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Juniors and Parents: 'Case Studies' Coming Up

The popular annual college planning event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at PHS. It's free, but you need to register by Friday, May 11.

Piedmont High School’s College and Career Center (CCC) will present its annual “Case Studies Night” on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the PHS library, with parent/student check in in the PHS breezeway starting at 6:45 p.m.

All high school juniors and their parents are invited to attend this free event, which will feature all-new case studies especially designed to reflect the PHS student body.

Space is limited, so pre-registration by Friday, May 11, is required. To sign up, go to www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/phs/college-center/casestudies.php after May 1.

Students and parents should download the case studies packet from this webpage prior to the event and bring the packet with them for discussion.

This event provides insight and helps demystify the selection process used by the colleges and universities to which many PHS students will apply.

After introductions and instructions in the library, attendees are divided into several parent-only and student-only groups. Groups meet in classrooms with admissions counselors (who won't disclose at that time what colleges they represent).

Attendees are given several mock applications and asked to decide which students they would admit, decline and waitlist at three imaaginary colleges. This year the student profiles have been to be more representative of PHS students and the colleges they apply to.

In the second part of the evening, everyone returns to the library. The admissions counselors will join CCC Director Sandra Brod, who will introduce them and reveal which schools they represent. The counselors will then tell attendees which of the fictitious applicants their institution would have admitted.

More than twelve admissions advisors are scheduled to attend. They represent
a range of colleges and universities both large and small, including both public and private colleges.

Meeting the representatives helps many students start to think about colleges they might not have considered previously and to understand more about how the application process works at different types of institutions, Brod said.

“I think ‘Case Studies’ provides parents with the insight to help their students make wise college courses,” she added.

The College and Career Center is an information resource center available
to all Piedmont High and Millenium High students. The office is located in Room 20. Students and parents are encouraged to visit and use the center's resources at any time.


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