2015-16 College Information for SVGS

There are several upcoming opportunities to assist students and parents in the college selection and admissions process.  Please see below.

 SAT Prep Class

Many of you have asked about opportunities to better prepare for SAT’s.  Please refer to the information in the forwarded email below regarding an upcoming SAT prep class at BRCC’s Augusta Center beginning Sept. 14.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will prepare you to deal successfully with exam topics ranging from writing to critical reading and math. Learn about short passages, long passages and paired passages that test reading comprehension, as well as higher level math questions (geometric notation, basic trigonometry and new statistics concepts) and the required essay. Please read: Bring pencils, notebook and a scientific/graphing calculator. Required text available at BRCC Bookstore, The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition.


Class ID: 1444 11

Tuition: $150.00

Schedule Information:

Dates      Class Days              Times                    

9/14/2015-10/19/2015     Weekly – Mon        6:00 PM – 9:00 PM            

Fishersville, Augusta Center                

Instructors: Judy Hevener ; J. Alexander

Registration Closes On: September 14, 2015 11:59 PM


*PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE SAT beginning in March 2016.  This will affect primarily juniors.  To learn more about these changes, please see https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/.


College Counseling at SVGS

SVGS provides an opportunity for students and parents to receive additional support  by making college counseling resources available.  We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Russ Ingersoll serve SVGS in that capacity.  Mr. Ingersoll retired from Fishburne with over 30 years of experience in student counseling and has been working as a college counselor in the area since 2011.  Mr. Ingersoll will be at SVGS on the dates listed below.


Monday, September 21– Parent Presentation: “The College Application Process” @ 6:30 p.m. at SVGS  (This presentation is open to all SVGS students and parents. The session will include a discussion of the new changes in the SAT and suggestions for testing and advice on the college admissions process.


Individual Consultations with Seniors (Fall, 2015)

Sept. 24 (Priority is given to students applying early action/decision!)

Sept. 30 (Priority is given to students applying early action/decision!)

Oct. 8

Oct. 21

Nov. 4

Nov. 12


If students and/or your parents would like to meet with Mr. Ingersoll individually, please call Mrs. Conner at 245-5088 or stop by and sign-up as soon as possible (no emails please as times may be full).   Appointments are scheduled for 20 minutes beginning at 8:00 am until 11:00 am.  I encourage you to take advantage of this resource to assist you in decision making, organization and working through this application process.  Mr. Ingersoll will be available for individual consultations for juniors in the spring.  Please refer to the website for those dates.


Juniors: All juniors should take the PSAT this year in order to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Previous PSAT scores do not count toward this scholarship competition.  In addition, this is an extra chance for students to practice before taking the SAT for college admissions.  Students need to register with for testing with their high school.  Each school sets its own deadline for registration which are usually mid-September.  The PSAT date is Wednesday, Oct. 14.  The PSAT is given at the high school so students testing will miss SVGS that morning. We will adjust our schedule to minimize missed work.

Seniors: The deadline to register for the Oct. SAT is Sept. 3.  The deadline to register for the Oct. ACT is Sept. 18.  It is recommended that seniors take the SAT or ACT at least twice.  The Oct. test results are returned in time for early decision admission consideration.  Scores from later testing dates are not usually considered in early admissions decisions.  The Oct. test is important for students not planning on early decision to provide flexibility if students wish additional testing  opportunities to improve their scores.

College Night

College Night is typically held in late September .  Nearly 60 college/university representatives as well as representatives from the armed forces will be available to talk with parents about opportunities beyond high school.  Contact your high school counselors for more details.


Please contact me if you have questions.

Best wishes in your current classes and activities and as you consider your plans for the future.

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