Become aware of your own interests, favorite classes, etc. Look at past interest tests, such as the PreACT, or refer to the Student Profile.
Try to relate these interests to a college major or career.
If you are unsure of a career path, consider taking another interest test. See your counselor.
Check the sources of college and career information in the guidance office, including college catalogs, Internet sources, bulletin boards, etc.
Consider the types of school you want to attend based on important factors like major, size, location, expense, etc. Try to narrow choices down to 3 to 5 by the spring. Be realistic.
Sign up for college representatives who visit our school during the school year; students are allowed three visits as a junior; sign up a minimum of one day in advance of the college visit. The calendar is posted outside of the Counseling Office and on Naviance.
Start looking for college/tech school open house days.
Start saving a portfolio in art or music/theater recordings of your best work.
Colleges look for challenging coursework; GPA; rank; involvement in extracurricular activities at school, church, and the community; and volunteer work, which is important for scholarships.
Begin looking for scholarships by exploring www.fastweb.com.
Register to take the PSAT in September.
Continue exploration of careers and colleges.
Junior individual appointments start this month.
Take the appropriate test (PSAT, practice ACT) on Test Day.
Attend the National College Fair
Include your parents in your college and career planning.
PSAT scores will be explained to you; share them with your parents.
Juniors with a 3.5 GPA or who are in the 85th percentile on the PLAN test may want to consider taking the ACT in February.
Visit colleges or tech schools.
ACT test day. We recommend the April and/or June test for most students. See your counselor for your individual recommendation.
Plan wisely with your parents, advisor, and counselor your courses for senior year.
March – the registration deadline for the April ACT.
Consider taking the ACT prep Super-Saturday class. This will include a practice test as well as “instructional sessions” on all four parts of the ACT. The class begins at 8 am and ends at 3:30 pm.
Begin organizing college and career information into folders, comparing their strengths and weaknesses.
Try to obtain a summer job that might relate to your career interests.
Visit college or tech schools over the summer, if possible.
Try to narrow college/tech school choices down to three by the start of senior year.
Check out some scholarships online.
Work on Christian Service hours. Have 75 turned in by the beginning of your senior year.