• Junior Year Planning Guide 

    Summer
    • 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.
    Early Fall
    • 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.
    Midyear
    • 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.
    Spring
    • 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.
    Summer prior to your senior year
    • 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

    Students
    • 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!  

    Parents
    • 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.