School Counseling Updates

Smith College logo
If you are wanting to take a dual enrollment course at Smith College this fall it's time to begin the process!!!! Juniors and Seniors are eligible to take up to 2 courses per semester for FREE!!!! All courses will be in person. Courses begin September 2 and you must obtain approval beforehand so start the process IMMEDIATELY! Let me know if you have any questions, dsacks@...
Senior year
Hello Seniors!!! I will begin meeting with each of you starting next week. Please email me or come to my office to make an appointment. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. All meetings will be during school hours. Prior to our meeting fill out the Senior Questionnaire and create a resume. An example resume is HERE. Don't worry if you can't fill out all the parts of the...
SAT
Most colleges have made the ACT/SAT optional for 2022-2023 applications. HOWEVER, a good test score will strengthen your application, and some colleges are still requiring them. I recommend you go ahead and register for these exams. If the testing centers are closed, you can bump your test date out.  Below are the SAT/ACT dates. The cost for the SAT is $52 ($30 late...
AP Exams
All students will be taking their AP Exams digitally from home. Please see the dates/times below. You should download the Digital Exam Application ASAP on the device you will use to take your Exam. This is required to access your online AP Exam. This will also allow you to access Exam preparation The College Board will not allow the use of a personal Chromebook for the AP Exams. You will...
Scholarships
See the list of local scholarships as well as links to national scholarships HERE
College Fair
The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC) is holding several virtual College Fairs. The first one is on Sunday, January 31. You can register for as many as you'd like. Don't miss these great opportunities!! More information and the registration links are HERE! Click on the College Fair...
Smith Academy will not be offering the PSAT this year due to Covid-19 health and safety requirements. This is consistent with other Western MA districts as well. 
Hello Smith Academy families. For these unprecedented times the counseling staff have gathered some resources that may be helpful, or needed in a time of crisis. In addition to the websites and Apps found here, there are many free services for exercise, meditation, at home activities, online concerts, etc. via searches on YouTube. Should you need additional information or support please...
Common App image
2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts    
College Tour
April Break is a wonderful time to visit some colleges/universities. Here are some helpful websites that can hopefully assist you during these visits: Campus Visit Guide Tip Sheet: A Family’s Lesson from the College Tour Tips from Dad, the College President on Making the Most of a Campus Visit 10 Things You Should Do on Every College Visit Five Survival Tips for Visiting...

Pages