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110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-231-5000
Fax: 860-521-6699

Julio Duarte, Principal 




Senior FAQ's


Letters of Recommendations


Do I request my teacher recommendations through the Common APP?

  • No.  You speak directly to your teachers and ask them if they will write a recommendation. You finalize your request with them by completing the request form in Naviance. Do not forget to thank them in writing.


How are my recommendations sent to colleges?

  • Teachers will upload the recommendations to Naviance and submit to the Common APP or directly to schools for non-Common APP schools.


How many recommendations should I ask for?

  • No more than your schools are requesting.  Each school’s Admissions Requirements page will state how many is required as well as if you need a school counselor recommendation.

  • You can also reference your Common APP account, listed under the section “Recommenders and FERPA” for each college you add. Here you can find information specific to how many are required and how many additional you can submit.


How do my teachers know where to send my recommendations?

  • You will indicate the colleges you want each teacher to send his/her recommendation to when you complete the recommendation request in Naviance.


How do I know if my letters of recommendation have been sent?

  • You can check your account at each school, in your Common Application, and/or on Naviance.  


Should I use outside recommendations?  My coach/employer/neighbor is willing to write one on my behalf?

  • Schools prefer recommendations from academic teachers to outside recommenders. If you do have a recommendation from a coach/employer/neighbor, hold onto it to use as an additional source should you be deferred and want to send additional evidence of your character/achievements/contributions.


Sending Scores

How do my SAT/ACT scores get sent to schools?  

  • You log on to your SAT/ACT account and send them directly.  You can self report your scores on the Common APP if you want, but you still have to send your scores officially through the testing website.


Fee Waivers

I am on free/reduced lunch.  How will I pay for my college applications?

It is a 3 step process:

  1. You must have completed ‘Addendum A’ (a signed permission slip that is part of the free/reduced lunch application) on file with Mrs. Hickey in the front office permitting your counselor to share your free/reduced lunch status with your colleges.

  2. Click on ‘Common App fee waiver’ on the bottom of the ‘profile’ section on the Common App and then check which situation applies to  you.

  3. Send an email to notify your counselor to approve this fee waiver on Naviance.


1st Quarter Grades, Semester Grades, Final Transcripts


How do I know if it is required to send 1st Quarter grades to my schools?

  • If it is required to send Quarter 1 grades-it will be stated on each of your school’s Admissions Requirements Page.


How do I send my 1st quarter and/or my semester grades?

  • You must complete the paper request form found in the School Counseling department to send your 1st Quarter Grades to colleges.  1st Quarter Grades are not automatically sent.  However, your Semester 1 grades will automatically be sent in February to all of the colleges on your active application list.


My college/university is asking for my final transcript to be sent over the summer.  How do I ensure that they receive it?

  • As long as your counselor knows what school you have chosen to attend, the transcript will be sent during the summer.  You can also indicate your school on Naviance under “College that I am attending.”



Last Revised 9/24/18


Senior Planning Night Presentation

Senior Checklist

Application Materials/Forms

Senior Workshops

Fall: Common Application Workshop (more information to follow)



Winter: FAFSA/Financial Aid Workshop TBD


Common App  https://www.commonapp.org/
FAFSA Website  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
PIN Website  http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
Federal Student Aid Website http://studentaid.ed.gov/
College Goal Sunday  http://www.collegegoalsundayct.org/
CT Talent Assistance Cooperative http://www.conntacinc.org/

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving  http://www.hfpgscholarships.org/
FastWeb  http://www.fastweb.com/ 


Testing Dates

See collegeboard.org or act.org for more information.


ASVAB - Students should visit the Career Center to see the next available testing date at Conard. Test is offered twice per year (Nov and Feb).

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Trouble starting your essay?  Check out these opening lines from students who were accepted at Stanford this past year.

First lines from the application essays of Stanford's newest class- First impressions matter

  • Unlike many mathematicians, I live in an irrational world: I feel that my life is defined by a certain amount of irrationalities that bloom too frequently, such as my brief foray in front of 400 people without my pants.
  • Sitting cross-legged on the floor of a Bhimanagar slum dwelling in Bangalore, I ran my fingers across a fresh cut on my forehead.
  • I almost didn't live through September 11, 2001.
  • When I was 8 years old, I shocked my family and a local archaeologist by discovering artifacts dating back almost 3500 years.
  • When I was in eighth grade, I couldn't read.
  • While traveling through the daily path of life, have you ever stumbled upon a hidden pocket of the universe?
  • The spaghetti burbled and slushed around the pan, and as I stirred it, the noises it gave off began to sound increasingly like bodily function.
  • I had never seen anyone get so excited about mitochondria.
  • Cancer tried to defeat me, and it failed.
  • I stand on the riverbank surveying this rippled range like some riparian cowboy - instead of chaps, I wear vinyl, thigh-high waders and a lasso of measuring tape and twine is slung over my arm.
  • I have old hands.
  • Flying over enemy territory, I took in Beirut's beautiful skyline and wondered if under different circumstances I would have hopped on a bus and come here for my vacation.  Instead, I saw the city from the window of a helicopter, in military uniform, my face camouflaged, on my way to a special operation deep behind enemy lines.
  • My younger sister Jessica arrived home one day reeling about the shirt that her friend had worn to school.    It had simply read, "Genocide, Homicide, Suicide, Riverside"
  • I'll never forget the day when my childhood nightmares about fighting gigantic trolls in the Lord of the Rings series became a reality.  Sword in hand and clad in medieval samurai armor, I dragged myself into the battleground as I faced my opponent, a warmongering giant.
  • Good Grief!  You never would have guessed that an unassuming meek lovable loser like Charlie Brown would have an influence on anyone, but indeed he has.
  • Some fathers might disapprove of their children handling noxious chemicals in the garage.
  • I was paralyzed from the waist down.  I would try to move my leg or even shift an ankle but I never got a response.  This was the first time thoughts of death ever crossed my mind.
  • As an Indian-American, I am forever bound to the hyphen.
  • Journey to Gulu's outskirts and you will uncover the scene where education was raped 11 years ago; some Ugandan teens also lost their innocence in exchange for their lives.
  • I have been surfing Lake Michigan since I was 3 years old.
  • On a hot Hollywood evening, I sat on a bike, sweltering in a winter coat and furry boots.
  • I change my name each time I place an order at Starbucks.


10 colleges where you'd best apply early
U.S. News & World Report has released a list of the 10 universities where early application yields the greatest advantage.



National University

Early decision and/or early action acceptance rate

Non-Early Acceptance Rate

Difference in Acceptance Rate


Lehigh University (PA)





Johns Hopkins University (MD)





College of William and Mary (VA)





Cornell University (NY)





University of Notre Dame (IN)





Brandeis University (MA)





Duke University (NC)





Boston College





University of Pennsylvania





University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill





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