Geneseo is offering an opportunity for students to observe a live class online. They can click here to see the course description and register! This is a great opportunity for rising seniors. (Classof 2021)


Despite current circumstances, the summer is still a great time to start the college search process. Many colleges offer resources to connect online like virtual tours, information sessions, and interviews. College websites and social media pages are also a great source of information!

At Bryn Mawr, they offer daily information sessions for students and families. They also have an interactive campus map with multiple campus tours. They would love for you to connect and hope you will visit them virtually!

Visit Us Virtually


 Showing colleges who you are means showing them what you do outside the classroom, too. These activities demonstrate your personality to college admission officers in a way that your grades and test scores can’t. So, when it comes to extracurricular activities, what matters to colleges?  
Quality beats quantity
Instead of filling your schedule up with dozens of clubs and activities, focus on a few that are important to you. Show, don’t tell
The activities you’re involved in allow you to show schools what you care about—without needing to say a word. Part of an academic club? This says you’re passionate about learning. Active in drama? Schools will see you’re creative. Be a leader
Colleges love to see students who are taking initiative in their activities. Show your skills by leading a group, taking charge of a project, or coaching a sport. Give back
What’s one thing colleges are always looking for? Students who will make a difference in the world. Love pups? Spend time at a local shelter. Love working with kids? See if an after-school program needs extra help. Find a part-time job
If you’re nervous about not having enough extracurricular activities because of your job, don’t stress! Holding down a job shows colleges your work ethic and dependability. 
 A Sallie Mae intern shares what he did in high school:  I did my school’s sports broadcasting program, bagpipes, and I played varsity tennis for four years. Kyle, Class of ‘20 
 What’s another way extracurricular activities can help you? Money for college! Scholarship Search can match you with scholarships based on your skills, activities, and interests. 



The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation is a private, family foundation which was established by the Bay Area philanthropist, Bryan Cameron, in 2015 on the principle of making an impact.  Through our four-year undergraduate scholarship program, we aim to provide ample support for extraordinary young adults who see their college education as a stepping stone toward a lifetime of contribution to the greater good.  Our substantial, merit-based scholarship is available to individuals who seek to use their gifts and talents to make a positive impact in their communities and society at large in all areas of study and ultimate career paths.

The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually to 10-15 high-school students.  This four-year merit-based scholarship is intended to cover the full ‘educational expenses’ at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution.  Recipients have complete freedom in the choice of their school and area of study, however, we do reserve 25% of our annual awards for those who have a stated goal of public service.

The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a merit-based undergraduate scholarship for incomparable individuals who have the ability to make real, tangible contributions to their families, friends, and the greater society.  To be eligible, a candidate must:

– have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.7;

– excel in extracurricular activities;

– exhibit strong leadership qualities;

– demonstrate active participation in community service;

– be a citizen of the United States.

Please contact me or visit our website to find more information about our Foundation and Scholarship.  We encourage you to share this information with any students, families, school leaders, and officials that might find it relevant.

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.



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)