On the Junior Section of this web site you will find information regarding upcoming events and reminders, links, and other junior-specific college information. To download important documents, please visit the downloads section of this website.
S-PREP at Columbia University Free Summer Science Program
S-PREP is a rigorous academic year program designed for New York residents who are (e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native) or economically disadvantaged (see economic eligibility
guidelines ) high school students enrolled in grades 9 - 12 who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related health professions. The long range objective of the program is to increase the number of minority physicians and health care professionals. The program offers a schedule of basic and
medical science courses. The courses currently offered may include, but are not limited to the following: Anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, calculus, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, organic chemistry, physics, physiology, and pre-calculus. In addition, the program offers a SAT preparation course provided by Kaplan.
Classes start in October of the academic year and are held on Saturdays, in morning and afternoon sessions. Medical, dental, and graduate students serve as course preceptors. In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, mandatory college preparation and career development workshops the program offers academic and college
counseling services, field trips and college tours.
Students enrolled in S-PREP are selected on the basis of both character and academic merit. More specifically,
students are selected based on the following criteria: (1) 80% grade average, in math and science (2) A strong interest in medicine, research or the health professions (3) The ability to commit to the course schedule and (4) A mature personality.
S-PREP demands that students attend consistently and give their best effort. Students are allowed only two unexcused absences each semester. More than two absences from the program will result in immediate dismissal from the program. Therefore, students heavily involved in other extracurricular activities or pre-college exam preparation courses should seriously consider whether or not they can commit to the program. In addition, students are expected to maintain an 80% grade average in math and science. Students will be required to submit a copy of their report card to the program quarterly.
The application deadline is September 15th. Applications received after this date will only be considered after those submitted on time. Students who are seriously interested in S-PREP are encouraged to
submit all application materials by the indicated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For more information please visit our website at www.oda-ps.cumc.columbia.edu/sprep. To apply, download the application HERE.
C-STEP Fordham University
at Fordham University is an exciting and rigorous academic enrichment program designed to help prepare junior high and high school students for licensed professions and scientific, technical and health-related careers. STEP also seeks to increase the representation of historically underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged people in these fields. To visit the STEP Fordham Web Site click www.fordham.edu/downloads/download/878/step_brochures_and_applications.
StellAdler Studio of Acting Summer Shakepeare Program
What: A five week world-class full time summer training program that culminates in a public performance
When: July 8th - August 9th. Final performance Friday August 9th. You must be able to attend ALL sessions and performances.
Where: Stella Adler Studio of Acting. 31 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
How: To begin, call now to schedule an interview. 212-689-0087
Options College Counseling
Options College Counseling
Goddard Riverside’s Options Center shows New York City students they can go to college and guides them through the steps to enrollment. Any student with passing grades, a high school diploma or GED, and the desire should have the opportunity to go to college; that is what Options is about.
Students from low-income and working-class backgrounds face significant barriers to achieving a college degree – now considered essential for most career paths. College costs are soaring, aid is decreasing, and counselors at New York City schools frequently have caseloads of 500 or more students.
Students and Parents:
If you need information on college admissions and financial aid, call or email us at (212) 873-6600, ext. 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Options makes college more accessible to students through these free services:
- One-to-one educational counseling for 11th and 12th graders;
- Assistance with admissions and financial aid applications, essays, portfolios, and scholarship and internship opportunities;
- A resource center with up-to-date materials and internet access;
- Visits to college campuses and contact with Options Center alumni on campus;
- SAT preparation;
- Workshops on the transition from high school to college;
- Short-term mental health counseling to students, parents and families by a licensed professional on staff at Options.
FREE SUMMER PROGRAM for Juniors Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.
Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
Students attend TASPs because they want a personal and intellectual challenge. Telluride Association seeks students from all kinds of educational backgrounds who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and motivation, rather than prior knowledge of the seminar's subject matter. TASPers participate solely for the pleasure and rewards of learning with other intelligent, highly motivated students of diverse backgrounds. The TASP offers no grades or college credit.
QuestBridge National College Match
If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.
In 2011, QuestBridge's partner colleges offered admission and more than $100 million in financial aid to over 1,000 students who applied to the National College Match.
WHY should you apply?The key benefits of the National College Match program include:
- Full four-year scholarships with no loans
- 31 top-ranked partner colleges
- A focus on high-achieving low-income students
- Two opportunities for college admission
- One free application
- A national Quest Scholars Network
- Quest for Excellence awards
WHO should apply?The National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match finalists have come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four), and over 75% are in the top 5% of their high school class.
HOW do you apply?The National College Match online application is completely free and opens in August. In addition to filling out the online application, students are required to submit a transcript, test score reports, three letters of recommendation, and several essays. Before applying, students should familiarize themselves with our eligibility requirements, our Partner Colleges, as well as the information in the "How to Apply" section.
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Juniors who wish to participate in Division I or II athletics in college must complete the NCAA registration at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Once you complete the registration you must submit the transcript request form to Mr. Giordano to complete the process.
Take the PSAT/NMSQT
- At school, sign up early to take the PSAT/NMSQT® in October. Get PSAT/NMSQT tips and a free practice test.
Start Your College Search
- Start with you: Make lists of your abilities, preferences, and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
- Jumpstart your college planning by reading about majors and careers.
- Use College Search to find colleges with the right characteristics.
Start Thinking about Financial Aid
- Talk to your counselor about your college plans and attend college night and financial aid night at your school. Use financial aid calculators to estimate your aid eligibility and college costs.
Plan Your Spring Testing Schedule
- You can take either the SAT Reasoning Test™ or up to three SAT Subject Tests™ on one test day. Plan your testing schedule carefully if you want to take both types of SAT®. See the SAT schedule of test dates and register online for the SAT.
- Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
Get Ready for the SAT
- Visit the SAT Preparation Center™ to take a free full-length official practice test and get a score and skills report. Be sure to sign up for The Official SAT Question of the Day™ for daily practice.
- Start visiting local colleges: large, small, public, and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. Search for colleges and use My College List.
Prepare for AP® Exams
- Do well on AP Exams and receive credit or placement at most colleges. Get AP Exam preparation.
Plan Ahead for the Summer & Senior Year
- Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP classes and stick with sequences you've begun, in the languages, for example. Read about how to select your courses.
- Plan summer activities early. Enrich yourself by volunteering, getting an interesting job or internship, or signing up for special summer learning programs.
Keep Your Momentum Up This Summer
- Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you're serious about, schedule interviews with admissions counselors. Be sure to bring your campus visit checklist.
- Request applications from colleges to which you'll apply. Check important dates; some universities have early dates or rolling admissions. Consult the College Application Calendar and the Financial Aid Calendar for a basic idea of the applications timeline.