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.
        • Learning Style Inventory: Discover your learning and working style. 


January

Students will begin to meet individually their counselor to review course selections for the following school year.



10th grade

September

Students are invited to attend College Night.

Students take the PSAT test (practice SAT).


February

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

April

Students and parents are invited to Sophomore Seminars in small group setting with their counselor.

Goal: Discuss factors that will impact college admission decisions: course selection, grades, 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 10th grade items on “my checklist” in Family Connection
      • Update My Profile
      • Review college search, college lookup, maps, enrichment programs, resources and contact us. 
      • Introduce Naviance Test Prep feature for ACT/SAT

Students and parents are invited to attend College Kick Off



11th Grade

September

Students are invited to attend College Night.

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

Junior Credit Check Conference: Students meet individually with their 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 Naviance Test Prep. Review college visit practices and procedures.

 

March

Students and parents are invited to Junior Seminars in small group setting with their counselor.

Goal: Create a prospective college list utilizing College Search, College Lookup, College Match and College Compare. Discuss test preparation options for ACT and SAT, focusing on Naviance Test Prep. Discuss college visit practices and procedures.

 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

12th Grade


August

Students are invited to attend a Summer College Application Workshop with the counselors and college representatives. 

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

Agenda:                          



September

Counselors will meet with students in their English classes. 

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

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

For a list of colleges/universities that use the CSS Profile
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available

February

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


May 1st

Deadline for students to notify college regarding acceptance of offer of admission. Students must withdraw all other applications.