From Carol


ATA College Application & Essay Workshop, Aug 2-5

July 25, 2016 No comments
Dear ATA Seniors: As the summer leads to its hottest moments, I am sure you are all working toward your end-of-summer goals, making plans for the future, and thinking about what college might look like for YOU. You are about to embark on your last year of high school, and then off to college. This is an amazing time in your life. It is also a very busy time in your life. It is a time of transitioning into young adulthood with new responsibilities. With classes, work, tennis tournaments, college searches, applications, essays, keeping up with responsibilities and chores, ...

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The ATA College Prep Community Honors The Class of 2016

June 22, 2016 No comments
"What a thrill to see how every child should be so blessed to graduate. ATA is a very special place and the fine institutions the five graduates will attend this fall is testimony to the quality education they have received..."

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As Parents… What Can We Do? Try the 30-30-30 rule!

March 12, 2016 No comments
Parents often ask what they can do at home to help reinforce the ATA & CP messaging of 'strive for the pursuit of excellence' and 'study for the love of learning'.  I love this!  It is truly the village that creates the community, and together we can make a bigger impact.  One thought that comes to mind,  is to encourage them to "Show up.  Listen.  Always do your best."  Another thought that comes to mind is to model what you wish for them to do: complete tasks joyfully; study diligently, practice what you love to do; and perform with dignity. In relating ...

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ATA College Prep: Growing Excellence

October 14, 2015 1 comment
Several years ago, as Josh began to invest more time in tennis, and I in the ATA community, I began to envision an educational support system that could better equip Josh for a college future that included tennis. I combined my academic philosophy and love of education with Josh’s love for tennis, and together with Coach Newman’s established ATA vision, we created the seeds of the community school, which is now ATA College Prep.                 English I/II with Ms Wheat During the past 7 years, these seeds continue to grow and flourish through many ...

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LIFE IS LIKE A PRISM

September 26, 2015 No comments
Life is like a prism. The way you see it depends on which side of the glass you are looking through. When light hits water or a prism, it bends. A single beam of white light is really a combination of all the visible colors. So when white light bends, all of its components (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) also bend. But they bend at different angles because each color travels through water or glass at a different speed. This refraction results in beautiful rainbows. We can learn a lot about how we approach life from this simple prism lesson. We are ...

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College Visits: Try Before You Buy

July 12, 2015 No comments
from Carol There is no better way to understand the culture of a school than to be on the campus, take a tour, and visit with current students and admissions officers. If you are able to take advantage of this part of your college search, it will bring you confidence that your selection is the best fit - academically, athletically, and culturally. During a visit, you are evaluating the school. How will this environment serve your growth and development? What criteria are most important to you? Consider the location, population, class size, programs and degrees, social ...

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College and the Perfect Mix by Carol Hagar

July 1, 2015 No comments , , ,
Carol Hagar, Head of ATA College Prep, has written the following memo on how to get into the college of your dreams and factors to consider in deciding if that college is a good fit for you. Click here to download a PDF version of the memo. College Picks and the Perfect Mix by Carol Hagar What is the magic formula to get into the college of your dreams?  And how will you know if you can pay, play, and make the grade? There is no single magic formula, but there are some basic ingredients that can get you into the kitchen… IF you are willing to dedicate yourself to ...

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The Process of Being Unique : The HOW & WHY of Learning

March 13, 2015 No comments
If you are going to make a difference in the world, you will soon learn that you can't follow the herd. In order to lead, one must possess a strong sense of direction. One must have a purpose and understand the meaning behind his or her action.  One must also be able to communicate this so that others may follow. To educate means to 'lead out'.  Our world's greatest political and spiritual leaders have dedicated their lives to educating and leading... as have parents, teachers, coaches and mentors. As such, parents sometimes can become more concerned with how ...

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I Have A Dream… from Carol

January 23, 2015 No comments
Each morning at CP we contemplate lessons of life through quotes from the great minds of significant worldly and spiritual leaders. In honor of Martin Luther King's birthday, we reflected on this quote: Life's most persistent and most important question is, "What are you doing for others?" Within each of us lies a profound purpose for our life's mission. It is enlivened by our experiences, our friends, our mentors, our teachers, our parents.  These are the elements that shape our thoughts and allow us to dream of things greater than our current awareness. Dr ...

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Law of Giving and Receiving

December 1, 2014 No comments
The universe operates through dynamic exchange - giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe.  Through our willingness to give what we wish to receive, we keep abundance circulating in our lives.  Put this to work in your life: 1) Bring a gift to whoever you encounter today - a complement, a prayer, and kind thought, a flower.   2) Gratefully receive all that life has to offer you today. Notice the gifts in nature and in the people and lessons around you. 3) Recognize the most important gifts of caring, affection, appreciation. love. ...

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