College Application Essay Support Program

To the seniors:

So as to ease the burden that can come with submission of numerous essays and supplements in support of applications to college during the fall of the senior year, the administration has developed a variety of support mechanisms for seniors.

Summer Writing Requirement for Seniors: One of Your College Essays

Due Date

A hard copy of the essay is to be submitted on the first day of class of your English class in August.

Required Prompt

Your essay may use as its prompt any of the following:  

    1. two of the UC essay prompts; or
    2. one of the Common Application prompts; or 
    3. a prompt from another college or university to which you intend to apply.  Please note: if you select option (3), you must attach a hard copy of the prompt to the essay that you submit. 

Required format: 

    • Word-processed
    • MLA format, but with no citations (you won’t be citing sources)
    • Include, at the top of the page (before the essay itself) an indication as to which prompt the essay addresses, e.g., “Common Application Essay Prompt #3,” or “UC Prompt #1,” or “See attached prompt from __________ College.”
    • At the end of the essay, include the word count of your essay. Also include the word count limit established by the prompt, if there is one.

Grade Value

    • 30 points in the homework category

The essay, as submitted, will be given to your counselor for review; that way, when you meet with your counselor in the fall, work has begun on what will evolve into a finalized college application essay.

So Where Do I Begin?

We highly recommend that you read over the following guidelines prior to beginning your essay: 

    1. Consider the Following before You Begin Writing
    2. Suggestions Once You Start Writing
    3. Some Cautionary Notes
    4. Some Correctness and Style Tips
    5. Improving Your Style
    6. Style Tips

Optional College Essay “Camp” for Seniors

Each of you is invited to attend a two-day session designed to assist you in the development of a college admission application essay.  Each day will begin with a general training session, followed by time for individual assistance.  Counselors and members of the English Department will be present to provide such assistance.

This service is offered to you free of charge.  However, you must pre-commit to attending (see below) so that we may anticipate numbers attending.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm and Friday August 2, 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Where: On Campus (location TBD)
RSVP: You must sign-up no later than July 15th; do so at the following link.

Individual Appointments to Review Your College Essay

On designated Saturday mornings during September and October, seniors will be able to sign up for individual, 30-minute sessions with an English teacher or a counselor to review their college essays.  Appointments are required! Please see the details below:
When: Sept. 14, 2019 and Oct. 12, 2019 from 9am-12pm
Where: AMHS Library
How to Sign Up: A link to sign up will be emailed to you. Please check your schedule before selecting a time slot!

October “College Essay Days” = No Homework for Seniors!

During early October, several days are set aside when seniors will be assigned NO HOMEWORK IN ANY OF THEIR CLASSES!  This will allow them some concentrated time to work on essays and supplements due as a part of their college applications.

For October, 2019, those “College Essay Days” are Saturday, October 12th through Sunday, October 20th.  On each of those days, no assignments will come due in any classes for seniors—and this includes no assigned reading.