Class of 2020 Test Prep Check List, Communicating to school you are NOT attending, Deferred?

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Please be sure you continue to check your portals regarding acceptances for summer or fall admissions. There are next steps to be working on in the process: enrollment deposits (by May 1st), housing decisions and deposits, and financial aid award letters.

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Class of 2020 test prep students, the finish line is close! Are you preparing well for your final sprint to lock in your admission ready test score? Here is a check list for mastery....

-attend four live math and four live verbal sessions to prepare for my next test

-review all of my reference sheets and notes in my test prep notebook

-log into my account to take practice test sections

-listen to the video lesson tutorials on any questions that I missed on ePrep

-ask my test prep instructors questions during and after classes

-attend a Saturday mock test at The College Map

-prepare for my next ACT or SAT as if it were a final exam in school



Please communicate with the schools you have decided NOT to attend - a simple email stating that you appreciate their admission offer, but that you have decided to attend elsewhere. You may decide to let them know where you will be going - it is up to you. Some schools have an option inside your check status application portal to decline. Please choose that option. If they do not, please send an email to their admissions office. Here’s an example:

Thank you for your offer of admission to ABC University. After carefully considering my options, I have decided that XYZ University is the best fit for me. I appreciate your consideration.


Your Name


Deferral: What Can I Do?

Deferral: It can be a tough outcome after all the hard work you did to diligently get applications submitted early. If you are especially committed to a specific college, then it is understandably disappointing. But let’s not give up yet! There are efforts you can take to work to improve your odds of acceptance during the next review cycle.

• Research the Deferral Policy of the college. The first thing you need to do is research the college’s Deferral Policy. Follow the rules – if they ask that you not submit additional materials, then heed this advice. Look up the name of the local admissions representative and reach out to them for guidance. Communicate your disappointment and ask for their advice.

• Confirm SAT/ACT Test Reports were sent. Log into your College Board or ACT account and confirm that your scores were sent.

• Carefully draft a Deferral Letter. Get on it right away – don’t sit around sulking for too long!

o Interest in the school: The most important component is a reaffirmation of your interest in the school – if it is your #1 choice, let them know! If your original application did not include specific reasons why the school is a good fit for you, then elaborate here.

o Update on Academics: Fill the admissions office in on your academic progress first semester. Highlight classes or assignments of special interest and send an updated transcript.

• Request an additional letter of recommendation. Don’t go overboard here by bombarding the admissions office with too much information. But if there is a senior year teacher that you have connected with or had special success in their class this semester, then ask the teacher to send a recommendation for you – provide examples so they can be specific as to why you would be successful at each specific college.

• Revise your resume. Have you received recognition or had a significant achievement since your initial application? Examples include winning a regional robotics competition, starting an internship, or being elected to an officer position in a club. Do not simply reiterate your original application, but focus on anything new that was not included earlier on your application. Continue to build the profile that you started!

• Continue communications through the spring. Don’t just sit back and wait! You don’t want to drive admissions officers crazy but continue to demonstrate your interest in the school. If possible, make a campus visit, continue to communicate good news, and stay positive.


Ann Taylor HERLead Summer Program:

Deadline March 8th
This program is designed for current 10th and 11th grade girls who demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership and potential for creating innovative solutions to problems in your community. You must have a proven track record in your academic work and interest in extracurricular activities. If selected, you would spend 4 days in NYC for a Leadership Forum.

University of Florida Environmental Studies Program:
This program is for current 10th and 11th graders. This week long experience is $350. Financial Aid might be available to a limited number.
Humanities and the Sunshine State is a set of two week-long summer residential programs that introduce high school students to cutting-edge research in the humanities that helps us to understand Florida’s pressing environmental crises and ways to address them by working with classrooms and communities. More information is available at Applications are available at by creating a SurveyMonkeyApply account.

College Transitions Top Summer Programs For High School Students In 2019

Several TCM students have participated through the following summer programs:

Blueprint Summer Programs

National Student Leadership Programs

Georgetown University Summer Programs

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Writing workshops will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 and Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.until Noon. Students in the class of 2020 must attend one of these two workshops. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

Senior Boot Camps for the class of 2020 will be held for two weeks and we also ask that you plan your summer calendar with this in mind and attend all three days of at atleast one of the following weeks:

July 23, 24 & 25 or July 30, 31 & August 1st. All dates will be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CFE Credit Union

CFE Federal Credit Union has an outstanding tradition of supporting our members’ pursuit of education. The 2019 Joseph A. Melbourne Jr. Annual Scholarship Program, named after CFE's former President and CEO, will award six undergraduate scholarships - worth a total of $10,000 each - to six lucky graduating high school seniors and two master’s level scholarships - worth $2,500 each - to CFE student members with accounts in good standing.
Click here for the full article


Sophomores enrolled in our test prep program are expected to pick one date to complete the ACT/SAT diagnostic to determine their strength test. Please email Mrs. Mitchell ( with your date preference.

Saturday, May 18th 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26th noon-4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 3rd noon-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4th noon-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5th noon-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 6th noon-4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 10th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 13th 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 14th 10:00-2:00 p.m.

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Test prep students, when you are registering for live classes utilizing our Acuity online scheduler, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct class based on your strength test. You should be signing up for either ACT or SAT classes, not the other and not both. This confusion is causing classes to fill up in error. Also, please do not sign up more than once for each individual class as this is also causing classes to fill up in error. We truly appreciate your CAREFUL attention to this matter.

Please sign up at our Acuity Scheduler website!
See below for our new 2019 calendars.

Please register for the ACT at OR SAT at Please note there are early registration deadline dates. You can register after the deadline date but a late fee will be required.

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College Visits 101

When should I start college visits? Students should begin taking official college visits as early as their freshman year and should not wait until their very busy junior year when it is harder to miss school. In addition, you definitely should not wait to tour schools your senior year.

College visits are important in developing a balanced college list prior to application season. Students need to know whether each school on their application list is a school where they could see themselves.

Will this college be a good fit for me? Do the students on this campus hold my same values? Will I be able to find my people? Does this school offer majors I am interested in? Does this school offer a study abroad program? How large are the classes? Will I be a name or a number? How available are my professors and will my classes be taught by professors?

If you are in high school you should be doing college visits NOW to help answer questions like these.

Please schedule an appointment with your college planning counselor to help prepare for your visits and answer any questions you have.

Don’t delay, schedule your visits today!

Bright Futures

Students must submit a completed Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) in order to be considered for State Scholarship & Grant Programs. Seniors, please Create a Student Account. After logging into your account, you may proceed to complete the FFAA.

The Bright Futures link can answer all of your questions:

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There are many good scholarship search tools/engines on the internet. Their primary function is to assist you in finding scholarships that match the eligibility criteria you enter for GPA, gender, residency, ethnicity/heritage, religion and area of study, hobbies, interests — some of the most common criteria used. The College Map team recommends the following search engines:


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Please make sure to "click" or fill out as much information as possible. Once you've entered your information into the database, the search engine will generate a list of all current scholarships you qualify for. We recommend sorting that list by due date.


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Our private "Your Path" page contains details for upcoming deadlines, events, and important announcements. We encourage you to check it regularly! The password is case-sensitive:

Test Prep Schedules

Be sure to register for your spring test prep classes, available on the Your Path page and the Acuity Scheduler. Registration is mandatory; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.


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Your Team at The College Map

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