Recommendation letters are a key aspect of high school applications and are a great way to demonstrate your character and abilities from another perspective. While not mandatory in some schools, it’s highly encouraged and should be seen as a requirement. But, who do you ask for a recommendation letter? Choosing who to ask is very important and should be someone that has seen your growth as a student. Most schools usually require at least one recommendation letter from a core teacher (Math, Science, Social Studies, etc) and one letter from either another teacher, mentor, coach, or counselor. So after making a list of potential candidates take some time to consider a very important question. “Who knows you the most?”. If you choose a candidate that barely knows you, their letter may sound disingenuous and phony. So when selecting a recommender, you should consider someone who has had a significant impact on your life and should be someone who knows you both academically and personally and can attest to your abilities, interests, achievements, and growth.
Once you’ve selected a teacher, coach, etc you should take the time to talk. Ask them politely and respectfully, highlighting your interest and providing a clear explanation of the purpose of the recommendation. You should also mention when the application deadline is, and any other relevant information you may want to include (i.e. grades and achievements). After you’ve asked your recommenders and they’ve accepted your offer don’t start immediately asking them for progress reports. Let them take their time with your recommendation so it can be the best it can be. If you want to find out how their letter is going, ask them a couple of weeks afterward.
Recommendation letters are a critical part of the high school application process. But you shouldn’t just ask the first people that come to mind. Choosing the ideal candidate is someone who has had a significant impact on your life and can attest to your abilities, interests, achievements, and growth. It’s only once you’ve found someone who fits this description that you should consider them for such a task. After choosing your candidates, you should take your time to politely and respectfully ask them for permission by providing a clear explanation of the purpose. Lastly, once they’ve accepted your offer, be patient with them and allow them to make your letter the best it can be. By choosing the right people, effectively communicating with them, and following up with them, you can increase your chances of standing out amongst the crowd and achieving your goal of attending your dream school.
Xavier High School Sophomore Dean Domingo
Join today and have a high school mentor guide your child through their middle school yearsJoin Now
Volunteering and extracurriculars are activities that can benefit both the community and yourself. For middle school students, volunteering and doing extracurriculars provide opportunities to develop new skills and interests and demonstrate to high schools that you are well-rounded and hardworking. High Schools are always looking for capable students willing to do more than what is required. So if you’re not doing extracurriculars and/or volunteering, getting the headstart and being a part of a club or helping out your community is the best way to demonstrate to schools that you are a hardworking and all-around person.
Public high school admissions decisions came out on March 9th, and families have until April 5th to accept an offer. Many high schools are now offering information sessions, open houses, and virtual events for accepted students. These events are the perfect opportunity to ask students and teachers detailed questions about the schools, so you can decide which one is the best fit for you. If you have trouble getting started thinking of questions to ask, asking these sample questions (divided by topic) can help you to consider a broad range of factors to decide on a school to attend!
The highschool admission process is very stressful. With all of its different required parts, the essay section of the application can be really overlooked. The essays are a chance for the admission officer’s to get an insight into who the applicant really is. Numerous people can have very similar transcripts, but a creative and charismatic essay will make an application stand out.
Oftentimes, one of the most difficult aspects of the high school admissions process is choosing the school you would like to attend. This makes sense, as picking a school requires a lot of critical thought and careful decision making. After all, you will have to attend the high school you end up choosing for the next four years of your life. This is why it is incredibly important to make sure that you have a fundamental understanding of what your high school offers.
Feel free to drop us a line below. We will reply to you within 24 working hours.
We have received your message. We will reply to you within 24 working hours.