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College Planning Guidebook

The College Planning Guidebook (see Table of Contents below) is prepared by the College Placement Office at The Master's School and is available in notebook form to all Upper School families.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

THE 9th-12th GRADE OVERVIEW

     <  Overview Grid 

     <  Resources (Websites and Books)

     <  Graduation Requirements vs. College Admission Requirements 

     <  So What Should I Be Doing Now?  (A Year by Year Checklist)

NAVIANCE/FAMILY CONNECTION

     <  What is Naviance/Family Connection? 

     <  Getting Started

     <  Troubleshooting

BASIC WAYS TO THINK ABOUT COLLEGE

     <  Fit

     <  Rankings

COLLEGE ADMISSION BASICS

     <  How Colleges Admit Students (What do they look at?)

     <  Application/Admission Options (Early Decision, etc.)

     <  College Visits - Basics; TMS Policy on Absences; Interviews; What to Look For and Ask

     <  College Admission Terminology

COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

     <  Who Sends What to the College

     <  Pre-application Paperwork Needed by TMS

     <  Recommendation Letters

     <  Essays

     <  Transcript Requests

     <  Release of Information

     <  How Many Applications?

     <  Online and Common Application

STANDARDIZED TESTING

     <  Registration, Scheduling and More - College Board and the SAT 

     <  The Different Tests Associated with College Board 

     <  General Summary - College Admissions Tests

     <  SAT versus ACT

SPECIALIZED SITUATIONS

     <  Performing and Visual Artists 

     <  Athletes

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID

     <  Introduction

     <  Application Process and Types

     <  Federal Financial Aid Programs

     <  Non-Federal Financial Aid

     <  Private Scholarships

     <  Financial Aid Terminology