February, 2016

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February, 2016

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SAT and ACT 

  • We are advising clients NOT to take the March, 2016 SAT.  Scores will be delayed until after the May exam.  Call to discuss if you have questions!
  • Next ACT:  April 9.  Register by March 4.  Next one is in June.
  • Please call us for test prep and tutor referrals!

February “To-Do” for 10th and 11th Graders

  • Plan spring break college visits
  • Create a resume
  • Think about your testing timeline (11th graders – don’t let fall tests be the first time for you! Take a spring exam if at all possible!)
  • Keep those grades up!!
  • Start thinking about summer plans: volunteer work, job, academic pursuit


Upcoming Events – Learn More About College Planning!

Magellan has several upcoming presentations at which you can learn more about what to expect as your child moves closer to his/her college search.  Feel free to join us for any or all of these presentations!

Monday, February 22, 6-8 pm
College Without Stress: How to Send Your Kid to College Without Breaking Your Bank
Presentation with financial advisor Selwyn Miller
Lovi’s Deli, 24005 Calabasas Road, Calabasas
$10 for this event includes dinner!  Please RSVP here (if you are not a UCLA alum, choose the “others” category; pricing is the same).

Wednesday, February 24, 5-7 pm
What You Need To Know About the College Search and Application Process
C2 Education Center, 23661 Calabasas Road, Calabasas
No RSVP needed

Wednesday, March 16, 7-8:30 pm
Majors and Careers: What’s the Connection? (presenting with C2 Education)
Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
No RSVP Needed

Plan Your Spring Break College Visits!

The best time to visit colleges is when school is in session – that way you can meet with actual students, eat in the cafeteria and possibly sit in on a class.  A drive-by “visit” does not tell you anything about a college (except if it’s attractive!)!!!

Fortunately, many colleges have their spring break at different times than high school spring break. So go visit a few colleges!  Keep track of what you see, feel and experience on campus – download the College Board’s “Campus Visit Checklist” from Magellan’s Resources page.

Locally, you can visit Loyola Marymount, Chapman, Occidental or University of Redlands if you’re looking for smaller colleges, or USC, UCLA, CSUN or Long Beach State if you are looking for a larger university experience.  If you head out of town, make sure to visit a few colleges wherever you go, not just that one “name” school you know something about [in Chicago, visit UChicago, Northwestern AND DePaul (or Lake Forest!); in New York, you can visit NYU, Columbia AND Fordham (or Cooper Union!)].  Make sure you reserve a spot on a tour on the Admissions or Visit webpage, and check in when you arrive.  Many colleges keep track of student visits!

College Counseling Services

Magellan’s comprehensive college counseling plan includes 35 hours of personalized guidance throughout the student’s junior and senior years.  We also offer a limited-hours “mini-plan” for students who get a later start, towards the end of their junior year.

We charge $200 for our 90-minute in-home consultation, which we credit back to families who sign up for one of Magellan’s counseling packages.

Host a College Admissions Seminar for Friends

Are your friends starting to think about (read: get anxious about!) college?  Please get in touch if you are interested in hosting a college admissions information seminar at your home.  We can tailor our presentation for parents of 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade students, or a combination.

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