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Newton South counselor comments on SAT story

Posted December 18, 2008 08:53 AM

Someone just forwarded me your article (‘‘Running up the Score,’’ Globe West, Dec. 14). As nice as it is to see our school mentioned, I was sorry that you are leaving people with the impression that not only does a student HAVE to prep but that they also have to have an outside counselor. Our counseling department (including me) does a wonderful job of ushering these kids through the process irregardless of family income. Since the counselors here follow their students for four years they are in a much better position to make recommendations and offer assistance. I feel like you’re telling our families that do not have the means to pay for services that they are somehow at a disadvantage. Don’t believe that a private college counselor is the reason that a kid gets into his first or second choice school even though that is what they’d like you to believe. It is the student who gets himself/herself in. This is a hard time of year for seniors. Our job is to try to help them do everything they can to get into a college that is the right match. Your article may leave them feeling like they haven’t been successful.
Barbara Brown
College/Career Counselor
Newton South High School
NEWTON

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