The Common Application requires and many individual school applications also request a School Report or Counselor Recommendation. In an effort to best support our students, the School Counseling Team at Sturgis uses feedback from a number of individuals – parents, students and teachers - to assist us in providing colleges and universities with some insight into the “person behind the transcript.”
A Parent Brag Sheet, Student Self-Description and Teacher Evaluations are solicited in the spring of each student’s junior year, and our quest for this feedback continues into the fall of senior year. To avoid hastily written recommendations, the School Counseling Team strongly recommends that these forms be returned to us in a timely fashion.
As with all requests for letters of recommendation, students are asked to notify their respective school counselor three to four weeks in advance of their first application deadline. The transcript request form which triggers the preparation and sending of school documents can be used for this purpose. Students are also strongly encouraged to waive their right to view letters of recommendation. College and university admissions personnel feel such letters are more open and candid and, as a result, tend to give them more weight in the admissions process.
While the number of teacher recommendations required varies from school to school, many colleges and universities require two teacher recommendations. When deciding which teachers to approach for recommendations, keep in mind that the best recommendation letters come from teachers who know you well, often those who have seen you struggle with, yet succeed in mastering a subject. Prior to initiating any formal requests, seniors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with each teacher they intend to ask for a recommendation. In addition to requesting the teacher’s support, students should plan to spend a few minutes familiarizing the teacher with their college plans.
Be certain to give each teacher advance notice: allow a minimum of three to four weeks for a teacher to complete your recommendation. Students are also strongly encouraged to waive their right to view letters of recommendation. College and university admissions personnel feel such letters are more open and candid and, as a result, tend to give them more weight in the admissions process.
The Common Application and many individual colleges now rely on recommendations that are submitted electronically. However, some schools still require a paper copy of a teacher letter of recommendation and or a teacher recommendation form. If a letter or recommendation form needs to be mailed, provide the teacher with a business size envelope, addressed to the college, and note the school's deadline and your name (in pencil) on the inside flap of the envelope. Don’t forget to include postage and the following return address: Sturgis Charter Public School, 427 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.