Junior Planning Checklist
- Review your high school course plans and school activities.
- Ensure that you are on track for graduation and college entrance requirements.
- Think about how you will pay for college.
- Talk to your parents about your post-secondary goals.
- Schedule a meeting with your school counselor.
- Enroll in courses that will challenge you.
- Attend College and Career Fairs.
- Take the PSAT (October)
- Review your academic records (report cards, transcripts, GPA.)
- Continue to attend College and Career Fairs.
- Begin to prepare for admission and scholarship essays. What are your interests, educational priorities, and special talents?
- Check on the nomination process for military academies if you are interested. You must contact your local state-level elected officials for most military programs.
- PSAT results are returned.
- Begin to identify college features that suit your needs. These include size, location, majors, financial opportunities, and social/cultural activities.
- Study for your finals.
- Start discussing course selections for your senior year with your teachers and school counselor to ensure you are on track for graduation
- Student athletes - research NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.
- Develop your high school resume. If you are taking an AP exam, make sure you register online.
- Research summer enrichment opportunities and part time jobs.
- Prepare for final exams.
- Finalize your course selection for senior year with your Counselor.
- Visit college campuses.
- Research potential scholarships.
- Prioritize college choices
- Determine deadlines for colleges and scholarships
- Continue to visit colleges
- Create/update your resume
- Register for SAT/ACT if needed
- Be aware of timeline for competitive scholarships
- Make sure senior course selections meet college expectations
Junior Planning Checklist
- Take the PSAT (ALL CHS Juniors in October)
- Register for challenging courses (i.e., honors, advanced placement)
- Visit the websites of the colleges/trade schools that interest you.
- Schedule an official tour during a teacher workday, spring break, or summer vacation.
- Consider taking an SAT prep course to improve your scores.
- Register to take the SAT or ACT if appropriate to meet your post secondary goals.
- Find out which schools require the SAT II subject tests in addition to the SAT test, there are currently 15 subject tests.
- Consider volunteer experience in your area of interest &Complete Service Learning Hours
- Finalize your list of colleges or universities you are interested in. Include "reach, reasonable, and safety net" schools in your list.
- Note all college and university admissions deadlines.
- Keep your Naviance account up to date.
- Conduct scholarship research over the summer. You want to start applying for scholarships at the beginning of your senior year!
- Help your student make realistic goals.
- Look at the financial costs for various colleges and discuss them with your student.
- Have your student start a checklist that includes deadlines and make sure they complete it.
- Make sure they keep up their grades and turn in all assignments.
- Encourage them to do volunteer work and participate in extracurricular activities.
- Make it possible for your student to visit many schools in his/her list.
- Teach your student how to advocate for themselves in the process.
- Encourage your student to sign up for SAT study courses OR to develop a plan for weekly self-studySAT preparation
- Instill in your student the importance of deadlines. They will be crucial in their senior year.