The Enrollment Lottery is now completed.
We are continuing to accept Letters of Intent for all grades,
and children will be added to wait lists, first come, first served.
Please visit the Enrollment Process page for more information.
►WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY
Senior Coursework Details
MacLaren School Profile
Letters of Recommendation Form - Teachers If* you need a letter of recommendation from one or more teachers, be sure to ask well ahead of any deadlines. After a teacher agrees to write a letter for you, let him/her know that you will give them this completed form along with any other information they will need in order to complete this process for you. Don't forget to write a thank you note!!
Letter of Recommendation Form - Counselor If* you need a letter of recommendation from your counselor, please fill this form out and make an appointment with Mrs. Fruh to review your information. It is helpful if you drop the form off in advance of your interview so that there is time to read and digest the information you've shared. The counselor recommendation offers you an opportunity to insert important information that hasn't already been shared elsewhere in the application.
*Not all colleges require letters of recommendation and may ignore them if you include them.
PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
If you are including some private colleges and universities on your list, take a look at this handout to learn about some important characteristics that are typically a part of their application and admission process.
Your essay is the one piece of your application that you have total control over! Although you'll face constraints on length and perhaps the topic, your essay is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to express yourself and share your unique self. Use expressive language, action words, and tell a story about yourself that only you can tell, in the first person! Take a look at these suggestions of what to do (and not to do) before you get started on brainstorming some ideas. Hopefully the "Essay Workshop" offered every fall at MacLaren will also help you find your voice. As you write and rewrite your essay, it is permissible to get input from teachers, parents and or peers, which can be quite helpful in clarifying a thought or refocusing a paragraph. However, sometimes a student's essay begins to sound more like a 40+ year old adult rather than the 18 year old that is applying to college so any "editing" needs to be done judiciously!
If you're totally stuck, take a look at these two documents to help you brainstorm some ideas:
Fiske's How Can I Brainstorm Essay Topics