Advice for Your Application

We asked our admissions counselors to help answer your questions about writing samples, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities.

writing samples

Sharing your voice.

The writing portion of you application helps us hear your voice and understand your perspective. Assistant Director Robert Noffsinger shares three quick tips:

  • We want to hear your voice.
  • Start with something small.
  • Authenticity matters.



Letters of Recommendation

That extra layer of context.

Senior Assistant Director Melody Levy shares how a letter of recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in a core subject area helps us get to know you better.

Core subject areas can include:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social science
  • World language



Extracurricular Activities

Show us what’s meaningful to you.

We know that your life is busy and your time is valuable. Understanding how you spend your time outside of the classroom helps us understand what’s important to you. Isaac Bell, Assistant Director, shares why we’re so excited to hear about your extracurricular activities.



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