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The Calhoun School, College Handbook for the Class of 2010

The Calhoun School, College Handbook for the Class of 2010

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Handbook Introduction
Dear Juniors and Parents,
Take a deep breath, and for a moment—if only a moment—think about how thrilling it is to have made it to this
point in your life. Juniors, you’ve almost completed high school; you’ve had some fun exploring the world
around you, making good friends, and learning about yourself, both in and out of the classroom. Parents,
you’ve raised a child who is nearly grown and almost ready to leap into the world beyond the protective walls
(and area dividers!) of Calhoun. This is a time that can be both exciting and intimidating. For those of you who
had to endure the trials and tribulations of applying to high schools, applying to college is quite different. For
parents who watched as older children weathered the college application process, this time around will be
different, too. Not only has the climate of college admissions changed subtly over the last few years, but it is
inevitably a different experience for every student.
Source: http://www.calhoun.org/page.cfm?p=520
http://www.calhoun.org/uploaded/college/collegehandbook10_web.pdf


Handbook Introduction
Dear Juniors and Parents,
Take a deep breath, and for a moment—if only a moment—think about how thrilling it is to have made it to this
point in your life. Juniors, you’ve almost completed high school; you’ve had some fun exploring the world
around you, making good friends, and learning about yourself, both in and out of the classroom. Parents,
you’ve raised a child who is nearly grown and almost ready to leap into the world beyond the protective walls
(and area dividers!) of Calhoun. This is a time that can be both exciting and intimidating. For those of you who
had to endure the trials and tribulations of applying to high schools, applying to college is quite different. For
parents who watched as older children weathered the college application process, this time around will be
different, too. Not only has the climate of college admissions changed subtly over the last few years, but it is
inevitably a different experience for every student.

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 Calhoun CEEB & ACT code: 333505 
Class of 2010 Class of 2010 Class of 2010 Class of 2010 Class of 2010
Table of Contents 
THE COLLEGE PROCESS
Introduction 3College Search Timeline 4Starting Your Search 9Filing College Applications 13Standardized College Entrance Examinations 15Writing College Admission Essays 20Letters of Reference 22Visiting Campus & Interviewing 23Financial Aid 25
RESOURCES
College Admissions Terminology 29
 
College Search Resources: Books & Internet 31Calhoun Web site 34
COMMON APPLICATION
Introduction 35
 REMINDERS
College Checklist 36
 
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Handbook Introductio
Dear Juniors and Parents,Take a deep breath, and for a moment—if only a moment—think about how thrilling it is to have made it to thispoint in your life. Juniors, you’ve almost completed high school; you’ve had some fun exploring the worldaround you, making good friends, and learning about yourself, both in and out of the classroom. Parents,you’ve raised a child who is nearly grown and almost ready to leap into the world beyond the protective walls(and area dividers!) of Calhoun. This is a time that can be both exciting and intimidating. For those of you whohad to endure the trials and tribulations of applying to high schools, applying to college is quite different. Forparents who watched as older children weathered the college application process, this time around will bedifferent, too. Not only has the climate of college admissions changed subtly over the last few years, but it isinevitably a different experience for every student.Yes, getting into a good school is the final goal, whether your definition of “good” is an institution that has a top-notch performing arts program, one with a Division I powerhouse basketball team, a school with a renownedpolitical science department, or a combination of the three. A good school is defined differently for everystudent, and while some schools are extremely selective, admitting less than ten percent of all applicants, themajority welcome more than half of their applicants. Even with all of the competition and pressure surroundingthis process, it is entirely possible for every student to find, apply to, and gain admission to a number of goodschools that will be wonderful places to learn for the next four years.As you step into this process as a family, I want to encourage you to think not only about the final goal, but alsoabout how you want to experience the year ahead. The amount of stress you endure over the next few monthsdepends in great part on how you approach the adventure. The reality of the population bubble of children bornin the late 1980s/early 1990s
does
make the application process more competitive and anxiety-laden than it waseven ten years ago, but much of the experience is within your control. Try to avoid being unduly influenced bysensationalistic media, by know-it-alls at dinner parties, by SAT tutors who promise great improvement if youspend hundreds of dollars each week, and by ranking systems (such as the one used by
US News and World Report 
)that are regularly denounced by colleges, admissions personnel, and college guidance counselors as inaccuraterepresentations of the true value of each college. There
are
voices of sanity and wisdom in this process, thoughthey are often overwhelmed by the frenzied cries of the masses. I will do my best to be a voice of reason foryou, and a reliable resource as you sift through the often-conflicting messages by which you are besieged in yourdaily lives.In the next few months, I will help each student create a list of colleges, give advice on standardized testing,provide feedback on college essays, write a letter of reference for each student, answer any questions thatstudents and parents may have, and help you keep everything in perspective. Hopefully, this College Handbook will be a valuable reference throughout the process.This coming-of-age ritual is a rite of passage for students, and, just like any challenge, with the appropriateamount of introspection, wisdom, and diligence, this hurdle will be cleared gracefully, with a sense of pride andaccomplishment.Sincerely,Sarah TarrantDirector of College Counseling

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