College Update HeaderVol. 8                                                 September 2018                                                             No. 1                            


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are happy to resume our monthly updates about the college application process, and we welcome your feedback on the information provided in this newsletter.

We have a lot of information in our September Update. Please scroll all the way through this webpage to find the following articles:

  • For Senior Parents: College Admissions Representatives on Campus – Calendar; Parent Questionnaire – Last Call!; FAFSA Available October 1; The Common Application; The Application - Who Sends What; The Application Essay; ED? EA? What do these letters mean?; What about application supplements?; College visits, two ways
  • For Junior Parents: It’s a busy year…stay focused!; Summit Test Prep
  • For Sophomore and Freshman Parents: Grades Do Matter!
  • For All Parents: College Counseling Office – All Class Overview; Testing Timeline; The NGP; College Counseling Handbook; Letters to Parents; Dates to Remember

We have had a busy summer preparing to work with your children. Mia Ritter joins our office as an Assistant Director of College Counseling. This past spring, Mia earned her M.Ed from Harvard University in School Counseling. As a part of her Masters program she worked in the College Counseling office at Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, MA. Prior to enrolling at Harvard, Mia worked in the admissions office at Hamilton College. We are excited to have Mia join our office and the LA community.

We look forward to a productive year with your children, and please feel free to stop by our office or contact us if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,

Sean Sheehan

Director of College Counseling

All Parents: All Class Overview

The College Counseling Office at Lawrence Academy supports students and families throughout the college process. While we are always available to answer questions from students and parents, we spend the majority of our time advising juniors and seniors. During the fall of the senior year we meet individually with seniors to finish putting together their college lists. We also aid them in completing applications, writing essays and registering for testing. In the fall we have college office “drop-in” hours for seniors Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Sean Sheehan or Kimberly Bohlin Healy will be available in the college office for questions about college essays, applications, and any other topics pertinent to the college process. We continue to meet with students during the winter as they submit their applications. Finally, in the spring, we meet with students to offer support as they consider their college choices.

We hold class meetings (first meeting with the junior class is September 24) with the juniors during the fall to discuss the PSAT, which they will take on October 10, and give them an overview of the college process. We register all juniors for the PSAT. On October 2, we will present a program at the Junior Parent Dinner. In November we begin our small-group, College Counseling classes with the juniors. These classes meet once a month to cover topics pertinent to the college process. After filling out an optional counselor-choice form in November, juniors are assigned a college counselor in December, at which time they will begin individual meetings. During the winter and spring terms, students and counselors meet several times, with the goal of creating a preliminary list of colleges to be sent home in June. On Saturday, January 26, we will hold a Junior Class College Day, giving students and parents the opportunity to hear from college admission officers and from the college counseling office at Lawrence.

We have once again partnered with Summit Education Group as our on-campus resource for standardized testing preparation. Summit will offer an SAT prep class on campus this fall (to prepare for the December SAT) and an ACT prep class this winter (to prepare for the February ACT). Summit will also offer a free, optional practice ACT on Sunday, September 23 for Lawrence Academy students. Please email Sean Sheehan ( to sign your student up for the practice ACT. We highly encourage ALL juniors to take advantage of this opportunity and welcome any other students to sit for the practice test as well. 

We purposely limit our work with freshmen and sophomores, in the belief that the best preparation for college during those years is simply focusing intensely on classes. We will hold a sophomore class meeting on September 24 to explain the PSAT which they will take on October 10 (LA registers all sophomores for the PSAT). We also speak to the importance of their grades and getting genuinely involved in extracurricular activities. A follow-up meeting takes place in December, when we explain the PSAT scores. A third sophomore meeting is held to discuss the SAT subject tests, and, finally, a meeting in the spring covers course selection for the important junior year. We require all students in the sophomore class to attend our morning presentation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 put on by Peter Van Buskirk from Best College Fit. Mr. Van Buskirk has presented to LA students for the past five years and we are lucky to have him back this spring.

The counselors hold two meetings with the freshmen. In September we discuss the importance of freshman year grades and emphasize being involved in activities outside of the classroom. In the spring we meet and go over the importance of careful course selection for the sophomore year.

Concerning ninth and tenth graders from a more general view, especially at the start of a new school year, we urge them to “get involved.” It can be in or out of the school community through the arts, athletics, student council, clubs, community service or a job. We ask students to find an enjoyable activity (or two or three) and commit to it (or them). Colleges pay attention to students’ extracurricular activities during the admissions review. Beyond the courses and the grades, college admission representatives want to know what makes an applicant tick. Do you sing in the school chorus? Do you have a job during the summer? Do you write for the school newspaper? Do you partake in volunteer work on the weekends? There is no right or wrong, no good or better commitment.

While we stress involvement, however, we also warn against over-commitment. There is a healthy balance of academic load and extracurricular activities that can differ from one student to the next. We want students to enjoy their courses, activities, and high school life. Each student must be comfortable with his or her own balance. Remember that quality is more important than quantity. Colleges will place much more value on one or two serious involvements than a long list of activities or memberships that lack in substance. Find the activity or job that suits you and run with it!

All Parents: Testing Timeline

All students at Lawrence Academy will take standardized tests during their time at our school. Almost all of the students will take the PSAT, SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Below is a general outline of the tests and their timing.

Sophomores: All students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10. Also any student in Math 3 Honors or higher and earning a grade of B or higher should strongly consider taking the Math Level I SAT Subject Test in June.

Juniors: All students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10. We highly recommend that all juniors take the practice ACT on Sunday, September 23. The practice ACT is free and students can sign up by emailing Sean Sheehan ( to reserve a spot. We recommend that juniors take the SAT in December and the ACT in February. Standardized testing is not always a "one size fits all" plan. Please feel free to contact the College Counseling Office if you would like to speak about your students individual testing needs. In June, juniors should consider taking the Literature SAT Subject Test and the Math Level I SAT Subject Test, if they have not already taken it, or the Math Level II SAT Subject Test. It is important to note that students can take other SAT Subject Tests, but they will require extra preparation by the student.

Seniors: Most students will take the SAT and/or the ACT again in the fall. Additionally, now that students are more aware of which colleges they will apply to and whether those colleges require SAT Subject Tests, some will take SAT Subject Tests in the fall. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are given in August, October, November and December, and the ACT is administered in September, October and December.

AP Tests: While Lawrence Academy no longer offers courses with the Advanced Placement designation, students are still able to take Advanced Placement exams at Lawrence. These exams, which are given in May, are administered through the Studies Office, and students are alerted to sign up. Classes that are designated Honors can often prepare a student to take an AP test, but it is possible that the class will not cover all of the necessary material. Students who want to take an AP test should get a test preparation book and then meet with their current teacher to find out how much the syllabus of the class dovetails with the exam.

It is important to note that this is a suggested outline of the testing process. All students are different and may require a more individualized testing plan. Any student or family with questions should speak to one of us in the College Counseling Office. More detailed information about standardized testing can be found in our College Counseling Handbook, Chapter 3: Testing for College Admissions.  

Senior Parents: College Admissions Representatives on Campus - Calendar

Throughout the fall over 100 college admissions representatives will visit the Lawrence Academy campus (we have over 120 visits scheduled already for this fall). The purpose of these visits is to meet with our students who have a genuine interest in the particular school. The schedule for these visits is in Naviance, our college counseling calendar on the website, and it is also posted on monitors around school. Students will receive an e-mail from the College Office informing them of a scheduled visit if the college or university is in their Naviance list. Students will also receive a weekly e-mail reminder of all upcoming visits for that particular week. Please see the most updated list of college visits for the upcoming fall: College Counseling Calendar

Senior Parents: Parent Questionnaire – Last Call!

This is a final plea of encouragement to fill out the Parent College Questionnaire in Naviance if you have not done so already. The questionnaire can be found in the ‘Surveys to Take’ section when you login as a parent. You can also print the attached PDF. Your answers provide us with useful information for our counselor recommendations. We aim to paint a comprehensive picture of your student and your candid input is critically important.

If you have questions about the questionnaire please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are having trouble logging into your Naviance account, contact Kimberly Bohlin Healy in the College Office:

Senior Parents: FAFSA Available October 1
As a reminder, two years ago the federal government adjusted when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available. The application will open on October 1. Families will be able to use their 2017 tax return to complete the FAFSA. Students can apply for financial aid starting on October 1 of their senior year when they apply for admission using income information from their most-recently completed tax return. This would mean a student applying for admission for fall 2019 would be using parental income data from 2017. The federal government is calling this the “prior-prior” tax return. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Information for Junior Parents: It's a busy year...stay focused!

Only a week into classes, junior year is already in full swing. On top of classes, homework and afternoon activities the college process is looming in the back of their mind, as are the dreaded acronyms: PSAT, SAT, and ACT. We promise that your students will make it through the year and even have a smile on their face in June. That being said, it is essential that our juniors remain focused and stay in control of their studies throughout the year. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay organized and prepared. Plan out your schedule each week. Look ahead to commitments, away games, theatre performances, etc. and manage your time and work load accordingly. Do not put off all of your homework until Sunday night. Most likely it will not show your best effort and it will start your week off on the wrong foot. Shut down Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, iMessage and anything else that takes your attention away from completing assignments. Don’t let an hour-long assignment take you three because of distractions.
  • Stay true to your passions and avoid stretching yourself too thin. Students often worry about adding to their ‘résumé.’ From the college office perspective we absolutely tout the idea of involvement and extracurricular activities. Colleges and universities are looking to understand students as people, what interests and skills they might bring to the community, and how they might distinguish themselves from other academically excellent applicants. There is no secret formula for what high school students “should” do in their free time. There is no “right” answer, so students are generally advised to join clubs or participate in activities only if they have a genuine interest in them. A jack-of-all trades who can barely remember to breathe will have a tough year. Admission officers are experienced enough to distinguish between a “padded” résumé and a genuine one. Know yourself and be honest about how much you can successfully manage.
  • You are not a senior…premature ‘senioritis’ is not acceptable. Junior year may boast one of your most difficult schedules to date. That being said, until you have finished your last spring term exam, and possibly taken the June SAT or ACT, you are not done! Every class all three terms counts. This is your final complete year of grades that colleges and universities will view. Make it a true representation of who you are as a student.
  • Find the balance and breathe! You will inevitably experience overwhelming moments throughout this year, but take a step back and gain some perspective. You have great support from your surrounding community. Do not be afraid to seek out some help or just a friendly ear to listen.
Information for Senior Parents

The Common Application

Over 500 colleges now accept the Common Application, which students can access at Using the “Common App” saves time and makes applying to college easier. Here are some useful tips that will help your seniors as they complete the form.

  • Make sure the student’s first and last names match the name listed on your SAT, ACT, and TOEFL registrations. Colleges need to match test reports to applications. Lawrence Academy does not rank, nor do we provide a cumulative GPA.
  • Students should not list their SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores. Colleges require that they submit official score reports from the College Board. However, a few colleges are allowing students to self-report their test scores. If this is the case we will work closely with the student to self-report scores.
  • They should list all of their courses for senior year. The college counselors have seniors’ transcripts to aid in making an accurate list.
  • Students should never write their essays directly on the Common Application, as it is difficult to edit this way. They should write it in a word-processing document and either upload the document or paste it into the appropriate space.
  • The Common Application Essay is not personalized for individual schools. This is why it is “Common.” Colleges that require supplements do so for a reason: they provide additional space for you to answer the questions relevant to them. 
  • Students should not complete the Secondary School Report or the Teacher Recommendation Form. We use our own forms. When it comes time to submit an application, students need to hit “submit” twice: once for the Common Application and once for the Supplement. Once they have clicked the submit button, they cannot make further changes.
  • Students should not "invite" their college counselor as an "advisor" in the Common Application. We go through the Common Application with our counselees during one-on-one meetings.
Information for Senior Parents

ED? EA? What do these letters mean?

Students are often bewildered when it comes to understanding various application plans: Should I apply ED? Is EA a good option? We often hear these questions and are asked to explain these terms.

Students should apply under an Early Decision plan only if they have visited and researched many colleges and have come to the conclusion that one particular college is their absolute first choice. If a student applies Early Decision, he or she has entered a binding agreement, also signed by the students’ parent and college counselor, to attend that college if accepted. Students often want to apply Early Decision because they have heard that applying Early Decision can help their chances of acceptance. Although this may be true in many instances, students should not use Early Decision as a strategy for application, but rather they should use it when they are certain that they have found the college they would like to attend above all others. When we hear students say that they plan to apply Early Decision, but they are having trouble deciding between College A or at College B, we know that they are not ready to apply early.

What about Early Action? Many colleges offer plans whereby students can submit their applications by an earlier date and get an answer within a month or so. Early Action plans are not binding, and all colleges agree that students will have until May 1 to decide whether or not they will attend that college. Early Action can be a really good choice for students who already have a well-established academic track record. It might get them an early positive answer, and it gives them an early goal for completing their applications. However, since the students are not committed to attend, and the colleges have not yet seen what their total applicant pool will look like, Early Action does not tend to carry a preferential admission advantage. At some colleges, the Early Action pool can be a more selective one, and even students whose chances of admission to that college are deemed quite likely will have their admission decisions deferred from Early Action to regular decision. There are a few exceptions to this tendency such as Colorado College, which clearly acknowledges accepting a large proportion of their incoming class through both their Early Decision and Early Action plans.

If a student applies Early Decision or Early Action, he or she must be prepared to be judged on the basis of the grades established through junior year. In most cases, colleges will need to make decisions before they have received the first trimester senior year grades. Therefore, early plans may not be appropriate for students who need time to make up for a less than stellar junior year. Those students may put themselves in a better light by waiting until they have established their senior year grades so that colleges can take them into consideration before making their decisions.

Information for Senior Parents

The Application - Who Sends What

This information on the “anatomy” of a college application may seem a little premature, but we thought it was worth including in this first issue for those of you who are new to the college process as well as for those who haven’t gone through it at Lawrence. “You” refers to the students, but we all know who’s going to be doing some of this work! College applications have two parts: “yours” and “ours.” You have your responsibilities to fulfill, and the College Counseling Office has its own, for each school to which a senior applies.

You are responsible for sending the following parts of your application:

  • personal information (the application)
  • one or more essays (the personal statement)
  • various types of supplements (a college’s own essay question, a graded paper, a peer reference) if required
  • Early Decision agreement form (if applicable; counselor, parent and student must sign it)
  • a check for the application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores directly from the testing agency (Test scores are not on the transcript)
  • TOEFL scores if taken

You must notify the College Counseling Office when you have sent these materials, which should be sent at least two weeks before the deadline. If a college uses rolling admissions (see “Options and Deadlines” in our College Counseling Handbook on the Lawrence website), you must notify us at least two weeks before you plan to send your materials.

Note: Most applications include forms labeled “School Report,” “Midyear Report,” and Teacher Recommendation.” Lawrence Academy does not use these, as we have our own version of each. Simply ignore them when completing applications.

We are responsible for mailing the following:

  • The student’s transcript
  • Two teacher recommendations (The student is responsible for asking the teachers to write these; requests are made in the spring of the junior year)
  • Counselor statement
  • Lawrence Academy profile (a brief description of Lawrence Academy, our educational philosophy, graduation requirements, and clarification of programs such as the NGP, CSC, IIP, Winterim, and so on)
  • Certain supplementary or extra documents, depending on individual needs

Again, students must take responsibility for letting the College Counseling Office know where and when to send these forms. We require that students notify the College Counseling Office, in writing, of their intention to apply to a given school at least two weeks before the deadline. We have a specific form for this purpose (the "Blue Form"), which are kept on file as a safeguard against errors. 

In sum: Just remember that the College Counseling Office needs two weeks’ notice to send materials to colleges. We’ll get everything out on time if you let us know what to do on time. All of the information above, as well as additional application information can be found in our College Counseling Handbook, Chapter 6: Creating the Application.  

Information for Senior Parents

The Application Essay

By now your seniors are probably plugging away at the application essay that most colleges require. You can find a chapter on writing the essay in our online College Counseling Handbook, Chapter 6: Creating the Application, but we want to emphasize a few points here.

First, it is vital that the essay be the student’s work, written in the student’s “voice.” Admission people can tell when a parent or other adult has had too heavy a hand in the writing, and it can work against the student. Many colleges use the SAT or ACT writing component as a “validity check” for the essay.

Second, application essays are, by definition, personal. (The Common Application calls it the “personal statement.”) Please be sensitive to the fact that your child may not want to share his or her essay with you, for any number of reasons. We spend a good deal of time with our counselees going over their essays, and we will head off any potentially inappropriate topics.

Likewise, because the essay is personal, let your child choose his or her own subject! Forcing a senior to write the college essay on a topic that may be important to you, but not to him or her, is counterproductive; after all, they’re not writing it for you or for us, but for a group of strangers—admissions people— who want to get to know each candidate as well as possible. An essay on a topic of no interest to the student isn’t going to help anyone in that process.

Lastly, let your child take the time to do a good job. While many kids do need a push from time to time, finishing the essay two months ahead of a deadline just to “get it done” may produce a piece that is not the student’s best work. While the essay won’t usually make or break a candidate’s chances of admission, it is important enough to deserve whatever time it takes to do it well.

Information for Senior Parents

What about application supplements?

Many colleges that use the Common Application have supplements that must be submitted along with the application for admission. Colleges require these supplements in order gauge a student's interest and knowledge about their school. These supplements vary in what they ask for, with some only posing a few questions such as whether you have any family members who are graduates of the college or how you learned about that college, while others will have much more extensive requests, often asking the student to write one or more (sometimes four or five) additional, short essays pertinent to their school. Very common topics are along the lines of “Why do you want to attend 'X' college,” or “How do you see yourself achieving your academic goals at 'X' college?”

It is very important that students spend time on these supplemental essays. Students must strive to be specific about the college and not generalize by stating things that could be said about any college on their list. Answering the question, "Why Boston University," a reason such as “I want to attend BU because I like Boston and want to go to college in a city,” would not be sufficient. 

It’s tempting for students to rush these short essays because they end up completing them near the end of the application process and they are eager to be finished. For many colleges, these answers are a crucial piece of the decision making process. Admissions representatives will often refer back to the supplemental essay if the student is on the cusp of an acceptance or a waitlist. Colleges want to accept students who are likely to choose to attend, and they want to enroll students who really want to be there. They use the answers to these supplemental questions as one way to gauge that interest level and whether their college is a good match for the student.

Information for Senior Parents

College visits, two ways

Most of you have probably done your share of summer college visits by now, but visiting does continue into the fall for most seniors and their families. Since school is now in session, we want to be sure that both you and your students understand a few simple rules concerning college visits:

1. Visiting College Campuses:

  • Seniors are allowed to miss three (3) class days during the entire school year to visit college campuses. For the purposes of this policy, a class day is defined as one on which the student will miss scheduled classes for a visit. A Wednesday afternoon visit starting after classes, for example, would not count as a class day. Since it is best not to miss class time, especially in the fall, seniors are encouraged to use other days when classes do not meet, such as the Monday and/or Tuesday of the fall long weekend, the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving recess, etc., whenever possible. We suggest saving at least one of the three days for a spring re-visit.
  • Seniors planning to visit a college must complete our permission form obtainable in the College Office. It must be signed by all the teachers whose classes or activities (rehearsal, sport, etc.)  the student will be missing; by the student’s college counselor; the faculty advisor; Mrs. Clark; and, for boarders, Mr. Healy.
  • The visit must be arranged and confirmed with the college(s) in advance.
  • Per usual, students are expected to follow-up with their teachers regarding the work and assignments they missed during their absence.
  • Students who miss school for a college visit without completing the permission form will be considered absent without excuse and will face appropriate disciplinary measures.
2. Meeting with college admissions representatives who visit the Lawrence Academy:
  • Only seniors may meet with visiting college representatives. (Underclass students will get their turn!) Please note that these meetings are for students only.
  • The college should be one in which the student has a genuine interest.
  • Seniors may miss a class to meet with a college representative with the prior permission of the teacher whose class they will miss. Failure to obtain prior permission will be treated as an unexcused absence.
  • Faculty are encouraged to allow seniors to meet with college personnel, but they may refuse permission for any appropriate reason such as a test, a particularly important class, the student’s poor performance, etc.
  • All visit dates and times are listed in Naviance as well as on our online College Counseling Calendar.

We appreciate your cooperation in supporting these policies. 

Information for Senior Parents

How do colleges view the NGP?

Created to provide rigor and focus in the ninth grade year, the skills-based Ninth Grade Program, or NGP, was a part of Lawrence Academy’s curriculum beginning in the early 1990s. While it is no longer offered for Lawrence Academy ninth graders, understanding of the NGP as it relates to college admissions is still relevant for students (and parents) in the Class of 2019. Because four of six traditional academic disciplines—English, history, science and art—are combined into one team-taught course, and because students are evaluated on their progress in five skill areas rather than on content mastery, the College Counseling Office is careful to explain the NGP to admission offices, both in writing on the school profile sent with applications and in person to college representatives visiting the campus.

Colleges are shown that the grades listed on a Lawrence transcript as “NGP science,” NGP art,” “NGP English” and “NGP history” are always identical because they are simply the average of a student’s skills grades for the marking period. We are required to do this, we explain, because upperclass students who may wish to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center as potential Division I or Division II athletes must show grades from all years in those traditional academic subjects.

To admission representatives, we also clarify the goals of the NGP: to produce students who can write well, who are comfortable speaking in front of a group, who can read effectively and who are skilled in research. We explain that many of our students don’t realize the benefits of the NGP until they are in college: countless young graduates have told us that they are the only ones willing to speak up in a college seminar, or that they, unlike their classmates, found a freshman research paper easy because they had learned how to approach such an assignment in the ninth grade at Lawrence.

Colleges appreciate our explanations and are very accepting of the unique nature of the NGP and its purpose. Of course, we are always happy to answer questions on the program.

Information for Junior Parents

Information about Test Preparation

Familiarity with the organization, structure, and types of questions on any standardized test can be helpful, as it will allow students, on test day, to focus on the content of the questions without having to spend extra time during the test to figure out directions.  Some basic, common-sense strategies can be useful in preventing extra stress and unnecessarily wasted time.

Many types of test preparation for the SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests and the ACT are available, including books, computer software, online practice, and commercial courses that require a significant investment of time and money.  At the very least, students should familiarize themselves with the format and structure of the exams by using the booklets The College Board provides for both the SAT and the Subject Tests. These are obtainable in the Studies Office, and online through the testing agencies. A similar booklet is available for the ACT. All contain practice test questions, as do many of the test-preparation books on the market.  Some students are motivated to prepare on their own, while others may believe that they will not do the necessary preparation unless they have the external motivation that comes from a formal course.

There is debate as to whether or not coaching can have a significant impact on a student’s scores, but some sort of preparation is definitely beneficial; you and your child can decide which is best for the student.  Be wary of students’ schoolwork if they take a course during the academic year as the addition of a prep course may require an additional six or more hours of homework per week.

For students who wish to take a test preparation class, Summit Education Group offers a SAT prep class and an ACT prep class Sunday afternoons on our campus. The SAT prep class starts is September and prepares students for the December SAT, and the ACT prep class starts in December and prepares students for the February ACT. Please let us know if you have questions.

Information for Sophomore & Freshman Parents

Grades do matter!

While we do not work individually with ninth and tenth graders, we do want to make them (and you) aware that these years are important, because colleges consider all four years of a student’s high school career. How your child spends his or her time at Lawrence will have a bearing on college options down the road! Our guidelines below may seem obvious, but it is amazing how often they are ignored. We cannot stress enough how important the overall academic picture is in the college process. Here are some points you should discuss with your student:

  • Your grades from ninth grade determine your course recommendations for tenth grade. Your grades from tenth grade determine your recommended courses for eleventh grade…and so on. Take each year seriously—your current courses, and how you do in them, will have a direct effect on the level and rigor of those you’ll take next year.
  • Always take the most rigorous course load you can reasonably handle! If you are recommended for an Advanced or Honors class, take it, even if you might get a slightly lower grade in the Honors section than in the regular one. Colleges look more favorably upon a student who has challenged him or herself with hard courses than they do upon the one who has taken easier classes to raise the grade average.
  • On the other hand, you usually should not push to get into an Advanced or Honors class if you were not recommended for it. These recommendations, based on your past performance and a careful estimate of your potential, are made each spring with a great deal of care; trying to get moved up so it will “look good” on your transcript is almost never in your best interest.
  • As you move through Lawrence Academy, plan to study beyond our diploma requirements in all, or almost all, the academic disciplines. Taking French 3 as a sophomore may satisfy our requirement, but it leaves you with no foreign language for your last two years. This will hurt your chances at many colleges, assuming you’ve done fairly well in language. If you do drop one discipline, make up for it in other core academic area with challenging classes.
  • Get involved in school life, but do so in an honest and committed way. Find an activity or two that you think you could get to love, and put your energy into it. Quality is more important than quantity here: colleges are more impressed by a student who is deeply committed to one or two activities than by one who amasses a long “brag sheet” of memberships and involvements without a lot of substance behind them.
All Parents: College Counseling Handbook

Please remember, if you want more detailed information about the college application process, that our online resource, The Lawrence Academy College Counseling Handbook, is always available on our College Counseling web page. The book describes in detail our approach to applying to college. The information in the handbook is organized to take you through all of the steps of the college application process. You can select specific chapters or download a PDF of the entire book. Please click on the following link to access it: College Counseling Handbook

Information for All Parents

Letters to Parents

The following letters were mailed out to the parents of the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 on Monday, September 10, 2018.

All Parents: Dates To Remember

  • Sept 7 regular registration deadline for Oct 6 SAT
  • Sept 8 ACT
  • Sept 21 regular registration deadline for Oct 27 ACT
  • Sept 21 late registration for Oct 6 SAT
  • Sept 23 Practice ACT at LA
  • Oct 1 MEFA College Financing Seminar at Nobles
  • Oct 2 Junior Parent Dinner
  • Oct 11 Senior Parent Dinner
  • Oct 5 late registration for Oct 27 ACT
  • Oct 6 SAT
  • Oct 5 regular registration deadline for Nov 3 SAT
  • Oct 10 PSAT Day-10th & 11th grades; College Workshop 12th grade
  • Oct 27 ACT
  • Oct 19 late registration for Nov 3 SAT
  • Nov 2 regular registration deadline for Dec 1 SAT
  • Nov 2 regular registration deadline for Dec 8 ACT
  • Nov 3 SAT
  • Nov 7 NACAC Performing & Visual Arts Fair
  • Nov 16 late registration for Dec 8 ACT
  • Nov 16 late registration for Dec 1 SAT
  • Dec 1 SAT
  • Dec 8 ACT
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