Thursday, January 16, 2014

I got in! Now what?

In today's post, Mr. Turner '00 provides recently accepted students with a brief checklist as they decide whether to join the Class of 2018.

1) Take a moment.

Guess what? You got accepted to St. Joe's Prep. That's something to be proud of, so let it sink in. Be happy, but stay humble. Once you accept us, so to speak, your next challenge begins.

2) Decide.

I recall someone telling me that besides yes, the best answer to give is no. We hope you say yes to the Prep because it's the best fit for you, but we understand you may have other options.

3) Look at your calendar(s).

After you decide to enroll (and if you haven't already, please let us know by Friday, January 24), look ahead to March and April for a few important dates:

  • March 21 - Enrollment Contract Due
  • April 12 - Placement Tests

4) Think about Summer '14 @ the Prep.

The summer of '96 was bittersweet for me. I knew that in a few months I would start a new and exciting chapter at the Prep, but that I would begin to drift away from my neighborhood buddies who were attending other schools. Football practice didn't start until August and I was anxious to meet some of my future classmates. If the Prep had offered a program like Go Forth back then, it would have been the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between 8th grade and freshman year. Here are some reasons to consider Go Forth, a 5-week summer enrichment program at the Prep:

  • Meet other members of the Class of 2018 and commute with them to the Prep
  • Study the following subjects, taught by some of your future Prep teachers, to get a head start:
    • English
    • Latin
    • Math
    • Science
  • Get familiar with the Prep's campus and meet friendly and helpful upperclassmen
*For more information about Go Forth, call the office at 215-978-1954.

5) Keep at it.

You got in because you're a hard worker. Continue to excel in the classroom, on the stage, and on the field as your time in grade school comes to an end.

This blog post was written by Mr. Ed Turner '00, Director of Admission.

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