When selecting teachers for recommendations, select one from the English/Social Sciences and one from the Mathematics/Science areas. It is always wise to help college admissions officers, to hear from those that have worked with you in different areas, showing how you have been able to learn skills in one area while applying them in another. For example, inference is generally covered in English and while used in this area, it is often a skill utilized also, in the Science arena. Selecting two teachers is generally enough. You can ask outside individuals to provide you with a recommendation letter that you can share with your guidance counselor, providing them as well, with that same information of how you send you time outside of the classroom. An example here would be perhaps the coach of a student that plays soccer with the town traveling team or maybe a Scout master. The more information you can offer your guidance counselor for their recommendation, the better.
Keep in mind that teachers are on a time line in regard to grades and mid-quarter reports. It is best to leave the teachers plenty of time to design their letter while not interfering with their completion of mid-quarter reports or, averages of grades for each quarter. You do not want your teachers to rush through what they write so be sure to leave them ample time.
Once you have decided which teachers to ask, have formulated a short resume and have asked them to actually write the letter, you need to ask your guidance counselor if you school uses Naviance. If your school does use Naviance, teachers will be able to upload your letter directly to their website allowing for duplicates for each college you are applying to. If you school does not use Naviance, you will need to provide each teacher with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each college you are applying to.
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