Monday, October 14, 2019

Junior Parents: PSAT Registration

Parents of Juniors - If you would like for your Junior to take the PSAT on October 30th, you must register and pay $17 by Friday, October 18th, at This link is also on the NOHS home page. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Free, Two Day Online College Block Party

College Greenlight will be hosting a free, two-day online college block party for high school students, parents, and counselors October 16-17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.
Admissions experts or current college students from Vanderbilt, Stanford, Northwestern, Colgate, Rice, and Tufts will facilitate workshops that give key admissions insights into how institutions support first-gen or under-resourced students throughout the college-going process.
Online workshop topics include the following:
  • How to prepare for the first-year college experience
  • Tips to stand out in the crowded application pool
  • Personal statements & supplemental essays
  • Scholarships & financial aid
  • Early decision & how it impacts your financial aid

Reserve your spot today! We look forward to meeting you virtually soon.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Early Action, Early Decision- What Does That Even Mean?

Vanderbilt has explained the process of Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision in their latest blog post.  

Posted: 09 Oct 2019 08:12 AM PDT
If you’re a high school senior starting the process of applying to college, you may be thinking about decision plan to use. Colleges offer varying decision plans with different deadlines, different levels of commitment, and different dates when you’ll find out admissions decisions. We’re here today with an overview of some of the main types of decision plans you may come across in your college application process:  Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision. These are general overviews, and it’s important that you understand the specific policies for any school where you choose to submit an application. We hope this will help guide your questions as you consider varying decision plans.
Early Decision: Early Decision is a binding decision plan in which an applicant commits to attend the school if offered admission. As the name suggests, Early Decision plans offer students the opportunity to submit an application before the regular deadline and find out their admissions decision earlier in the process. Early Decision applications typically require some type of signed form (such as the forms provided as a part of the Common Application or Coalition Application) that indicates this intention to enroll upon admission. Students admitted through an Early Decision plan are expected to withdraw all other applications and submit the matriculation fee (or fee waiver) upon receiving the offer of admission.
Students applying Early Decision are strongly encouraged to research the financial aid policies of an institution. For example, it is important to know that Vanderbilt meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted U.S. citizens and non-citizens without the use of loans. Keep in mind that these policies will vary between institutions. You can use a school’s net price calculator  to get a good estimate of what that package might be.
Note: Vanderbilt offers Early Decision I and Early Decision II.
Early Action: Early Action offers students the opportunity to submit applications before the regular deadline and find out their admissions decision earlier in the process, much like Early Decision. The distinction from Early Decision is that students applying through Early Action plans are not committed to their Early Action schools, and still have until May 1 to either accept or decline their offers of admission.  Students who are not admitted Early Action may be “deferred” to the Regular Decision deadline, though these policies will vary between schools.
Note: Vanderbilt does NOT offer an Early Action decision plan. Please refer to the admissions office of each school you are applying to for institution-specific policies.
Regular Decision: The vast majority of students who apply to a given institution will do so through Regular Decision, and they can apply Regular Decision to as many schools as they would like.  While the application submission deadlines will vary between institutions, Regular Decision deadlines typically fall in early January, and offers of admission are sent out in late March or early April.  Students admitted through Regular Decision have until May 1 to either accept or decline their offers, and each student is only permitted to submit a matriculation fee (or fee waiver) to one of the institutions to which they have been admitted.
Here’s a chart with the basic outlines of these decision plans:

As you make your way through the college admissions process, feel free to contact your Vanderbilt admissions counselor with questions about decision plans at Vanderbilt.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Change Is On The Horizon For The ACT

The National Association of College Admission Counseling posted the following statements on October 8, 2019.
Starting next fall, students will be able to retake single sections of the ACT.
The testing company announced the change earlier this week as part of a slate of new options for test-takers.
“For the first time in the 60-year history of the ACT test, students who have already taken the test will be allowed to retake individual ACT section tests (English, math, reading, science and/or writing), rather than having to take the entire ACT test again,” officials announced in a press release several of the new changes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Georgia Gwinnett Instant Decision Day

 Georgia Gwinnett College's Office of Admissions will be hosting an Instant Decision Day on Monday, October 14th from 9 am - 3 pm.

 Please encourage your students to bring in their official high school transcript in a sealed envelope along with their official SAT or ACT scores to our Admissions Office to receive an instant decision on the spot!

If students have not yet taken the SAT or ACT, they may be eligible to take the Accuplacer test. They will need to take the Accuplacer test prior to attending Instant Decision Day.

Students may register for the Accuplacer test 
here. They must bring an official photo ID.

The Office of Financial Aid will be available for counseling and assistance in understanding and completing Financial Aid requirements. In order to complete the FAFSA application, please encourage students to bring:

*2018 Federal income taxes for student and parent for 2019 -2020 (Fall 2020 - Summer 2021)

We look forward to seeing your students!

Georgia Gwinnett College 
Office of Admissions

Community Service Opportunity

If you are in your junior or senior year at North Oconee High School and you are interested in being a mentor to elementary students at Rocky Branch Elementary School, then Teen Oconee wants you.  The commitment is once a week either in the morning or during Titan Time.  You can choose whether you will assist students with academics or relationship building.   Build your resume and log service hours by helping young children learn how to be good students and good citizens.  If you are interested in applying, please email Mrs.Offutt (

Job Opportunity

Kumon of Watkinsville has posted a possible part time job opportunity for interested sophomores or juniors.

Kumon is seeking several part time graders to work two afternoons per week, Mondays and Thursdays 4:00 to 7:30 pm.  Students must not have other activities throughout the year that interfere during those two days.

Please use the information below to seriously inquire further about the positions.

Tina Patel
Kumon of Wakinsville
1431 Capital Ave #113
Watkinsville, GA 30677