WELCOME TO HIGH SCHOOL!
During this time, you are encouraged to challenge yourself! Look at taking more rigorous classes and start to think about life after high school!
Most importantly, take time to introduce yourself to your counselor so you feel comfortable asking questions as they come up!
- Freshmen Seminar introduction
- Career discussions
Start to consider your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you to plan for junior and senior year where you can focus on taking courses more specific to your desired career path.
- Check your junior and senior courses. Will you meet college requirements?
- Be sure you are involved in one or two extracurricular activities.
- Check with your counselor for the fall visiting schedule of college representatives.
- Be sure you have a Social Security number. If you don't have one, get one.
- Take the PSAT's.
- Work to get the best grades you can. The payoff of a strong effort now will be a better shot at getting into a college of your choice.
- Get involved in a community service activity.
- Begin to read newspapers and a weekly news magazine.
- Buy an SAT I prep book and begin to work in it for 15 minutes a night. (At least try!)
- Review your PSAT scores.
- Register for May or June SAT/SAT II tests at www.collegeboard.com
- Think about taking the ACT as well. Check out www.act.org
- Keep your grades up!
- Plan a challenging schedule of classes for your senior year.
- Register for the tests you will take this spring--SAT I/II or ACT.
- Meet with your School Counselor to discuss college choices.
- Competitive colleges may require SAT II's. If you're in an AP course this year, you may want to take the SAT II subject test in June.
- Develop a preliminary list of colleges and universities and request information from them or check out their websites.
- Create a folder for each college on your list.
- Continue community service and/or extracurricular activities.
- Take the SAT and/or ACT.
- Plan college visits and contact them now to make June through October appointments.
- Structure your summer plans to include advanced academic work, travel, volunteer work, or employment.
- Take Advanced Placement exams.
- Take the SAT or SAT II's and ACT.
- Do well on your finals.
- Make sure your fall schedule is set.
- Consider which teachers might write you letters of recommendation and ask them if they'd be willing to do so.
- Start visiting campuses. (Write thank-you letters to your interviewers.)
- Begin to think about your college essay.
- Participate in community service
- Continue campus visits.
- Draft your main essay.
- Write or go online to request application forms from the colleges and universities you are interested in.
- Research scholarships online
Welcome to your Senior Year
- Be sure you have received admissions tickets for SAT I/II registrations.
- Get college applications and be aware of ALL DEADLINES.
- Make an appointment to meet with your School Counselor.
- Photocopy all of the application forms before you send them out.
- Have your English teacher check your essay.
- Register for the November SAT or SAT II if you have not taken it.
- ATTEND COLLEGE FAIRS and meet with college reps at school.
- Playing Division I or II sports in college? You must register with the NCAA atwww.ncaaclearinghouse.net
- Take the tests for which you have registered.
- Be sure you have filled out the forms that are necessary to ensure test scores will be sent to your colleges of choice.
- If college recommendations are needed, make sure you give the people writing them enough time to meet the deadlines.
- Complete all applications. Make copies of EVERYTHING.
- Register for the CSS/Profile if your private college requires this form atwww.collegeboard.com
- Take any necessary SAT I/II or ACT tests.
- Meet with your counselor to verify that all is in order and out to colleges.
- Encourage parents to attend financial aid workshops.
- Prepare the (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Check if your colleges also require their own financial aid forms.
- Search for scholarships online.
- Be sure your midyear report goes to every college to which you have applied.
- Send in your FAFSA before college deadlines. Keep copies!
- Write to let your colleges know of any new honors or accomplishments.
- Check with colleges to see if your admissions material has been received and if the admissions folder is complete.
- Register for any Advanced Placement tests you may be taking.
- Be sure you have received your FAFSA acknowledgment.
- Review the acceptances and financial aid offers you receive.
- Go back to visit one or two of your top-choice schools, then make your final decision.
- Notify your college of choice of your acceptance to their offer.
- Be sure your deposit is received by your chosen college before May 1st.
- Notify the schools you have chosen not to attend of your decision.
- Let the guidance office know of your acceptance.
- Make sure your deposit is received by your college by May 1st.
- Take the Advanced Placement exams.
- Congratulations on completing high school and the college application process.