York Community High School

Gap Year Information

Why Consider a Gap Year?

Gap Year has been a common practice in the UK for years but has slowing been catching on in the US and elsewhere. Each year, York has seniors who determine that a gap year is the right choice for them. Most have applied to college during their senior year, accepted an offer of admission, and deferred their admission for a year, with consent of their college. Some decide to wait to apply to college during their gap year. We favor the first option as it gives students a firm plan and doesn't bind them with the complications of applying to college while they are participating in a gap year program that, potentially, may not allow them regular access to internet resources. In the vein, here are a few articles that may assist as students and families are considering all of their options.

 

Time Magazine: Why Your High School Senior Should Take A Gap Year.

http://time.com/97065/gap-year-college/

 

Money Magazine: 5 Smart Reasons to Consider a Gap Year Before College

http://time.com/money/4455879/5-smart-reasons-to-consider-a-gap-year-before-college/

 

US News & World Report: 8 Things to Know About A Gap Year:

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-solution/2010/07/20/8-things-to-know-about-a-gap-year

 

US News & World Report: 4 College Application Strategies for Gap Year Students: https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/articles/2016-05-23/4-college-application-strategies-for-gap-year-students

Gap Year Resources

Here are a few organizations that collect information on a range of Gap Year Options:

 

USA Gap Year Fairs:

https://usagapyearfairs.org/programs/

 

American Gap Association:

https://www.americangap.org/

 

The Student Conservation Association:

https://www.thesca.org/serve/program/gap-year

 

Americorps:

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-nccc

 

City Year:

https://www.cityyear.org/

 

Dynamy Internship:

https://www.dynamy.org/

 

Global Volunteers:

https://globalvolunteers.org/

 

Global Citizen Year:

https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/