College & Dual Counseling

One of the most important goals of Al-Noor Academy is to prepare students to thrive at the college level. At ANA, there is a two-tiered system of college counseling. First, throughout a student’s 9th and 10th grade years, they meet regularly with the guidance counselor so that they are ready to choose the appropriate dual institution/classes at the end of their 10th grade year. During their 11th and 12th grade years ANA students have participated in dual enrollment programs through the following institutions:

  • Bridgewater State
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Harvard Extension School
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Quincy College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Roxbury Community College
  • UMASS Boston

The second tier of counseling at ANA focuses on preparing 11th and 12th graders to apply for full-time college during their senior year. Students and parents typically meet with the guidance counselor in the spring of their junior year to put together a list of potential colleges. Juniors and seniors also have regular one-on-one meetings with the guidance counselor to make sure they are on track in terms of academics and extracurriculars. In addition, juniors and seniors meet every other week for a college prep class that focuses on subjects such as: determining the right fit, writing the college essay, finding meaningful internships and community services, writing a resume, making sense of financial aid, and more.

ANA places heavy weight on SAT prep. It doesn’t only counsel the students about the importance of these tests but offers SAT prep classes to go over test strategies, explore question types, and take practice tests to prepare for this crucial standardized test.

The ANA Dean of Students meets with the dual students periodically to counsel and monitor their progress in the following criteria:

  1. GPA
  2. PSAT’s
  3. SAT’s
  4. Leadership Role
  5. Research Work
  6. Community Service
  7. Sports
  8. Extracurricular Activities
  9. Recommendation Letters
  10. Resume
  11. College Essay
  12. Internships
  13. College Interview

In the past, Al-Noor students have gone on to study at the following institutions:

  • Babson College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater University
  • Bridgewater State
  • Bryant University
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Georgia Tech
  • Hampton University
  • Harvard College
  • Mass College of Liberal Arts
  • MCPHS University
  • Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Amherst
  • UMass Boston
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Toledo
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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