College Month at Aaron School
During the first two weeks of February, the Aaron School community participated in our annual “College Month”, a series of school wide activities and field trips with the aim of exposing our students to a variety of post-secondary opportunities.
We kicked off “College Month” by having our student body interview their parents/guardians about their previous college experiences. This was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about their parents college education, and the steps they took to reach where they are in their careers today. Afterwards, many students expressed learning many new things about their parents that they never had previously known. Throughout the month, our Director of Transition and Guidance, Martine Rosenberg, held individual transition meetings with the sophomores and juniors in order to process their experience participating in all of the activities throughout the month, and to develop their individual transition plans.
On Wednesday, Travis McArthur, an admissions representative from The College Internship Program (CIP) in Lee, Massachusetts came to Aaron School and presented to our upperclassmen about The College Internship Program as well as the differences between high school and college. Afterwards, Mr. McArthur facilitated an information session for our parent body about CIP and answered any questions that they had. On Friday, our sophomores and juniors went on an exciting visit to Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. During this visit, our students learned more about Adelphi University’s admissions requirements, including GPA, ACT scores and their renowned Bridges to Adelphi program, a supportive program for students on the Autism Spectrum. We had the opportunity to go on a campus tour where we visited a dorm, saw a college classroom and ate lunch in the dining hall. After this visit, many Aaron students expressed a strong interest in attending Adelphi University after graduation from Aaron School. It was a wonderful and informative tour!
This week, our sophomores and juniors will be visiting Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, majors/minor programs offered and go on a campus tour to determine if BMCC may be an appropriate fit for them. On Friday, we are looking forward to a visit from Tammy Byron from Thames Academy at Mitchell College who will be presenting to our upperclassman about the college admissions process in particular the importance of maintaining a good GPA throughout high school, and discussing the differences between high school and college.
To conclude, the exciting series of college activities, on Tuesday, February 24 from 4:00-7:00 pm Aaron School will be co-sponsoring the COTAGS college fair. This college fair is open to all Aaron school families, and is a great opportunity to learn more about post-secondary programs and colleges. We are looking forward to participation from: Pace University, Adelphi University, Iona College, Lynn University, and Landmark College just to name a few of the many colleges and universities that will be participating.
We hope that this was an enjoyable and educational series of events for our student body!