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6 Tips to Decide if a Postgraduate Year is Right for You

Are you a senior in high school considering the next step in your academic career? Choosing a postgraduate year after high school is becoming an increasingly popular option as students wish to take an additional year for growth (either athletic OR academic00 or both!), figure out what they want to do with their lives, and perhaps submit a stronger college application before they make the big four-year leap.

Here are a few tips to decide if taking a “PG” year is right for you:

1. You want to add that extra “sparkle” to your high school transcript. College Admission Officers love to see a PG year on your transcript—it shows that you recognize your strengths and areas in need of improvement, and you take the time to go after what you want. Maybe that means taking on more extracurricular activities or adding a few IB Program courses to your resume. Many students rush off to college because that is what is expected of them immediately after 12th grade—but sometimes, taking one more year to develop the skills necessary for success at the next level can be a life-changing decision. After all—‘prep’ school is short for college preparatory

2. You want to chase your dreams—starting with your dream college. Really hoping to get noticed by a certain athletic recruiter, but your team didn’t draw the attention you were looking for last fall? Perhaps you didn’t get into that ‘reach’ school you’ve had your heart set on since freshman year? Do you need time to develop your voice and get into a top-notch school of music? That extra year—and attention—as a PG student can really come in handy.

3. You’d like a year of additional support to bolster your academic record. Maybe high school was a little bit of a blur at times, and you wish you had focused on your studies a little more during the spring of 10th grade (or 11th…or 12th.) A PG year can boost your GPA and (importantly) give you the strong foundational knowledge and academic support you need to jump right into freshman year of college.

4. You’d just like a little extra time to figure out your next (life-changing) move. College is 4 years—quite a long time (and a lot of money) to spend in one place. A PG year can act as the perfect gap-year to slow down, develop your interests and talents, and think about what you might want to major in and the potential career field it could lead you to. Considering most college students change majors at least a dozen times, wouldn’t it be great to go into college knowing what you want to get out of it?

5. You’d honestly like to mature a little more and bolster organization and study skills. No shame in admitting what is probably true for most high school seniors! A PG year will focus on preparing you for college life—time management, independence, note taking, independent research, study skills, and crafting the perfect essay.

6. You’d like more college counseling and application preparation. You kind of threw together your college application in the fall (hey, you were busy!) and now you realize that the process probably should have taken more research, writing, and school visits. Our college counseling office exists solely to help you figure out what the best match would be for your education, and then provide you will the resources and tools necessary to apply!

At Cheshire Academy, we offer a comprehensive postgraduate year where you will participate in athletics, have access to a wide range of classes, receive extensive college counseling and meet with college admission counselors on-campus throughout the fall. Our program offers a supportive academic environment with small class sizes and opportunities to challenge yourself in every subject. For more information, contact our admission office at 203-439-7250  or apply here.


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Carrie Moores

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