This is an exciting time for the seniors as they prepare to leave Seton and take the next step in their lives. Each Senior will have the opportunity to meet with a Guidance Counselor in September to discuss their college plans. The meeting will discuss the college process and answer any questions about college admissions, applications, test scores, and any other questions they may have. Students will have a chance to go over their transcripts and ensure all classes taken are listed even classes taken outside of Seton.
Many colleges use the Common Application. The Common Application simplifies the application process by enabling students to upload application information once and then the Common Application submits this information to all the colleges selected by the student. Only those colleges that participate in the Common Application apply. Students should put Mrs.Tina McIntyre as their counselor and the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the student invites Mrs. McIntyre through the Common Application, she will receive an email with the request to upload the transcript and other important information.
SENDedu is used by over 150 colleges and universities and students can have their transcripts, secondary school reports, etc. transferred to these schools electronically. Please submit any SENDedu requests to Tina McIntyre at email@example.com.
Students can use the Coalition application to apply to over 130 member schools. It is similar to the Common Application and SENDedu. The MyCoalition online planning tool helps students organize their information by providing a LOCKER where students have a private unlimited space when they can upload important items. It also has a collaboration space for students to connect with teachers, coaches, counselors, etc. If you will be applying to a college through the Coalition application, please invite Tina McIntyre as the contact to send your transcripts and other important information. Please use the email: firstname.lastname@example.org so she can receive the invitation.
If students are applying for a school that does not use the Common Application, SENDedu, or the Coalition Application then students should follow the preferred method of application as directed by the school’s admission’s office. Whether this be via online application or paper, students should ensure Mrs. McIntyre knows where to send the transcript by sending her an email at email@example.com that includes the name of the school and their preferred method of receiving the transcript. Please include the mailing or email address if applicable.
Each year, each senior creates a “senior profile” to facilitate the college application process. These profiles, or high school resumes, are then used as a source for teachers, counselors, coaches, etc. to write a strong and informed letter of recommendation. The profiles can also be sent along with college applications as another information source. Senior profiles are due at the beginning of the student’s senior year. Profiles may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.Sample Senior Profile
Important Links for College Planning
Advanced Placement (AP) FAQs and Registration Forms
AP Q & A
What is the AP Program?
The Advanced Placement Program is designed by the College Board to provide motivated and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. The two components of the program are AP Courses and AP Exams. There are over 35 courses/exams offered in a wide variety of subjects. Most colleges and universities will grant college credit and/or advanced placement for successful AP exam scores.
Does Seton School participate in the AP Program?
Yes, each May Seton School offers AP Exams to interested students. Due to many constraints however, Seton School does not offer AP Courses.
What are the benefits of taking AP Exams?
AP Exams are scored on a 5 point scale. A score of 3 or higher corresponds to a passing grade in a comparable college course. Most colleges and universities in the U.S. grant college credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. (Please consult individual colleges for their policies.)
Earning college credit or advanced placement can allow students more flexibility to double major, study abroad, or graduate early. Participating in the AP Program can also help students to stand out in the college admissions process.
Who should consider taking AP Exams?
High school students who are doing well in various subjects and are willing to do some independent study should consider preparing for the corresponding AP Exam(s). Students should take AP subject exams in May of the same year in which they take the corresponding class at Seton.
Which exams are offered to our Seton Students?
The following is a list of AP exams typically offered at Seton, along with the corresponding Seton course. If a student is interested in taking an AP exam not listed below, Seton may be able to offer the exam. The student should consult with the classroom teacher and with the AP Coordinator as soon as possible.
AP English Language and Composition—junior and senior level English classes AP English Literature and Composition—English 12, Advanced Literature
AP European History —World History II or World History III AP U.S. History—American History
AP U.S. Government and Politics—American Government AP Calculus AB—Calculus
AP Chemistry – Chemistry II
Do colleges and universities accept all AP exams for course credit?
No. Colleges and Universities differ in which AP exams they accept for course credit. Information on which AP exams are accepted and the corresponding scores necessary for course credit and advanced standing is often posted online on a college’s admissions page.
How should I prepare for AP Exams?
First, consult with your classroom teacher for guidance and advice. Then obtain an AP preparation book from the bookstore or the library and begin studying it as you progress through your coursework at Seton. The College Board website offers sample exam questions and ways to prepare for the exam. Try to find other students interested in taking the exam and form a study group to keep you focused during the school year.
How do Seton students typically perform on the AP exams?
Nearly 2/3 of all exams taken at Seton School in recent years earn a score of 3 or higher. Additionally, nearly every year Seton students have achieved AP Scholar Awards. This achievement is acknowledged on any score report sent to colleges the following fall.
What are the various AP Scholar awards?
AP Scholar-‐ a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams
AP Scholar with Honors-‐ an average score of 3.25 on all exams taken and a grade of 3 or higher on 4 or more exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction-‐ an average score of 3.5 on all exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on 5 or more exams.
National AP Scholar-‐ an average grade of 4 on all exams taken and grades of 4 or more on 8 or more exams.
Where can I learn more about the AP Program?
A 2019-2020 Bulletin for AP Students and Parents will be sent home to interested students in December or January. Current AP Information and registration forms are available online on the Seton Guidance page under “College Planning”. For any additional information, log onto www.collegeboard.com/student and click on “AP” under College Board Tests.
How do I order AP Exams and what is the cost?
Seton School must place exam orders in November, and the fee is $94 per exam. The registration deadline will be November 6, 2019. It is possible for Mrs. Reyes to place a late exam order until March 13, but there will be an additional fee of $40. Should you decide to cancel your exam after ordering, your $94 check is returned to you, but you will need to pay a $40 cancellation fee. Further instructions are on the registration form.
If you have further questions, please contact Mrs. Reyes (email@example.com, 703-331-3587)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
Myths About Financial Aid
Don’t fall for these myths about federal student aid and the application process!
“My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.”
Reality: There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income—from the size of your family to the age of your older parent—are taken into account. Your eligibility is determined by a mathematical formula, not by your parents’ income alone. And remember: when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you’re also automatically applying for funds from your state, and possibly from your school as well. In fact, some schools won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA. Don’t make assumptions about what you’ll get—fill out the application and find out.
“Only students with good grades get financial aid.”
Reality: While a high grade point average will help a student get into a good school and may help with academic scholarships, most of the federal student aid programs do not take a student’s grades into consideration. Provided a student maintains satisfactory academic progress in his or her program of study, federal student aid will help a student with an average academic record complete his or her education.
“My ethnicity or age makes me ineligible for federal student aid.”
Reality: There are basic eligibility requirements (which you can find at StudentAid.gov/eligibility), but ethnicity and age are not considered.
“I support myself, so I don’t have to include parent info on the FAFSA®.”
Reality: This is not necessarily true. Even if you support yourself and file taxes on your own, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. If you are independent, you won’t need to include your parents’ information on your FAFSA. But if you are dependent, you must provide your parents’ information. The FAFSA asks a series of questions to determine your dependency status. You can preview the questions at StudentAid.gov/dependency.
So what’s next?
Go to fafsa.gov, fill out the application, and see what you get! For more information about federal student aid, see StudentAid.gov. For help with the FAFSA process, use the help screens or live chat functionality on fafsa.gov, or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243); TTY: 1-800-730-8913; for inquirers without access to the toll-free number: 334-523-2691; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org