Tag: college prep

Freshmen Find Their Place at Notre Dame Preparatory

Freshman Isabella Lawton in NDP’s STEAM Lab, where she will take Introduction to Engineering next year.

Isabella Lawton always knew she wanted to go to Notre Dame Preparatory school. Years ago, she saw the school at a dance recital and felt a strong sense of community.

Mercy High School Coach Doug Pryor Named State Coach of the Year for Maryland H.S. Girls Private/Parochial

Featured L to R: Emily Crusse (senior), Doug Pryor, Ada Clare Tempert (junior), Mia Ramirez (senior). All three students are members of the varsity soccer team.

The Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS) has named Mercy High School Varsity Head Soccer Coach, Doug Pryor, “State Coach of the Year for Maryland High School Girls” in the private/parochial category.

SAT and ACT Test Prep – When Should You Start?


The process of test prep is often a subject clouded in uncertainty for many families that come into our office. Questions range from which test to take to what score to shoot for. Of course, the most pressing question that should be answered is, when should we start?

Streamline Tutors Launches The Streamline 60 Video Series


Hi there! We at Streamline Tutors are celebrating the opening of our new location in beautiful Roland Park and the launch of our new video series, The Streamline 60.

College Admissions Boot Camp – Stand Out Among the Competition


If you’re a parent with a rising senior applying to college in the fall, you may be looking ahead with some trepidation.

ACT vs. SAT: Which One Should You Take?


It’s a question we hear often from our students: Should I take the ACT or SAT?

Why The New August SAT Test Date Is Awesome


For decades, the SAT has only offered testing dates during the traditional school year — October, November, December, January, March, May, and June. But starting this year, the SAT will be replacing its unpopular January test date with one in August.

Too Late to Apply for Accommodations on the SAT and ACT?


Prepping for the SAT/ACT is no easy task. It involves months of consistent, committed study that often requires working with an experienced tutor.

Why 4 Months of Tutoring for the SAT/ACT?


Conventional wisdom says that students should take the SAT/ACT exams sometime during their junior year of high school. Parents typically pick a testing date based on this advice and then race to enroll their student in a prep class, or private tutoring sessions, four to six weeks before the test date.

But it’s not the best strategy.

The Bryn Mawr School Appoints Sue Sadler as New Headmistress


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The Bryn Mawr School Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Sue Sadler to serve as the school’s 10th headmistress, effective July 1, 2017. Sadler will succeed Maureen E. Walsh, who has led the independent, nonsectarian, all-girls college-preparatory school in Baltimore with distinction as the its leader since 2002.

How We Came up with SmartyReader



Whenever I went shoe shopping as a kid, my mom would always buy shoes at least a size too big and then make me run around Footlocker (or wherever we were) to make sure I wouldn’t trip over myself in the months before I grew into them.

I’ve Seen My Student’s PSAT Scores. Now what?



What is the best SAT prep plan for my student?

It’s a question that parents of high school juniors (and, in some cases, parents of sophomores) should be asking right now. The answer to the question, like the SAT itself, isn’t straight forward, and, in my opinion, depends entirely on the abilities, educational background, and goals of each student.

College Rankings and College Admissions: Coming Out on Top


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It’s that time of the year again when US News and World Report releases its annual rankings for national colleges and universities.  The 2015 rankings, released yesterday, illustrate the usual shuffle among the Ivy League and Ivy League-ish institutions at the top: Princeton, Harvard, and Yale remained on top; MIT edged ahead of Duke while Columbia, Stanford, and University of Chicago now are tied at 4th place. Essentially, nothing has changed, and in this article I will use the current metrics of college rankings to investigate why this is so and how it impacts college admissions.

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A whopping 22.5 percent of the rankings are based on the subjective opinions of both high school counselors and administrators at peer institutions.  The weight of this metric largely reflects the enormous marketing budgets colleges now need to stay competitive in the rankings.  According to a 2011 Noel-Levitz poll, private universities spent a median of $2,185 marketing dollars per new student.  This expense is an indicator that top colleges don’t just have to be good; they have to make sure everyone knows it.  This is easier for Ivy League schools who have garnered impervious auras that remain intact no matter the cheating scandals or grade inflation that may occur there; whereas “ranking climbers” like Washington University in St. Louis have used exorbitant fundraising campaigns in years past to attain similar stature.

Applying to College? You May Want to Delete Your Facebook Account


imagesA life without Facebook might seem incomprehensible to some, but high school seniors applying to college would be wise to consider it, if only temporarily. As cited in the Huffington Post, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers use Facebook and other social media sites to get a second look at an applicant. Unless the applicant’s a recruited athlete, whose Facebook or Twitter profile might get a coach’s cursory glance at any point of high school, now is the time when a student’s Facebook profile may come under scrutiny.

Of course, deleting a social media account may seem like overkill. Why not just delete any potentially negative content? Or even change the account name so that the profile is harder to find? These steps may be sufficient, but I wouldn’t take the chance. After all, if admissions officers find the hopeful college applicant on Facebook, they won’t necessarily encounter the best representation of the student, nor the one so thoughtfully put together in the application; they may see a much more limited side, one that tends to encourage flash judgments, rather than careful review.

Making Your College Application Stand Out – Focus on What Makes You Unique


Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post by professional tutor Ian Siegel, who owns and operates Streamline Tutors.

College-Application-FormIt used to be that GPA and SAT scores dictated where a student would be accepted into college. Now high scores and top grades only get a student considered at selective colleges and universities. The admissions office at Harvard, for one, reports that over 70 percent of its applicants are more than prepared to succeed there.

On the other hand, I have been told by admissions insiders at several large universities that applications with numbers that aren’t up to snuff are read by part-timers who only suggest a second look to admissions when other intangible aspects of an application appear especially unique and impressive. In other words, they stand out.