google-site-verification=39nfoImE9pSvzeOBInOzYWgIleJ9YB9Ck2ijqVwW6UA July for Freshman and Sophomores


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July for Freshman and Sophomores

July 1, 2016

With all of the early commitments happening these days it's important to think about starting the recruiting process early but it's not something that should consume all of your time or become obsessed with.  The first two years of high school are a time of transition and getting used to new surroundings and great expectations.  You’ll begin to think about what kind of person you are and what you enjoy doing but also will be under an enormous amount of peer pressure.  Think about this time of your life as a small snapshot in time and do not take anyone or anything too seriously.  Remember in just a couple more years you will be making a similar transition as you prepare to get into the college of your choice - so be sure you make good decisions now so you have options later!


From the Fallon Sports Admissions Office - 

  • Do a Four Year Plan

    • If you did not plan on going to college, then you would not be reading this, therefore why not begin to develop your four year plan for college right now.  It is never too early as long as you keep everything in check and are real about your ability, academics and prospects.  Some schools host events for students and their parents to map out plans for high school.  If yours does not, ask for a meeting with the guidance counselor, to include your son, to go over expectations for the next four years.  If you'd like additional assistance, that's what we (at Fallon Sports) specialize in and would love to help, just ask.

  • Learn about Honors and AP Courses

    • Many schools offer advanced courses with designations such as “honors” or “gifted and talented” (GAT).  You may also see courses labeled “Pre-AP.”  If you’re not sure how your school designates advanced courses, find out.

    • Beginning in tenth grade at a few schools, and more commonly grades eleven and twelve, students can take College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which follow a prescribed curriculum and culminate in a nationally administered test graded on a scale of one to five.  About fifteen thousand schools nationwide offer AP courses.

    • At schools with both honors and AP at the same grade level, the latter are usually viewed as the most advanced. 

Understand that every college is different and many do not care about AP or Honors classes and could have different criteria for admissions.  Don't get so hooked on challenging yourself and getting in over your head just because someone once told you that "it looks good".  Getting a "C" in anything rarely looks better than an "A".  However, getting into more competitive colleges the classes you take and how you do in them, could be a factor.  Remember every student is different and understanding who you are and discovering what you are looking for is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle right now.