Students vs. SAT/ACT

For many students, one of the biggest goals in their high school career is to receive a decent score on their SAT or ACT. Although people have different definitions of what is considered adequate, BSGE students have standards set fairly high. Along with diploma grades and extracurriculars, the score on these standardized tests weigh heavily…

BSGE 2015 Graduates’ College Destinations

Laura Agosto will attend Baruch College. Alyssa Alvarado will attend Hunter College. Nicholas Anastasio will attend University at Buffalo. Mariana Arias will attend Queens College. The Dream US Scholarship recipient. Sumbul Baig will attend Long Island University’s Pharmd Program. Merit Award recipient. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan’s Lamp of Learning Award for Community Leadership and Academic Merit…

Editorial: Students Preparing for College; too Busy to Prepare for Life

Throughout this school year college applications have loomed ominously over our heads. We Juniors are told we need to start thinking about how appealing we will be to colleges which means not only worrying about our grades and our SAT scores but also partaking in extracurricular activities (for CAS hours). One scenario we are presented…

Know Before You Judge: BSGE’s College Acceptance Board

Each year the very same process occurs beginning in January and ending in late June when passerby hover around the blue bulletin board that inhabits the lobby. The list of seniors and their accompanying college acceptances, paired with the amount of financial aid they received from each university are stapled on the wall so that…

Legal Outreach Helping One Kid At A Time

Many BSGE students have passed by the curious neighboring building to BSGE, with its yellow stripes on the outside and sleek design. But most are unaware of what inhabits this building, besides anxious BSGE Seniors taking their exams on a few days every May. This building is home to a Legal Outreach program, an educational…

ACT vs. SAT: Which one should YOU take?

It’s that time of year again: the temperature has dropped below freezing, we are finally seeing snowfall on the weather forecast… and the dreaded first mentions of the word “SAT” have appeared among juniors. The class of 2016 will be the last grade to take the older SAT before major changes are implemented next Spring….

The Current vs. Redesigned SAT

During the spring of 2016, a new version of the SAT—the Standardized Admissions Test—will be distributed among high school juniors. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the role of the SAT, this exam claims to assess your college-readiness and is usually taken by 11th and 12th grade students in high school. SAT scores…

College-Related Tensions for Seniors Across the City

During the Fall Semester, high school seniors around the country, and quite possibly the world, undergo a shift in moods within their graduating class. The cheerful and open environment that they once held with their peers from 9th to 11th grade has now disappeared with the appearance of the looming college application process. At least, that is…

The Fault in Our Science Department

As many BSGE students know, our school is small. One result of this is that our science department, while still very good, doesn’t have everything it could have if this were a larger school. Specifically, we have no physics class and no HL science classes. In the IB program, HL stands for “higher level,” as…

BSGE Alumni at Brown University

BSGE alumni – and former Bacc Rag writers – stick together! From left to right: Simran Vazirani ’11, Jan Wyszynski ’13 and Sebastian Ali ’14, pictured last month, all currently attend Brown University.

BSGE’s Parent Coordinator Has Her Own Advisory

Until recently, Margaret Pasach’s only job was parent coordinator of BSGE . But this year she has also taken up the job of having her own advisory. She is the first parent coordinator to be assigned her own advisory, additionally a 12th grade advisory which is not an easy task. When asked about why Ms….

BSGE Demystifies IB

Have you ever wondered what our school name BSGE means? It stands for Baccalaureate School for Global Education and it refers to the IB (International Baccalaureate) program established in BSGE in 2005. The IB program has been applied to over 4,000 schools (public and private) in 147 countries, over one quarter of them in the United States…

A Year at Minds Matter

Minds Matter is a nonprofit organization that works with low-income high school students to help them prepare for college. The level of effective college preparation that Minds Matter offers is reflected in their 100% acceptance rates for graduates accepted into four-year colleges and universities. It has several locations nationwide, including one in New York. This…

Tips on the College Process

Abandon all reasonable expectations. Don’t overload on reach schools. Get your personal statement done early. Go to the summer program if possible. File all financial aid information on time. Finish all your supplements by Peter’s deadline. Don’t apply to too many schools (too many is more than 15); you’ll have more supplements to do and…

The Dough of the College Pizza Pie

Once the applications have been sent and the pending acceptance and rejection letters are on the horizon the financial aid process, the second half of the college process begins. While Peter gives out the College Manual to 11th and 12th graders, which includes information about financial aid, it never hurts to review the basics. Peter…

Analyzing the College Process

After the senior class of 2013 decided what colleges they will be attending, they were able to reflect on the long and arduous process they underwent for over a year. Students at BSGE have a unique opportunity during the college admissions process because they can work closely with the college counselor, Peter Wilson, and attend…

Class of 2013 College Destinations

2013 Senior Final College List Ricardo Aguayo                                 Brandeis University (POSSE Foundation Scholarship: $170,728) Kyra Allen                                          Northeastern University (Northeastern U Grant: $72,000) Mohammed Amin                             City College: Grove School of Engineering Steven Armanios                               Polytechnic Institute of New York University Dimitri Baskous                                 Binghamton University Maria Belchikova                               Rochester Institute of Technology (Achievement Scholarship: $40,000) Jessica Belkin                                     Binghamton University Jessica…

BSGE Offers SAT Class

This summer, BSGE is offering Princeton Review SAT Fundamentals classes for just $399. The original price is $499, but college advisor Peter Wilson was able to negotiate to a lower price. Unfortunately, the class is $399 only for those who enroll by June 21st. The 34 hour class will be spread out over three weeks from…

#IBDone – BSGE Juniors and Seniors Complete their IB Exams

IB exams, mandatory tests taken by juniors and seniors at the end of the school year, are usually two weeks long. This year, the exams took place from May 2nd to the 22nd and were taken for the first time at a building just around the corner from BSGE, one that most students pass every morning–a grey building…

How Much Does College Really Cost?

Many students face a financial burden applying to college. Not only is the price of attending college really expensive, but the process of applying is too. Students may rack up a huge bill before they even get to college. Each college charges an application fee. This fee can range from $35 to $80 per application….