- Attend school every day.
- Complete all homework assignments. When you are absent, call a friend for homework assignments. Be sure you have telephone numbers of your fellow students.
- Keep up with your work; don’t procrastinate.
- Earn the highest grades possible. Work to the best of your ability.
- Ask your teacher for help when you need it.
- Attend tutoring.
- Investigate careers and colleges with your guidance counselor.
- Get involved and participate in school activities and sports.
- Participate in community activities and volunteer services.
- Keep a file of all awards and activities.
Continue the skills you developed in freshman year, plus:
- In September, register for the October PSAT; use this opportunity as practice for your junior year PSAT.
- Whenever you are traveling, try to visit colleges in the vicinity of the areas you are visiting.
- From your PSAT score, determine how much studying you need to do for the next year’s PSAT and SAT.
- Think about Advanced Placement (AP) AND College Now courses that you would like to take.
- Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities and volunteer projects.
- Strengthen your academic foundations and strive to maintain or exceed your previous level of achievement.
- Register for and take the October PSAT.
- Take Advanced Placement courses in your strongest subjects.
- Remember that your cumulative academic average if based on all course grades from your high-school career.
- Continue to visit school, borough, and city college fairs.
- Read college guides (e.g., Fiske, Barron’s) and visit college web sites on the Internet.
- Discuss your goals for the future with your parents, friends, teachers, and guidance counselors.
- Meet with college representatives who visit the school throughout the year.
- Plan for summer employment or study opportunities.
- Register for and take the May SAT I and AP exams.
- Meet with your Guidance Counselor/College Advisor in the spring to fine-tune your focus on colleges.
- Plan summer visits to campuses that you are interested in attending.
- Write to colleges to request their catalogs and applications.
- Begin writing different personal statements and college essays.
- Approach teachers to request their recommendation for your college application.
- September & October
- Remember that colleges are interested in which courses you take during your senior year.
- Start a file of college applications.
- >Make regular visits to the college counselor.
- Register for the SAT and the ACT.
- Discuss the Financial Aid form (FAFSA) and college financing with your parents.
- Attend the evening programs on the college application and financial aid process.
- Request that teachers write your college recommendations; be respectful of time as they will need to spend time writing your letter
- Decide whether you will apply as an Early Decision or Early Action candidate to a school.
- Review your high school transcript for accuracy.
- Work based learning/internships.
- November & December
- Continue meeting with your Guidance Counselor/College Advisor.
- Submit applications to your counselor on time; your high school’s deadline is usually several weeks before the colleges’ to allow for processing.
- Check graduation requirements with the guidance counselor.
- January & February
- Obtain the FAFSA to begin the financial aid process.
- Parents should complete their federal income tax returns as soon as possible, since this information is required to complete the FAFSA.
- Apply for any scholarship opportunities.
- Continue to focus on academic success.
- Spring Term
- Compare and contrast the colleges to which you have been accepted. Visit the two or three top choice schools that you would attend before making your decision.
- Discuss this decision with your parents, teachers, and counselors.
- Take your Advanced Placement examinations.
- Work with the colleges’ admissions officials to negotiate financial aid packages.
- Prepare for the graduation ceremony.