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As I sit here at the end of April, I am reminded of the many things I miss about being at SJA. The spring typically brings wonderful end-of-the-year events for our students. We will bring as many of these events as possible in a virtual format to our students and school community.
I want to thank you for your support of our continuous learning. As we all know, the end of classes is near: Thursday, April 30, for seniors and Friday, May 15, for underclass students. As we have stated in previous communications, we will not have cumulative semester final exams; rather, we will have end-of-quarter assessments. You should have received detailed information on Monday, April 27, regarding these assessments. We will provide additional information as needed in upcoming emails.
Leading up to these assessments, I ask that all parents use NetSJA to verify their daughter is caught up on all her classwork. We are finding that motivation to work from home is harder to come by, and therefore, many students are a little behind on their work and currently have incomplete grades.
Graduation for the class of 2020 has been a constant on my mind for many weeks now. I am happy to say that we devised a plan, using social-distancing guidelines, that will allow each of our seniors to come to campus to receive her diploma. We are so proud of their hard work, determination and, now more than ever, their resiliency. We will broadcast a virtual Honors Convocation ceremony on Friday, May 15, and we will also broadcast the recorded graduation ceremony later in May.
We will be sending information to all students regarding their “drop-off” day. This will be a scheduled time for students to return items to SJA (final SAGE account payments, textbooks, athletic uniforms, library books and, for seniors, laptops). Assigned senior days are Friday, May 8, and Friday, May 22. The date and detailed information for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be communicated soon.
We will continue to be in communication with our students and parents throughout the summer as how we will begin the 2020-2021 school year becomes more clear. Until then, we will continue to be here for our students and families via video platforms and email.
I pray that each of you remains well as we continue to navigate these uncertain times. Again, we thank you for entrusting St. Joseph’s Academy with your daughter’s education.
I love what I do, I love who I do it with and I love that we do it together in the name of our patron, St. Joseph.
Stacia B. Andricain
We continue to work on several end-of-the-year events, which we will bring to you virtually in early May. These include Academic Awards, May Crowning and the Senior Farewell poem and skit. We will share the full details in the days ahead.
The Ring Ceremony for the class of 2021 will be moved to a date in the fall.
VIRTUAL HONORS CONVOCATION
Friday, May 15. The administration will film the ceremony, announcing the names of all seniors receiving awards. This video will be available for viewing on Friday, May 15, which is the original planned date of the event. The ceremony will be shown as a Premiere at 6:30 p.m. on SJA’s Facebook and uploaded to SJA’s YouTube channel.
Sunday, May 17. Details have been sent to seniors and their parents. Graduates, along with their parents and stepparents, will follow a specific staggered schedule and careful distancing guidelines to come to campus to receive their diplomas. They will be videoed. The event will be available for viewing by our entire SJA community by the end of May. We will send the details via email.
SUMMER READING LIST
The goals of the SJA English department’s summer reading program are to promote continued reading throughout the year; provide students with common texts with which to address core skills at the beginning of each school year; and encourage communication about reading among families and peer groups. Click here for the summer reading list for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Parents of students in grades 9-11 should have received an email on April 27 from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding setting up your account. If you need assistance with or have any questions about Smart Tuition, please contact Registrar Kristen Belanger at email@example.com.
The insurance you purchased through SJA on your daughter’s tablet computer will expire on June 30. We strongly recommend that you renew your policy for next year. As you know, broken parts are costly to repair/replace. The policy covers the unit from fire/flood damage, vandalism, natural disasters, power surges due to lightening, accidental breakage (including drops/cracked screens/liquid spills), liquid submersion and theft.
The cost of the insurance for the coming year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) is $76.
The insurance process will once again be managed in house, and SJA will act as your contact when you need to file a claim. To enroll, please complete the Technology Policy/Insurance form by Friday, May 29, 2020. If you choose not to purchase insurance, please select that option on the form and return it by May 29. Please note that we need a signed form on file regardless of your decision to purchase insurance.
Click here to purchase the insurance policy through Worth Ave. Group. This payment portal will be open between May 1 and July 31. Please note that your insurance will not go into effect until we receive both the electronically signed form and payment.
Please direct questions to Sharon Cashio (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2246).
YEARBOOK ORDERS AND SENIOR ADS DEADLINE: MAY 1
There are just three days left to purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook and/or senior ads for graduating seniors. The deadline is Friday, May 1, at midnight. All orders must be placed through Herff Jones Yearbooks. If you are unsure if you purchased a yearbook, you can search for your order by selecting the green tab under Thank You Already Placed an Order? You can also contact the Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center at 1-866-287-3096 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please direct questions to moderator Sara Rounds at email@example.com.
It is the policy of SJA that all tuition and fees be current prior to exams/assessments. If your account is not current, we ask that parents of current 9-11 students make a payment by Monday, May 11. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jane Pardi in the SJA Finance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DINING HALL ACCOUNT REFUNDS
If your daughter is graduating or otherwise leaving SJA, please submit your request for a Dining Hall account refund to email@example.com by Friday, May 8. You will be issued a reimbursement via ACH within seven business days. Please be sure to leave enough money in your daughter’s account to cover her Dining Hall expenses through the end of the school year. Refund requests submitted after the May 8 deadline may be delayed up to eight weeks.
Accounts for returning students will be frozen over the summer to prevent auto-funding. Accounts will be reactivated for the first day of school. If you would like to receive the balance of funds in your daughter’s account, please log into your My Kids Spending account, or contact support@mykidsspending for assistance. Again, please be sure to leave enough money in your daughter’s account to cover her Dining Hall expenses through the end of the school year.
Any parent requesting a refund is asked to be sure your ACH information is correct in your My Kids Spending account to avoid delays in receiving your refund.
The parents of departing students may choose to transfer account balances to a younger sibling, cousin or family friend. If you wish to transfer an account balance, please email Carlie Boone with the first and last names of both students.
If you have questions, please contact Food Service Director Carlie Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2247).
IN THE KITCHEN WITH SAGE
With many families preparing meals at home and trying to keep their children engaged, SAGE Dining Services is prepared to help. SAGE developed a video series with easy, delicious recipes to prepare at home, instructions for various cooking techniques, nutritional guidance and even home food sanitation and hygiene tips. Click here for five new recipe videos plus a bonus video on cutting board safety.
SAGE Dining Services reminds you that these difficult times have triggered an increase in email phishing attempts. Some of you may have received fake emails appearing to come from SAGE and requesting banking information. Please note that SAGE will never ask for banking information through email. Please address questions or concerns to SAGE Vice President of Finance Scott Mowery at email@example.com or (410) 339-3950, ext. 181.
Summer hours for the Main Office are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Fridays. Regular hours resume on Monday, August 3. The Main Office will be closed June 29-July 3 in celebration of the Fourth of July.
Please note that the Main Office will be open during the two weeks of Computer Orientation (July 20-23 and July 27-30) from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
During the summer, the Help Desk will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday hours will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Regular hours resume on Wednesday, August 12.
Summer hours for the Mission Advancement, Admissions, Communications, Alumnae, Facilities and Human Resources offices, located in Mother Alice Hall, and the Finance Office, located in the Mother Thollot House, are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Regular hours resume on Monday, August 3.
SUMMER PE REGISTRATION
If your daughter has chosen Summer PE on her course selection form, you will receive more information from Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn in May. Recent circumstances have caused us to push back the registration date.
SIZZLING SUMMER 2020
Due to the ongoing challenges and uncertain future of COVID-19, camp registration for Sizzling Summer 2020 has been suspended. Please check back or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for future announcements regarding this year’s Sizzling Summer programs.
SJA ATHLETICS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM, SUMMER 2020
Due to the ongoing challenges and uncertain future of COVID-19, we are unsure of the schedule for this summer’s program. We are discussing various possibilities and will communicate our plan once the details are finalized.
TAX ID INFORMATION
If tax ID information is needed for your 2019 taxes, please contact Jane Pardi in the SJA Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-2234.
KENDRA SCOTT "SHOP FOR GOOD ONLINE"
Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30. Just in time to pick up something for Mother’s Day or for your favorite SJA or LSU graduate, Kendra Scott will host an online event to benefit St. Joseph’s Academy. Visit KENDRASCOTT.COM to shop. Click on the bag in the top right corner of your screen. You’ll see a bar that says “Enter Coupon Code” both in your cart and at checkout. Enter giveback code GIVEBACK7493 at one of the two places, then hit Apply. Twenty percent of your purchase will benefit SJA. Not combinable with other offers.
PASS IT ON USED UNIFORM SALE
We are collecting any uniforms no longer needed to be offered for sale at the Pass It On Used Uniform Sale on Saturday, August 8, 8-9:30 a.m., in the Mother Alice Hall Community Room. The Pass It On committee is collecting uniforms for this year’s sale. If you have uniform items that your daughter has outgrown, please consider donating them. Please bring uniforms to the Main Office in St. Joseph Hall. You may begin dropping off used uniforms Monday, July 20, through Friday, August 7.
SOIRéE RESCHEDULED: SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 4, for The Soirée. Join us for live music, silent and live auctions and great food and drinks in the Academy Student Center. If you would like information about serving as a committee member, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (email@example.com; 388-2270).
SJA ANnual Fund
During this time of great uncertainty worldwide, we are both humbled by and proud of the outpouring of support from our SJA community: alumnae, parents and friends. Hundreds of you have made charitable gifts to help our students succeed, and we appreciate you all.
Today, we would like to pass on some information from recently passed legislation regarding charitable giving.
On March 27, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There are three big changes that you should be aware of:
• Cash Gifts: Individuals may deduct $300 above the line. This charitable deduction enables a taxpayer who is one of the 90 percent who take the standard deduction to also benefit from his or her charitable gifts. The $300 above-the-line deduction must be gifts of cash by a non-itemizer and may not be to a donor-advised fund or supporting organization.
• 100% Charitable Deduction Limit: The usual deduction limit for cash gifts to public charities is 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). For 2020, gifts of cash to charity (excluding donor-advised funds and supporting organizations) are deductible to 100 percent of AGI. The gift may be for any charitable purpose and is not limited to gifts for coronavirus relief.
• Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Waiver: The RMD is waived for IRA and other qualified retirement plan owners for the year 2020. This provision will permit IRA and other qualified retirement plan owners to retain funds in their IRAs. Because the markets declined substantially after the current RMD was calculated based on the plan value on December 31, 2019, Congress determined that it was beneficial to waive the RMD for 2020. Loyal donors may still wish to use IRA funds to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). The QCD is available up to $100,000 for individuals who are over age 70½.
As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation. Thank you for your continued support and for keeping the St. Joseph’s Academy community in your thoughts and prayers.
Pave the Way Bricks
Make your mark on SJA’s campus by purchasing a brick for your daughter. Engraved brick pavers are placed outside the Sister Agatha Dining Hall. For more information, contact Mission Advancement Assistant Wendy Coniglio (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2336). Click here to purchase your brick today.
Our Mothers’ Club membership drive is under way for the 2020-2021 school year. As an incentive, the first 100 moms to join will be entered into a raffle for free tickets to our annual Mother-Daughter Brunch & Style Show. Please save the date of November 15, 2020, for this wonderful SJA tradition. We ask that you note that senior moms must be a Mothers’ Club member to participate as a model in the style show, so be sure to join by clicking here.
The Dads’ Club works in partnership with the school on a variety of events throughout the year. Some of the highlights of our involvement are class retreats, seniors’ last day, Open House and exam snacks, to name a few. Your membership dues, in combination with the profits from Dads’ Club-sponsored events such as Father-Daughter Day and the Sticker Scramble, benefit our daughters. Are you ready to join for the 2020-2021 school year?
The first 100 dads to join will be entered into a drawing to receive two tickets and t-shirts for Father-Daughter Day. Please save the date of Sunday, October 4, for a day of fun and fellowship with your daughter and other SJA dads and daughters. Join now by clicking here.
Thank you to the countless volunteers who worked in the Sticker Shop during the 2019-2020 school year. We could not have run the shop without you. We appreciate all the parents and students who shopped with us this past year, and we look forward to opening again for your SJA spirit merchandise needs.
During the summer, we plan to be open on Tuesday and Thursday of each week of the Computer Orientation sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (July 21, 23, 28 and 30). We also plan to be open after each of the incoming freshman parent meetings. Details will be shared later this summer.
Students, make sure to represent your class mascot and design your class t-shirt for next school year. Check your email for the details on the Annual Class T-Shirt Contest.
During the 2020-2021 school year, the Sticker Shop’s hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. We are located on the first floor of Mother Alice Hall on Kleinert Avenue.
With the statewide closure of schools, previously scheduled tryouts have been postponed until further notice. Once we have directives from the governor and SJA administration on the lifting of stay-at-home and social-distancing requirements, as well as the reopening of venues, tryout dates will rescheduled. We will communicate this information as it becomes available.
At this point, we have tentatively set swim team tryouts for Sunday, August 9, 2-4 p.m. at Crawfish Aquatics.
Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (email@example.com; 388-2290).
SJA students can grow in their faith through monthly mass, monthly Eucharistic adoration, annual retreats, weekly rosary, weekly Bible study, opportunities for reconciliation during Advent and Lent, mission trips and service opportunities. Various ministry clubs are available, including Student Ministry (juniors and seniors), Liturgy Committee, Praise & Worship Band, Liturgy Choir and Respect Life Club.
REQUIRED SERVICE PROGRAM
To comply with social-distancing recommendations and to ensure the health and safety of our students and those they serve, service opportunities have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Seniors who have yet to complete 50 or more hours in service this year but have done so each of the three previous years will receive the Service Award at Honors Convocation.
For additional information, contact Pastoral Care Minister Sister Chris Pologa (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2202). She is available via email Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m.
During this time of distance learning, the Learning Center continues to provide free-of-charge assistance to any student needing extra help with math, science, English or writing. Tutors check email every day and can arrange for Skype or Zoom meetings as needed.
Math Resource is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email email@example.com.
Science Resource is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
English Resource is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during all three lunch hours and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writing Center provides instruction, resources and support. Trained peer consultants help students gain competence and confidence as writers through one-on-one sessions.
After-school workshops are offered on a variety of topics. The Writing Center is modeled on university writing centers and is a place for all writers at any stage of the writing process. Email email@example.com.
The Counseling Center provides students the resources and support they need to be successful. Grade-level counselors support students during all four years at SJA. Two full-time college-advisors assist students with scholarship and college applications and provide each girl with as many choices for her future as possible.
Counselors hold quarterly grade-level meetings to discuss students who may need additional assistance and to identify those students who deserve special recognition for accomplishments. All teachers in each grade level collaborate on determining the practices which will best reach all students. In addition, counselors meet with every student at least twice a year to discuss college and career readiness.
Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95
Ellen Smith Frazier
|Mary Beth Elfert
Class of 2020 Counselor
It’s hard to believe that four years have come and gone. When your daughters were freshmen, it seemed that senior year was a long way off. Yet, here we are at the end of their SJA journey. It has been a great pleasure to work with this class. These young women have truly shown their dedication to SJA’s mission of faith development, academic excellence and personal growth. We wish them well in their future endeavors and know that they will continue to give their best.
1. In order for college acceptances and scholarship offers to be listed in the graduation program, which goes to press in a few days, they must be emailed ASAP to Assistant to the Counselors Valerie Brubaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: Sending pictures of your acceptances to Mrs. Jen Fontaine is for social media purposes, and we encourage you to keep doing this. However, please remember that for acceptances and scholarship offers to be printed in the graduation program, you must send them to Mrs. Brubaker at email@example.com).
2. The week after graduation, a final SJA transcript will be sent to the college that your daughter listed on her Final Transcript Request form. (Mrs. Brubaker emailed you and your daughter if this form has not yet been sent. Please submit ASAP.)
3. If your daughter took one or more Dual Enrollment classes, she must request her college transcript from LSU, even if she will be attending LSU, to obtain verification of college credit earned in order to schedule classes during orientation. (The SJA final transcript lists Dual Enrollment classes, but SJA can award only high school credit, not college credit hours.)
4. A final transcript will be mailed directly to your home address immediately after graduation. Be sure to keep it in a safe place and use it to make additional copies as needed. If needed, students may make copies of this to use for sorority recruitment. You do not need an official transcript mailed directly from SJA for sorority recruitment purposes.
5. If you need an official transcript after graduation, please contact Registrar Kristen Belanger (firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, this does not include needing one for sorority recruitment.
6. Beginning in mid-June, students who have completed the FAFSA may track their eligibility regarding TOPS Awards through the individual’s Student Hub account through LOFSA.
7. Please contact Allison Bruton, college advisor A-K, at email@example.com or Ellen Frazier, college advisor L-Z, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions pertaining to college or application information.
Seniors will be required to turn in their FAFSA confirmation email as part of the final graduation check-out process. You can file your daughter’s FAFSA by registering at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have questions about completing the FAFSA, virtual assistance is available by calling the FAFSA HELPline at 1-844-463-2372. After completing the FAFSA, please forward the confirmation email to Senior Class Counselor Mary Beth Elfert at email@example.com.
4th Quarter Assessments
Fourth quarter assessments are around the corner. A detailed email regarding assessments was sent on April 27. If you have any questions regarding your daughter’s academic progress, please contact Mary Beth Elfert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2021 Counselor
4th Quarter Assessments
SJA will not have cumulative semester exams this May. Fourth quarter assessments will be given instead. You received a detailed email on April 27.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for your daughter to begin the final stages of the college selection process. You might be wondering how to best assist her with making one of her first major adult decisions. It is important to be supportive by engaging in conversations about choosing a college and listening to your daughter. It’s also important to be honest about any limitations (or wishes) your family might have regarding things like tuition or distance from home. Remember to find a balance between providing support and guidance while also allowing her to express her own desires and opinions.
I’d like to share a few highlights of the journey that your daughter and I have explored regarding colleges and career choices.
Your daughter has taken several assessments through Naviance, our College and Career software. “Do what you are” is a Meyers Briggs assessment that links her personality with her career needs. Another assessment, “Career Interest Profiler,” is based on the Holland’s codes that reveal work environments that fit her interests and personality. We looked for common themes to find a career path that would be a good fit for her.
We began with the basics by learning college terminology. We learned how to research admission criteria from different schools and began working on her college list. Her college list should include “Safety, Match and Reach” schools. Finally, we discussed parts of typical college applications, including application fees, transcripts, test scores, essays and letters of recommendation.
Things to Work on this Summer
1. Research colleges and scholarships.
2. Discuss family limitations and/or expectations related to tuition and distance from home.
3. Finalize your safety, match and reach list.
4. Visit colleges (virtually).
5. Update resume.
6. Complete Student Insight Form*.
7. Complete Parent Insight Form*.
8. Finalize college essay. (Students wrote a personal essay in their English classes this year.)
9. Make a list of important deadlines for the colleges on your list.
* This will be posted to your daughter’s Moodle class by May 15.
Due to Covid-19, standardized testing dates may be uncertain this summer; therefore, I’ve included links to both ACT and SAT. Testing centers, including SJA’s, fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the deadline to sign up. Please note: Many colleges are announcing that they are going “test optional” for admission next year due to some tests being cancelled. However, there is no guarantee that certain scholarships (including TOPS) will be test optional. Truthfully, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding test score requirements for the class of 2021; therefore, we still recommend that families make standardized testing a priority and that all students take the ACT or SAT a minimum of two or three times.
This is an important and busy time in all of your lives, but it is also special and fun. Enjoy the process. And please know that I am here if you need help.
Amy Scheurich House '97
Class of 2022 Counselor
Wow, it’s been a very different second semester! Our girls are halfway through their high school years.
While some of the girls have done beautifully adapting to this new “normal,” others are struggling to find order in the chaos. They are not used to having this much time to independently manage. My recommendation for parents of girls who are experiencing challenges is to help your daughter create a reasonable schedule that she can follow each day. This provides some additional structure.
Please check your daughter’s grades regularly on NetSJA to ensure she is completing her assignments. I like to call this “trust but verify.” Please do not hesitate to reach out to her teachers if she has grades that are lower than normal. This is a red flag that something is not going well. We do not have much time before the end of the year, so please do not wait to intervene. I have spent time contacting all of my students with lower grades. We have a virtual resource program that is available by appointment seven days a week. I am happy to provide you with more resources if you email me.
College and Career Group #2
I have created an online presentation of my College and Career Group that every sophomore needs to watch. I will send a handout this week that she should complete.
• Extended-time accommodations: Evaluations older than three years must be updated before returning to school in August.
• If social-distancing requirements are lifted, summer is a great time to get in service hours and explore summer programs.
• Don’t forget about your required summer reading. It’s best not to wait until the last minute to get started.
A Look Ahead at Junior Year
The focus is on college readiness. There will be events along the way to help with this process. Here’s what you can look forward to.
• National College Fair (fall semester)
• College representatives visit SJA
• ACT registration: I will go into classes in the fall to assist students with scheduling an ACT test.
• College & Career Group in the fall: We will research colleges and create a college wish list.
• College Planning Seminar (spring semester)
• Career Day (spring semester)
• College & Career Groups in the spring: We will discuss the college application process.
• Summer of junior year: Some college applications open.
Lindsay Carlino '02
Class of 2023 Counselor
As the 2019-2020 school year is quickly coming to a close, please encourage your daughter to hang in there for the last few weeks of the semester. It is important to remember that these grades will count and be reflected on the high school transcript as 50 percent of the second semester grade. If your daughter is struggling in a class, please encourage her to reach out to her teacher for help. Likewise, should you have a concern about your daughter’s grades, please reach out to the teacher directly. Like you, I can only see the grade that is reflected on NetSJA. The teachers can provide insight as to why your daughter received the grade. Learning Center tutors are also available for Skype tutoring sessions. Your daughter simply needs to email the teacher listed with the specific subject area to schedule an appointment. With 4th quarter assessments coming up, we are in the home stretch.
Your daughter will be required to read two books this summer. The list of required-reading books is included in this newsletter. Please encourage your daughter to take notes as she reads (characters, plot, themes, symbolism, point of view, etc.). This will help her when we return to school in August and she is tested on the material.
College Planning on Naviance and College “Visits”
I would typically encourage you and your daughters to visit colleges locally and as you travel over the summer to get a feel for the campus and student life. This summer will obviously be different. Even if states do begin to open up for travel, the majority of college campuses will remain closed as most are holding classes online. That being said, many colleges and universities have stepped up their online virtual tour game. College reps are also available to answer questions. These resources, if available, are typically found under the prospective students/admissions sections of the individual college websites.
A great place to start the college search is through your daughter’s Naviance account. This semester, I met with your daughters in small groups to show them the college planning tools that Naviance has to offer. The girls can search for colleges both individually or by a variety of criteria important to them. I encourage you and your daughter to sit down this summer and add a few colleges to her “Colleges I’m Thinking About” list on Naviance.
ACT Prep Courses
As your daughter prepares to take the ACT, we would like to provide you with information about test preparation classes. SJA does not promote any particular course; rather, we are sharing opportunities should your daughter want or need additional test-taking help.
SJA math faculty member Kevin Landry offers ACT prep courses on campus. Faculty members Cindy Downs, Brianna Sommers and Rhonda Baird are also on the teaching staff. Students may take individual content courses or the full program. Visit The Extra Point at https://extrapointtestprep.com/
Additional ACT prep opportunities are as follows:
- Princeton Review: princetonreview.com
- Mastery Prep: masteryprep.com
- Best in Class BR: bestinbr.com
- Magnolia Prep: magnoliaprep.com
- Khan Academy: www.khanacademy.org/join/T5BB5SDJ
- Sylvan Learning Center: https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/baton-rouge-blue-bonnet-la/act-prep
- Materials found on the ACT website: www.act.org