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March 2017

Florida Prep students undertake a mandatory one week travel-study program each year. Past excursions have included the UK, Italy and Savannah, alongside numerous locations within Florida. Travel is linked to course study throughout the year, culminating in the trip for the on-site experience. Travel is geared to year group level, allowing our students to steadily build their self-confidence and to demonstrate personal responsibility, both elements necessary for a successful college experience. The 2017 Excursion Week program included Italy, Park City in Utah, St Augustine & Savannah and several locations in Orlando.

Florida Prep students undertake a mandatory one week travel-study program each year. Past excursions have included the UK, Italy and Savannah, alongside numerous locations within Florida. Travel is linked to course study throughout the year, culminating in the trip for the on-site experience.

Travel is geared to year group level, allowing our students to steadily build their self-confidence and to demonstrate personal responsibility, both elements necessary for a successful college experience.

The 2017 Excursion Week program included Italy, Park City in Utah, St Augustine & Savannah and several locations in Orlando.

The Orlando week was of particular interest to our international students, providing them with an insight into the surrounding area and many intentions to return.

A selection of photos from each of the excursions is available at the Florida Prep Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/floridaairnews/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1389647361109271

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Mbacke Diong, the 6' 11" Florida Prep senior from Senegal, recently accepted a full basketball scholarship to UNLV, passing over offers from Louisville, UConn and Pitt. Learn why he chose UNLV over other teams by clicking the headline "Mbacke Accepts full basketball scholarship from UNLV"

Florida Prep’s Mbacke Diong, a  6’ 11” senior from Senegal, announced Friday he will accept a full-scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Mbacke has been heavily recruited this year by several top U.S. universities including Louisville, UConn and Pitt. However on his first visit to UNLV he made the decision to accept Coach Marvin Menzies offer to join his team.

This special young man, who only recently turned 17, has achieved much in his short time at Florida Prep.  Arriving in the USA in the summer of 2016, he was unfamiliar with the American game, language and school system. However, he now boasts a 3.52 GPA, speaks English fluently (along with his native French) and has achieved a presence both on court and off that gets him noticed.

His calm demeanor and Mbacke ‘zone’ ensure that regardless of the stress of the game he always appears to be in control. Yet those students that live alongside him at Florida Prep will attest to his willingness to have fun, to ‘jump-shot’ with the smallest of students and to play ‘big brother’ to his fellow team-mates.

“He has something about him that makes people light up when they are around him,” says Florida Prep Varsity Basketball coach Julius Reid.

The decision to choose UNLV on his first visit was a surprise to many but Mbacke has very clear reasons:  “I liked everything I saw at UNLV, the staff, how they took care of their team.  I saw two games while on campus. They cared about their players, ensuring they were fit and ate correctly -- the food is also very good! The players’ connection with the coaches was very similar to Florida Prep:  it has personality, a big family feel!”

“I will be studying Engineering there,” Mbacke went on to say.   “My classrooms, dorm, study hall and the gym are all close by. Everything I need is there.”

Who can disagree with such clarity?

      

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Florida Prep students recently participated in "College Prep" day – a variety of seminars designed to promote understanding of the college prep process to our students in 9th through 12th grade. In addition to attending a presentation by Mr Gary Hamme, VP of Enrollment Management at Florida Institute of Technology, our high school students also participated in a number of panel presentations hosted by faculty and administrators at Florida Prep. For more information regarding the Florida Prep College Prep Day click the headline.

Florida Prep students recently participated in “College Prep” day – a variety of seminars designed to promote understanding of the college prep process to students in  9th through 12th grade. 

Students began the day learning about transcripts and necessary credits with Mrs. Molly Tucker, Guidance Counselor at FPA, and rotated to an explanation of the SAT with Mr. Mark Sluzky, English Teacher.

Many students and parents believe the Junior and Senior years to be the most crucial to pulling up their GPA’s and strengthening their SAT scores – but a GPA is calculated as soon as high school credits begin to go on a student’s transcript. For some FPA students, this actually begins in Middle School. 

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors then had the privilege of meeting with Mr. Gary Hamme, VP of Enrollment Management at Florida Institute of Technology, and husband of Eileen Hamme, FPA Admissions Officer. With many years of experience in the field of College Admissions and Enrollment, Mr. Hamme demonstrated how students can begin their college search processes early by beginning to look for school rating and offerings, as well as distinctive academic programs and campus life opportunities. He also spoke about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities for both private and public colleges. Many students heard this in depth college information for the first time - Mr. Hamme emphasized that it is never too early to start gearing up for college. 

Seniors then had the opportunity to chat with a panel of faculty and staff about the move to college from high school. The panel shared wisdom with students relative to their degree path as well as individual successes and failures along the way, both personal and professional. 

Without exception panel members all agreed, it’s never too early to begin college and career planning, however, students were also advised to be flexible, to consider a variety of schools and to remain open to new opportunities throughout their time in college.   

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