An independent co-ed day school for grades Pre K-12

FAQs

 

What GFA classes help students to prepare for Subject Tests?

Science
*Biology Subject Test: Honors Biology, AP Biology
**Physics Subject Test: Honors Physics, AP Physics
*Chemistry Subject Test: Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry

* The GFA Science Department notes that most of the subject matter in the Subject Tests is covered in the above classes, but recommends that students do some preparation for each of the Subject Tests outside of class time.

**Some Physics topics require more additional independent preparation. Please speak with the Physics teacher for more direct guidance about which topics require independent preparation.

History
US History Subject Test: AP US History

Math
Math II Subject Test: AP Calculus, Honors Pre-calculus
Math I Subject Test: Pre-calculus

English
English Literature Subject Test:
Honors English 11, AP English
English 11, English 12, Electives

Foreign Language Subject Tests
Students should take foreign language subject tests during level 4 or level 4H of a language in the junior year. If taking an AP level in senior year students can also take foreign language Subject Tests in the senior fall.

Students should take Subject Tests with Listening whenever possible. Our students have a history of doing well on this version of the test.

What is the process I need to follow if I am interested in playing sports in college?

Colleges are beginning to look for talented athletes earlier and earlier. Students that are not Division I Blue Chip (highly recruited) athletes can work to become a recruited athlete at many outstanding colleges and universities with great athletic traditions. If you are a varsity athlete and you think you may want to continue playing in college, here are a several tips:

1. Let GFA Athletic Director, Tauni Butterfield, and your coaches know of your interest in pursuing intercollegiate athletics and ask for honest feedback on your progress as an athlete In addition to notifying GFA coaches, you should also notify club coaches if applicable.

2. Be prepared for feedback and constructive criticism. You can make a difference in your prospects by heeding advice.

3. Make sure that you get someone to tape your athletic contests. Professional level video is NOT required. Coaches can spot talent.

4. Prepare/update your athletic resume. You can e-mail College Guidance for assistance with format as well as for their feedback on what information to include.

5. If you are a STARTING PLAYER, you can begin e-mailing coaches as well as utilizing online school recruitment websites at select schools giving them preliminary information about your schedule and your intention to continue in college. This list can be broad, but should include input from your coaches and College Guidance.

6. Keep your grades up. The better student you are and become, the more options you will have based on your ability to contribute to the teams and the college community.

7. Plan to attend a camp, showcase or other event where college coaches will get a chance to see you compete. Advice from coaches should be sought.

8. Treat this process as you would any other step of the college process by being in the driver’s seat. If the communication isn’t directly between you and coaches of prospective schools, it will be less effective, and in many cases, counterproductive to reaching your goal of becoming a recruited athlete.

Does being a top student with good grades and top test scores influence how much financial aid you receive?

Most financial aid packages are based on financial need. However, colleges are always looking for the bright, talented, accomplished students and they may try to attract you by offering you a larger percentage of grant money and fewer loans. They may also supplement your financial aid package with merit scholarships.

Does applying for financial aid affect how an application is read?

It can. Colleges may have a “need blind” or “need sensitive” application review policy. A “need blind” policy means that the admission decision was made without consideration of the need for financial aid. A “need sensitive” policy takes into account the level of need when making a decision. Many colleges admit that they cannot meet the full extent of every student’s financial aid needs. If financial aid is an important consideration for you, it is important to research the financial aid endowment and financial aid policies of your colleges.

If your financial aid package is not as much as you need, can you talk to the financial aid official at your top college choice to determine if there is any way to increase your aid?

Yes, this is acceptable. Sometimes the college will increase the amount of the award, especially if you are a strong student who will attend if given more money. Sometimes, the college may not be able to give you grant money but will work with you to increase other parts of the package. It is always worth writing a letter or making a call, especially if you have extreme or unusual circumstances that have affected your finances in the past year.
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