by going to the ACT website.  (Allow 40 minutes and have credit card available to pay.)

Q:  When should I take the SATs / ACTs?

A:  Spring of junior year.

Q:  How many times should I take the SATs or ACTs?

A:  You may take them as many times as you like.  We recommend taking the SATs or ACTs as few times as necessary to get a score that accurately reflects a student's capabilities.  

Q:  When are the SATs and ACTs offered?

A:  The SATs are offered seven times a year  from October - June.  
     The ACTs are offered six times a year from September - June.

Q:  Where should I take the SATs / ACTs?

A:  You may take the SATs or ACTs at any available SAT test center or ACT test center.  When you register you will be given test center options from which to choose.  

  • SATs:  GWCS does proctor the SATs for five of the seven available test dates.  Because we are a small test center, registration for GWCS fills up quickly.  If you do not see GWCS as a choice that means we are already full or it is a month when we do not offer the SATs.  Refer to the online GWCS calendar to confirm whether or not we proctor SATs on the date you are interested.

Q:  How do I apply for accommodations?

A:  If you have a documented disability, you may be eligible for accommodations from College Board or ACT.   Click on the links below to learn more about the process.  Mr. Mallonee, GWCS Dean of Students, is our SSD Coordinator and he is available to assist you in the accommodations application process.   Allow at least seven weeks for accommodations approval.

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SENIOR COLLEGE FORMS & information

Seniors:  Open this document by clicking the link above; answer the questions; save it to your computer and print multiple copies for your GWCS college counselor and any teachers you have asked to write you a letter of recommendation.  Bring a copy to your October GWCS College Conference.

Parents:  Open this document by clicking the link above; answer the question; save it to your computer and print multiple copies for your child's GWCS college counselor and any teachers they have asked to write them a letter of recommendation.  Bring a copy to your October GWCS College Conference.

  • TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM (2016-2017)

All GWCS seniors receive an email with a link to their individual electronic transcript request form at the start of the school year.  We highly recommend that you bookmark your transcript request form so that you can easily find and update it as needed.

This calendar provides families with general guidelines on steps to take (beginning junior year) to prepare for the college application process.

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helpful college application links

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  • The College Board

    • Register for SATs & SAT Subject exams
    • Get your test results 
    • Explore colleges, careers and financial aid
  • The ACT

    • Register for ACT
    • Get your test results
    • Explore colleges, careers and financial aid
  • the Common Application

    • Create an account
    • Submit applications
    • Check application status

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GWCS GRADUATION FORMS & INFORMATION - class of 2016

important graduation dates:

  • April 6:  Seniors measured for cap and gown
  • April 7:  Order your Graduation Announcements by this date
  • April 21:  Beach Trip Permission Forms due by this date
  • May 9:  Memory Board Making Party at GWCS at 6:30 pm
  • May 12:  Graduation announcements should be mailed by this date
  • May 19: RSVP with total number of guests and submit graduation fee
  • May 22-26:  Senior Beach Week in Corolla, NC
  • June 1: Memory Board Making Party at GWCS at 6:30 pm
  • June 13:  Graduation Speeches are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 13:  Memory Boards are due - turn in to Ms. Mauney
  • June 16:  Graduation Rehearsal at Masonic Temple
  • June 18:  Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony & Reception

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2017 GWCS GRADUATION

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA  22301  (MAP)

Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Graduation Ceremony followed by Reception
Tickets Required for Admittance

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2016 GWCS COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Last Updated: June 14, 2016
*Final Choice

  • Allegheny College, PA
  • Alfred University, NY
  • Brevard College, NC
  • California Institute of the Arts, CA
  • Christopher Newport University, VA
  • College of the Atlantic, ME
  • College of Wooster, OH
  • Columbia College Chicago, IL
  • Drake University, IA
  • Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ
  • George Mason University, VA
  • Goucher College, MD
  • Guilford College, NC
  • Hampshire College, MA*
  • Keene State College, NH
  • Kentucky Technical Community College, KY*
  • Marymount University, VA*
  • Johnson & Wales University, RI*
  • Juniata College, PA*
  • Longwood University, VA
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
  • George Mason University, VA
  • Grove City College, PA
  • Longwood University, VA
  • Lynn University, FL
  • Manhattanville College, NY
  • Marist College, NY
  • Marymount University, VA*
  • Mercyhurst University, PA
  • Mitchell College, CT
  • Mount Saint Mary University, MD*
  • Northern Virginia Community College*
  • Old Dominion University, VA
  • Randolph Macon College, VA
  • Reed College, OR*
  • Rollins College, FL
  • Shenandoah University, VA
  • Stetson University, FL
  • University of the Arts, PA
  • University of Mary Washington, VA*
  • University of Tulsa, OK*
  • Ursinus College, PA
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, VA
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA*
  • West Virginia University, WV

 

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