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Counselling Department

 Meet the team

Mashall Ebadi
High School Counselor & College Placement          
mebadi@lincoln.edu.gh

Robyn Harwood
Elementary School Guidance Counselor 
rsharwood@lincoln.edu.gh

Bayli Martinez 
Middle School Counselor 
bmartinez@lincoln.edu.gh

Susana Bansah 
Counseling Assistant 
sbansah@lincoln.edu.gh

What do we do?

The Counseling Program at Lincoln includes three Counselors and an assistant. There is a PK-grade 5 counselor, a counselor for grade 6-9, and a counselor for grades 10-12. As much as possible the counselors collaborate and even bring students together for mentoring and discussions when this is relevant. In grade 10, in addition to individual counseling and informal sessions, the Counselor conducts lessons on career exploration, course choice, child protection and other topics as needed.

In grade 11 the Counseling program becomes more intensive around college and career and academic preparations but individual counseling and informal sessions of course continue. Two Parent nights are held in November and February for 11th grade parents. In grade 11 there is a formal twelve-session Counseling Curriculum. In grade 12 students have a great deal of one-on-one and Advisory time with the Counselor. In addition, beginning in October the Counselor holds Saturday sessions to offer support on College Applications, as well as after-school Essay workshops one day a week. There is one Grade 12 Parent night in the fall and the Counselor encourages individual family meetings as well. Additionally there is a ten-session Counseling Curriculum taught in ToK blocks and in Advisory.

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College Visits

Lincoln hosts visits from over 25 colleges each year. In addition, Lincoln hosts a CIS Fair each fall. Lincoln is also happy to help College Representatives connect with other area schools. We can host visits throughout the year and can best accommodate presentations daily between 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. To schedule a visit to Lincoln, please contact Ms. Susana Bansah at sbansah@lincoln.edu.gh

Timeline for College Applications

Click on grades below for important milestones in the college application process:

Grade 10

Grade 10

  • October: Take PLAN (pre-ACT test)

  • December: Review PLAN scores with Counselor

  • February: Career Exploration

  • March:  Begin planning IB courses/ grade 11 & 12 courses

  • March/April: Register for Courses

Summer:

  • Get to know yourself better in terms of future plans and goals

  • Research colleges with guidebooks, talking to people, online resources,

  • Visit colleges with parents or friends as possible

Grade 11

Grade 11

  • October: Take PSATs  

  • November: Begin College Counseling Curriculum in ToK or H Block rotations

  • Winter, General: Take SAT or ACT Prep in the winter; in general prepare for the May SAT or April ACT

  • Winter, General: Take test prep seriously!

  • Spring, General: Continue College Counseling Curriculum in ToK or H Block rotations; draft college list and College Essay

  • March:  Start planning for summer programs/activities (Naviance à Colleges à Enrichment)

  • April/May: Take April ACT or May SAT

  • May: Request Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

  • June: Take 2 SAT Subject tests by June, if needed

Over the Course of the Semester and Summer:

  • Work on the following documents:

    • Essay

    • Resume

  • Research, research, research (and VISIT) colleges!

    • Create a ‘Smart’ Draft College List  (financially strategic & diverse in terms of acceptance)

    • Get to know yourself better in terms of future plans and goals

    • Research colleges with guidebooks, talking to people, online resources, Counselor

    • Attend College Fairs & Visits

    • Visit colleges with parents or friends as possible

  • Meet with Counselor individually  

Grade 12

Grade 12

  • Summer: work on Essay, continue college list research, visit colleges, interview if possible; if you want to apply ED or EA start finalizing your choices

  • September: be sure your Teacher LOR writer has what s/he needs for your letter.

  • September through November: Register for October SATs or September or November ACTs, if you want to boost your scores

  • September through November: Polish College Essay!

  • September through November: Polish Supplements and applications!

  • October: familiarize yourself with Common App and UCAS

  • October 15:  Final College List Due!

  • November: apply ED or EA, if you choose to do this.

  • November: work on supplemental college essays.

  • November 1: Order SAT & ACT scores by mail!!

  • December 15: Final College Applications for the U.S. and the U.K. should be finished!

  • January: Financial Aid Month (Submit FAFSA, ICF, individual school Financial Aid applications)

  • February: Follow Up Month; submit college applications with later deadlines.

  • Spring, General: For applications to India, Korea, Europe, Australia and other countries, start gathering documents, meet with Counselor to be certain your transcript requests are in place.

  • March, April: UK decisions and Rolling US decisions come in

  • April: Decision Month; visit schools again, talk to people, etc.

  • May 1: Deposit at the U.S. school of your choice! Make your final UCAS choices

  • May: Take Ib Exams

  • July: Receive IB results and UK offers

Terms: ED = Binding Early Decision Plan 11/1 or 11/15; ED 2 usually 1/1) Results                by 12/15 for ED 1 or by 2/15 for ED 2

              EA = Non-Binding Early Action Plan (EA usually offered between 11/1 –                   12/15) Results usually within 6-8 weeks.

              RD = Regular Decision.  Usually 1/1, 1/15, 2/1 or 2/15; Results usually on                 4/1

             Rolling = Public Schools usually offer this plan.  Students accepted on a                    continual basis; results usually sent 6-12 weeks after the application is                      processed.

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Fax: +233 302 78 09 85

Location Address
#126/21 Reindolf Road
Abelemkpe, Accra
Ghana, West Africa

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