We did it again! The Score At The Top Learning Centers and Score Academy were recommended for renewal of their 5-Year accreditation by AdvancED.
Our schools and learning centers submitted to a rigorous re-accreditation process that involves internal and external review and evaluation. The AdvancED team, who visited each of our facilities, carefully considered how well we use a carefully crafted framework for continuous improvement.Read More
Imagine there’s somebody you want to ask out on a very special date – maybe to the prom – but you find out that you’re no better than his/her fourth choice. Not particularly flattering or encouraging, is it? Having found out, are you more likely or less likely to ask that person to go out on that date?Read More
Downtime, soon! We at Score At The Top take a bit of a breather, too, but not because we’re closed for a week or two. Our holiday-season doors open to students who brush up, charge ahead, or prep for something upcoming. Every day of the week. Yes, we’ll be here for that. However…Read More
Admissions has become more competitive and complex than ever. It’s nearly impossible to get a reliable sense of a school without visiting, or speaking to current students and alumni, or a combination of both. Do your homework! Don’t rely on “viewbooks” or web pictures and descriptions to create your list. Choose appropriate colleges and apply correctly. You can even attend end-of-summer college application workshops at a few select local high schools in order to clarify your list of choices and to do it right.Read More
E-R-A: Enrichment, Remediation, Acceleration.
Students who take summer courses improve their chances for college admission. That’s because summer studying indicates a student’s desire to continue intellectual development beyond the normal academic year. Learning doesn’t stop on the way out of the high school doors at the start of summer vacation..
Score At The Top provides the full spectrum of high school courses. At this time of the year, we’re quite busy planning our schedule for students taking courses with us. With 24/7 accessibility, either in person at one of our five SACS-accredited learning centers or online via Skype with our teachers, Score At The Top provides an ideal choice for students committed to summer studies.Read More
This has been a thrilling year for one of our international college-counseling students – a ranked golfer who has just completed his sophomore year. He and his mom have quite an interesting story to tell about their early college planning and recruitment, which she has graciously offered to share with others…
When my son broke his elbow last spring, we realized very quickly how important it is to do well in school and have a back-up. Trying to manage golf competitions, fitness sessions, practice time at the golf course, along with rigorous academics, is next to impossible in Europe. So there we were, with A LOT of time on our hands because golf had been moved to the back burner…an opportune moment to get a head start on the chase for a golf scholarship at an American university. Little did we know that the summer after 9th grade was anything but a head start! By the way, when I write “we,” I am referring to our son and his parents. We have done most everything in tandem and have emphasized to our son that his participation and effort in the process is of the utmost importance.Read More
Do you want your child to be a guinea pig for the “redesigned” SAT one year from now – or a savvy student with options? We recommend the latter, of course!
Our review of the ninety-four new SAT sample test questions released by the College Board lead us to believe that the new test will be significantly harder with its emphasis on deeper critical thinking, and with the introduction of more difficult reading passages and higher-level math concepts. This redesigned test will impact current sophomores ― who would normally be ready to take their first SAT about one year from now. They will be among the first students to take the redesigned SAT ― unfortunately with limited practice materials available. The College Board plans to release only one full-length practice SAT in May, followed by a book of four practice tests on June 30. Students who use these practice tests will not really know what their scores mean – how they stack up against current SAT and/or ACT scores – until the score “conversion tables” are released later in the summer.Read More
Florida State released their final freshman decisions last Wednesday after the close of school. Director of Admissions Janice Finney explained that the school deferred more students in December than in the past, so more students received final decisions. Of those deferred in December, students who did not provide mid-year grades were not reconsidered.
This year’s accepted freshman profile...Read More
Public schools in Florida permit students in good academic standing to take a dual enrollment class. Typically, this means a course at one of the state college or university campuses.
When students consider their high school courses and how their transcript will look to an admissions officer, they should keep the following in mind: almost all selective colleges prefer that students enroll in AP-level classes at their own schools rather than in dual enrollment classes elsewhere ― unless there is no equivalent higher level high school or AP course available. Occasionally, a dual enrollment class is actually given at a public high school. Some private schools allow their students to dual enroll, while others do not.Read More