This week I’ve been spending most of my time chipping away at college apps with my clients while getting ready for a very big fall. Here are some brief items that may or may not interest you:
ACT Fiasco, cont’d…
Because I had a bad feeling about this week’s ACT registration process, this past Sunday I emailed you about getting on the ACT’s registration alert system. As anyone who has tried to register knows by now, the process has been frustrating in the extreme. As you can see from the screenshot I’ve shared below, the ACT folks have now kicked the time to Monday, August 3rd at 11am EST. I don’t know any more about this than what I’m hearing from the kids I see every day, so I would suggest that anyone interested in taking the ACT this fall to be ready to pounce at that time.
Upcoming August SAT Fiasco?
On the SAT front, I previously alerted you to the bad feeling I have about the August SAT getting canceled at most schools in New Jersey. I even set some researchers on to the job of looking into schools in other states such as Pennsylvania and New York – most said they believe the test will run. But they cannot guarantee it. If it were allowed, the safest thing to do would be to double-book the SAT here in New Jersey and elsewhere in Podunk, PA, but The College Board will not allow you to double-book. Unfortunately, it’s simply too perilous for me to give advice about canceling here in New Jersey to rebook in a “safer” (ie, more likely to run the August SAT) state. My advice for those considering rebooking to another state for the August SAT is necessarily limited to “do what is within your means and your tolerance for uncertainty.” Yet, for high school seniors, the prudent thing to do is to register for a future SAT date in September and/or October – if the August SAT runs, then see it as another opportunity to swing the bat for a home run.
School Year Scheduling Supernova
Lastly on the no fun front, many school districts are announcing their plans for the fall. It’s as bad as I anticipated back in March. Some schools are requring synchronous remote learning for the whole week (with two half days in-person), while others are not taking attendance. I imagine most schools will be flexible on attendance policies in synchronous remote classes. Nonetheless, kids who are signed up for our Fall Supplemental Learning program will get all the support they need, and, in anticipation of kids wanting to do school comfortably while under our watch at Foley Prep, I’m boosting our WiFi at all 7 locations. If you have not yet filled out the interest form, please do so at FoleyPrep.com/pods. Actual registration will begin next week.
Off-piste Gap Year item…
For a little escapist fun, I’ve approached my American friend Gabe, who owns an agrotourismo (it’s a fancy term for a hotel with a pool on a scenic farm) in Sicily along with his wife and beautiful baby girl. I know him as an exellent ski instructor from my time in Vail as well as cycling tourguide. The reason for my contact? I’ve heard that Gap Year programs for college students are selling out, and since Italy will allow Americans to travel there for educational purposes, I thought why not look into setting something up? Please someone, tell me you’re interested. In addition to being a supreme athlete and all-aorund good guy, Gabe has taught university-level Italian and French and is proficient in Chemistry and Physics. I’m definitely thinking of offering this to our pod-kids as a carrot at the end of December!
I’m sure you’ll agree that it would be nice to have one or two normal things going on in life … that’s what meeting my tutoring kids and staff every day, my morning Peloton rides, and yes, my nightly margarita (or two) do for me. What does it for you?