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A Look Ahead to Fall 2020: A Tale of Four Gunstons
To the question — Will Gunston be open in September 2020? — the answer is an unequivocal yes! At the same time, our current public health crisis is demanding some meaningful changes in our policies and procedures that will likely make next year feel quite different. Each decision we make will be guided by the key tenets of our mission — rigor, nurture, and personalization — as well as those key elements of the Gunston experience that mean so much to our students: community, camaraderie, and fun.
Over the past month, our Board of Trustees, leadership team, and faculty have been furiously engaged in scenario planning for Fall of 2020. As we embarked upon this task, we did so knowing that the public health picture remains cloudy, but also with the understanding that Gunston’s students and families are relying on us to offer a robust and engaging educational program next fall, ideally occurring ON our campus.
This planning — which has also been driven by the fundamental value of safety for our students, faculty, and families — has led us to develop a framework entitled “The Four Gunstons.” Let me stress that we’re planning extensively for EACH of these models, with the understanding that we may need to mix and match these approaches during the year as circumstances and obstacles arise:
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The ACLU National Advocacy Institute High School Program is being offered online this summer.
Updates from Ms. Webb
Good Afternoon Gunston Juniors and Families,
College Board has decided to stop their planning for at-home SAT testing this coming fall semester, meaning they have no backup plan in case schools are unable to provide in-person testing in the fall.
College Board has opened registration for fall testing beginning in August.
ACT is still planning on providing both online and in-person options for fall testing beginning in September. For an updated list of schools that have permanently or temporarily gone test-optional for the 2020-2021 school year, please check out the Fairtest site.
Common App is adding an optional COVID-19 question for students to let them know what they have done during the pandemic. Some schools are beginning to have campus visits again, so please check with schools you are interested in seeing in person.
Given these circumstances and the willingness of many colleges and universities to go test-optional, college counselors throughout the state are asking students to focus on leveraging the rest of their accomplishments for the upcoming admissions cycle. Since standardized testing has been in flux and is still uncertain, students should take advantage of summer opportunities to engage in online volunteer work, online classes, or employment. Colleges will be looking harder at everything else students have to offer.
As always, you can still engage in test prep over the summer so you're prepared in the event that standardized testing is accessible and running at its usual capacity the fall.