College Information Night

The Kennett High School Counseling Department presented College Information Night on Thursday, November 9 in the high school auditorium. The program was designed to provide timely information to the parents of current eleventh grade students. A Spanish college information program was presented concurrently by Alejandra McFern, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Delaware. A copy of the resource packet provided at the presentation is available to parents and students upon request by contacting counseling office secretary, Diane Torelli, at The slides used for the program are available here 17-18 college info night

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Philadelphia National College Fair

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Representatives from more than 400 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools, and trade schools will participate in the Philadelphia National College Fair which will be held on Sunday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please consult your Naviance email account for more information.

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Financial Aid Night Presentation

On October 5, the Kennett High School counseling department sponsored a Financial Aid Information Night. Our presenter was Mr. Michael Burke from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). His presentation was quite comprehensive and very well done. You may view the slides from Mr. Burke’s presentation below. Be sure not to miss the information about searching for scholarships near the end of the presentation. If you have any questions about the information presented you may contact Mr. Burke at

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Financial Aid Night Presentation

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The College Application Process

Attention Parents and Seniors …

The high school counselors have been busy visiting the classrooms of our 12th grade students during the month of September to provide them with reminders about how to navigate the college application process. Presentation

Application Process Presentation

This presentation highlights the information shared with our students. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the counseling department if they desire help of any kind with completing or processing college applications.

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For Juniors & Seniors: PACAC Delaware County Regional College Fair

The Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling (PACAC) will hold the annual PACAC Delaware County Regional College Fair on Thursday, September 28 at the Brandywine Campus of Penn State University. This free event will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Over 150 colleges will come together at this event to provide information and answers to students’ and their parents’ questions. College fairs provide great opportunities for all high school students to learn more about the many post-secondary educational opportunities available to them. Penn State Brandywine is located at 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Exton, PA 19063.

For more information, contact Kennett High School’s Guidance Office.

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Volunteers Needed

The Rockford Mansion Sleep Under The Stars event is in need of volunteers to assist with children’s games, crafts, and camp setup. The event will be held on May 7 at the Rockwood Mansion in Wilmington. Volunteers can earn 11 hours of community service to be used towards fulfilling the community service component of the KHS graduation project. Students can sign up online for this event at More information is available in the KHS counseling office.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Kennett High School students are required to complete at least 40 hours of community service to satisfy one of the requirements of the graduation project. To access information about volunteer opportunities in the Kennett Sqaure area check out the website linked below. Special thanks to KHS student Julia Sharp who created this website as part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

Volunteer Opportunities

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The 10 Most Important Factors In College Admissions

 Sample Image As we move further into college application season many students and parents wonder what colleges really look at in determining which students to accept.  Check out this top 10 list compiled by Certified Educational Planner- Judi Rabinovitz.


1. A challenging high school curriculum

Academically successful students should take at least five core courses every semester. Include AP, IB, and honors if they can get good grades in them. Most colleges recalculate GPA based only on core subjects (English, math, science, social science, foreign language, programming).

2. Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend

Slightly lower grades in a rigorous program are preferred to all A’s in less challenging courses.

3. Solid scores on the SAT or ACT–consistent with high school grades

High scores do not compensate for low grades.

4. Passionate involvement in a few activities, demonstrating leadership, initiative, impact–and an angle

Depth, not breadth, of experience is most important. Colleges seek “angled” students with a passion, not “well-rounded” students. Substantive commitment to a few activities is preferable to participation in several mini activities–and more rewarding! To complement applications, students should create a detailed résumé to showcase their activities.

5. Out-of-school experiences, including summer activities, work, and hobbies that reflect responsibility, dedication, and areas of interest

Meaningful use of your free time is essential! Students should include these commitments on their résumés.

6. Special talents or experiences that will contribute to an interesting, well-rounded student body

A student who goes the extra mile to develop a special talent in sports, research, writing, the arts, or anything else will gain an edge. Students should consider sending a college evidence of anything that makes them stand out (e.g., portfolio of their creative writing, research abstract, CD or DVD of their talent).

7. A well-written essay that provides insight into the student’s personality, values, and goals

An application essay should be thoughtful and highly personal. It should demonstrate careful and well-constructed writing. This is your students’ chance to tell their stories!

8. Anecdotal letters of recommendation from teachers and the student’s counselor that give evidence of his or her intellectual curiosity, special skills, and positive character traits.

An extra recommendation from a coach, supervisor, or someone who knows the student well can help only if it sheds new light on his or her talents. However, letters from family friends, even if they are well known individuals, are rarely given much weight.

9. Demonstrated enthusiasm for attending a university, as evidenced by a campus visit, interview, and ongoing contact with the admission office.

Early in the college-planning process, students should schedule campus visits, including an information session, tour, and interview if available. They should stay in touch with admission representatives and attend local presentations.

10. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity through reading, school, and extracurricular pursuits, summer activities, and more.






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Navigating The Maze of Financial Aid

As parents and students stuggle to make decisions about which colleges to apply to and eventually attend, they are faced with an increasingly complex and confusing financial aid picture. This may seem strange since families now have more information available to them about financial aid than ever before. The College Affordability and Transparencey Center is certainly one valuable tool provided by the U.S. Department of Education. This site provides valuable and unbiased information about the true cost of attending different colleges throughout the nation.

There is growing concern that what many colleges refer to as “aid” is now laden private loans that many students and families struggle for years or even to decads to pay off or part-time jobs that offer students extremely low wages. The long- term value of a college education is usually quite substantial, however there are wide variations in the cost of the investment required to reach that value.

A growing number of colleges are eliminating what is know as “need blind” admissions policies. There are also variations in how various colleges define “need blind.” Some experts are now recommending that students do not indicate that they plan on applying for financial aid when completing the Common Application. The Commom Application is now used by over 500 colleges and universities across the nation.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that some of the country’s most elite universities are actually among the most affordable to attend. This is because the endowments of those universities are so large that they can afford to meet all demonstrated financial need with non-loan based aid.

We recommend that students apply to a range of schools, without complete regard to cost, while keeping mind that they will not know how much various schools will cost them to attend until they receive the financial aid letters from those colleges. We also recommend that students apply to at least one “financial safety” school. This is a school that the student and family feels quite sure they can afford. Many schools have excellent calculator tools available on their websites that students and families can use to estimate how much it will cost a student to attend that school. College financial aid officers are also usually quite valuable and honest resources to contact

Fore a more complete examination of this topic check out, What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but should) , by Richard Perez- Pena. Mr. Perez-Pena is a national correspondent that writes about higher education for the New York Times. Mr. Perez-Pena and Mark Katrowitz, a nationally recoginzed expert on financial aid, responded to reader’s questions in, Questions About Financial Aid , also published in The Times. A number of complicated issues, regarding, divoreced, separated,or never married parents are addressed in this posting. If you believe you have a more complex financial or family situation, we recommend that you check out this article. A phone call to your college’s financilal aid office is also highly recommended.

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