Washington, D.C.: Introduction to Blyth-Templeton Academy

As the new Director of Admissions, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to Blyth-Templeton Academy, an experiential micro school on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. BTA offers an academically rigorous college- and life-preparatory curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small-school design and small class sizes allow a genuinely student-centered environment that allows students to fall in love with learning and take an active part in their own educations.

Though countless attributes make us unique, I would like to highlight three:

Personalized: We have an average class size of eight, and our school will never exceed 125 students.  Students and teachers, as well as peers, are able to develop strong relationships that lead to more effective learning.  Our academic program is designed to help students discover their gifts and how they can be used in a way that brings them joy and serves others.

Deeper Learning: Two academic subjects per 10-week term enables students to focus deeply on their courses each term.  Academic blocks of two hours and twenty minutes also allow classes to go outside of the classroom for experiential excursions.  With four terms per school year, new students can easily join the school at the beginning of any term.

City as a campus: While other schools spend millions every year on facilities, and increase tuition accordingly, we use Washington, D.C. and its thousands of extraordinary educational assets as our campus—easily accessed from our home in the historic Hill Center, a block from the Eastern Market Metro.

If you know of any students who might be interested in a high school that creates and encourages independent, confident learners, please do not hesitate to share this e-mail with them. In addition, I invite you to visit the school to meet some of the staff, get an overview of how things work at BTA, ask questions, and see the school and students in action. We have information sessions every Thursday morning at 10 am (click here to register https://www.blythtempleton.org/admissions) or we can set up a time at your convenience.

I look forward to welcoming you to Blyth-Templeton Academy.

Very best regards,


2019 Summer Programs for High School Students

Summer Programs Perfect For Students!

Summer programs are a great way to gain an edge on the competition. Whether it’s an overnight pre-college program, a local day camp, or sleep away camp, attending a summer program is a fantastic way to pursue new interests, improve existing skills, and make new friends.  TeenLife has researched and curated the best summer activities and the best camps for teens in middle and high school. Here are some of our favorites!


Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn offers a unique summer opportunity for a select group of motivated and talented high school students.  Experience rigorous and challenging college-level studies at our high-tech, ivy-league program in the heart of Philadelphia!. Learn More!


Boston Leadership Institute: STEM Summer Programs

Take part in our award-winning summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teen academic programs. Gifted students will engage in experimental research & take exciting field trips. Includes Biological, Chemistry, Biomedical, Engineering, Psychology, Neuroscience, and STEM Entrepreneurship. Learn More!


UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College Programs

UMass Amherst is a top research university located in the scenic Pioneer Valley. We offer courses in all kinds of topics with outstanding faculty. Our facilities are top notch, featuring award-winning dining, brand-new accommodations, and cutting edge facilities. Learn More!


Boston University Summer Term High School Programs

Boston University Summer Term High School Programs invites you to preview the college experience at one of the world’s top universities in one of the country’s most exciting cities. Learn More!

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Happy New Year from Ohio Wesleyan University!!

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Happy New Year from everyone at Ohio Wesleyan University! I hope your winter break was both relaxing and restorative. As we all get back to the work of helping students find the right college for their interests and needs, I wanted to share some quick information about the kinds of academic support we provide to help ensure student success. In addition, I have included a few current student and fall semester highlights that I hope will be of interest.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the admission team if we can help students and families evaluate the opportunities available here at Ohio Wesleyan.

Best Wishes,

Stefanie D. Niles, Ed.D.
Vice President for Enrollment and Communications
President, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Supporting Academic Success

Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan Academic Resource Center is ready to help students succeed in the classroom with a menu of services to address all needs. These include the Bishop Accessprogram, ideal for students with a diagnosis of a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, or other learning difficulties.

As part of the Bishop Access program, an academic coach works one-on-one and in small groups with students to help them navigate university life, enhance study skills, and complete school work that requires planning, goal-setting, and managing time. Students who participate in the fee-based program receive assistance from the first week of classes through the last day of each semester.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan Academic Resource Center also offers academic advising as well as an academic skills center, disability services center, quantitative skills center, and writing center. In addition, it offers programs such as these to support OWU students:

  • TutorMe – a free 24/7 online service with more than 10,000 tutors in over 300 subject areas.
  • Academic Support & Achievement Program (ASAP) – a spring semester success program with seven academic skills workshops for students who experience academic challenges in the fall semester of their first year.
  • Guided Tutorial in Writing – a writing resource for students who need targeted support to improve their writing skills and be successful in one or more courses.
  • Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) – an online self-assessment to help students better understand their study skill strengths and challenges.

OWU Fall Review

Here’s a quick recap of the fall semester’s Oh-Wooo moments that may interest your students and parents:

  • The Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at Ohio Wesleyan University opened in October. The first-of-its-kind center is a collaboration with local municipalities. Entrepreneurial Center members have access to OWU student-interns to help them realize their business visions.
  • The OWU Department of Education added Integrated Science for Teachers, a new major that prepares secondary school educators to teach science in grades 7 through 12.
  • Ohio Wesleyan held a campus-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit that brought together more than 160 students, faculty, and staff to discuss how to create an environment that strongly embraces and supports all diversity.
  • The OWU Marching Bishops, complete with a color guard, returned to the field for the first time since the 1960s. The new band performs at athletics, spirit, and community events.
  • The Battling Bishop men’s soccer team won its 700th game under head coach Jay Martin, Ph.D. The victory made Martin the first NCAA men’s soccer coach in any division to reach the 700-win mark.
  • The OWU women’s rowing team made its intercollegiate debut. The team’s inaugural season will continue in March.
  • The new OWU men’s wrestling team made its NCAA Division III debut. The last time Ohio Wesleyan had a wrestling team was 1983-1984.

Wildlife Orphanage

Serena George ’19 (left) and Abbi Turner ’20 complete an OWU Connection experience at the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe working to conduct research and aid endangered animals.

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A Year in Japan

Robert Wu ’20 earns a Freeman-ASIA Award to support living in Tokyo and studying for a year at Waseda University. He also will complete an internship at a Buddhist monastery.

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Princeton University Journalism Summer Program for HS Students

The application for the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP), a free journalism and college preparatory program for current high school juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in careers in journalism, is now open!
The first part of the application along with an unofficial transcript is due on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Below, you will find more information about the program and the application process. Please share this information through your network, publish in your school or organization newsletter, or disseminate to eligible students.
About the Program
During our intensive 10-day summer program, students engage in workshops, lectures, and activities led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and PSJP alumni. The program culminates in the publication of the student-produced Princeton Summer Journal. During the senior year, students are also matched with a volunteer college counselor, a professional journalist or program alum, who will guide them through the college application process. Click here  to review last year’s schedule.
Program dates: Friday, Aug 2, 2019 – Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Applying for PSJP
This year, we have launched a brand new website, where you can learn more about our eligibility guidelines, the application process, and program highlights. Please note that we have also raised the income cap allowed for families to qualify and expanded the financial criteria!
Eligibility: To apply, students must be:
  *  Current high school juniors
  *  living in the United States
  *  with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0
  *  who have an interest in journalism
  *  and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
    *  The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
    *  The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch.
    *  The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.
Feel free to will share this information with students and educators in your network who may benefit from it. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at psjp@princeton.edu with any questions or concerns.
Tieisha M. Tift
Program Associate, PSJP

Federal Student Aid: Changes to 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Verification Requirements


Posted Date: January 9, 2019

Author: Office of Postsecondary Education

Subject: Changes to 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Verification Requirements

To reduce burden on students and families that have difficulty in obtaining documentation needed to verify their Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Institutional Student Information Record (FAFSA/ISIR) information, we are providing institutions with flexibilities that may be used as part of their verification procedures.  These flexibilities are effective beginning with the date of publication of this Electronic Announcement, and apply to both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FAFSA processing and verification cycles. These changes were originally announced at the FSA Training Conference in November, 2018.

This announcement supersedes all guidance that limits the use of an income tax return as acceptable documentation to verify tax and income information for tax filers and supplements the guidance regarding the requirement to obtain verification of nonfiling.

Income Tax Return – Institutions may accept as acceptable documentation a signed copy of the 2016 or 2017 income tax return, as applicable, that the tax filer submitted to the IRS or other tax authorities to verify FAFSA/ISIR income and tax return information. Institutions are reminded that tax account information obtained from the IRS through the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) that has not been changed and a transcript from the IRS or other tax authorities continues to be acceptable documentation.

Verification of Nonfiling – Individuals are still required to obtain verification of nonfiling (VNF) from the IRS or other tax authorities.  However, if the individual is unable to obtain VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and, based upon the institution’s determination, it has no reason to question the student’s or family’s good-faith effort to obtain the required documentation the institution may accept—

Nontax filers – For independent students, and parents of dependent students who did not file and are not required to file an income tax return for the applicable tax year—

  • A signed statement certifying that the individual—
    • Attempted to obtain the VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
    • Has not filed and is not required to file a 2016 or 2017 income tax return, and a listing of the sources of any 2016 or 2017 income earned by the individual from work and the amount of income from each source; and
  • A copy of IRS Form W–2, or an equivalent document, for each source of 2016 or 2017 employment income received by the individual.

Note:  A dependent student who is a nontax filer is excluded from the verification requirement to provide confirmation of the dependent student’s nonfiling status from the IRS or other relevant tax authority.

Extension Filers – For individuals who are required to file a 2016 or 2017 IRS income tax return but have not filed because they have been granted a filing extension by the IRS beyond the automatic six-month extension for the tax year, an institution may accept a—

  • Signed statement certifying that the individual—
    • Attempted to obtain the VNF from the IRS or other tax authorities and was unable to obtain the required documentation; and
    • Has not filed a 2016 or 2017 income tax return and list the sources of any 2016 or 2017 income, and the amount of income from each source. If self-employed, the signed statement must also include the amount of AGI and U.S. income tax paid for the applicable tax year;
  • Copy of IRS Form 4868, ‘‘Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return,’’ the individual filed with the IRS for the appropriate tax year;

  • Copy of the IRS’s approval of an extension beyond the automatic six-month extension for the appropriate tax year; and

  • Copy of IRS Form W–2 for each source of 2016 or 2017 employment income received or an equivalent document.

Note:  Since a Social Security Number, an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or an Employer Identification Number is required to obtain a verification of nonfiling from the IRS, nontax filers without one of these identifiers must provide the documentation required under Q&A DOC-Q29/A29.

Additional Documentation Requirements – Some individuals may be required to submit additional documentation to verify their 2016 or 2017 income and tax information.  That information as well as all other verification requirements can be found—

For the 2018-2019 award year

For the 2019-2020 award year

We hope these flexibilities will provide some relief to students and families.  We thank institutions for their understanding and patience.

Georgia Tech: Class of 2023 Early Action Decision Breakdown

At noon today, we released Early Action admission decisions. Made up of innovators and influencers, our newly accepted students range from dancers to pilots, from entrepreneurs to environmentalists, from beekeepers to app developers. In their families, on their teams, and in their communities and schools, they have built, worked, played, changed, supported, and initiated.

We are excited to see them Create the Next on campus and beyond. We know you’ll be impressed by the Class of 2023 and the character, background, insights, passion, and the dynamic personalities they will add to our campus.

Early Action Decision Breakdown
Admitted: 20% (40% in Georgia, 14% outside of Georgia)
Deferred: 20%
Denied: 55%
Other: 5%

Admitted Profile
Mid-50% SAT: 1450 – 1550
Mid-50% ACT: 32 – 35
318 Georgia High Schools (96 Georgia counties)
50 States (and D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands)
55 Nations of Citizenship
54% Non-Engineers

While we celebrate the accomplishments, character, dynamics, and potential of this admitted group, I am also very cognizant that in your schools and communities there are phenomenal students we were unable to admit or who have been deferred from this round.

To help explain our holistic admission review process to students and families, we write a weekly admission blog centered around helping students and families navigate the admission experience in a more healthy, broad way.

In addition to our first-year class, Georgia Tech is also proud to enroll approximately 1,000 transfer students each year. We provide a number of unique transfer pathway programs designed to help students ultimately earn a Tech degree.

Go Jackets!
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Gettysburg College (PA): Academic 2019 Summer Camps for HS Students

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, piano, or information technology. Please find information to share with students about our academic camps below:

  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Sunderman Piano Institute - Pianists 12-17 years old who desire to improve their performance skills, collaborate with other pianists, and dive deeply into related music subjects of their choice. Pianists will have opportunities to perform in daily studio class, and the final Friday concert will showcase pianists in both solo and ensemble works.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war’s most decisive battle.

Best wishes,

Gail Sweezey
Dean of Admissions
Gettysburg College

P.S. The deadline date for seniors to apply to Gettysburg College is approaching – January 15th for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.