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We provide a multitude of resources to help our student-athletes decide their future. Dr. Matt Brown works with students to help guide them towards appropriate options after leaving Edge School. He directs them to the numerous resources for post-secondary studies in Canada, the US and abroad, scholarships opportunites and more. Below are some links and recent news related to post-secondary options.
In the spring of their grade 9 year, students meet as a group with the school counsellor who provides an introduction to the courses available in high school and the benefits of those choices. The different post-secondary options are outlined, as are the selection criteria used by institutions in Canada and the U.S. This lecture is delivered in conjunction with Grade 10 course selections.
At Edge, Career and Life Management 20 (CALM 20 – a graduation requirement) is delivered in Grade 10. Part of its curriculum is an exploration of different post-secondary and career paths. The students utilize an online resource called Career Cruising * (see www.careercruising.com ) which provides instruments for identifying possible career fit based on interests and aptitude.
Grade 10 students have the option of writing the Preliminary Student Admission Test (PSAT: see http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html ) in October, a precursor to the SAT. The test gives students a familiarity with the format and substance of the SAT, and its results provide recruiters with an indication of how the student would likely score.
* Career Cruising is also available to students coming into Edge with their CALM 20 complete.
All Grade 11 students are required to write the PSAT in October. Students are also encouraged to write the SAT once in the spring of their Grade 11 year (see www.collegeboard.org for test dates and deadlines). To prepare, Edge students have free access to the SAT Online Course (see http://www.collegeboard.com/html/satonlinecourse/demo/index.html for a tour). This resource can be accessed wherever the internet is available and provides tutelage and practice in all of the different sections and with all question formats. While some schools offer classroom instruction in SAT preparation, experience has taught us that this individualized resource best meets the busy schedules of our student-athletes.
Upon request, Grade 11 students can meet individually with the school counsellor to discuss post-secondary and career options. Some students make preliminary contact with collegiate coaches in their respective sports via email, attaching an Edge student-athlete profile (template available upon request) as an introduction (see sample).
The grade 12’s meet with the counsellor early in the year to ensure that they are postured well for both graduation and for any post-secondary options to which they may aspire.
Students are also encouraged to write the SAT again in Grade 12. There tends to be a significant practice effect, so a second writing often yields higher scores. See www.collegeboard.org for test dates and deadlines. Again, to prepare, students are encouraged to utilize the online SAT Prep Course to which they have free access. Important SAT INFORMATION can be found here (pdf).
It is recommended that each student meet with the counsellor in their Grade 12 year to solidify their post-secondary plans. The student, counsellor, collegiate coach (if applicable), and post-secondary admissions office are typically all engaged in a dialogue to make sure all requirements are in order, but each student is encouraged to take the lead role in this process.
Student-athletes planning to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) must submit transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center (Clearinghouse) for evaluation (see www.eligibilitycenter.org ). This is a screening mechanism independent from the admissions office for each institution. Only admissions can determine acceptance; the NCAA Clearinghouse simply determines who will be eligible to complete athletically.
Please contact Dr. Matt Brown with any questions regarding the post-secondary planning process for Edge students:
(403) 246-6432 Ext 121
Canadian Interuniversity Sport - www.cis-sic.ca
Education USA (Undergraduate options for International students)
NCAA Eligibility Center - www.eligibilitycenter.org
Coastal universities hosting information sessions. University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia) are having sessions on January 28 and February 8 respectively.
If you are thinking of taking the SAT tests this year, which is something that we highly recommend for all grade eleven and twelve students, the chart below will be important for you to review in order to plan the year.