It was a busy fall for the MMFS College Guidance office. Seniors worked on and submitted applications, brainstormed and wrote college essays, took SATs and ACTs, visited colleges, took tours, and had interviews both on campuses and here in the city. Many seniors and even some juniors took advantage of meeting with nearly 30 college admissions representatives who visited the MMFS upper school in the fall. To date, our seniors have already been accepted to over 20 colleges, universities, and transition programs and earned over $1.5 million dollars in merit scholarships! Merit scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of academic, athletic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests. Thus far, Clark University leads the MMFS list of 2015 college acceptances, having accepted four students; Guilford and McDaniel Colleges follow with three acceptances each; and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Marymount Manhattan College round out the top, each having accepted two of our seniors. We are eagerly awaiting decisions from nearly 90 more colleges, universities, and transition programs.
Seniors have not been the only group immersed in the college process. Juniors started their own searches this fall, beginning with taking College Seminar 11 with me (Amy Salomon-Kohn, Director of College Guidance). In that class, students began exploring post-secondary options and learning how to research those programs. Over the next few months, students will be encouraged to think carefully about what they are looking for in a school and begin to visit campuses. On January 20th, juniors and their parents attended College Night for Juniors. This event was an opportunity for families to get a sense of the college process timeline and a deeper understanding of the nuances of the college search process, in particular, the unique elements that are involved for students with learning disabilities. Throughout the rest of the winter and early spring, students and parents will meet with me individually to shape their college search. In April, the juniors will also be attending the Brooklyn/Staten Island Independent School College Fair with juniors from Poly Prep, Packer Collegiate, Berkeley Carroll, St. Ann’s, Brooklyn Friends School, and Staten Island Academy.
Director of College Guidance