Junior Year Planner
- Talk with your parents and high school counselor to discuss future plans and to make sure you are following the correct steps to reach your goal.
- Use Careers, College Planning, and Career Cove to research occupations, post-secondary schools, and scholarships available for you.
- Register to take the PSAT. (Top 15% of class is encouraged to take this National Merit-qualifying test.)
- Take your parents to "College Information Night." This program presents a plan to begin applying for post-secondary education and/or training.
- Take the PSAT to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship. (Top 15% of class is encouraged to take this qualifying exam.)
- Keep up your grades.
- Stay involved in extracurricular activities, and keep your list current.
- Visit college fairs and talk with college representatives. The Career Center hosts visits by college admissions counselors and military recruiters. Listen for announcements.
- Talk to your high school counselor about becoming a member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). CSF is a statewide organization that promotes academic achievement
- List the college features that suit your interests, needs, and abilities. These include size, kind of college, location, fields of study offered, academic quality, cost and financial aid opportunities, and social and cultural environments.
- Plan a challenging schedule of classes for your senior year. Consider admission requirements to post-secondary colleges and training programs when planning.
- Register to take the ACT or SAT test, whichever is required. (Some colleges will need scores early.) This will also allow you to retake them if you do not perform well.
- Register for any Advanced Placement (AP) tests that you are prepared to take. A good score can earn you credit at many colleges.
- Study for the ACT or SAT. Look into taking a test prep course.
- Develop a preliminary list of colleges and/or training programs that interest you.
- Take AP exams for AP classes taken in high school.
- Visit as many schools as you can. Make appointments for campus tours and visit the financial aid office. Gather catalogs and applications
- Send for applications to all of the schools you are interested in attending that you were unable to visit.
- Most colleges and families expect students to help pay for college costs. If possible, use your summer to earn money for college in a job related to your career interests.
- Start filling out admission applications, making sure you know the deadlines. Keep copies of letters written, essays, and scholarship applications.