COLLEGE GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER
February 20, 2018
SENIORS:
Please remember to notify College Guidance of all decisions so that Mrs. Gerrity and Mrs. Crane can use this information to keep our records accurate and up to date.We ask that you send us copies of your admissions letters and emails, along with any merit scholarship notifications; these letters will be handled discretely and held in the utmost confidence.
FOR ALL UPPER SCHOOL
STUDENTS AND PARENTS:
IMPORTANT SUMMER INFORMATION FOR
ALL UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Many students are making summer plans and asking how colleges would like to see students spend their summers. Whether it be a summer job, an internship, an enrichment program or continuing volunteer work at an organization you worked with during the school year, it is important that students choose something that is
genuinely interesting and meaningful to them. Summer jobs can provide opportunities to take on new responsibilities and leadership positions. Pre-college and summer enrichment programs are a way to further explore interests that you may have and give you the experience of living on a college campus. Travel with family can offer new perspectives and widen your horizons. You may also have family responsibilities that are an important part of your life. Admissions officers at Harvard University make these recommendations:

"Bring summer back. Summer need not be totally consumed by highly
structured programs, such as summer schools, travel programs, or athletic
camps. While such activities can be wonderful in many ways, they can also
add to stress by assembling “super peers” who set nearly impossible
standards. Activities in which one can develop at one’s own pace can be
much more pleasant and helpful. An old-fashioned summer job that
provides a contrast to the school year or allows students to meet others of
differing backgrounds, ages, and life experiences is often invaluable in
providing psychological downtime and a window on future possibilities.
Students need ample free time to reflect, to recreate (i.e. to “re-create”
themselves without the driving pressure to achieve as an influence), and to
gather strength for the school year ahead."


Our best advice is to find pursuits that genuinely excite you and further your
interests. Sign up for that program in an academic area that always fascinated you,
coach tennis because you love teaching young players or continue to work at a retail
store that is offering to make you a manager … and don’t forget to take some time
for yourself to recharge your energy and your spirit by enjoying time with friends
and family.
FIVE TIPS FOR EVALUATING COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
As students and their families begin to discuss college choices, this is one great way to begin the dialogue and do meaningful research:
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT
Talented and bright? Love the Boston area? Seeking to pursue BOTH your
academic and artistic passions? Harvard University and the Berklee College of
Music have collaborated to present a 5-year, dual degree program offering the best
of both worlds to the most qualified students. The article below provides pertinent
details and links for a more in-depth consideration of this opportunity.

Harvard and Berklee Announce Dual Degree Program
Harvard College and Berklee College of Music have formalized a partnership to offer a new five-year dual degree that will enable students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) at Harvard and a Master of Music (M.M.) or a Master of Arts (M.A.) at Berklee starting in fall 2017.

Designed for exceptional musicians interested in a diverse range of artistic careers as well as an elite liberal arts education, the dual degree will allow the two institutions to offer the best of their individual strengths. Driven by student demand for more opportunities and flexibility, the program allows accepted undergraduates to complete Harvard’s liberal arts curriculum while pursuing an advanced degree in music.

“Berklee’s programs have steadily gained prestige and power, turning the school into a formidable cutting-edge incubator for the newest waves of performance and composition,” wrote Carol J. Oja, chair of Harvard’s Music Department. “Institutionally, the partnership represents an understanding of the arts and art-making in the 21st century, especially the growing impact of technology and the realities of a globalizing arts landscape.”

The concentration in music at Harvard provides a solid foundation in theory, analysis, composition, and criticism, while exposing students to a wide variety of musical styles, sounds, and musical traditions in order to develop their critical understanding of music in diverse cultural and historical contexts. The Harvard Department of Music course offerings often link musical works with works of art and literature, or with philosophical and scientific questions. Harvard’s courses also incorporate or focus on performance covering a range of styles and time periods.

Berklee’s master’s programs—in scoring for film, television, and video games; music production, technology, and innovation; global entertainment and music business; music therapy; and contemporary performance—cover areas not currently available at Harvard. Berklee offers four master’s programs at its campus in Valencia, Spain, and two at its main campus in Boston.

Students will pursue the A.B. curriculum at Harvard and take private lessons and other preparatory courses at Berklee during the first three years of the program. Students are also required to participate in ensembles at either institution, and pass instrumental proficiency exams at Berklee. Preparatory course work at Berklee may be completed during fall and spring semesters, as well as during summer sessions in Boston, Spain, or at Berklee Online. In the fourth year, students will complete all Harvard’s A.B. requirements, including a senior thesis if desired. In year five, students complete their selected master's program at Berklee.

To be admitted to the program, students must be accepted to both Harvard and Berklee independently, as well as complete an audition and interview with Berklee. Harvard undergraduates may also apply to the program during the fall of their freshman year.

'Imagine the Possibilities'

Modeled after Harvard’s successful joint degree with New England Conservatory, the Harvard-Berklee partnership will be mutually beneficial, expanding opportunities for students while enriching the communities of both institutions. While Harvard students have informally collaborated with Berklee musicians for years, a formalized relationship will offer increased access to Berklee courses, including those at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and allow them to tailor their programs to specific areas of interest.

"Joshua Redman, Yo-Yo Ma, Aaron Goldberg, Tom Morello, and a number of other highly accomplished musicians have studied at Harvard,” said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. "Imagine the possibilities when a world-leading Harvard undergraduate education can be augmented by private lessons, ensembles, and music classes in jazz, production, film scoring, and more at Berklee.”

“It would have been impossible for me to progress as a jazz musician while studying at Harvard had I not been able to take advantage of the wealth of talent and resources at Berklee,” said acclaimed jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg, endorsing the new program. “In a way I lived a double life, though without a double degree.”

"One of the most integral and, in hindsight, consequential facets of my 'Harvard experience' was being so close to the vibrant Berklee scene,” added renowned jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. “Hanging out with Berklee students was my jazz immersion. It's how I learned to listen, and began to learn how to play. It opened my ears and enriched my life. And it laid the seeds for a future I didn't even know I had.”

Annual awards are available to support students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing the joint degree through the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by Berklee Presidential Advisory Council member Paul Buttenwieser and his wife, Katie. “Music has always been a great passion of ours, so Katie and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of this exciting new alliance and support the next generation of artists who will mold the future of music and the music industry.” More information on the program can be found online at

UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS:
Upcoming College Fairs in Our Area
 
Hartford National College Fair
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT
March 28 & March 29, 2018

New York National College Fair
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
April 22, 2018

Southern Westchester College Conference
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY
April 23, 2018

Northern Westchester College Conference
Fox Lane High School
Bedford, NY
April 24, 2018
CHECK US OUT!
Ongoing renovation and expansion of the College Guidance Department’s footprint on the Sacred Heart website strives to place timely, valuable and user-friendly
information just a click away for our student and parent communities, along with those looking to possibly join our Sacred Heart community. To that end, we have two ways to access College Guidance information. To get to public-facing information, simply visit the school website at www.cshgreenwich.org and click on the Academics tab near the top of the page. Within that tab is a "College Guidance" link.

However, we encourage current students and parents to visit our new portal by logging in to find more detailed and proprietary information relating to the college search and application processes, the newly published College Guidance Handbook and resources relating to a wide variety of tips and tools of the trade. Some content highlights include, but are not limited to: Junior and Senior College Night presentations, NCAA information for college-bound student-athletes, FAFSA and a roster of standardized test prep support alternatives. When you log on to the Sacred Heart website, see our new tab:
JUNIORS:
ON THE WEBSITE FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS:
College Guidance Parent Questionnaire
The Parent Questionnaire plays an important role in your daughter’s college process. This valuable document provides personal insights and perspectives that only those who know her best can share. The Parent Questionnaire for the Class of 2019 is LIVE and online. The questionnaires can be accessed through the College Guidance tab on the Sacred Heart parent portal and, to ensure the most productive first meeting with your daughter's college counselor, should be completed prior to setting that appointment.
WHAT'S NEXT IN COLLEGE GUIDANCE CLASS
2018/2019 Course Registration:

During our last cycle in College Guidance, the juniors were presented a wealth of information relative to their important senior course registration process for the next academic year. 

Online course registration for the 2018/2019 academic year went live in the student portals on February 14th. Registration closes on Friday, March 2nd .

Mrs. Casey was on hand for many of the discussions to share her insights and expertise in the registration process. More recently, the juniors assembled at Break on February 12th to hear short summary presentations from our department chairs and our faculty instructors of the many electives being offered next year.

Students have been reminded that online courses being conducted through SophieConnect have stated prerequisites and require an application. Once an application has been approved, the course will be added as an option on the student's registration form.

The following link features the discussion points for consideration that were shared with the juniors:

College Guidance Questionnaires:
Students and parents/guardians of the Class of 2019 have been thoughtfully completing and submitting their respective questionnaires to College Guidance. The deadline for student submissions was February 14th. Any student who has not yet completed her questionnaire is asked to communicate with either Mrs. Crane or Mrs. Gerrity. Parents and guardians are reminded that this document plays an insightful role in the beginning of the college process and your daughter’s college counselor looks forward receiving each questionnaire. 

Mrs. Crane ad Mrs. Gerrity will begin to schedule parent/guardian appointments in the coming weeks. Be on the look out for communications directly from your daughter’s counselor.

Academic Resumes:
In the current cycle of College Guidance, the juniors will be introduced to the art of resume writing. Students will be drafting resumes in class via their Naviance accounts. Information assembled for their student questionnaires is serving as a perfect platform from which to initiate this task.

Looking ahead in College Guidance:
  • How to make the most of your college visits.
  • Public or Private Universities? Pros, cons and considerations.
  • The college interview process.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
SUBJECT TESTS:
Students may opt to sit for SAT Subject Tests to display mastery of specific disciplines.

Although many schools no longer require students to take SAT Subject tests, often the most highly competitive colleges and programs have different requirements regarding these tests, so it is essential for students to research this information and ensure they are taking the number of required tests for the colleges to which they intend to apply.

Students need to check the policies at each school on their application list to ensure they have met all criteria for a complete application. Requirements can also vary depending on the program to which a student applies. For example, the School of Business may require a Math SAT Subject Test while applicants to College of Arts and Sciences at the same university will not need to submit any SAT Subject Tests.

Most importantly, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT STUDENTS SPEAK WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE TEACHERS TO DISCUSS THEIR INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS FOR A PARTICULAR SUBJECT TEST, ALONG WITH SPECIFIC DETAILS ABOUT THE TEST, AND BEST TIME TO SIT FOR IT.

IT IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY TEST WILL NECESSITATE INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION OUTSIDE OF CLASS IN THAT SOMETIMES THERE ARE SPECIFIC TEST TOPICS THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE CURRICULUM.
Additionally, please refer to page 27 of our
for more details about each test offered.
AP'S ON THE HORIZON
All students enrolled in an AP course this year will take the College Board AP Exams in May. The link to the official AP Exam schedule appears below with valuable links to important information about the exams and free online test prep from the College Board. Spring sports, college visits, service work, vacations and the general rigors of a Sacred Heart student can all encroach on the valuable study hours warranted to prepare for these exams. It’s never to early to begin to prepare, get things organized or map out a study plan, as these exams will quickly be approaching. 
2018 AP Exam Schedule:
Preparing for the AP Exams:
AP Exam Calculator Policy:
AP Exam Day Policies: