College & Career Planning
The school profile is a document utilized by college admission representatives to understand who we are as a high school. Our profile gives key information about our school, curriculum, programs, and students, in an aim to make sure colleges understand the type of school environment our students have been a part of in their pursuit towards a college education. It also specifically serves to help communicate the higher expectations we have and the rigorous courses we offer. This document is created in September of each school year in preparation for Fall and Winter college deadlines.
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Post-High School Planning at ICS
Just getting started on the process of looking into post-high school planning, but don't know where to start?
Check out all the neat activities your counselors will be putting on here at ICS.
In Fall of students 9th grade year, every freshman student will meet in large groups with our principal and our college and career counselor to get to know high school at ICS. We cover a 4-year planning timeline and tips, strategies, and resources for helping students be successful at ICS academically.
Ms. Cummings, your awesome college and career counselor, hosts her annual Junior Meetings in February each year. These meetings are an opportunity for juniors and their parents to meet with the counselor in small groups to talk about post-high school planning and senior-year planning. We give students a folder of information so they can start getting organized around their goals and be prepared for whatever plan they are looking to pursue. Every student is required to attend the meeting, but for parents it is optional. Meeting topics consist of getting started on researching options, how applications work, ICS letter of recommendation process, thinking about senior year, etc.
In August, just before senior year begins, students are required to attend their Senior Meetings. For these, each student individually meets with me so I can assess their planning progress and help them identify what direction to go next, as well as how I will be supporting them during senior year. Each meeting will be 1 hour long and parents are welcome to attend. These meetings help ICS make sure students are prepared for their senior year before the school year even begins. We talk about where they are at in the research stage, timeline, how to get letters of recommendation as it pertains to their current situation, senior courses and planned class schedule, and any questions students or parents may have about planning. I also invite students to meet with me throughout the Fall to help them with anything they need in the post-high school planning process while they are in the middle of it.
(Senior Office Hours Only)
During the Fall and early-Winter, Ms. Cummings hosts her senior office hours. These are specific times available for seniors to drop-in and ask questions, get help with essays or applications, work on scholarships, etc. Students do not need to make an appointment for SOHO. Times vary from year to year and student will be notified at their senior August meetings of the schedule for the current times and days.
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College Planning Day
Every other year, our school hosts invites 6-8 graduates of ICS to return to our school and out on an assembly for our students. Graduates share their experiences about life after high school, their current activities and goals, and tips and tricks for how students at ICS can prepare for post-high school planning. For the 2016/2017 school year, we will be hosting the assembly on December 16th at the end of the school day. All students are invited and I know our graduates look forward to sharing their experiences.
Virtual College and Campus Tours
Browse colleges and universities via virtual tours with the link below! Each school features a student-led virtual representation of the campus and what the college or university has to offer. This website highlights all kinds of college/university campuses including, liberal arts, art schools, ivy leagues, small and rural, private, public, and more.
ICS College Planning Discussion Night - 2018
Thank you to our panelists and facilitator for a great discussion. View a recording of the session.
Below is the list of resources discussed during the session:
- The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018
- Colleges That Change Lives-Loren Pope
- 25 Months Until College-Judy McNeely
- Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be-Frank Bruni
- Excellent Sheep-William Deresiewicz
- How To Raise An Adult-Julie Lythcott-Haims
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