Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

So what's all of this talk about gap year? Is that something that would be a good option for YOUR teen? Read on to find out. How did gap years originate? Gap Years started in the United Kingdom in the 1970's. The purpose was to fill the 7 or 8 month gap between final exams and the beginning of university. The intention was to contribute to the development of the student typically through an extended international endeavor. Gap Years came to the United States in the early 1980's. Since coming to the United States, they embody every type of program and experience imaginable, domestically and internationally. What is the purpose of a gap year? A gap year is considered to be 'constructive time out between life stages'. According to the American Gap Association: “A Gap Year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, challenge comfort zones, and experiment with possible careers.  Typically these are achieved...
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So Your Teen Wants to Apply to an Ivy League School . . .

So Your Teen Wants to Apply to an Ivy League School . . .

There are officially eight Ivy League schools. The acceptance rate for the number one rated Ivy, Princeton, is only 7%. It seems as more and more students apply, the acceptance rate is becoming more challenging. The average acceptance rate for all eight Ivies is 8.9 percent for the fall of 2015 whereas the average acceptance rate from all four year universities and colleges is just over two-thirds (fall, 2014.)  Big difference! Some good news: Students who apply early decision seem to fare better. The average early decision acceptance rate at Ivy League schools was around 23 percent for fall 2015. Early decision is binding, which means that students must pledge to attend if they get in. (Curious to know what happens if a student chooses to back out of an early decision pledge? Find out here.) Princeton has a non-binding single choice early action program. This program accepted about 20 percent of those early action applicants for fall, 2015. Nationwide, the average early acceptance rate...
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