For a detailed explanation of much of the following information, please refer to the Class of 2020 Post Secondary Guide. Each student will receive this in 11th grade from their counselor.
Welcome new College & Career Counselors
We are so excited to welcome our new College & Career Counselors – Melanie Banks and Jonathan Carbutt. Students will still see their School Counselors for their post secondary planning and our College & Career Counselors will be here to provide additional follow-up and support for students.
- Seniors with last names A-Le: Schedule an appointment with Ms. Banks. www.calendly.com/bankscollegecareer/shs
- Seniors with last names Lf-S: Schedule an appointment with Mr. Carbutt. www.calendly.com/carbuttcollegecareer/shs
- Seniors with last names T-Z: Schedule an appointment with Ms. Kessler. www.calendly.com/kesslercollegecareer/shs
Information for 11th Grade Students and Families
Most students have between 8-10 schools on their list. Others may have more or fewer - talk to your counselor about what is right for you. College lists must include the following:
Schools where the admissions criteria is slightly above your credentials OR any school with a very low acceptance rate, regardless of your credentials.
Schools where the admissions criteria seems very similar to your credentials. You have a 50/50 chance of being accepted.
Schools where your credentials appear to be above the admissions criteria for a school.
Financial Safety Schools
Schools that will likely be affordable for you and your family. Often these are state schools.
College Entrance Testing
Students applying to 4-Year Colleges should take either the SAT or the ACT for the first time in 11th grade. See our College Entrance Testing page for more information.
Students are encouraged to visit as many colleges as possible! It is the best way to determine if that college is for you. In 11th and 12th grade, students can do two Post Secondary Visits that will count as an excused absence. They must fill out the Post Secondary Visit Form.
Teacher Recommendations: Students applying to 4-Year Colleges will likely need two teacher recommendations. Students applying to 2-Year Colleges or other programs may need teacher recommendations as well. Students should always check the requirements at each school/program. Recommendations should be from teachers of a student’s core academic subjects in their 11th or 12th grade years, however, exceptions can be made to this guideline- discuss your teacher recommendation choices with your counselor.
To request a teacher recommendation
- Fill out the Teacher Recommendation Brag Sheet on Naviance
- Ask their teacher(s) in person (and provide any additional information they request)
- Request the teacher on Naviance under your “colleges” page.
- Submit yellow teacher recommendation request form to each teacher writing a letter for you. You can find these forms in Room 220
Counselor Recommendations. Students applying to 4-Year Colleges (and some other programs) will likely need a counselor recommendation. Students must:
- Fill out the Counselor Brag Sheet on Naviance
- Ask their counselor in person (and provide any additional information they request)
- Submit a pink counselor recommendation request form to your counselor. You can find these forms in Room 220.”
SHS believes that students should choose an affordable post secondary path. We partner with an organization called uAspire to help students complete the financial aid application process. See our Financial Aid page for more information.
Families Together Somerville
The new Families Together Somerville program is a family-to-family mentoring program which pairs first generation college-going juniors’ families with another Somerville family that has direct experience with the college application process. Parents and guardians with familiarity with the college application process will serve as guides and mentors to selected juniors and their families as they work through the college application process. Contact Director College and Career Readiness Melanie Kessler for more information or fill out the forms below. Ms. Kessler will also connect students and families in the program to the extensive set of resources at Somerville High School, including Enroot, UAspire and College and Career Counselors.
Are you an interested student? Please fill out this form.
Are you a family interested in volunteering to mentor? Please fill out this form.