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February 2015
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P&A Spring 2015 College Counseling Classes

We are excited to announce that we will be teaching two college counseling classes at Brookline Adult and Community Education in April and May. Meet the P&A college counselors and learn how to successfully navigate the college application and athletic recruitment processes. Classes are open to the public, and high school parents are encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you this spring! 


Getting Into College:  

The Admissions and Application Process


With over 2,000 four-year colleges in the U.S. for high school students to consider, navigating the selection and application process can be daunting. But with a bit of guidance from professionals, you can ease the process by learning to prepare and engage. In this class for parents and guardians of students in grades nine through eleven, we will discuss the steps that students and parents should be taking before the college search kicks off in eleventh grade, what do do during the application process, and common mistakes to avoid. You will leave with a list of valuable resources. 

April 27  7-9pm 

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Navigating the College Athletics Recruitment Process


If your child is a high school athlete looking to continue their sport in college, join us to learn about the college athletic recruitment process and how it affects the college application process. Participants will be guided through the recruitment process timeline and offered valuable insight regarding how to assess their child's potential to be successfully recruited. We will discuss NCAA recruitment procedures, eligibility, rules, deadlines, and policies, athletic-admissions rubrics including the Ivy League Academic Index, candidacy for athletic scholarships, guidance for generating film highlight packages, how to review athletic and admission offers, and more.  

May 13  7-9pm

P&A Blog Highlights

Families with high school juniors are encouraged to read our most recent blog post highlighting tips to follow and mistakes to avoid when developing a college list. Creating a realistic and balanced college list during 11th grade will enable a more productive and focused application process in the fall.
On a related note, as announced last week, P&A is offering new college counseling package options to better serve the needs of students and parents. This is a perfect time for juniors to get assistance with creating a college list, determining which standardized tests to take and when, choosing 12th grade classes and more. Freshmen and sophomores can also benefit from guidance regarding course selection for next year, summer program planning, as well as other topics of interest. Contact us to learn more about how we can best assist your family with your educational goals. 
In recent weeks, I have had numerous conversations with high school juniors and parents about developing thoughtful, balanced college lists. While families often articulate in our meetings that finding the best fit is a priority in the college search process, students' approach to choosing schools for their college lists does not always support this goal....�


We are excited to share that new college counseling packages are now available for our clients. Given the ongoing changes in the college application process and an increase in the number of applications that students are submitting, new counseling packages are needed to better serve students and parents. The college counseling packages not only provide...�

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Upcoming College Fairs


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Come join Popp & Associates at the MetroWest College and Career Fair at Ashland High School on March 21, 2015 from 9-11am. Over 100 colleges will be in attendance, and we will be one of the exhibitors. Stop by our table to learn more about our college counseling services, enter a raffle for a FREE college counseling consultation, and enjoy some delicious treats!



Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School will also host a college fair on March 21, 2015 from 1-4pm. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges, as well as gap year and internship programs.    



The Education Cooperative will host a college fair on March 25, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm at Westwood High School. The fair enables students to network with various college representatives to discuss admissions, college life and other information important to the college application process.   

Please visit P&A News and Events to find more upcoming events in your local area.
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Summer Program Search


Escape the winter blues and start planning for the summer! CollegeXpress offers a free online search tool with an extensive listing of summer camps and programs for academic study, arts and music, sports, travel abroad, and more! Summer programs provide valuable opportunities for students to explore their interests, build leadership skills, gain independence and develop new friendships. Contact P&A if you need assistance with your summer program search, application essays, etc. We're happy to help!
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