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Terminale Deadlines, Mock Tests Reminder, etc.

In this post:

  • University Visits
  • Parents’ Morning Meeting
  • Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11 - reminder
  • Summer Program Information Session
  • Poetry Contest Opportunity for Secondes and Premières
  • Leadership Program Opportunity for Troisièmes, Secondes, and Premières
  • Terminales: University List and Student Responsibilities
  • Terminales: UK Applications
  • Terminales: Upcoming Deadline for University of California

University Visits
Opportunities for students to learn more about schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend. Sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

  • Sciences Po & Columbia University Dual BA Program - Wednesday, November 9
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland - Monday, November 14
  • The New School (New York City) - Friday, November 18

Parents’ Morning Meeting
The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30am in the large conference room, administration building (room 212). Topic: the Common Application (US application system) and UCAS (UK application system). Please let me know of any topics you would like to see covered at future meetings.

Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11 - reminder
All students in troisième, seconde, and première will take a mock standardized test in school this week. Troisièmes will take a practice PSAT on November 10, and secondes and premières will take a practice SAT on November 11. These mock tests are mandatory and are part of the normal school day for all students; tests will begin at 8:30am and replace regular classes that morning. Students will receive instructions about room assignments closer to the test date. Students should bring number 2 pencils and a calculator.

This test is free of charge and will be practice only; results will not be sent to universities. This is a way for students to get acquainted with these American-style tests, to see which areas are strong for them and which areas may need improvement (even if at this point your child does not plan to apply to US institutions for university). Our school also uses these scores as a "baseline" to predict how each student may perform on the real tests later, to counsel families on appropriate college choices, and to understand how we can better prepare students. No advance preparation is needed or expected.

The PSAT is a practice SAT. Many students take PSAT 10 (specifically for secondes) in the late winter/early spring of seconde, and PSAT in the fall of première. The SAT (along with the ACT) is used in the university admission process for most US and some international institutions. It has two main sections, Critical Reading and Math. Historically, SAT is more commonly taken than ACT by our students; although both tests are accepted and treated equally by universities. Families are encouraged to look into both tests, and students can try some practice tests for both. Free practice SAT and ACT exams are offered by local test-prep agency PrepMatters on the weekends: 

Summer Program Information Session
Oxbridge Academic Programs
Attend a reception to learn more about these programs in Europe and the US.
Friday, December 9th
7:00 to 9:00pm
The Westin Georgetown, Logan Room. 2350 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Register here

Poetry Contest Opportunity for Secondes and Premières

Students in seconde and première are invited to enter the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers contest, presented by the Kenyon Review, one of the country’s most respected literary magazines. If you are the winner or one of the two runners-up, you will see your poem published in the Review’s bi-monthly journal and on their website. In addition, the winner receives a full scholarship to the 2017 Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio, next summer.

Contest entry. The submission button will be live between November 1 and 30. Limit of one unpublished poem and one entry per person.

Leadership Program Opportunity for Troisièmes, Secondes, and Premières
The National Student Leadership Conference is accepting applications. At NSLC, students can meet with prominent national and world leaders, learn about careers, experience life on a college campus, and earn college credit.

The foundation seeks students who have demonstrated academic excellence (at least a “B” average, equivalent to approximately 11 overall), extracurricular involvement, and leadership potential. More information

Terminales: University List and Student Responsibilities
November 1 was the deadline to receive the University List for ANY AND ALL university choices (US, UK, and Canada). This list is needed for us to prepare and send your transcripts/bulletins and other documents to each university. Please keep in mind the other counseling deadlines.

Remember that it is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Submit application and application fee to each university, along with any required essays, list of activities, etc. Refer to the attached Application Systems Instructions.
  • Request to have official scores (SAT/ACT, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.) sent from the testing agency to each university, if required. Self-reporting your scores on an application is not sufficient; you’ll need to have the official scores sent.
  • Complete Naviance/Common App “matching” process and select your application method in Naviance (when applicable).
  • Check your application status with each university to ensure they have received all your required documents. Most universities have an online portal (like McGill’s Minerva system) where you can see your status. Some universities email notifications to students if their files are incomplete, but some don’t (including McGill!). So, make sure to check frequently.
  • Follow up with your teachers, if necessary, regarding recommendation letters and deadlines.

Terminales: UK Applications
The deadline is December 15 to finish and submit your part of the UCAS application. Teacher recommendation letters should be submitted to Naviance by December 1. Refer to the Application Systems Instructions for more details on filling out UCAS.
UCAS registration

Terminales: Upcoming Deadline for University of California
The UC schools are now accepting applications. You can submit your application anytime in the month of November (deadline: November 30). Refer to the Application Systems Instructions for more details on filling out the UC application.
UC application

Posted by on Monday November 7, 2016
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Mock Tests, Morning Meeting Recap, and More

In this post
-University Visits
-Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11
-Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
-University Information Sessions
-Secondes: Leadership Program Opportunity
-Terminales: University List Due by October 31
-Terminales: Teacher Recommendation Letters
-Terminales: UMD Deadline Approaching
-Terminales: Naviance To-Do
-Terminales: Jefferson Scholars (UVA) Deadline Approaching


University Visits
Meeting these university representatives is a great way for students to learn more about schools and get their questions answered. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time). Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

Upcoming visits:

  • *NEW* Oxbridge Academic Summer Programs (UK) - Monday, October 31
  • Concordia University (Canada) - Tuesday, November 1 in the small conference room, administration building (room 210)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) - Thursday, November 3 at 2:15pm
  • St. John’s College (Maryland, USA) - Friday, November 4
  • Sciences Po & Columbia University Dual BA Program - Wednesday, November 9
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland - Monday, November 14
  • The New School (New York City, USA) - Friday, November 18


Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11
All students in troisième, seconde, and première will take a mock standardized test in school in November. Troisièmes will take a practice PSAT on November 10, and secondes and premières will take a practice SAT on November 11. These mock tests are mandatory and are part of the normal school day for all students; tests will begin at 8:30am and replace regular classes that morning. Students will receive instructions about room assignments closer to the test date.

This will be a practice test only; results will not be sent to universities. This is a way for students to get acquainted with these American-style tests, to see which areas are strong for them and which areas may need improvement (even if at this point your child does not plan to apply to US institutions for university). Our school also uses these scores as a "baseline" to predict how each student may perform on the real tests later, to counsel families on appropriate college choices, and to understand how we can better prepare students. No advance preparation is needed or expected.

The PSAT is a practice SAT. Many students take PSAT 10 (specifically for secondes) in the late winter/early spring of seconde, and PSAT in the fall of première. The SAT (along with the ACT) is used in the university admission process for most US and some international institutions. It has two main sections, Critical Reading and Math. Historically, SAT is more commonly taken than ACT by our students; although both tests are accepted and treated equally by universities. Families are encouraged to look into both tests, and students can try some practice tests for both. Free practice SAT and ACT exams are offered by local test-prep agency PrepMatters on the weekends.


Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
Thank you to the 11 parents who joined me for a discussion about the TOEFL, IELTS, and other standardized tests. Notes are provided for those who could not attend. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30am, with a focus on the Common Application (US application system) and UCAS (UK application system).


Reminder: Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale Information Sessions
Learn about academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions, and financial aid.

Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00pm
Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD, register here

-OR-

Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC, register here


Reminder: Leadership Program Opportunity for Secondes
Students are invited to nominate themselves for the HOBY Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The selected student will be invited to attend a seminar May 25 to 28 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, along with 230 other sophomores (secondes) from across the state of Maryland. The goal of the program is to develop and refine leadership skills among the youth of our state and our communities. Students will learn about personal leadership, group leadership, and leadership for society. 

To be considered to be our school’s representative, by the end of the day on Monday, October 31, students should email me and respond to the following:
“In 100 words or fewer, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader at Rochambeau and in your community.”

The selected student will have demonstrated or potential leadership, outstanding communication skills, strong decision-making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, courage to speak out, and participation and/or interest in community service.

Most expenses for the seminar are paid by local organizations. If selected, your family will be responsible for paying the $195 registration fee by check to HOBY International; this payment will be due to Ms. Parliman by Friday, November 18 to ensure the student’s registration is confirmed by the program deadline.


University List
Mme. Bessaha and I have not received a University List yet from nearly half of the terminale class. We must receive your list of university choices (any in the US, UK, and Canada) by Monday, October 31. This list is needed to prepare and send your transcripts/bulletins and other documents to each university.

Teacher Recommendation Letters
By now, you should have requested letters of recommendation from two teachers if you are applying to US or UK universities. It is your responsibility to make these requests and provide your deadlines:
If university application deadline is November 1-30, the teacher letter is due Monday, October 24.
If university application deadline is December 1-30, the teacher letter is due November 22.
If university application deadline is January 1 or later, the teacher letter is due December 1.


Upcoming Deadline for University of Maryland
University of Maryland College Park has a November 1 priority deadline that is fast approaching. Be sure to work on any other applications that have a November 1 deadline. See the Application Systems Instructions.


Steps Students Need to Take in Naviance for Applications
After you give your University List to Mme. Bessaha, she’ll add the schools into your list of “Colleges I’m Apply To” in Naviance Family Connection. If you are applying to US schools, please review the following. We cannot send your documents until you’ve completed these tasks!

Linking Common App to Naviance:
1.  After you have set up your Common App account, in your Common App enter at least one college or university in “My Colleges.”
2.  Go to the “FERPA Waiver” section on the left.
3.  Read the information, and choose whether or not to waive (give up) your right to see your recommendations.
4.  Then, go to Naviance Family Connection.
5.  Go to “Colleges,” then “Colleges I’m Applying To.”
6.  Fill in the email address you used in your Common App. Follow the instructions to link your Common App and Naviance accounts.

Now, in the “Colleges I’m Applying To” section, next to each school’s name, select the method by which you are applying.
 

  • If the university only offers one application system, it will show that. For example, Albany College, shown below, only accepts Common Application.
  • Some universities offer multiple application systems, and you’ll need to choose one. I highly recommend using the Common App if it is available. This application is accepted by over almost 700 universities and is the easiest system to use.
    • Example: American University, below, accepts both the Common App and the Coalition application. If you were applying to American via the Coalition application, you would select “direct to the institution.”
    • I recommend that you choose Common App whenever possible, to limit the number of times you have to fill out your information during the application process.

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Reminder: Deadline Approaching for University of Virginia Scholarship
The Jefferson Scholars Program covers the entire cost of four years of study at UVA, plus supplemental enrichment activities (leadership institute, foreign travel studies, career counseling, etc.). 

If you think you could be a good fit for this program, by Monday, October 31 you’ll need to: email me, attach a copy of your resume/CV, and provide a short answer to each of the following questions:
-How have you made an exceptional contribution to your community?
-How do you exhibit personal integrity, leadership, and academic excellence?
-What are your most significant academic accomplishments?

I will inform you of the next steps.

Posted by on Friday October 21, 2016
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PSAT, Events, Program Opportunities, and More

Contents
-PSAT Registration Reminder
-College Counseling Parent Meetings
-University Visits
-College Fairs
-Information Sessions
-Academic Summer Program Opportunities for Secondes and Premières
-Leadership Program Opportunity for Secondes
-University List
-Teacher Recommendation Letters - Timeline
-Naviance and Applications
-McGill Information

Deadline is TOMORROW for for PSAT Registration for Premières

The PSAT will be offered Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30am at the school. If you intend to take the test, please complete the registration form and bring it, with payment, to the receptionist at the Administration Building, Forest Road campus, by 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 11.

College Counseling Parent Meetings
Dates for the fall: October 12, November 16, December 14
Topic for this week, October 12: TOEFL and other English language tests: Who needs to take these? When and how should you take them?

Meetings are at 8:30am in the large conference room in the administration building. La Grande Salle de Reunion is room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building. At the top of the stairs, turn right and go to the end of the hall. The conference room will be on your right.

University Visits
Meeting these university representatives is a great way for students to learn more about schools and get their questions answered. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time). Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

Upcoming visits:
Emerson College (Massachusetts, US) - Monday, October 10 (TODAY)
University of Bath (England) - Tuesday, October 11 Time: 12:45pm
Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) - Wednesday, October 12
Rollins College (Florida, US) - Thursday, October 13
Queens University of Charlotte (North Carolina, US) - Friday, October 14
Sarah Lawrence College (New York, US) - Tuesday, October 18
McGill University (Canada) - Thursday, October 20
Cooper Union (New York City, US) - Friday, October 21 (art, architecture, and engineering)
American University of Paris (France) - Date: Friday, October 21 at 1:00pm (TIME CHANGE), Room 106, lycée
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (US) - Monday, November 14

National College Fair
Greater Washington, DC National College Fair, sponsored by NACAC
Meet admissions representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities. Free admission.
Sunday, October 23
1:00-3:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, DC
Register here
Be sure to register in advance! The printed barcode you receive will enable colleges to easily collect your contact information to follow up with you, and will save you time (so you don’t have to write out your name, address, etc. at each school’s table).

Local College Fair
Albert Einstein High School's 17th Annual College Fair
TODAY, Monday, October 10
6:00-8:00pm
Location: Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Rd. Kensington, MD
Meet with more than 100 representatives from colleges, universities, and trade schools
Free and open to all area families

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale Information Sessions
Learn about academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions, and financial aid.
Two options:

Tuesday, November 1
7:00pm
Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD
Register here

Wednesday, November 2
7:00pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC
Register here

Georgetown University Info Session
Tuesday, October 18
6:30-8:30pm
Location: Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD
Register here

“Best of U” - UK Universities Info Session - University of Bristol, Durham U, Newcastle U, U of Southampton, U of Warwick, and U of York
Meet admissions representatives and learn what makes these schools unique.
Wednesday, October 12
7:30 to 10:00pm
Location: Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC
Register here

Academic Summer Program Opportunities for Secondes and Premières

George Mason University is accepting nominations for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC). You’ll take an active role in the conferences and be introduced to college life, residing on the George Mason University campus. These six days will help you practice and apply leadership and decision-making skills that will prepare you for college. If you are interested, please submit the nomination form.

WYSE will be held June 25-30. 
WJMC will be held July 9-14 and July 16-21.

Leadership Program Opportunity for Secondes
Students are invited to nominate themselves for the HOBY Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The selected student will be invited to attend a seminar May 25 to 28 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, along with 230 other sophomores (secondes) from across the state of Maryland. The goal of the program is to develop and refine leadership skills among the youth of our state and our communities. Students will learn about personal leadership, group leadership, and leadership for society. Please see the HOBY website for more information.

To be considered to be our school’s representative, by the end of the day on Monday, October 31, students should email me and respond to the following:
“In 100 words or fewer, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader at Rochambeau and in your community.”

The selected student will have demonstrated or potential leadership, outstanding communication skills, strong decision-making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, courage to speak out, and participation and/or interest in community service.

Most expenses for the seminar are paid by local organizations. If selected, your family will be responsible for paying the $195 registration fee by check to HOBY International; this payment will be due to Ms. Parliman by Friday, November 18 to ensure the student’s registration is confirmed by the program deadline.

University List
Turning in this form to Mme. Bessaha, our registrar, is what signals us to start preparing your counselor recommendation and transcript. You can always add more colleges later, so if you have decided on any schools please submit a list with those to Mme. Bessaha as soon as possible.

Teacher Recommendation Letters - Timeline
By now, you should have requested letters of recommendation from two teachers if you are applying to US or UK universities. Please speak to your teachers in person to get their approval, and let them know your timeline:

If the university application deadline is October 1-30, the teacher letter is due ASAP.
If the university application deadline is November 1-30, the teacher letter is due October 24.
If the university application deadline is December 1-30, the teacher letter is due November 22.
If the university application deadline is January 1 or later, the teacher letter is due December 1.

Steps Students Need to Take in Naviance for Applications
After you give your University List to Mme. Bessaha, she’ll add the schools into your list of “Colleges I’m Apply To” in Naviance Family Connection.

Linking Common App to Naviance
1.  After you have set up your Common App account, in your Common App enter at least one college or university in “My Colleges.”
2.  Go to the “FERPA Waiver” section on the left.
3.  Read the information, and choose whether or not to waive (give up) your right to see your recommendations.
5.  Go to “Colleges,” then “Colleges I’m Applying To.”6.  Fill in the email address you used in your Common App. Follow the instructions to link your Common App and Naviance accounts.

Now, in the “Colleges I’m Applying To” section, next to each school’s name, select the method by which you are applying.  
  • If the university only offers one application system, it will show that. For example, Albany College, shown below, only accepts Common Application.
  • Some universities offer multiple application systems, and you’ll need to choose one. I highly recommend using the Common App if it is available. This application is accepted by over almost 700 universities and is the easiest system to use.
    • Example: American University, below, accepts both the Common App and the Coalition application. If you were applying to American via the Coalition application, you would select “direct to the institution.”
    • I recommend that you choose Common App whenever possible, to limit the number of times you have to fill out your information during the application process.
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McGill Information
If you are interested in McGill, please note this information from their admissions office: Though McGill’s final application deadline is January 15th, admissions officers will start reviewing applications and making offers of admission as early as mid-November. Students who apply and submit their supporting documents early are likely to get a decision faster than those who wait until the application deadline. Priority will be given to complete applications demonstrating the best academic achievement.
  • Applicants will be considered for admission on their bulletins (in French with results on 20) for Première and Terminale. While a diploma in “premier groupe” with “mention assez bien” is the minimum expected, many programs are more competitive and will require higher grades.
  • Applicants should monitor their online Minerva account regularly. McGill admissions officers do not send emails or make reminders phone calls about missing items. Instead, changes to an applicant’s status and requests for additional documents are made directly on their Minerva checklist.
    • **Please note that you must upload your own bulletins to the Minerva system in order for McGill to consider your application as complete!
  • For admitted students who decide to attend McGill, it is important to confirm no later than the due date specified in the offer letter (in most cases this will be May 1st).
Posted by on Monday October 10, 2016
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PSAT, Meetings, Scholarships, Testing Accommodations

Topics: PSAT Reminder for Premières, Morning Meetings, University Visits, University Info Session, Scholarship Opportunities for Terminales, Program on Medicine, and Testing Accommodations


Reminder: PSAT Registration Open for Premières

The PSAT will be offered Wednesday, October 19th from 8:00am to 12:00pm (approximately) at the school. This fall’s PSAT is the qualifying exam for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program* for all current première students who meet the following criteria:

-Will stay at Rochambeau for terminale

-Are US citizens, US permanent residents (green card holders), or have applied for green card.

Première students meeting these requirements must take the October 19th PSAT in order to be eligibility to compete in the National Merit/National Achievement Scholarship Programs or the National Hispanic Recognition Program.*

Even if you do not meet the criteria for scholarships, the PSAT is excellent practice for the actual SAT, which you will have to take in order to apply to US universities. All première students are encouraged to take the PSAT in October as a practice test for the SAT. Note: PSAT results are NOT sent to universities and are not used at all in university admission. The PSAT is purely a practice test which can also lead to scholarships for eligible students who make top scores.

Information sheet and registration form. If you intend to take the test, please complete the Student Registration form and bring it, with payment, to the receptionist at the Administration Building, Forest Road campus, by Tuesday, October 11, 2016.


Morning Meetings for Parents

Dates for the fall: October 12, November 16, December 14 at 8:30am

Topic for Wednesday, October 12: TOEFL and other English language tests: Who needs to take these? When and how should you take them?

Location: Large conference room in the administration building. La Grande Salle de Reunion is room 212, upstairs. At the top of the stairs, turn right and go to the end of the hall. The conference room will be on your right.


University Visits

Over 20 colleges and universities from all over the world have already scheduled fall visits to Rochambeau, and these representatives are eager to meet our students! Students in all high school grades (quatrième onward) are invited to attend to learn more about these great schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time), and email Ms. Parliman to sign up. Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

Visits in the next few weeks:

New College of the Humanities (UK) - Monday, September 26 (TODAY)

American University (Washington DC, USA) - Wednesday, September 28

Parsons Paris (France) - Wednesday, September 28    Time: 1:10pm

University of British Columbia (Canada) - Monday, October 3

Smith College (Massachusetts, USA) - Wednesday, October 5

Queen’s University (Canada) - Thursday, October 6

Eckerd College (Florida, USA) - Friday, October 7

Emerson College (Massachusetts, USA) - Monday, October 10

University of Bath (England) - Tuesday, October 11   Time: 12:45pm

Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) - Wednesday, October 12

Rollins College (Florida, USA) - Thursday, October 13

Queens University of Charlotte (North Carolina, USA) - Friday, October 14


University Information Session

“Best of U” - UK Universities Info Session - University of Bristol, Durham U, Newcastle U, U of Southampton, U of Warwick, and U of York

Meet admissions representatives and learn what makes these schools unique.

Wednesday, October 12

7:30 to 10:00pm

Location: Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC

Register here


Scholarship Opportunities for Terminales

Washington University in St. Louis

Students planning to apply to Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA) are invited to express interest in the Danforth Scholars Program. This scholarship provides full or partial tuition. The program is looking for students who have shown a capacity for service and leadership, as well as academic excellence, and who will embrace the challenges of a rigorous academic curriculum. The program seeks students who exhibit maturity, strong moral character, selflessness, and commitment to the community. This is a very competitive award-- last year, 19 Scholars were chosen from 1,800 nominations.

Terminale students, if you think you could be a good fit for this program, by Monday, October 10 please email me and attach a copy of your resume/CV. In your email, please provide a short answer to each of the following questions:

-How have you made an exceptional contribution to your community?

-How do you exhibit personal integrity, leadership, and academic excellence?

-How do you see yourself being a leader in your future career or community?

I will inform you of the next steps.


Davidson College

The John M. Belk Scholarship is Davidson’s most prestigious merit program. Covering the comprehensive costs of attending Davidson (room, board, tuition, and fees), the Belk Scholarship is valued at over $63,000 in 2016-17. Scholars also receive two special-study stipends of $3,000 each. Belk Scholars are students whose outstanding intellectual ability and success, leadership experience, commitment to service, and overall personal vigor mark them as those who will accomplish much and contribute most to the Davidson community and in their lives beyond their college years. This is a competitive program-- 60 semi-finalists will be chosen from a nomination pool over over 1,100 nominations.

Terminale students, if you think you could be a good fit for this program, by Friday, October 21 please email me and attach a copy of your resume/CV. In your email, please provide a short answer to each of the following questions:

-What are your most significant academic achievements in the classroom, in student or civic organizations, on the athletic field,or in the arts?

-How have you shown commitment to your local and/or global community?

I will inform you of the next steps.

More information

 

University of Virginia

The Jefferson Scholars Program covers the entire cost of four years of study at UVA, plus supplemental enrichment activities (leadership institute, foreign travel studies, career counseling, etc.). More information: http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/

Terminale students, if you think you could be a good fit for this program, by Monday, October 31 please email me and attach a copy of your resume/CV. In your email, please provide a short answer to each of the following questions:

-How have you made an exceptional contribution to your community?

-How do you exhibit personal integrity, leadership, and academic excellence?

-What are your most significant academic accomplishments?

I will inform you of the next steps.

 

Other Program Opportunities for students

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF)

Open enrollment is available for interested students who are in grade levels troisième through terminale and have shown leadership potential (involvement in community or school activities). Takes place at the University of Maryland in June or July 2017, and students have the opportunity to receive college credit through George Mason University.

Information about the program and Enrollment Info


Testing Accommodations for US Standardized Tests

College Board Services for Students with Disabilities, and Request Process

Does your student have a learning difference or receive exceptions during class and school tests? I serve as the school's "SSD" (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator and work with families whose students need testing accommodations for College Board exams (PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP). “Accommodations” could include extra time, testing in a separate room from other students, or extra breaks.

Here is how the process works: Families notify me of the need to make a request, I work with them to gather the necessary documentation, and I submit a request to the College Board. Overview of the process

Students may be considered eligible for accommodations if they meet several criteria: they have a documented disability, their participation in College Board exams would be impacted, they must demonstrate the need for the requested accommodation, and they already receive accommodations for tests in school. Information about eligibility

In general, specific documentation is required for the College Board to consider a request, and the required documentation varies depending on students' disabilities. 

It can take about seven weeks for the College Board to review and make a decision on a request, so it is best to start the process as soon as possible. If your student requires accommodations, please contact me so we can discuss what type of disability your student has, what documentation is available, and what type of accommodations he or she currently receives in school. Having a personalized study plan (PPS) already in place is helpful to requests; please contact Mme. Joly, the Student Achievement Advisor, with any questions about a PPS.

Posted by on Monday September 26, 2016
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Terminales: Updates & Deadlines

Responsibility for European Universities

To serve students and families better, and to take advantage of Mme. Gaultier’s experience with European university admissions, Mme. Gaultier will now manage the application process for all European universities except for UK. I will continue to work with students on applications to US, UK, Canada, and any other regions outside Europe.

If you are interested in studying in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, or other countries in Europe, please feel free to see Mme. Gaultier with any questions. Her office is upstairs in the lycée, next to the CRA.

Recap: Terminale University Info Night

Please review the presentation from last Wednesday’s information evening. Thank you to all who attended! We had an overview of the education and admission systems in the US, UK, and Canada, and reviewed the steps students should be taking to work on their university applications.

Oxford & Cambridge and Medical/Vet UK programs: Deadlines Soon

If you haven’t already done so, you must let me know by September 20 if you will apply to Oxford or Cambridge or medical/veterinary programs in the UK. You must submit your University List to Mme. Bessaha, and, if applicable, inform me of any extra admission test you may need to take for your program/course of choice. You’ll need to have started your UCAS application and provide me with your UCAS ID in order for me to register you for the test.

Keep in mind that your part of the UCAS application must be finished by September 30, and teachers' recommendations must be received by October 7 at the latest, in order for me to submit your UCAS application and supporting materials by the deadline. You are responsible for notifying your teachers of your deadlines. Because of the way UCAS is set up, I must summarize comments from your teachers’ letters for the reference section before I can submit your application to UCAS; this is the reason for these preliminary deadlines.

University List

Turning in this form to Mme. Bessaha is what signals us to start preparing your counselor recommendation and transcript. You can always add more colleges later, so if you have decided on any schools please submit a list with those to Mme. Bessaha by September 30.

REVISED Instructions for Application Systems

Refer to these revised instructions that you'll need as you work on various university applications (Common Application, UC, UMD, UCAS for UK admission, etc.). There was an error with some of the dates listed in the UC portion.

Teacher Recommendations - Timeline

Please provide your completed Questionnaire for Teacher Recommendations to any teachers who have agreed to write a recommendation letter for you. Teachers will submit their letters through Naviance and have received instructions from me on how to do this.

The deadline to request your letters is September 30, to ensure your teachers have sufficient time to write their letters. Please speak to your teachers in person to get their approval, and let them know your timeline:

If the university application deadline is October 1-30, the teacher letter is due September 30.

If the university application deadline is November 1-30, the teacher letter is due October 24.

If the university application deadline is December 1-30, the teacher letter is due November 22.

If the university application deadline is January 1 or later, the teacher letter is due December 1.

Actions to take in Naviance

After you give your University List to Mme. Bessaha, she’ll add the schools into your list of “Colleges I’m Applying To” in Naviance Family Connection. You’ll need to go into the list, and next to each school’s name, select the method by which you are applying. See below screenshot as an example.


Linking Common App to Naviance

1.  After you have set up your Common App account, in your Common App enter at least one college or university in “My Colleges.”

2.  Go to the “FERPA Waiver” section on the left.

3.  Read the information, and choose whether or not to waive (give up) your right to see your recommendations.

4.  Then, go to Naviance Family Connection: http://connection.naviance. com/frenchis

5.  Enter your password that you made to get into Family Connection.

6.  Go to Colleges, then Colleges I’m Applying To.

7.  Fill in the email address you used in your Common App.

 

  • If the university only offers one application, it will show that. For example, Boston College only accepts Common Application.

  • Some universities offer multiple applications, and you’ll need to choose one. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND using the Common App if it is available. This application is accepted by over 600 universities and is the easiest system to use. Example: American University, below, accepts three different types of applications: Common App, Coalition, and “direct to the institution” via their own application. Choose Common App if possible, to limit the number of times you have to fill out your information during the application process.

  • Change your selection by clicking on the text displayed in the "How are you applying?" column


Upcoming Visits from University Representatives

Remember, we have lots of university representatives coming to visit Rochambeau this fall, usually during the lunch hour. Meeting these representatives is a great way to learn more about schools and get your questions answered. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

Posted by Emily Parliman on Tuesday September 20, 2016
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PSAT Registration, Info Sessions, and Events

PSAT Registration Open for Premières

The PSAT will be offered Wednesday, October 19th from 8:00am to 12:00pm (approximately) at the school. This fall’s PSAT is the qualifying exam for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program* for all current première students who meet the following criteria:

-Will stay at Rochambeau for terminale

-Are US citizens, US permanent residents (green card holders), or have applied for green card.

Première students meeting these requirements must take the October 19th PSAT in order to be eligibility to compete in the National Merit/National Achievement Scholarship Programs or the National Hispanic Recognition Program.*

Even if you do not meet the criteria for scholarships, the PSAT is excellent practice for the actual SAT, which you will have to take in order to apply to US universities. All première students are encouraged to take the PSAT in October as a practice test for the SAT. Note: PSAT results are NOT sent to universities and are not used at all in university admission. The PSAT is purely a practice test which can also lead to scholarships for eligible students who make top scores.

Information sheet and registration form

If you intend to take the test, please complete the Student Registration form and bring it, with payment, to the receptionist at the Administration Building, Forest Road campus, by Tuesday, October 11, 2016.


Recap: Morning Meeting - Financial Aid & Scholarships

Thank you to the 11 parents who joined us for the first University Counseling morning meeting of the fall on September 7. We had a good discussion about financial aid and scholarships. Refer to the financial aid and scholarships hand-outs for more information.


SCHOOL EVENTS

Orientation Meetings with Terminale Students

September 12 (Monday) 1:30 to 3:20pm: Terminale ES & L with Mme. Parliman: CRA (please bring your laptop or iPad)

Terminale S with Mme. Gaultier: Room 107

September 19 (Monday) 3:40 to 5:20pm: Terminale S with Mme. Parliman: CRA (please bring your laptop or iPad)

Terminale ES & L with Mme. Gaultier: Room 107


College Info Night for Terminales & Parents

September 14 (Wednesday)

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: *CHANGE OF VENUE: Now in the Auditorium in the lycée

Important information for students and parents about deadlines, college applications, recommendation letters, tests, etc.

 

University Visits for Students

Over 20 colleges and universities from all over the world have already scheduled fall visits to Rochambeau, and these representatives are eager to meet our students! Students in all high school grades (quatrième onward) are invited to attend to learn more about these great schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time), and email Ms. Parliman to sign up. Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building. Upcoming visits:

Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA): Thursday, September 15

Vanderbilt University (Tennessee, USA): Friday, September 16

University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK): Friday, September 16  Time: 1:10pm

Minerva Schools at KGI: *Special workshop: Design Your Ideal College* - Monday, September 19

In this workshop, students will be challenged to think like an entrepreneur-- critically and creatively-- about their college search. You’ll learn Silicon Valley brainstorming exercises and apply a problem-solving approach made famous by Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg to build your dream university. You’ll also learn about Minerva's approach to college.

“Minerva is a global liberal arts university program designed by a Harvard dean and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to prepare students to solve complex global problems. Minerva students live in up to seven of the world’s greatest cities throughout their four years of college, studying exclusively in small active learning seminars throughout.”

New College of the Humanities (UK): Monday, September 26


UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSIONS

Meet admissions representatives and learn what makes these schools unique.

Duke Info Session (North Carolina, USA): Tuesday, September 13

6:30 to 8:00pm

Location: Episcopal High School, Pendleton Hall, 1200 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Register here: https://admiss.ugrad.duke.edu/portal/discover-duke?id=beba5a68-75d4-41c7-ba19-05359b88adc3


MIT Info Session (Massachusetts, USA): Thursday, September 15

6:30pm

Location: Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD

No registration necessary


Boston University Info Session (Massachusetts, USA): Sunday, September 18, 2016

Refreshments 12:30pm, presentation 1:00pm

Location: Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

To register, call 617-353-2300

 

Washington University in St. Louis Info Session (Missouri, USA): Sunday, September 18

7:00 to 8:00pm

Location: Courtyard Tysons Corner Fairfax, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

No reservation needed. For additional information, call 800-638-0700 or visit admissions.wustl.edu


Carnegie Mellon University Info Session (Pennsylvania, USA): Tuesday, September 20

7:30pm

Location: Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

Register here: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/information-sessions-in-a-city-near-you


Fordham University Info Session (New York City, USA): Thursday, September 29

7:00 to 9:00pm

Location: Georgetown Preparatory School, Hanley Multipurpose Room, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Register here: https://admission.fordham.edu/register/?id=f3efe286-022f-4ddf-8d54-a7590734246e


“Best of U” - UK Universities Info Session - University of Bristol, Durham U, Newcastle U, U of Southampton, U of Warwick, and U of York: Wednesday, October 12

7:30 to 10:00pm

Location: Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/best-of-u-washington-dc-tickets-26242457898

Posted by Emily Parliman on Tuesday September 13, 2016
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Terminale News & Instructions

Terminales: Here is important information about submitting applications.

Instructions for application systems

Instructions you will need as you work on various university applications (Common Application, UC, UMD, UCAS for UK admission, etc.)

Questionnaire for teacher recommendations

Please provide your completed Questionnaire for Teacher Recommendations to any teachers who have agreed to write a recommendation letter for you. Your responses will help your teachers write an effective letter. See this information for tips on how to choose your recommenders. The deadline to request your letters is September 30, to ensure your teachers have sufficient time to write their letters. Please speak to your teachers in person to get their approval. They will submit their letters through Naviance and will receive further instructions from me on how to do this.

If you are applying to Oxford/Cambridge or any other UK programs with October 15 deadlines, the deadline is September 20 for requesting your recommendations and submitting your University List; refer to the Deadlines for Terminales.

Extra tests for UK admission

If you are applying to the UK, check the requirements of your program(s) of interest to determine whether you need to take an admission test (BMAT for medical programs, Oxford programs, etc.). If so, you must let me know by September 20 so I can register you. Most tests will be administered here at the school on Wednesday, November 2. I will need the following information: your complete name, date of birth, UCAS ID number, the courses to which you are applying that require the test, and which test you need to take.

Examples of tests you may need to take:

  • University of Cambridge pre-interview assessments: required for a number of courses.

  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT): an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities.

  • University of Oxford admissions tests: Part of the application process for a range of courses.

  • Imperial College London: Applicants for undergraduate Maths courses need to take MAT.


Counseling Meetings

Mme. Gaultier and I will be meeting with terminales at these times:

Monday, September 12 - 1:30 to 3:20pm

Terminale ES & L with Mme. Parliman: CRA

Terminale S with Mme. Gaultier: Room 107

Monday, September 19 - 3:40 to 5:20pm

Terminale S with Mme. Parliman: CRA

Terminale ES & L with Mme. Gaultier: Room 107

For the meetings in the CRA, please bring your own laptop or iPad if possible, since the room does not have enough desktop computers for every student. We’ll be working on application websites, Naviance Family Connection, and other items for university admission.


University List

Turning in this form to Mme. Bessaha is what signals us to start preparing your counselor recommendation and transcript. You can always add more colleges later, so if you have decided on any schools please submit a list with those to Mme. Bessaha.

Actions to take in Naviance

After you give your University List to Mme. Bessaha, she’ll add the schools into your list of “Colleges I’m Applying To” in Naviance Family Connection. You’ll need to go into the list, and next to each school’s name, select the method by which you are applying. See below screenshot as an example.


Linking Common App to Naviance:

1.  After you have set up your Common App account, in your Common App enter at least one college or university in “My Colleges.”

2.  Go to the “FERPA Waiver” section on the left.

3.  Read the information, and choose whether or not to waive (give up) your right to see your recommendations.

4.  Then, go to Naviance Family Connection.

5.  Enter your password that you made to get into Family Connection.

6.  Go to Colleges, then Colleges I’m Applying To.

7.  Fill in the email address you used in your Common App.

  • If the university only offers one application, it will show that. For example, Boston College, shown below, only accepts Common Application.

  • Some universities offer multiple applications, and you’ll need to choose one. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND using the Common App if it is available. This application is accepted by over 600 universities and is the easiest system to use. Example: American University, below, accepts three different types of applications: Common App, Coalition, and “direct to the institution” via their own application. Choose Common App if possible, to limit the number of times you have to fill out your information during the application process.

  • Change your selection by clicking on the text displayed in the "How are you applying?" column

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Visits from University Representatives

Remember, we have lots of university representatives coming to visit Rochambeau this fall, usually during the lunch hour. Dates are announced in my regular emails and are also posted on my office door (room 226 in the administration building). Meeting these representatives is a great way to learn more about schools and get your questions answered.


I’ll be away from the school on Thursday and Friday this week, at a counselor program at Washington University in St. Louis. I’ll return on Monday, September 12. Please note that I’ll have limited access to email during this time, and I’ll respond as quickly as possible. Have a good day!

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Terminale "To Do" in September

Welcome back to school! And, for new students, welcome to Rochambeau. Now that autumn is here, it’s time to start submitting university applications.

  • Check your Rochambeau email account regularly. I send lots of important information to your school email.

  • Come to the Terminale College Information Night with your parents on Wednesday, September 14, in the library at 6pm.

  • Review the Deadlines for Terminales. If you plan to apply Early Decision/Early Action to any universities, or to UK medical/vet/dentistry programs or Oxford/Cambridge, deadlines are coming up soon.

  • Keep in mind which duties are your responsibility (submitting applications, sending test scores, etc.). See page 1 of the Deadlines document.

  • Register for any standardized tests you still need (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, etc.)

  • When you’ve decided which schools you’ll apply to, turn in your University List to Mme. Bessaha.

  • You should already have requested recommendation letters from two teachers. If you haven’t, you must arrange for these as soon as possible. Recommendation letters are required by US and UK universities, and some Canadian and other universities.

  • If you haven’t already sent me your Questionnaire for Counselor Recommendation, it is now overdue! Please send me your responses as soon as possible.

If you haven’t already met with me in person to discuss your college plans, please contact me to set up an appointment. Getting to know you personally will help me help you!

I will be meeting with terminales on September 12 and/or 19 during the vie de classe. You’ll receive more information in the coming weeks. We also have lots of university representatives coming to visit Rochambeau this fall, usually during the lunch hour. Dates are announced in my regular emails and are also posted on my office door (room 226 in the administration building).

Check the Counseling bulletin board in the first-floor hall of the lycée, and this blog, for news and updates.

Remember, lots of reference documents and resources are stored in Naviance Family Connection. Parents and students received instructions and login information for Naviance in June; contact me if you cannot access the system (more information below).

Have a great first week back!


Naviance

Naviance Family Connection is a comprehensive website students can use to plan for college and a career.  If you haven’t already done so, please go to the website, click “I need to register” on the right-hand side, and create an account using the access codes below. Be sure to use an email address that you check frequently. Students and parents should have their own accounts; access codes were sent in June.

Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a service we use to send application materials and track data about college plans. Family Connection allows you to:

  • Build a resume, access college search and application resources, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers

  • Sign up for college visits. All students in quatrieme onward are invited to attend these visits from university representatives to learn more about different schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if applicable). Most sessions are during lunchtime; students are welcome to bring their lunch.

  • Send requests for teacher recommendations (for terminales)

Posted by on Wednesday August 31, 2016
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Back-to-School News & Updates

Welcome back to school! For those of you I haven’t yet met, I’m Emily Parliman, the University Counselor. I work with students applying to any non-French universities. I’ll generally be sending biweekly email newsletters with important dates, deadlines, and information for students and parents on all matters related to universities and applications. Students should check their Rochambeau email accounts frequently, and parents will receive messages at the email addresses they have provided to the school.

SCHOOL EVENTS

College Counseling Parent Meetings

Dates for the fall: September 7, October 12, November 16, December 14

Throughout the year I hold occasional morning meetings for parents to learn more about the non-French university process. These are informal gatherings, based around a specific topic but an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Parents of students in quatrième, troisième, seconde, première, and terminale are invited to attend.

Each meeting will start at 8:30am on a Wednesday, in the large conference room in the administration building. *Please note this is a change in location from last year’s meetings.* La Grande Salle de Reunion is room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building. At the top of the stairs, turn right and go to the end of the hall. The conference room will be on your right.

I hope to see you at the first meeting on September 7, at which will we discuss scholarships and financial aid. Topics for each meeting with be announced in the preceding weeks, but some of the topics discussed last year included:

  • Standardized testing information, preparation options

  • Researching and choosing a variety of university options, importance of visiting university campuses

  • Importance of teacher recommendation letters, process and timeline for requesting letters, etiquette, and how the counselor recommendation letter is used

  • Overview of different countries' application processes

  • What families can do over the summer to work toward students’ college goals (essays, starting applications, participating in summer programs or other activities)


College Info Night for Terminales & Parents

September 14 (Wednesday)

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Library/CDI

Important information for students and parents about deadlines, college applications, recommendation letters, tests, etc.


Mock Application Workshop for Parents - Focus on US Universities

September 21 (Wednesday)

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: To be determined

Parents of all high school grades are invited to learn about the in-depth application review process at competitive US universities. Participate in a mock admissions committee and get an insider’s perspective during this interactive workshop. Learn about the various factors that are considered in admission decisions. This session will be given by Emily Parliman, University Counselor, and Erin Finney, Teacher of English.

RSVP will be required; more information to be sent


University Visits

Over 20 colleges and universities from all over the world have already scheduled fall visits to Rochambeau, and these representatives are eager to meet our students! Students in all high school grades (quatrième onward) are invited to attend to learn more about these great schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time), and email Ms. Parliman to sign up. Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.


Visits in the next few weeks:

Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD (Georgia, USA) - Tuesday, September 6

University of Connecticut (USA)- Wednesday, September 7

University of Maryland - College Park (USA) - Monday, September 12

Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA) - Thursday, September 15

Vanderbilt University (Tennessee, USA) - Friday, September 16

University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK) - Friday, September 16,  Time: 1:10pm


Minerva Schools at KGI *Special workshop: Design Your Ideal College* - Monday, September 19

In this workshop, students will be challenged to think like an entrepreneur-- critically and creatively-- about their college search. You’ll learn Silicon Valley brainstorming exercises and apply a problem-solving approach made famous by Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg to build your dream university. You’ll also learn about Minerva's approach to college.

 

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSIONS

Students and parents are invited to meet admissions representatives and learn what makes these schools unique.

“8 of the Best Colleges” Info Session - Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence (USA)

Sunday, September 11

3:00pm check-in, 3:30 program

Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave.), Bethesda

Register here: http://8ofthebestcolleges.org/programs/2016-fall-washington-dc.html


University of St Andrews Info Session (Scotland, UK)

Monday, September 12

6:30 to 8:00pm

Location: Landon School - Corcoran Room, Banfield Academic Center - 6101 Wilson Lane, Bethesda

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/washington-dc-area-information-evening-university-of-st-andrews-tickets-27122307552

Space is limited to 50 people. Session is open to students in première and terminale.


Oxford & Edinburgh Universities Info Session (UK)

Monday, September 12

6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: Sidwell Friends School - Middle and Upper Schools Campus - 3825 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC

Register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-edinburgh-and-university-of-oxford-washington-dc-information-session-tickets-25992144203

More information about the tour:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/info/edinburgh-oxford-tour


MIT Info Session (Massachusetts, USA)

Thursday, September 15

6:30pm

Location: Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD

No registration necessary


Boston University Info Session (Massachusetts, USA)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Refreshments 12:30pm, presentation 1:00pm

Location: Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

To register, call 617-353-2300


Washington University in St. Louis Info Session (Missouri, USA)

Sunday, September 18

7:00 to 8:00pm

Location: Courtyard Tysons Corner Fairfax, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

No reservation needed. For additional information, call 800-638-0700 or visit admissions.wustl.edu


Carnegie Mellon University Info Session (Pennsylvania, USA)

Tuesday, September 20

7:30pm

Location: Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA

Register here: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/information-sessions-in-a-city-near-you


Fordham University (New York City, USA)

Thursday, September 29

7:00 to 9:00pm

Location: Georgetown Preparatory School, Hanley Multipurpose Room, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Register here: https://admission.fordham.edu/register/?id=f3efe286-022f-4ddf-8d54-a7590734246e


OTHER NEWS

Update to Naviance system - Letters of Recommendation

Terminale families should now be familiar with Naviance Family Connection, the website University Counseling uses to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other documents to your colleges. Some students may already have sent electronic requests to their teachers for recommendation letters. Naviance has informed us that, due to technical updates made over the summer, any requests made up until now are no longer available. In mid-September, when the system updates are finished, you’ll be able to go into Family Connection and make your electronic requests.

You’ll notice that you can request teacher recommendations for specific colleges. For Common Application member schools, students can request only the number of letters that the college accepts. (For example, if a college only allows two teacher letters of recommendation, you won’t be able to send three letters to that school.) You’ll also be able to see when letters have been submitted.


University of Chicago - All-Expense Paid Visit Opportunity for Terminales

The Discover UChicago Fly-In Program is an all-expense paid opportunity for terminales from underrepresented backgrounds (students of color, first generation to attend college, or low-income families) to discover the city of Chicago with current UChicago students, spend a night on the campus, and learn more about academic and student life programs. Fly into Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday, October 9th, and depart after attending the Columbus Day Open House on Monday, October 10th.

Space is limited and an application is required (including a short essay, an unofficial transcript, and self-reported SAT/ACT scores). You’ll need to request an unofficial transcript from Mme. Bessaha, our registrar, to be faxed to UChicago.

Apply online: https://prospects.uchicago.edu/register/DiscoverUChicago2016

Deadline: Wednesday, September 7th

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SAT Prep Course, Naviance, and Info for Rising Terminales

Summer is almost here! The following updates are mainly relevant to families of rising premières and terminales.

SAT Prep Course - Register Now

PrepMatters will offer a 13-week SAT prep course here at Rochambeau this fall, on Mondays at 5:45 to 7:15pm from September 12 to December 12. The course is open to secondes and premières. At least 15 students must register in order for the course to be held. Please submit the registration form to the receptionist in the administration building by Monday, August 1.

Although this deadline falls during the summer holiday, PrepMatters needs to have the guaranteed number of at least 15 students by this date in order to hold the class. Thus, it is very important that we receive your registration form and payment by August 1! If you will be away on holiday at that time, please mail your form and check to me (at the school) well in advance so it will arrive by the deadline. Or, if paying by credit card, email your completed form to me.

This course will be good practice for premières who plan to take their first SAT in January 2017. Secondes can get a head start on test preparation. A four-week Introduction to American-Style Standardized Tests course will be offered by PrepMatters in March for troisièmes and secondes. Registration information for that course will be distributed in the winter.

Naviance Family Connection for Rising Terminales and Premières

Rising terminales and premières and their families will eceive access to Naviance Family Connection, a comprehensive website you can use to plan for college and a career. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a service we use to send application materials and track data about college plans. The site provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school.

Family Connection allows you to:

  • Build a resume, access college search and application resources, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers

  • Sign up for college visits. All students in quatrieme onward are invited to attend these visits from university representatives to learn more about different schools. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if applicable). Most sessions are during lunchtime; students are welcome to bring their lunch.

  • Send requests for teacher recommendations (for terminales)

  • Research colleges and careers

In the coming days I’ll be distributing, by email, personalized access codes for each student and parent, and instructions for accessing Family Connection and creating your own account. Please watch your email for this information and be sure to register and create an account. (Students who participated in the essay-writing workshop last week have already gained access.) I send most communications to terminales and families directly through Naviance, so when you register be sure to use an email address that you check frequently. I hope you will find this resource helpful.

Mandatory Surveys for Première Students (rising Terminales)

Reminder: the questionnaire for counselor recommendation letters is due by the last day of school, June 23. Students should answer the questions and return to me by email. For college applications, recommendation letters are typically required from the counselor and two teachers. To help me write the best possible letter of support, I ask students to fill out the survey with thoughtful responses.

Wellesley College - Travel Grants Available

Wellesley, a top women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts, encourages rising terminale girls to apply for a full travel grant to attend Discover Wellesley Weekend October 16-17. Travel grants, which cover all transportation, meals, and housing, are available for students who would otherwise be unable to pay for their travel. The priority application deadline is June 30; the final deadline is August 31.

If your student is interested, she should submit the travel grant application and email a copy of her unofficial transcript to travel-grant@wellesley.edu.

Summer Communication

I will be out of the office from June 25 until July 25. I will only be able to answer emails occasionally during this time and appreciate your patience.


Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful summer!
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Choose groups to clone to:

Bradley Campus
Maternelle • Preschool
7108 Bradley Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817
301.767.1683
Rollingwood Campus
Elementary
3200 Woodbine St Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.907.3265
Forest Rd Campus
Elementary • Secondary • Administrative Offices
9600 Forest Rd Bethesda, MD 20814
301.530.8260
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