Senior Peg Nonez Wins Rotary Scholarship

Peg Nonez '15 accepts her Rotary award from former CCSC Board Chair Denise Jillson
Peg Nonez ’15 accepts her Rotary award from former CCSC Board Chair Denise Jillson

CCSC senior Peg Nonez is the recipient of a $2,000 Rotary Club college scholarship. Peg received her award at the Cambridge Rotary’s annual leadership breakfast honoring members of the National Honor Society who attend the city’s three public high schools. The award comes with an additional $500 for the recipient to donate to a Cambridge service organization; Peg chose to give hers to the CCSC@Night academic enrichment program. Continue reading “Senior Peg Nonez Wins Rotary Scholarship”

Seniors Visit Colleges in Capitol

At Georgetown University
At Georgetown University

Thirteen CCSC seniors travelled to Washington, DC, last week to tour four colleges. College Counselor Nadira Hairston and Guidance Counselor Isaac Hendrickson accompanied the students. In addition to touring American University, Catholic University, Georgetown University and Howard University, the group visited the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Lincoln Monument, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. A grant from the Schrafft Charitable Trust helped underwrite the costs of the annual college trip.

At American University
At American University
At Howard University
At Howard University
At Catholic University
At Catholic University

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Out of College Day 2014

IMG_6361Out to College Day is a rite of spring at CCSC, and last week’s was our biggest ever, about 180 students in grades 9-11 boarded 7 buses to tour 20 colleges across the region. Each group visited several schools of different sizes and types to give students a better sense of the options available and the decisions they will need to make when the time comes to apply. For members of the junior class, this was the third Out of College Day, and but it was the first time some freshmen had taken an official college tour. Continue reading “Out of College Day 2014”

Alumni Share Tips on College Success

Vanessa Barrios led the Q&A with alumni panelists.
Vanessa Barrios led the Q&A with alumni panelists.

When we describe CCSC as a “college preparatory” school, we are not only referring to the rigorous instruction students receive in the classroom, but to the school’s overarching expectation that every student will go on to earn a post-secondary degree. We begin talking about college – what it takes to get in and what it takes to graduate – from the moment students enroll – whether in 7th, 8th or 9th grade (and in 6th grade next year) – through senior year. Reinforcing the message they hear over and over from teachers and advisors, students also get tips from recent CCSC graduates at our annual Alumni Panel, held this year on January 10rd in the Volpe Center auditorium. All students in grades 9 through 12 attended. Continue reading “Alumni Share Tips on College Success”

Rising Seniors Start Summer with College Essays

For rising seniors, summer begins with drafting their college essays.School’s out for summer! Wait, not so fast. The 2012-13 school year ended on Monday, and the very next afternoon rising seniors were back on campus to begin working on their college essays. Required for all seniors, the college essay-writing course meets eight afternoons from 3:30-6:00. And, yes, there’s homework, which is no surprise if you’ve made it to senior year at CCSC. Continue reading “Rising Seniors Start Summer with College Essays”

Saluting Our First College Graduates

Courtney Johnson, Cornell '13
Courtney Johnson, Cornell ’13

We are very proud of the eight members of the Class of 2009, CCSC’s first class of graduates, who earned their college degrees in 2013. We salute:

Ona Anosike: Northeastern University
Gaelle Abraham: Wheaton College
Ariel Garcia: UMass Dartmouth
Rachel Evelyn Jean-Louis: Denison University
Courtney Johnson: Cornell University
Sarah Joseph: Fairfield University
Mitchell Moise Emmanuel College
Steven Rodenas: Boston College

Twenty-one students graduated from CCSC in 2009. Our four-year college completion rate of 38% is well above the 25% national average for students of color.

We are pleased that seven other members of the Class of 2009 are still enrolled in college and working toward their degrees, bringing our anticipated 5-year college completion rate to 71%.

Our college enrollment rates are strong for subsequent classes. Of the 20 members of the Class of 2010, 17 (85%) are still enrolled in college as of June 2013. Of the 20 members of the Class of 2011, 15 (75%) are still enrolled, and 20 of 23 members of the Class of 2012 (87%) are still enrolled. All 32 members of the Class of 2013 will enroll in college next year, over 90% to 4-year schools.

Steven Rodenas, Boston College '13
Steven Rodenas, Boston College ’13
Rachel Jean-Louis, Dension University '13
Rachel Jean-Louis, Dension University ’13
Ariel Garcia, UMass Dartmouth '13
Ariel Garcia, UMass Dartmouth ’13

College Acceptance Word Cloud

The 32 members of CCSC’s Class of 2013 have racked up a long list of college acceptances. While we wait for all students to make their final matriculation decisions (and we are proud that every student has a choice to make!), we thought it would be fun to create a word cloud from the names of the colleges and universities that have admitted them. Enjoy!.

CCSC College Acceptances 2013
CCSC College Acceptances 2013

California, Here We Come!

Waiting at Logan airport
Waiting at Logan airport

Four CCSC juniors and College Counselor Nadira Hairston spent part of April break in the Los Angeles area, visiting five colleges: UCLA, California Institute of Technology, Claremont McKenna College, Occidental College, and Whittier College. Their travel expenses were funded, in part, by a grant from the Moses Kimball Fund, which helps support the school’s comprehensive college counseling program.

The California schools the group visited represent a broad spectrum of schools, and visiting them helped the juniors better gauge their personal preferences regardless of geography: public university versus private college; urban versus suburban campus; large versus small student body. The schools’ academic specialties span technology and engineering, government and economics, film and media, and the liberal arts.

Encouraging more CCSC students to consider schools outside the New England region, where they might discover unique programs that match their academic interests, as well as benefit from geographic diversity in the admission process, is one goal of trips like this one. The importance of college visits cannot be understated in helping students determine which schools to apply to, and later – once they have acceptances in hand – where they will matriculate, but most families do not have the financial resources to travel outside the northeast. Mehret Tadesse ’14, said, “The trip taught me how valuable college tours are in choosing the right school. I will make sure to visit any school’s campus before I commit to it.”

The Internet makes it easy to gather information about schools across the country, but the students learned there is no substitute for an actual campus tour. According to Tristan Pepin ’14, “A web page can tell you statistics about the college, but only a visit can give you an idea of how it actually feels to be on campus, how it truly looks there, and how the people really act there. All five of the schools we saw were interesting on paper. But only one of them gave me what I call ‘The Vibe.’ It was a gut feeling. I could see myself going there. I now plan on applying to that school.”

Last fall, a group of seniors visited several schools in the Washington, DC area. Subsequently, several seniors applied to, and some were accepted at, mid-Atlantic colleges like Howard University, American University, and Goucher College.

At UCLA
At UCLA
At Cal Tech
At Cal Tech
At Whittier College
At Whittier College
At Occidental College ("Oxy")
At Occidental College (“Oxy”)
At Claremont McKenna College
At Claremont McKenna College

 

 

 

 

Out to College Day Promotes Early College Awareness

9th graders at SNHU
9th graders at SNHU

At CCSC we pride ourselves on being a college preparatory school, and one of the many ways we prepare students for college is to begin taking students on campus tours as early as 9th grade, so that by the time they are juniors and seniors they have a good idea of what type of school will be the best fit.

This year’s annual “Out to College Day” took place on March 28, as students in grades 9 through 11 traveled by bus with their advisors to tour colleges across three states. Continue reading “Out to College Day Promotes Early College Awareness”

Introducing our New Alumni Coordinator

Alumni Coordinator Tarshe Derival
Alumni Coordinator Tarshe Derival

Last week we welcomed Tarshe Derival to the CCSC staff. As our new alumni coordinator, Ms. Derival will be reaching out to recent CCSC graduates, visiting them at their colleges, and offering support and encouragement to stay in school and earn their degrees. She will also be doing the critical work of gathering data on CCSC’s alums – where they are, how they’re doing, the ways CCSC adequately prepared them as well as the areas in which CCSC must improve to better equip graduates for the challenges they will face. Continue reading “Introducing our New Alumni Coordinator”