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Counseling Department Programming

The College Essay

2020-21 Programs

ALL PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY

DETAILS WILL BE SENT OUT PRIOR TO EACH EVENT.

When looking at the schedule, you will notice that most of the presentations are designed with a particular grade level in mind. Regardless of which school a student attends or their grade level, families are encouraged to virtually attend any sessions they wish. It is our desire, that regardless of the host school, you feel welcomed. While we have two high schools, two middle schools and six elementary schools, we are one Lower Merion family. Students are welcomed and encouraged to be part of all sessions.

SEPTEMBER

College Application Process - LMHS (PDF)
September 21, 7:00-8:30 PM for LMHS This presentation will be devoted to the nuts and bolts of the application process including online applications, transcript and recommendation requests, deadlines, and decisions. This is a MUST for seniors, their parents and guardians.

College Application Process - HHS (PDF)
September 22, 7:00-8:30 PM for HHS. (SEE ABOVE)

Coffee and Conversation 
September 23, 7:30-8:30 AM The first C and C of the year will be a question and answer session about the start of the year and transitioning. Parents and guardians of students from all grades are welcome to attend.

OCTOBER

Financial Aid Overview (PDF)
View a video of the Financial Aid Overview presentation here.
October 7, 7:00-8:30 PM A financial aid expert from the area will provide an overview of the financial aid process for students and their families. While this will be particularly relevant to senior families, all students are welcome.

Evening Coffee and Conversation
October 15, 6:00-7:00 PM This event will be a Q and A about financial aid, college decisions, deadlines and visits to campus and any other topics raised by families.

FAFSA Completion Night (PDF)
October 29, 7:00-8:30 PM This evening will be a step-by-step review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka FAFSA. The director of financial aid from a local university will help you with each question on the form so you can be ready to submit to colleges. For Seniors and their families.

NOVEMBER

College Information Night -for Juniors (PDF)
November 9, 7:00-8:30 PM for LMHS. The presentation will cover the process for the college search, campus visits, essays, recommendations and how to begin putting together a college list. For Juniors and their families.

College Information Night -for Juniors (PDF)
November 11, 7:00-8:30 PM for HHS. (SEE ABOVE)
View a video of the College Information Night for Juniors presentation here.

College Admission Roundtable (PDF)
November 30, 7:00-8:30 PM This evening will be a round-robin event for Sophomores, Juniors and their families. Hear from college representatives from different types of institutions speak about their type of school and requirements to gain admission.

DECEMBER

Reality Check for 9th Graders (PDF)
December 2, 7:00-8:30 PM For Freshmen and their families. Now that high school has started, let’s discuss plans for the next few years. Reality has set in! A recording the of the Reality Check for 9th Graders presentation is available here.

Coffee and Conversation
December 11, 7:30-8:30 AM The topic for this C and C will center on a number of crucial components of the college process including the financial aspect as well as receiving the decisions from colleges and how to handle next steps. Please bring your questions for a lively discussion!

JANUARY

College Admission Planning for Students Who Learn Differently (PDF)
January 12, 7:00-8:30 PM This program will provide valuable information for families of students who learn differently. Learn how the process changes from high school to college and the services available on college campuses.

FEBRUARY

Naviance
February 2, 6:30-7:00 PM for LMHS. The participants will learn the many functions of the Naviance Application System. This program is open to parents and guardians of students from grades 9-12 and is held prior to course selection night.

Download a copy of the  Naviance Family Connection Guide

Naviance
February 3, 6:30-7:00 PM for HHS. (SEE ABOVE)

Coffee and Conversation
February 9, 7:30-8:30 AM This conversation will revolve around parts of the college admission process that are not discussed as much, including recommendation letters and the essay.

Special Interests in Post-Secondary Planning
February 17, 7:00-8:30 PM This evening is designed for Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and their families to hear from guest speakers about their special interest area. The topics included this year are; gap year, financial aid, and athletics in college.

Click here to watch a video  of the presentation regarding Special Interests in Post-Secondary Planning

Evening Coffee and Conversation
February 24, 6:00-7:00 PM This event is held on conference night, and will be a Q and A about financial aid, college decisions, deadlines and visits to campus and any other topics raised by families.

MARCH

Financial Planning for College
March 8, 7:00-8:30 PM For parents of ELEMENTARY students. It is never too early to start planning and saving for college. Please come and hear how to make saving for college a reality.

Career Symposium
March 24, 7:30-10:30 AM The Annual Career Symposium will take place for all Sophomores and Juniors. About 100 community members, grouped by occupation, will speak to students about their career. Students choose in advance which discipline they want to hear about, with the goal of becoming aware and getting motivated.

APRIL

Coffee and Conversation
April 23, 7:30-8:30 AM The emphasis of this C and C will be on the final steps within the college process, financial aid packages and appeals, making the final decision and students’ responsibilities within the process.

Career & College Readiness for 8th Grade Families (PDF)
April 29, 7:00-8:30 PM Career and college readiness begins the first day of 9th grade so come and hear how your student may be best prepared for the next four years and beyond.

MAY

Career Symposium
May 20, 7:30-10:30 AM The Annual Career Symposium will take place for all Sophomores and Juniors. About 50 community members, grouped by occupation, speak to students about their type of work. Students choose in advance which discipline they want to hear about, with the goal of becoming aware and getting motivated.

Letting Go (PDF)
May 25, 7:00-8:30 PM So, your student has been accepted to college, now what happens? Seniors and their families are invited to attend and discuss the processes involved in letting go and moving on to the next level.