Exploding the college search myths

December 6th, 2004 by Key Magazine

It’s that magical time of a student’s life when making life decisions is actually encouraged — senior year.

For many, it comes way too fast. For others, it doesn’t come fast enough. And for still more, it sneaks up on them, finding them unprepared and unsure what the future should hold for them.

Whether students are prepared or not, senior year is inevitable and the job of preparing students for the next step tends to fall on the shoulders of countless high school guidance counselors.
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Telling students about the SAT and ACT isn’t always easy

December 4th, 2004 by Key Magazine

Standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT are without a doubt among the most important factors for students moving on to college, but convincing students of the need to take the tests seriously can sometimes present a challenge.
The SAT, ACT and other standardized test are required for admission to many schools, and admissions officers routinely use the tests to seek out exemplary students and winnow out underperformers. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Student Writings Set Off School Alarms

December 3rd, 2004 by Key Magazine

The unidentified 16-year-old boy had no history of violent behavior. Even so, the horror story he wrote about blowing up a school was enough to land him behind bars.

The Canadian teen celebrated Christmas, New Year’s, and his own birthday in a juvenile detention facility, much to the outrage of both civil libertarians and celebrated authors. Although he has since been released, the boy’s incarceration has once again stirred debate over a student’s right to free speech, versus a school’s right to take precautions against possible violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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