Students are required to give teachers a minimum of ONE (1) month to write a letter of recommendation including the filling out of recommendation forms. Teachers may refuse to write a letter or may suggest that the student might be better off asking someone else on a case-by-case basis. If the student thinks that he or she might need one, it is not a bad idea to plan and ask for one ahead of time.
A. If the student needs a Letter of Recommendation:
- The student should complete a resume using the Naviance Resume Builder under “About Me.” Example resume.
- The student should photo copy it for each teacher from whom he/she wishes a letter.
- The student should think of a person who knows him/her well and ask them face to face to write a letter.
- Then use Naviance system to request letter of recommendations from teachers and counselors so it is saved electronically.
- From that point teachers have a month minimum to write the letter.
- If letters and documents need to be sent through the mail, the student needs to arrange for that with the registrar.
- Be courteous. These letters take time.
B. If the student has a recommendation form:
- The student must personally bring the form to the teacher to make the request a minimum of a month before it needs to be sent.
- The student should know how the form needs to be returned to the college or university, and make arrangements for that to happen.
- Papers that need to be sent directly from the school can be sent through the Counseling Office, and paid for by the student. The student should bring a typed street address (NO PO BOX) and a phone number with the materials.
- If forms of recommendation are given back to the student for delivery, they will be in a sealed envelope and students/parents agree to respect the confidentiality and not open the envelope. If an envelope is opened, the accepting school may choose to not accept it.