Important Timelines

Grade 9

Things to think about:

  • What are my talents and strengths?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • In which courses am I particularly strong?
  • In what areas do I need to build more skills?

Things to do:

  • Become familiar with graduation requirements.
  • Develop a personal file, highlighting academic, extra curricular and community involvement / awards.
  • Develop a relationship with your counselor and teachers.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Seek assistance or support when needed from teachers and counselor
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about your sophomore course selections.
  • Become involved in an extra-curricular activity, sports, clubs, etc.

Grade 10

Things to think about:

  • In which subjects did I excel?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to sophomore courses?
  • Of my unique talents and strengths, which would I most like to develop?
  • Am I involved in at least one extra-curricular activity or community service?
  • What potential career/post high school option have I considered?

Things to do:

  • Update your personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Seek assistance from teachers and counselors when needed.
  • Consider taking the PSAT test in October.
  • Consider taking the ASVAB Career Exploration Test offered in the fall and spring.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Be aware of graduation requirements.
  • Talk with your teachers, parents, and counselors about course selections for Junior year.
  • Visit counselor to explore post high school plans and interest.
  • Continue involvement in extra curricular activities.
  • Consult with academic teacher and counselor concerning SAT II Subject Tests.
  • Begin to explore career options, speaking with people working in your fields of interest.

Grade 11

Things to think about:

  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to Junior course work?
  • With which teachers have I established a strong rapport? (Potential college/job letters of recommendation).
  • Which talents or strengths might I want to further develop through college studies or post high school plans?
  • Which activities will I highlight on my college/job application?

Things to do:

  • Update your personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Register for PSAT/NMSQT test in October.
  • Continue extra curricular activities.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and an excellent attendance record.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Attend a College Fair.
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about Senior year course selections.
  • Talk with parents about college needs, interests, etc.
  • Register for SAT I (March, May or June administration).
  • Meet with counselor to discuss college needs, interests etc.
  • Attend Junior Night (typically offered late January, early February).
  • List college choices with counselor.
  • Consult academic teachers about SAT II Subject tests.
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP Exams (May).
  • Schedule interviews and college visits for Spring, Summer and/or Fall.
  • Continue to explore career options.

Grade 12

Things to think about:

  • Am I continuing to challenge myself?
  • Have I written for college catalogues, applications, financial aid information, etc.?
  • Am I giving my best to senior course work?
  • Have I obtained enough information about the colleges of my choice and application deadlines?
  • Am I meeting with my counselor regularly?
  • Have I made campus visits to my top colleges?

Things to do:

  • Update your personal file- Finalize Resume.
  • Register for SAT I and SAT II Subject Tests; see teachers or counselors.
  • Maintain strong academic record and attendance.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Seek assistance from teacher and counselors when needed.
  • Continue extra curricular activities and community involvement.
  • Meet with counselor to finalize post high school plan (September-November).
  • Meet with college representatives in the guidance office.
  • Complete college applications (September-December).
  • Be aware of deadlines including early decision and early action options.
  • Complete Local Scholarship applications.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night.
  • Have parents complete Financial Aid Form (January).
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP exams (May).
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