Post Graduate Year
A post-graduate (PG) year refers to the year after high school graduation spent at an independent school. Some students will consider doing a post-graduate year in order to better prepare themselves for college in a number of different areas. They may go through the college application process and then realize that they are not pleased with their college options and would like another year to strengthen their athletic or academic credentials for colleges. The PG year allows students the time to strengthen their study skills, time management skills and athletic ability. PG students often make academic choices which will enhance their profiles for college by filling in gaps on their prior transcript or taking more advanced courses. Some schools will have select requirements for their post-graduate programs.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering a post-graduate year. For example, while this can be an amazing experience, it is often difficult at first for post-graduate students to still be in high school when many friends have gone off to college. Still, students who are focused during the PG year may ultimately be more attractive as candidates for higher education because of their enhanced academic strength and demonstrated ability to do more demanding work. Ultimately, while a student’s college list may not change considerably from doing a post-graduate year, he/she will change as a student. That is to say that they may be applying to some of the same schools they would have before, but will be much better prepared to do the work when they get there. For more information about post-graduate studies, visit www.nais.org or www.boardingschools.com.