Impact of COVID-19 on Class of 2021

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on High School Juniors, Class of 2021 & College/Career Process:

     

    An Open Letter to High School Juniors

    Without a doubt, your life has been already impacted by the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing, self-quarantine, voluntary or mandatory school and business closures clearly show we are not doing 'business as usual' in any shape or form. 

    The WTHS school counselors are on the front lines with you and attending virtual webinars, meetings, and informational sessions to best support you moving forward. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive information. It is essential that you check your e-mail, WTHS high school webpages, and canvas for announcements and information.. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor and/or Mrs. Bielawski (Bielli@centennialsd.org) in the College and Career Center. 

    Please see the information assembled as of April 14, ,2020, to help guide you in this process: 

    ATTENTION JUNIORS:

    Standardized Testing: The College Board has canceled the SAT scheduled for May 2, 2020. All make up tests dates for March have also been canceled. For the most current College Board information click here.

    For ACT updates are available here.

    For students who had prepared or have been preparing for these tests for weeks or months, this decision, though necessary for public safety, was disappointing. At the same time, the delays don’t mean that the work you have been putting in will be for naught or that you won’t be ready to apply for college come fall. Here’s the key: if you’re going to have a long break between the end of your prep and your official test, you need to take one or two practice tests and make time to review content the month leading up to your official test administration. If you engage in more deliberate, consistent practice between now and when the test is offered, the break can actually be an opportunity to achieve a higher score.

    2020 - 2021 College Applications: Currently, it appears that most colleges and universities plan to accept applications per their individually designated fall 2020 and winter 2021 schedules (Early Application, Early Decision, Regular Decision application deadlines). These schedules may change, depending on a wide variety of factors well beyond our control now.

    *Please note: For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please check the actual college/university website

    * Some colleges and universities are making announcements regarding their academic requirements and providing “test-optional” applications for the 2020-2021 school year!

    College Visits: The recommendation for juniors in high school to visit college campuses has not changed, but the timing has. Hopefully the opportunity to visit campuses will reemerge in the summer and fall. For now, research your college list, and visit your favorite colleges' websites. (Begin with: www.naviance.com). Take virtual tours, write to undergraduate admissions representatives and get on college mailing lists, open and read the mail you receive, ask intelligent questions not easily answered on the college website, check the college's LinkedIn page to see if you can connect with current students to learn more about the school and so on. In other words, demonstrate interest in the many ways that do not involve leaving your home.

    COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Most up-to-date Information on Admissions 2020-2021

    Your Input & Response to this Survey is ESSENTIAL for the WTHS counselors to Communicate, Provide Assistance, and Support You in this Process.

    Class of 2021 Junior Seminar Survey