Glen Ridge High School Guidance Department
The administration and faculty at Glen Ridge High School are keenly aware of the importance of careful planning during the middle and high school years to prepare for college admission.In Grade 7, emphasis is placed upon the development of good work habits. Scheduling decisions are made for foreign language and math. In the fall, a grade level breakfast for parents allows for discussion of issues and procedures and establishes a working relationship with the guidance counselors.After the parent/student night meeting for Grade 8, high school classes are selected with the “big picture” in mind relative to the four year sequence of courses. Students are encouraged to take the most challenging program appropriate to their abilities.Grade 9 students are made aware that colleges will receive a transcript of all courses from freshman year through senior year and that admission committees expect students to challenge themselves in each of their four years of high school. At the end of grade 9, students will take the SAT II subject test in Biology, if appropriate. (Note: not all colleges require the SAT II tests, but students who may be applying to highly selective colleges should take them.) Selection of grade 10 courses will take place in the winter.Grade 10 students attend a large group meeting to inform them about the PSAT and PLAN. Sophomores are permitted to take this tests as practice for the SAT and ACT, which is required by most colleges. Students review the results with their counselor.Mini college fairs at Glen Ridge High School offer students exposure to a variety of colleges and an opportunity to speak with representatives in a comfortable setting.Sophomores select their 11th grade classes in the winter. Students who are capable of performing well in a foreign language are encouraged to continue to advanced levels. Students are also urged to continue their involvement in extracurricular activities in which they have shown an interest during their first two years of high school.At the end of grade 11, students take the SAT II subject tests in appropriate classes (e.g., Chemistry).Grade 11 students meet in a large group setting to discuss the PSAT. A class meeting is held to allow representatives of Princeton Review or Stanley Kaplan to make a presentation on test taking strategies prior to the administration of the test. Students review the test results with their counselor.Juniors attend the mini college fairs at Glen Ridge High School as well as the regional fair held in the spring in Edison, N.J.Juniors and their parents are invited to the annual informational meeting on college admissions and selection. A guest speaker from a college admissions office makes the presentation. Parent sign-ups follow for individual conferences with guidance counselors.The parent/student/counselor meeting is held to review the high school record and SAT/ACT scores and to assess possible post-high school plans. These meetings are usually one hour long. One of the goals of this meeting is to develop a list of possible colleges to consider and strategies to employ.In the spring of the junior year, students take the SAT I and, if appropriate, the SAT II subject tests and the ACT. Students taking AP classes also take AP exams in May of this year.In Grade 12, a class meeting is held with the counselors to review procedures for the college application process.
A mailing is sent to all seniors requesting transcript verification and explaining the protocols for the application process.
Ongoing individual meetings are held with counselors to finalize college selections, interview for the counselor letter of recommendation, and secure assistance in processing applications. Counselors also work with students on personal issues, such as anxiety.
Students are advised of scholarship opportunities on an ongoing basis.
Students are invited to attend the Glen Ridge High School mini college fairs.
In the fall, students take the SAT I and, if appropriate, any necessary SAT II tests and the ACT.
English teachers help seniors develop possible essays for their college applications.
An evening presentation for parents is held during the winter on the topic “Financing a College Education.” A college financial aid director reviews the process and answers questions.
Students enrolled in AP classes take AP exams in May.
Counselors meet individually with seniors to hold final interviews and help allay anxieties.