DISCOVER SWATHMORE  affords students the opportunity to visit one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country, all expenses paid. The program will provide participants with a taste of the college experience, including the opportunity to meet other talented students, learn from faculty members, eat in the dining hall, and spend a few nights in the residence halls with student hosts.  See Ms. Abrams if you are interested in being nominated for this opportunity.

Barnard College at Columbia University

The Office of Pre-College Programs at Barnard College is pleased to invite female  juniors to participate in the Spring 2017 events. Participation is free and registration is now open.

College Planning Day for Juniors

Sunday, April 30, 2017      12:30-4:45PM

Join Barnard for an afternoon to learn more about the college application process with the Admissions Staff and Director of Financial Aid.

  • Attend workshops on the college application process, admissions interviews, college essays, and the college search.
  • Attend a panel discussion by current Barnard students about life at college
  • Tour Barnard’s campus

Workshops for students will be led by the Admissions Staff. During the workshops, parents/counselors may attend a talk given by the Director of Admissions and the staff from the Financial Aid office on navigating the college process from the parent perspective. For more information and to register, visit the website.


NYRR Run for the Future


NYRR Run for the Future is a free summer running program for young women going into their senior year of high school. This unique opportunity welcomes those with little to no prior athletic experience and introduces them to the sport of running. Along with support and guidance from NYRR’s coaching staff, NYRR Run for the Future participants have access to workshops that teach the new runners about running technique, nutrition, form drills, stretching, as well as, developing healthy body image and goal setting. At the conclusion of the seven-week program, the runners participate in their first 5K race at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run in late August. Those who complete all the requirements receive a $2,000* college scholarship.

All NYC young women entering their senior year at a public, publicly-funded, or parochial high school during the 2017-2018 school year or are working toward their New York State High School Equivalency Diploma are eligible to apply for the summer 2017 program cycle.

*Based on fulfillment of program requirements


The NYRR Run for the Future 2017 program application is now open.

In addition to the online application, a recommendation letter is required. Please view recommendation letter instructions here.


April 7: Application Deadline
May 8: Participant Notification
June 10: Team Orientation
July 10-August 26: Program Dates


Contact NYRR Run for the Future Staff at or 212.548.7360.


Review Sample Essay Prompts

It’s About the Real World

The SAT Essay is a lot like a typical college writing assignment in which you’re asked to analyze a text. Take the SAT with Essay and show colleges that you’re ready to come to campus and write.

What You’ll Do

  • Read a passage.
  • Explain how the author builds an argument to persuade an audience.
  • Support your explanation with evidence from the passage.

What’s New

The SAT’s essay component has had a total makeover:

  • It’s optional — but some schools will require it. Get College SAT Essay policies.
  • You have 50 minutes to complete your essay, 25 minutes more than the required essay that was part of the SAT students took before March 2016.
  • You won’t be asked to agree or disagree with a position on a topic or to write about your personal experience.

The Essay Prompt

The prompt (question) shown below, or a nearly identical one, is used every time the new SAT is given.

As you read the passage below, consider how [the author] uses evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

  • evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.
  • reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.
  • stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.

Write an essay in which you explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience that [author’s claim]. In your essay, analyze how [the author] uses one or more of the features listed above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of [his/her] argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage. Your essay should not explain whether you agree with [the author’s] claims, but rather explain how the author builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience.

The Topic

You can count on seeing the same prompt no matter when you take the new SAT with Essay, but the passage will be different every time.

All passages have these things in common:

  • Written for a broad audience
  • Argue a point
  • Express subtle views on complex subjects
  • Use logical reasoning and evidence to support claims
  • Examine ideas, debates, or trends in the arts and sciences, or civic, cultural, or political life
  • Always taken from published works

All the information you need to write your essay will be included in the passage or in notes about it.

What the SAT Essay Measures

The SAT Essay shows how well you understand the passage and use it as the basis for a well-written, thought-out discussion. The two people who score your essay will each award between 1 and 4 points in each of these three categories:

Reading: A successful essay shows that you understood the passage, including the interplay of central ideas and important details. It also shows an effective use of textual evidence.

Analysis: A successful essay shows your understanding of how the author builds an argument by:

  • Examining the author’s use of evidence, reasoning, and other stylistic and persuasive techniques
  • Supporting and developing claims with well-chosen evidence from the passage

Writing: A successful essay is focused, organized, and precise, with an appropriate style and tone that varies sentence structure and follows the conventions of standard written English.

Take a look at the SAT Essay rubric, or guidelines, scorers use to evaluate every essay.

Who Should Take the SAT with Essay

You don’t have to take the SAT with Essay, but if you do, you’ll be able to apply to schools that require it. Find out which schools require or recommend the SAT Essay. If you don’t register for the SAT with Essay at first, you can add it later.

SAT fee waivers cover the cost of the SAT with Essay.

Sending Scores

If you take the SAT with Essay, your essay scores will always be reported along with your other scores from that test day. Even though Score Choice allows you to choose which day’s scores you send to colleges, you can never send only some scores from a certain test day. For instance, you can’t choose to send Math scores but not SAT Essay scores.

Reminder: Check the Score Choice policies of every college you’re applying to, because some schools require you to send scores from every time you’ve taken the SAT. If this sounds intimidating, keep in mind that many colleges consider your best.





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Please bring proof of income to Ms. Abrams at York College on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.  You must submit a copy of the first page of your parent or guardian’s current tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ).    You may also bring proof of income from social security, unemployment, SSI or SNAP.  (A family of four can have an income up to $44,863 per year).  (2/9/16)