College Planning Timeline


9th grade

Fall semester

Students  and parents are registered for Family Connection (Naviance) during the first semester of 9th grade. A video tutorial is available on the Counseling page of the high school website outlining how to access Family Connection and the steps to completing the recommended activities.

Goal: Introduce students to Family Connection and familiarize them with the available features.

Agenda:

      • Register student and parent accounts
      • Introduce “my checklist” on the “about me” tab
      • 9th grade items include
        • My profile – updating personal information and entering parent information.
        • My game plan – begin thinking about college preferences (We encourage students to answer each question and select “save changes” which allows them to return at a later time and update their preferences.
        • My personality type - complete the profile in the 9th grade, knowing that we can reset it and allow them to take it again in the 10th or 11th grade.


January

Students will meet with counselor to review course selections for the following school year.



10th grade

September

Students are invited to attend College Night.

Students take the Aspire test (practice ACT).


January

Students receive Aspire score reports and invitation to Sophomore Seminar.

Students will meet with counselor to review course selections for the following school year.

February

Students take the PSAT test (practice SAT).


Spring semester

Students and parents are invited to a Sophomore Seminar with his/her counselor.

Goal: Discuss factors that will impact college admission decisions: course selection, grades, test scores, extra-curricular activities and community service. Familiarize students and parents with the statistical abilities of Naviance and its use in selecting prospective colleges.

Agenda:

      • Review graduation requirements
      • Review 4-year graduation plan and discuss course selections
      • Review PSAT/PLAN results (uploaded into Naviance)
      • Review 10th grade items on “my checklist” in Family Connection
        • 10th grade items include
          • Sophomore conference
          • Explore interests
      • Update my profile
      • Review college search, college lookup, maps, enrichment programs, resources and contact us features
      • Introduce PrepMe feature for ACT/SAT


  11th Grade


September

Students are invited to attend College Night.

Fall Guidance: Students attend a one-hour session with the counselors in the computer labs as part of a rotation.

Goal: Create a prospective college list utilizing College Search, College Lookup, College Match & College Compare. Discuss test preparation options for PSAT, ACT & SAT, focusing on PrepMe available through Naviance. Discuss college visit policies and procedures.

Agenda:

      • Review “my checklist” in Family Connection
      • Review Naviance Test Prep
      • Access College Board and ACT websites
      • Discuss PSAT preparations and test day procedures


December

Parents/Students are invited to attend an evening Financial Aid seminar

Spring semester

Students take the ACT and/or the SAT

    For a list of test dates: www.actstudent.org or www.sat.collegeboard.org

 
January

Students attend an individual conference with his/her counselor.

Goal: Discuss course selections for 12th grade. Review prospective college list and beginning narrowing choices. Confirm registration for ACT and/or SAT. Review test preparation options for ACT & SAT, focusing on PrepMe available through Naviance. Review college visit policies and procedures.

Agenda:

      • Discuss course selections for 12th grade
      • Review “colleges I’m thinking about” in Family Connection
      • Review Naviance test prep
      • Access College Board and ACT websites

 

April

Students and Parents attend College Kick-off evening program.

Goal: Emphasize the key factors considered in the college admission process and introduce parents to the college application process.

Agenda:

      • Rotation schedule for parents and students with presentations from college representatives
      • Panel discussion with college representatives

Students and parents are invited to a Junior Seminar with his/her counselor.

12th Grade


August

Students are invited to attend a Summer College Application Workshop with the counselors in the computer labs.

Goal: Review the college application process and assist students with college applications, college application essays and résumé.

Agenda:                          



September

Students attend a one-hour session with the counselors in the computer labs.

Goal: Review the college application process and prepare students to begin college applications.

Agenda:                          

    • “My checklist”
    • Prospective Colleges – A college must be in your list before you will be able to request a transcript to that college
    • Student/Parent Information Sheet – Must be completed before your counselor will write a rec letter
    • Resume – Use the Naviance feature or upload into Naviance
    • Application types
    • Trick or Treat Deadline – encourage students to complete at least one application by October 31
    • Transcript Requests
    • Counselor Rec Letters
    • Teacher Rec Letters
    • Request Test Scores
    • Naviance College Rep Visit Schedule
    • Scholarship information


Parents are invited to attend Senior Parent Night.

Goal: Review the college application process and prepare parents to assist students in the process.

Students are invited to attend College Night.

Goal: Provide students and parents with the opportunity to interact with 200 or more colleges and universities through browsing areas and classroom presentations.


October

CSS/Financial Aid Profile becomes available at https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp.

For a list of colleges/universities that use the CSS Profile: https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv


December

Parents/Students are invited to attend an evening Financial Aid seminar.


January

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/


February

Students are invited to apply for local scholarships through the Education Foundation.