School Counseling Updates

AP Exams
The College Board has updated the AP Exam dates and has confirmed they will be offering the Exams online this spring due to ongoing COVID related concerns. The district has decided the best option is for you to take your Exams online at home. If you are an in-person student on the day of your Exam you can opt to be remote that day, or leave early. The new dates are as follows, and can also be...
Scholarships
See the list of local scholarships as well as links to national scholarships HERE
SAT
CURRENTLY ALL LOCAL TESTING CENTERS ARE STILL CLOSED. I wish I had a crystal ball to know when they will open again. It may not be until the fall. All colleges have made the ACT/SAT optional for 2021-2022 applications. However, a good test score will strengthen your application. My best advice at this point it to go ahead a register for these exams. If the testing centers are closed,...
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. 
Senior year
Hello Seniors, I am looking forward to meeting with each of you! 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 Questionnaire. Just fill out as much as you can. Also, don't worry if your resume is not as full as the sample! Most students will not be! The goal is for me, and...
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...
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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 remote for the fall semester. Courses begin September 1 and you must obtain approval beforehand so start the process IMMEDIATELY! Let me know if you have any questions,...
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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...

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